Authentic, Unpredictable, New Single

June 18, 2010

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I’m happy for Ron Artest.

Its just that, we judge Ron to be authentic. He doesn’t act “crazy” or anything like that for the betterment of his career, because reality would be quite the opposite. He doesn’t play up his character with the prospects of endorsement deals and bigger contracts tattooed on the back of his mind (like, say, Dennis Rodman). Read the rest of this entry »


Ignore It Like Kobe

June 4, 2010

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That game got physical real fast. I didn’t expect Paul Pierce to be the initiator, but whatever works (or doesn’t, in this case). Boston looked to try to duplicate past successes against Los Angeles by being tougher, both physically and mentally. They proved neither in last night’s game, but by all rights still may in the approaching games. Read the rest of this entry »


Queensbridge

May 28, 2010

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All of that, and Ron Artest is the hero? I guess that makes sense in a strange, fate-driven way. Read the rest of this entry »


Mission Statement

May 20, 2010

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The key thing to remember is that all hope is not lost. Hey, this game was tied 90-90 going into the fourth quarter. The Suns were riding a tidal wave of momentum with Grant Hill routinely draining the very mid-range jumpshot while Kobe or any of his backups relaxed their defense on the senior citizen of the NBA world. Read the rest of this entry »


Really?

March 8, 2010

Ron Artest is channeling his best Dennis Rodman by dying his hair funky colors with the added sprinkle of language emblazoned across his dome. Maybe he thought this could snap the Lakers’ funk recently, however it did little to prevent another Lakers’ loss, brining the streak to a surprising three games.


Hip-Hop Breeds Contempt

January 8, 2010

Aim here Gilbert

As the Gilbert Arenas saga evolves from comedy to tragedy, a familiar topic is once again linked to the NBA. The ever present Hip-Hop culture once again surfaces as a catch all for the actions of Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton. Somewhere along the line David Stern and other league executives decided to marry the NBA to hip-hop and, but clearly they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.

Given recent player actions, it seems as though the dark side of hip-hop has also managed to infiltrate the league. With its “bling-bling” gaudiness and “I gotta get paid” ruthlessness, this culture isn’t exactly synonymous with the average NBA fan. To the NBA’s credit, welcoming the music of Will Smith and L.L Cool J is a terrific marketing move, one certain to help the league resonate with younger fans. However, when welcoming the mainstream side of hip-hop, the NBA also opened the door for violence, drug-abuse, gang related sub-culture, and other misnomers of traditional thug life personified by players such as Allen Iverson. When he entered the league, Iverson was the poster boy for this thug life ruthlessness; he was a walking middle finger pointed directly at David Stern and his efforts to improve the image of the league.

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Observations on the Orlando/Atlanta Game

November 26, 2009

Yeah, we’re back.

The Champ sits here in his home writing this in anticipation of tonight’s game. The Octagon is now here, good to see him. We’re still waiting on the arrival of The Franchise, and The Custodian is MIA.

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