2016 NBA All-Star Game

24/01/2016

Feliz 2016! Sim, antes tarde do que nunca, vos escrevo o primeiro post do ano.

Há cinco anos atrás, eu escrevi dois posts sobre os possíveis selecionados para o All-Star Game de 2011. No primeiro post, dei os palpites de quem eu achava que seria chamado; no segundo post, eu mostrei a lista final e fiz uma avaliação do que eu acertei e errei.

Eu poderia ter feito esse mesmo post em 2012, 2013, 2014 ou 2015, mas não o fiz.

2016, lá vamos nós.

OESTE

Titulares escolhidos por votação popular: Kevin Durant e Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State) e Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio).

Obviamente, o Kobe Bryant só está no time por se tratar de uma votação popular feita na internet. Pela qualidade do basquete jogado, certamente estaria fora do seu 18º All-Star Game. Infelizmente, isso também significa que mais um bom jogador da concorrida Conferência Oeste ficará de fora.

Abaixo, minha pré-seleção. Desses, preciso escolher os sete jogadores que acredito comporem o melhor banco de reservas.

Backcourt: Chris Paul (Clippers), James Harden (Houston), Rajon Rondo (Sacramento), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland), Mike Conley (Memphis).

Frontcourt: Blake Griffin (Clippers), Dwight Howard (Houston), Draymond Green (Golden State), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), LaMarcus Aldridge e Tim Duncan (San Antonio).

Desses, Chris PaulJames Harden e Draymond Green são escolhas 100% certas. Sobram quatro vagas. Eu arrisco DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson e LaMarcus Aldridge.

Quanto à última vaga do Oeste, faço um parênteses. A NBA ainda está decidindo se Luke Walton, como técnico interino do Golden State, está elegível para ser o treinador do Oeste. Se ele não for, o técnico será Gregg Popovich. Nesse caso, cravo que Tim Duncan, seu pupilo, ficará com a última vaga. Mas, se Luke Walton for o treinador, aposto em Anthony Davis.

Agora, vejam como a Conferência Oeste é concorrida. Em ambos os cenários, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard e Damian Lillard ficariam de fora. Howard ficou de fora no ano passado, mas nesse ano, sem lesões, ele vem jogando muito bem. Lillard também havia ficado de fora, mas no fim acabou entrando por causa das sucessivas lesões na Conferência Oeste. Griffin disputou todos os All-Star Games desde que entrou na NBA, mas esse ano está constantemente machucado. Rondo voltou a jogar em alto nível depois de uma péssima temporada entre Boston e Dallas. Enfim. Seja quem for o técnico, a decisão será difícil.

LESTE

Titulares: LeBron James (Cleveland), Paul George (Indiana), Carmelo Anthony (New York), Dwyane Wade (Miami) e Kyle Lowry (Toronto).

A pré-seleção, assim como em 2011, é mais enxuta na Conferência Leste.

Backcourt: Jimmy Butler (Chicago), Jeff Teague (Atlanta), Isaiah Thomas (Boston), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), John Wall (Washington), Reggie Jackson (Detroit), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto).

Frontcourt: Andre Drummond (Detroit), Paul Millsap e Al Horford (Atlanta), Kevin Love (Cleveland), Brook Lopez (Brooklyn), Pau Gasol (Chicago), Chris Bosh (Miami).

Jimmy Butler, Andre DrummondChris Bosh eu vejo como certos. Também aposto em Kyrie Irving John Wall.

Sobram duas vagas. Para uma delas, vou dar um palpite muito arriscado: Isaiah Thomas. Não sei se ele vai ser escolhido, mas definitivamente, pela temporada que está fazendo, merece.

A última vaga eu vou chutar a contragosto. Como o técnico do Leste vai ser do Cleveland – Tyronn Lue – vou apostar em um jogador do Cleveland – Kevin Love. Muito embora eu ache que ele não mereça. Se dependesse de mim, Paul Millsap ou Pau Gasol ficaria com a vaga.

Palpites dados, me resta esperar alguns dias para ver como fui. Aguardem o post seguinte. :)


18 em 1.

27/10/2015

Esse post é uma continuação do anterior. Lembram do assunto? Do close no telão do Toyota Center com o Jeremy Lin dando uma entrevista? Da foto de um 1 megapixel dentro da foto de 12 megapixels?

