NBA cancels first two weeks of 2011-2012 season

The National Basketball Association (NBA) commenced a lockout of its players since July 1 until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with the National Basketball Players Association. Unfortunately, according to the news “NBA cancels first two weeks of season; sides still far apart” published by the NBA.com, up to now the prospect of negotiation seemed gloomy.

David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said both sides are “very far apart on virtually all issues”, which means the new NBA season will start until both sides can come to an agreement about the labour dispute.

Since the dispute arose, heaps of the players chose to go abroad such as JR Smith signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China. Kenyon Martin opted to sign a one-year contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. And lots of overseas players would like to go back to their countries. Then as long as the negotiation done, most of the players will come back. But they still have a long way to go. The league won’t be able to play a full 82-game season in 2011-2012. Stern has said the league’s 30 teams together lost $300 million in each of the past three seasons. That’s the main reason both of sides could not settle down. All the owners are trying to find a way to make the largest income.

As most news published by NBA official website (e.g. the news mentioned in my first post), this piece is also a formal, credible and informative one. The correspondent uses various reliable sources, such as David Stern and Union president Derek Fisher. A video of “labour update” is attached to report more information for viewers.

NBA 2K12 Released

When “lockout”, “contract negotiations” and “playing overseas” have being the key words of NBA, what can ease the NBA fans’ hunger for the game? The answer is the video game. After last year’s NBA 2K11, which have sold over 5 million copies worldwide and received over 20 Sports Game of Year awards, the 2k Sports released its successor NBA 2K12 on Oct 4. The article “NBA 2K12 Review” evaluated the game from all aspects.

(Click the images for original ones.)

According to the game review, compared with privious games of this series, the graphics of 2K12 looks more realistic and theoperation are more flexible. The shooting remains smooth and well designed, and most players have their own animations to gauge the proper time to release a shot. Passing and defense are also impoved for better multi- sensory effect. The most important thing is they have improved skills of the playersthan 2k 11.so you will feel like the real players in real NBA games.Moreover, the best feature of 2K12 is the Greastese mode. And the designers also add the top 15 legend players of the NBA history. You can go as far back as Bill Russell’s 64-65 Celtics, through the modern days, and also use legend teams against with the current teams .

The author also introduced other features of the game, such as My Player, the Association Mode and playing online and drew the conclusion that, “Despite a few minor things, NBA 2K12 is easily the best pro basketball game on the market”. Published in the game section of a digital website, the article offered the readers, obvious mostly of whom are video games players, an overview of the game to decide whether to buy it.

Now let’s enjoy the game with its fantastic intro.

Two-year ban for water polo star‎

At the height of the Canadian riots after the Stanley Cup loss of the Vancouver Canucks to the Boston Bruins, reports of violence, looting and arson were plentiful (2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot). One story however stood out from the usual pack as it was not the usual teenagers and groups of troublemakers making headlines but instead a future Canadian Olympic candidate being in the centre of media scrutiny. Prior to the start of the riots, Nathan Kotylak was on his way to representing the Canadian water polo team in the 2012 London Olympics. Instead of making headlines for his performance in the water pool, he has found himself in the middle of a media frenzy after pictures taken by witnesses emerged online showing him participating in the torching of a police vehicle. The 18-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C has apologized to the Canadian Sports Committee in June but was still banned from the professional until 2013 and will not be eligible for any funding by the sporting committee for two years.

The new “Water polo player suspended for role in Vancouver riot”, reported by CBC sports (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), focuses on the individual Nathan Kotylak in particular detail as the article tries to convey to its readers the mindset of the individual. In this particular case not only do they give a story or report on the situation of the arson but as well as separate section underneath giving a brief background story on the criminal at hand. In particular the article attempts to allow the responder to relate to Nathan by using a much more sympathetic tone and language such as constantly saying ‘apologetic’ and ‘taking responsibility’. To support this point the author even places a small photo with a clear water background behind Nathan to create an innocent image and feel for the readers.

More information:

Nathan Kotylak apology video. Click here.

