Youngbloods beware, Uncle Drew is back. This time, he has a pick ‘n roll partner and a hoops legend as co-stars. Kyrie Irving, the star of Pepsi Max’s “Uncle Drew” commercial, returns for a second installment with Kevin Love as “Wes”, his old teammate, and Bill Russell, who reminisces about the way the game used to be played.
This item was touched upon by basketball bloggers all over creation earlier this week, but we would be fairly remiss if we did not mention it here. With LeBron James posting PER numbers that are relatively unheard of, Neil Paine did some research to compare his current statistics against Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell – arguably three of the best number-producing basketball players in the history of the game.
1961-62 was the year that Robertson averaged the historical triple-double (30.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 11.4 apg). In the year 1962, Chamberlain and Russel produced epic seasons. Wilt averaged 50.4 points and 26 rebounds per night – including his 100-point game. Russell averaged nearly 24 rebounds of his own, albeit with a considerably lower points total. Both of these men put up numbers that have not been seen since. Could our own LeBron James come close to reaching these numbers? He is already pretty close given his 28/7/7. Basketball-Reference’s Paine did some digging to find out just that. [Read more...]