It's widely known that Michael Jordan is the best Basketball players of all times, unlike other sports where mostly its a subject to debate on. Michael Jordan has played most of his career for the Chicago Bulls, earning 6 championship rings with them and providing us with unforgettable moments.
In 2011, Kobe Bryant has shown that through out his career he is doing more and more amazing game plays and is proving him self to be worthy enough to stand side by side with Jordan. Most people would believe this is an insult to Michael Jordan, however, Jordan is the one who suggested that Kobe is getting close to his level. Jordan himself didn't admit about levels of skill, he just suggested that Kobe Bryant reminds him of himself because he is capable of pulling extra-ordinary moments within game time, making him a highly valuable player.
Currently, Kobe Bryant earns a heavy salary that filled his bank up to 140$ million dollars, making him nearly as rich as MJ himself. Currently he is one of the most popular and richest athletes in the United States and most likely that will rise due to the compliments he recently got from the king of hoops, Michael Jordan.
Today, the matches of the NBA have gripped all the basketball lovers not just in the United States but also in the entire world. A lot people watch NBA matches due to the fun and excitement that they offer to the basketball lovers.
Cashing over this popularity of the NBA games, the NBA has come with a new way of allowing their fans to stay connected with the sport in the form of the of the NBA merchandise. The NBA official web site offers a lot of jerseys, cups and other accessories. The main essence of this merchandise is that they are available for people of all ages.
Almost everybody right from the kids, adult, men as well as women can flaunt the merchandise of their favorite teams in one form of another. The other attractive benefit of the merchandise is that it is easily available on the official web site of the NBA. The fans just have to visit the web site, select the merchandise they want and purchase the merchandise. The web site will ship the merchandise to the house of the visitor.
The popularity of the NBA games was at its peak in the 1980s, thanks to some awesome players such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and the Magic Johnson. However, NBA suffered some poor ratings due to boring games and character issues but it is now back with a bang and enjoys the same popularity as it did in the 1980s.
In the 1980s and the 1990s, NBA was wildly popular. This is evident from its stupendous television ratings, which are yet to be matched. However, in the 2000s the popularity of NBA was affected due to overpaid busts and character issues. It was only in the 2007-2008 period, that the NBA catch up its popularity again and is now seen one of the most highly popular sporting event watched by millions alone in North America.
Today, the NBA is seeing a tremendous surge in its popularity due to the NBA All-Star events and some young super-stars, which include Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and others. This popularity is evident from the high television ratings as well as the increases in attendance of basketball lovers for the NBA matches.
The NBA lockout was finally settled after the owners and players reached a tentative agreement to start the NBA season on Christmas day. The lockout mostly occurred when the owners lock out the players in July citing that they lost hundreds of millions due to the bargaining agreement with the players in 2005.
The owners wanted all the 30 teams in the association to be competitive as well as profitable. The players then agreed to lower the shares in the revenues and committed to take 57% of the revenues but rejected the latest offer of the owners believing the deal to be too restrictive.
However, the NBA lockout was finally settled after a 15-hour negotiation between the players and the owners where the players agreed to 45-51 percent o band of basketball related income. The NBA season started on Christmas much for the respite of the NBA fans who were mostly neglected after the NBA lockout.
The NBA has seen a tremendous surge in its popularity as more and more people are now almost addicted to the NBA matches and love to keep updates of all the latest action that takes place in the association.
In the midst of a very active off season for the NBA, one in which NBA Stars also defended their gold medal in the Olympics, is is time now to take a look at the NBA picture going forward, and try and analyze after all the big moves, is the Lakers really are the team to beat next year ?
Not an easy question to answer, almost like pulling Roulette wheel and hope for the best... , but on the surface, the edge have to go to the Los Angeles Lakers, no question. and why not ?, two major peaces has been added to an already great roster. One is possibly (and yes, still, at the age of 38!)the best point guard in the NBA in Steve Nash. This is Huge for the Lakers, who are now have a wonderful floor manager, one that Kobe Brant and Pao Gasol will enjoy a great deal.
The second addition ? Only the best Center in the NBA in Dwight Howard. The Lakers had to send Andrew Bynum away, but if you have a chance to upgrade at center, wouldn't you ? So now, the starting 5 for the L.A Lakers next year ? Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Dwight Hoard and Ron Artest. (Oh sorry, Mata World whatever..). To me that is clearly the best starting five in the NBA, and the best the Lakers had in many years.
At this point, any casino online would tell you the same. i think. I mean ye, there is off course Miami and Lebron, Chicago and Derick Rose (whom i hope will be back from his injury..), the Nets can make some noise, but really, barring any injuries are other complications, the Lakers are going to rock and roll and my guess ? they will go all the way, because no matter who they added, they still have one Kobe Bryant. and when you give him that kind of firepower, than lookout, he is going for the kill!