Throwback Thursday.

I’m gonna just say this straight out, get ready for a lot of ‘Really?’ and ‘Oh yea’ because I’m saying them as I’m writing.

When I first officially began following NBA basketball was the day I ran into Eason in Galway and picked up my first ever SLAM, issue 148 which I have in my hand at the moment. It was a Playoff special which had four optional covers, LeBron and DWade, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe and Lamar Odom. Obviously, I would’ve gone for Melo but Easons only had my second option, Kobe and Odom. Inside the magazine there was write-ups on Gilbert Arenas who was with the Magic, Tyson Chandler who was a member of the Mavericks, one on Luol Deng being an up-and coming prospect, Ray Allen and the Celtics and it had a Monta Ellis (Warriors) and Manu Ginobli poster.

 

So much has changed in the association since that time. So here’s a load of facts that’ll blow your mind!

  • LeBron and Chris Bosh had just joined the HEAT.
  • Derrick Rose was MVP.
  • Blake Griffin was rookie of the year.
  • The Lakers were reigning champs.

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  • Ray Allen just broke Reggie Miller’s all-time 3-point record.

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  • The Mavericks won the championship.

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  • Lamar Odom was good.
  • Jamal Crawford won sixth man of the year.
  • Dwight Howard won defensive player of the year.
  • He was still with the Magic.

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  • Amar’e Stoudemire had an MVP calibur season.
  • Carmelo Anthony just got traded to the Knicks.
  • Anthony Davis was still in high school.
  • Shabazz Muhammad was the no. 1 prospect in high school.

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  • Kemba Walker won the NCAA championship with UCONN.

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  • Jimmer Fredette was a highly touted prospect.
  • The lockout happened.
  • CP3 was on the Hornets roster.
  • Stan Van Gundy was the Magic coach.
  • John Wall was a rookie.

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  • Allen Iverson had just left the Sixers.
  • Monta Ellis was a legit Allstar candidate.
  • Stephen Curry was looking like the next Greg Oden.
  • Paul Pierce was a member of the Celtics and had scored his 20000th point.
  • Jerry Sloan coached the Jazz.
  • The Nets were in New Jersey.

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  • They played in their interim stadium the Prudential center.
  • Yao Ming was an active player.
  • Kobe Bryant dominated the Allstar game and won Allstar game MVP.
  • Deron Williams was a member of the Jazz.
  • The Pistons retired Dennis Rodman’s jersey.
  • Phil Jackson was still coaching the Lakers.

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  • Kevin Love challenged Moses Malone’s consecutive games with double-doubles.
  • Dorell Wright won most improved player.
  • James Harden didn’t have a beard.
  • The Thunder weren’t legit contenders.
  • Jeff Green had been traded to the Celtics.
  • The Cavaliers stank to the rafters. 
  • Nené was Allstar calibur with the Nuggets.
  • Metta World Peace was Ron Artest.

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  • Shaq was still an active player.
  • Blake Griffin jumped over a car.

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  • T-Mac played for the Pistons. 
  • Joe Johnson was a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Eric Gordon played for the Clippers.

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  • Tyreke Evans was coming off his spectacular rookie season.
  • Mike Woodson had just lost his job with the Hawks.
  • JR Smith was an OK player for the Nuggets.

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  • Chris Copeland was a member of Okapi Aalstar in Belgium.

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Mindblown?

Peace.

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