Stress Free Suggestions for Transporting Your Bearded Dragon (Part II)

 

Besides making sure you have a warm enough setting for transportation, it is also vital to do all that’s possible to lessen the stress which can come from transporting it. 

Prolonged periods of your bearded dragon staying out of its normal habitat could cause it to get stressed and lead to more severe health consequences.

Keep reading to discover how you can make the transport as smooth and stress-free as possible for your bearded dragon.

How to Properly Transport Your Bearded Dragon

In cases where the distance is too far to simply handle your bearded dragon from the passenger side or you need to transport during the winter, you will have to take more precautions to make sure your beardie remains safe. With that being said, here’s the best way to transport your bearded dragon:

Your Beardie and the Right Supplies

Before you leave, be sure you have all the supplies gathered and ready to take with you.

These are things that are critical to your beardies health and you can’t do without. Bonus points if you carry backups (a spare bulb for example) for those “just in case” instances.

Traveling with their vivarium habitat is perfect. Though, this is not always feasible so the next best thing would be to use some sort of temporary travel tank. This can be a basket, a plastic bin, or cat carrier.

This bearded dragon travel checklist differs from situation to situation.

  • Leash and harness. In general, reptiles are good at getting lost in the car and there are going to be parts in your car that you’re not going to be able to get to quite easily should your reptile get themselves there.
  • Animal carrier or a comfy bed
  • Handwarmers
  • Reptile heat pad
  • Substrate
  • Proper lighting and spare bulbs
  • Thermometer

Greatest College Basketball Players of all Time (Part VII)

 

Walter Berry (San Jacinto Junior College and St. John’s University, 1983-1986): This 6-foot-8 southpaw was one of the only individuals to be the best player on two separate collegiate levels. He had one of the greatest JUCO seasons ever at Jacinto and was a Wooden Award winner for St. John’s. He also had the craziest scoring attacks of the ’80s — he ignored his right hand completely, twirled incessantly, and showed extreme disinterest in developing anything as dull as a jump shot.

David Thompson (North Carolina State, 1973-1975): David Thompson built Michael Jordan.

Bill Walton (UCLA, 1971-1974): Deadheads in downtown Portland might quibble with Walton’s inclusion on this list, but the dude defined both the hippie collegiate experience and the NCAA style of play. Judging from his own statements, I’m relatively certain he’d give up half his injury-plagued pro career just to spend five more minutes in a bomb shelter with John Wooden.

Pete Maravich (LSU, 1967-1970): The free thinker/lunatic who averaged 44.2 a game during his three-season career; everyone who follows basketball knows this because there’s just no corollary for that kind of offensive production. It’s doubtful anyone will average 40 points again, and there’s zero chance someone will do it three times in a row. But here’s something even crazier: Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. His career scoring average was higher than his career shooting percentage.

Lew Alcindor (UCLA, 1966-1969): This, I cannot deny, is a form of cheating that even Sam Gilbert would find egregious. Alcindor changed his name in 1971 and had a decent pro career. One could make the argument that seeing “Lew Alcindor” as a separate entity from “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar” is basically a question about the definition of personhood.

The fact that UCLA won the national title during all three seasons Alcindor played is merely the third-most interesting detail of his college career; the fact that the NCAA outlawed dunking due to his dominance is probably second.

 

Most Valuable Basketball Cards

If you’re a basketball fan, and have some old cards laying around, you might want to get them out. Your collection just might be worth something.

Everyone knows about the notorious Michael Jordan rookie card. When graded, they have turned out to be the holy grail of basketball card collections. Most of the trades largest collector’s either have one or are looking for one for their collection. No card collection is whole until they have the Michael Jordan rookie card.

If you don’t own it, you can still have a shot at amassing an impressive collection now that Stephen Curry has blown up into one of the NBA’s biggest stars. Here are some the highest priced basketball cards ever sold.

