OK, I've ranked the 10 worst NBA franchises ever (as of 2013), so now it's time to look at the best of the best. The formula is pretty simple. I’ve ranked all 30 NBA franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence and ordered by that. If you want to check out my other pro sports rankings -- and I know you do -- you can find them on this handy page. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for each playoff round win (does not include a win in the Finals). 4 points for a division title (starting in 1970-71). 1 poi
I've gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it's time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I've provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let's do some roundball logo reviews. I'm going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running into the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up first are the five teams of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division -- the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Toronto Raptors. As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer's outstanding logo website. Boston Celtics Best What better way to start this logo series than with one of the NBA's all-time great ones? The original Celtics leprechaun logo
Winning an NBA title is hard. Really hard. But some franchises have taken futility to a whole new level. I speak, of course, about the longest streak of consecutive seasons without winning an NBA championship. Let's take a look at the ten longest active streaks as of the start of the 2012-13 regular season. #10 -- Portland Trail Blazers (35 seasons) The Blazers enjoyed their one and only NBA crown in the 1976-77 season, the year new head coach Jack Ramsay and Hall of Fame center Bill Walton led the team to its first winning campaign and first playoff appearance. The team followed that up by making it to the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost in six games to the Seattle SuperSonics. From that magical season all the way through 2002-03, Portland missed the playoffs...
CNNSI ran an interesting piece this week called "25 Things We Miss in Football", and while it hit on a few things I would definitely have in my own list (Al Davis as a genius, well-dressed coaches, and the Orange Bowl played in the Orange Bowl) there are naturally some missing items. So to rectify that I'm going to list the things I miss not just in football, but in sports in general. Let's take a look! 1. Helmet/Bullpen Carts: I miss helmet and bullpen carts for a few reasons. One is the pure fun and novelty of the concept. I mean, the notion that a professional athlete needs motorized assistance to travel a few hundred feet is laughable on its face. Still, despite all the cynicism of our modern age I have to think there's room in peoples' hearts for sweet rides like this or this