Culture Change in Basketball? Series Issue 1

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From the beginning basketball has always been the hardworking, clean-cut and fundamental sport. If you take a look at the basketball timeline from the beginning to now you will see that the game has changed tremendously. Starting from what players used to wear back then before games to what they wear now before games. Other examples in how they act, the influences that are around them, and the over feel when attending a basketball game as a fan. The culture in basketball now days has turned to a hip hop based culture. Players styles before attending games, hip hop artists buying ownership  in teams and hip hop music being played in NBA marketing and arenas. The fan base for the NBA has even been attracting hip hop artists to watch and help market teams and merchandise. Some people like this culture change and some have problems with this culture change. Is the hip hop culture in the NBA bad?  This issue seems to become a bigger and bigger topic as the NBA progresses. As fans we should be concerned of what we watch or what we listen to. Our hip hop music today talks about NBA players and certain NBA teams, sports video games are having hip hop related soundtracks and hip hop celebrities to play with in the game itself. Hip hop celebrities are even becoming owners and agents to NBA players! Now is this an issue we should be concerned about as fans of the NBA or should we push something like this to the side? Through this blog series you are going to see how the Hip Hop culture incorporates itself in the NBA.

Hip Hop seems to have no problem fitting in to the NBA culture, and the 90’s is where it started to become hot. Every movement has a starting point!

People feel that hip hop is becoming to much in the game of basketball, the hip hop culture is incorporating itself in to sport video games such as NBA 2k13. This video game was help produced by Jay-Z, Jay-z added Hip Hop celebrities in to the video game! Is this going to far?

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The Hip Hop culture is involving it self with NBA even through these small examples. Is the Hip Hop Culture in the NBA bad?

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The..Legacy..Starts..Now

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NBA: NBA Draft

The most recent news in the NBA is about the NBA draft. The day when college stars begin their journey to NBA. The time since these men were little kids running in the back-yard and growing up watching and playing the game, they now have a chance to play in NBA.  These kids have worked so hard to get to this point showing there skills throughout the nation attracting NBA scouts and teams attentions. An ultimately having a chance to start a legacy with a team and become a legend. The day of the NBA Draft has finally arrived! NBA Draft 2013

This NBA draft had many people stunned, normally you have a for sure number one who is going to get picked before the draft even starts, but this was not the case. The draft consisted of uncanny picks, crazy trades and wacky suits. All these types of aspects created an entertaining NBA Draft. You didn’t know what to expect in this past draft because guys were going to places that people never would have predicted. This cause excitement and confusion throughout the whole night. When watching the draft i specifically focused and the players. Each player didn’t care where they went they were just happy to be drafted, and that’s the best mindset. Every thing these guys worked for it finally payed off they now have a chance to play in front of millions of people on a nightly basis making money on job they love to do. Players celebrated and joined in many hugs and thanks with family members. While fans in the arena cheered and booed on certain picks. I’m not going to judge though that is what fans do best, with out the commotion there is no entertainment. Overall the draft night was a success and I enjoyed watching, it was good to see players start their legacies with their new respective teams. Tune in to see some of these players, because you never know they just might become a household name!

Here are some ugly suits over the draft years 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Aren’t They Free?

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During a basketball game your bound to see high intensity plays, emphatic dunks, and an immense amount of cheering. The higher level of play the higher amount of action and physicality; meaning more contact resulting in foul calls. When a player is fouled in the act of shooting in basketball they are then sent to the line (free throw line); there they are awarded with two free shots with no one to block them or to interfere with their shot. It would seem simple right? Two free shots with no one to block you or bump you, many would say HA! Piece of Cake. Well my friend actions speak louder than words, in basketball free throws can become a players worst nightmare… http://www.foxsportswisconsin.com/02/05/13/Why-are-free-throws-so-gosh-darn-hard/landing_badgers.html?blockID=859329

