Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

“We’ve always loved Utah for all the right reasons: beautiful people, fabulous geography and geology, incredible spirit and drive of the pioneering, entrepreneurial dreamers and visionaries who built the place. Brigham Young was ever so right when he declared, `This is the place.’ And what a place they had to play ball there on BYU’s campus: the Marriott Center, the most beautiful basketball temple one could dream of, right in the center of everything, with 20,000 blue and gold seats and the most technologically advanced floor (along with Stanford’s) I ever played on. It was like playing on a trampoline, with unlimited springboard capabilities.”

August 28, 2017

Walton, Bill. Back from the Dead (Kindle Locations 1479-1483). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

“[When Fly Williams] was recruited [to play basketball at] Austin Peay, he got on a plane in New York and flew to Austin, Texas.”

August 11, 2017

Pluto, Terry. Loose Balls (Kindle Locations 6878-6883). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

Here is a short bio of Fly Williams:

The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam

August 7, 2017

This morning’s reading reminded me of the backboard-shattering slam dunks of Darryl Dawkins, and how he would create such fantastic names for them. (See Darryl Dawkins
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

This is the relevant excerpt from this morning’s reading experience:

JOHN VANAK: The game was in Raleigh— Pittsburgh against the Carolina Cougars. [Charlie “Helicopter” Hentz, a 6-foot-6, 230 pound player from Arkansas AM&N] went up for a slam and just tore the rim right off. I mean, you’d have thought the whole arena was coming down. He had a powerful one-handed tomahawk slam. It really was a sight. The first time it happened— yes, I said the first time— was late in the first half and they held up the game for an hour, but eventually found another rim and backboard. But in the second half, the same damn thing happened again. Helicopter went up for a dunk and I said to myself, “Oh, no, not again.” Sure enough, he broke another backboard. Now I knew we were in real trouble. Where were we going to find another backboard? It was about 11 at night. (Cougars GM) Carl Scheer wanted to call off the game and then replay it with a big promotion— Broken Backboard Night or some such thing. Jack McMahon was coaching Pittsburgh and he said he didn’t care if we had to wait until 3 A.M., we were going to finish the game. They brought in a wooden backboard from a local high school and we did finish, probably about 3 A.M. I had worked in the NBA since 1960 and I had never seen one backboard smashed, and the Helicopter did it twice in a night.

Pluto, Terry. Loose Balls (Kindle Locations 1831-1841). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.


“All Alone with Karl Malone – Cereal”

May 25, 2017

“One of Jimmy’s favorite characters in all of sports is Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz. Karl has a very unique take on the world, so Jimmy invited him to talk about life and some of the things that make it worth living in the first ever edition of All Alone with Karl Malone.”

“The Utah Jazz Keep It All in the Family – – The Millers have created a structure that effectively ties the franchise to the Salt Lake City”

May 7, 2017


“Thanks to a complex financial transaction that closed this winter, the Jazz are probably more tied to Salt Lake than any major U.S. franchise is tied to its city . . . [The] Jazz likely aren’t going anywhere. `It’s the asset that brings the community together more than anything besides the Church of Latter Day Saints,’ Haslam said. ‘The goal here was perpetuity.’”