Share an offbeat NBA stat, win tickets to the All-Star game!

ts_allstar.gifI’m a big fan of basketball and am usually up for a pickup basketball game when I’m at the gym or just playing “horse” with a kid or two. I can sink a fair number of three-pointers too, but I have to admit that half-court games are more fun than the ceaseless back and forth of a full court game. Yeah, that’s what happens when you get older, I guess. 🙂
As a basketball fan, I was enthused when HP contacted me and asked if I’d help out with the launch of their slick new DV2 netbook, tied to a pretty cool NBA promotion.
What I like about it is that you can win one of ten regulation NBA basketballs signed by an active player or – better yet – a trip to the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas: includes travel, accommodations and tickets for the games.
But wait, there’s more…


What’s really cool about this promotion from my perspective is that if one of you win, I get to join you in Dallas at the 2010 NBA All-Stars Game too. Yup, that’s right. If you win a basketball, it’s all yours, but if you win this competition, we both win!
Nice!
So here’s the small print: HP’s running this promotion across a bunch of different blog sites, some sports related, some not, and they’re going to randomly pick ten basketball winners and two trip winners (that is, four tickets: two randomly picked people and two bloggers).
Sound awesome? Heck yeah, you know it is!!
Here’s how you can enter the drawing here on my site: simply dig around and find out some obscure and funky NBA or basketball fact and post it as a comment, along with your full name (you can enter your email into the contact field in the comment form, btw, and I’ll see it but no-one else will).
What kind of facts? Think “how many golf balls would fit into a regulation NBA basketball” or “height, in cubits, of the rim of a basket” or even “number of left-handed players in the entire NBA league” or, if you’ve read your Malcolm Gladwell, “percentage of NBA players with birthdays in the last quarter of the year”.
hp dv2 netbookIf you’re too lazy you can just leave a short “I wanna win!” comment with your name and email address too, as we’re actually going to pick randomly, not based on the wittiest or most obscure fact left. I just think the factoid competition is more fun!
I’ll prime the pump, as it were, with a few of my own:
• Tim Duncan has a tattoo of Merlin the Magician on his back.
• As a child, Shaq fell from a tree while imitating Spider-Man and fractured both of his wrists.
• Jason Williams has a tattoo in Japanese characters which translates roughly as “F*ck y’all.”
• Darvin Ham’s mother is the mayor of Saginaw, Michigan.
And that HP computer that the promotion is about? Well, you definitely want to go to the HP.com/NBA site to learn more about the DV2. It’s very nice, and would be a great laptop to have at an All-Stars game so you could live-blog it!

15 comments on “Share an offbeat NBA stat, win tickets to the All-Star game!

  1. Julius Erving, a.k.a. Dr. J, had his number retired by both the the New Jersey Nets (#32) and the Philadelphia 76ers (#6).
    Has anybody seen my red, white and blue ABA ball?

  2. Nine players have won seven or more NBA championships, but Robert Horry is the only one who didn’t play for the Celtics in the 1960s. He also holds the record for NBA Finals three-pointers with 53.

  3. Most Individual Points in an NBA Finals Game: 61 – Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles at Boston, April 14, 1962

  4. Because the LA Kings and the Dallas Mavericks had the largest international rosters, they were chosen as the teams to participate in the 1st streaming video webcast of an entire live NBA game on April 13, 2001. The NBA was the first professional sports league to webcast a live game.

  5. Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, perfected the game by establishing the University of Kansas men’s basketball program. Among the many talented Jayhawks who benefited from the great basketball tradition started by Naismith in Lawrence, current Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce left KU after only his sophomore year.

  6. Former NBA All-Star, Mookie Blaylock of the Atlanta Hawks scored 5 points in 16 minutes in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
    But a little known fact is that Mookie Blaylock was the original name of the band Pearl Jam. Add to that, Pearl Jam’s first album is titled 10 – Mookie’s jersey number.

  7. Hakeem Olajuwon is one of only four players in NBA history to get a quadruple double (double digits in four different stat categories for a single game). He actually had TWO quadruple doubles for a short while, until the league’s statistics office removed one assist from his total, leaving him with 9.
    Only 14 times has a player gotten more than 5 in 5 different positive stat categories (points, rebounds, blocked shots, assists, steals) in one game, and Olajuwon has 6 of those 14. Only one other player — Andrei Kirilenko — has more than one, and Olajuwon is the only player to achieve the feat after his 30th birthday.

  8. Los Angeles Lakers’ Lamar Odom has a serious sweet tooth and a tendency of recently eating candy for breakfast

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