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16th Jan '17 12:41:08 AM thelivingtoad
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* '''[=LeBron=] James''' is a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In many ways, his life reads like that of a RealLife ByronicHero (we are not kidding). He first received ''tons'' of media attention for his prowess as a basketball player, even though he was still in ''high school''. He had appeared on the cover of ''Sports Illustrated'' and had a pending shoe deal, again, while ''still in high school''. Embraced by Cleveland as "King James," he was drafted 1st overall by the Cavaliers during the 2003 NBA Draft, almost immediately transforming them into a serious contender. During his stint as a Cavalier, Cleveland garnered two 50-win season, two ''60''-win seasons, one conference title (2007), two division titles ('09 and 2010) and a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals (though they were swept), almost entirely because of [=LeBron=]. During his time as a Cavalier, he was the Rookie of the Year, the leading scorer for 2008, a two-time MVP and a 6-time All-Star, achieving a combined ''28 triple-doubles'' as a Cavalier and reaching ''many'' "Youngest-to-ever" records. However, his frequent postseason defeats, most notably by the Boston Celtics, prompted [=LeBron=] to leave the Cavaliers, where he announced his decision to join the Miami Heat via [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decision_(TV_special) a live television special]]. It was [[{{Understatement}} not received well by fans and the media]], leading ''many'' to openly, heavily criticize, even actively root against [=LeBron=] for his supposed FaceHeelTurn. In all fairness, [=LeBron=] embraced the role of a villain for the 2011 season, and he was noticeably cockier during his first year with Miami. He even admits that he was playing out of hatred, trying to prove everyone wrong. He ran roughshod with Wade and Bosh through the 2011 Playoffs, including closing out Chicago and ''finally'' defeating Boston, before meeting Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks in the Finals. His lackluster performance against the Mavericks, due to their defense taking him out of his comfort zone, quickly etched his image as a choker in the minds of NBA viewers; ''internet memes'' were made to emphasize how he's an individual example of EveryYearTheyFizzleOut. As a result of losing in the 2011 Finals, James went through [[VillainousBreakdown a state of depression]]. Once he got over it, he [[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/04/24/lebron.james/index.html underwent a rather convincing case]] of CharacterDevelopment. It paid off - he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome finally achieved his first championship]] in June 21, 2012, earning the Finals MVP on top of that. In his own words, "It's about damn time." And then as icing on the cake: won an [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympic]] gold medal: the first player to win a championship, the Finals MVP, and Olympic gold in one year since ''UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan''. In 2013, he recently made history again as the only player in NBA history to win 6 straight games with over 30 points, and a field goal percentage over 60 percent. In 2013, he won another championship, season MVP and finals MVP. After the 2013-14 season, James announced that he would return to his hometown team, leading to much rejoicing in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland won the divison ''and'' the conference, making it [=LeBron=]'s fifth straight year atop the East. The trip to the Finals came about even though the team was riddled with injuries—starting center Anderson Varejão (below) tore his Achilles in December, Kevin Love (also below) was lost during the playoffs with a separated shoulder, and Kyrie Irving (also below) was hampered by knee issues for parts of the season, finally breaking his kneecap in Game 1 of the Finals. And then the next season, with everyone healthy (though Varejão was gone by season's end), he led the Cavs to a rematch against the Dubs in the Finals, and brought them back from a 3–1 series deficit to give the city its first major sports title in over a half-century.

