We are in the dead period of the NBA calendar, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get back at it with a fresh Friday Musings. On Wednesday, we posted a new episode of our podcast where we discussed the USA Basketball roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. I also went over some site news and continued our series titled, 21st Century Legends, with a Pau Gasol career breakdown. We hope you guys are checking that out and don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss an episode in this series.
The next major list we are working on for the site is our basketball video games list. I spoke a little bit about it on the podcast this week but here are a few of the games you can expect to be highlighted in the coming weeks; NBA Street, NBA 2K (multiple versions), Space Jam, NBA Showtime, NBA Live (multiple versions), NBA in the Zone, Kobe Bryant’s Courtside and many others. Now for a more recent NBA video game…
The long NBA 2K19 project I have been working on all season is now over. If you have read this space at all this season you have probably seen me talking about the NBA Champions League tournament I created. I’ll save you all of the details but essentially I got 32 different NBA champions together on NBA 2K19 and played a UEFA Champions League style group and knockout tournament. I played the final yesterday so here is a quick paragraph on the results.
The round of 16 went about as expected, with the best game being the ’13 Heat knocking out the ’96 Bulls with a six point victory. In the quarterfinals it was ’93 Bulls taking out the ’82 Lakers, the ’13 Heat knocking off the ’72 Lakers, the ’87 Lakers winning an all LA battle over the ’01 Lakers and the ’17 Warriors eliminating the ’14 Spurs. This set up the semifinals. The first semifinal was the best game of the whole tournament. The ’93 Bulls traveled to Miami to take on the ’13 Heat and came away with a 45-43 victory thanks to a Michael Jordan jumper with 0.3 seconds left. This came just after LeBron James had tied the game at the free throw line with 7.2 remaining. The back and forth down the stretch was awesome. In the other semi the ’17 Warriors destroyed the ’87 Lakers. This set up a final between the ’93 Bulls and ’17 Warriors. Golden State jumped out to a 10-2 lead and controlled most of the game. Chicago cut it to a three-point margin late but Curry held off the Bulls on his way to a game high, 19 points. So, there you have it, the ’17 Warriors win the NBA 2K19 Champions League.
Lastly, this week I posted a review of Elevated: The Global Rise of the NBA by the staff of the New York Times. You can go check that review out plus all of the other stuff we have reviewed over on our Random Product Reviews page. I leave you this week with an awesome video of a young Penny Hardaway in ’97.