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I would have to agree with Jesses article, players in todays basketball are looking for the high-flying plays and trying to become a human highlight reel but what does that all mean if you can’t make free throws? Players take time to practice everything else but free throws? Free throws are shots that everyone in the stadium or gym expects you to knock down. The best players are more recognized because there clutch players at the free throw line. These players can handle the high pressure situations and know how to focus up in the moment. Many other players are good in other parts of their game but when it comes to the free throw line its like a whole new world to them. When at the line guys minds start to run about  the next shot, or how tired they are, or the fans behind the backboard waving signs and shouting. All these factors come in to play, but the biggest fear that gets players is the fear of the moment, the fear of the situation, knowing everyone’s eyes in the stadium are looking at you and counting on you to sink the shot. Free throws carry more pressure than you think. Two free shots could end up being the two free shots you never wanted. You would never think free throws would  do this much to you. Some players regard free throws as easy, but a vast amount regard them as a different psyche, and a whole new world! Look at prime examples like Shaquille O’neal and Dwight Howard, they are not exactly best friends with the free throw line.

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Dwight’s career free throw shooting is 49% and his partner in crime Shaq shot a career  53% from the line. These are horrible free throw percentages…

There free but they are not exactly easy, free throw shots consist of screaming fans, distractions, fatigue, adrenaline, and finally PRESSURE. It just comes down to who can handle the two FREE shots, because these two free shots can cost you a game. Just ask the San Antonio Spurs from there NBA Finals Game 6 collapse. A couple missed free throws here and there could end up costing you a game. I suggest that you take a look at Game 7 of the NBA finals or catch the recap of the game when you can; try to focus on each teams free throw percentages after the game. Those two FREE throws could go a LOOONNNGGG Way trust me!

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like if you were at the line?

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Here is a little taste if you are interested 🙂 I Think I Could Shoot?

Well I love leaving some humor with you, so here are some guys at the line who are in a whole “New World” haha 🙂 Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhWbo1obAF8

Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice?

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Flopping – the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle – has long been one of those “I know it when I see it” things. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to see it and know it when watching an instant replay, usually in slow motion (NBA League Officiating Office).
Hmm the art of the flop, players over the years in the NBA have been perfecting this style of acting within the basketball world. You have players yelling for fouls, flailing awkwardly, and trying to draw attention to the officials. Flopping has always been around in basketball, but over the course of the years its starting to grow more and more. This past year flopping in basketball has become an engaging topic with sports analyst’s and fans around the country. Flopping in the NBA has attracted so much attention to itself, it even has the league commissioner concerned? Let us dive deeper into this subject.
After reading from Thomas Duffy’s article I found some unusual comments that I wouldn’t have expected. In the article big name stars Lebron James and Dwayne Wade made comments on flopping in the NBA. To hear Lebron James, the best athlete on the planet talk about flopping I paid very close attention. In the article Lebron James claims that flopping can be used as an advantage to win, and when your team wins then everyone is happy. As much as I like Lebron it sad as a fan to hear that a player is willing to flop to help his team win. Flopping in the NBA slows down the game, and it takes away from the physicality in basketball. If you’re a basketball fan as much as I am it’s rather disturbing to see players falling on the floor every time someone lays a finger on them. I know, I know, flopping can never be officially removed but it can be monitored and that is what the league commissioner has taken action upon. David Stern the head honcho of the NBA has set up a fining system for floppers in the NBA. The league is able to review the games and pick out bona -fide floppers; the league continued to establish an official flopping video to inform us a flop from a non flop.
Let us see for ourselves shall we http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I65Lqjh4fo
It’s good to see this as a fan, knowing the league is taking action on these skillful actors in the game of basketball. Of course refs are doing the best possible job of monitoring in-game flopping; The speed of the game makes it that much harder for refs to point it out and catch these perpetrators in the act. As the game evolves overtime I hope our star athletes  don’t encourage our younger athletes to flop. The art of flopping has continued to grow in the game of basketball and the country is now starting to take notice. So, as we continue to watch these blowout Finals games and the next basketball season let us pray that our athletes don’t turn the NBA in to the next WNBA…. oops to soon..
Here are some notorious flops for your enjoyment 🙂