NBA All-Star Weekend
The National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend is a weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. No regular season games are held during this period, known as the All-Star break, it is right after the trade deadline. The All-Star Game, held on Sunday, is the main event of the weekend; the game showcases a mix of the league's star players, who are drafted by the two players with the most votes. Each team consists of 12 players, it is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend. NBA All-Star Weekend is a three-day event; the All-Star Game was first played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. The starting lineup for each squad is selected by a combination of fan and media voting, while the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches from each squad's respective conference. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
If a selected player is injured and cannot participate, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement. The vote leaders for each conferences are assigned as captains and can choose from a pool of players named as all-stars to form their teams; the newly formed teams will play for a charity of choice to help the games remain competitive. On January 25, 2018, LeBron James and Stephen Curry became the first players to form their own teams according to the new selection format for the 2018 All-Star Game; the 2017 game was held at Smoothie King Center in home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers; the 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be held at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. The NBA Jam Session, a "theme park of basketball", has been a part of the All-Star festivities since 1992, with fans able to take part in numerous interactive basketball related activities from Thursday through Monday.
The NBA Jam Session is targeted to young fans. NBA All-Star Celebrity Game: First held in 2003, the game features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors and athletes from sports other than basketball. Rising Stars Challenge: From 1994 until 1999, the event was called the "Rookie Game," and composed of first-year players. From 2000 through 2011, the game, renamed the "Rookie Challenge", featured a team of first-year players against a team of second-year players; the 2012 game debuted a new name, the "Rising Stars Challenge", a new format. While the game continued to feature first- and second-year players, the participants were assigned to teams in a "fantasy draft" by two honorary captains. In 2015, the Rising Stars Challenge format was switched again to a USA vs the World format, the current format in use. G League Dream Factory Friday Night: First held in 2008, the events includes a slam dunk contest and a three-point shootout; these events were modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night events.
G League All-Star Game: First held in 2007, this game features the best players from the NBA G League. The first winner was the East by a score of 114–100; the G League All-Star game was not held in the same arena as all the other All-Star Saturday activities. Instead, it was held on NBA Jam Session's practice court. Slam Dunk Contest: This competition showcases the creativity and athletic ability of some of the league's best and youngest dunkers; the specific rules of the contest are decided each year, but the competition is always judged subjectively. After each dunk, or attempted dunk, competitors are awarded a mark out of 10 from five judges, giving a possible high score of 50; the usual rules of'traveling' and double dribbling do not apply. The most recent winner is Hamidou Diallo of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Three-Point Contest: The league's best three point shooters shoot five basketballs from five different spots around the three-point line; each shot is worth one point except the last ball of each rack, worth two points.
The highest score available in one round has been 34 points since 2014, when the format changed so that in addition to the last ball of every rack, one of the five racks would contain money balls. The shooters have one minute to shoot the basketballs; the most recent winner is Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets. Skills Challenge: Making its debut in 2003, the Skills Challenge pits selected players in a timed obstacle course of dribbling and passing. Agility and accuracy all come into play; the most recent winner is Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. NBA All-Star Game Shooting Stars Competition: Held from 2004 to 2015 Legends Classic: Held from 1984 to 1993, the Classic was a game featuring retired NBA players; as in the All-Star Game, the teams were designated West. The Legends game opened the Saturday program; the NBA canceled the Legends Classic after 1994 due to the players' frequent injuries from the game due to the large range in fitness levels among younger and older alumni. The Rising Stars Challenge is its replacement.
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The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division; the team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, play at the Fiserv Forum. Former U. S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale, approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month on May 16; the team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former director of basketball operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017. The Bucks have won one league title, two conference titles, 14 division titles, they have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Redd, Terry Cummings, Vin Baker, Jon McGlocklin, Marques Johnson, Brian Winters.
On January 22, 1968, the NBA awarded a franchise to Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. a group headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman. A fan contest was held to name the new team, with over 40,000 fans participating. While the most-voted fan entry was the Robins, named for Wisconsin's state bird, the contest judges went with the second-most popular choice, the Bucks, a reference to Wisconsin's official wild animal, the white-tailed deer. One fan, R. D. Trebilcox, was awarded a new car for his part in reasoning why the Bucks was a good nickname, saying that bucks were "spirited, good jumpers and agile." The Bucks marked a return of the NBA to Milwaukee after 13 years. In October, the Bucks played their first NBA regular-season game against the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467; as is typical with expansion teams, the Bucks' first season was a struggle. Their first victory came in their sixth game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134–118; the Bucks' record that year earned them a coin flip against their expansion cousins, the Phoenix Suns, to see who would get the first pick in the upcoming draft.
