The NBA’s #NochesEneBeA is still a poorly executed idea

Remember when I was unhappy with how the NBA’s attempt at promoting their Latin Nights with poorly-worded uniforms? I just got an email from them with the above graphic.

I just can’t get over the idea that adding “El” or “Los” to a team name makes it Latin. At least, that’s the idea this whole promotion gives me. I get they are trying to do a promotion (and most importantly, sell merchandise) but some actual accuracy would be nice. I still don’t get how “Los Suns” can’t just be “Sols” or “Los Bulls” can’t be “Toros” instead?

As I’m watching the Suns and Heat wear their uniforms, I just can’t help but shake my head.

But I suppose the NBA will never get it. I’m just glad they didn’t screw up the Chinese New Year uniforms.

RIP Anthony Mason

I remember watching Anthony Mason and how he was just so dominant on the floor. I wanted no part of defending him. He was just so powerful. Yet because I was still very young, I didn’t get a chance to really appreciate how great of a basketball player he was until I watched this highlight reel clip on YouTube.

I would have loved to have a guy like him on my team.

RIP Anthony. You were great to the game.

What does the future hold for Draymond Green and the Warriors?

Draymond Green becomes a restricted free agent after this season.

When the Warriors drafted Draymond Green a few years ago, I was really excited. I had watched Green play at Michigan State since his freshman year and I was very familiar with his skills. He was a player with no place, as his size, frame and athleticism wasn’t a prototype of a successful NBA player. Nevertheless, he had many great qualities and in time, could evolve into someone special.

Fast forward to now and Green is one of the most important players on the Warriors. He’s been getting praise for his ability to shut down defenders down the post and up top at the guard position. His versatility has allowed the Warriors defense to shoot up the top of the ranks in the NBA. Additionally, his offensive numbers have risen. He is still a work in progress and his deep-range shooting at times has hurt the Warriors. But overall, he’s a great asset to the team and has been so key for the Warriors ever since he was named the starter following David Lee’s struggles.

He becomes a restricted free agent after this season, meaning the Warriors can match any offer another team gives Green. The organization, including head coach Steve Kerr, has expressed desire to keep Green with the Warriors. If that’s the case, how come the team hasn’t given him an extension and risk him hitting the free agency market?

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Check out the Cleveland sports activity book

Remember the series of Cleveland sports coloring books that came out? Creator Scott O’Brien has unveiled his latest project: The Unofficial Cleveland Sports Activity Book.

The description from the site:

An entertaining activity book for the whole family, with puzzles and games inspired by our favorite moments from Cleveland professional sports in the past year!

The Unofficial Cleveland Sports Activity Book, 2015-16 contains 28 pages of games and activities that were inspired by our favorite moments in Cleveland sports over the past year. Includes mazes, mad-libs, a crossword puzzle, coloring pages, word hunts, connect-the-dots, bingo pages and a lot more – all inspired by Cleveland sports! Great for the whole family.

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How the Timberwolves-Rockets sleevefest uniform matchup doesn’t bother me

Sleeves are bad. But the designs are nice.

I don’t like sleeved uniforms in the NBA. In fact, any sleeve uniform I just cringe when I see them. Yet for some reason, this matchup right here doesn’t bother me. I don’t know why.

First, this is the Rockets’ Chinese New Year uniform and it actually looks really good. Aside from the sleeves, the design is simple yet still captures the identity of the Rockets team. As a one-time deal, this one actually looks like it belongs in the NBA. In fact, this seems like a design I might see in a league in China.

The Wolves, out of all the sleeved jerseys out there, have one that doesn’t offend me so much. I like it also because of the simplicity. Black is a safe color to go with when it comes to sleeves and the side panels work really well with their identity.

So in a battle of very ugly jerseys, the two that were least offensive to me met on the court tonight. If you just look away from the sleeves, these jerseys aren’t too bad.

Out of all the NBA trades, Kevin Garnett’s return to Minnesota is the most exciting

Hi. Did you miss me?

I know there are other trades going on in the NBA but this one is the biggest one and the one that has me the most excited. I know Kevin Garnett is on the tail end of his career and isn’t putting up great numbers or has any of the physical abilities he did 10 years ago. But there is always something so beautiful for me whenever I see a player go back to the team he started his career with.

Kevin Garnett was a legend in Minnesota. He was the big ticket. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since he took them there in 2004 and even though he might not be able to contribute much other than wisdom, this looks like the final stopping point for him before he hangs them up and possibly takes a bigger leadership role in the front office.

The exciting part for me is the nostalgia. His return to Minnesota is just that for me. And it will be fun for me to watch him play in those blue, black and silver uniforms.

With years of wisdom, knowledge of how to win and being one of the best players of this generation, this is a nice ending to his great career. I hope they give him the greatest of welcomes when he returns for his first game back in Minneapolis. He was great there. And now he can finish there.

Was the NBA All-Star game court designed solely for the floor projection?

I know the recent trend in the NBA is to have the designs on the court be very bare. Even last year’s All-Star game was pretty colorless. The key was not colored and the only thing that had any color was the midcourt logo.

Take a look at the above video. The floor projection video works well because the floor, once again, was just hardwood. The keys weren’t painted and aside from the midcourt logo, all other designs were wood-colored (just in different tones). Even during the video, the logo at midcourt was covered by a white sheet.

Even though the colorless floors are trendy, did the designers of this floor design it knowing full well that the best way for the video projection was less color?

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