Will many think the NBA is more entertaining? Of course. How that means the WNBA is NOT entertaining is beyond me. That’s what is disappointing, that when it comes to the WNBA, some people, even women such as Ms. Rohlin, (who can probably see Russia from her porch) still can only regard our league as the NBA’s kid sister. Where was the NBA in its 12th season? Furthermore, the idea that if it isn’t the MOST watched or MOST marketed that it isn’t worthy is unfairly applied to women’s sports. Such a rationale belies not only an ingrained sexism, but ignorance over the fact that NBA versus the WNBA doesn’t have to be an either/or conundrum: we have different seasons.
Billy Clint represented, and now its time to make history ladies and gentlemen.
Yesterday pitchers and catchers reported for the Met’s down in Port St. Lucie, and once there was a camera and mic in Pedro Martinezs’ face he threw one high and tight, maybe a shot at Roger Clemens whom he took the mantle from in Boston. Asked about how he felt about the whole steroids thing, the 3 time Cy Young award winner is quoted as saying:
“I dominated that era and I did it clean… I can stand by my numbers and I can be proud of them.”
When asked about HGH, he added this gem,
“I have a small frame and when I hurt all I could do was take a couple of Aleve or Advil, a cup of coffee and a little mango and an egg — and let it go!”
I love it! At 5′ 11″ and about a buck sixty soaking wet, Pedro could throw his as off. He was a beast, look at the stats. He brought some serious excitement to the game too, I can only remember watching all of those Red Sox games when he was on a roll and all the Dominican’s would be in the cheap seats with flags and k signs cheering him to great things. Fun times, we may not see anything like it for a while.
I used to not like Mark Cuban because I thought he was some spoiled rich kid who bought a basketball team with some dot com money, and for the most part, he was. But as I began to look at him, and read up on him, I’ve come to find out that he is much more than that. He didn’t just get lucky and get rich in a few months from some jackass idea in his dorm room, but he was a tried and true entrepreneur who learned a business and took advantage of an opportunity with a great plan, and wisely sold out to the highest bidder at the right time. If you haven’t done it already, throw him in google and read a few articles on the guy. The Mavs wont be winning a chip anytime soon, so maybe that is why I like him more now, but Mark seems to have his head on straight. Check out his Success and Motivation series on blogmaverick.com, its a good read and I like to check back in and read it every once and a while. My favorite quote of his, and me and my guys talk about it all the time is, “you only have to be right once!”
Ok, being a celebrity doesn’t suck. I don’t care what anyone tells me. Those are some Playstation Air Force 1’s right there that KB got last year when NB07 came out. I don’t know how I am just getting hip to them because they are hella fresh. Anyways, apparently Kobesta is saying how happy he is that he wasn’t traded, and I like it! I am sure he realized how much of a baller Andrew Byrum is becoming. The kid is dropping just about a double double in about 25m a game. Once he can figure out how to stay out of foul trouble, he is going to be a real beast. Honestly, if Timmy and Lord Knows are considered forward, AB can easily be considered the second best center in the western conference… and to me he might be number one next year if he is giving me 18 and 10. Yao can ball, but he is all O. Anyways a couple of quot-ables from the interview are:
“I’m happy to be here,” Bryant said. “My guys and I — we have such a tight bond. Business and basketball sometimes can cloud things, but when you get here in your element and you’re around your teammates and just having a good time with them and thinking about them and not about the business of the game, that’s when it becomes fun.”
“Sometimes you have to kind of put a fire to them a little bit so that they understand that we’re playing for higher stakes,” Bryant said of his teammates. “Once they understood that and saw me come into training camp saying ‘Look, I’m tired of playing for the playoffs. I’m not playing for that. I don’t know what you guys are playing for, but I’m not playing for that.’ Once they understood that ‘Hey, this guy’s head is on a championship level, this is where we need to get,’ then it kind of ignited another side of them and they started looking at this thing a little differently.
umm ok, so he lit the fire under their asses. I still think it could’ve been done a better way. Anyways let see what they do tonight against a depleted Spurs team… this is just the kind of game that the Lake Show takes a bad L in. Games starting. Late`
What the hell is Omarion thinking right there? Damn!
Some funny shit here on youtube, Kenny Smith has his jersey retired on Inside the NBA Overtime, linked here
Peter Vesczey writes an interesting piece on Jamal Tinsley here at NY Post
I used to be mad at AI for causing the whole bad hair trend in the NBA.Don’t get me wrong his were fly at first, but then everyone started wearing them. Just like me with the dreads, but then i cut them off. anyways, you can’t help but love his take on the “athletes as targets” trend right now. Some great perspective from the Answer here
Los Angeles is considering limiting the size of houses being built. Just trust me this is a good thing. Where I live its getting out of hand. I guess its fine if these houses are in Bel Air and Brentwood, areas that have the space, but when they are in Sherman Oaks and Studio City… its not good!
A nice piece on the George Mitchell
Barry Bonds witch-hunt steroids investigation. Check it out here
A great take on the biggest issue in hollywood, the writers strike. Read on here. I have wondered out loud why someone with deep pockets like Mark Cuban hasn’t been snapping up these guys by the boatload with production deals.
An interesting quote from Allen Iverson speaking on the recent trend of athletes being targeted by criminals. Earlier this summer the armed robberies of NBA players Eddy Curry and Antoine Walker got the attention of star athletes. The recent shooting death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, and allegations he might have been targeted, really got it.
“You’re aware that you are a target,” Nuggets guard Allen Iverson said. “A lot of people want what you got. A lot of people don’t like the fact that you have what you have. Being black. Being a certain age. It don’t sit well with a lot of people. But that’s the lifestyle we chose. And that’s the lifestyle we have to deal with.”
Iverson said he tries to “stay away from . . . negative surroundings” but admits that often “you can’t stay away because . . . that environment follows you.”
Perspective like that would lead some to believe that AI can definitely be considered a role model. I’m one of those people fa sho!
Because really that shit has got to be difficult, I am reminded of something Michael Irvin said about entourages… it was something to the effect that its easy for all of us to say why can’t they just let their boys go, but in reality when they look at these cats, its not just a homie from around the way, its a guy whose mother fed them when they were hungry. It’s a guy whose house you went to when things got too thick at yours. Unfortunately you can’t always separate your past from your present. When you think about it, given the number of high profiled athletes with a lot of dough, in relation to real life at least, there isn’t too much drama and/or tragedy that goes on. Unfortunately the few times that it happens is still 1, 2, or 3 times too much