Global Basketball Odds and Ends

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That poor custodian. What ferocity that's impressive.
 

Smokey Joe

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Actually, a brick. He hit the front rim so hard with a shot that it broke the rim off the backboard.
 

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While on the original 1992 Dream Team, Christian Laettner played everyone in pingpong, and eventually played and beat Michael Jordan. Jordan did not take well to this. The story is pretty fun.
 

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The tussle between James Dolan / MSG and Steve Ballmer / Clippers continues. Except Dolan may be starting to realize that he picked a fight with the wrong billionaire, because Ballmer is #9 on the Forbes 400, ahead of the Walton children and just behind Bloomberg. So he's entertaining the idea of selling the Forum to Ballmer just to cut his losses.
 

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Since it's the Globetrotters, thought this might fit here. Fred "Curly" Neal passed away at age 77. Saw him play with the Globetrotters a couple of times with the Goose/Meadowlark era Trotters. It's hard to imagine the impact Neal's shaved head had back then. Outside of Yul Brunner and Telly Savalas, it was a really unusual look at the time and Neal stuck out. Great showman.

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If you look at the highlights within the storylink, boy those Generals played horrendous D. For starters, they don't stay between the ball and the basket and the help D is also non-existent. To give credit where credit is due though, it's clear where Neal liked to launch long 3’s and, since the 3 didn't exist then, the Generals were at least smart enough to back off and let Neal take them. :)
 
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First NBA player to shatter a backboard? Chuck Conners.
Apropos of nothing but a crazy coincidence, I clicked on this thread and saw this Chuck Conners comment. Last night, I had a dream where I was at a community meeting and an old guy showed up and was sitting there listening. I get up and say "That's Chuck Conners. He was involved in two things I really liked growing up - The Rifleman, and the Boston Celtics."

Then I call him "Paw" a bunch of times and tell him that I recently discovered that quasi-legendary film director Sam Peckinpah directed a bunch of Rifleman episodes. I ask him what he was doing at a community meeting in Providence. He says "I'm speaking at an event at the bowling alley next door later tonight and had some time to kill" and then introduced us to his twin children, a 50+ year old son and daughter who looked like mutants.

Strange times.
 

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Apropos of nothing but a crazy coincidence, I clicked on this thread and saw this Chuck Conners comment. Last night, I had a dream where I was at a community meeting and an old guy showed up and was sitting there listening. I get up and say "That's Chuck Conners. He was involved in two things I really liked growing up - The Rifleman, and the Boston Celtics."

Then I call him "Paw" a bunch of times and tell him that I recently discovered that quasi-legendary film director Sam Peckinpah directed a bunch of Rifleman episodes. I ask him what he was doing at a community meeting in Providence. He says "I'm speaking at an event at the bowling alley next door later tonight and had some time to kill" and then introduced us to his twin children, a 50+ year old son and daughter who looked like mutants.

Strange times.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkGcTs9iQDY