Archive for the ‘Great Moments’ Category

During last night’s Hawks-Celtics games, TNT cut to a locker room scene of Timofey Mozgov getting busy with some pizza. Not surprisingly, the internet loved it. It’s was instaGIFed, meme’d and probably put on Facebook where people liked it. Just guessing that but if it didn’t happen then I’m sincerely very sorry for misleading you.

But the thing about pizza is, it’s showed up in the NBA forever. Take, for instance, all of these incredible instances of Earth’s greatest food mixing with the Earth’s greatest sport.

Wilt Chamberlain Eats 100 Pizzas — March 3, 1962
Much is made of Wilt Chamberlain’s famous 100-point game, but people seem to always gloss over the fact that Wilt ate 100 whole pizzas in a single sitting the next night. While this might be only his third-most legendary record, it’s still an impressive feat that will likely never be replicated. Of course, historians will tell you that the size of a pizza in the 1960s doesn’t compare to today’s pizzas, but it’s still an impressive performance, especially considering the lack of eating training and pizza delivery conditions during the era.

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Yesterday, David Stern blocked Chris Paul’s trade from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers due to “basketball reasons.” But that’s not the first time something like this has happened. Let’s look back at five famous blocked trades to see what we can learn from each of these deals that didn’t happen.

1698: Jamestown Settlement Bartering Post
Cornelius Kupchak, Darrius Morensen and Dilbert Demps agree to trade a bunch of different stuff down at the old trading post. Kupchak gets Demps’ finest steed, Morensen gets a single giant pumpkin and Demps receives a couple of goats and a few bales of hay.

However, as the three gentlemen are shaking hands, town curmudgeon Nicolas Sternicus steps in to say that it’s not fair for Kupchak to get another steed when they already have one of the best steeds in all of Jamestown. When townspeople ask why Sternicus wouldn’t let these guys swap their stock, he just said “farm reasons.”

1994: Plano Middle School Trading Card Club
Trey Kerby convinces Tom Michaelson to trade his Upper Deck Grant Hill rookie card for Kerby’s giant Dino Radja card. Club sponsor Mr. Buck steps in to tell the poorly-informed Michaelson that no one is going to remember Dino Radja in a few years but Grant Hill will probably be one of the best players in the NBA.

Kerby threatens to quit the club since he spent hours working on this deal telling school reporter Aaron Wojnarowski, “[Expletive] this whole thing. Mr. Buck’s drunk on power, and he doesn’t give a [expletive] about the cards, and he doesn’t give a [expletive] about the hundreds of hours the students put in to make that deal.”

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Last night, at 7:06pm ET, Chris Paul became the second-best point guard to have ever been a member of the Lakers. At 9:23pm, the trade was blocked and Chris Paul was headed back to the Hornets.

Let’s take a look back at those 137 minutes to find Chris Paul’s biggest and best highlights.

7:06pm — Chris Paul finds out about the trade. Smiles big-time.

7:08pm — Personal chef tells him that his butternut squash risotto is ready.

7:09pm — Paul begins first official meal as a Laker.

7:13pm — Paul finishes risotto, breaking his own personal record for arborio rice per minute (ARPM). Scouts are amazed with the way he controls the pace of the meal and makes sure that each grain of rice is properly distributed.

7:22pm — Kobe Bryant discovers that everything around his house is easier to do for some reason.

7:41pm — Paul records first triple-double as a Laker by eating two each of Twix, 100 Grand and Almond Joy.

7:43pm — Paul feels sick from all the celebratory candy.

7:48pm — Metta World Peace calls Chris Paul to get some help figuring out his wireless internet connection. Paul tells him to unplug and then replug his router, recording his first official assist as a Laker.

7:57pm — Grabs his new puppy, Hoopsy, and gets her outside before she has a chance to pee on the rug. Hoopsy goes potty in the grass and Paul notches his first win as a Laker.

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