Ron Harper knows a thing or two about NBA championships. Having played in and won five NBA titles with two teams. One of those teams was the 1995-96 record-setting ‘72-10′ Chicago Bulls, the same team, the 2014-15 NBA champion Golden State Warriors are already being measured up against. Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson believes he and his teammates have a chance to hit the 70 marks this season. Seventy won’t cut it though if they want to really cement their place in the record books.
The 9-0 Warriors are certainly well on their way. Later today they play the young Timberwolves, so we can safely assume they will be off to a 10-0 start by day’s end.
Warriors’ 9-game win streak is longest to open a season by a defending NBA champ since Bulls started 1996-97 season 12-0. (via @EliasSports)
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 12, 2015
Over the duration of the Chicago Bulls first 10 games of the 1995-96 season, the team went 9-1. Of the 10 teams they faced, only four would finish the season .500 or above and one win came at the expense of the expansion, Toronto Raptors. So far this season, the Golden State Warriors have been faced with five road games (that Bulls team had 4) and five of their wins have come against teams .500 or above.
When talk of the defending champs possibly toppling the Bulls almost twenty-year-old record arose on twitter earlier this week, Harper, the owner of five pieces of championship hardware, had this to say…
— Ron Harper (@HARPER04_5) November 11, 2015
Lawd ham mercy a SWEEP! MJ’s former running partner ain’t playing. Then to further hammer home his point…
— Ron Harper (@HARPER04_5) November 11, 2015
Please note: For extra emphasis, Ron used 5 exclamation points in that last tweet, one for every ring perhaps?
Whether the Golden State Warriors can break the record and prove they are a team for the ages, only time will tell. All the pieces are in place for an amazing run, their fearless leader Steph Curry is doing things on the NBA hardwood that we’ve never seen prior and like those famed Bulls they are being compared with, they also utilize and run the famed Triangle Offense to perfection.
Proving the Bulls of the ’90s could sweep the Dubs in a Finals series, well, that’s a little more difficult to ascertain without the ability of time travel. The topic certainly makes for some fun discussion and perfect NBA2K fodder, in this instance it only solidifies the fact that social media is so much more fun when NBA stars from the past interact with it and weigh in with their opinions on the game today.
Never change Harp.
Quirky television commercials. Every country has them, some quirkier than others.
Look no further than the advertising world of Asia, which has long been throwing money at the stars of Hollywood to hawk their products in zany advertising. The celebrities brought on board usually agree to participate under the assumption that whatever they are filmed endorsing will never be aired in the Western world. Generally speaking, celebrities and professional athletes are usually reluctant to appear in anything that may be perceived as “selling out” or heavily criticized, so keeping these lucrative ventures clandestine is in their best interests of protecting their image and personal brand.
Of course, the practice of foreign celebrity advertising was well established long ago, before the internet opened portals into the lives of the once untouchable stars. Which brings us to this new feature on the blog, I’ll be scouring the web and exploring the past and present world of advertising, focusing on the stars and athletes that have called Chicago home.
This first installment features 6 time NBA world champion, Scottie Pippen. According to this report from Sportsbusinessdaily.com, Pip filmed the commercial for Japanese car company Mazda in July of 1996, to coincide with the Atlanta Olympic telecasts in Japan that year.
After watching the commercial, you know I’ve got questions. I wonder how much the Bulls star pulled in for plugging the Demio station wagon? Was this Scottie’s only advertising venture to the Land of the Rising Sun? How many dribbles per minute were captured on film at the back end of the car? Why did they feel it necessary to have his name on the front and back of his jersey?
If anyone can remember seeing Scottie driving a supercharged RX-7 at any point circa 1996 or onwards, feel free to drop us a line.
It’s well known that life in the NBA is tough, even tougher for rookies. From carrying the bags of the vets to the extensive travel, late nights, early mornings and the dreaded limited playing time, something players fear the most. Now imagine being a rookie on a Tom Thibodeau coached team, you know you’ll have to jump through hoops time and time again before you “might” see some court time. IF you are so lucky, heaven forbid you to blow a defensive assignment or don’t box out, mess up and you might just find yourself on the receiving end of one of Thibs hell fire verbal sprays.
God forgives, Thibs doesn’t.
Knowing what his coach is capable of, Aussie born Cameron Bairstow may have had some rookie jitters when he heard his name called late in the Chicago Bulls blow out a victory against the New York Knicks, but he got his chance to impress his coach tonight in his first ever NBA minutes.
Prior to the game at Madison Square Garden, another fellow Aussie and someone I’m proud to call my friend and colleague, Nick Metallinos from Starting5online.com, had the opportunity to speak with Bairstow about his rookie experience thus far, advice he’s received from a former Bulls Champion, Coach Thibs, among other topics.
Here’s hoping ‘The Bear’ can stay in Thibs’ good books and get some more time on the court again soon. Don’t mess up out there Cam!