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* '''[=LeBron=] James''' is a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In many ways, his life reads like that of a RealLife ByronicHero (we are not kidding). He first received ''tons'' of media attention for his prowess as a basketball player, even though he was still in ''high school''. He had appeared on the cover of ''Sports Illustrated'' and had a pending shoe deal, again, while ''still in high school''. Embraced by Cleveland as "King James," he was drafted 1st overall by the his hometown Cavaliers during the 2003 NBA Draft, almost immediately transforming them into a serious contender. During his stint as a Cavalier, Cleveland garnered two 50-win season, two ''60''-win seasons, one conference title (2007), two division titles ('09 and 2010) and a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals (though they were swept), almost entirely because of [=LeBron=]. During his time as a Cavalier, he was the Rookie of the Year, the leading scorer for 2008, a two-time MVP and a 6-time All-Star, achieving a combined ''28 triple-doubles'' as a Cavalier and reaching ''many'' "Youngest-to-ever" records. However, his frequent postseason defeats, most notably by the Boston Celtics, prompted [=LeBron=] to leave the Cavaliers, where he announced his decision to join the Miami Heat via [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decision_(TV_special) a live television special]]. It was [[{{Understatement}} not received well by fans and the media]], leading ''many'' to openly, heavily criticize, even actively root against [=LeBron=] for his supposed FaceHeelTurn. In all fairness, [=LeBron=] embraced the role of a villain for the 2011 season, and he was noticeably cockier during his first year with Miami. He even admits that he was playing out of hatred, trying to prove everyone wrong. He ran roughshod with Wade and Bosh through the 2011 Playoffs, including closing out Chicago and ''finally'' defeating Boston, before meeting Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks in the Finals. His lackluster performance against the Mavericks, due to their defense taking him out of his comfort zone, quickly etched his image as a choker in the minds of NBA viewers; ''internet memes'' were made to emphasize how he's an individual example of EveryYearTheyFizzleOut. As a result of losing in the 2011 Finals, James went through [[VillainousBreakdown a state of depression]]. Once he got over it, he [[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/04/24/lebron.james/index.html underwent a rather convincing case]] of CharacterDevelopment. It paid off - he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome finally achieved his first championship]] in June 21, 2012, earning the Finals MVP on top of that. In his own words, "It's about damn time." And then as icing on the cake: won an [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympic]] gold medal: the first player to win a championship, the Finals MVP, and Olympic gold in one year since ''UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan''. In 2013, he recently made history again as the only player in NBA history to win 6 straight games with over 30 points, and a field goal percentage over 60 percent. In 2013, he won another championship, season MVP and finals MVP. After the 2013-14 season, James announced that he would return to his hometown team, leading to much rejoicing in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland won the divison ''and'' the conference, making it [=LeBron=]'s fifth straight year atop the East. The trip to the Finals came about even though the team was riddled with injuries—starting center Anderson Varejão (below) tore his Achilles in December, Kevin Love (also below) was lost during the playoffs with a separated shoulder, and Kyrie Irving (also below) was hampered by knee issues for parts of the season, finally breaking his kneecap in Game 1 of the Finals. And then the next season, with everyone healthy (though Varejão was gone by season's end), he led the Cavs to a rematch against the Dubs in the Finals, and brought them back from a 3–1 series deficit to give the city its first major sports title in over a half-century.
16th Jan '17 12:37:12 AM thelivingtoad
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* '''Ron Artest''', who changed his name to '''Metta World Peace''' (and briefly changed it ''again'' to '''The Pandas Friend''' for the Chinese Basketball Association), is a rather controversial character, infamous for his tendency toward violence, most especially in the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacers%E2%80%93Pistons_brawl Malice in the Palace]] where as a member of the Pacers he ''jumped onto the stands and sucker-punched a Pistons fan'', leading to a massive fight. In the aftermath, he was suspended for the whole season and was actually wondering if he had done anything wrong, whereas his teammates were worried that they might lose their jobs after that brawl. He later got into therapy, and it largely helped to mellow him out, but he still has his temper, leading to him elbowing Harden in the neck during a regular season game. A CloudCuckoolander to the max, he got his start with the Pacers, but went to the Lakers and got a ring with Kobe in 2010, shooting a game-winning three-pointer after Kobe passed him the ball. Amnestied by the Lakers after the 2012–13 season to clear his salary from the books, and then signed by the Knicks. After one season there, he couldn't catch on with an NBA team and left for China; after the 2014–15 Chinese season ended in February, he then went to a short-term stint in Italy's Serie A (no, not [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball ''that'' one]]). Returned to the Lakers in 2015 for bench depth and mentoring the team's young talent. The team was reportedly considering putting him on its coaching staff in 2016–17, but those plans were put on hold when he made the opening-day roster.

