The defending World Champs are on tour this week with stops in Chicago, New Orleans & San Antonio. Nationally known sports reporter and on-air host Chip Brown discusses why all NBA fans should attend at least one Heat game this season to see the team making history every time they step on the court.
Chip Brown, nationally known sports reporter and on-air host, joins us again to talk March Madness. In this “Did You Know?” segment, Chip shares some lesser-known facts and stats about the the tournament, as well as tips on what to expect if you plan to attend some of the early round games.
Some have wondered why Houston has earned a second NBA All-Star Game weekend in a seven-year span. The fact is, Houston — and Texas — consistently churn out as much if not more basketball talent than basketball hotbeds like New York or LA, summer basketball one of the primary reasons for the surge.
Set in downtown Houston at the Toyota Center, the 2013 All-Star weekend will turn Houston into a festival of basketball, parties and celebrity events. Lebron James will try to win his second All-Star MVP, and the Slam Dunk Contest is always a blast with the no-hold barred mentality that you don’t get in live games. In 1989 Houston set the record crowd for an All-Star Game with 44,735 attendees- a record that was shattered by another Texas city when Dallas hosted in 2010, with 108,713 fans at the game. NBA officials estimate the three-day event this weekend will have an economic impact of more than $80 million on the Bayou City.
In addition to hosting the NBA All-Star game, both Houston and Dallas have drawn a number of other high-profile sporting events, including the Super Bowl. New stadiums built in the last ten years have allowed these Texas giants to continue attract major events and support their portfolio of professional teams (both cities boast at least four). But despite the similarities between Houston and Dallas as sporting meccas, an ongoing cultural rivalry has driven many comparisons between the two cities, from food to architecture. So in honor of the game this weekend, we’ve pitted the two cities against each other to determine who reigns supreme on some of the biggest stages in sports.
Finally Lebron James can no longer be criticized for not having a championship, or can he? One thing I have learned from sports media is that there will always be something. Now they’ve changed their story to,”He’s not the best because he only has one ring.”
I have come to realize that this cycle repeats itself multiple times before respect and criticism are finally exchanged for one another. I don’t expect this to get in LB’s way though. Honestly, I think this championship sparked a fire in James that the world has yet to see.
Why are the greats great? They don’t stop getting better once they have reached the top. Think about it. None of the greats stopped at one championship. Jordan, Bryant, Bird, Johnson, and all the others you know failed at one thing: Getting the taste of the championship out of their mouth. The ring, the celebration, the trophy. It’s all fuel to this fiery pleasure they have in perfection. I don’t see Lebron being any different than the rest of the pack; after all, he is next in line to take the NBA throne as King.
Since I started this post on my Lebron soap box, you’re probably expecting the Play of the Week to be a Lebron clip from game 5 of the finals. I figured everyone saw enough of that over the weekend, so I decided to mix things up while staying on the basketball track.
I found this amazing dunk from the Nike LA Dunk Competition. Justin “Jus Fly” Darlington took the spotlight at the Nike hosted dunk contest in LA over the weekend, and rightfully so because this is one of the craziest dunks I have ever seen. It’s one of those things you watch and then re-watch because you can’t believe it’s real. It’s a vintage Vince Carter dunk on steroids. I could sit here and describe it to you, but no words would do Jus Fly justice. So enjoy watching, re-watching and then watching again the TicketCity Play of the Week.
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