The Sideline


The Lakers of the Late 90s

January 17, 2018 Sammy Gunnell

The Lakers of the Late 90s

The Lakers have a rich history... Jerry West, Kareem, Magic and Shaq are just a few names which you could throw out in any Lakers conversation and get a nod of approval. A while ago I put out an Instagram post with the caption 'Who is the greatest Laker of all time?' The responses were varied. This is because there are so many greats, you almost need to do it by decade or era to have a more accurate breakdown! The Lakers aren't always great though, the last few seasons have proved that, but it was also true in the...


Meeting Tas Melas

January 12, 2018 Sammy Gunnell

Meeting Tas Melas

It's been a good week for the NBA in the UK. The annual game took place at the o2 arena in London as usual, only this year we were treated to stacked rosters, at least one playoff contender and a young team trusting the process. When the NBA comes to London it's a week long event which is not just about the game, it's about the events surrounding the game and the NBA legends and personalities who fly over and show love. It's an epic occasion all round. One such personality who I was particularly excited to hear was flying over is...


Buying Air Jordans... because I can.

December 09, 2017 Sammy Gunnell

Buying Air Jordans... because I can.

Today the Red Jordan XI's were released here in the UK. I went on the website to see if the 'Win like '96' tribute shoes were easy to get hold of. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were. If anyone's feeling generous, I'm a UK8.5... I've never been a sneaker guy. I'm not sure why that is, maybe the cost as a kid, maybe because I've always loved jerseys so much, or maybe it's a bad experience or two. As a kid I loved Gary Payton's 'The Glove' kicks (also known as the Air Zoom Flight 98) which...


Interview with Mark Webster

December 07, 2017 Sammy Gunnell

Interview with Mark Webster

A little while ago I wrote a blog post on the UK's coverage of the NBA back in the 90s on Channel 4, it was legendary, I really mean that! It became the bread and butter for many UK NBA fans who wanted a round up of what was happening in the league, but the show also went in depth with players and the history of the game. Hosting the show alongside Scoop Jackson and Dave Lewis, Mark Webster represented for us British lads and did a great job too! He interviewed the best players in the league (Jordan and...


Early Retirement

December 02, 2017 Sammy Gunnell

Early Retirement

Speculation has arisen this week as to whether Derrick Rose is about to exit the NBA stage and retire from basketball at just 29 years old. Rose showed amazing potential in his early career and was awarded MVP honors after a mind-blowing 2010 - 2011 season. However, like others before him, injuries have meant heartache.. Not only for fans of the Chicago Bulls, where he was set to carry the franchise, but for fans and appreciators of exceptional basketball from around the world. Regardless of what decision Rose makes, his devastating injuries will always leave us wondering about what might...