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Nov 27th


Duke, Fab 5 contest expose racial undercurrent

Duke, Fab 5 contest expose racial undercurrentMuch discussion has been born from the recent documentary about the famous Fab 5 of the 1992 University of Michigan basketball team. There were quite a few strong racial suggestions made by the young players of that, potentially, once in a lifetime team. Among those racial suggestions was the term ‘Uncle Tom’ when referring to black Duke University players that defeated the Fab 5 in the 1992 NCAA National Championship game.

Frazier’s first draft picks coming soon

Frazier’s first draft picks coming soonOf course there’s an NFL lockout, but I enjoy the commentary of former NFL coach Herman Edwards who consistently opens his discussion on the topic by flashing a sheet of paper that says “$9 Billion.”  Edward’s explanation comes with the depth of a man entrenched in the game, but my general summary of that “$9 Billion” statement is: with that much money on the line, it’s gonna to get worked out.

The NFL owners are obviously your million and billion dollar type individuals, and usually those folks are willing to wrestle the buffalo off of a Buffalo Nickel just to save the .05cents. I suppose. I remember asking my mother why a Porsche was in the Wal-Mart parking lot back in the 80’s when the stores first broadly began springing up across the nation. To which she responded, “That’s how they got it, by saving their money and shopping smart.” Kids, take note.

The Heat will likely re-ignite

The Heat will likely re-ignite The Miami Heat’s chickens seem to be coming home to roost. But actually the truth of the matter is that the NBA is a league of “runs” or streaks. Most of the games involve a consistent flow of comebacks in scoring by both teams. Whichever team has the biggest run on points, which the other team doesn’t match in their runs of points, will generally be the team that wins. If you break it down like that, then the rhythm of the NBA game simply matches the basic fluctuations of a person shooting the basketball and making a hoop; sometimes you get the hot hand (and sometimes the defense is just no good).

Whatever happened to the love of the game?

Whatever happened to the love of the game?Community Basketball League’s Jamar Johnson wonders why sports, isn’t about playing anymore

With the NFL spiraling toward a lockout and million-dollar NBA teammates squabbling amongst themselves, Johnson is concerned with what the pros are teaching the rest of us about sports and sportsmanship.

"Some people just love to play, and they’d like to see if they can play at a competitive level and maybe even improve their game," said Johnson, organizer of the CBL, or Community Basketball Leagues ( "It seems like all the pro leagues, and even the colleges, like to focus on is hype, and good talent actually gets pushed away. In their hunt for the next Kobe or the next LeBron, they lose track of guys whose natural ability, teamwork and unselfishness would make them great additions. These are men and women who just love to play for the sake of the game, and it’s a shame that after college, only two percent of them ever get to play in the pros. It’s wrong that many of these talented athletes are prevented from making this game a part of their life after high school or college. Their competitive spirits and their talents need a place to shine."

Quietly emerging young Wolves

Quietly emerging young Wolves
Lost in another of Kevin Love’s huge milestone statistical performances was perhaps the birth of “What the Wolves really need”. Rookie Wesley Johnson kept the intent look on his face during a stretch of game-winning offensive and defensive plays against the Golden State Warriors recently. That evening seemed to put a stamp on Johnson’s increased role now that former defensive prodigy Corey Brewer has departed for the New York Knicks. While his peer Demarcus Cousins, whom many preferred the Wolves draft over Johnson, is fighting in the locker room in Sacramento, and occasionally ‘beasting’ on the court, Johnson just keeps his steady look of determined intent through the highs and lows of his early growth.

NBA all-star break report

NBA all-star break reportThough many came into the NBA season thinking that it might be a runaway “3-Peat” championship for the Los Angeles Lakers, the first half of the season suggests that my favorite team is getting old.

Ron Artest obviously hit his pinnacle last year in the playoffs and has not come down mentally since then – or at least that’s what his jumpshot is saying. Kobe Bryant is his usual narcissistic self, and thus can’t will his team to whoop-up on lesser talented teams like Michael Jordan did in the 90s. Bryant wants to engineer games rather than just go out there and “ball ‘em up” and then sit on the bench in the fourth quarter and enjoy the show…like Jordan and Scottie Pippen used to do. Bryant gets the ball stolen from his grasp a little more often, and gets his shot blocked much more as well. These are symptoms of old age (in basketball years). So as I often say, “Kobe! Pass the ball!”

Russell’s game is timeless

Russell’s game is timeless
It can be easily said that Bill Russell is the greatest basketball player in NBA history: 11 championships in 13 years is the proof. It’s worth celebrating Russell even more in light of his receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obviously, one would imagine that it meant something beyond special for Russell to receive that honor from President Obama. In an interview with ESPN, Russell admitted that he drove cross-country to his fathers’ grave after learning of the honor. Russell said he simply had a conversation with his father there, and came to finally agree with his father that he had done “pretty good.” For those who watched or listened to Russell’s dignified, excellent path, in real time, of the 1950s and 1960s, I would imagine that they especially agree.
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