No caso dessa, é uma foto de 1 MB dentro de uma foto de 18 MB (pois a câmera agora é a então-recém-comprada Canon T2i).

Este senhor (sim, é um senhor!) estava tomando um banho de sol em uma área distante do Central Park no verão de 2011 quando eu o fotografei. No momento do clique, dada a minha distância da cena, eu estava na dúvida: era uma senhora de topless ou um senhor de fio dental?

Dando zoom na tela da câmera eu pude ver. Era um senhor de fio dental, pois. Belo look do dia.

Central Park fio dental edit1200


12 em 1.

13/10/2015

Com a alta resolução das fotos do mundo moderno, um simples canto de foto pode virar uma nova foto de resolução bastante aceitável. Usando como referência a Canon portátil que eu possuo, um pedaço da foto original de 4000 x 3000 pixels (12 megapixels) gera uma boa foto de 1200 x 800 (aproximadamente 1 megapixel), que é, geralmente, próximo do tamanho das fotos que colocamos nas redes sociais.

Esta foto abaixo é a parte superior central não redimensionada de uma foto que englobava não só o telão do ginásio, mas também boa parte da quadra e da arquibancada com os jogadores e torcedores celebrando a vitória. Abram essa foto em outra aba e percebam a qualidade da definição. E lembrando que essa foto foi tirada com uma câmera “amadora” – uma Canon PowerShot SX de lente fixa, mas com zoom óptico de 20x.

Telao-Houston-Portland-2014

Sobre o jogo: aconteceu dia 09/03/2014, no Toyota Center, centro de Houston. Eu estava com muito medo de ficar com a fama (comigo mesmo) de pé-frio, pois eu tinha ido a um jogo dos Rockets no ano anterior e eles tinham perdido para Golden State por 30 pontos (108 a 78 – post com fotos aqui). Contra Portland, que abriu o jogo com 10 a 0, a derrota era novamente iminente, após Houston estar perdendo por 13 pontos faltando 5 minutos para o término do jogo.

James Harden e Jeremy Lin, em noite inspirada, principalmente no último quarto e na prorrogação, salvaram minha pele. Tudo sobre o jogo, incluindo vídeos e estatísticas, estão nesse link.

Acabando a prorrogação, e um tanto atrasado, saí CORRENDO pela Polk Street em direção à casa de shows Super Happy Fun Land, onde o show da Fresno começaria cerca de uma hora depois. Fotos do show nesse álbum do Facebook.


How did Greg Anderson get his nickname, “Cadillac”?

09/10/2015

Segue o drama da pergunta que nunca vem (para mais informações, leia o último post). Depois de mais algumas boas horas de minha vida desperdiçadas no NBA Live ’97, nada de When did the Boston Celtics win their first NBA title and against whom?

Conforme falei anteriormente, o NBA Live ’97 aparentemente reúne todas as perguntas do ’96 (algumas delas com a resposta “atualizada”), mais uma boa quantidade de perguntas inéditas. Novamente, dei o screenshot em todas elas. Primeiro vou explicar as perguntas atualizadas, depois mostrar as inéditas.

Nesta primeira, a única mudança foi a escrita da pergunta. O only virou lone. Ok, essa é a pergunta com a mudança mais sutil e eu nem deveria ter colocado aqui:

ZZZ In which year did the Hawks win their lone PZZZ In which year did the Hawks win their lone R

A pergunta abaixo não teve mudança, apenas a resposta ficou mais completa:

ZZZ What do the initials stand AC Green PZZZ What do the initials stand AC Green R

Um ano a mais se passou, e o jejum do Phoenix Suns aumentou de 27 para 28 anos:

ZZZ Which current NBA team has existed PZZZ Which current NBA team has existed R

Derrick Coleman trocou de time. New Jersey Net virou Philadelphia 76er:

ZZZ Which Philadelphia 76er is recognized PZZZ Which Philadelphia 76er is recognized R

Mudança importante! O velho recorde do Lakers de 69-13 foi superado pelo Chicago Bulls (72-10):

ZZZ Which team holds the NBA record highest W% PZZZ Which team holds the NBA record highest W% R

Após mais uma temporada em quadra, John Stockton conseguiu 916 assistências e aumentou seu total para 11.310.

