Often we focus on what may be or what has been and forget about what's going on in front of us. Right now, LeBron is playing as well as anyone in the history of the game and this regular spot is dedicated to capturing it. Real time tributes for real time accomplishments - a unique perspective.
26.0ppg 5.7rpg 6.6apg .609FG .488 3PFG .804FT
The 2-time defending champs are currently 11-3 and marching towards another Conference Finals matchup with the 13-1 Pacers. LeBron, even for LeBron, is out of his mind. He's set new benchmarks for himself in November, as evidenced by the Suns, who he torched for 35 on just 14 shots.
The list of players who have averaged 25 per game and shot better than 60% from the field for an entire season currently features Kevin McHale and... yeah, just Kevin (back in 86-87). Should LeBron sustain his incredibly efficient start, he'd join McHale, a feat made more remarkable given that he is currently attempting around three 3's a night. (Kevin, for those not well versed in his game, plied his trade exclusively in the paint). Perimeter players simply shouldn't touch the sort of numbers LeBron is putting up right now.
It's early days, of course, but LeBron's first month deserves celebrating as one of the best of all time.
Victor brought his rotation to the big stage during the first week of the season.
John Wall decided to bust out the 360 last night because he's John Wall.
Who went Spinaroonie better? The answer is always Vince, but please enjoy below:
Around this time last year, the Clippers took their show on the road for an early season encounter against the Nets.
In what would be his final season, Grant Hill was on the Clipper bench, surrounded by high flying young bloods and a pizza chef for a coach. On this night he was sporting a grown man's suit aka his DNP - Old and Broken uniform.
Though the Clippers were particuarly impressive pre-game, the Nets would come away with the W in a low scoring affair. Truth be told, the only thing anyone will ever remember is this play.
At the conclusion of the game, as Hill proceeded up the ramp towards the locker room, a man leaned over the railing and shouted "Grant Hill! You are still the man!".
Hill turned, smiled in the general direction of the yelling and then continued walking.
At Baseline Leaner, we won't be forgetting greatness in a hurry.
Slam Dunk Champion
February 9, 1991
Charlotte, North Carolina
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First of all we'd like to thank our connect, the good people at The Hot Corner, Brooklyn, NY.
Secondly, we'd like to add that Brown's iconic no-look final dunk remains the greatest single image ever printed onto a t-shirt. The image below is a Lemar and Dauley shirt inspired by a Skybox graphic.
As formative Leaners, we were more susceptible to the hype surrounding young players and one who sent the mind racing back in the early 00's was Shaun Livingston. His type - 6'8" point guards with vision and flair - don't come along often. Comparisons to Penny and even Magic followed him into the draft. The next Showtime pass throwing highlight machine was upon us, said the scouts, and we were determined to get on the bandwagon early.
Shaun immediately became a "What If," as captured in this excellent Grantland piece. In his early 20's, with 10+ NBA seasons potentially ahead of him, he was written off. The knee damage was too extensive to fully recover from, said the scouts, and Shaun would struggle to make it back at all - let alone become a star.
He may not be Magic but Shaun is definitely back. The truth, as usual, can be found in the middle.
Regarded as one of the greatest imports to play in Australia, former NCAA champion Dwayne McClain tore up the NBL in the early 90s. The D-Train was well supported by Ken McClary, who provided a strong and dependable inside presence.
Perpetuating the myth, Upper Deck ran with the Kilroy character in their 1993-4 SE collection, the subject of our Card of the Week. Click through for higher resolution.
The featured victim in this card is a young Alonzo Mourning, who, for the record, had a tough time against the high flying Bulls in his rookie year.
Back in the day, the Kilroy card had a going rate of around $15. While the card hasn't exactly increased in value over the years, a new pair of retro Kilroy IXs will set you back around $200 on the online marketplace.
For us, well, we were always bigger fans of Motorboat Jones.