Stephen Curry RC – $10,699

Upper Deck Exquisite Collection: Year/Company 2009

Grade: PSA 10

Johnny Moore RC – $13,556

1986 Fleer: Year/Company 

Grade: PSA 10

Sam Jones RC – $13,800

1961 Fleer: Year/Company

Grade: PSA 10

Lebron James RC – $12,900

2003 Upper Deck Finite: Year/Company

Grade: BGS 9.5

Michael Jordan RC – $14,997

Year/Company: 1986 Fleer

Grade: PSA 10

Stephen Curry RC – $14,125

2009 Topps Chrome: Year/Company

Serial Numbered: 4 of 500

Grade: BGS 10

Lebron James RC – $15,000

2002-03 Topps Finest: Year/Company 

Special Insert: Refractor

Serial Numbered: 20 of 250

Grade: BGS 10

Jerry West RC – $16,509

1961 Fleer: Year/Company

Grade: PSA 9

Tim Duncan RC – $19,988

1997-98 Topps Chrome: Year/Company

Special Insert: Refractor

Grade: BGS 10

Kareem Adbul-Jabbar – $23,766

1986 Fleer: Year/Company 

Special Insert: Stickers

Grade: PSA 10

Michael Jordan RC – $25,000

1986 Star: Year/Company 

Grade: BGS 10

Stephen Curry – $29,999

2012-13 National Treasures: Year/Company

Special Insert: Colossal Logoman Patch Autograph

Serial Numbered: 1 of 1

Michael Jordan RC – $30,000

1986 Fleer: Year/Company 

Grade: PSA 10

Stephen Curry RC – $30,099

2009-10 National Treasures: Year/Company 

Special Insert: Century Platinum Autographed Patch

Serial Numbered: 4 of 5

Grade: BGS 9

Stephen Curry RC – $31,000

2009-10 Crown Royale: Year/Company

Special Insert: Autographed

Serial Numbered: 271 of 399

Grade: BGS 10

Top All-Time European Basketball Players (Part IV)

 

Sergei Belov|Russia

In 1991, FIBA voters picked the late shooting guard as the top FIBA player ever. Similarly impressive, he was the 1st international player put into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1992.

in October 2013, Belov died at the age 69.

Tony Parker was a significant asset to the San Antonio Spurs from the time he was a teenager all the way up until his retirement in June 2019, 

Tony Parker|France

The San Antonio Spurs once took a huge gamble on the French teenager (No. 28 pick in the 2001 NBA Draft) and that risk has paid off. Big time. How so? Due to the fact that Parker has been a powerful force of the team’s offensive attack ever since.

In June 2019, Parker stated his retirement.

Pau Gasol|Spain

For 20 years, the cerebral big man has served as a vital part of his teams’ identity and success.

Starring for FC Barcelona, the Spain national team and the NBA’s Lakers, Grizzlies, Bulls, and Spurs, he has perfected his clubs. In the NBA since 2001, Gasol is a regular double-digit scorer. 

Dejan Bodiroga|Serbia

He’s been referred to as the best European player to never play in the NBA. But his complete domination in European basketball without an NBA career does not dummy down his historical impact.

Arvydas Sabonis|Lithuania

In spite of a slew of injuries, the dominating 223-cm Sabonis excelled as an offensive catalyst in the post and on the perimeter. He was a talented defender as well.

Drazen Petrovic|Croatia

The excellent career of the Croatian shooting star came to a horrible end in June 1993 when he died in an automobile accident in Germany at the age of 28. Petrovic’s death was a huge loss that sparked intense sadness in his homeland and beyond. He touched many individuals with his infectious love for the game. His charm shined through whenever he stepped onto the court for Cibona, Sibenka, Zagreb, Real Madrid, Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets.

Top All-Time European Basketball Players (Part III)

 

The Best Players (In No Particular Order)

Dino Radja|Croatia

Radja’s NBA career was short-lived, but he showed that Euro centers could be a massive force in the world’s top circuit. Dino Radja produced 8.4 rebounds, 16.7 points, and 1.6 assists in his NBA career.

Nikos Galis put Greece at the top of the ladder when it comes to European basketball. 

Nikos Galis|Greece

The overpowering Greek American guard was a bad dream for defenders and opposing coaches. His scoring prowess put Greece on top of European basketball.

Detlef Schrempf|Germany

He was a two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner and a three-time All-Star. Detlef Schrempf truly ranks among the top European NBA players ever.

Dimitris Diamantidis|Greece

His amazing career went from 1999 to 2016. Additionally, Diamantidis is No. 1 in steals and assists in the Euroleague record books for the 21st century.

Sarunas Marciulionis|Lithuania

For him, it all began by becoming a Golden State Warriors regular, followed by times with the Nuggets, SuperSonics, and Kings. From 1989-97, Marciulionis averaged 13 ppg in the NBA, including a career-best 19 ppg for the 1991-92 Warriors.

Marciulionis was the 1st Soviet-born player in the NBA. As a result, he paved a way for Eastern Europeans who followed.

Vlade Divac|Serbia

Time after time, the 216-cm Divac shown to be a workhorse in the NBA. He also grew into one of the all-time top European basketball players.

Toni Kukoc|Croatia

Blessed with a high basketball IQ and versatility, Kukoc made crucial contributions to the Chicago Bulls’ 2nd back-to-back title run in the ’90s.

