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    Quote Originally Posted by -james- View Post
    I asked my mum how many footballers she knew recently and she came up with Ronaldo and Snodgrass.
    A few years ago we had the "Does your mum know who Lionel Messi is?" thread and I seem to recall the results being pretty much split down the middle.

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    I got lolled at by some women a while back for not knowing who Holly Willoughby was. This may be a controversial view, but 'mums' can fuck off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    Who is the 1?
    Sachin Tendulkar

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    Those Portuguese

    https://mol.im/a/7937337

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellberg View Post
    Baseball = Manningly, Conseco, Ken Griffey, Steve Sax, Homer, Ozzie and the Straw.


    Weíre talking softball

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    Mattingly and Canseco.

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    I wonder if Mattingly ever got round to shaving his sideburns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    A few years ago we had the "Does your mum know who Lionel Messi is?" thread and I seem to recall the results being pretty much split down the middle.
    Which led to whether mine knew who Yevrah was and her saying 'he sounds like a knobhead'.

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    Smart woman you Mum, Lewis. Had me nailed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Arne View Post
    I think you're confusing a 'few basketball fans in Shanghai' with 'Asia'. Nobody except for a few basketball fans have heard of him over here.

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    Yup, popular a amongst the basketball fans in the big cities. But ask joe regular on the streets, and they won't have heard of him.

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    Lol ok buddy

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    1) Will he get a whole day in America dedicated to his life
    2) Will the NBA change the logo to a silhouette of Kobe

    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruhnaldo View Post
    Lol ok buddy
    Do you genuinely think that the average person on the streets of Beijing, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City have heard of Kobe Bryant? My auntie(-in-law) can barely name the PM of Vietnam, let alone a player of sport she probably has never even seen played before.

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    They literally named a restaurant after him in Ho Chi Minh City lol I bet you sure feel silly now

    http://www.kobelegend.vn/en/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruhnaldo View Post
    They literally named a restaurant after him in Ho Chi Minh City lol I bet you sure feel silly now

    http://www.kobelegend.vn/en/
    You got me

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    He's just repackaged my joke there, the little shit.

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    I wanna say you Brits, with so many of your own Commonwealth-restricted sports to worry about, underestimate the global popularity of basketball. (America does precisely the same thing with soccer.) Itís pretty huge in random places like Turkey. A pretty solid test is that any place where people know what Utah is, loves basketball.

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    We are pretty much non-existent when it comes to basketball, although I think we have had two or three NBA players over time. NFL is big as a hipster watching-only sport, but isn't played. Ice hockey has a very niche, but established domestic league. Basketball just doesn't exist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Basketball_League

    I mean look at the state of that. Curiously though I think everyone will have been forced to play it in PE at some point, more so than our bigger sports, I guess because it's playable in confined spaces.

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    I was on the school basketball team and I was considered pretty good and I was awful. We just don't have the facilities for it in the UK to become one of those sports that people play in their freetime. Meanwhile, literally every playground here has at least a half court set-up.

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    Someone once scored the equivalent of an own goal in one of my PE lessons where we played basketball. Pretty sure we never played it again after that. God bless you, Swanny.
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    They televise the basketball finals on regular TV here (was on last weekend) but itís still very small time. Slightly bigger than our domestic American Football league.

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    Apparently there's been 12 Brits make it to the NBA. The only one I can think of is Luol Deng. Newcastle Eagles got some relatively decent local coverage when they were a big fish in a paddling pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    We are pretty much non-existent when it comes to basketball, although I think we have had two or three NBA players over time. NFL is big as a hipster watching-only sport, but isn't played. Ice hockey has a very niche, but established domestic league. Basketball just doesn't exist.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Basketball_League

    I mean look at the state of that. Curiously though I think everyone will have been forced to play it in PE at some point, more so than our bigger sports, I guess because it's playable in confined spaces.
    The BBL teams don't even compete in any of the four European competitions, it really is a waste of time.

    I think the Euroleague are trying to get a franchise in London, as if anyone would care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonsky View Post
    I wanna say you Brits, with so many of your own Commonwealth-restricted sports to worry about, underestimate the global popularity of basketball. (America does precisely the same thing with soccer.) It’s pretty huge in random places like Turkey. A pretty solid test is that any place where people know what Utah is, loves basketball.

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    All that needed was one of the kids fist-pumping after a rim shot. Follow that up, lads. Open goal.

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    I watched NBA on TNT tonight and cried like a babe.

    Shaq rounded it off beautifually


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    Quote Originally Posted by phonics View Post
    I was on the school basketball team and I was considered pretty good and I was awful. We just don't have the facilities for it in the UK to become one of those sports that people play in their freetime. Meanwhile, literally every playground here has at least a half court set-up.
    I'm pretty sure every park football cage I've played in across Jersey, Brighton and London has had basketball hoops. They were only ever busy in Brighton, though, thanks to the Asians.

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    Half courts are everywhere done here and they are usually occupied in the afternoons with locals getting amongst it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    We are pretty much non-existent when it comes to basketball, although I think we have had two or three NBA players over time. NFL is big as a hipster watching-only sport, but isn't played. Ice hockey has a very niche, but established domestic league. Basketball just doesn't exist.
    Hadn't really thought about this but the UK really is very different than the rest of Europe when it comes to major sports. Countries like France and Spain as well as the Balkans have both basketball and handball as big, big sports, then the northern and eastern countries have hockey as well as things like floorball and handball, especially at young ages.

    If a British kid is playing a teamsport that isn't football, is it cricket? I guess rugby is big?

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    And boxing.

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    Football and rugby (either code) in the winter, cricket in the summer is the team sports setup here. Also a reasonable amount of (field) hockey in some regions.

    Handball does not exist at all as far as I am aware. Well, someone will play it somewhere, but it is never reported on.

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    Netball for girls is popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    Football and rugby (either code) in the winter, cricket in the summer is the team sports setup here. Also a reasonable amount of (field) hockey in some regions.

    Handball does not exist at all as far as I am aware. Well, someone will play it somewhere, but it is never reported on.
    We used to play handball every now and then in PE which was far superior to 'games'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SvN View Post
    Netball for girls is popular.
    For reasons that will always elude me. It is a game quite literally based on the idea of keeping women in their place.

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    Sorry go on please?

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    Is there a cooker on the court?

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    I don't think you can move with the ball, so they're literally keeping women in place.

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    And you're not allowed to go out of your designated sector of the court either. Only 2 of the 7 players are allowed to score.

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    You guys are NUTTERS as they say.

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    If you give a slight shit about it at all, I highly recommend the NBAonTNT memorial they did last night. I cried like a babe the whole way through, watching these incredibly strong men coming together and not only celebrating the man but coming to terms with making sure you appreciate people while they're still around. It was truly beautiful.



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    This weeks Shaqtin' A Fool is gonna be a weird one.

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