Coming This Summer- YOUNGBLOOD UNIVERSITY
The first decade of the new millennium was unquestionably the greatest ten year span in human history. One hundred years before, we saw man take engine powered flight. One hundred before that, the world watched the United States careen skyward as it rose to global prominence. Every year until the beginning of time has had its significance.
But the 2000’s.
Human knowledge expanded and grew without bounds, while our technology shrunk to sizes previously unimaginable. An unheard of era of multipolarity, globalization, and informational stockpiling. We saw terrorists try to break America from the top down in New York, and we saw capitalists take us to new heights in Silicon Valley. The Polaroid died, and Instagram was born. Our MP3 players were white, and our president was finally black.
But this era saw not only the election of a new president, but saw the coronation of an American king.
A 20 year old Lebron James did things on a basketball court no one on the planet had seen before. Kobe Bryant reveled in the spotlight of Los Angeles. The Black Mamba sealed the both ends of the decade with championships, 3 on one end, 2 on the other, however not without a big helping of fundamentals out of San Antonio, Texas in between. A short, white Canadian won two MVPs, The Pistons showed the world five men are better than one, and Vince Carter taught us Raptors could fly.
Those ten years. Those ten special years saw league coverage grow from a copy of the Times’ sports section every morning to a 24 hour cycle hosted by faces so familiar they could be family.
Nostalgia is a beautiful thing. It’s so easy to look back at memories, hazy in their 480i definition, and smile at the thought of Rasheed Wallace stomping his way to the locker room, ejected after his second technical. We forget the mundane. The stinging memories of our defeats and dejections have evaporated, leaving only a residue of the good times behind.
But in 2015, there exists a competent, intelligent, and rational segment of our population, who have not had the pleasure of that particular walk down memory lane. Diehard fans have grown up not knowing the frustration of an un-settlable bar bet, a world of information omnipresent in their front pocket.
But these people could not experience it the way that we did, how could they? This is no ones fault, simply a fact of the matter. But each time the question is asked “How good was Kobe Bryant?”, I become more and more aware that a service is in need.
This is Youngblood University- An ongoing series featuring some of the games and moments that changed the the NBA completely throughout the 2000’s. Youngblood U. will use all the footage available online, coupled with impassioned storytelling to build a contextual narrative that will leave you bouncing to Ignition Remix all over again or for the first time.