It was considered a foregone conclusion that the first pick in the draft would be Lew Alcindor of UCLA. The Bucks won the coin flip, but had to win a bidding war with the upstart American Basketball Association to secure him. Despite the Bucks' stroke of fortune in landing Alcindor, no one expected what happened in 1969–70, they finished with a 56–26 record – a nearly exact reversal of the previous year and good enough for the second-best record in the league, behind the New York Knicks. The 29-game improvement was the best in league history – a record which would stand for 10 years until the Boston Celtics jumped from 29 wins in 1978–79 to 61 in 1979–80; the Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the Eastern semifinals, only to be dispatched in five by the Knicks in the Eastern finals. Alcindor was a runaway selection for NBA Rookie of the Year; the following season, the Bucks got an unexpected gift when they acquired Oscar Robertson, known as the "Big O", in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals.
Subsequently, in only their third season, the Bucks finished 66–16 – the second-most wins in NBA history at the time, still the most in franchise history. During the regular season, the Bucks recorded, they steamrolled through the playoffs with a dominating 12–2 record, winning the NBA Championship on April 30, 1971, by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games. By winning it all in only their third season, the Bucks became the fastest expansion team in the history of North American sports to win a championship; as of 2018, it remains the only title in team history. The Bucks remained a powerhouse for the first half of the 1970s. In 1972, they recorded their third consecutive 60-win season. During the year, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Milwaukee beat the Warriors in the playoffs 4–1, but lost the conference finals to Los Angeles 4–2. Injuries resulted in an early 1973 playoff exit, but the Bucks were back in the 1974 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. In game six of the series, Abdul-Jabbar made his famous "sky hook" shot to end a classic double-overtime victory for the Bucks.
The Bucks lost the series to the Celtics. As the 1974–1975 season began, Abdul-Jabbar suffered a hand injury and the team got off to a 3–13 start. After his return, other injuries befell Milwaukee, sending them to the bottom of their division with 38 wins and 44 losses; when the season ended, Abdul-Jabbar made the stunning announcement that he no longer wished to play for the Bucks, stating that he needed the big city, requesting a trade to either Los Angeles or New York City. The front office was unable to convince him otherwise and on June 16, 1975, the Bucks pulled a mega-trade by sending Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers for Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters and David Meyers; the trade triggered a series of events. The Bucks' largest stockholder, cable television executive Jim Fitzgerald, opposed the trade and wanted to sell his stock. Although Fitzgerald was the largest stockholder, he did not own enough stock to control the team. After the deal, the Bucks
NCAA March Madness (TV program)
NCAA March Madness is the branding used for coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, jointly produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network, Turner Sports, the national sports division of WarnerMedia in the United States. Through the agreement between CBS and WarnerMedia, which began with the 2011 tournament, games are televised on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. CBS Sports Network has re-aired games from all networks. CBS continued to provide coverage during most rounds, with the three WarnerMedia channels covering much of the early rounds up to the Sweet Sixteen. Starting in 2016, the regional finals, Final Four and national championship game began to alternate between CBS and TBS. TBS holds the rights to the final two rounds in numbered years, with CBS getting the games in odd numbered years; this joint tournament coverage should be distinguished from CBS's regular-season coverage, which it produces independently through its sports division. None of WarnerMedia's outlets cover regular-season college basketball games.
Games broadcast on all four networks use a variation of the longtime CBS College Basketball theme music. On April 22, 2010, the National Collegiate Athletic Association reached a 14-year agreement, worth US$10.8 billion, with CBS and the Turner Broadcasting System to receive joint broadcast rights to the Division I men's college basketball tournament. This came after speculation; the NCAA took advantage of an opt-out clause in its 1999 deal with CBS to announce its intention to sign a new contract with CBS and Turner Sports, a division of Time Warner. The new contract came amid serious consideration by the NCAA of expanding the tournament to 68 teams; the agreement, which runs through 2032, stipulates. All First Four games air on truTV. During the first and second rounds, a featured game in each time "window" is broadcast terrestrially on CBS, while all other games are shown on TBS, TNT or TruTV. Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games are split among CBS and TBS. In 2014 and 2015, Turner channels had exclusive rights to the Final Four, CBS broadcast the championship game.
