SBNation Project: NBA Word Association

Apr 28, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban before game one against the Oklahoma City Thunder of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

So, our SB Nation community of NBA bloggers were recently polled for their one-word(usually) opinions on every NBA team. One word, one team, no other rules or suggestions for format.

For a lot of us, it can be difficult to get an accurate understanding of what other people think about our team. We have a tendency to insulate ourselves in our opinions, because why would anyone ever have a bad thing to say about our wonderful team, right? So, exercises like this give us a tiny snapshot of what a well-informed, passionate group thinks of when they hear "Dallas Mavericks".

Here were the responses for Dallas:




Dirk (x3)



Cuban (x3)



swan song

money (x2)





NBA front office loves smoking its Cubans



Searching (mine)





Ok, so most of responses focused on either Dirk or Mark Cuban, but they also mention money and aggressive spending, which I admit I considered good until I was later informed those words were intended to be taken negatively.

There are some other, more overtly negative comments, which I think are understandable given the less than spectacular title-defense season, but I think a lot of the time these associations come from the last image in our head, and can be changed quickly.

According to the spreadsheet we were given, 7 of the 28 comments were negative, 25%. For some perspective, 20 out of 28 comments for the Knicks were considered "negative", and 24 of 28 for the hapless Bobcats.

Some of the most common responses:

7 times

"Old" for the Boston Celtics

5 times

"Bullets" for the Washington Wizards

4 times

"Jordan" for the Chicago Bulls(also two Michael's and an MJ)

"Russian" for the Brooklyn Nets

3 times

"LOL" for the Charlotte Bobcats(lol)

"Kaaaaahn" for the Minnesota Timberwolves

"injured" for the Portland Trailblazers

"White" for the Utah Jazz (yikes)

"Foreign" for the Toronto Raptors

Funniest responses:

"The-South-After-The-Civil-War" for the Orlando Magic

"FINGERGUNZ" for the Washington Wizards

"Mardi Brow" for the New Orleans Hornets

"Who?" for the Detroit Pistons

I think the message to take away from all this is...thank goodness we're not Bobcat fans.

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