ZZZ Who holds the career record assists PZZZ Who holds the career record assists R

Sua média histórica de assistências também mudou – reduziu 0,1:

ZZZ Who holds the carrer record for highest APG PZZZ Who holds the carrer record for highest APG R

Por fim, essa resposta  sobre o Dale Davis se tornou mais completa, do jeito que as professoras de Língua Portuguesa gostam:

ZZZ Who is the first player in the Pacers 20 boards PZZZ Who is the first player in the Pacers 20 boards R

Além dessas oito perguntas modificadas, consegui reunir outras 80, que reproduzo abaixo em ordem alfabética:

A ball becomes dead and or remains dead PA ball becomes dead and or remains dead R

A free throw or a field goal attempt comes to rest PA free throw or a field goal attempt comes to rest R

By advancing to the finals in 1995, Houston PBy advancing to the finals in 1995, Houston R

His real name is Daron Oshay PHis real name is Daron Oshay R

How long was the longest game in NBA finals PHow long was the longest game in NBA finals R

How many NBA world championships Portland PHow many NBA world championships Portland R

How much time does a team replace disqualified PHow much time does a team replace disqualified R

How was Cedric Ceballos acquired by Lakers PHow was Cedric Ceballos acquired by Lakers R

How was Chris Webber acquired by the Washington PHow was Chris Webber acquired by the Washington R

If a field goal is accidentally scored PIf a field goal is accidentally scored R

In the event that ther are only five eligible PIn the event that ther are only five eligible R

In the past twenty-two seasons, at least 37 PIn the past twenty-two seasons, at least 37 R

Name two current player who quadruple double PName two current player who quadruple double R

No player in league history has posted PNo player in league history has posted R

On January 5, 1986, a game at the Seattle Coliseum POn January 5, 1986, a game at the Seattle Coliseum R

The rookie of the year is awarded Eddie Gottlieb PThe rookie of the year is awarded Eddie Gottlieb R

To what distance had the 3 PT line changed PTo what distance had the 3 PT line changed R

True or false no team has ever played a full PTrue or false no team has ever played a full R

True or false the has never been no free throw PTrue or false the has never been no free throw R

What is Miami Heat's al time Bimbo Coles' PWhat is Miami Heat's al time Bimbo Coles' R

What is the area around the FT circle PWhat is the area around the FT circle R

What is the maximum fine for fighting PWhat is the maximum fine for fighting R

What is the penalty if a jumper taps PWhat is the penalty if a jumper taps R

When did Golden State win only championship PWhen did Golden State win only championship R

Which 1995-96 rookie holds most 3 PT by rookie PWhich 1995-96 rookie holds most 3 PT by rookie R

Which active NBA player holds NBA record most games PWhich active NBA player holds NBA record most games R

Which Chicago Bull won his fifth rebounding PWhich Chicago Bull won his fifth rebounding R

Which expansion team finished best win-loss PWhich expansion team finished best win-loss R

Which four cities outside of US PWhich four cities outside of US R

Which Houston Rocket scored the last seven points PWhich Houston Rocket scored the last seven points R

Which Minnesota Timberwolf rookie won slam PWhich Minnesota Timberwolf rookie won slam R

Which NBA player holds the record most 3PT season PWhich NBA player holds the record most 3PT season R

Which NBA team has the highest W% road PWhich NBA team has the highest W% road R

Which Phoenix Sun became only the third 800 PWhich Phoenix Sun became only the third 800 R

Which player holds the record for most consecutive assists PWhich player holds the record for most consecutive assists R

Which player holds the record most blocks carrer PWhich player holds the record most blocks carrer R

Which player was the first 200 steals 200 blocks PWhich player was the first 200 steals 200 blocks R

Which rookie finished the 1994-95 season highest PWhich rookie finished the 1994-95 season highest R

Which Seattle Sonics player has missed only 3 PWhich Seattle Sonics player has missed only 3 R

Which Seattle Sonics player was named 1995-96 DPOY PWhich Seattle Sonics player was named 1995-96 DPOY R

Which team finished the 1994-95 best overall PWhich team finished the 1994-95 best overall R

Which team finished the 1994-95 season top scoring PWhich team finished the 1994-95 season top scoring R

Which team had back-to-back no.1 PWhich team had back-to-back no.1 R

Which team has allowed the fewest PPG PWhich team has allowed the fewest PPG R

Which team holds the NBA record most playoff games PWhich team holds the NBA record most playoff games R

Which three teams represented the nba challenge 95 PWhich three teams represented the nba challenge 95 R

Which two members of the croatian team PWhich two members of the croatian team R

Which was the first nba team Soviet Union PWhich was the first nba team Soviet Union R

Which was the first team ever to beat 50 or more PWhich was the first team ever to beat 50 or more R

Who are the NBA's current tallest and shortest PWho are the NBA's current tallest and shortest R

Who became the first rookie Player of The Week PWho became the first rookie Player of The Week R

Who did Atlanta give up when traded Ken Norman PWho did Atlanta give up when traded Ken Norman R

Who did Atlanta trade to Clippers PWho did Atlanta trade to Clippers R

Who is Philadelphia's all time leading rookie PWho is Philadelphia's all time leading rookie R

Who is the last remaining player Minnesota PWho is the last remaining player Minnesota R

Who is the only active player who has had 20 pt 10 ast PWho is the only active player who has had 20 pt 10 ast R

Who is the only number-one lottery pick not to play PWho is the only number-one lottery pick not to play R

Who led the Miami Heat scoring race 4th consecutive PWho led the Miami Heat scoring race 4th consecutive R

Who set a new finals record for steals 1995 PWho set a new finals record for steals 1995 R

Who was Atlanta's top scorer 1994-95 PWho was Atlanta's top scorer 1994-95 R

Who was named the 1991 rookie year PWho was named the 1991 rookie year R

Who was the 1994-95 scoring leader PWho was the 1994-95 scoring leader R

Who was the 1994-95 steals leader PWho was the 1994-95 steals leader R

Who was the first Miami Heat win AllStar event PWho was the first Miami Heat win AllStar event R

Who was the first overall pick 1995 Draft PWho was the first overall pick 1995 Draft R

Who was the first Sacramento King to earn AllStar PWho was the first Sacramento King to earn AllStar R

Who was the L.A. Clippers top scorer 1994-95 PWho was the L.A. Clippers top scorer 1994-95 R

Who was the last player picked coin flip PWho was the last player picked coin flip R

Who was the leading vote-getter 1995 PWho was the leading vote-getter 1995 R

Who was the lone rookie to play 1992 All Star PWho was the lone rookie to play 1992 All Star R

Who was the only 1993 second round draft PWho was the only 1993 second round draft R

Who was the only Golden State Warrior to start 82 PWho was the only Golden State Warrior to start 82 R

Who was the only rookie in the 1993-94 start 82 PWho was the only rookie in the 1993-94 start 82 R

Who was the only Spur to play all 82 1994-95 PWho was the only Spur to play all 82 1994-95 R

Who was the top rookie scorer 1995-96 PWho was the top rookie scorer 1995-96 R

Who was Vancouver's first pick 1995 expansion PWho was Vancouver's first pick 1995 expansion R

Who was Vancouver's first pick 1995 PWho was Vancouver's first pick 1995 R

Who won his second straight blocked 1995 PWho won his second straight blocked 1995 R

Who won the 1995-96 rookie of the year PWho won the 1995-96 rookie of the year R

Who won the 1996 slam dunk contest PWho won the 1996 slam dunk contest R

Pronto. Última e derradeira parada: NBA Live ’98. Esta foi a última versão do jogo que fizeram para o SNES. Duvido muito que tenha sido no ’98 que a maldita pergunta veio, pois nessa época já estávamos rumando para o Playstation. Mas… como as perguntas são “herdadas” para o ano seguinte, talvez ela apareça finalmente.

Em tempo: o título do post é a pergunta sobre o Greg Anderson porque essa é uma pergunta que eu NÃO AGUENTO MAIS. Já repetiu umas 30 vezes. Sério. EU JÁ SEI QUE O CADILLAC É PORQUE ELE IA DE BICICLETA PRA UNIVERSIDADE DE HOUSTON!!!

Eis o galã em FULL SIZE (e a confirmação de que ele foi realmente para a Universidade de Houston):

Greg-Cadillac-Anderson


When did the Boston Celtics win their first NBA title and against whom?

