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The 10 Best NBA Franchises, 2013 Edition

The 10 Best NBA Franchises, 2013 Edition

Sports
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
The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Atlantic Division)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Atlantic Division)

Sports
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
Brick! — The 10 Longest Active Title Droughts in NBA History

Brick! — The 10 Longest Active Title Droughts in NBA History

Featured Posts, Sports
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...
Why The Hell Should I Like… A Tribe Called Quest?

Why The Hell Should I Like… A Tribe Called Quest?

Music
“Why the hell should I like… ?” is an experiment of sorts between Popblerd and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. What we’re going to attempt to do is to pick 10 songs from our favorite artists — one for which the other has professed dislike or disinterest — and show them why they’re wrong (or why they should be interested.) A Tribe Called Quest is a pretty serious contender for the best rap group of all time. Formed in the late '80s by childhood friends Jonathan Davis (Q-Tip) and Malik Taylor (Phife Dawg), the group recruited DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and, joined by on-again off-again member Jarobi White, Tribe went on to become one of the most critically and commercially successful "legitimate" hip hop acts of the early '90s. The Low End Theory (1991) and Midnight Marauders (1993) ar
Showdown: Isiah Thomas vs. George Costanza

Showdown: Isiah Thomas vs. George Costanza

Funny Stuff
I'm not a huge basketball fan, but being in the New York radio & TV market and being a sports fan has made it nigh impossible to not know something of the disaster that was Isiah Thomas's reign as head coach and president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. In four full seasons as the team president and two as head coach, Isiah's Knicks set new standards in futility, twice tying the team record for losses in a season (59 of 82 games). Playing in a city with a proud sports heritage, the Knicks became the real-life equivalent of the Washington Generals. But losing was only part of the humiliation - tawdry scandal and general piss-poor decision-making reared their ugly heads at every turn with Thomas. In trying to think of a sports executive who displayed equal pa...