The NBA (for the NBA Development League) and Google (via YouTube) has formalized a one-year partnership on Tuesday that would, among other things, allow the NBA to stream over 350 D-League games live on YouTube. The partnership allows YouTube to stream freely D-League matches on the D-League YouTube channel <http://www.youtube.com/nbadleague> as well as a video player on NBA.com as well as from the 16 teams that comprise the league on their respective team sites. In doing so, amongst the four major American sports, it would have the most number of live games shown on the video-sharing website The season and coverage will begin on Friday, November 23, with the Maine Red Claws against the Canton Charge, the Erie BayHawks against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Tulsa 66ers against the Texas Legends and the Bakersfield Jam against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The NBA has always been one of the most innovative with their forays with social media to promote itself. Their partnership with YouTube stretches back to 2005, when the league became the first professional sports league to unveil its own channel <http://youtube.com/nba>. With more than 960 million fan views of its videos, it is the most popular sports channel on the site. The YouTube coverage complements the other avenues that the D-League has in reaching out to its audience, from its television partners in NBA TV and CBS Sports Network, to its free mobile app, NBA D-League Center Court. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said that "The NBA’s latest initiative with YouTube marks another milestone in our partnership and a great way to tip off the 12th season of the NBA Development League. By turning to our longtime partner, YouTube, we are able to bring the NBA D-League to basketball fans around the world, further expanding the league’s growth and showcasing future NBA stars.” Scanning the opening day rosters of the 30 NBA franchises shows that 20% of all the players have had D-League experience. Google / YouTube Global Head of Sports Claude Ruibal adds, “As one of the world’s most popular sports with a broad roster of top prospects, the NBA D-League is a perfect fit for the YouTube platform. With our broad global delivery across all platforms and devices, providing live and catch up NBA D-League games and highlights will make this exciting content easily accessible to a whole new generation of basketball fans.” It is believed to be that this is YouTube's biggest sports broadcasting rights deal to date, although both sides did not disclose the actual figures.
- LeBron James (31%)
- Dirk Nowitzki (18%)
- Blake Griffin (14%)
- Dwayne Wade (14%)
- Dwight Howard (13%)
- VINCE CARTER (4%)
- Steve Nash (4%)
- Carmelo Anthony (2%)
Total Votes: 250
The NBA lockout is currently dragging and the resolution not quite in the horizon. In fact, NBA wiped out a portion of the regular season ‘coz they cant find middle ground. So surely, NBA players will continue to tour the US, and the world.
WITH THAT SAID (I love it, “with that said”), the question is, who’s the next NBA superstar you’d like to see play here in the Philippines?
I am not really the biggest fan of LeBron James but have to agree with the 31%. LeBron James playing in the Philippines is exciting, and intriguing.
Rounding out the rest of the top 5 are, Dirk, Blake, Wade and finally, Howard. That’s one mean starting 5! If we have alien visitors wanting to play hoops for the right to get all earth’s minerals, we have to go with this five.
LeBron James playing against Filipino basketball players is arousing. Who’s to guard the 6-8 250 pound freight train? Will the Philippine rims be able to withstand LeBron’s power dunks. Do the Filipino referees have the guts to call travel on Bron’ crab attack? Will he be able to out-do and out-sell the Kobe Bryant led Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend?
And most important of all, will LeBron James play in the 4th quarter? No, I’m serious. Kobe, in the Smart Ultimate All-Stars, he sat out most of the fourth! It’s a valid question.
Players are all over the world touring & hooping.
Instead of adding some moves to his game, Deron Williams is playing dodge ball. http://t.co/OO2kbmv
This off-season, “BESIKTAS” is mentioned on the web, 8 times more than the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks & Bulls combined
Tim Duncan has kept quiet, he’s thinking, another shortened season might be awesome for the Spurs.
NBA.com website is running Google Ads!
Billy Hunter is more popular than Lindsey Hunter.
This summer, instead of collecting fancy cars & cribs, NBA players are collecting followers on Twitter.
NBA OK’d the “Yao-In-The-Hall” movement so we have something to talk about.
