Louisville Cardinals: Cashing in

Apparently, the home team is pulling down cash like it’s an NBA franchise:
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And yes, some of that cash used to be mine. I’ll be handing over more in a couple of weeks when Hartford comes to the Yum Center in Louisville to play the Cardinals.

Time Machine: The guy who scored the NBA’s first basket died

I usually go back 100 years for a Time Machine entry, but this is a piece of sports history from 67 years ago that’s worth seeing (via BlacktopXchange.com):

Today we learned the first [NBA] bucket was scored by Ossie Schectman, and we know that because it was announced yesterday that he died at the age of 94.

That first basket (in the video above) came on Nov. 1, 1946 for the New York Knicks, who were playing in the first game of the Basketball Association of America (now the NBA). Schectman opened the scoring with a lay-up, and the Knicks went on to beat the Toronto Huskies, 68-66.

Schectman, a native New Yorker, won a college national championship in 1941 while playing for Long Island University.

Like I said, it’s not classic Time Machine, but it is history.

David Stern makes me laugh

The NBA draft was funny.

I’ve never watched it before, but stuck with it to see where Gorgui Dieng of Louisville would go in the first round (picked by Utah, traded to Minnesota). That’s actually pretty good, because Rick Pitino‘s kid is now the head coach at the University of Minnesota, so Gorgui will at least have some “family” in the area. That’s confirmed by this tweet:

gorguiBut NBA Commissioner David Stern getting booed every time he walked out to announce the next pick was a riot. He egged the crowd on, saying things like “I can’t hear you.” Then he came out with these words of wisdom:

“We’ve had to explain to our international audience that the boo is an American sign of respect.”

I guess if I followed the NBA, I’d have known this was an inside joke. Stern is retiring after 30 years, and as he made his last pick, he got a standing ovation of sincere cheers by the crowd. And then, when he introduced his successor, the crowd booed the new guy.

Dwayne Wade goes to prom

Ask:

And ye shall receive:

(Since the Miami Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls, Dwayne Wade had nothing to do Friday night. So prom it is.)

Shaq calls it quits

Can you imagine how many more championships the L.A. Lakers would have had if Shaq and Kobe hadn’t been such prima donnas?

And here are a few Shaq highlights from the 2008-2009 season with Phoenix: