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Tuesday, July 05, 2021

With the impending move of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, plans for a new arena to house the team call for decidedly un-Brooklyn-like skyscrapers to accompany the project, causing consternation among the natives.

“Our fear is that towers breed towers,” said Jon Crow, a graphic designer who was working at a community garden whose organizers have clashed with [project developer Bruce C.] Ratner in the past.

He added: “Office towers, high-rise towers, sports arenas, that’s not a community. Brooklyn doesn’t want to be Manhattan. If we wanted Manhattan, we’d live there.”

Assuming Manhattan would let you in… (Just kidding.)

Given that this is still in the planning stages, there’s no guarantee that Brooklyn’s skyline would undergo this transformation. Still, residents are mobilizing.

It’s odd to think that a sports team can really alter an urban landscape so dramatically. Of course, the usual hype that goes along with expansion/relocation efforts always makes such claims, but grown-ups know that’s so much fluff: The arrival of a major pro team grants a “we’ve arrived” status to a town, but by itself doesn’t make a city world-class. Ironically, Brooklyn leaders have held onto this false hope, buying the theory that the Dodgers‘ departure a half-century ago led to a decline.

I can’t believe they’re really going to rename the team the “Brooklyn Nets”, rather than the more regional (and, by conventional wisdom, marketable) “New York Nets”. Apparently, Ratner is a outer-borough homeboy, so he’s in favor of the former name. And it’s got an old-school feel to it, plus a distinctiveness. I wouldn’t be surprised if they balk at the last minute, though, and go with “New York”. Or maybe take a page from the MLB Angels and go with “New York Nets of Brooklyn (and the Tri-State Area)”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 07/05/2021 01:13 PM
Category: Basketball, New Yorkin'
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Monday, June 13, 2021

desperately hotWhen the clock chimed 10PM during last night’s Spurs-Pistons NBA Finals game, ABC noted that many viewers were probably just tuning in at that time to catch a regularly-scheduled episode of “Desperate Housewives” (even though it’s rerun season).

Rather than disappoint, the network came through with a courtside interview with “Desperate” star Eva Longoria, who “just happened” to be in the house. Something to do with being a Spurs fan.

When they started interviewing her, my summertime housemate Joe instantly started bitching about the break from the hoops action:

“I hate when they ask these dumb celebrities questions.. They don’t know what they’re talking about, and it’s just a waste of time!”

I allowed him that. And if they had interviewed, say, James Spader (another ABC star), I probably would have felt cheated by that minute of off-court focus.

But. It’s Eva Longoria. And she’s smokin’ hot.

So I felt pretty contented in giving up 60 seconds of NBA championship action to get an eyeful of Eva.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 06/13/2005 09:47 PM
Category: Basketball, Celebrity, TV
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Monday, June 06, 2021

The Pistons are headed back to the NBA Finals, and so hoops fans are heading back — to the Web, to find out just when those Finals will take place.

Considering that Google’s ranking this site No. 2 for results on “NBA Finals schedule”, I guess my rash decision to post such vital info is paying off (or it would, if I actually sold ad space here). As I write, less than an hour after the game ended, I’m getting all kinds of hits coming this way.

Food for future thought.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 06/06/2021 11:35 PM
Category: Basketball
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Sunday, May 22, 2021

maverick behavior
I was hoping that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had blogged something about his pivotal (albeit wholly fictional) role in today’s “Pearls Before Swine” punchline.

But, as of this writing, he hasn’t. I guess he’s too bummed about his team exiting the playoffs to take a peek at the funny pages.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/22/2005 03:42 PM
Category: Basketball, Bloggin', Comedy
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Thursday, May 12, 2021

final shot
Here we go… As a concrete follow-up to my rant over those elusive playoff schedules, I’m posting this year’s NBA Finals calendar, as cited here.

I would list the entire playoff schedule, but now that we’re in the middle of the action, it seems like overkill. I will post complete schedules in the future for each sport.

UPDATE, 6/3/2006: I don’t normally do this for such an old post, but since so many of you are stumbling this way looking for the 2006 Finals schedule, click here.