Vince Carter now serious in getting a fallback job… http://bit.ly/mRlB9z
There is no Allen Iverson comeback news.
11th – Luuuuuuuke Walton to coach in Memphis. http://es.pn/pEETYQ
12th – Kevin Love goes beach volleyball.
13th – Jason Terry appeared on music video, and mocked LeBron James.
14th – A feature on JJ Redick discusses him not being a sweet shooter, but being a foodie.
Whoever thought of starting the Jr. NBA programÂ is a genius.Â Amazing how people with passion and skill for basketball can share this to boys who are building on their skills as well.
When I saw the Jr. NBA ads and commercial on BTV, I couldnâ€™t help but say that the PBA should come up with something similar, as in like a Corporate Social Responsibility thing. Sure weâ€™ve seen the likes of Patricia Bermudez-Hizon spearhead outreach activities involving some players. Iâ€™m just saying, genuine caring should never say, â€œIâ€™ve done enough.â€ After all, who else can and should care more for the young Filipino ballers, right? We have big team names in the league with bigger capabilities and resources, so… why not?
Besides, if Alaska can sponsor Â the Jr. NBA events in the Philippines, pooling in and a little â€œteamworkâ€ from every team can make it a possibility. (Iâ€™d like to see Cojuanco and Pangilinan, get along tooâ€¦ OK, if thatâ€™s too much for their businesses, in PBA â€œCSRsâ€ na lang.) If we want something to flourish, then the idea of it must be passed on, right?(and Iâ€™m not talking about just the D-League here.)
So going back to the Jr. NBA, hereâ€™s a little overview of what the program is and how it transpired in the Philippines:
The Jr. NBA, presented by Alaska, Â has been in the Philippines for the past four years. It has been extending and improving its program since they first launched it here.Â True enough, all its events have been well â€“ attended by Filipino boys, aged 10-14. This year, Jr. NBA has been all over the Philippines, reaching over 400 schools nationwide.
The Jr. NBA program consists of three stages: the School Program, the Regional Selection Camps and the National Training Camp. The best ten (10) students in the National Training Camp will make up the Jr. NBA Philippine All-Star Team. Â The past yearsâ€™ all-star teams have been rewarded with the ultimate NBA experience, while learning so much about the necessary skills and attitude of outstanding basketball players.
Last yearâ€™s Jr. NBA Philippine All Star team was able to visit Beijing and witnessed a live NBA game. The boys attest to the one-of-a-kind experience and even shared stories of their most unforgettable memories. (I’ll tell you about it on another post!)
So for the first time on March 26, 2011, I saw that NBA-caring with my own eyes, during the GMA regional selection of the Jr. NBA program at Xavier Campus.
Hundreds (Around 400 but I think I saw more!) of boys from GMA registered and qualified to join the regional selections. Minimum qualifications, as I saw it: must know how to play basics of basketball (yes, like shoot and dribble) and must love basketball, simply put.
After some pep talk from Coach Jama Mahlalela (Head of NBA Asia Operations, former Toronto Raptor), the boys went through a series of mini-clinics of basketball skills. Coach Jojo Lastimosa (8 time PBA all-star , former Purefoods, Alaska and Pop Cola player) Â also delivered an inspirational message to the boys, telling of his past experiences, and the right mind-set to become a successful player. Â A Gatorade representative also shared why it is important to hydrate and re-rehydrate prior to, during, and after sport activities. Trust me, I was so interested in their talks too, even if I wasnâ€™t a participant.Â
The boys went through a series of stations which tested their skills: Dribbling, passing, shooting, jumping. They also had stations for their other kinetic abilities (push ups, core exercises, etc.) plus stations which measured their vital statistics. Their scores in these stations were weighted, and were used to select the top 40, then top 10 participants for the GMA regional selections.
So the 40 boys of varying (extremely varying, even) heights were screened again, to be able to select the top ten. The top ten qualified players will move on to the basketball camp on April 9-11, 2011 along with the other qualifiers from the other regional selections. Venue is at the LSGH Campus, with Frank Lopez and AC Green being in the coaching team too.
