Last year, the NBA owned the New Orleans Hornets and many were worried about the team being sold and moved out of the city. Now, thanks to new owner Tom Benson, the franchise is rooted in New Orleans and have plenty of hope for the future.
The first step of transforming the franchise was renaming the team. By renaming the team to the New Orleans Pelicans, the ownership group led by Benson tied the team to the city’s culture and signaled the start of a new era.
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March Madness is the nickname given to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which is held every year to determine the best college basketball team in the country. The tournament got the name March Madness because of the unpredictably nature of the tournament. March Madness was founded in 1932, and it has been held every year since then, with many of the games available on DIRECT.TV.
The tournament started out with only eight teams in 1939, but it is currently up to 68 teams each year. The first 31 teams in the tournament automatically qualify by winning their conference tournament at the end of the season. The final 37 teams are chosen by the tournament selection committee based on their performance throughout the season. The final 68 teams are then placed in a single-elimination tournament bracket and play until there is only one team left holding the title.
The tournament has been won by 35 different teams in the 74 year history of March Madness. UCLA currently leads all schools with 11 titles. They were able to win 10 of these titles in 12 years from 1964-1975. Kentucky ranks second on the list of most NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships with a total of 8. Indiana and North Carolina are tied for third with five titles each. Duke, Kansas and Connecticut are the only other schools that have won the tournament more than three times.
Since the tournament went to its current format in 1985, none of the four teams given a number 1 seed have lost their opening game. March Madness bracket pools have made the tournament one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Millions of people each year fill out their bracket in hopes of defeating their friends and coworkers. These pools are a major reason why March Madness is watched by people that usually have no invested interest in sports.
The most recent March Madness tournament saw Kentucky take home the title. Kentucky was the top ranked team heading into the tournament, and they were able to defeat Kansas 67-59 to win the 2011 National Championship game. The championship was the first in the career of coach John Calipari.
After a mediocre 19-14 finish and 6th in the PAC-12 the UCLA Bruins are looking to regroup with one of the highest ranking recruiting classes. The Bruins are boasting two Top-10 picks for the 2012 season. The latest addition being 6 foot 9 inch Tony Parker of Lithonia, GA who took Miller Grove High School to four state titles, a feat that has not been seen in Georgia since 1993. Parker’s other top picks were Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgetown, Memphis and Georgia. It was speculated though Read the rest of this entry »
This March the Kentucky Wildcats, who were led largely by their freshman star players, proved to the world that they were one of the best teams of all time. While almost all of the core players have decided to move on to the NBA, Kentucky has once again landed one of the best recruiting classes, which could help them continue their winning tradition.
Just like last year when they signed Anthony Davis, the Wildcats and their coach John Read the rest of this entry »
The NBA could be making a move towards adding corporate logos and other advertisements onto the logos of their jerseys in the future. They have already started the process by testing it out in the D-League. For those that donâ€™t know, the D-league is the minor league training ground for basketball players trying to make their way into the NBA. The league recently announced that they will be adding corporate logos to their jerseys this year for the D-League playoffs.
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The top ten or so prospects in the 2012 NBA Draft are well known to even the most casual of fans. Players selected late in Round 1 or even lower use this “snub” as motivation to exceed their scouting reports and become genuine NBA stars.
John Henson of North Carolina, once considered an automatic lottery pick, has seen his stock fall, primarily due to the influx of younger players and questions about his durability. The rail-thin Henson needs to bulk up, but his pterodactyl-like wingspan and shot-blocking skills will Read the rest of this entry »
Could the NBA become even more like soccer in the future? Players are already flopping all over the court like the European counterparts to try and draw fouls. Now it looks like the NBA is going to be even more like Soccer in their business practices. By this I mean that the NBA could soon have corporate logos displayed on the uniforms of their players within the next couple of years. For those that doubt this, you should know that they are already trying it out. The NBA announced that the D-League will have advertising displayed on their jerseys during Read the rest of this entry »
No team got as raw a deal as the New Orleans Hornets this year, at least when it comes to personnel. In an era during which superstars have a lot of power to wield, All-Star Hornets guard Chris Paul publicly demanded a trade. If he wasn’t going to be traded, he was going to leave via free agency, and so the Hornets tried to pull the trigger on a trade with the Lakers. This was blocked by Read the rest of this entry »
The Charlotte Bobcats have completed their march towards basketball infamy by finishing with the worst record in the history of the National Basketball Association. The Bobcats’ latest defeat, a 104-84 affair at the hands of the New York Knicks, was the 23rd consecutive loss for Bobcats, the same number that their owner Michael Jordan wore during his playing days for the Chicago Bulls. The 66-game shortened season due to the lockout spared Bobcats fans of having to see this team play an extra 16 games. The Bobcats’ final Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes the best move that you can make with regards to blowing up a sports team is the move that you don’t make. Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics showed incredible perseverance and patience by not pulling the trigger on any moves at the trade deadline this year. Many expected them to blow up the team of aging stars, starting over with a fresh and clean slate. This theory might have even had them missing out on the playoffs this year, pulling a lottery pick from the Read the rest of this entry »