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USA Basketball puts the world back in its place…

August 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Just wait until you see this one on Sportscenter. It was about 5.20a in Cali but I was still jumping up and down making mad noise. This play was crazy, D Wade getting the steal and chasing down the loose ball, while saving it and flying out of bounds by the three point line extended he hit a streaking KB10 with the alley!!! What followed was an emphatic two hand banger that reminded everyone that Kobe can still get up when he has to.

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Marvin + USA Basketball

August 14, 2008 Leave a comment

It doesn’t get better than this for me, unless you want to count the Eva Mendes clip, but yeah, the perfect tenor of all time and the USA basketball going for redemption. I love it. Just a little background, Marvin sang this at the 1983 NBA all star game, at the fabulous forum in Los Angeles. in the Olympic spirit i decided to throw in another classic star spangled banner, Whitney Houston’s Superbowl performance after the gulf war broke out… this one gives me chills

it gets a lil dusty in the casa every time i hear that shit!

NBA All Star Weekend and a link or three

February 19, 2008 1 comment

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NBA All Star weekend was great! Everything went pretty much spot on, and the Game lived up to being one of the best ever after some early game sloppiness. I was happy that KB24 got only a little bit of burn and got on up out of there. NOLA looks like things are progressing some and things are looking up. Ironically looking at the entire weekend, I am feeling okay about making a trip down there because things are pretty much getting back to normal. there is still a ton of work that needs to be done, still a lot of healing necessary but the city is looking good again and the community is responding. Check out Simmons today, a great article for which I feel the exact same way. So much so that I think I am going to spend my birthday down there this year, forget about Miami.

espn the mag article with MJ as told to Ric Bucher, Mike gives a little bit of perspective on these young cats, and the state of the game and how it is in good hands, as long as these guys stay original and try not to become MJ or MAgic or Larry.

another espn the mag article with the best commissioner in sports today, the great David Stern. Say what you want about the guy but he has taken a sport choc full of brotha’s and made it in to arguably the second leading sport worldwide to futbol.

ok, one more espn the mag article about a problem particular still facing the league which is a major one, that its a league full of black players playing largely to a corporate read white audience, and how the perception, the perception is that basically all nba guys are rappers at heart who just happen to be able to hoop. its an interesting situation and one that needs to be explored and then explored some more.

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The only problem I had was the Dwight Howard dunk, or throw in… It wasn’t even a dunk, and they turned the lights out so no-one could see that he didn’t dunk what was that about? Also, how does Shaq feel that DH just jacked his jacked nickname? Shaq even has a tattoo. And he should have lost because he had a superman onesie on.Dwight should have done the kiss the rim dunk right here.. . Its at the 30s mark.

Athletes that learned something in College

January 17, 2008 Leave a comment

I like athletes who come up with clever ways to keep themselves out there in the public. Chris Bosh and his team may be taking a lesson or two from Bron-Bron and the Four Horsemen. Here is a hilarious clip of him politicking to get on the All-Star team. It may have been a joke to begin with but its turned into a little bit of a watershed moment as the Wall Street Journal reports on how athletes are beginning to take steps in their own marketing and image creation, as opposed to letting someone else control the content. All of this of course can be aimed at driving traffic to the athletes own personal website. I like this idea though because you are marketing yourself right, so it makes sense that you have the most control and the riches that may come along with it. Here is a Nike supported ad done by Steve Nash that is talked about in the piece.