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* '''Ron Artest''', who changed his name to '''Metta World Peace''' (and briefly changed it ''again'' to '''The Pandas Friend''' for the Chinese Basketball Association), is a rather controversial character, infamous for his tendency toward violence, most especially in the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacers%E2%80%93Pistons_brawl Malice in the Palace]] where as a member of the Pacers he ''jumped onto the stands and sucker-punched a Pistons fan'', leading to a massive fight. In the aftermath, he was suspended for the whole season and became an unapologetic loudmouth while out of action. He became a pariah in Detroit, and was actually wondering if he had done anything wrong, whereas his teammates were worried that they might lose their jobs after that brawl. traded to Sacremento shortly thereafter. He later eventually got into anger management therapy, and it has largely helped to mellow him out, but he still has his temper, leading to him elbowing James Harden in the neck during a regular season game. A CloudCuckoolander to the max, he got his start with the Pacers, but went to the Lakers and got a ring with Kobe in 2010, shooting a game-winning three-pointer after Kobe passed him the ball. Amnestied by the Lakers after the 2012–13 season to clear his salary from the books, and then signed by the Knicks. After one season there, he couldn't catch on with an NBA team and left for China; after the 2014–15 Chinese season ended in February, he then went to a short-term stint in Italy's Serie A (no, not [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball ''that'' one]]). Returned to the Lakers in 2015 for bench depth and mentoring the team's young talent. The team was reportedly considering putting him on its coaching staff in 2016–17, but those plans were put on hold when he made the opening-day roster.
16th Jan '17 12:28:02 AM thelivingtoad
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* '''Shaquille O'Neal''', drafted 1st overall in 1992, was center famed for his overwhelming dominance. Started off with the Orlando Magic to start his career, then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the late '90s, where he won 3 titles alongside Kobe Bryant. He bounced around from team to team after that, but aside from a fourth championship with the Miami Heat, a growing weight problem and the natural deterioration of players his size reduced his effectiveness. He played in 15 All-Star games, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996 (which some at the time felt was premature, though there's little doubt he's earned the title since). He somehow managed to only win one MVP award, despite coming in [[http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/mvp_shares.html?redir seventh]] in all-time MVP voting (everyone ahead of him on that list won the award at least three times). He's also done [[Film/{{Kazaam}} some]] [[Film/{{Steel}} acting]] and released a couple of rap albums (his debut album when ''platinum'' and spun off two Top 40 hits!). He retired after the 2010-11 season, after playing a single injury-plagued season with the Boston Celtics. Currently, he's trying his hand out at being an announcer for the NBA On TNT (where he has [[SitcomArchNemesis developed a comical-to-other-people rivalry with Charles Barkley]]), as well as being a host for Creator/CartoonNetwork's attempt at an award show for professional sports players. His number will now be retired by the L.A. Lakers. Also elected to the Hall of Fame at his first chance in 2016.

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* '''Shaquille O'Neal''', drafted 1st overall in 1992, was center famed for his overwhelming dominance. Started off with the Orlando Magic to start his career, then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the late '90s, where he won 3 titles alongside Kobe Bryant. He bounced around from team to team after that, but aside from a fourth championship with the Miami Heat, a growing weight problem and the natural deterioration of players his size reduced his effectiveness. He played in 15 All-Star games, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996 (which some at the time felt was premature, though there's little doubt he's earned the title since). He somehow managed to only win one MVP award, despite coming in [[http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/mvp_shares.html?redir seventh]] in all-time MVP voting (everyone ahead of him on that list won the award at least three times). He's also done [[Film/{{Kazaam}} some]] [[Film/{{Steel}} acting]] and released a couple of rap albums (his debut album when went ''platinum'' and spun off two Top 40 hits!). He retired after the 2010-11 season, after playing a single injury-plagued season with the Boston Celtics. Currently, he's trying his hand out at being an announcer for the NBA On TNT (where he has [[SitcomArchNemesis developed a comical-to-other-people rivalry with Charles Barkley]]), as well as being a host for Creator/CartoonNetwork's attempt at an award show for professional sports players. His number will now be retired by the L.A. Lakers. Also elected to the Hall of Fame at his first chance in 2016.
16th Jan '17 12:27:41 AM thelivingtoad
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* '''Shaquille O'Neal''', drafted 1st overall in 1992, was center famed for his overwhelming dominance. Started off with the Orlando Magic to start his career, then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the late '90s, where he won 3 titles alongside Kobe Bryant. He bounced around from team to team after that, but aside from a fourth championship with the Miami Heat, a growing weight problem and the natural deterioration of players his size reduced his effectiveness. He played in 15 All-Star games, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996 (which some at the time felt was premature, though there's little doubt he's earned the title since). He somehow managed to only win one MVP award, despite coming in [[http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/mvp_shares.html?redir seventh]] in all-time MVP voting (everyone ahead of him on that list won the award at least three times). He's also done some acting and released a couple of rap albums (many of which actually went gold). He retired after the 2010-11 season, after playing a single injury-plagued season with the Boston Celtics. Currently, he's trying his hand out at being an announcer for the NBA On TNT (where he has [[SitcomArchNemesis developed a comical-to-other-people rivalry with Charles Barkley]]), as well as being a host for Creator/CartoonNetwork's attempt at an award show for professional sports players. His number will now be retired by the L.A. Lakers. Also elected to the Hall of Fame at his first chance in 2016.