Radivoj Korac|Serbia

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point tour de force for the Philadelphia Warriors in March 1962 is perhaps the most well-known basketball performance ever by a North American. But for Europeans of a certain geographic location and age, the left-handed shooting Radivoj “Zucko” Korac had a comparable amazing game.

Sadly, he was killed in a car accident on June 2, 1969. Korac was among the 1st honorees of the inaugural 2007 FIBA Hall of Fame class in Madrid in 2007. One of Korac’s nephews, Marko, accepted an award on his behalf. 

Top All-Time European Basketball Players (Part II)

 

Goran Dragic|Slovenia

The Slovenian southpaw, Goran Dragic, aka “The Dragon,” divides time between point guard and shooting guard in the NBA.  One of the top European basketball players in the new millennium, Dragic made his debut in 2008 with the Phoenix Suns in 2008. He’s surpassed the 20-ppg plateau twice (2016-17, Heat; 2013-14, Suns) and had a career average of 13-plus ppg going into 2018. Goran Dragic retired from the Slovenian National Team after the historical win at EuroBasket 2017.

Marc Gasol|Spain

Pau’s other brother and a fixture on the Spain national team for a long time, Marc Gasol is one of the top all-around centers in the NBA. Big Marc, a three-time All-Star, has spent his whole NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies. Marc, one of Europe’s chief basketball players, scored a career-high 19.5 ppg in the 2016-17 campaign. He was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.

One of the best basketball players for the Utah Jazz was from Russia. 

Andrei Kirilenko|Russia

A two-time FIBA Europe Player of the Year (2012, 2007) and four-time Russian player of the year. Kirilenko (“AK-47”) was a keeper for the Utah Jazz for 10 years (2001-2011) with later stints with the Nets and Timberwolves. Kirilenko led the NBA with 3.3 blocks in 2004-05, a cue that he’s one of the most vital basketball players from Europe.

Hidayet Turkoglu|Turkey

Turkoglu was in the NBA from 2000-15, assisting the Orlando Magic to reach the Finals in 2009. He was the 2007-08 NBA Most Improved Player award recipient, averaging a career-best 20 ppg.

Rik Smits|Netherlands

Rik Smits was the #2 overall pick out of Marist College in the 1988 NBA Draft. Indiana picked the 224-cm Smits right after Kansas star Danny Manning’s name was called by the Clippers. From 1988 to 2000, Smits was in charge of the middle for the Pacers. He posted a 15 ppg average in his career and assisted in pushing the Pacers into the 2000 Finals. 

Top All-Time European Basketball Players (Part I)

These basketball players are some of Europe’s finest.

Who are the top European basketball players of all time? Yes, James Naismith, a North American, created the game. But basketball’s dynamism and development across the years, and the many stars who’ve energized the sport in all corners of Europe have made the sport a genuinely global game.

Honorable Mentions

Dino Meneghin|Italy

The Italian was a very rough, physical player, and sometimes deemed dirty. His style of play mixed elements from Charles Oakley, Bill Laimbeer, Anthony Mason, and Dennis Rodman. Nobody can overlook what Meneghin achieved for Italy and in the Italian League in the 1970s and 1980s.

Juan Carlos Navarro|Spain

The talented scorer for FC Barcelona (1997-2007, 2008-present) had a one-season stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. He made the most of it, getting NBA All-Rookie Second Team tributes in his time away from the Spanish League powerhouse. He averaged 11 ppg for the Grizzlies.

Predrag Stojakovic|Serbia

He was Yugoslavia’s top scorer on the 2002 world title team (18.8 ppg). Stojakovic, one of the top European basketball players ever, was in the NBA from 1998-2011. His outside shooting skills were particularly effective at the outset of his career with Sacramento.

The Kings retired his jersey in 2014 and a year later “Peja” Stojaković was chosen as the director of player personnel and development for the Sacramento Kings.

Kresimir Cosic|Croatia

Kresimir Cosic played for Brigham Young University (1970-73).  At the time, he was one of the top European basketball players and he was the 1st foreigner honored as a collegiate All-American in 1972 and 1973. Also, he made over 300 appearances for the Yugoslavia national team, including four consecutive Olympiads beginning in 1968. 

In 1996, Cosic became only the 3rd international player ever put into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was put into the FIBA Hall of Fame. BYU retired his jersey in 2006. In 1995, Cosic died in Baltimore, Maryland of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 

Best Basketball Movies of All Time (Part VI)

Grab a big bowl of popcorn and settle in for these basketball movies.

Hoosiers

It will forever be the model Indiana basketball movie. Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) ruffles feathers as Hickory’s new basketball coach teaching the basics of the game. The small farm town’s best player, Jimmy Chitwood, holds out playing but finally joins the team so long as Dale stays, and the seven-man unit flows toward its championship goals. Hoosiers set the plan for the classic motivational speech: if you play hard, you’re winners, regardless of the scoreboard.

