D.J. Foster

Purple and teal colors coming back to Charlotte alongside name change next year

18 Comments

When the Charlotte Bobcats change their name back to the Charlotte Hornets next year, you’ll see some familiar colors out on the floor.

The Hornets have one of the most iconic and totally 90’s jerseys, and it’s good to see that Michael Jordan and company are reviving the old purple and teal color scheme.

When you think of the name “Hornets”, you think of Larry Johnson (Grandmama!), Muggsy Bogues, Zo, and those beautiful, beautiful starter jackets.

source: Getty Images

Appealing to nostalgic saps like me is a fine idea all around, and Jordan knows it. Here’s what MJ had to say about the return of purple and teal in the team’s press release:

“It was important to us to acknowledge the heritage of the Charlotte Hornets when bringing the name back to the market,” said Jordan. “The purple and teal color scheme was instantly recognizable as being associated with the original Hornets and we felt it was only appropriate to utilize the colors once again with this historic brand.”

The new (old?) color scheme will be accented by secondary colors of black, gray and light blue, because the people of North demand the inclusion of light blue in every single thing, ever.

I’m excited to see the return of the Hornets next season, even if it’s probably going to confuse casual basketball fans a bit. So long as the Hornets bring back their old mascot along with the names and the color scheme, though, we all win.

Celebrating Oscar Robertson’s 75th birthday with highlights from his career (VIDEO)

24 Comments

Ask anyone that saw Oscar Robertson play in his prime, and they’ll gush about how dominant he was. They’ll say he was one of the greatest — if not the greatest — to ever play the game. Robertson often gets left out of that conversation, but his contemporaries are quick to remind you about the “Big O” whenever the topic comes up.

Mary Schmidt Boyer of the Plain Dealer explains more in her great piece on Robertson:

“Former Cavaliers general manager Wayne Embry is 76 — one year older than Oscar Robertson, his former roommate, who turns 75 today,

“Pound for pound, inch for inch, I think Oscar was the greatest player of all time,” Embry has told anyone who asks for years.

So Robertson deserves to be included in the GOAT discussion along with Jordan and James, Embry was asked.

“I think it’s the others who should be included in the discussion,” he said, emphatically.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 66, agrees. According to an article by Steve Aschburner on NBA.com, Abdul-Jabbar, who won an NBA title with Robertson in Milwaukee in 1971, recently weighed in on the subject, telling ESPN Radio, “LeBron is awesome, MJ was awesome, but I think Oscar Robertson would have kicked them both in the behind.”

Robertson is still the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double over the course of an entire season, which is a record that may never be broken.

While old highlight films can never do a player proper justice, I highly recommend celebrating the 75th birthday of one of the greatest players to ever play by allowing yourself to fall down the Youtube rabbit hole. I’ll start you here.

Andre Iguodala avoids surgery, but can the Golden State Warriors stay healthy?

1 Comment

This has been a brutal week in the NBA for injuries, but telling that to the Golden State Warriors is like preaching to the choir.

The Warriors had already lost key rotation players in Toney Douglas and Jermaine O’Neal to minor injuries, and that’s in addition to being without backup centers Ogjen Kuzmi and Festus Ezeli.

Losing Andre Iguodala, who has been remarkably durable over his 10-year career, is the biggest blow for the Warriors yet.

The good news is, Iguodala’s hamstring strain suffered on Friday night will not require any surgery, according to the Warriors team site. Iguodala is listed as being out indefinitely.

It’s a shame, because Iguodala has been playing the best basketball of his career with Golden State. He’s been distributing and defending like he usually does, but his jumper has been on point as well.

While it’s not nearly time to sound the alarm, this is a little scary for the Warriors. Stephen Curry has already sprained his ankle once this season, and we know that’s an issue that can spring up at anytime. Andrew Bogut, meanwhile, has only played in 44 total games over the last two seasons. Much of that has been the cause of bad luck, but Bogut isn’t exactly the picture of perfect health.

Every team takes on the risks of injury, but the Warriors are particularly all-in with this group. Bogut, Iguodala, Curry and David Lee are all on long-term deals, and the Warriors gave up two future first rounds picks (and left them unprotected) in a trade with the Utah Jazz.

Point being, there isn’t much of a safety net for the Warriors if things go bad. Perhaps more importantly, the playoff race in the Western Conference looks heated, and even a few games could make all the difference.

We’ve  seen health issues ruin potential dynasties in the past (Portland, for example), but we’re a long ways away from something on that scale. Iguodala should be back in action soon enough, as well as some of the other pieces in Golden State.

At full-strength, Golden State is capable of some truly beautiful basketball. Here’s hoping we get to see that again sooner rather than later.

LeBron James sticks game-winner against Orlando Magic (VIDEO)

33 Comments

Well, this was almost unfair.

The Orlando Magic had played really well in Glen Davis’ first game back since his season-ending injury last year, and they were in a good position to pull off an upset over the Heat. They had played well enough, and you can even say they deserved to win.

But then LeBron James happened.

Arron Afflalo is a really good defender, but if LeBron James gets the ball at 20-feet, smack dab in the middle of the floor, against no help defense and a defender much smaller than him? Good luck. James made this look easy, because it was.

If this happened three or four years ago, it would be a big deal. People would scream at each other and say things like, “he can’t do it when it matters!” and it would go back and forth. But now? It’s just a good move and a good shot by the league’s best player .

Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors scrap on the court (VIDEO)

14 Comments

Well, that escalated quickly. No one threw a trident (Anchorman references are acceptable again, right?), but there were big ramifications from the on-court scuffle between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors.

The tussle started when Andrew Bogut and Joel Freeland got tied up in the paint, and things went to another level once Bogut threw a forearm shiver at Freeland to break loose.

As you could expect, this led to both teams rushing to the action. Mo Williams went at Bogut, and then things got a little crazy.

The refs doled out plenty of punishment, as you might expect. Wes Matthews, Mo Williams and Draymond Green were all ejected. Joel Freeland, Andrew Bogut and LaMacrus Aldridge were all issued technical fouls.

How Bogut got off with just a technical foul, I don’t know. He was involved in the fight that started it all, and then he shoved Williams as he rushed in. Usually the second guy gets punished (and Williams did), but the refs have the benefit of replay.

Regardless, nothing could stop Portland on this night. The Blazers were down by eight at the time of the fight, but they fought back on the scoreboard. Aldridge’s 30 points and 21 rebounds helped Portland extended their road winning streak to an impressive seven games, and their overall winning streak to 10 games. There isn’t a hotter team in the league right now.