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* '''Shaquille O'Neal''', drafted 1st overall in 1992, was center famed for his overwhelming dominance. Started off with the Orlando Magic to start his career, then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the late '90s, where he won 3 titles alongside Kobe Bryant. He bounced around from team to team after that, but aside from a fourth championship with the Miami Heat, a growing weight problem and the natural deterioration of players his size reduced his effectiveness. He played in 15 All-Star games, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996 (which some at the time felt was premature, though there's little doubt he's earned the title since). He somehow managed to only win one MVP award, despite coming in [[http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/mvp_shares.html?redir seventh]] in all-time MVP voting (everyone ahead of him on that list won the award at least three times). He's also done some acting [[Film/{{Kazaam}} some]] [[Film/{{Steel}} acting]] and released a couple of rap albums (many of which actually went gold).(his debut album when ''platinum'' and spun off two Top 40 hits!). He retired after the 2010-11 season, after playing a single injury-plagued season with the Boston Celtics. Currently, he's trying his hand out at being an announcer for the NBA On TNT (where he has [[SitcomArchNemesis developed a comical-to-other-people rivalry with Charles Barkley]]), as well as being a host for Creator/CartoonNetwork's attempt at an award show for professional sports players. His number will now be retired by the L.A. Lakers. Also elected to the Hall of Fame at his first chance in 2016.
16th Jan '17 12:10:02 AM thelivingtoad
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* '''Muggsy Bogues''' is the [[PintsizedPowerhouse shortest player ever in the NBA]] - and in his rookie year in Washington, [[http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0908/nba.cbk.remember.when.hoops.style/images/manute-bol-muggsy-bogues.jpg played along with the tallest ever, Manute Bol.]] After the Hornets brought him in the Expansion Draft, he became one of the faces of the popularizing team, along with Alonzo Mourning and...

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* '''Muggsy Bogues''' is the [[PintsizedPowerhouse shortest player ever in the NBA]] - and in his rookie year in Washington, [[http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0908/nba.cbk.remember.when.hoops.style/images/manute-bol-muggsy-bogues.jpg played along with the tallest ever, Manute Bol.]] His short stature led him to become something of a secret weapon for the teams he played on, and he was often a league leader in both steals and assists. After the Hornets brought him in the Expansion Draft, he became one of the faces of the popularizing team, along with Alonzo Mourning and...
13th Jan '17 7:45:05 AM crazysamaritan
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* '''Paul Pierce''' was the captain of the Boston Celtics until he and Kevin Garnett (below) were traded to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2012–13 season when the Celtics decided they couldn't win a title and blew up their roster. Pierce spent one season in Brooklyn before moving on to the Washington Wizards, and then to the LA Clippers. Noted for his late-game heroics and versatile LightningBruiser credentials. He took the Celtics to a championship against Kobe's Lakers in 2008; a rematch was made in 2010, where Kobe won instead. He won the 2008 Finals MVP, he's TheRival to [=LeBron=] James and he's the second-leading scorer in Celtics history, right behind Havlicek. Not even Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy or Kevin [=McHale=] can lay claim to that feat. He's also rather cocky - after winning in a 2012 playoff game against the Hawks, Pierce briefly celebrated by [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Tebow]][[PersonAsVerb ing]] on the court. Moreover, he once said "[[BadassBoast I'm the best player]]. There's a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I don't cross that line]], but [[NoExceptYes I have a lot of confidence in myself]]". At a late night dance club in Boston's theatre district, Pierce was [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back, and had a bottle smashed over his head]]; eyewitnesses claim that he was attempting to separate the fighters when he was stabbed. Tony Battie, Pierce's teammate at the time, along with Battie’s brother, saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital after the near-fatal stabbing. He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage. Nevertheless, Pierce was [[HandicappedBadass the only Celtic to start all 82 games in the 2000–01 season]]. One particular CrowningMomentOfFunny involves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QbpV-K4PU0&lc=Ht26n5qwe8l7h8-6zi-y2W3XrexiVnz88lMk35lxk6o&feature=inbox a teammate trying to hug him as he runs along the court like a fairy]]. Pierce has now announced that the 2016–17 season will be his last, after which he plans to sign a ceremonial contract to retire as a Celtic.

