Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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My Basketball Blog (in Slovak)
* kuba.blog.sme.sk

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Luke_Mellow: Vesely/Satoransky TAI Archives


June 24, 2011
Jan & Eva: A Draft Night Kiss Story

June 28, 2011
Lockout in the NBA is already certain, learned Vesely

July 3, 2011
John Joyful Mini-Bullets

July 5, 2011
Q&A: Vesely deals with wedding gift ideas, not Lockout

July 6, 2011
Camaraderie, Kamarád: Jan Vesely Czechs For Friends In The U.S.

December 7, 2011
Interview: Vesely flew away to the NBA, a league of stars

February 10, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: Dear America, I Scored The 100th Point

February 16, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘To be like Dirk is my secret wish’ (Also likes beer for lunch, How I Met Your Mother)

March 6, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘I would like like to dunk at All-Star Weekend’

March 20, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘Everyone has his own room in the hotel’ (says Jordan Crawford’s ‘Cool White Boy’)

April 16, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘Washington has almost no skyscrapers’

May 3, 2012
The End of Jan Vesely’s Rookie Season

May 5, 2012
The Jan Vesely Diaries: ‘In a half-year here, I don’t dare to assess the lifestyle of Americans’

May 17, 2012
57 Games With Jan Vesely In A Lockout-Shortened Season: Czech Please!

May 30, 2012
George Zidek on Jan Vesely Playing For Czech National Team: ‘Now everything depends on the Wizards opinion’

June 7, 2012
The Eva Kodouskova Diaries (a k a Jan Vesely’s girlfriend)

June 18, 2012
Jan Vesely’s Worldly Wizardry: ‘I devote my summer to improve my shooting’

July 10, 2012
Jan Vesely Let's It Fly: Wizards Summer Mini-Camp Day 1

September 25, 2012
Pre-Season Jan Vesely: 'I wouldn't trade Washington for New York'

October 4, 2012
Jan Vesely: Ready To Shoot, With Confidence From Dad

November 5, 2012
Jan Vesely: Likes Sushi and Fast Basketball

July 12, 2012
Jan Vesely said WHAT? Czech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

December 3, 2012
Honza Vesely Still Fighting That Dragon

January 4, 2013
Jan Vesely, Schnitzel, Pea Soup, Potato Salad & The Awakening

February 7, 2013
Free Jan Vesely: A Czech Perspective on Washington's Top 2011 Draft Pick

April 1, 2013
The Jan Vesely Media Circuit: Hopes EuroBasket 2013 Revitalizes Spirit, NBA Summer League in Doubt

May 9, 2013
Leteći Čeh Vesely for NBASerbia.com: I Tried Everything To Impress The Coach

May 13, 2013
Jan Vesely in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Confidence at Sea, Searching for Dry Land

May 14, 2013
Jan is Not Made of Klay! Coping With Vesely on the Wizards

June 11, 2013
Jan Vesely on Mental Toughness, Team Chemistry and Coffee After Practice [Interview Translation]

June 15, 2013
The Jan Vesely Interview (Pt. 1): Sweating Blood, Searching for Confidence & Advice from A.J. Price

June 17, 2013
The Jan Vesely Interview (Pt. 2): Mambas and Cars, Fouling and Flopping & EuroBasket and the D-League

October 28, 2013
This Year’s Jan Vesely : TAI Wizards Player Previews 2013-14

January 6, 2014
The Breakup: Jan Vesely and Eva Kodouskova Are No More

February 21, 2014
When It’s #MaynorTime To Go: Trade Reactions and #AirWolf Vesely Farewells

February 22, 2014
So About Jan Vesely’s Debut With the Nuggets… (But There Were Smiles)

June 30, 2014
Day with Jan Vesely 2014

July 20, 2014
Jan Vesely Packs His Bags for Europe, Perhaps For Good

October 31, 2014
Jan Vesely on New Basketball Life, the Lost NBA, and All the Reasons Why

September 16, 2015
Jan Vesely: "It'd have probably been better if I had been drafted lower, perhaps No. 25"


June 19, 2012
Satoransky Fighting To Czech The NBA Draft

June 15, 2012
Who The Heck Is Tomas Satoransky?