07/10/2015

A resposta da pergunta do título do post é:

The Boston Celtics won their first NBA championship on April 13th, 1957, in seven games by edging the St. Louis Hawks, 125-123, in two overtimes at Boston Garden.

Esta era uma pergunta do quiz do intervalo no NBA Live ’96, clássico jogo de videogame que costumávamos jogar no SNES. Desde essa época, eu e o Nego sabemos essa pergunta e essa resposta de cor. Coisa de adolescentes. Aos 13 anos, o HD do cérebro está praticamente vazio, então conseguimos preenchê-lo com informações inúteis. Eu, por exemplo, consigo citar o time do Inter da final da Copa do Brasil de 1992 em menos de 3 segundos: Fernández; Célio Lino, Célio Silva, Pinga e Daniel; Ricardo, Élson e Marquinhos; Maurício, Gérson e Caíco. Mas enfim…

Esses dias o Nego me mandou uma mensagem dizendo que tinha baixado um emulador de SNES para o celular e que estava jogando NBA Live ’96. Então nos perguntamos: seríamos capazes de nos REENCONTRARMOS com a clássica pergunta que decoráramos 19 anos antes?

É claro que, se jogássemos uma partida de cada vez até chegar ao intervalo só para esperar a TRIVIA, isso demoraria uma eternidade. Logo, fui pesquisar na internet um modo de BURLAR isso. Depois de muita pesquisa, descobri um emulador de SNES para Windows onde é possível ACELERAR o jogo. Sim, dá para aumentar a velocidade do jogo em até TRINTA VEZES.

Não deu outra: eu começava um jogo e ia até o intervalo em alguns segundos. Se a pergunta não era When did the Boston Celtics win their first NBA title and against whom?, eu recomeçava o jogo. E assim indefinidamente.

Bom, eu ACHEI que seria rápido. Repeti o processo TROCENTAS vezes. Por trocentas, eu digo CENTENAS. E nada da pergunta. Comecei a dar print em todas as perguntas e respostas. Consegui 111 perguntas diferentes. Algumas se repetiram 6, 7, até 10 vezes.

Foi quando eu pensei: e se a nossa memória nos traiu e a pergunta clássica não apareceu no NBA Live ’96? E se foi no NBA Live ’97? Ou no ’98? Ai meu Deus.

Resumo da história: nesse momento da vida, estou fazendo o mesmo processo para o NBA Live ’97. Aparentemente, no ’97 existem todas as perguntas do ’96, mais uma porção de perguntas inéditas. Sigo esperançoso. Um dia iremos nos reencontrar.

Querem testar seus conhecimento de NBA? Aqui abaixo estão as 111 perguntas (e respostas) que eu reuni. Lembrem-se que elas foram elaboradas entre as temporadas de 1994-95 e 1995-96. Perguntas atemporais têm suas respostas alteradas desde então.

Are free throw attempts awarded PAre free throw attempts awarded R

During the 1994 NBA Playoffs which Denver PDuring the 1994 NBA Playoffs which Denver R

How did Greg Anderson Cadillac PHow did Greg Anderson Cadillac R

How do the two teams determine who shoots PHow do the two teams determine who shoots R

How far does the coach box extend PHow far does the coach box extend R

How many 20-second time-outs PHow many 20-second time-outs R

How many full time-outs PHow many full time-outs R

How many NBA championships have Boston PHow many NBA championships have Boston R

How much pressure do official NBA basketballs PHow much pressure do official NBA basketballs R

How much time does a player shoot FT PHow much time does a player shoot FT R

How much time is permitted between halves PHow much time is permitted between halves R

If a player in an NBA game is called 6th personal PIf a player in an NBA game is called 6th personal R

In 1979, the NBA adopted the three point shot PIn 1979, the NBA adopted the three point shot R

In a game against Portland on Dec 7 1992 PIn a game against Portland on Dec 7 1992 R

In the 13 years from 1957 to 1969 Boston PIn the 13 years from 1957 to 1969 Boston R

In what three cities did the Hawks PIn what three cities did the Hawks R

In what year did Mookie Blaylock PIn what year did Mookie Blaylock R

In what year did the Lakers move PIn what year did the Lakers move R

In what year did the Utah Jazz PIn what year did the Utah Jazz R

In what year was the 24-sec clock invented PIn what year was the 24-sec clock invented R

