opinevain:

They compare this shit every year!

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Move over Kobe Bryant, it’s time for the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparisons to start ramping up.

And at the front of it all — Charles Barkley. He is on the opening episode of NBA TV’s Open Court” (which first airs next Tuesday) and he says LeBron could be better than Jordan. From the Associated Press.

Jordan is considered by many to be the best player in NBA history. Barkley says he would never compare anyone to the Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion. But Barkley also says that James is “just bigger, stronger, faster.”

Let’s be clear — LeBron has not lived up to the Jordan standard yet. I don’t believe Barkley thinks it, I don’t believe even LeBron thinks it. But also to be fair, if you are just talking physical gifts, Barkley is right. It’s the mental side that has separated Jordan and LeBron’s…

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Lupe Fiasco – Bitch Bad

Yup. But I bet no one wants to hear it because it’s true.

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opinevain:

A system to protect themselves from themselves? Sheesh, only if there was something to protect myself when I spend hundreds’ on Goose. Only if life were as simple as owners overpaying for players because of their vertical jump rather than paying them for their mental.

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

NBA fans are shaking their heads when they see Jeremy Lin about to get $25 million over three years. Or when they see Brook Lopez getting a max contract. Or JaVale McGee not signing a $50 million deal while seeking more. Or countless more deals since the start of free agency. Fans thinking pretty much what George Karl told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

“This summer has kind of been, I don’t know what the word is other than foolish,” said Karl, who has been outspoken against the league’s star culture that he was once a part of before Carmelo Anthony was traded to New York two seasons ago. “I just think there’s some wild and crazy mentalities going on out there.”

They also are asking this:

“Wasn’t the lockout supposed to stop this kind of spending?”

Actually, no. It was supposed to contain it. It was…

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opinevain:

Song grew on me. Amen.

Originally posted on Rap Radar:

A wild night of partying will do that to ya. But on this Sunday morning, Meek and Drake take us to church Club Paradise in their new video, directed by Dre Films. Pastor Johnson, where was you at?

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Early February, when the Knicks were thin at PG, Carmelo  and Amare were suffering from injuries, and the Knicks were reeling. Here comes Jeremy Lin. An Asian American who played ball at Harvard, goes undrafted and skips from team to team prior to landing with the Knicks. When Melo was injured, the Knicks perimeter offense became stagnant, and thus inept. A perfect time for a combo guard as Lin to take advantage and show what he is made of. Lin took advantage of the opportunity, and didn’t look back for about 3-4 weeks. His signature moment against the Lakers: 38 points.

Still, at the time the “Linsanity” hype didn’t cast a a large cloud over the NBA, but networks needed another sensation after “Tebowmania” so Linsanity became the lead story on every network. However, the biggest challenge was how he would mesh with the likes of Stat and Melo when they return from injury. Until then, Lin had to carry the load, while most of us wondered if he would sustain the level of play. Lin didn’t play perfect, and he didn’t make many a believer. I was intrigued by his game and the hype and tuned in to Knicks game to see if he would dominate. I tuned into the Nets – Knicks game that took place in MSG, and conventionally, descending became inevitable. Deron Williams torched the Knicks, mainly Lin, uncovered the flaws that were ignored in Lin’s game and labeled “they will improve, but he has it”.

Oh, and I’m no hater. A team didn’t gameplan for Lin, rather allowed Lin to create his own shots and limit him from frequently going to the lane and force him left because he was terrible going left. The Dallas Mavericks created the blueprint, while the Miami Heat embarrassed him. Chalmers was in Lin’s s!@#. The most consistent aspect of Lin’s game is the constant turnovers and mental lapses. The most absurd thing about “Linsanity” is the money being thrown his way because of his profound global presence. Why would the Knicks want to sign an offer sheet that would guarantee him $14.5 million in his third and final year of his contract? Financially, it puts them in a hole and Lin only played a decent 25 games?