See, after all, lifeâ€™s a ball. Good luck, boys! Â
Kobe Lorenzo Paras, Ferdinand Ravena III, Bouyer Airam Aseron, Lorenzo Fernando Navarro,Â Jarrell Lim, Aleck Jon Melecio and Alfred Sajulga, Chino Manuel Mosqueda, Tsaddy John Tabaldo,Justine Oliver Serrano.
With ten to a dozen games to go, Who’s your 2010 – 2011 NBA MVP so far?
Via MASSIVE votes*, the poll results shows Derrick Rose barely winning over Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
- D. Rose (29%)
- K. Bryant (28%)
- L. James (23%)
- K. Durant (6%)
- D. Wade (5%)
- M. Ginobili (4%)
- D. Nowitzki (3%)
- A. Stoudemire (1%)
- D. Howard (1%)
- C. Paul (0%)
*Total Votes: 150
Right now, I agree with the poll, I have Rose as the MVP. The media is leaning on Rose as well. That prompted Stan Van Gundy to voice out, yet another issue he has. Which is, media now anointing Rose as the one without Howard getting into the MVP mix. Said Gundy, “I don’t think it’s wide open. The media seems to have made their decision, and they’re the ones that vote. So I think it’s over.”
Michael Jordan also picked Derrick Rose to win the award he himself won many times in his career. Quipped MJ, “He deserves it. He’s playing that well. He deserves it. Without a doubt. And if he doesn’t get it, now he’ll see how I felt a lot of years.”
But 10 games could really affect the final MVP votes. I really believe the tie-breaker between LeBron James and Derrick Rose for the MVP win is who got the better regular season record. For Rose and James, not only they want to top the east to get homecourt advantage in the playoffs, they have to get the east best mark to sway some votes.
If I have a vote, to date, here is my top five.
- Derrick Rose – His team is over-achieving, they’re on top of east with significant number of games missed by Noah & Boozer.)
- Dwight Howard – His offense is still there but his rebounding & defense win games for the Orlando Magic.)
- LeBron James – Despite a new team and the bench support (or lack thereof) he has, he still got stat sheets filled up and his team is still up there in contention.
- Kobe Bryant – I like him. Why not?
- Dirk Nowitzki – I like Dirk too.
How about you?
Whoâ€™s greatest basketball player of all time?
- Michael Jordan (74%)
- Kobe Bryant (19%)
- Magic Johnson (2%)
- Wilt Chamberlain (2%)
- Larry Bird (1%)
- Shaquille O Neal (1%)
- Kareem Abdul Jabbar (0%)
- Jerry West (0%)
- Bill Russel (0%)
- Tim Duncan (0%)
Total Votes: 249
Here’s the script of the Marko (ahem) and Mon’sÂ sweet nothings about the subject.
And rightly so.
Here’s Marko (ahem) and Mon sweet moments about the topic of Michael Jordan versus Kobe Bryant…
Really tough to topple MJ atop the pedestal with his 6 Finals MVPs to boot. Somehow KB24â€™s first 3 rings are attributable more to Shaq as being the top dog and he as just part of the Dieselâ€™s supporting cast.
The quality and impact of MJâ€™s game is just so different from KB24â€™s, notwithstanding the latterâ€™s scoring sprees and potential to win more than 6 rings.
As an aside, can someone name me his top five greatest KB24 moments in playoff historyâ€¦or better yet, how about in the finals?! Having a tough time?
Admittedly though, KB24 is the closest thing to MJ. Itâ€™s just that the closest thing is still way too far.
This yearâ€™s most important game has put things in proper perspective as to where KB24 really is alongside MJ – individually. If youâ€™re the teamâ€™s top gun, you just donâ€™t shoot blanks when everything is on the line and show your rebounds instead.