In which city did the Portland PIn which city did the Portland R

In which stadium could you find gate 3 1-2 PIn which stadium could you find gate 3 1-2 R

In which year did the Hawks win only PIn which year did the Hawks win only R

Starting with two years in the ABA PStarting with two years in the ABA R

The MVP trophy is named in honor PThe MVP trophy is named in honor R

True or false Dominique Wilkins PTrue or false Dominique Wilkins R

True or false in the 1993-94 Minnesota PTrue or false in the 1993-94 Minnesota R

True or false no team in NBA history has gone PTrue or false no team in NBA history has gone R

What do the initials stand for A.C. Green PWhat do the initials stand for A.C. Green R

What is the distance of the FT line PWhat is the distance of the FT line R

What is the dress code for coaches PWhat is the dress code for coaches R

What is the fastest an NBA expansion team won PWhat is the fastest an NBA expansion team won R

What is the minimum number of players PWhat is the minimum number of players R

What is the most common last PWhat is the most common last R

What is the NBA record for most overtime PWhat is the NBA record for most overtime R

What is the number of most consecutive games won PWhat is the number of most consecutive games won R

What is the penalty for Stickum PWhat is the penalty for Stickum R

What season did Seattle won its only PWhat season did Seattle won its only R

What team won the first ever lottery PWhat team won the first ever lottery R

What was the rule change made 1994-95 PWhat was the rule change made 1994-95 R

What was the site of the BAA's PWhat was the site of the BAA's R

When and where did the Washington PWhen and where did the Washington R

When did the Washington Bullets win PWhen did the Washington Bullets win R

When is the trading deadline PWhen is the trading deadline R

Where and when was the first NBA All-Star PWhere and when was the first NBA All-Star R

Where was Alaa Abdelnaby born PWhere was Alaa Abdelnaby born R

Which 11 franchises formed the original PWhich 11 franchises formed the original R

Which 1994-95 Phoenix Sun had become PWhich 1994-95 Phoenix Sun had become R

Which Atlanta Hawk posted 55 double-doubles PWhich Atlanta Hawk posted 55 double-doubles R

Which Bulls player in 1995 was known PWhich Bulls player in 1995 was known R

Which Bulls player shot the game-winning 1993 PWhich Bulls player shot the game-winning 1993 R

Which current NBA team has existed the most PWhich current NBA team has existed the most R

Which Denver Nugget was the first player PWhich Denver Nugget was the first player R

Which Dream Team II MVP 1989 Finals PWhich Dream Team II MVP 1989 Finals R

Which Dream Team II player joined without college PWhich Dream Team II player joined without college R

Which Dream Team II player was a three time Big East PWhich Dream Team II player was a three time Big East R

Which expansion team has led the league PWhich expansion team has led the league R

Which Golden State Warrior sank 50 FT PWhich Golden State Warrior sank 50 FT R

Which Golden State Warrior was unanimously 1990 PWhich Golden State Warrior was unanimously 1990 R

Which NBA player danced with a midget PWhich NBA player danced with a midget R

Which NBA team has the highest % home games PWhich NBA team has the highest % home games R

Which New Jersey Net is recognized PWhich New Jersey Net is recognized R

Which New York Knick won the Heisman PWhich New York Knick won the Heisman R

Which player appeared in the 1994 All-Star reserve PWhich player appeared in the 1994 All-Star reserve R

Which player was the only college player 1992 PWhich player was the only college player 1992 R

Which Suns player was the olny one PWhich Suns player was the olny one R

Which team had the first selection 1995 draft PWhich team had the first selection 1995 draft R

Which team holds the all-time record steals PWhich team holds the all-time record steals R

Which team holds the NBA record for highest % PWhich team holds the NBA record for highest % R

Which team started out as the Dallas Chaparrals PWhich team started out as the Dallas Chaparrals R

Which three NBA teams have won consecutive PWhich three NBA teams have won consecutive R

Which trade at the 1993 NBA Draft PWhich trade at the 1993 NBA Draft R

Which two active players names singers PWhich two active players names singers R

Which two NBA players led Xavier PWhich two NBA players led Xavier R

Which two teams played in the game largest margin PWhich two teams played in the game largest margin R

Which two teams played in the lowest scoring PWhich two teams played in the lowest scoring R

Who are the only identical twin brothers PWho are the only identical twin brothers R

