Tag:Dick Bavetta
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:39 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 12:50 am

Man gets Barkley, Bavetta kiss tattoo for Shaq

Posted by Ben Golliverbarkley-tattoo

Sometimes a decision can be so wrong that it is right.

Ball Don't Lie notes that NBA legend and TNT commentator Shaquille O'Neal recently joked that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who got a tattoo commemorating the famous kiss between Charles Barkley and Dick Bavetta. The Hall of Fame forward and NBA official puckered up after a footrace at 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend.

Well, that tossaway line by O'Neal apparently caused someone to get the smooch inked on his body.

KEYT.com reports that Emmet Bentle, a bartender in Santa Barbara, California, actually got the image tattooed on his ankle.
"Yeah, I'm hoping Shaq sees it, at least responds and if I get the one thousand dollars great, but if I don't its cool, just get my name out there, get my 15 minutes, you know," said Bentley.

Emmet signed up for Twitter over the weekend, in order to specifically post the picture. Now, he has more than 100 followers, but as of right now, no word from Shaq.
Here's a larger picture of the tattoo. The tattoo shows the two men kissing on the lips with hearts sprouting like flowers in the background. 15 minutes of fame; a lifetime of your ankle being "Where Amazing Happens."

Best worst execution of a good bad idea ever?

Hat tip: IAmAGM.com.

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Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 7:26 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Posted by Ben Golliverreggie-miller

Back in the pre-lockout days, basketball was this awesome sport where you could earn big money playing professionally if you were good. And, if you were really good, you might just make the Naismith Hall of Fame, a hallowed ground where basketball, and not basketball-related income, was center stage.

Despite the ongoing lockout, NBA.com reports that the pool of candidates for the 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been released.

Some of the biggest names include: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac, NBA referee Dick Bavetta, former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Maurice Cheeks, long-time coach Don Nelson, 16-year NBA veteran Paul Silas, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, former New York Knicks forward Bernard King, former Houston Rocketse coach Rudy Tomjanovich, WNBA star Rebecca Lobo and Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause. 

Here's a longer list of nominees.

Al Attles, John Bach, Dick Bavetta, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Curt Gowdy (contributor category), Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Jerry Krause, Reggie Miller, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Billy Packer (contributor), Rick Pitino, Paul Silas (as a player), George Raveling (contributor), Mitch Richmond, Ralph Sampson, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Gene Shue, Jim Valvano (contributor), Donnie Walsh (contributor), Gary Williams, Paul Westphal (as a player), Jamaal Wilkes.

Naismith Hall of Fame finalists are usually announced during NBA All-Star Weekend, scheduled for February in Orlando, Fla., assuming that the festivities are not killed by the lockout. From there, another round of cuts to finalize the class comes in March.

Given his clear snub last year, Miller seems like the obvious headliner in this year's class. He's the biggest name among former players, has a lengthy track record of contributions on and off the court and provides a touch of star power, a necessary commodity every year. Pairing former teammates Miller and Jackson on the induction list could make sense too.

Divac will almost certainly fill the Arvydas Sabonis role, the biggest name international player whose global contributions to the game are undeniable. Lobo, similarly, would make a nice successor to last year's honoree Teresa Edwards, in terms of her college success and icon status.

After those three, Cheeks, an NBA champion, 4-time All-Star and exceptional two-way player might stand the best chance of induction. Hardaway was a 5-time All-Star and is best remember for his killer crossover, but he never enjoyed the postseason success that we generally associate with Hall of Fame players and he sparked a controversy back in 2007 when he made homophobic comments, which he has since apologized for.

Bavetta, the NBA's record-holder for most games officiated, is a wild-card; he will be surely be inducted at some point and it's just a matter of when, not if. Krause, the architect of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls dynasty during the 1990s, has reportedly made many enemies among the basketball establishment and his candidacy may suffer for that fact.

The safe money on the 2012 class might be Miller, Jackson, Divac, Lobo, Cheeks and Bavetta plus ABA champion and All-Star George McGinnis representing the now-defunct league.
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