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Injury Disasters

October 19, 2017 Sammy Gunnell

Injury Disasters

It's been a devastating start to the season for the Boston Celtics. I'm not a Celtics fan, but I must admit, I was looking forward to seeing what type of season they'd have with their new signings and if they could give the Cavs any type of challenge this year. Needless to say, I was so sad to see Gordon Hayward go down with such a terrible injury at this point in his career and at this point in the season. Hayward is a great player, an All-Star at best, maybe even a future champion with the right team around him....


NBA Video

October 18, 2017 Sammy Gunnell

NBA Video

'NBA Video, nothing gets you closer to the gaaaame!' As a 12 year old kid, not many things got me as hyped as hearing these magic words through my TV speakers. After switching on the video player, inserting the VHS cassette and hearing the familiar clicks and clunks, I would then make it my duty to watch every inch of that tape, from the trailers to the credits. Given the fact that the USA was thousands of miles away, and I didn't get on a plane until my later teens, this was as close as I was going to get!...


The NBA on Channel 4

February 23, 2017 Sammy Gunnell

The NBA on Channel 4

I was a teenager during the 90s, old enough to remember the NBA being pushed in the UK in a number of different ways. Around the country there were huge metal basketball hoops going up, we were finding NBA goodies in our cereal, the occasional NBA game was being played in London , but perhaps most significantly the NBA was being shown on Channel 4, and it was actually amazing viewing. I learned the basics of basketball pretty quickly as a kid, mainly from playing video games, but also from just watching the game. There was a thrill in figuring...


The Digital NBA

December 01, 2016 Sammy Gunnell

The Digital NBA

NYC has a history of producing gifted and gritty basketball players, point guards specifically. Some have graced NBA courts and seen their names etched in history books, others have remained urban legends in a city where the competition has been as fierce as the courts are overcrowded. This has apparently subsided in the last few years. I heard an NYC playground legend blame the quietness of the courts and the decline in consistency coming from the five boroughs, on kids playing video games at home, rather than hitting the courts.  I live in London now, but grew up in another...


Hard Work

November 10, 2016 Sammy Gunnell

Hard Work

The new NBA season is here! I know, I'm late. It's already in full swing, but one of the first games of the 2016-17 was a gritty reminder of what we realised back in June, nothing is guaranteed in the world of sports. In that historical series the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead (apparently) and Lebron James was basically hard work personified. Over the summer that followed super teams were supposedly formed (not the Knicks, sorry D-Rose...), and the rest of the league studied tapes and drew up plans of how to stop the golden boys turned super villains of...