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Top NBA Apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch

While waiting for Atlanta and Miami to finish their business, and watching the never ending Chicago-Celtics games, I thought this is a good time to stop at the Apple App store in iTunes and see what type of basketball related apps are worth downloading.

A quick basketball search in iTunes returned more Apps than I expected. In this post, I am only going to talk about Apps that I tried in my iPhone.

NBA Game Time (Free): This is a must have app for NBA fans. It is the official live app from the NBA. Right before the playoffs started, they released an update geared toward the playoffs. The App is simple and direct. It provides scores, standing, schedule includes TV schedule for each game, regular season standing, and playoffs brackets. The app lacks news, stats (other than current game box score) and schedule by team.


NBA Mini-Bobble ($.99): If you love bobbleheads then you might like this app. You can have your favorite player in the palm of your hand. You can shake, tilt, or rotate your iPhone and watch your favorite player go. It can get boring very fast and not sure if it is worth the $.99. However, as an added bonus, anyone who buys a bobblehead can click on a link and get 10 percent off merchandise of that player from The NBA says that sales of LeBron’s virtual bobblehead are slightly outpacing the virtual bobblehead of Kobe Bryant.NBA Bobble head iPhone App

Flick NBA Basketball ($4.99): This app was just released by Freeverse Software. The app features five individual events starring real NBA players, one from each of the league’s 30 teams: everyone from the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming and many others.

The five events include Three Point Shootout, Hotshot Arcade, Long Shot Challenge, H.O.R.S.E. and a “Ball Spin” mini-game in which you swipe and keep the ball going while tilting to maintain balance.


sportacularSportacular (Free): This is probably one of the best sports app out there. The app provides up-to-the-minute scores, standing, stats, news for pro and college sports. Sports include: NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL, MLS, NCAAFB, NCAABB (men and women). This application is a must have for the sports fan.

The information is simple to access and it’s a very easy transition from one sport to another. You can also customize your settings a number of ways. You may wish to follow a single player or a team. By personalizing your settings you can quickly pull up information on your favorites.

Fantasy sports junkies can follow the stats of their favorite athlete. You can also find the line on every game as well as the over/under for those of you who like to place a wager.


originaliSports (Free): iSports delivers near real-time sports scores and news, the best graphical sports experience in mobile. The application covers all major sports in the U.S. The interface is smooth and easy to use, and the score ticker at the bottom is nice for quick reference. The whole application has a nice gloss, but at times is a little overwhelming. It was my favorite until the company released its version 2 update which seems to be slow and crash often.

Did you try any of these apps? Do you know of an app that I didn’t cover here and is worth the try? Please let us know your experience iPhone sports apps.

Dan Gilbert gets rowdy in a Bar Mitzvah

Dan GilbertIn a Bar Mitzvah event that took place last Saturday, it’s being reported that Dan Gilbert got into a minor physical altercation with his former Rock Financial employee David Hall.

“There have been rumors, since Hall’s abrupt departure from Rock Financial over a year ago, that there was friction between Gilbert and Hall. Mojo in the Morning, the morning radio show on 95.5 FM in Detroit, apparently has sources that were at the event Saturday night.

During a segment the show talks about what happened and tells their listeners that the friction between Gilbert and Hall came to a head during an altercation, with the two men getting into a physical confrontation. Security had to intervene to calm down the two.

Whatever happened between those two men that lead to the fallout, the bad feelings are probably intensified with the current state of the economy.”

Game Winning Shots, Kobe or Lebron

Lebron James or Kobe BryantHow many times did we hear that when the game is on the line, who would you want on your team to take that last second shot? And often Bryant gets credit for his clutch play.

But a new report by the popular NBA stats Web site suggests otherwise.

According to the Web site, and their definition of a game winning shot, “24 seconds or less left in the game, team with the ball is either tied or down by 1 to 2 points.” Kobe Bryant made 14 or 56 (.250) where Lebron James is 17 of 50 (.340).

LeBron James was just 4-19 in their previous look at game winning shots, so in the ensuing two and a half seasons, he has come up with a very respectable 13-31 (.419) record and just the other day had a pure game winner at the buzzer to top the Warriors. In addition he has six assists and a healthy number of free throws earned 14-20.

Kobe Bryant is #4 in the league in total game winners hit, however he holds the top spot in a less glamorous category: most game winning opportunity missed shots with 42. Lebron James comes third in that category with 33 missed shots.

In playoffs, Kobe and Lebron are both 4-8 (.500).

“Ultimately though while this kind of thing is fun, it’s not to my mind particularly meaningful, other than indicating that the league as a whole could probably get more efficient in “end game” possessions” Roland Beech of suggests. “one easy place to start might be to try and be less predictable! It’s nice to have a go-to guy, but when the other team knows without much doubt that a certain guy is getting the ball, it is going to be a lot easier to defend! ”

If we look at the assist numbers, Lebron James lead the league with 6 while Kobe is only 1.So if you want to add his assists to his makes, then make that 23/50 (.46) which is AMAZING.

This is where giving the ball to Lebron James in the last position can be very dangerous to the opposing team because if he can’t take the last shot, he will find an open teammate that can.

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