Our fascination with the NBA started way back in 1991 – this when we got Tecmo NBA Basketball on the Nintendo Entertainment system. Post that, the NBA has pretty much governed our lives – we’ve rented, watched most matches on God’s green earth, bought every game on every console and most importantly, got our whole family hooked onto our phenomenon.
Currently, our lives revolve around the NBA Playoffs, this to an extent wherein the early morning bike ride suffers basis live match telecasts. Currently we are following both the Miami Vs. Boston and San Antonio Vs. OKC series. The tricky thing this year is the shortened season and David Stern’s politics. Things that came out of this are the Bulls early exit from the playoffs, Magic not making the playoffs at all, other teams being plagued by one injury or the other. The only good that came out of this was Chris Paul making the Clippers a contender and one of the most fun teams to watch in the league this year.
Moving onto Miami and Boston. This series is a dirty clash, purely based on how Boston plays; they hit hard and also totally mind f%#$% the opposition. Miami, on the other hand, is the poster child for bought teams. Currently the series is tied at 2 games apiece and looks like Boston has the momentum; this after Miami won the first 2 games in the series. Rajan Rhondo is definitely the current star completely dismantling the Heat’s defence – does not matter who the heat throw at him they just cant guard him. The Heat is also missing Bosch, and Garnett is absolutely killing them over there. The Celtics have a very straight forward approach – guard Dwayne Wayde and let Lebron James beat us, without Bosch this strategy is working beautifully. On the other side, SA and OKC are in the exact same situation – 2 games all. SA took the early lead with 2 expertly executed wins. They ran plays like the Harlem Globetrotters and completely destroyed the Spurs. Once the game shifted to OKC, the story has been Kevin Durant and the defensive adjustments that have been made by OKC. Sefolosha has been outstanding and the Lakers must be killing themselves watching the resurgence of Derek Fisher. Kevin Durant is definitely proving why he is the scoring leader and almost impossible to guard. Like my uncle said, the series looks like they will probably go to game 7s respectively. The finals this year are going to be between true battle tested teams and a lot of fun to watch.
So post our expert analysis, you are wondering what is a Basketball post doing on our bike blog? The NBA has a lot of players and coaches who are bike lovers and hence we thought of mentioning a few of them. Till now, the only bike associated with the league was the one Derrick Williams from Minnesota used in the Slam Dunk Contest. Anyways, let’s start with Phil Jackson – the legendary coach of the Bulls has been known to ride on his chopper to and from work. He also has been wanting to travel the world on his motorcycle (this sounds like a rumour). Next on the prominent list is Rik Smits, the extremely tall Indiana Pacer centre; he for some reason has become a Dirt Bike Racer, scary how tall his bike is and the fact that it meets international racing standards. Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls (I don’t know if a lot of you remember him) was also an avid Bike rider; unfortunately, Williams crashed his motorcycle into a streetlight at the intersection of Fletcher and Honore streets on Chicago’s North Side. Williams was not wearing a helmet, was not licensed to drive a motorcycle in Illinois, and was also violating the terms of his Bulls contract by riding a motorcycle. Finally, let’s look at Ben Wallaces nasty T-Rex…….by all means this is a nasty Trike. The one and only Original T-REX powered by a Kawasaki 1400cc engine, The T-Rex retails for close to $60,000, which isn’t really a problem from Wallace, given that he’s made over $87 million during his 16-year NBA career. Hope you enjoy these rare pictures around the blog and the awesome NBA Finals.