Blue Chips

Nick Nolte stars Blue Chips giving off his best Bobby Knight impersonation, throwing water coolers and spitting angry. His average team has finished with a losing season, the supposed consequence of having a clean program. To get his reputation, dignity, and libido back, the ball coach does some illegal recruiting and lands some NBA-like talent, such as Orlando Magic teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. William Friedkin’s film remains particularly prescient about the sleazy underbelly of collegiate boosters and the perpetual temptations players and coaches have to navigate every day. 

He Got Game

This Spike Lee Joint wraps every temptation and affliction for a #1 high school basketball prospect into the last week of his college commitment. The inspired choice to use Ray Allen as Coney Island great Jesus Shuttlesworth works its best close to the film’s climax during a one-on-one session with his overbearing father, Jake (Denzel Washington). 

Love and Basketball

All is fair in love and basketball” is perhaps the only trite moment spoken in Gina Prince-Blythewood’s directorial debut. This typical courtship between Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) starts and ends on the asphalt, where feelings and flirtation are translated through their one-on-one matchups. Love and Basketball don’t accentuate the big game or final shot. It’s more concerned with the lessons gathered long after the buzzer sounds

White Men Can’t Jump

Despite the fact that both Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes are well under six feet, their confidence and trash-talking bravura more than make-up for their height challenge. The pair of Venice Beach hustlers start as foes and realize the dollar gains to be made off “chumps,” the harshest street ball diss, who stereotype skin color and must pay for it later. 

Best Basketball Movies of All Time (Part V)

Finding Forrester is about more than just basketball.

Finding Forrester

How can a skilled black basketball player from the Bronx be the best writer at an elite Manhattan private school? You may call this Gus Van Sant’s spiritual New York sequel to Good Will Hunting, confronting stereotypes and prompting us not to judge books by their covers. 

Jamal (Rob Brown), the phenom in question, develops an unlikely friendship with a well-known Scottish novelist recluse (Sean Connery), who comes to be a mentor to the 16-year old. Even though Jamal has a basketball in practically every scene, the climax swaps the court for the classroom, where it’s clear a Pulitzer is in his future. 

Glory Road

Glory Road starts with archival footage of revolutionizing times. It’s the mid-60s and times are changing at Texas Western University, where Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) comes to take over the basketball program. Without recruiting help, he discovers seven black players, with no chance to go to college, to fill up his squad. 

Through the Miners’ practically undefeated season, they undergo all sorts of resistance to integration, which comes to a boil when Haskins makes history by starting five African-American players in the National Championship game. Nothing shocks here, and nothing really upsets, in this expertly made retrospective.

Coach Carter

Think about Remember the Titans on a basketball court, Coach Carter relishes every inch of Samuel L. Jackson as the dictatorial head coach that takes over an apathetic team and changes its entire culture with some strict, well-intentioned rules and caustic temperament. 

Based on the real Ken Carter, who notably locked out his 1999 Richmond High School team from playing until its grades went up, the film embraces the tension of academic integrity and winning expectations. Come for Jackson’s burns, remain for Rick Gonzalez quoting Marianne Williamson and melting your heart. 

 

Best Basketball Movies of All Time (Part IV)

These movies are for basketball fans everywhere. 

Above the Rim

It’s close to impossible to keep score of how many dunks happen in Above the Rim, a film that takes its title quite seriously. The sort of streetball its high school hotshot protagonist Kyle (Duane Martin) incorporates is in opposition to the style college scouts and his head coach want him to play. 

An adored ball hog, Kyle gets in too deep with a Harlem drug dealer (a wicked Tupac Shakur), whose older brother (Leon), a former high school star turned security guard, starts dating Kyle’s mother. The performances, including tiny roles for Bernie Mac and Marlon Wayans, provides some weight to an unpredictable playground tournament finale that is frightening and wonderful at the same time. 

Space Jam

Besides creating an earworm hit song, Space Jam offers the perfect star vehicle for Michael Jordan, whose mythos enriched this classic entertainment venture. Combining animation with some of the game’s greatest stars, the film teams Jordan up with the Looney Tunes to play a basketball game against supercharged aliens that have taken his NBA peers’ skills, hostage. The “monsters” quickly learn they should never test a team with the greatest of all-time, particularly when he has help from Bill Murray, who continues his demon defeating on the court.