July 9, 2012
Shootin' Satoransky: Wizards Summer Mini-Camp Day 1

August 23, 2012
What The Czech Is Tomas Satoransky Up To?

August 28, 2012
Tomas Satoransky Shines in Battle of Wizards Euro-Stash

September 13, 2012
Satoransky and The Czechs Finish Down, But Things Are Looking Up

May 23, 2013
Tomas Satoransky in 2012-13 with Cajasol: Dunking on Teams, NBA Dreams

June 9, 2013
Is Tomas Satoransky a Legitimate Option for the Wizards?

July 26, 2013
Satoransky: Wizards Summer League Absentee Still Believes He’s NBA Material

August 9, 2013
Jan Vesely, Tomas Satoransky and Czech Mates Train for EuroBasket 2013

August 19, 2013
Vesely, Satoransky and Team Czech Prepare for EuroBasket 2013 in Turkey

September 3, 2013
Next Stop: EuroBasket 2013 — Satoransky and Vesely Lead the Czechs with Uncertain Hope

September 13, 2013
EuroBasket Debrief: TAI’s Czech Correspondent Checks In

September 26, 2013
From an Insider at EuroBasket 2013: the Vesely, Satoransky and Czech Republic Experience

May 2, 2014
Tomas Satoransky: Still On the Washington Wizards’ Czech List

June 17, 2014
Satoransky Interview Translation on Free Agency, the Wizards, and Summer League

June 17, 2014
Satoransky’s Uncertainty Just Part of Wizards Search for Wall’s Backup

July 30, 2014
Tomas Satoransky on Barcelona, Messi, JC Navarro, and a Wizards Future

October 5, 2014
Tomas Satoransky: I kept letting the NBA window open, but my heart just pulled me more to Europe

October 20, 2014
Czech-ing Development: Tomas Satoransky vs Jiri Welsch

June 18, 2015
Wide-ranging Interview With Tomas Satoransky: "Xavi Pascual Always Wants Me To Play An Aggressive Style Of Game"

September 1, 2015
Tomas Satoransky talks about Barcelona, the Wiz, Serbo-Turkish teams, calm breakfasts, seeing Neymar at a disco club, Juanqui, Catalans booing, the career path he chose, and paradise on Earth

September 15, 2015
Satoransky: "NBA has always been a lure for me, I'd like to play against the best players in the world"

October 2, 2015
Czech Mate: An Insider’s Take on Tomas Satoransky, Jan Vesely, and the Wizards

September 6, 2016
Summer of Satoransky Pt. 1: Last Days in Europe; Shooting Coach Talks Jumper

September 7, 2016
Summer of Satoransky Pt. 2: Coming to America; Impressions of John Wall

September 9, 2016
Wizards Exec on Satoransky: ‘We want him to be a rotation player’

November 9, 2016
Tomas Satoransky Adapts to the NBA — Interview Translation

November 28, 2016
Satoransky Interview: LeBron Is Another Challenge For Me, I Gotta Get Stronger

July 12, 2017
Satoransky: Why I’m Not a Point Guard In the NBA

December 1, 2017
It’s Time To #FreeSato

February 25, 2018
For Tomas Satoransky, It’s Been a Long Journey From Prague to D.C.

March 19, 2018
A Look at #FreeSato Coverage in the Czech Media

July 5, 2018
“I’m Living My Dream” — Satoransky Talks Life in the NBA with Czech Forbes

July 19, 2018
Part II: Satoransky Talks Life in the NBA with Czech Forbes

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Maps: Best NBA Player From Every Country


[Note: Hansen -- born in Denmark, grew up in Canada; Jones -- American born in Luxembourg; Mbenga -- obtained Belgium's citinzenship; Poeltl -- considered a probable lottery pick in 2016 Draft]


[Note: Hayes -- obtained Qatar's citizenship; Clarkson -- holds a dual American-Filipino citizenship; Alexander -- American born in Taiwan; Kaun -- best amongst players born in the Asian part of Russia]



[Note: Flynn -- American born in Morocco; Nash -- born in South Africa, grew up in Canada; Ali Hashem -- obtained Libya's citinzenship]


[Note: Palacio -- born in California to Belizean parents, is a Belizean citizen]