Who finished the 1993-94 season no. 1 3 pointers PWho finished the 1993-94 season no. 1 3 pointers R

Who holds the career record for most assist PWho holds the career record for most assist R

Who holds the carrer record for highest APG PWho holds the carrer record for highest APG R

Who is credited with creating Point Forward PWho is credited with creating Point Forward R

Who is the first player in the Pacers' 20 boards PWho is the first player in the Pacers' 20 boards R

Who is the Hawks all-time PWho is the Hawks all-time R

Who is the inventor of basketball PWho is the inventor of basketball R

Who is the only player ever 5 consecutive 1000 assists PWho is the only player ever 5 consecutive 1000 assists R

Who is the only player who played ABA PWho is the only player who played ABA R

Who led the NBA in rebounding 4 straight PWho led the NBA in rebounding 4 straight R

Who led the Philadelphia 76ers PWho led the Philadelphia 76ers R

Who was Charlotte's first pick 1991 PWho was Charlotte's first pick 1991 R

Who was Milwaukee's first ever lottery pick PWho was Milwaukee's first ever lottery pick R

Who was named MVP 1994 All-Star Game PWho was named MVP 1994 All-Star Game R

Who was named MVP in the 1989 NBA Finals PWho was named MVP in the 1989 NBA Finals R

Who was named the 1995 NBA All-Star MVP PWho was named the 1995 NBA All-Star MVP R

Who was the 1st overall pick 1994 Draft PWho was the 1st overall pick 1994 Draft R

Who was the first European PWho was the first European R

Who was the first NY 2000 point seasons PWho was the first NY 2000 point seasons R

Who was the first player drafted 1995 Expansion PWho was the first player drafted 1995 Expansion R

Who was the first player from Soviet Union PWho was the first player from Soviet Union R

Who was the first player MVP DPOY Finals MVP PWho was the first player MVP DPOY Finals MVP R

Who was the first player signed by the Vancouver Grizzlies PWho was the first player signed by the Vancouver Grizzlies R

Who was the only hawk who started 82 PWho was the only hawk who started 82 R

Who was the only rookie in 1990 PWho was the only rookie in 1990 R

Who was the only unanimous All-Rookie 1989 PWho was the only unanimous All-Rookie 1989 R

Who was the rookie with the highest 1993-94 PWho was the rookie with the highest 1993-94 R

Who were the first players from the same team PWho were the first players from the same team R

Who won the 1993-94 Rookie PWho won the 1993-94 Rookie R

Who won the NBA slam dunk title 1995 PWho won the NBA slam dunk title 1995 R

Who won the NBAs 1995 Rookie PWho won the NBAs 1995 Rookie R

Who won the slam dunk contest 1986 PWho won the slam dunk contest 1986 R

Who's first and middle name means Little Warrior PWho's first and middle name means Little Warrior R

Who's name was legally changed Chris Jackson PWho's name was legally changed Chris Jackson R


A arte de nomear.

16/09/2015

Colocar nomes é uma arte. Seja em uma banda, em uma equipe, em um time ou em uma música. Eis uma lista de alguns nomes de times/equipes que me recordo da época escolar.

BAD BREATH FIRE DEATH

Em 1994, quando eu estava na 5ª série, este era o nome da minha equipe na gincana de Halloween do colégio Pastor Dohms. Bad Breath Fire Death nada mais é do que o nome do fatality do Scorpion no primeiro Mortal Kombat. Por sinal, era o fatality mais fácil de executar. DOIS PRA CIMA, bem rapidinho.

Recordar é viver:

SUPER ASTROLÁBIOS ATÔMICOS À PILHA DO SÉCULO XVI MAIS PRECISAMENTE DE 1514

Tradicional time de futsal, 1º lugar do campeonato do Pastor Dohms em 1996, disputado entre alunos das turmas de 5ª, 6ª e 7ª série. Vencemos o time do Lique (The Masters) por 5 a 3 na final. Nossas camisas eram azul escuras com golas brancas, e os números eram feitos com fita crepe. O meu número era o 49, que 16 anos depois seria ROUBADO pelo Ronaldinho ao chegar no Atlético Mineiro.