Cornbread, Earl, and Me

A heavy rainstorm offers the backdrop for a wrong murder, turning an otherwise sunny basketball inspirational story into a disheartening courtroom procedure. Nathanial “Cornbread” Hamilton, embodied by NBA star Jamaal Wilkes, plays big brother to neighbors Wilfred (Lawrence Fishburne) and Earl (Tierre Turner), but days before going to college he’s tragically killed by police, who mistake him for a criminal. Over 40 years later, the film remains sorrowfully pertinent to today and a young Fishburne’s moving testimony in the last scene is a stirring reminder of what kind of actor he’d become.

The Five Strangest Team Mascots in College Basketball

What’s in a name? For some mascots, it means a lot of head-scratching fans.

While wise organizations pick something tough or inspiring, others go in a different direction. Whether it hinders or grows merchandise sales, many fans don’t know team mascot origins.

Below are five strange team mascots you can find in the American college basketball circuit. If you have any others, we would love to read them.

Arizona Sun Devils

The state of Arizona is home to countless myths, legends, and superstitions. However, it seems as if they chose a mascot at random.

Despite all the supernatural tales they could have drawn from, they chose the Sun Devil. It is less of a demon surviving on sunlight, but a literal interpretation.

To make things more confusing, the mascot’s name is Sparky the Sun Devil. If that isn’t strange enough, he’s rumored to have Walt Disney’s face.

According to the official website, Sparky is an imp, which, again, is not a demon. To add a layer of confusion, Sparky holds a trident instead of a pitchfork.

Dartmouth’s Keggy the Keg

Dartmouth is among the oldest and also one of the most well-respected colleges in the nation. Their unofficial mascot, however, seems to have come from the frat houses nearby.

While known as the Big Green, Dartmouth doesn’t have an official mascot. Therefore, one tailgating party too many has led to this infamous stand-in.

Not even the student body is entirely onboard because of ongoing party reputations. Many have embraced the creepy anthropomorphic keg and its terrifying opened maw.

It’s essential not to hang around Keggy too long, especially when driving. The last thing you want to do is to look for a bail bonds agent later.

Georgetown Hoyas

What are “hoyas,” you ask? We would love to tell you, but we aren’t sure.

Apparently, the more well-read students combined a Latin and Greek phrase. Their battle cry, Hoya Saxa, translates to “what rocks.”

I’m assuming that is more rock and roll and not a box of random stones. Hoyas are also evergreen bushes, which is much less intimidating.

Saint Louis University Billikens

No, Billikens is not the protagonist from Lord of the Rings. In fact, few would know what a Billiken is in a college setting.

Billikens are allegedly good luck spirits, which also look like imps. Apparently, Billikens are well-known in other parts of the world, just not Saint Louis.

While this seems harmless enough, the mascot came to its creator in a dream. One that probably led to the artist screaming in a cold sweat.

North Carolina Tar Heels

We all have heard of the Tar Heels, yet few know why. It’s only rumor is an old legend involving a hungry goat.

While crossing a tar pit, the goat got stuck. Rather than succumbing, he pushed forward towards food.

That’s literally the end of it. It’s a children’s story about a goat that followed its stomach.

Best Basketball Movies of All Time (Part III)

If you’re a fan of basketball, you must see these movies.

Semi-Pro

A homage to all things the 70s—its sexism, colors, and hair – Semi-Pro completed Will Ferrell’s streak playing fictitious sports icons with a hardwood throwback. Here he is Jackie Moon, a one-hit-wonder that turned his fortune into playing, coaching, and owning ABA team the Flint Tropics. 

With an NBA merger looming and the Tropics on the outs, he gets a former Celtic (Woody Harrelson) to get his team back into contention. That the team’s objective is to finish in fourth place is all you need to understand about a comedy that has Andre 3000 introducing the world to the Alley-oop and Ferrell going toe to toe with a grizzly bear to keep fans in the seats.

One On One

One on One hasn’t aged very well as it is about player abuse and sexual harassment. That said, the film features a couple of good performances from Robby Benson, playing point guard Henry Steele, and Annette O’Toole, who tutors Henry and predictably falls for his shy, spacey personality. 

He’s a different person on the court, showboating and the central storyline comes from his head coach saying he will eliminate his scholarship. Henry rides the pine for most of the year but gives a “red-hot poker” final line after keeping an undefeated season.

Rebound: The Legend of Earl “The Goat”

At the start of Rebound, a reporter asks Kareem Abdul-Jabar which player was the best he’d ever seen. His answer is Earl “The Goat” Manigault the subject of this HBO biopic with Don Cheadle, who channels the rise, fall, and redemption of the Harlem playground great. An elite guard and jumper, Manigault blows an opportunity at college and spirals into drug addiction, wasting the ability that a neighborhood sanitation worker (Forrest Whitaker) sees in him. His comeback as a community leader is shortchanged in the film but remains an important part of his legacy throughout New York.

