Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Kobe for MVP, fuck what you heard.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Dec 20, 1993 - At New York City's Rice High School in Harlem, there is a conspicuous illustration on one of the walls of Mrs. Simonelli's art class. It is the first sketch in Felipe Lopez's blue period. The ink drawing features the planet earth shedding a tear while coddling a child. The Rice senior, who many scouts say is the most accomplished high school basketball artist in the nation, explains that his work symbolizes the need to care for all children in poverty. Felipe admits that he is still a child himself and that children are often idealists, but in the heart of Harlem you must probe deep to find a paragon like Felipe Lopez. "I have so many good ideas in my head," the artist says. "I want to change the unhappy world around me, so I must use my creativity in class and on the court to bring hope."
When Felipe immigrated to New York City from the Dominican Republic in 1989, during the summer before his eighth-grade year, he couldn't say hope or anything else in English. Since that day his vocabulary has nourished along with his body. He has added 6� inches and 40 pounds to reach his current 6'5", 180-pound stature, expanding skyward so quickly that one day a few years back he pulled a pair of pants from his closet and didn't recognize them as his own. Felipe's lithe, elastic build recalls that of Michael Jordan, prompting his mother, Carmen, to say, "If he would eat more, he could be like the man who jumps."
Like so many kids in the Dominican Republic, Felipe was encouraged to play baseball but was quickly discouraged when he shagged a throw with his nostrils. He gravitated to hoops, the more so once he reached the States. Three years later, he declined a $500,000 offer to forgo the rest of high school and the prospect of college to play pro basketball in Spain. Last season he averaged 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and live love-struck Division I coaches per game as he led the Raiders to a 21-5 record. "Felipe has tremendous potential," says recruiting maven Tom Konchalski. "He has the speed of a world-class sprinter and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He is already an icon in the Latino community, more popular than Menudo ever was."
Felipe clearly has the talent to make a big name for himself and establish a presence in basketball for the Hispanic community, of which he is already the pride and hope. So revered is Felipe in his native Dominican Republic that when he returned to his hometown of Santiago this summer and joined a pickup game, more than 1,000 neighbors came to watch. The game ended when Felipe tore down the rim on a dunk and scraped his arm. A woman came out of the bleachers to stanch the bleeding, then asked Felipe if he would autograph the bloody hankie.
Felipe, in turn, respects his heritage and vows he will attend college in a city with a large Hispanic community. He has tailored his choices to that end. "I want a lot of Hispanic kids to be able to see me play," he says. "My greatest joy is when the children come to me and say, 'I'm going to be the next Felipe.' "
During his career at Rice, Felipe has become accustomed to playing before appreciative crowds, even during road games. On Dec. 2 the Raiders opened their season at George Washington High in Manhattan's Washington Heights, a Dominican enclave. Felipe dazzled the crowd with 48 points, including two treys and five poster-worthy dunks. After the game, when someone mentioned that 48 points had to be the most ever scored by a Rice player, one couldn't help but recall a moment a few hours earlier in Mrs. Simonelli's classroom. "You could say that I'm greedy," Felipe had said, staring at the full circumference of his planet earth. "I want to make history everywhere I go."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Peep the stats...
Closed the 1997-98 season ranked 4th in NBA history in career three-point percentage (.424)
Posted a 1997-98 season-high 15 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets on 4/15/98
Played in 577 consecutive games between the 1989-90 and 1996-97 seasons, the 11th-longest streak in NBA history
Scored a career-high 35 points, for the Warriors, against the Houston Rockets on 3/19/96
Made his All-Star debut as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, posting 11 points and 4 assists
Competed in the long-distance shootout during the 1993 NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City and again in 1994 in Minneapolis
Led the NBA in 1992-93 in three-point percentage (.453)
A member of the Chicago Bulls' three consecutive NBA championship teams in 1991, 1992 and 1993
Has appeared in 103 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 8.0 ppg, 2.4 apg and 1.5 rpg
This is a famous quote from "a dream deferred" AKA "remember those Iverson/ Marbury arguments well iverson won!" AKA "Dickhead" Stephon Marbury when he was fuding with then New York Knicks Head Coach, Larry Brown, AKA the only coach to win a ring at the college, olympic and National levels who is now getting money with Jordan and em in Charlotte (Don't sleep). It's unfortunate that the only reason I'm even addressing Steph in this post is because watching the Celtics struggle with the homie Kevin Garnett hurt only makes me think that Marbury is the sole reason why the Celtics wont make it past the second round IF they even get past the first. He is straight cancer on the court and more so in the locker room. I blame him for KG's injury because it was Marbury's ass that had me and KG stuck in Minnesota for a huned years with mad L's and limited playoff appearances. I promise, Marbury is bad luck for KG. Everybody has that one thing that just aint good for them and when you see it be it a person, smell whatever, you know shit is gonna go the wrong way for you. For Seinfeld it was Newman, for me it's light skin chics with pretty hair (sometimes trouble can be good for you!). But this is not the kind of trouble the Celtics need right now, especially when Paul Peirce is looking older than Vince Carter but without the lift in his legs (insert Derrick Rose block here). And lately Paul has been wearing that nervous "what we gon do" face way too often.
I don't know, maybe Doc Rivers should have done a bit more digging before bringing Steph into the fold, a few more phone calls a few more hail mary's. I fear this is a short term move that is going to have long term effects.
I think I have seen almost every NBA dunk contest, and I have also seen my fair share of And 1 and Rucker Park dunk dvd's, but I have never seen nobody tear down a dunk contest like James White. Check out where he takes off from when he windmills from behind the free throw line. I don't even think you can do between the leg free throw dunks in video games.
J.White could also have his ass in the where are they now section, cus I don't know what language they was speaking in that clip. I did notice how James imported him self some black chicks in the front row. James pulled a Pargo/Childress move fucking with them Euros.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Height: 170 lbs. (77 kg)
From: New York, USA
I want to first start off with some comments directed to those Orlando fans, who are letting they love for there team cloud there better judgement. YOU CAN ALL PUT THE BROOMS AWAY! Aint no sweeps happening for ya'll. Like I said be4... any team that will lose against teams with ping pong balls (lottery teams) at the crib, and lose to the Knicks and the Nets in the same week gonna struggle in the playoffs. The boy Iguodala was making the Orlando's Perimeter defensive players look real stupid out there. Second I want to ask if any one knows who the leader of the Orlando teams is? I 'll wait........ Cus somebody besides the coach has to take control and scream on ni66as. To bad your star player spends more time doing the Stanky Leg and impregnating cheerleaders rather than working on his leadership skills. Also why does Rashard Lewis make 120 Million dollars to be a one dimensional player?
For the second year in a row, the 76ers pull a major surprise on the road in game one of the first round. The Magic blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead (and gave up 35 fourth-quarter points to a team that’s offensively-challenged) and put a damper on all that “Look out for Orlando!” chatter. What’s most disturbing is that Dwight Howard hit FTs(9-for-12) and its guards played well (Lee and Alston: 33 points, just three turnovers), and those were two of the problem areas coming into the postseason. (courtesy of thebiglead.com)