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, 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.

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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 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.

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 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.

The Greatest

“If Michael Jordan Never Was, Would Kobe Bryant Be Considered the Greatest Ever?” This story appears at, which is a famous American sports network. (The details of this website quoted from Wikipedia are presented at the bottom.)

We put the article aside first. I have to admit that I am attracted by the layout, especially the color design. As we can see, this page is under the category of specific NBA team, the L.A Lakers. Unlike the flat or dull layout of other sport websites, it adopts the symbolic color of the team as the background. And other teams’ pages are the same. For the fans, the little change makes a big different. It promotes their desire to take part in this open community, as leaving comments, discussing or sharing with others.

As I mentioned above, the special of the website is the interaction with audiences. It is just like a big social community to accept all people to express his opinions. Despite having less official news, the web provides a platform for people to exchange their ideas and thoughts about the latest sport events. Probably that is why the network can be successful.

Well, back to the article itself. The topic seems to be somehow boring and meaningless. Not just the topic has been arguing between for many years, the author doesn’t give specific comparison with the two great players. Lack of convincing data and photos, the conclusion the author makes is just for amusement. However, we should not be so strict with the writer because he is not a professional one. For this website, participation is the most important thing.

Bleacher Report is a website that provides news and fans’ opinions of sporting events.

The website was launched in February 2008 by California-based entrepreneurs Dave Finocchio, Zander Freund, Bryan Goldberg, and Dave Nemetz. The purpose of the website was to provide a platform for bloggers and amateur sports writers to publish their work where visitors could find their articles easily.

Bleacher Report describes itself as an open source system … in which the tools to create, refine, and review content are available to all members, regardless of rank or experience” whose goal “is to provide in-depth coverage, opinion, and analysis on everything and anything that matters in sports.

Yao formally announces retirement

The news with heading “Yao formally announces retirement from NBA” was posted on the NBA official website on July 19. It is concerned with Chinese basketball player Yao Ming holding the news conference to end his playing career officially.Almost at the same time Yao Ming released the information personally, the official website updated his news and ended all kinds of speculations.

The first two paragraphs of the news narrate the outline of the retirement. After that, the article quotes  Yao’s speech on his news conference in which it has mentioned the reasons of retirement, his future plan and his thanks. Additionally, the article also describes some details of the conference to manifest the influences of this hot sport news. Then, for a retired player, the conclusion of his experience in the NBA gives the readers a general idea about his performance and his achievement.

Along with article, the website put three related videos, including the Yao’s retirement speech, his NBA experience and the interview of NBA Commissioner David Stern. Audiences are able to have a direct access to Yao’s original speech and feel the atmosphere of the conference. The video “Look back at Yao” gathers his important moments and excellent segments in his NBA career, which would make audiences feeling regretful about his retirement. All of the resources the website provides to audiences are easy for them to figure out the whole news.

On the other hand, as the official website of NBA, it attracts millions of NBA fans to browsing the pages. Considering the given audiences, the news concentrates on Yao’s NBA career and his helping expand the NBA’s worldwide market. For the other part of his basketball experience, like joining the Chinese national team and playing at Chinese Basketball Association, the news does not give much more details.