Top 30 Moments of the Year, Numbers 15-11

What do you mean you haven’t seen numbers 30-16? Where have you been!? You can check them out here:

Now, on with the show…

15. The Dunk, The Sequel

There are approximately 91,848,063 slam dunks captured on film every year. If at any given time you manage to complete a dunk that is simply referred to as “The Dunk” you know that you are on to something special. During most of the 2011-12 season when someone said did you see “The Dunk” it was assumed you were referring to when Blake Griffin threw down his monster slam on Timofey Mozgov. A dunk that was as ferocious as it was unique we didn’t know when we would ever see the like again. Well we didn’t have to wait too long, just a season in fact, when Griffin decided he would “Mozgov” Kendrick Perkins with another ridiculous ‘throw it in’ style dunk. The video below shows both dunks and then a great split screen where you can see both dunks side by side and it’s amazing just how similar that they are.

 

14. The Return of Indiana basketball

When Tom Crean took over Indiana in 2008 the much storied college program was in a state of shambles. Rampant drug use, players facing academic ineligibility and star players leaving for the NBA (Eric Gordon) or transferring (Jordan Crawford), Crean was entering a situation where his entire squad consisted of  two walk-ons, who had scored a combined 36 points for their careers. After three losing seasons Crean’s hard work paid off and last year Indiana where back on the basketball map, posting a 27-9 record and making it all the way to the sweet 16. With a top ranked recruiting class and the return of Cody Zeller this will be the first season in a while where the Hoosiers will be going in with legitimate chances of competing for a national championship. If there was one moment that announced the Hoosiers back on the scene then it had to be when they took down the number one ranked Kentucky with this last second buzzer beater.

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13. Danny Granger Batcave Update

For the last number of years Danny Granger has been teasing us with periodic updates on the progress of his Batcave. (Yes, your read that correctly) It turns out it has progressed from an idea into a work in progress and the logistics of the Batcave are now configured as explained in an interview he gave to Sports Illustrated:

SI.com: I forget the exact nature of the Batcave. Is it based on the Batcave from any particular Batman movie? Or the old TV show? Or a mix of all of them?

Granger: It’s based on the Batcave from the first set of Batman movies — starting with Michael Keaton. It will have a few aspects from the Christian Bale movies, like a drive-in pathway or tunnel that lights up as you drive through it. It’ll also have this kind of circular island, where you park your car on this big circle, and the circle spins, so that you never have to back the car out.

SI.com: Wow.

Granger: I’ll also have something where the car gets lifted up on that circle, like an elevator, so that it goes up a floor and actually sort of into my house. My “Batmobile” will actually go into the house. It’ll be enclosed in clear glass near my gaming area.

Picture courtesy of TBJ : www.thescore.com/tbj

Danny Grangers’ standard basement.

We then got a further update in February, turns out that the drive-in pathway was a no-go but i guess a moat(!) makes up for it:

“The builder called me and told me he found a nice little feature, a lift for my car, kind of like Batman had. It’s in the works, it’s a process. The superhero stuff is just a big thing I’ve been a part of. … I wanted an underground tunnel entrance. I had to take that out. I found out there’s so many state codes and laws against that [laughing] so we had to take that one out. But we still have the underground thing going on and I mean I’ve got cars and things that turn my cars and I even got sort of like a moat thing going on so it will be interesting to see.”

I want to go to Danny Grangers’ house.

12.The Travel Dance

I actually wanted to have this number one in the list, I love it, it’s brilliant. Picture the scene, it’s the playoffs, you’re on the bench, you’re team is up by 3 with 10 seconds left, the opposition inbound to their star man who looks to create space to attempt a three but . . .  he travels! What should you do? What a ridiculous question, there is only one option – you gotta go straight to the travel dance!

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Chris Duhon, terrible NBA point guard but amazing craic.

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Gilbert Arenas Gun Dance

How do you announce your return to the NBA after a suspension for bringing guns into the locker room? With a gun dance, obviously.

11. Gilberts’ Golden Guns

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This USA Today interview with Gilbert Arenas has to be the interview of the year, beating off stiff competition from the Chris Bosh interview we talked about in part 2 of the rundown. You should really read the whole thing which gives a great overview of what it must be like to be an Arenas teammate or what it was like to be on that crazy Wizards squad. Everything from changing names on jerseys to putting dog “doo-doo” (his words) in other players shoes. However, the highlight has to be when he goes into detail about what really happened over those federal gun charges in 2009, (that landed him an indefinite suspension at the time) turns out the argument that started it had nothing to do with him at all:

Then-Wizards center JaVale McGee had beaten Crittenton out of $1,100 in a card game. Wizards guard Earl Boykins loaned McGee $200. McGee didn’t immediately pay back Boykins as he won the money and an argument blossomed. Arenas says he wasn’t involved in the actual bet.

” ‘Pay the man his (expletive) money. You’ve got all my money,’ ” Arenas says Crittenton shouted at McGee. “So I jumped in, ‘Why you talking to your teammates like this? We family.’

“That’s when (Crittenton) started coming at me, ‘(Expletive, racial slur), just because you got all money, this and this and this.’ That’s when we started going back and forth. I didn’t owe him anything. It was over a $1,100 pot he just lost.”

Arenas pauses and sighs when asked how the situation escalated to the point of guns.

“Someone said they were going to shoot me. So since I’m one of those guys who says, ‘I want to see this happen. I want to see you actually shoot me,’ that’s where that came from,” says Arenas, declining to mention that someone by name. “I brought the four guns in and said (in a note), ‘Pick 1, so the day you want to shoot me let me know, I’ll be ready to get shot.’ That’s how.”

 

Oh, ok, so Gilbert is the kind of guy that wants to see if you will shoot him? That’s cool but I don’t think Javaris Crittenton is the right man to test – he is currently awaiting trial for murder after allegedly shooting a women from his SUV. We should also point out that later in the article it states:

According to a D.C. Superior Court document from Jan. 15, 2010: Several witnesses agree that during an argument on a Dec. 20, 2009, flight from Phoenix to Washington, Arenas threatened to shoot Crittenton in the face and set his Escalade on fire and that Crittenton threatened to shoot Arenas in the knee

Hmm Gil forgot to mention the threats to shoot him in the face then? One more interesting fact, Gilbterts’ guns  are gold plated. Stay tuned for more Wizards madness in the next update.

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Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and www.BasketballDirect.com . He was one of the founding members of North Star in 2002. He has coached at a variety of levels from kids to senior men's teams. He is currently coach of the LYIT National League team and women's college team.

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