 

Best Basketball Movies of All Time (Part II)

If you’re a basketball fan, these movies are for you.

The Basketball Diaries

The first time he begins to dribble, it’s clear that Leonardo DiCaprio can’t really play basketball. But this determination doesn’t truly matter in The Basketball Diaries, based on poet Jim Carroll’s memoir by the same name. 

The star status playing on the “hottest Catholic High School basketball team in NYC” burns fast and brightly for Carroll, who is sexually abused by his coach and goes into drug addiction. It’s a bleak depiction of athletic ability wasted. Instead of offering a way out, basketball provides a glimpse of what could have been. 

Sunset Park

Another bullet point in the “white savior” movie pantheon, Sunset Park tells the tale of an inept inner-city gym teacher (Rhea Perlman) who coaches her high school’s basketball team to earn some extra money. 

Over the course of this task, she turns a talented but dysfunctional team into a polished product, bonding with and bailing out the team’s lovesick point guard (Fredro Starr) and straightening out a drug addict Terrance Howard. The basketball scenes are badly edited, messing up the flow of an otherwise winning, cliché-ridden season. Try to enjoy the small things, like Perlman learning and teaching a 3-2 zone. 

Fast Break

If you only learned about basketball by watching films, then you’d think that New York City is the only hotbed of good talent that college coaches have neglected to recruit. Fast Break doubles down on this premise, in which a delicatessen owner (Gabe Kaplan) accomplishes his dream of coaching basketball by accepting a job at a little Nevada college. 

Before he leaves his wife and goes west, he gathers a group of inner-city kids he wants to give a second chance. Throughout sorting his team’s requisite issues, he burns through the competition to get to the big game against vaunted Nevada State. 

Best Basketball Movies of All Time (Part I)

If you love basketball, then you will love these movies.

It only makes sense that Jesus Shuttlesworth, one of the top athletes ever created for the film, says basketball is “poetry in motion.” When played at its best, the sport is a commemoration of power, grace, and movement set to a soundtrack of buzzers, squeaky shoes, and whistles. 

Here are some of the best basketball movies of all time that will have you heading to the hardwood.

Celtic Pride

It’s easy to mix up Daniel Stern with a younger Bill Simmons in Celtic Pride, the 1996 comedy co-written by Colin Quinn and Judd Apatow about a pair of Boston die-hards that revere their teams above all else. 

Desperate for the Celtics to beat the Jazz in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Mike (Stern) and Jimmy (Dan Akroyd) kidnap and intoxicate Utah’s best player, Lewis Scott (Damon Wayans), which inevitably has larger implications than the final outcome of a basketball game.

Like Mike

Winning the award for most NBA cameos in one film, Like Mike tells the fantastical story of Calvin Cambridge (Lil’ Bow Wow), an orphan who laces up some old sneakers with the initials “MJ.” His ball skills immediately rise to superstar levels, triggering the fictional Los Angeles Knights to sign him. 

This seems like a marketing scheme until Cambridge waxes the floor with perennial All-Stars. He gets the father figure he’s always searched for in his much-taller teammate (Morris Chestnut), giving this brand-infused, career trampoline scenario just enough emotional pull.

Teen Wolf

For over a minute, the whole gymnasium goes quiet. Michael J. Fox has just altered into a werewolf and starts dribbling the basketball before shocked fans and teammates. 

The movie ranks lows when it comes to depicting quality basketball, but Teen Wolf, as his classmates come to call him, somehow becomes an amazing athlete, ball hog, and minor celebrity who fights to harness his eye-glowing, hair-growing instincts. The rationality of this is preposterous, but Fox has plenty of charm.  

Best Women College Basketball Teams (Part VI)

Sylvia was a fantastic coach to the women’s basketball team at UNC.

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

The Tar Heels has been in all but seven NCAA Tournaments. Their biggest success came in their 32–2 1993-94 season under Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell, which ended with a national championship. 

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The Lady Raiders won the 1993 National Championship with superstar Sheryl Swoopes, who became the 1st player to sign a WNBA contract when the league was created in 1997. She then helped the Houston Comets get four-straight WNBA championships. 

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

The Wildcats have become well-known for having a solid program. They have earned six straight 20-win seasons, each ending with an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Georgia Tech University

Atlanta, GA

The Yellow Jackets have been in the NCAA Tournament nine times (1993, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014).