US-China Goodwill Basketball Game Ends in Brawl

If you have seen the video above, you may be shocked by the brawl just right happened during a basketball match. The so-called “bench-clearing brawl” erupted during an exhibition game between the Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets, a China Basketball Association (CBA) team, in Beijing on Aug 18. The brawl turned the goodwill trip of Geogetown’s basketball team, which was a 10-day trip to China to be an athletic, cultural and educational exchange designed to promote the school internationally,  into embarrassing circumstances. More than that, the Chinese Media coverage even has been scrubbed away on the Internet. For example, the search for the key words such as “Georgetown”, “Bayi Rockets”, and “Bayi basketball” revealed no results in weibo-search for some period after the brawl. The videos uploaded to Chinese video-sharing websites were quickly deleted as well.

Unlike Chinese Media coverage, SB nation, a sports network, focused on the fight with continuous updating the articles, images and videos and the main title is “Geogetown Basketball Brawl in China: Hoyas, Bayi Rockets Fight during Heated Exhibition”. Under the main title, articles from the network’s authors were collected to track the violence. They quoted the fans on the ground and recorded both sides’ response including the fans’ comments in the internet. Readers can easily have a thorough understanding of the ugly brawl.

Via the news story, I found the sbnation.com was an interesting sports website. According to its description, SB Nation is a collection of over 300 individual communities, each offering high quality year-round coverage and conversation led by fans who are passionate about their favorite teams, leagues or sports. And it is also the largest and fastest-growing network of fan-centric online sports communities. People track the current sports affairs and share their ideas in the perspective of sports lovers. If you are tired of the traditional sports coverage, the creative network would be a good place to offer you fresh information.

Mike Modano is a one-of-a-kind icon

(For original news story click here.)

The author, Jim Reeves began his article by giving a detailed description of the icon Mike Modano, an American professional ice hockey player, of the Dallas Stars. For many years Modano had been the face of the franchise until his much controversial free agent signing to the rival Detroit redwings in 2009. Now 41, Modano has been offered by the Dallas Stars a one day contract so that he may retire as a Stars player where he has spent the majority of his glorious career. Jim reeves towards the second half of the article goes into further detail about Modano’s illustrious career and achievements through his time with the Stars.

The article is clearly intended for the Dallas Stars fans that have respected and cheered for the player during his career. It is important to note that many of Modano’s achievements with the teams prior and after his stay with Dallas were mentioned. Nor were any of his famous off field behaviors and drama. The articles is focused on giving the fans a trip down ‘memory-lane’ starting with many of Modano’s characteristic facial appearances as well as a list of his many famous moments as a Dallas Stars player. The article also further emphasizes this point with a ‘detailed’ description of Modano’s work ethic and contribution of the rink with going as far as hailing him “…..always loved to vacation in Cabo, but he never once took a long weekend there during the playoffs.”. To conclude, Jim Reeves article works in that it is written in a way where their target audiences, Mike Modano fans, are kept in the positive light of the player’s career. Not once touching on his controversial negative sides, the author continuously outlines the positive aspects and numerous records of the player’s career and even going as far with the heading “Mike Modano is a one-of-a-kind icon”.


 

Liu Xiang “hand in hand” with Robles

On Aug 29, perhaps the most controversial topic of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu, South Korea was the men’s 110 meter hurdles final. Dayron Robles, the Olympic champion and world recorder holder, was first cross the line at 13.14 second. However, the video showed that Robles made contact with China’s Liu Xiang at the last two hurdles, causing him to trip on the final hurdle and finish in 13.27 second. As a result, Robles was disqualified, lifting Jason Richardson the gold and Liu the silver. After that, Liu said Robles was not intentional and Robles also apologized to Liu. Interestingly, it is not the only disqualification in the track and field event. The day before this, the famous Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start in the men’s 100 meter.

This is the video link  of the 110 meter hurdles final:

 

Back to the 110 meter hurdles race, a piece of online news about this topic caught my attention – Robles collides with Liu Xiang in final 110m hurdles race angers Chinese audience. Unlike other medias focusing on what happened during the race, the story gave the readers the overview of violent emotional reaction of Chinese audience, especially the netizens. Indeed, Liu Xiang is one of the Chinese people’s favorite athletes and people were regretful for that night’s loss. On the Internet, the videos of that race soon became the most viewed and discussed ones. The author even translated some comments from weibo – microblog, Chinese version of Twitter. People were sorry for Liu and angry with Robles saying, “That’s a shame. Or else he (Liu Xiang) would be the champion for sure.” Chinese netizens even gave Robles a nickname, “luó bo sī”, that means radish in Chinese and the similar pronunciation with “Robles”. Comments, cartoons and mixed videos, netizens with their sense of humor made fun of the controversy as well.