Author: Edgar Dinis Goncalves

The 13 points in 35 seconds Hall of Fame Tracy McGrady or simply “T-Mac”. This is not an article to describe McGrady’s life and NBA career upon today. It’s an article about different skillset and contributions on and off the court. However, few data has to be displayed to understand how impactful Tracy was: 2X Scoring Champion 7x All-Star 7X All-NBA Most Improved player in 2000-2001 Tracy played for 16 Seasons, spread across 6 different teams: 6 Seasons with the Houston Rockets 3 Seasons with Toronto Raptors (Team that Drafted Tracy) 1 Season with: Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, New York…

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The NBA “Logo”. Jerry Alan West. As previous articles on the subject, this won’t highlight players’ bio. Rather on the transition from player to Basketball Consultant. Hence, some Millennials and Generation Z new NBA fans may not recall the mention athlete. Hall of Fame 14x All-Star 8x NBA Champion 1x NBA Scoring Champion 1971-1972 NBA Champion 12x All-NBA 1968-69 Finals MVP (Despite not being a Champion) 5x All- Defensive team The former curriculum achievements smoothly indicates how special The Logo was as a player. Nonetheless, the utmost impact did not come just within the basketball lines on a NBA arena.…

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A rare notification came in 2010 banning NBA players to use specific shoes. Naturally, vertical jumping is a NBA tryout test that is usually shared when impressive videos comes out. One of them came from Blake Griffin. Nonetheless, there are some restrictions in the league regarding an “outsourced tool” that enhances the ability to jump. As so, in 2010 Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) created a pair of Basketball shoes which have evidence on increasing the vertical ability of any individual. Is this a fact? From the company’s FAQ its possible to answer the following questions you might have: “The patented…

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Rebounding, or the basketball reference “dirty job”. The NBA record for rebounds in a game is 55 by Wilt Chamberlain on the 24th November 1960 stands still. Few have had the opportunity to be named a dominant rebounder with less physical advantage. Dennis Rodman proved to be one of them, an outlier. Despite the off-the-court controversies that Rodman was involved in, he surely remained professional and irreverent on grabbing the ball on the boards. Nonetheless, Dennis lead the league in rebounds per game for seven seasons with 2.01m (!). He finished his career with 13.1 rebounds per game – Highest…

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“Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors raising the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy as the 2016-2017 NBA Champions!” However, shall we enquire who is Larry O’Brien after all? To answer properly the question it is important to refresh our minds that the current NBA trophy format debuted in 1978. At the beginning, the latter was named Walter A. Brown Trophy. A former “Bleed Green” Boston Celtics owner whose name had been on the league’s previous championship rings. Moreover, in 1984 the league renamed the trophy to honor the NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien (who was in the mentioned position from 1975 until…

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A kid who decides to play basketball conscious and unconsciously desires to play in the NBA. Few are able to actually get a professional contract. Fewer are the ones who actually reach the National Basketball Association picking a franchise’s hat. The “American Basketball Dream” that the media sells is an arduous journey, the non-filmed actually work is not enough highlighted. The expectations rise when a young talent is listed in the “Top 100” high school prospects. The latter is even higher when a NCAA Division I player separates himself from the competition. An unique big, skilled with court vision and…

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“The Admiral”. A nickname given due to the United States Navy service as an officer. Considered by many the best NBA player in Naval Academy history. NBA 1987 NBA Draft, first round, first pick. David Robinson was selected by The San Antonio Spurs. The latter had to have patience during a two-year period as Robinson had to fulfill his active-duty obligation with the Navy. The patience was worth it. There, in Texas, The Admiral remained until retiring in 2003, after making a footprint in the franchise. Black and White number 50, in honor of Ralph Sampson (7 foot 4 /…

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A Razzle Dazzle iconic player. The original “The little guy”. Fast pace, unpaired vision at the time and willingness to steal on the defensive end. Muggsy Bogues. The all-time shortest National Basketball Association player with 1.60m of irreverence, stealth and fearless motivation. Prior to the NBA showcase, Muggsy was the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) leader in steals and assists for the Wake Forest University. Additionally, his Curriculum Vitae was not fully covered upon the worldwide broadcasting time. Bogues was in the 1986 FIBA World Championship USA Roster, ending up winning the gold medal. Moreover, on the 1987 NBA Draft, the…

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There is no surprise that nowadays enterprises increasingly strengthen their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department. The brand and cleanliness of each company’s image relies in the latter’s efficiency. Brands such as Adidas, Google and Microsoft stood in the top twenty companies with the best CSR Reputation in the previous year per Forbes (Source: https://goo.gl/2WCuyE ). Moreover, 2017 CSR trends reinforce: global problem-solving and a shift from “corporate social responsibility” to “social impact” (Source: https://goo.gl/DGKsqZ). Nevertheless, from the marketing and branding stand-point, Sports teams and leagues seek continuously a closer proximity with the Generation “N” and Millennials. A successful example of…

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The global expansion of Basketball as a Sport and business-wise vision have evolved through the years. The National Basketball Association (NBA) have had a great impact on the former subject. As a matter of fact, the first International player in the NBA was an Italian born Hank Biasatti ,raised in Canada. We are flashing back to 1946. Fast-forward to 1992. The “Dream Team” in the Olympic Games rose the interest in the sport internationally. The following table will help observing the consequent rise of the NBA “Product”, numbers on the opening day rosters: NBA Season International Players Countries 1991-1992 23…

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