Stephen Curry Sharks bobblehead is a promotion that had to happen

The Sharks are in rebuilding mode. The excitement for this team and their run of success isn’t as high.

The Warriors on the other hand are on top of the world as champions.

So with the Bay Area love, we have the following promotion. It had to happen. The Sharks need the buzz. The Warriors right now can do no wrong. This move is no surprise. This promotion is exactly what we might be seeing more of with the Warriors and their Bay Area sports neighbors.

I want this bobblehead. It will probably cost a pretty penny on eBay.

Darryl Dawkins dead at 58

Samuel:

RIP to the legendary Chocolate Thunder. Your thunderous dunks are still heard to this day.

Originally posted on NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith:

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HANG TIME BIG CITYDarryl Dawkins, the supersized NBA big man with an even larger personality, died today at the age of 58, according to the New York Daily News.

In 1975, the 6-11 Dawkins was drafted directly out of high school in the Orlando area with the fifth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, making Dawkins the first prep-to-NBA player in history. He was athletic for a man his size, but his youth required a few years of development before he could play regularly. Dawkins broke into Philadelphia’s rotation in the 1977-78 season. As the Sixers, led by Julius “Dr. J” Erving, established themselves as contenders in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, Dawkins became a starter and established post presence.

In 1982, the Sixers traded Dawkins to the New Jersey Nets for…

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These new Toronto Raptors uniforms are exactly as plain as I expected

The Toronto Raptors officially unveiled their new uniform set today and it looks exactly like the leaks that we’ve seen for months. Quite frankly, these uniforms are kind of boring.

Looking at it, the identity and the presentation is very tame. There isn’t much too different in terms of the design from their last set. They still have a white, red and black alternate. They’ve also added another black alternate with gold.

One thing you will notice is that the chevrons remain but they point north, going with the “We the North” theme they have. That’s fine, but for a new set, using the same element as the old set isn’t too creative. They are also telling us that they have a “T.O.” in the shorts for Toronto. Sure.

Overall, the look isn’t too different than the old set. And it’s somewhat plain. It’s a lateral move really. It just isn’t too exciting and the Drake alternate seems way out of place. Not a great set. It’s just average.

My adventure to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

As a big sports fan, I should have known this. But I didn’t realize that the Basketball Hall of Fame is only a two-hour drive from Boston. Only up to a week before my trip to the East Coast did a suggestion to go there come up. I didn’t really think the Hall of Fame would be that great considering I hear so little about it. But still, I love basketball and I had to go check it out.

I avoided traffic by driving out there a little late, getting there a little before 1PM. I have to say that the location of the museum is unassuming. It’s attached to a Subway and Coldstone. Additionally, it’s not even that noticeable until you actually look at it from one end and realize that it’s the Hall of Fame.

Inside is a little different. It’s only three floors in a very small building (for a museum) but it still has its charm. On the first floor is this full length court. People are invited to shoot basketballs around. Along one wall is the lined up with the evolution of hoops. It’s not easy shooting a ball into a peach basket. The first floor is just a great location for playing basketball. The highlight for me began on the top floor.

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I’m going to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend

For several years I have been planning a trip back to Cooperstown. I went there in 2008 and wanted to return last year for Frank Thomas. That didn’t work out but this year, I knew I had to make it. I booked everything three months ago and now this weekend I will finally be there.

Just look at that class. Phenomenal! I am a huge Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson fan. John Smoltz was my favorite pitcher from the Braves trio and Craig Biggio was just nails every time. This was my childhood. This is why I love baseball. It’s going to be crazy flying out to Albany tonight and driving all the way out to Cooperstown. But for the induction ceremony, I have to be there.

Then after all that, I will be driving out to Boston to visit Fenway Park on Tuesday for Pedro’s jersey retirement. That’s my first time ever at Fenway. I am really excited for that.

But before that on Monday, I will head out to the Basketball Hall of Fame. This is going to be real exciting to visit this museum. That just leaves the Hockey Hall of Fame as the last one for me to visit.

This is my weekend. I will share as much as I can on social media. I am really excited for this. I think I might go back next year.

 

So many NBA uniform changes and I don’t like a lot of them

Click the link for all the description. I don’t want to write out every detail, but I will point out that this offseason of changes has been terrible.

There have been some successful uniform changes such as the Bucks rebrand and the Sixers going a little more simple. But overall, the new uniforms are terrible. There are more sleeves and more logo-centered designs. Additionally, there are so many gray uniforms now that have forced the officials to wear white shirts.

I don’t think I can recall a time where so many uniform updates came in one offseason. The Raptors look bland and some alternates look terrible.

If this is an official style guide, then I am disappointed. But maybe they won’t look so bad in person. Or maybe they are that bad. Here’s to hoping for something better.

But hey, “The City” throwbacks are returning!

Pacers wearing Hoosiers throwbacks is a faulty great idea

The Pacers announced that they would be wearing these uniforms for several games next season. This is the uniform from the “Hoosiers” movie. It is a very important movie in Indiana history and it captures the state’s love for basketball. It’s one of the best sports movies of all time and the Pacers celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie is a great idea.

But this is a professional team wearing a uniform from a movie based on a high school team. That doesn’t sound right.

The homage is great but somehow the Pacers wearing a throwback like this seems kind of minor league. It isn’t but a gimmick like this really cheapens the product. But it’s still a nice homage. I’m torn between how I really feel about this. It’s a movie, not an actual historical evvent. It just seems very out of place.

It’s a great idea but it isn’t perfect. I just don’t think a professional team should have to wear uniforms from a fictional movie.