MARKO:its not kobe fault that he got shaq with him in his first 3. and people cant dismiss his stats and contribution in those finals either. some are just seeing the 3 finals series ignoring the first 3 rounds of the 00 to 02 playoffs, when, could be, they wouldnt be out of those early rounds without him. and people should start counting shaq rings from 93 to 99 when he got no closer to bail him out or kobe was still raw. and if people will put asterisk on kobeâ€™s 3 rings with shaq, we better re-write the whole nba history as it is, if who-he-had is big factor. remove an oscar robertson ring coz he got one with alcindor, david robinsons 2 rings dont count, julius earvin has no ring coz he got it when he was already fading, wilt ring has asterisk too, drexler has no ring. magic has 4 rings coz his rookie year, laker was kareems team. even shaqs fourth ring doesnt count – its wades ring. and, almost all of bill russels championships were top loaded with future hall of famers. 3 rings, larry bird was flanked by parish and mchale. so to me, 5 rings is 5 rings. 6 rings is 6 rings. btw, ive seen the comments and facts, mj wasnt that immaculate, he fired blanks as well on many important games. but still i agree, mj place in nba greatness is tough to reach. in fact the whole post above mentioned the near impossible task of kobe playing til 40 and getting 8 rings. but still, it was once impossible, now, slimmer than calista flockhart it is, there is that chance.MON:If itâ€™s primarily the rings, Robert Horry should be tossed in the discussion as well.MARKO:i know you know horrys rings donâ€™t apply in this discussion.MON:
Hehe. I thought 5 rings are 5 rings and 6 are 6. What rings count and what donâ€™t then? No matter how we look at it, Shaq was the alpha dog in LA. KB, same with Big Shot Bob and the rest, were the valuable supporting cast.
Not to diminish KBâ€™s accomplishments, but his rings are just somehow not in the same breath as MJâ€™s.
But credit still to KB, he was able to get two rings for himself without Shaq, and as THE top dog.
Itâ€™s just that on a personal note, how good KB, the closest thing there is is, MJ is still too far away; nothwithstanding the ring tally.
Heck, even a Horry has lots of it.
hehe, horry legend – not. he doesnt belong.
horry – kerr – fisher – rodman, kukoc now they can eat dinner together and discuss their fabulous rings.
dont get me wrong i love mj. if youâ€™ll clone a baketball player, youâ€™ll get his dna.
lucky MJ though for peaking at the right time, bird and magic and thomas were declining when he rose to the top. and kobe tim duncan and shaq were still drinking milky shakes.
mj championshipsâ€¦ vs old lakers, not enough blazers, so-so sonics and oh my, choker bannered utah jazz by malone. not exactly that breath taking. only barkley suns is the goodest.
can the los angeles lakers 2010 beat lakers 91, blazers 92, suns 93, sonics 96, utah 97 – 98? ahm, i think yes.
Them guys, Horry, Pax, Fisher etc. can gleefully share their respective pages in the annals of NBA Finals history. And KB24 can butt in one bit and narrate his one and only Finals moment when he drained the game-tying 3 in game 2 of the 2004 edition. Unfortunately, they went on to lose the next 3 games and the title.
It must be more than luck though why MJ was able to dominate and obliterate his and the Bulls opposition during their era. Câ€™mon man, you must know better than that. Give the guy some credit despite the Hitler mustache.
Itâ€™s not MJâ€™s fault that the Lakers were aging. The same is true for KB even if KG and the Câ€™s have seen better days. Credit that same old Câ€™s though for dragging the high and mighty LA to 7 games.
And itâ€™s beyond MJ if the Jazz are a choking bunch. Somehow that choker of a Jazz team consistently found itself deep into the playoffs, beating the rest of the Western Conference teams including, yes, Shaq and the rest of the Lakers.
Letâ€™s not take anything away from Russell because he played in a 12 team league. Same holds for MJ. They dominated what the rest of the pack in their respective era can offer. MJ doesnâ€™t deserve the ridicule just because he beat whatever opposition had to offer in an oh so ridiculous manner. 72 wins, 69 wins, 68 wins? Those were just bonus to that Bulls teams.
Now, If those Lakers are really that good, how can the Spurs sneak 3 and a half championships in an era supposedly owned by the Lakers?
