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December 10, 2005

NBA to create huge digital archive: If you're a rabid basketball fan who's wished you could get your hands on video of that one memorable shot by Michael Jordan from the Chicago Bulls play-off game you went to in 1989, the National Basketball Association may soon be able to help you out.

posted by justgary to basketball at 11:07 AM - 14 comments

I'm hoping they create the Karl Malone Elbowing Hall of Fame. I'd love to have a DVD of ever illegal elbow that overrated bastard ever threw.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:37 AM on December 10

Actually, that could be kind of cool (and, from the looks of it, doable), frazer. I'd totally watch that. Heh. Two things: one, soon all the major sports are going to do something like this, Wouldn't an Olympic version of this kind of thing be amazing? Two, It's a shame that Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game was untelevised. I'd love to see how hard he was being fed the ball, especially at the end.

posted by chicobangs at 12:44 PM on December 10

Better yet, they could include footage from when the players were in college and their postseason games were actually exciting. (I do like the NBA but it really is boring a lot of the time)

posted by drjimmy11 at 12:45 PM on December 10

This is an excellent idea and, as dj11 suggests, if college sports followed this idea, it would be even better. I've seen some pretty cool fan-made highlight reels floating around the web and this can only improve the quality. wfrazerjr How about a DVD of Vlade flops? Off-topic: what happened with your NFL Hoser picks of the week articles? Loved 'em.

posted by redsnare at 12:48 PM on December 10

Red, thanks for the kind words -- I just hope you weren't using them to bet. Unfortunately, I took over damned near running my store by myself, which means 75-85 hours a week, and any spare time I have is either running around to gather wares for the store or is spent with my family. The store will get new hours next year, which means I can schedule time to write them again -- assuming the baby coming in March isn't too fussy.

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:16 PM on December 10

Family? Baby? Job? Where are your priorities, fraz? soon all the major sports are going to do something like this I wish mlb would do this, but I'm not holding my breath.

posted by justgary at 03:29 PM on December 10

You know what sport needs this most? Cricket.

posted by chicobangs at 04:00 PM on December 10

how do you play cricket?

posted by nort_12345 at 04:06 PM on December 10

this would be tight, i am going to get me a copy of that

posted by NickNoodle at 06:15 PM on December 10

No, wayne, I wasn't using them to bet - I lose my money just fine on my own :-) - but the commentary was excellent. Congrats on the baby.

posted by redsnare at 07:31 PM on December 10

The Mailman threw elbows? He says no way! But some over rated hack was throwing them in Utah! How about a DVD of every time Jordan traveled or Magic palmed the ball? Now those would both be 5 DVD sets! How about a DVD of every smart play Larry Bird made? That set would take up about 30 discs. A digital archive of the NBA should only span from the inception of the NBA until around the year 1998 or so, everything else after that is shitty playground ball.

posted by CountDracula58 at 10:24 PM on December 10

I'm sure Google would be happy to do the college/high school/amateur/less than megadollar pro league sports archives and in fact this seems to me to be a fair use of Google Video for any school or club that wants to do it for themselves. Not to mention YouTube, OurMedia and the other free video hosting sites.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:22 PM on December 11

How about a DVD of every time Jordan traveled or Magic palmed the ball? Now those would both be 5 DVD sets! How about every uncalled Shaq charge? That would be a full 2 days of video.

posted by HATER 187 at 10:34 AM on December 12

Excellent. *drums fingers together*

posted by lilnemo at 05:24 PM on December 12

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