 

The Best Women’s Basketball Teams in the History of NCAA Championships

In order to get you hyped for the women’s championship, here is a peek at the top five teams to ever be in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

 

Louisiana Tech 1982

The NCAA Championship is still a somewhat new event for women’s college basketball, only implementing March Madness 37 years ago. Louisiana Tech won the 1st national championship in 1982.

 

Texas 1986

32 years ago, Texas Women’s Basketball became the 1st team in NCAA history to have a perfect season (34-0). Jody Conradt coached the only Texas Women’s team to a championship. 

 

Tennessee 1998

After winning back-to-back championships in 1996 and 1997, Summit surpassed all expectations by going 39-0 in the 1997-98 season and earning a third consecutive title. 

 

UConn 2002

When UConn became the 4th team to hoist a perfect season (39-0) in 2002, thoughts started to circulate if the Lady Huskies were the top team in women’s college basketball history. 

UConn 2009 and 2010

The Huskies went two straight seasons undefeated. If that wasn’t a huge accomplishment, the program is the only team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to be undefeated national champions consecutively.

Best Women College Basketball Teams (Part IV)

 

Auburn University 

Auburn, AL

The Tigers have been constantly competitive throughout the NCAA era, having 18 tournament appearances between 1982 and 2009. The program’s best time was in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Auburn finished number two in three straight seasons. Current Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy is in her seventh season and she has a winning record.

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

The Boilermakers have made the Final Four three times and earned a championship in 1999. Head Coach Sharon Versyp was herself a four-year starter at Purdue from 1985-1989, where she played in Purdue’s 1st NCAA Tournament appearance. Since then, the Boilermakers have only not been in three NCAA Tournaments.

1993 was a good year for Columbus, Ohio. 

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Renowned Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer began her impressive career at Ohio State, where she made the tournament three of the four years she coached in Columbus. In 1993, Ohio State was defeated in the championship game but still had its top overall season. Eighth-year coach Kevin McGuff led the 2015 squad into the tournament’s 2nd round after an uncharacteristic two-year absence. 

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

The Lady Monarchs owns one of the winningest programs in NCAA history and won the 1985 championship with coach Marianne Stanley. Old Dominion appeared in 20 NCAA Tournaments between 1988 and 2008, failing to be in just one in 1991. The Lady Monarchs was in the national championship game in 1997, only to be defeated by Tennessee.

 

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Like several women’s teams across the nation, the Sooners began playing ball in the mid-1970s. By 1990, the program was in such horrible shape that Oklahoma said the university was shutting it down. A public outcry led the college to think again. By the mid-90s, the Sooners were competitive once more. They’ve now made 19 straight NCAA Tournament appearances under Head Coach Sherri Coale, including back-to-back Final Fours in 2009 and 2010. 

Best Women College Basketball Teams (Part III)

These women’s basketball teams have earned their wins.

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Gender-based college nicknames have a proud and long history. USC’s “Women of Troy” might have the top nickname of all. Even though they haven’t had much national success in recent years, the USC women’s program nonetheless owns an extraordinary legacy. In 1976, USC became the 1st Division I school to give scholarships for women’s basketball. In 2007, they sold out the 10,258-seat Galen Center for a game against UCLA, the 1st time an NCAA women’s game sold out. Cheryl Miller, Women’s Hall of Famer, led USC to national championships in 1983 and 1984.

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

The Cardinals were in the Final Four in 2009 and 2013, coming in second both times. They have won 20 or more games in over six seasons with Head Coach Jeff Walz. Louisville plays in the KFC Yum! Center, which was established in 2010 and seats over 22,000. The team has ranked in the top three in attendance, having more than 9,000 fans attend games. 

University of Maryland College Park

College Park, MD

The Lady Terrapins played in the first NCAA final four in 1982 and have made four more since, including 2014 and 2015. They won the 2006 National Championship in current head coach Brenda Frese’s fourth season on the bench. Maryland appeared in the 1st nationally broadcast women’s basketball game in 1975 and was defeated by Immaculata College. Maryland has had over 15 players go on to play pro or in the Olympics like Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins.

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

The Aggies have earned 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under head coach Gary Blair, including their 1st national championship in 2011. Blair is the only male coach in addition to UConn’s Geno Auriemma to lead a women’s team to the championship since Leon Barmore’s 1988 Louisiana Tech squad. 

 

Best Women College Basketball Teams (Part II)

These ladies earned their victories and titles as the best.

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The Cardinal, under Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer, has been in 12 NCAA Final Fours, winning two titles and coming in 2nd twice. VanDerveer is one of a handful of women’s coaches to win 900 games, and she has an 801–166 (.828) record at Stanford. In recent years, Stanford has had two No. 1 picks in the WNBA Lottery—Chiney Ogwumike in 2014 and her older sister Nnemkadi (Nneka) Ogwumike in 2012. Both of these players went on to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year.