Below is an excerpt from a article written by Sam Amick of SI explaining the affect of signing Lin:

Matching Lin’s offer would have a major impact on the Knicks’ payroll, with the numbers surely daunting even for an organization that — with an assist from Lin — always rakes in the dough. Matching the Lin offer means the Knicks would likely be slated to pay approximately $79 million for just five players in the 2014-15 season, at which point the price tag would start skyrocketing because of the tax implications. Starting in 2013-14, teams that are less than $5 million over the luxury tax threshold (which isn’t yet known for that year but will likely be around $70 million) pay $1.50 for every dollar they are over the tax, while teams that are between $5 million and $10 million over pay $1.75 for every dollar over, teams that are $10 to $15 million over pay $2.50 for every dollar over and teams that are $15 to $20 million over pay $3.25 for every dollar over and there are subsequent fifth center increases for each additional $5 million over. And should a team stay in the tax for four out of five seasons, those rates increase by a dollar in each respective category. A financial day of reckoning awaits, in other words.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/07/15/jeremy-lin-rockets-knicks-free-agency/index.html#ixzz20jtmiJ7C

Jeremy Lin: Overrated and Overvalued

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Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Aint Free)

I’m a avid Lupe fan. That’s why I was disappointed with his Lasers album. Lasers was a product of a war between Lupe and Atlantic Records — though there a few decent tracks, the quality was un-Lupe-esque. Lupe’s thought process going into his next album is to revisit his Food and Liquor days in which he gained my loyalty.

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Meme Of The Day

I had to use this meme.

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Credit @Tee_Wayne

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Ray Allen is Entitled and Shouldn’t Care What You Think!

The term “free agent” has lost its true value, its luster, and in the midst, lost the human rights that come along with it. The Boston Celtics did not draft Ray Allen from UConn (University of Conneticut) in 1996. Niether did they help land him a role in the Spike Lee film “He Got Game” playing as Jesus Shuttlesworth. My point being is that Ray Allen is not entitled to remain with the Celtics as much as LeBron was entitled to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allen was an acquistion from the Seattle Supersonics, formerly known as the Oklahoma City Thunder five years ago.

The problem I have with this situation is that people are emotionally tied into their sports team and refuse to mix logic into the equation. No one considers the atmosphere in the Celtics locker room as a deciding factor to Allen’s decision. Most coaches can admit to having difficulty handling mega-ego’s, but players have a threshold. If its true that Allen couldn’t handle the persona of Rajon Rondo, then that’s a Boston Celtic problem. Moreover, if Allen couldn’t take commands from his younger breathren, then can it be explained why he would sign a contract with the Miami Heat? Wade is 30 years of age, LeBron and Bosh, 27-28? Its a personnel issue among the Boston Celtics. If Rajon Rondo is a difficult teammate, management has to determine if he is an intricate part of the organization.

The Celtic organization believed they could’ve kept Ray Allen after signing Jason Terry. Idiotic. Pointless. The signing of Ray Allen is more ammo if not the straw that broke the camels back for Allen to sign with the Heat. The Heat are the preemptive favorites to win it all with the addition of Allen. Furthermore, I can truly say that Allen will make out better with the Heat because James’ ability to find the open man.

I tweeted this earlier after hearing the erroneous statement from Skip Bayless:

 

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opinevain:

Does this deal make the Nets infinitely better than most teams in the East? Somewhat, but they still need a coach. Avery Johnson hasn’t rallied his team even with a quality point guard in Deron Williams.

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

UPDATE 4:54 pm: The Clippers may be the fourth team in the deal, reports both Ken Berger at CBSSports.com and Chad Ford at ESPN. The Clippers would send a first round pick to the Nets for MarShon Brooks, then the Nets would ship that pick to the Magic as part of the deal.

This appears to be getting very close.

Here is the deal as ESPN describes it now:

According to sources the Nets would receive Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark in the proposed deal. The Magic would get Brook Lopez in a sign-and-trade, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and three first-round picks — two from the Nets and a lottery protected first from the Clippers. The Cavs would get Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick from the Nets and three million in cash. The…

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Childish Gambino – Royalty

When I heard his brief “freestyle” on Sway in the Morning via Rap RadarI wasn’t impressed because it was suppose to be a “freestyle” rather a written verse he recited from his smartphone. The hype was infinitely greater his other niche, 30 Rock. I never watched 30 Rock but to walk away from a promising career in television to start a music career is quite brave, yet challenging.

Came across this tweet this evening, and thought it represented the viewpoints of America today.

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