Weâ€™re both lucky because we know it can never happen. But the 2010 Lakers against those â€™90â€™s teams? If my top gun will go 6/24 and nothing from 3 in the ultimate game of the season, Iâ€™m just quite not sure, honestly. They needed even the full route and the homecourt advantage to narrowly slip past KGâ€™s banged up knees.
Now, if only that not-so-legendary Robert Horry can somehow rub off his clutch play deep into playoffs on KB, it could be a bit more convincing.
not really blaming mj for his streak. just that the truth is his bulls 90s will have trouble getting 6 rings in the 80s. but luck is part of the game. ask horry. so 6 is 6. hehe. ask boston celtics too coz they were lucky ariza and bynum were injured in 08, could be difference maker. it could be weâ€™re talking about kobes 6 rings had they not been injured. so that, you can dismiss his 3 and weâ€™ll get 3 still. then again, injury is part of the game.
how spurs sneaked in 3? blame shaq for demanding the biggest and fastest contract, as fat as his butt when he is already slipping and eating 12 burgers in one sitting. blame mitch kupchak for bringing in kwame and smush and mihm to go to war during kobe prime years. but i forgive mitch coz he made up by retooling lakers by bringing pau et al. that kwame cant effin hold the ball, his got so little hands and even little brain. i dont know why with MJâ€™s basketball wisdom drafted kwame that year. ahm ahead of pau btw.
and suddenly kg is banged up and the celtics are old. up 3-2, the boston celtics are rocking. and then, they crumbled. but its alright. â€œa ring is a ringâ€
a 6-10 forward not fighting for a rebound during key moments, be the top of the key, wait for stupid lucky tap by divac and hit a three – OR – wait for a stupid double team by rasheed and wait for a pass by manu and hit open three, OR hit shots because hakeem was doubled, legendary lucky to have teammates that can attract doubles and legendary lucky for not mixing it up and lurk outside. id rather have another legendary way of gettings thing done.
MJâ€™s wisdom has and will never extend beyond the basketball court. Kwame Brown will immortalize his management blunders, he continues to burn bucks on the â€˜Cats. The only upside in recent times would be his fiancee; but again those are all beside the point.
A lot of â€œcould-have-beensâ€, â€œblame this, blame thatâ€ etc. back there, man. Letâ€™s just stop the whining. No amount of whining and coaxing and pretending will ever make the ball go through the hoop when it really, truly matters the most. Some men, superstars like MJ and some lucky bastards like Horry, can drain it, some just canâ€™t. Many can, when itâ€™s just a regular season game; they even drain an incredible 81 points, 20+ of which came when the game was already safely decided. Truly legendary.
The Câ€™s never rocked; I didnâ€™t even expect them to get past the second round. Itâ€™s just (this is without sarcasm) that the very potent Lakers sucked every time #24 tried to do his best Jordan impersonation and totally destroy the team concept to no avail. The Câ€™s were old and crumbling and truly the champion that they are, the Lakers struggled and survived – as a team.
You may opt for any other â€œlegendaryâ€ way of getting things done, be it a Gasol put back, or an Artestâ€™s, or a D-Fish miracle, or any other. But itâ€™s definitely not a 6/24, zero 3, 15 rebound performance from supposedly the best closer nowadays.
You see, it takes more than the scowl, the grit and definitely more than the luck to pretend to be better than MJ. Sometimes, itâ€™s just as simple as putting the ball through the hoop – when it matters the most. No amount of hype, belief and advertisements can do that for you. You just have to get the ball, and bury it. Unfathomable as it may seem, your man KB just canâ€™t cut it when all the marbles are on the line.
So to put him, and actually consider him in the vicinity of MJ, by function of proximity of number of rings alone, is just pure basketball blasphemy and stupidity. Heir apparent? Spare me, please.
