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The NBA’s Most Influential Missed Opportunities

Posted by J. Tinsley on October 29, 2010

Positive or negative, nothing about the past can be altered.

That’s what’s peculiar about nostalgia. Regardless of what happens, the question of the unknown always lingers. Rarely does this happen anywhere more often than with sports. In an environment that thrives on the never-ending wheeling and dealings of trades, releases and free agency, complacency will never assume itself as characteristic familiar with those who call themselves “fans.” The NBA is a league which creates dynasties as quickly as it destroys them, so the mere impact of one decision can effectively make or break a franchise.

But what about the aborted decisions? À la Pau Gasol to Cleveland in early ’07 or Durant to Portland #1 overall. The ones which never spawned into reality, and the ones that don’t even seem reasonable given the way the following sequence of events played out. Over the past twenty years, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have arguably been the sport’s most competitive forces. They have combined for 11 championships, six regular season MVP’s, eight Finals MVP’s, 26 All Star Game appearances and countless number of game winners. Yeah, for the most part, history has treated the two favorably.

Basking in their glory is fine, but wondering “what if?” is even better. Jadakiss even made a song about it. You see, His Airness – through the unintentional influence of Scottie Pippen – and The Mamba were involved in quite possibly the two greatest missed opportunities in NBA recent memory. Read the rest of this entry »


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LAKERS Do Late Night on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted by T. Adeyemi on June 20, 2009

As you all know I am a tremendous Los Angeles Lakers fan, and with their continuing success as a franchise I think its only fitting that we (CollegeRadio) continue to celebrate their championship. If you’re not a Lakers fan, then hey feel free to skip right over this post and any others focusing on one of the greatest franchises in all of sports. Maybe the greatest, but we won’t go there in the sake of not inciting an uproar.

However, everyone knows that every major sports team after winning their respective championship goes on the usual television promo tour. Well, one of the Lakers first stops was to The Jimmy Kimmel Live show last night. It was nice to see a good mixture of starters and reserves, especially with the likes of J. Tinsley’s favorite player Dj Mbenga.

Kobe seemed extra charismatic, something so many critics of his say he is not. In watching this video of Kobe finally maybe getting some of the long overdue credit he deserves it got me to thinking. In watching a man so overwhelmed with the sense of joy in his & his teammates accomplishment, how could it be that so many people despise Kobe Bryant? As I pondered about this while enjoying a fresh glass of half & half (If you’re not from the south you probably don’t know what I’m talking about.) I came across several reasons as to why basketball enthusiast and even the occasional NBA viewer could under appreciate a guy that works so hard to be the best. Thus, I decided to begin a 5 part series debuting June 22nd on the Top 5 reasons people dislike Kobe Bryant.

Make sure you check the site for each day’s article on the reasons people love to hate Kobe, and in the meantime hit the jump for Part 2 of the Lakers Jimmy Kimmel interview.

Lakers Do Late Night

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1 A Day, Will Keep the Doctor Away

Posted by T. Adeyemi on June 7, 2009

In the effort of FAIRNESS and because SO SO SO SO SO many LeBron James fans first, then Orlando Magic fans aka (Displaced Cleveland fans looking for a new home) are asking why CRM hasn’t posted any positive material on the Orlando Magic I bring to you Dwight Howard’s Vitamin Water commercial. Yes, it is clear that even endorsements can be swayed by the effect of winning & losing, which I can’t say is a bad thing. Dwight Howard has proven himself to being the beast that everyone knew thought he had the potential to be when he first stepped foot in the NBA.

For the record, I like the Orlando Magic team. I would probably pick them against any other team than , my beloved L.A. Lakers. As a matter of fact I did predict the boy D. Howard & company would dethrone King James before he would even get a chance to truly wear the crown. I guess ever since I dated talked to that girl (who will remain nameless) that went to high school with D. Howard I kind of always pulled for him to succeed. I know its a weird way to form a connection, but hey I figured if he could play ball as good as she…well we just won’t go there!

Cringe & Click

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I Ain't a Que, But I Love Some Purple & Gold

Posted by T. Adeyemi on June 5, 2009

Granted this picture is several years old, but whose to say it wont happen again?

Granted this picture is several years old, but who'se to say it won't happen again?

Before I get into giving all you cyberfans out there what you’ve been so eagerly awaiting (at least in my mind) let me say that I have thoroughly appreciated every minute of this year’s NBA playoffs. I think the NBA and commisioner David Stern can be very proud of the product they put forth this post season. Now before all the fans of the other fourteen teams that didn’t make it get all in a tizzy cause I said this was a great NBA playoffs, think back to your team’s series and ask yourself, “Did the better team win the series?” If you can honestly answer yes, even if that team was not your pick; then you must conclude the NBA got it right.

Very quickly let me address all of my dear Cleveland Cavalier/LeBron James fan club members who I’ve become oh so close with this past season. First, I would like to say even as a stern “Kobe is the best player in the NBA” believer, I must say King James was the more valuable player this year. I think we can say that’s pretty evident especially when I can remember Justin saying, “The guy drops 37, 15, & 12 and just barely wins.” Cleveland/LBJ fanatics I feel for you, I honestly do. But find comfort in the fact that he’s still just 24 years old and I’m sure, AT LEAST I HOPE there will be some wholesale changes in personel, both in uniform and on the bench.

Now time for what we’ve all been waiting for, My Predictions! The Road to Laker Redemption

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4th Quarter or 9th Inning: Kobe is My Closer

Posted by T. Adeyemi on May 24, 2009

While I just could lead out with how Kobe Bryant is the greatest basketball player in the world. And that these Lebron James vs. Kobe Bryant discussions are warranted, yet easily answered with the equation 1 + Jordan = 23, no 24. Or that Kobe STILL remains the most clutch athlete in sports since that other guy that used to stick his tongue out. Instead, I figured that would be too bias of an introduction. Well, since I guess I blew the humble approach I was looking for, let’s get down to the facts. And as my favorite rapper/singer/talent Drizzy Drake says. “Let’s Be Honeeeeessssst.”

Some in watching tonight’s game some will say that the Denver Nuggets lost this game, more so than the L.A. Lakers won it. However, once you realize that a championship caliber team will do anything inside of fight, claw, scratch, and occasionally cheat in search of a victory its easy to see how the Lakers in the end just simply made more plays.

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