Friday, February 6, 2009

NBA H-O-R-S-E: Free Bubbles Hawkins!

I can't believe they're bringing back H-O-R-S-E for All-Star Weekend. Yes, I said bringing back. The funny part is, the NBA has tried this before, during the 1977-1978 season. They held a tournament which included such stars as "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Bob McAdoo, and George Gervin. Videos are still up on Youtube. But there's a reason you haven't heard of it--it was boring! For example, here's Pistol Pete pitted against Bubbles Hawkins, who really deserved a chewing gum endorsement deal:

Does that excite you? Did you actually watch the whole thing without fast-forwarding? It's Pete Maravich, one of the most exciting players of all time, and it's still boring. In fact, just to prove I'm not picking on just one bad game, here's Pete's highlight reel from the event:

It's not bad--the shots at the :30 mark and the end are decent--but it's the highlight reel for a Hall of Famer, and it's still mediocre. Let's hope it's another 30 years before the NBA tries H-O-R-S-E again, because based on these 1970's videos, it's not going to be that interesting.

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