Since 2016, rights to the Final Four and championship game alternate between Turner and CBS. The same number of "windows" are provided to CBS as before, although unlike with the previous schedule where all games in a window started within 10 minutes of each other, resulting in the possibility of multiple close games ending at once, the start times of games are staggered, with action lasting in the night and fewer simultaneous games than in the previous format; as a result of the new deal, Mega March Madness, a pay-per-view out-of-market sports package covering games in the tournament, was discontinued. March Madness On Demand remained unchanged, with Turner Interactive taking over management of both that service and NCAA.com at the start of 2011. The contract was expected to be signed after a review by the NCAA Board of Directors. In 2012, the service was changed. All other games are available to authenticated subscribers to the channels on participating television providers; the 2018 tournament, with TBS televising the national semifinals and final, is the first in which those particular games are subject to authentication restrictions.
The CBS-WarnerMedia coverage formally begins with The Selection Show—in which the teams participating in the tournament are announced, which follows CBS's coverage of the final game on Selection Sunday. During the tournament itself, truTV broadcasts pre-game coverage, Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off, while TBS and TruTV air the post-game show Inside March Madness. CBS produces coverage of the Reese's College All-Star Game, the Division II championship game, which are both aired as part of the March Madness package. In 2016, CBS extended the selection show to a two-hour format. In 2017, the selection show was shortened to a 90-minute format. Beginning with 2018, the selection show will return to a two-hour format, but the special aired on TBS instead, marking the first time since 1982 that the official bracket unveiling has not aired on CBS; the Selection Show will now alternate between TBS and CBS with TBS airing the Selection Show in numbered years, with CBS airing the Selection Show in odd numbered years.
On April 16, 2016, the contract was extended to 2032 in an $8.8 billion deal. The current broadcasting arrangements, including alternating broadcasts of the semi-finals and final, will remain in force. WarnerMedia began the process of dissolving the Turner Broadcasting System in March 2019; the corporate reorganization will not outwardly affect coverage of NCAA March Madness, which remains on the same networks. Additionally, for 2014, truTV and TNT aired special "Teamcast" coverage of the Final Four alongside TBS's conventional coverage, which featured commentators and other guests representing the schools in each game. While the consortium planned to tap local radio announcers from each team for the teamcasts, the majority refused due to commitments in calling t
NBA on TNT
The NBA on TNT is a branding used for broadcasts of the National Basketball Association games, produced by Turner Sports, the sports division of the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of WarnerMedia and televised on TNT since 1989. TNT's NBA coverage includes the Inside the NBA studio show, weekly doubleheaders throughout the regular season on Thursdays, as well as Tuesdays in the second half of the season, a majority of games during the first two rounds of the playoffs, one conference finals series. TNT airs many of the NBA's marquee games. In recent years, fans have reckoned it as what NBC was doing throughout that network's coverage of the league. TNT would seem to be the NBA's preferred carrier as well. TNT airs most of the big games during the regular season, TNT studio content is streamed to NBA.com via the TNT Overtime section. Ernie Johnson Jr. has been TNT's NBA studio host since the 1990-1991 season. Johnson is joined by Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal; the NBA postgame show which features the four, Inside the NBA, has gained popularity in recent years for the chemistry and banter they have.
Johnson, O'Neal and Barkley are joined by Chris Webber, Kevin McHale, David Aldridge, Reggie Miller or Isiah Thomas. TNT's playoff coverage is nicknamed 40 Games in 40 Nights. In previous years, TNT and TBS aired doubleheaders opposite each other on each night of the first round of the playoffs, with one network airing a doubleheader at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and the other network airing a doubleheader at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.. TNT carries exclusive coverage of one NBA Conference Final. Since the 2004 NBA Playoffs, TNT has aired the Eastern Conference Finals in odd-number years and the Western Conference Finals in even-number years, a pattern which will continue until the expiration of its television contract. ESPN airs the other Conference Final, with weekend coverage of the ESPN-covered series and the Finals being broadcast on ABC. For the first round, TNT's coverage of the playoffs is not exclusive. After the first round, only national coverage from TNT or ESPN/ABC is produced. Starting in 2000, the NBA spread out playoff series.
TNT would air doubleheaders on most weekdays. With the advent of the new NBA television deal in 2003, TNT has aired playoff games alone, including some weekday tripleheaders; the tripleheaders, which were criticized by both fans and many in the media, consisted of one game at 6:00 p.m. another at 8:30 p.m. and a final game at 11:00 p.m. After 2003, the NBA and TNT discontinued the tripleheaders, instead settling for a doubleheader on TNT and a single game on NBA TV simultaneously. However, when Turner Sports acquired NBA TV in 2008, the network abandoned airing the lone non-national Thursday game, instead leaving it up to the local sports networks. However, TBS may still air the start of the second game in case the ongoing first game on TNT extends beyond the tip-off time of the second game. Other than their regular Thursday schedule, TNT airs NBA regular season games on Martin Luther King Day, during which tripleheaders were still used. However, in 2011, ESPN opted to air one matinee game on MLK Day, NBA TV on the second matinee, leaving TNT to air the remaining two night games.
