Top 5 Winning Streaks To Start NBA Season
Saturday , Sep , 07 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Winning Streaks To Start NBA Season

The NFL season may start tomorrow, but I'm excited about the impending start of the 2013-2014 NBA season and I don't care WHO knows about it!

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: How frequently does a hot start to the NBA season culminate in a championship?

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Breaking News!  Maloofs to sell Kings to Seattle
Wednesday , Jan , 09 , 2013 Matt Formica

Breaking News! Maloofs to sell Kings to Seattle

Word on the street is that the Sacramento Kings are headed to Seattle.

Hoopsvibe quick call:  Seattle fans are passionate about their sports teams, and they should have the Supersonics to route for.

This past September, I published an article about Seattle's plans to get a basketball and hockey team in town by 2014.  At the time, we didn't know which teams; but thanks to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports, we now have a pretty good idea that it will be the Kings who will be taking their talents to the Pacific Northwest.  (Still no word on which hockey team the city is looking to acquire). 
Wojnarowski broke the news over an hour ago when he reported that the Maloof family, current owners of the Sacramento Kings, are very close to finalizing a deal that would move the team to Seattle.
"The Maloofs are finalizing an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer led Seattle group, sources tell Yahoo! Sports." Wojnarowski tweeted earlier this afternoon.
The Hansen-Ballmer Seattle group is led by wealthy hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer.  If the deal goes through as reported, the Hansen/Ballmer led group will purchase the Kings from the Maloof family for roughly $500 million and will move the team immediately, so that they will be in Seattle by the 2013-14 NBA season.  The goal has always been to have the team renamed the Supersonics, and to have the franchise playing in Seattle's Key Arena for the next two seasons before they move the team into a brand new Seattle arena, for which they have already secured the financing. 
The Hansen-Ballmer group, which reportedly includes a few members of the Nordstrom department store family as well, has already committed to providing a $290 million private investment for the new arena and has developed plans for the remaining $200 million in public financing to come from rent money and admissions taxes.  Hansen's group has also agreed to contribute funds for transportation improvements in the downtown area surrounding the arenas and to pony up more money if the public financing isn't enough.
With the financial plan approved, all that was left was finding a team.  Well now that they've found a team in the Kings, the last hurdle to get over is reaching an agreement with the Maloof family, who have a history of trying to sell the team and subsequently backing out at the last minute.  However, according to sources close to the matter, the deal is close to being done.
According to reports, the Maloof's will maintain a very small ownership percentage of the team, but won't have any say in team management or decision making.
The city of Seattle and it's fans have been desperate to get the Supersonics back since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008.  There has always been a bitterness from Seattle faithful toward OKC, who are now one of the best teams in the league.  Imagine how electrifying the atmosphere would be when the Thunder came to Sea-town to play the Supersonics??!!
That would be as crazy of a sports environment as you could get.
Today In NBA History 1995: Bulls Lose Second Of 10 Games…All Season
Tuesday , Nov , 27 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995: Bulls Lose Second Of 10 Games…All Season

17 years ago today, the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls suffered their second loss in the season's first 12 games, before eventually winning an NBA record 72 games.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: They would go on to win 13 in a row and an amazing 31 of 32.

On November 26th 1995, the Bulls lost 97-92 to their eventual opponent in that year's NBA Finals, the Seattle Supersonics, in Seattle's Key Arena. The loss ran the Bulls mark to 10-2 after 12 games and put them on pace to lose a total of 14 games. It was a great start, one of the best to that point in NBA history, but surpassing the 1971-72 Lakers all-time best 69-13 record seemed improbable.

The Bulls finished the month of November with a 12-2 record but improved in each of the next two months, going 13-1 in December and 14-0 in January, running their record to 39-3 after three months. In February, the Bulls ran their record to 41-3 and became the fastest NBA team to 41 wins, again besting the '71-72 Lakers previous record.

In February, March and April the Bulls stayed just as hot going 11-3, 12-2 and 10-2 respectively, before ending the season with a combined 72-10 record.

Against Seattle on this day, the Bulls were without Dennis Rodman, while Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen combined to go just 13 of 35 from the floor and scored 40 points. By comparison, Gary "The Glove" Payton and Shawn "Reign Man" Kemp went 20 of 29 from the field for a total of 51 points as Seattle out-shot the Bulls .602% to .453%. Even with the loss, the Bulls would set an NBA record that season for road wins going 33-8.

After the incredible regular season, the Bulls didn't cool off, going 15-3 in the playoffs for a combined total record of 87-13. The Supersonics won three of those 13 games, while the Indiana Pacers were the only other team to beat them more than once that season winning two games in the regular season by a total of five points.

Prior to the start of the current NBA season, Metta World Peace proclaimed that this season the Lakers would beat the Bulls single season win record by going 73-9. Currently the Lakers are sporting a 7-7 record. To put that into perspective, the Bulls didn't lose their seventh game until March 10th; isn't that insane?

The 1995-96 NBA season was a great one for the Bulls, but also for the Supersonics; they just picked the wrong year to be good.


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