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* '''Paul Pierce''' was the captain of the Boston Celtics until he and Kevin Garnett (below) were traded to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2012–13 season when the Celtics decided they couldn't win a title and blew up their roster. Pierce spent one season in Brooklyn before moving on to the Washington Wizards, and then to the LA Clippers. Noted for his late-game heroics and versatile LightningBruiser credentials. He took the Celtics to a championship against Kobe's Lakers in 2008; a rematch was made in 2010, where Kobe won instead. He won the 2008 Finals MVP, he's TheRival to [=LeBron=] James and he's the second-leading scorer in Celtics history, right behind Havlicek. Not even Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy or Kevin [=McHale=] can lay claim to that feat. He's also rather cocky - after winning in a 2012 playoff game against the Hawks, Pierce briefly celebrated by [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Tebow]][[PersonAsVerb ing]] on the court. Moreover, he once said "[[BadassBoast I'm the best player]]. There's a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I don't cross that line]], line, but [[NoExceptYes I have a lot of confidence in myself]]".myself". At a late night dance club in Boston's theatre district, Pierce was [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back, and had a bottle smashed over his head]]; eyewitnesses claim that he was attempting to separate the fighters when he was stabbed. Tony Battie, Pierce's teammate at the time, along with Battie’s brother, saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital after the near-fatal stabbing. He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage. Nevertheless, Pierce was [[HandicappedBadass the only Celtic to start all 82 games in the 2000–01 season]]. One particular CrowningMomentOfFunny involves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QbpV-K4PU0&lc=Ht26n5qwe8l7h8-6zi-y2W3XrexiVnz88lMk35lxk6o&feature=inbox a teammate trying to hug him as he runs along the court like a fairy]]. Pierce has now announced that the 2016–17 season will be his last, after which he plans to sign a ceremonial contract to retire as a Celtic.
26th Dec '16 8:18:47 PM KYCubbie
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* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Magic): Begun affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers given this Ohio city is just between the two teams. Orlando plans to move it to Lakeland in the Tampa Bay, so the [=BayHawks=] management are already trying to put another D-League team in the city.

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* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Magic): Begun Originally affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers Sixers, given this Ohio Pennsylvania city is just between the two teams. Orlando plans to has now bought the team and will move it to Lakeland in Lakeland, near the Tampa Bay, so Bay Area, for the [=BayHawks=] management are already trying to put another D-League team in the city.2017–18 season.



The Hawks will add their own affiliate in College Park in 2019.

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The Hawks will add their own affiliate in the inner Atlanta suburb of College Park in 2019.
26th Dec '16 6:54:54 AM igordebraga
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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr J. himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA Titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]]

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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr J. himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA Titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]][[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17.



* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Magic): Begun affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers given this Ohio city is just between the two teams.

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* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Magic): Begun affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers given this Ohio city is just between the two teams. Orlando plans to move it to Lakeland in the Tampa Bay, so the [=BayHawks=] management are already trying to put another D-League team in the city.


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The Hawks will add their own affiliate in College Park in 2019.
20th Dec '16 4:09:31 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* '''Anderson Varejão''' was an EnsembleDarkhorse in Cleveland from 2004 to 2016, earning the nickname "Wild Thing" because of his WildHair (that at times would be homaged by wig giveouts) and energetic and relentless style of play, that earned him an All-Defensive Second Team selection once. First Brazilian to play in the NBA Finals, when the Cavs lost in 2007 to the Spurs. With limited play and the Cavs needing cap space for new signings, was traded halfway through 2015-16, and eventually signed with the Warriors - which like the Cavs got all the way to the Finals, making Varejão the first guy who played for both finalists the same season.

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* '''Anderson Varejão''' was an EnsembleDarkhorse in Cleveland from 2004 to 2016, earning the nickname "Wild Thing" because of his WildHair (that at times would be homaged by wig giveouts) and energetic and relentless style of play, that earned him an All-Defensive Second Team selection once. First Brazilian to play in the NBA Finals, when the Cavs lost in 2007 to the Spurs. With limited play and the Cavs needing cap space for new signings, was traded halfway through 2015-16, and eventually signed with the Warriors - Warriors, which like the Cavs got all the way to the Finals, making Varejão the first guy who played for both finalists the same season.season. (Incidentally the cruel twist about it is that Varejão played for the also-rans in those 2015 & 2016 Finals.)
20th Dec '16 2:21:04 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginóbili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premiere franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with their play frequently described as [[BoringButPractical "Boring"]], and in recent years the team labeled as "Old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. And with the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well.

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* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginóbili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premiere premier franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with their play frequently described as [[BoringButPractical "Boring"]], and in recent years the team labeled as "Old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. And with the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well.
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