O nome do time seria “reduzido” para apenas Super Astrolábios no ano seguinte, quando já disputaríamos o campeonato entre as turmas da 8ª série, 1º, 2º e 3º ano. Em 1998, Astrolábios 2.0 (ficamos em 3º lugar). Em 1999, Los Fazedores de Golos (nenhum sentido). Finalmente, em 2000, !. Sim, o nome do time era simplesmente um ponto de exclamação. Fomos campeões com 9 vitórias em 9 jogos, e eu fui o artilheiro com 27 gols em 7 jogos. As outras duas partidas eu não joguei porque em um dos jogos bati a cabeça em um banco, desmaiei, tomei vários pontos na cabeça e demorei algumas semanas para poder voltar a jogar.

BRÔNQUIO & SEUS BRONQUÍOLOS (E O PEQUENO ALVÉOLO)

Era o nome de uma banda inventada para uma apresentação na aula de Ciências (acho que na 7ª série). Brônquio era o Cagado, os Bronquíolos eram o resto do grupo, e o Pequeno Alvéolo era o Paulo. Imaginem a letra abaixo em cima da melodia de “Eu Só Quero É Ser Feliz” (Rap Brasil):

REFRÃO

Eu só quero é ser feliz
Deixar o ar entrar pelo nariz
E poder purificar
Todas impurezas trazidas pelo ar

VERSO

O ar vai seguindo seu caminho na faringe
E logo depois ele já atinge
Um lugar onde tem duas brechas pra passar
Uma pra comida, a outra para o ar
Segue sua rota até o pulmão

E assim está completo o ciclo da respiração

Não lembro do resto (se é que havia mais letra).

DISCÍPULOS DE OTHELLA HARRINGTON

Na 8ª série (1997), entramos no campeonato de basquete de trios do colégio. Meu trio era com o Martim e o Cassiano. Chegamos até a semifinal, mesmo jogando contra trios de alunos muito mais velhos. Eu, por exemplo, tinha 14 anos. Os caras do terceirão tinham 17 (ou mais, no caso dos repetentes).

Othella Harrington foi um jogador da NBA entre 1996 e 2008. À epoca, estava no início de sua carreira. Não lembro de um motivo específico para sermos “discípulos” justamente dele.

Othella Harrington card

NÓS 3

Outro trio de basquete, agora junto do Paulo e do Daniel. Mais de uma década antes de existir o reality show homônimo do Multishow, Nós 3 foi o nome do nosso time no Adidas Streetball, um campeonato disputado no estacionamento do shopping Iguatemi, em 1996. Perdemos na semifinal. O campeão iria disputar a fase nacional em São Paulo.

DÉSPOTAS ESCLARECIDOS

Só me lembro do nome, mas não das circunstâncias. Acho que era um grupo da aula de História, algo assim. De qualquer forma, é deveras inusitado. Segundo a Wikipédia, déspotas esclarecidos são soberanos europeus que tentaram colocar em prática as ideias dos pensadores iluministas.

Para mais informações sobre os déspotas esclarecidos, cliquem aqui.


Quem não faz sentido somos nós.

15/09/2015

Não é muito engraçado ler que a capital da Holanda é AMESTERDÃO? Que ao lado do Iraque tem o IRÃO, cuja capital é TEERÃO? E que, saindo do Irão, é só cruzar o golfo para chegar ao OMÃO?

Também tem aquela cidade próxima de Amesterdão, ROTERDÃO. E aquelas ilhas no Pacífico que pertencem aos Estados Unidos, as Ilhas GUÃO.

Eu sempre achei que eram os portugueses que deixavam os nomes dos lugares mais engraçados. Aí esses dias me peguei pensando: será que são eles os que não fazem sentido? Ou será que somos nós brasileiros?

Pensem. Falamos Japão, não JAPÃ. Paquistão, não PAQUISTÃ. Sudão, não SUDÃ. Gabão, não GABÃ.

Ei, quem não faz sentido somos nós! Eles padronizaram todos os nomes, e nós é que estamos nessa bagunça de terminações.

Aí alguém pode argumentar: “Mas portugueses não falam VIETNÃO. Taí a exceção à regra”. MAIS OU MENOS. Porque eles também não falam Vietnã, e sim VIETNAME.

Isso eles não incluem no acordo ortográfico. Mas tirar o acento do “pára”, que era realmente útil, AÍ TUDO BEM, NÉ?


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