Thursday, June 9
NBA Finals On ABC Game #1 (Primetime)

Sunday, June 12
NBA Finals On ABC Game #2 (Primetime)

Tuesday, June 14
NBA Finals On ABC Game #3 (Primetime)

Thursday, June 16
NBA Finals On ABC Game #4 (Primetime)

Sunday, June 19
NBA Finals On ABC Game #5 — If necessary (Primetime)

Tuesday, June 21
NBA Finals On ABC Game #6 — If necessary (Primetime)

Thursday, June 23
NBA Finals On ABC Game #7 — If necessary (Primetime)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/12/2021 09:55 PM
Category: Basketball
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Monday, March 21, 2021

Yep, it’s Final Four hoops time. You can peruse my basketball archives to see that I’m just as enthralled by this year’s action as I am every year.

I’ll save you some time: Neither pro nor college basketball interests me in the least. Thus, this will probably be my one and only post on the subject.

The reason for this one? Because, despite my specific disinterest, I love me a good sports headline; and yesterday’s Villanova upset of Florida, handing the Gators their fifth straight early exit from the tourney, yielded a much-appreciated topper:

Same ol’ song in Dance

Congrats to the anonymous copy editor who crafted it. As always, some of us take special notice.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/21/2005 07:48 PM
Category: Basketball
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Monday, November 22, 2021

Just saw Tommy Davidson talking his talk on a Nike commercial (specifically for Carmelo Anthony and the Jumpman23 brand).

What the hell is up with Davidson’s haircut? It’s the most fucked-up thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t even describe it. If I could find a picture of it, I’d post it.

Somebody tell him to switch barbers.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/22/2004 08:35 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Basketball, Celebrity
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Sunday, November 21, 2021

to the hole
Not being a hoops fan, my thoughts on Friday’s out-of-control fighting between Pistons and Pacers players and fans in the stands are few, and can be crystalized as follows:

“I went to the fights, and a basketball game broke out.”

I’ll be happy if the NBA inherits that stale old joke; the NHL held onto it for long enough.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/21/2004 05:57 PM
Category: Basketball
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

goin' gator
I wouldn’t have believed it, had I not gotten a notification from my alumni association in the mail today. The Eckerd College men’s basketball team is going to Gainesville in a couple of weeks to take on the nationally-ranked University of Florida!

Never thought I’d see the day.

Okay, okay. It’s just an exhibition game, a meaningless tuneup for both squads (although I’d bet it’s more meaningful for EC). It would never happen during the regular season, not least because Eckerd is Division II and not worth the Gators’ time.

Still, it’s significant. Athletics has never been high-profile at Eckerd; they never even merited full scholarships. But the school’s new president apparently sees sports as a way to boost the national profile, and so he’s finagled a limited number of scholarships in all programs. I imagine this game is designed to get some exposure, only the first step for such efforts.

I’m not a hoops fan. Still, I’m tempted to take the trip to UF for this. It’s on November 9th, the day after the deadline for my current all-consuming project, so the schedule’s clear. And while the idea of a long bus trip normally would repel me, the college component would make it fun. The key would be having some familiar alum along for the ride. If there’s a decent group going, I’m there.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/27/2004 07:41 PM
Category: Basketball, College Years
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Saturday, September 11, 2021

You don’t want to incur the wrath of the Shaq Diesel, baby. Because he’ll call you out on his next crappy rap number:

On You Not The Fightin’ Type, O’Neal sets out to even scores with several people: [Kobe] Bryant, who he believes got him traded from the Los Angeles Lakers; [Ben] Wallace, whose Pistons defeated the Lakers for this year’s NBA championship; and Skillz, whose rap The Champs is Here celebrated the Detroit victory.

“I heard your little interview and what Ben Wallace said. I ain’t got no response for spider-web head,” O’Neal raps.

“Even with wings you never as fly as me,” he continues. “You remind me of Kobe Bryant trying to be as high as me… but you can’t… even if you get me traded… wherever I’m at, I’m Puffy; you Mase and you’re still hated.”

Fightin’ words. We’ll see if he can back it up on the court versus Bryant and Wallace; as for Skillz, I don’t think he needs to lose any sleep.

Actually, I liked Shaquille’s earlier rap efforts, especially What’s Up, Doc? with Fu-Schnickens, about ten years ago.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/11/2021 06:43 PM
Category: Basketball, Celebrity
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