But yes, heâ€™s already regarded as the most clutch right now. Imagine where that puts MJ. The guy is just as out of this world as his decision to select Kwame 1st overall. You just canâ€™t win them all.
on 81, if a remember it correctly the lakers were down and they needed every single point midway thru that game. and the garbage points? all stars do that. im sure 100% basketball-god mj will do that icing on the cake thing, basketball is part entertainment. you have to cream jalen rose et al for the lackluster defense that they put up, or down. heck, even sasha vujajic creamed the celtics with some swish-thru FTs, borat smile, and porn-face smear.
legends are made in a span of 15 to 20 years. thats how i see mj body of work. and not 12 thousand missed shots. no mentioning of his 7 early playoff exits and 2 funky wizards years either. and acknowledged, he is the greatest of em all . i just mentioned that there are luck involved with MJs or any other player rings. and so if one pure basketball fan chooses to pick certain poor game are career lowlight and point that out at every instance, thatâ€™s a fanâ€™s choice, err, thats your choice buddy. thats the beauty of sports.
since were rolling with this, let me mention too thatâ€¦
i love the 98 indiana – bulls eastern series btw. i watched this series inside a hot and packed carenderia and we were all sweating. i think i had more sweat than pip and MJâ€™s sweat combined. a team bannered only by reggie and smits and some enforcers pushed almighty MJ to the limit. dont you love that series? you know how MJ fired on a game 7 win a trip to finals game? 9 of 25 for whopping 36% and 10 of 15 FTs for sub standard 67% clip. i bet you can shoot better than 10 of 15 on the line. thats so near my man, no bantay even. MJ shot FT once with his eyes closed, heâ€™s a show man really. then again, MJ stats on that one is awesomer than the kobe 6/24 but kinda chokey still for jordan for the most important game of the season. but forget it, i love MJ, you love mj.
and im not putting kobe over or alongside MJ now, just saying kobeâ€™s career is not patsy either and some haters should at least credit some things, and that, the most most improbable kobe career finish of 8 rings (meaning 3 more rings with lead role at Lakers) and 20 plus years of high level basketball play can put him in the discussion with the greatest discussions, be it with jordan, with russell or with wilt and his 20,000 sex excapades.
on MJ fiancee, that may be his best pick and roll move! kids google MJ fiancee now! i mean now!
save you some work, here it is!
Haha. Sheâ€™s really fine.
On the 81 pt. game, yup it was a bit tight but LA already tore it open some significant minutes still left in the 4th – if I remember it right.
Yeah. Apart from the Indiana series, you can also look at the Sonics series in â€˜96. That sure was ugly ball also. But those Pacers were clockwork in their own right, not marquee but pretty cohesive in Miller, Smits, those Davis dudes, Perk, Mullin, Jalen, Best, Jax with Larry Legend at the helm.
Letâ€™s just say that MJ did suck once in awhile, his commercial beat said it itself, he missed not a few hundred game deciding shots. Willfully for him, he didnâ€™t suck as bad as KB under the glare of NBA Finals spotlight.
Suffice to say that we both agree MJâ€™s up there. And as far as KB is concerned, heâ€™s already in the discussion. He deserves the credit. He has painstakingly worked his butt off and polished his game to take it to this level.
My only contention is to assert that how good he may be is right now and with what Iâ€™ve seen from him, MJ is still beyond compare and without peer, regardless if KB would overtake him in the ring tally.
And youâ€™re wrong, I donâ€™t think I can make more than 10 of 15 without bantay under those circumstances.
I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ll agree with me, but on the side, Iâ€™m actually putting Magic ahead of KB as the greatest Laker ever. That could be a new round of discussion altogether.
my allegiance to lakers is because of magic. since the time i was supot, i am for the lakers. primarily because of the magic and showtime.
but will place him on aâ€™ dead heat with kobe for the all time lakers throne.
the argument people are using against kobe (played with shaq) applies to magic as well. and worse is, come to think of it, he actually did not win without kareem. the rings he got are all with kareem and a loaded lakers line up. if at all, magic should hear the â€œhe did not win without kareemâ€ more often. his rookie year, kareem was the main guy. the rest of the way 38-ish kareem routinely chipped in 20 points 8 rebounds game, thats pretty good still, thatâ€™s like having amare or bosh everyday. and, he was butt slapped by MJ in 91!
and the thing being thrown around vs kobe? the he is not the finals mvp in 2010, well, it actually happened to magic, 2x he was not the finals mvp. one time it was worthy, i dunno who took the other.
again, i love magic then and his hyperbole commentaries now but i say they are deadlocked right now. only, kobe aint done yet. putting in some more rings, or worse case scenario, no ring but prolonged career will give kobe a bye vs magic.
but if the all time lakers cred involves â€œwhos had the most number of la lakers girls tappedâ€ no question, magic johnson is the runaway winner!