Monday, February 15, 2016

NBA/Basketball Books I Have Read

1* Life on the Run, 1976 & 1995
2* Hondo: Celtic Man in Motion, 1977
3* The Short Season: A Boston Celtics Diary, 1977-1978, 1979
4* The Breaks of the Game, 1981
5* Giant Steps: The Autobiography of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1983
6* Drive: The Story of My Life, 1989
7* The Franchise: Building a Winner With the World Champion Detroit Pistons, Basketballs Bad Boys, 1990
8* Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association, 1990
9* Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA, in the Words of the Men Who Played, Coached, and Built Pro Basketball, 1992
10* Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics, 1992
11* My Life, 1992
12* The Jordan Rules, 1993
13* Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, 1995
14* Living the Dream: My Life and Basketball, 1995
15* Bad as I Wanna Be, 1996
16* Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made, 1999
17* Unguarded: My Forty Years Surviving in the NBA, 2000
18* At the Buzzer! Havlicek Steals, Erving Soars, Magic Deals, Michael Scores! 2001
19* Shaq Talks Back, 2001
20* I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, 2002
21Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure, 2002
22* Total Basketball: The Ultimate Basketball Encyclopedia, 2003
23* The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game, 2003
24* Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Time of Darryl Dawkins, 2003
25* Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game, 2004
26* Wilt: Larger Than Life, 2004
27* Basketbalový Světoběžník (Basketball Globetrotter), 2005
28* The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul, 2005
29* The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It, 2005
30* Lapchick: The Life of a Legendary Player and Coach in the Glory Days of Basketball, 2006 & 2016
31* The Basketball Book, 2007
32* Pistol: The Life of Peter Maravich, 2007
33* Seven Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns, 2007
34* The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game, 2008
35* The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA, 2008
36* The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy, 2009, & TBOB Updated, 2010
37* The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA, 2009
38* The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History, 2010
39* When the Game Was Ours, 2010
40* Shaq Uncut: My Story, 2011
41* King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution, 2011
42* When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks, 2011
43* West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life, 2012
44* Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, 2013
45* Dr. J: The Autobiography, 2013
46* Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever, 2013
47* Assisted: The Autobiography of John Stockton, 2013
48* Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, 2014
49* Michael Jordan: The Life, 2014
50* Facing Michael Jordan: Players Recall the Greatest Basketball Player Who Ever Lived, 2014
51* Nebáli Se Své Odvahy (Were Not Afraid of Their Courage), 2014
52* Basketball's Greatest, 2014
53* Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson, 2015
54* Drazen: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball, 2015
55* Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court, 2015
56* Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball, 2015
57* Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution, 2016
58* Back from the Dead, 2016
59* Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant, 2016
60* The Curse: The Colorful & Chaotic History of the LA Clippers, 2016
61* Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection, 2017
62* Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History, 2017
63* Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA, 2017
64* Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball, 2017
65* Game Face: A Lifetime of Hard-Earned Lessons On and Off the Basketball Court, 2017
66* We Changed the Game, 2017
67* The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA, 2018
68* Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball, 2018

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

10 NBA seasons In a Decade

*10 seasons in the 50s* (6)
Dolph Schayes
Paul Seymour
Ed Macauley
Slater Martin
Vern Mikkelsen
Dick McGuire

Best Starting 5: C Macauley- F Schayes- F Mikkelsen- G McGuire- G Slater

*10 seasons in the 60s* (13)
Bob Ferry
Hal Greer
Johnny Green
Bailey Howell
Sam Jones
Bill Russell
Wayne Embry
Guy Rodgers
Dave Gambee
Elgin Baylor
Wilt Chamberlain
Tom Hawkins
Rudy LaRusso

Best Starting 5: C Wilt- C Russell- F Elgin- G Jones- G Greer

*10 seasons in the 70s* (19)
Elvin Hayes
Wes Unseld
Bob Dandridge
Spencer Haywood
Earl Monroe
Don Chaney
Jo Jo White
Louie Dampier
Rick Barry (3 ABA seasons)
Walt Frazier
Bingo Smith
Gail Goodrich
Lucius Allen
Norm Van Lier
Paul Silas
Dick Snyder
Ron Boone (7 ABA seasons)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Lou Hudson

Best Starting 5: C Kareem- PF Hayes- SF Barry- SG Monroe- PG Frazier

*10 seasons in the 80s* (39)
Maurice Cheeks
Gerald Henderson
Cliff Robinson
Otis Birdsong
Dennis Johnson
Larry Bird
Robert Parish
Jim Paxson
Adrian Dantley
Darryl Dawkins
James Edwards
Vinnie Johnson
John Long
Phil Hubbard
Tree Rollins
Moses Malone
Reggie Theus
Jack Sikma
Sidney Moncrief
Paul Mokeski
Dave Corzine
Allen Leavell
Purvis Short
Wayne Cooper
Walter Davis
Alex English
Dave Greenwood
Calvin Natt
Brad Davis
Terry Tyler
Jerome Whitehead
Pat Cummings
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Michael Cooper
Magic Johnson
T.R. Dunn
John Lucas
Caldwell Jones
Norm Nixon

Best Starting 5: C Kareem- C M.Malone- SF Bird- SG Moncrief- PG Magic

*10 seasons in the 90s* (77)
b.j. armstrong ... rick mahorn
charles barkley ... dan majerle
dana barros ... karl malone
benoit benjamin ... danny manning
mookie blaylock ... vernon maxwell
muggsy bogues ... derrick mckey
chucky brown ... reggie miller
mark bryant ... sam mitchell
antoine carr ... chris morris
rex chapman ... chris mullin
tyrone corbin ... johnny newman
terry cummings ... charles oakley
dell curry ... hakeem olajuwon
vlade divac ... will perdue
sherman douglas ... sam perkins
chris dudley ... scottie pippen
joe dumars ... olden polynice
sean elliott ... terry porter
dale ellis ... glen rice
patrick ewing ... pooh richardson
duane ferrell ... mitch richmond
armon gilliam ... clifford robinson
gary grant ... david robinson
harvey grant ... dennis rodman
horace grant ... danny schayes
a.c. green ... detlef schrempf
tom hammonds ... rony seikaly
derek harper ... brian shaw
ron harper ... rik smits
hersey hawkins ... john stockton
jeff hornacek ... rod strickland
mark jackson ... otis thorpe
avery johnson ... doug west
shawn kemp ... mark west
steve kerr ... herb williams
jerome kersey ... hot rod williams
joe kleine ... kevin willis
andrew lang ... david wingate
grant long ...

Best Starting 5: C Hakeem- F K.Malone- F Barkley- F Pippen- PG Stockton

*10 seasons in the 00s* (76)
Ray Allen
Kevin Garnett
Stephon Marbury
Mikki Moore
Paul Pierce
Elton Brand
Donyell Marshall
Theo Ratliff
Vince Carter
Shawn Marion
Jermaine O'Neal
Al Harrington
Larry Hughes
Malik Rose
Tim Thomas
Joe Smith
Wally Szczerbiak
Ben Wallace
Lorenzen Wright
Lindsey Hunter
Brad Miller
Chauncey Billups
Allen Iverson
Rasheed Wallace
Richard Hamilton
Jeff Foster
Rasho Nesterovic
Austin Croshere
Damon Jones
Tyronn Lue
Rafer Alston
Adonal Foyle
Anthony Johnson
Rashard Lewis
Mike Bibby
Juwan Howard
Nazr Mohammed
Antonio Daniels
Antawn Jamison
Chucky Atkins
Anthony Carter
Matt Harpring
Brevin Knight
Calvin Booth
Kevin Ollie
Kobe Bryant
Derek Fisher
Lamar Odom
Steve Nash
Shaquille O'Neal
Corey Maggette
Marcus Camby
Baron Davis
Ricky Davis
Cuttino Mobley
Brian Skinner
Bobby Jackson
Kenny Thomas
Greg Buckner
James Posey
Peja Stojakovic
Jason Kidd
Dirk Nowitzki
Erick Dampier
Devean George
Jerry Stackhouse
Jason Terry
Brent Barry
Tracy McGrady
Dikembe Mutombo
Ron Artest
Tim Duncan
Bruce Bowen
Michael Finley
Kurt Thomas
Jacque Vaughn

Best Starting 5: C Shaq- PF Duncan- SF Garnett- SG Kobe- PG Nash