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Today In NBA History: Christmas Day Owned By Knicks, Lakers
Monday , Dec , 24 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History: Christmas Day Owned By Knicks, Lakers

The NBA season really doesn't begin until Christmas Day.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: But what you may not know is that the tradition of the NBA on Christmas started all the way back in 1947.

 

The current format of five games on Christmas Day started in 2008- prior to then, the most ever played was three on Christmas Day. Tomorrow when the Knicks play the Lakers, it will be the 48th time the Knicks play on Christmas which is the most of any NBA franchise. The game will be the 39th all-time for the Lakers (second most). When the Celtics visit Brooklyn to play the Nets, it will be their 29th appearance on Chrsitmas, third most all-time.

The Knicks have played in nine more games than any other franchise and have also won the most Christmas Day games, by a margin of 22 to 20 over the Lakers.

Love him or hate him, Kobe Bryant has made as significant impact to Christmas Day games as any player in history. Tomorrow will be his record extending 15th Christmas game. Dolph Schayes, Shaq and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe all played in a total of 13.

"The Big O" Oscar Robertson is the all-time leading Christmas Day scorer with a total of 377 points. Kobe, who is in second with 349, could eclipse this record tomorrow. The highest all time individual performance? Bernard King's 60 point perfromance in 1984.

Like King's 60 point game, there have been some other memorable performances on Christmas Day.

In 1992, Michael Jordan scored 42 points against a Patrick Ewing led Knicks squad en route to a 89-77 victory. 40 years ago, Tiny Archibald set a Chrstmas Day record with 18 assists. That same year he would be teh first player to ever lead the NBA in scoring and assists in the same season. 25 years ago Dominique Wilkins had 45 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 106-100 Hawks victory over the 76ers.

As the popularity of the NBA has grown, so has the interest worldwide. Tomorrow's games will be broadcast in 215 countries in 47 languages and will feature 23 playes from 16 countries.

Merry Christmas to everyone! Hopefully Santa doesn't fill your stockings with coal, homeboy! In the spirt of that, here's a classic Chrstmas joint from Run-DMC that I'm sure we will hear during the games tomorrow:

 

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Kobe hits Venice Beach to promote the Kobe 8
Tuesday , Dec , 11 , 2012 Matt Formica

Kobe hits Venice Beach to promote the Kobe 8

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant hit Venice Beach this weekend to promote the release of his newest shoe, the Kobe VIII.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  While I prefer to wear high tops on the basketball court, I'd definitely rock the Kobe 8's.

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Kobe calls out Gasol and team: “I’ll kick everybody’s ass”
Tuesday , Dec , 04 , 2012 Matt Formica

Kobe calls out Gasol and team: “I’ll kick everybody’s ass”

The Lakers lost again last night, and their performance has been so sub-par lately that hearing them lose is no longer coming as a surprise.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  They are going to have to step up their game in a lot of areas if they want to be a competitive team in the Western Conference this season.

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College player scores 138 points in a game
Wednesday , Nov , 21 , 2012 Matt Formica

College player scores 138 points in a game

If you're still reading the title of this article thinking it's a misprint and you must be crazy, you're not.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  It's not a rumor.  Jack Taylor of Grinnell College scored 138 points in a game last night.

It all went down in Grinnell, Iowa, during a Division III regular season matchup between Grinnell College and Faith Baptist Bible.  The final score of the game was Grinnell College 179, Faith Baptist Bible 104, and Taylor's 138 points crushed the 58-year old record of points by a single player in a college game.

The previous record was set by Bevo Francis, who scored 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.  (Note:  Francis had 116 in a game against a junior college but that's technically not the same level.)  The only other player to score in the triple digits in college basketball history is Frank Selvy, who scored 100 in 1954, the same year Francis had his 113 point game.

By the end of the night, Taylor had shot the ball 108 times (what?!), 71 of which were threes.  He finished the game 52-for-108 from the field, scoring 77% of his team's total points, which as you can see by the graphic above, is a higher percentage than both Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant scored in their career-high scoring games.

"There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row -- maybe seven or eight -- I felt like anything I threw up was going in," Taylor said.  "I've been in the zone before but I've never taken so many shots."

Let's hope he's never taken that many shots before.  I didn't think it was even possible to shoot that many times in a game.  And I'm not the only one.  Knicks superstar, Carmelo Anthony, had this to say when he heard about Taylor's ridiculous game:

"I never heard of nothing like that.  That's like a video game.  How can you shoot 100 times, though?"

I guess you can shoot 108 times when the most shots another member of your team took was 6.

Taylor played 36 minutes of the game.  When you do the math, the 108 shots he took was equal to one shot every 20 seconds.

The funny things is, David Larson, a player on the losing team, scored 70 in the game!  He shot an incredible 34-44 from the field and no one even knows his name today.

But everyone now knows Jack Taylor, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant.  Kobe reportedly found out about Taylor's scoring spree last night and made some pretty funny commentary to ESPNLosAngeles.com Lakers correspondent, Dave Mcmenamin.

"That's amazing," Bryant said.  "He must have been wearing the Mambas, man.  Only Mambas have no conscious [sic] to shoot the ball like that.  If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f--- off."

Even NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant tweeted, "Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol...wow."

In that case, congratulations from Hoopsvibe on getting your license, Jack Taylor.  Now listen to KD and go enjoy yourself a shot of Jack Daniels.

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Nash does Gangnam Style!
Tuesday , Nov , 20 , 2012 Matt Formica

Nash does Gangnam Style!

In the Lakers 119-108 victory over the Rockets in Los Angeles last night, Kobe Bryant went for a triple-double but it was Steve Nash who stole the show, performing a little Gangnam style from the bench.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  While Kobe was taking care of business on the court, Nash was tearing it up on the sideline.

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Mavs Shock Lakers 99-91
Wednesday , Oct , 31 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Mavs Shock Lakers 99-91

Laker fans scratch their heads to figure out what happened.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Money can buy Dwight Howard, but it can't buy wins. Mavs top Lakers 99-91 is season opener.

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NBA opening night preview and predictions
Tuesday , Oct , 30 , 2012 Matt Formica

NBA opening night preview and predictions

Three different games mark the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA regular season Tuesday night.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  After an interesting offseason, let the games begin.

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Lebron denies going to Lakers, but the pot is already stirred
Saturday , Oct , 20 , 2012 Matt Formica

Lebron denies going to Lakers, but the pot is already stirred

By now, any fan or follower of the NBA is familiar with the article, Brian Windhorst, NBA writer for ESPN.com, published on Thursday about the Lakers eyeing Lebron James.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Talk about Lebron doing anything and expect the pot to get stirred.

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Meme Of The Day
Thursday , Oct , 11 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Meme Of The Day

Meme of the Day.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This one goes out to Kobe and Laker fans everywhere. Enjoy.

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Vanessa Bryant On Reality TV?
Monday , Sep , 10 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Vanessa Bryant On Reality TV?

Will Vanessa Bryant be on "Basketball Wives?"

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call : That show needs more drama like Charles Barkley needs more confidence.

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The Definitive Top 10 Shooting Guards Of All Time
Wednesday , Sep , 05 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

The Definitive Top 10 Shooting Guards Of All Time

The definitive Top 10 shooting guards of all time.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Some things are debatable, but these top 3 are a lock.

Off-guard, 2-guard, shooting-guard, no matter how you say it this is the position that has produced some of the most exciting players in NBA history. HoopsVibe sizes up the best of the best and put together this list of Top 10 shooting guards of all-time.

 

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