Finals MVPâ€¦ a balding Kareem in â€˜85 and Worthy in â€˜88.
Iâ€™m going for Magic and the â€œtiebreakerâ€ would be his 1980 Finals performance; becoming only the Rookie Finals MVP. 42 pts. 15 rebs. 7 asts. in the clincher when Kareem was out. Thatâ€™s just tough. Admittedly, his greatest game ever according to Magic.
I donâ€™t mean to rub it in, but a guy like KB at this juncture of his game can even suck in a clincher game. It might be shallow, but because Magic had more â€œmagicalâ€ moments deep into the playoffs, makes me still pick him over KB as the face of LA. Besides, major championship belts are won not during sparring rounds and undercard bouts but in the main event, right?
Youâ€™re right though, Magicâ€™s 5 rings all had Kareem in tow. But one thing really in common, looking at Magicâ€™s LA then and Kobeâ€™s LA now; saying both are really solid, potent and powerhouse are understatements. Thatâ€™s why really, KBâ€™s one man act has no place in the scheme of things. He just makes the team weaker when he embarks on a personal Jordanesque display.
But thatâ€™s that; they have the ring and the trophy by seasonâ€™s end. And thatâ€™s what really matters most. Thereâ€™s no â€œIâ€ in â€œTeamâ€; but thereâ€™s one in â€œWinâ€ and in â€œRapistâ€. hehe.
major championship belts are won not during sparring rounds and undercard bouts but in the main event, right? – wrong.
sacto – lakers, blazers – lakers both not finals but those were the defacto finals. to mention a few.
yikes, how the heck kareem took the finals mvp out of prime magic hands. i guess magic had too many lakers girls that june 85.
with women and â€œrapingâ€? compared to magic, kobe is an amateur. kobe is incomparable to magic. kobe is gay. i mean, look it up, â€œmagicâ€ is synonymous to words like â€œshowtimeâ€, â€œwinnerâ€ and ahmâ€¦ â€œorgyâ€.
What I meant by the â€œmain eventâ€ would be deep into the playoffs – including the â€œde factoâ€ finals you mentioned, which looking back, hasnâ€™t seen much Kobe moments. Sparring rounds and undercards are the regular season, where TMacs bloom and where KB scores a lot, and drains winning shots aplenty.
Magic not winning the â€˜85 and â€˜87 Finals MVP is like a Cedric Maxwell being named such in â€˜81 over Larry Legend. While that may seem unthinkable, a rookie Finals MVP is once inâ€¦ well, since the NBAâ€™s second season. Remember Kobeâ€™s airball extravaganza against Utah? He wasnâ€™t even a rookie anymore. Had Magic cracked up like that, itâ€™s certainly a different story.
On a different note, thereâ€™s also talk that Magicâ€™s kinda gay. Thatâ€™s why in his and Larry Legendâ€™s book â€œWhen The Game Was Oursâ€, he sort of hit on his former buddy Isiah Thomas for insinuating issues about the Magicmanâ€™s sexual orientation. Could have been a confusing season back in â€˜85 for him. Good thing old Kareem played like a true Captain.
Thereâ€™s an â€œIâ€ in â€œwinâ€ as well as in H.I.V. Curiously, it hasnâ€™t progressed to full blown AIDS after almost 20 yrs. Iâ€™ve always suspected something amiss about that Magic-has-HIV thing. Same as MJâ€™s retirement at the peak of his career.
I meant Magic not being named Finals MVP in â€˜85 and â€˜88, not â€˜87.
And check this Michael Jordan – Kobe Bryant statistical comparison.
Yet another Lebron post pile up…
I seriously thought if he’s to move, he’s headed to Chicago Bulls and build his own legacy there.