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

The Lady Techsters were the 1st dominant team of the NCAA era beginning in 1982, making 10 NCAA Final Fours through 1999, winning two championships and being the runner-up four other times with Hall of Fame Head Coach Leon Barmore. Louisiana Tech has an all-time 1043–264 record and their .798 winning percentage ranks 3rd of all time. 

Baylor University

Waco, TX

2011-12 was a storybook season for the Lady Bears, as Head Coach Kim Mulkey’s squad became the 1st NCAA Basketball team, women’s or men’s, to go 40-0 in route to their 2nd championship. The team won the 3rd championship in 2019. Mulkey’s teams have earned 18 NCAA Tournament appearances in her 19 seasons. The Lady Bears had much success due to a couple of extraordinary players: guard Odyssey Sims and 6-foot-8 center, Brittney Griner. 

Duke University

Durham, NC

The Blue Devils have enjoyed 20 years of sustained success, playing in 24 NCAA Tournaments. They were runners-up in 1999 and 2006 under former coach Gail Goestenkors, and under current Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie, Duke has gotten seven Sweet Sixteen appearances. Duke has gotten four top lottery picks: Elizabeth Williams, Tricia Liston, Chelsea Gray, and Jasmine Thomas.

 

Best Women College Basketball Teams (Part I)

These women’s basketball teams have made history in the realm of the sport. 

The NCAA started sponsoring a championship tournament in Division I Women’s Basketball in 1982. The sport has since grown in popularity and televised games have thousands of viewers.

Women’s basketball tends to be led by a handful of extremely talented teams. The sort of play stresses team unity. A really great program has both talented players and a successful coach. The results in this article cover a few categories. These include NCAA champions, runners-ups, and WNBA Draft Lottery choices. This method lets us acknowledge a program’s past success while highlighting recent dominance.

University of Connecticut

Storr, CT

UCONN has been on a top contender in college basketball, winning over 85% of their games under Head Coach Geno Auriemma (1985-current). The Huskies have won 11 national championships, more than any other women’s program. They have had six lottery players picked in the past five WNBA drafts and all-time Husky great Breanna Stewart was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft.

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

Before UT’s meteoric rise, the Tennessee Lady Vols under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt were the queens of the court. During her tenure (1974-2012), Summitt earned unprecedented success, winning eight national championships and over 1,000 games. The Lady Vols have also appeared in all 37 NCAA Tournaments.

The University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Under head coach Muffet McGraw (1987-current), the Fighting Irish have made nine Final Four appearances, finishing second five times. McGraw won a title back in 2001 with NCAA Player of the Year Ruth Riley, who went on to have a successful WNBA career. Notre Dame also won the NCAA championship in 2018. In recent seasons, Notre Dame has had over five lottery picks, including 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Year Jewell Loyd, the top choice in the 2015 draft.

Top College Basketball Coaches with the Most Career Wins (Part III)

Jim Calhoun earned three NCAA tournament titles.

Jim Calhoun

Career Wins:  877

NCAA Tournament Titles:  3

Final Fours:  4

 

Jim Calhoun retired as the head coach of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program after the 2011–12 season. The first 14 years of his career were at Northeastern, then he spent 26 years at UConn. At UConn, he earned three national titles. 

 

Dean Smith

Career Wins:  879

NCAA Tournament Titles:  2

Final Fours:  11

 

Dean Smith spent his whole coaching career, 36 years, at the University of North Carolina. During that time, he won two national titles, 17 regular-season conference titles, and 13 conference tournaments. At the time of Smith’s retirement, he had the record for the most wins in a college basketball coaching career. After he died in 2015, Smith’s estate gave $200 to each of his former lettermen so they could have a nice dinner. 

 

Bob Knight

Career Wins:  899

NCAA Tournament Titles:  3

Final Fours:  5

 

Bob Knight, who became famous for losing his cool at times, won 138 games as the head coach at Texas Tech, 102 games as the head coach of Army, and 659 games as the head coach at Indiana. He won all three of his national championships at Indiana. When he retired, Knight held the record for the most wins in a college basketball coaching career.

 

Jim Boeheim

Career Wins:  1,003*

NCAA Tournament Titles:  1

Final Fours:  5

 

This one comes with a huge caveat. Since the 1976–77 season, Jim Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse. Over time, he has led the Orange to over 1,000 wins. Though, thanks to a report on Syracuse athletics, 101 of Boeheim’s wins were vacated because of having ineligible players. 

 

However, even with the vacated wins, Boeheim still has a second place on this list. Boeheim coached his teams to five Final Four appearances and one national title. He joined the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.