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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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Michael Jordan Last Word

Posted by servontaym on July 20, 2010

 

I think this is what everybody has been waiting to hear for the past few weeks. Michael Jordan has finally spoken about the “Lebron Decision” . The greatest player of all time wasnt even impressed by Lebrons choice to join the Monstars  Heat . I think he said it the best “I would have never called up Larry and Magic and said lets play together.”  Just imagine if those players would have played together the NBA would not be what it is today filled with all types of competition. This might be the Kobe factor if you can’t beat him by yourself join forces and try to take him out together. Still doesn’t make it right you didn’t see Charles Barkley Patrick Ewing Karl Malone and John Stockton join the same team due to the Jordan factor. They tried to do it on their own so they can beat the best. I guess Lebron threw that saying out the window for the rings.  At the end of the day you have to beat the best to become the best so Lebron  will just be an amazing player never better than Jordan or Kobe unless he wins 10 rings.

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Air Jordan 1 “Silver Anniversary” Edition In Stores

Posted by T. Adeyemi on February 13, 2010

As my close friends know by now, I am day by day becoming more and more of a sneakerhead. (That is when the funds are available.) But nevertheless, even when I don’t have the money to cop every pair of fresh kicks I hear about I still want to spread the word about them.

By now anybody with half an interest in the Jordan brand knows that this year marks 25 years of existence, crazy right? Sir Michael has certainly built himself a viable empire off the basketball court. This shoe represents the edge that Michael played with, with a little bit of the style and flash that the Hip Hop generation has certainly influenced the brand with. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Kobe?… Lebron?…”

Posted by Oak Jones on February 3, 2010

“I used to play Kobe, now I play Lebron…”Young Jeezy

The current NBA season has been remarkable for both of the men previously stated. With Lebron and Kobe’s squads having the best records in the league (respectively), both men are blazing paths to becoming two of the greatest players that the National Basketball Association has ever produced. James is the most athletically gifted player to ever lace a pair of sneakers, but KB’s drive and determination is only surpassed by “His Airness”. The mammoth of a marketing scheme designed by the people at Nike has drawn even more attention to the healthy competition of the Black Mamba and The King, but the real question in everyone’s mind is: “Who is truly the better basketball player?”

Now, in terms of accolades, championships and success in clutch situations, Kobe definitely puts himself on the top of the list. But now that age slowly creeps up on this future Hall of Famer, when it’s all said an done, will Lebron emerge as the better of the two? The savior of Cleveland is only 25 years of age, with an entire career ahead of him and for the past few seasons, the Eastern Conference is not what it used to be. After the Black Mamba dons the #24 jersey for the final time, will that championship trophy that has eluded LBJ be his for the taking for years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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MJ Adds to Jay Leno’s Misery

Posted by T. Adeyemi on January 20, 2010

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After watching this video combined with what happen to Jay Leno a few days ago when Jimmy Kimmel was on his show, I think somebody on VH1 should do a special segment featuring Jay called, “Worst Week Ever.” Jay Leno, the once heralded and widely liked late night talk show host has been going through the fire in the past two weeks.

If you don’t know what’s been happening, here’s a quick recap: Leno promised to give The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien 5 years ago, Conan took over, Jay Leno had a new show at 10pm, Jay’s show flopped at 10pm, Conan on The Tonight Show wasn’t living up to the potential, and in the end NBC decided to cancel Jay’s 10pm show to move him back to 11:35pm and push Conan back to 12:05pm. Problem solved right? Wrong! Conan like protesters in the ’60’s said, “Hell No, We Won’t Go” and now NBC is left with a big mess on their hands.

The moral of the story here is, that you don’t mess with a good thing. Both Jay Leno & Conan O’Brien were doing great at their original time slots, and since the changes neither has prospered. And to top it off for Jay, everyone has their opinion on what is going on, even his guests. Lucky for Jay, MJ spared him of any personal jokes. But clearly Leno is still just as unfunny as before, as Michael points out when he asks him, “Can you still dunk?”

“Be Real, Be True, Keep it 100”

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LEROY SMITH: "MOTIVIZE…PULVERIZE…REALIZE"

Posted by J. Tinsley on June 4, 2009

Even the great Michael Jordan had to bow down to greatness when in his presence, and the name was Leroy Smith. Want to learn how to polish your game up to play with the pros and make “Air Jordan” look like puppy chow in the process? Leroy’s the man to turn. By now, the story of Mike getting cut from his high school basketball team has gone on to inspire ball players from around the world. What people don’t know, however, is that Leroy is the one that took coveted spot from MJ.

…ok, I can’t do this anymore, I’m laughing while I’m typing this. At this point it’s safe to say that Charlie > Eddie…for the entire decade.  Don’t get me wrong, his brother will always have the edge just based of “Coming To America” alone, but C.M. is one funny mofo who deserves his own show. Ever since Dave Chapelle went all activist and canceled the show, I, along with millions of others, have been deprived from this man’s comedic genius.

Hopefully he’s on to something with this Leroy Smith character though. More in-depth videos after the jump.

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Michael Jordan Becomes Immortal

Posted by J. Tinsley on April 7, 2009

And this, my friends, is how I last remember the man who brought so many great memories to my childhood.  For years there have been rumors that have claimed Mike, in fact, returned to play for the Washington Wizards, but honestly, I have no recollection of the events in question. In something that was a foregone conclusion well over a decade ago, M.J. was a unanimous first ballot inductee into the Pro Basketball Hall Of Fame.

“I don’t like being up here for the Hall of Fame because at that time your basketball career is completely over,” Jordan said. “I was hoping this day would be 20 more years, or actually go in when I’m dead and gone.”

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Come Back Season…

Posted by Mr. Put On on March 23, 2009

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“When I come back like Jordan, wearin the 4-5, It ain’t to play games witchu.”

– (c) Encore by Jay-Z

The line above is exactly how I am feeling right now, “it feels so goods to be home” (c) Kanye West. After sitting in my car reflecting back a few things in my life and then having a long talk with my blogger in crime Justin Blaze a few days back… I have came to the decision of stepping back up to the plate in the game which is called Blogging after being sick numerous times within the last few weeks being in and out of bed it slowed my posting  to one or two a week to none for a few weeks. I commend my big homie Justin for holding down the fort! That man is truly dedicated to what we both love which is music, and with him having to work more then one job and blog at the speed he does is honestly crazy in my opinion. And we all know that when the dude that brought you the “Prom Queen” CDQ (before others might I add) and many other gems comes back, of course I have to bring a few gifts along with me. So click the jump for a few requests and a few new cuts & a new Weezy mixtape…

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