If not to Chicago, to New York Knicks instead and with a possibility of being a mega-legend when it’s all said and done.
But clearly he had other plans. I think he is not chasing MJ-esque legacy or even a “lowly” Kobe resume. More of, yeah, he’s chasing some rings PLUS a whole lot of fun.
Playing basketball with his buddies, playing where weather is good, playing for a bigger market with Hollywood-ish air, and most of all, fine asses are abound.
Heck, even if am the 25 year-old-guy who has the opportunity to do all that and be paid 100,000,000 dollars, I’ll jump on that before you can count L-B-J-ZERO. Unfortunately, from get go, LeBron was the chosen one in basketball and he had no choice but to live it up. As of now, he hasn’t and will need a lot of work and wins before he can be “the one” of his generation.
How is it acceptable that LeBron James, destined for greatness, consistent 60-win franchise player, will now be a second banana to Wade. Or if not, an equal of Wade on that Miami line up. He had a choice. Have you seen the first Miami Heat poster with James, Bosh and Wade? Guess who’s in the center? Miami is Wade’s team.
We read it and we know it. Michael Jordan will not move to Los Angeles to ride Magic and enjoy Hollywood lifestyle. Jordan is the man and he made is own city an “it” franchise for a decade. Greats downed the better ones. Michael Jordan pounded everybody on his way to the top.
LeBron is the “King” and it’s called The DECISION and not MY DECISION or not YOUR DECISION or not OHIO DECISION. But still, there are some holes in this whole free agency circus.
- He need not make this free agency a charade when, this trio planned this years ago. The making of a TV documentary or reality TV of Wade and Bosh during the free agency sessions support this theory.
- If he wanted rings and lasting legacy, he should have picked Chicago and drag Bosh with him (or even with Booz in there instead of Bosh). Bulls is more of a ready and balanced team.
- Most of the people around him are his highschool buddies. His posse definitely will choose South Beach over Akron 20 out of 20 times. Did I mention what South Beach offers?
- If he knows his basketball, he knows how shallow the Miami basketball history is. Chrisakes, fans only show up there when they are winning. And most of all, all wear white tees during finals!
- He did not need that 1-hour special and do the slit-the-throat-of-Cleveland-sports-fans routine.
But there are upsides too…
- This could be the year when LeBron says f*ck it, I don’t care about you folks. Like the time Kobe went through that rape case, had that ugly tattoo and accepted that his clean image is gone. He went nuts along the way then went positively wild after that. Went on super scoring show when there’s no help and and later adjusted his game when Pau and others came through. This could re-energize KING ZERO for a planned 2010-2011 demolition job of whoever gets in his way.
- For fans of Durant and Kobe, this LeBron PR fiasco made them NBA poster boys instantly. You know, how to go about making extensions quietly (Kevin) and collecting rings (Kobe).
- The NBA just gets juicier now. Juicier than all of South Beach models combined. State rivals Orlando – Miami is good TV. Chicago is ready to go at it plus they signed Ashton Kutcher now. And, Boston Celtics should be able re-group and rest for another shot at the East.
- We have not seen the last of Shaq playing one new team per season. We know how low and cheap Shaq has been the past few years. He so desperate for the limelight and some rings that it’s possible he’ll go back to Miami and be part of that. (Can you imagine Larry Bird in the twilight of his career, bad back and all, playing for 3 different teams? Or Tim Duncan playing for Houston in 2012, Hawks in 2013 and Oklahoma in 2014?)
- Long-wished finals featuring Kobe and Lebron is now closer (and better) than ever.
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Halu HOOPH writers & dear readers, we got another contributor. Drafted 2009, by way of Fort Bonifacio! Let’s welcome Derrick AKA SPOONMAN with a comment below. Welcome SPOONMAN! (I’ll be posting his article during his rookie months in here. As I don’t want to make another writer account then after few posts, some go AWOL. Another part-time contributor we got is ALECTO, he writes here at HOOPH for an X-deal. See the Mark Caguioa banner above. To the SPOONMAN’s article: