So its like 1:00 am and I flip on NBA TV’s Greatest Games (since there nothing else sports related to watch) and the 1972 NBA all star games playing. As I begin to watching, I don’t immediately recognize any players although I know there’s gotta be a few legends on both teams, (Jerry West, Abdul-Jabar, Oscar Robinson, etc). I do, however, instantly notice one player seems to be in a league of his own. The way he palmed the ball and waved it around looked Iike he was playing keep away with kids. I thought to myself, “he has to be at least a foot taller than anyone on the court”. I wanted to change the channel but just couldn’t get past the size of him. He was as big and intimidating as Shaq and physically built like Dwight Howard.. Plus, I got a kick out of how he shot free throws in a STRAIGHT LINE to the rim. And you thought Shaq was bad….
Of course this was Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain as my dad would always call him. Still not sure what the nickname meant though….maybe some strange reference to the 20,000 women he allegedly slept with haha. But seriously, I now see why people still call him the greatest Basketball player to ever play the game even with Jordan in the equation. Before, I had never really seen him play on TV so it was hard to imagine the magnitude and dominance he had on the game. For someone to average 50 plus points a game or score 100 was just unrealistic to me, but I get it now. For the record, if he was playing in the league today, he’d probably do the same against all these weak centers.
On another note, I didn’t know Jimmy Walker had a stint in the NBA before acting. Hmmm, you learn something new every day.
APPARENTLY IT'S STILL OPEN SEASON ON LEBRON JAMES....
So I’m listening to the new Game R.E.D. album (not sure if its actually out yet) and its surprisingly good, like better than that other Rap album the came out last week. But besides the great music, what also surprised me was how many Lebron references I heard in it. I counted at least 3 or 4. I guess the Lebron hate trend has traveled from the courts and sports media into the realm of Hip-Hop……or maybe Game just has something personal against the King hmmm.
When it comes to Lebron jokes in music, just like in the media, nothings off limits, not even his mom. In the song Martians vs Goblins, Lebron is targeted not once but twice by Game and Tyler, the Creator. I won’t quote the lyrics but Game delivers a pretty low blow if you ask me. What’s always entertaining though, are clever references to Lebrons receding hair line such as: ”Fall back like Lebrons hairline against the Mavericks”. This line (no pun intended) comes at the hands of Tyler and is mild compared to Games verse.
To be honest, Lebron does bring half the attention to his inevitable balding by trying so hard to cover it up with headbands so Tyler’s all good in my book. But I sometimes wonder where rappers like Game and the media in general draw the line. Didn’t Kobe just say to “take it easy on the kid”. Dude might be the richest and most famous athlete on the planet but he’s still got feelings. Just imagine if that song ends up being a single (and it probably will). Would you want to hear someone talking about you Mom every time you turn on the radio?
*NICK YOUNG ALERT, NICK YOUNG ALERT* DROPS 60 AT DREW LEAGUE GAME! BETTER THAN DURANT?
While everyones been talking about Durants 66 at the Rucker or his Nike Pro Am game, its funny how Nick Young basically had just of an impre…..no he had a better performance at the Drew league last week. Yea, I said it Nick Young>Durant (at least for one game). What’s even funnier is how I haven’t seen this on one basketball blog or tumblr yet (and I check quite a few). I just found it (props to Slamonline) a few days later but hmmm, whys the world still sleeping on my boy Nick? Is it the Hair?
I can’t deny, this summers been pretty entertaining for basketball considering the circumstances. Durant’s puttin on a show. Lebron too. Kobes trying to find his youth again in Manilla. I seen the John Wall highlights of course. I just saw Beasley punch a fan in the face in New York haha. I’ve seen Jennings do his thing in the Dyckman league too but wheres the Young highlight? It must’ve gotten lost in the shuffle. We I’ll just throw this video out there for a day or so and take off. I feel like I make the case for Nick Young enough anyways. But check it out HERE.
Basically, Nick hits a bunch of MJ style fadeaway jumpers and off balance DOUBLE CLUTCH deep 3’s while getting TRIPPLE TEAMED and fouled. I guess he’s selfish right?Alright, I’m done…..