In 2008, TNT broadcast on Christmas Day for the first time as Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and Craig Sager broadcast the game between the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Quicken Loans Arena and Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Cheryl Miller broadcast the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers in Rose Garden. TNT broadcast on Christmas Day again in 2011, when it broadcast the game between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the first game of the 2011–12 season, as a result of a lockout. Albert and Steve Kerr called the game. Due to TNT's part in coverage of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament beginning in March 2011, the league shifted over what would have been the Thursday night games in the third week of that month to Monday nights and they aired as part of ESPN's coverage instead. In addition, NBA TV's ` Fan Night'; the studio crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley would stay in the TNT Atlanta studios for all of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs.
However, in the 2010-11 NBA season the studio crew started taking their pre-game and Inside the NBA shows on the road in the regular season select games involving the Miami Heat on TNT, due to the heightened media coverage surrounding the Heat's acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The substitute studio hosts will be on hand for Inside the NBA and the other game's pre-game and halftime presentations. On May 11, 2011, Turner Sports broadcast its 1,000th playoff telecast. In July 2011, it was announced that Shaquille O'Neal would join as an analyst and he signed a multi-year agr
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
Inside the NBA
Inside the NBA is the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. The program features host Ernie Johnson with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, with supporting or fill-in analysts including Chris Webber and Grant Hill; the show has won nine Emmy Awards, while Johnson has won three as a studio host and Barkley has won three as a studio analyst. Since Barkley joined the show in 2001, Inside the NBA gained popularity for the chemistry and banter of the hosts. Barkley has been known for his controversial comments and outrageous bets. In late 2002, Barkley told Kenny Smith that he would "kiss ass" if Houston Rockets then-rookie Yao Ming scored nineteen points in a game, followed by Yao doing that that week; as a result, on Listen Up! With Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson that Thursday, Barkley kissed the rear end of a donkey that Smith brought into the studio. In 2002, a controversial Sports Illustrated cover, in which Barkley was portrayed in chains, led to a sometimes heated debate on the TNT studio show.
During the 2006 NBA Playoffs, in response to performer David Blaine's attempt to stay under water for nine minutes, Barkley duplicated the stunt with a small tub of water but only managed to stay under water for 24 seconds. Barkley has been weighed on air several times, once said "bullshit" live on air. Following the release of Django Unchained, Barkley will joke he isn't going to "take it any more master," referring to Ernie Johnson. Johnson has a whip sound effect he uses when Barkley or O'Neal's conversations go far off topic, for a segment called "The Whip" that provoked jokes from the other hosts - for example, Smith saying, "Revolt, revolt!" Smith has been the brunt of jokes before, an example being the "retirement" of his jersey on air. In reality, it was a Tracy McGrady jersey with Smith's name put on a clothesline and "raised" to the TNT studio roof on a clothesline with various undergarments. Most of the jokes were featured as Ernie Johnson's E. J.'s Neat-O Stat of the Night, the show's closing segment.
The popularity of the program has led the NBA to air reruns of the show on the TNT Overtime on NBA.com. Analysts from the show have been featured in the popular NBA 2K video game series beginning with NBA 2K15. In addition to winning nine Emmy Awards, it was announced live on the May 11th, 2016 edition that Inside was to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in October 2016, becoming just the twelfth program to receive the honor and the third sports show to do so after SportsCenter and Monday Night Football. "Win or go home" – The main tagline TNT uses for its playoff coverage. With rounds in the NBA Playoffs conducted in a best-of-seven format, the statement carries more weight in meaning as a series extends to its finale. For all of TNT's Game 7s — Dallas-Sacramento in 2003. A. Lakers-Phoenix Suns, San Antonio-Dallas and L. A. Clippers-Phoenix in 2006. A. Clippers in 2014. A. Clippers in 2015. "Gone fishin'" – The most notable of TNT's catchphrases. It is used whenever a team is knocked out of the playoffs, is accompanied by doctored photos of players on the team on fishing boats with analyst Kenny Smith.
It has its roots in the 90s - when the Suns had a chance to eliminate a team, their gorilla mascot would have a fishing pole on hand to indicate the opponents would be "gone fishin'". Barkley, Smith and O'Neal will wear fishing hats when they anticipate a team's elimination from the playoffs. In addition to players, notable figures from the city of the eliminated team show up; the catchphrase has gotten popular enough to warrant its own page on NBA.com and has become a metaphor for being eliminated from the playoffs. TBS uses similar phrase for when a team gets knocked out of the MLB playoffs, called "Gone huntin'", as most North American hunting seasons occur in mid-to-late fall. "My big fat obnoxious boss" – Barkley's nickname for Inside the NBA producer Tim Kiely. "BIRDMAN BIRDMAN" - O'Neal's call for NBA center Chris Andersen. "Ginobili!" - Barkley's call for San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginóbili. "Underdog, put that on a T-Shirt!" O'Neal's common catchphrase towards Senior Researcher/Producer Joe "Underdog" Underhill.
Whenever a snide or humorous remark is made by the crew or if a humorous image is shown, this quote is used by O'Neal or stated in a different way at times to fit the context. It has been made as an actual T-shirt. "JAVALE MCGEE!" - O'Neal's call for Los Angeles Lakers center and frequent Shaqtin' a Fool nominee JaVale McGee. "Tragic Bronson!" - O'Neal's call for an outrageous ball-handing or passing mistake on Shaqtin' a Fool an oblique reference to Kevin McHale's'Tragic Johnson' name for Magic Johnson's end-of-game mistake in Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals. Shaqtin' a Fool – A blooper segment started by O'Neal when he joined the show in 2012 that has become popular since. Frequent nominees include JaVale McGee, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Young, Otto
NBA (video game series)
NBA is a series of six basketball video games developed by SCE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The games are licensed by the National Basketball Association, are one of several different NBA-focused basketball video game series; the games released in the series are NBA 2005, NBA'06: featuring the Life Vol. 1, NBA'07: featuring the Life Vol. 2, NBA'08: Games of the Week, NBA 09: The Inside, NBA 10: The Inside. It is the successor to the NBA ShootOut series. NBA'06: Featuring the Life Vol. 1 is a basketball video game, released on October 4, 2005 for the PSP and November 1, 2005 on PlayStation 2. It is the first installment of the NBA: Featuring the Life series by Sony Computer Entertainment; the product features Phoenix Suns power forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire on the cover. You may compete in a new feature the PlayStation's Skills challenge. Not in any other NBA games; this mode is a unique feature to the game and you take role as an NBA rookie. First, you must create your player and go to pre-draft training camp of your favorite team.
After that you get picked by that team. Next is summer leagues and eventually pro games. During those games you have to complete goals like scoring a certain number of points or holding their star to no steals. If you fail at least one of the goals you have to start the event all over again. So if your player scores 100 points but fails to block someone you will be forced to start the challenge over. Amar'e Stoudemire and P. J. Carlesimo appeared in commercials featuring three fictitious failed NBA players: Billy Joe Cuthbert - A physical defender and hard worker whose fouls and injuries shortened his NBA career, he plays pick-up games while wearing 1980s-era clothing, coaches kids, hopes to play professionally again. Jason "Sweet Money" McDaniels - Liked to shoot, just couldn't. After his NBA career fizzled, he worked in an office. Sergei Vogavich - A Russian player whose attempt to transition into the NBA was a dismal failure, he was described as being big...and that's about it. After basketball, he moved back to Russia to work at his uncle's farm.
NBA'07: featuring the Life Vol. 2 is a basketball video game, released on September 26, 2006. The product features Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the cover, with his newly chosen jersey number of 24, it is the second installment of the NBA: Featuring the Life series by Sony Computer Entertainment, is a launch game for the PlayStation 3 format. It is the only game released at launch other than Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Ridge Racer 7 that supports the 1080p high definition video output, a major advertising point for the PS3. On all consoles, the game uses graphics from TNT's NBA coverage. AIAS Nominations: Best Sports Game of 2006, NBA'08: Games of the Week is an NBA basketball simulation developed by SCE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was released on September 26, 2007 for PlayStation 2 and October 12, 2007 for PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. For the second time in the series, Phoenix Suns F/C Amar'e Stoudemire is featured on the cover—Stoudemire appeared on the cover of NBA'06: featuring the Life Vol. 1 two years before.
Unlike most NBA games, this one has a story. A coach has had a rise in fame. It's up to the player to make his last year worth while. NBA 09: The Inside is a basketball simulation game developed by SCE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment; the game was released on October 7, 2008 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. This year's game does not feature a single cover athlete but instead features a group of six NBA players that include Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade; the game includes all 30 NBA teams along with 14 of the 16 D-League teams. Quick Play- this mode allows you to choose an NBA or D-League team to play in a normal game. Franchise- allows you to choose one NBA team and control its player transactions and other things covered by a real General Manager; the Life - allows you to play 3 different stories of an NBA player's rise from the D-League to the NBA. NBA Replay - this mode allows you to replay a game played in real life