Friday, October 31, 2008
As the pics are all over the web, you're likely well aware that Nike Canada has launched an exclusive Hyperdunk and signature CB4 apparel line. With hoodies, shorts and T-shirts, even you, you, you (insert echo effect here), can look like an Olympian and NBA All-Star. The shorts are dope with the CB4 logo and the tops have a cool flywiresque silhouette of Bosh, which looks good, (except in the metallic print). So what is it with Nike righting the wrongs and saving these Raptors franchise players anyways?
Rewind to 1998: Vince Carter, the highly touted North Carolina player is drafted 5th overall by the Golden State Warriors, who promptly trade him to the Toronto Raptors. Vince goes on to impress and amaze in his Puma Vindicators? *Insert sound of record scratching to a halt here* I don't think any NBA players have endorsed Puma since Ralph Sampson and Clyde Drexler, (the latter retired 10 years ago), but Vince went on to win Rookie of the Year in 1999. Carter then tried to get out of his contract and wore various shoes throughout the season, won the Slam Dunk contest in AND 1's, but eventually signed with Nike and started doing things like this.
Fast Forward to 2003: Chris Bosh is drafted 4th overall by the Raptors out of Georgia Tech. The rail thin kid from Texas goes on to make the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his Converse Icons, as part of the clever "Freshman Class" campaign including Dwayne Wade, Kirk Hinrich, Michael Sweetney, and Troy Bell. Rumoured reasons from lack of apparel to lack of profile from Converse, made way for him to graduate to the big brother company Nike. The Swoosh didn't make him a better player, as Bosh has steadily improved his game and stats year over year, but of course he gets his first Olympic gold medal with the Redeem Team this past summer in the Hyperdunk. Yet more importantly, they have now given him the opportunity to have his own signature line, north of the 49th parallel.
Am I Nike biased? Yes, but I can be bought! There's enough room on the blog for everyone, but until someone even attempts to sway me from the company that has been with me from Day 1, I like Nike.
Here's to 2-0.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
While I'm not overly impressed with the aesthetics of the Lebron 6 sneaker thus far, (the Lebron 1 still stands as the best performing shoe of his signature line), the proverbial shoe is about to drop. The commercial is brilliant if you get it, and if you don't, you're probably scratching your head mumbling "WTF?" I'll just paraphrase Redman here, "laugh now, and figure the rest of it out when you get home."
By the way, the fact Lil Wayne is in the spot has nothing to do with how great it is.
On Monday, Charles Barkley sat down with CNN's Campbell Brown, and laid it all out with absolute candor discussing the upcoming U.S. election. While we tend to keep politics to a minimum around here, (although ABDB has publicly endorsed Barack Obama), whenever The Round Mound of Rebound opens his mouth, something interesting is bound to happen. In this interview he talks about The Bradley Effect, racism in America, Barack Obama as a role model, and his plans to run for Governor of Alabama in 2014, (yes you read that right).
His desire to run for Governor is something that the Hall of Famer has discussed for some time, it would now appear that he has put a firm deadline on his goal. While many never thought that Charles Barkley would ever have a shot of becoming Governor, there are probably ten times as many who never thought the U.S. would have a black man running for presidency of the United States. Kevin Garnett put it quite simply after the Celtics won their championship last year when he screamed "Anything is possible!"
...and just for nostalgia's sake.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Now, The Score has taken one of their basketball programs and gone 2.0 on it. Court Surfing, which relaunches next Tuesday @ 7:30 pm EST, will be a weekly 2 1/2 hour dose of interactive basketball opulence. Not only covering the NBA throughout the season, but the culture of basketball and all things that surround it. Envision The Best Damn Sports Show meets, Pardon The Interruption meets, BET 106 & Park meets, NBA on TNT. Court Surfing's new hosts are Mark Strong (NBA XL), Sherman Hamilton (Raptors TV), and Will Strickland (all-around basketball aficionado), who have hoops in their DNA, and the ability to enlighten and entertain, (and post you up if need be).
If I sound excited, it's because I am, we haven't had our own show like this before, and it would appear that hoops has it's new home. But you'll be able to judge for yourself, check out the promo below, or better yet tune in next Tuesday night.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Last year he averaged 8.o points per game, far below his career average of 17.5 ppg, and will likely see about the same court time, (or less), this year?
Hint: It's not Joe Smith.
For the answer click here.
Post in the comments if you got it right without looking it up.
Living in Toronto, cold weather is a harsh reality you come to acccept, and beanies, hats or "toques" (as we call them up here), become a necessity. More importantly, you can't wear sneakers year round, so if I can pay tribute to my favourite sneaker wearing the elpehant AKA crackle print, it makes the world a better, and much warmer place.
This is supposed to be the place where I tell you where you can find it, but the sneakerhead within won't let me. Good thing we have Google.
Monday, October 27, 2008
His paintings always embody his passion, with a spirit of social activism and a commitment to “educate, empower and unite”, and Homage holds true to that vein. The collection will be on display at the Sport Gallery until November 26th. Look for an interview with Stoddart later in the coming weeks.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
When it comes to basketball, I'm somewhat of a traditionalist. I was a fan of the AND 1 Mix-Tape in it's heyday, I love the flash, and it's definitely entertaining. But if you can accomplish the same result without the extra sauce, personally I feel, just get the job done. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about Hoosier style hoops, I can still appreciate the skill and showmanship of the freestyler or streetballer.
Check out A2W from Streetball Extreme out of the UK, doing some things with a basketball that I have never even conceived, dreamt or knew was possible.
Bounce Magazine, is the source, and as always, still has the playground on lock.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Just to see what the interwebs have on you? Or to see how high you rate in the search results? Well I googled All Balls Don't Bounce, the other day and was somewhat surprised with what turned up.
Billed as "Completely Random Sports Non Sequiturs From A Completely Random Hip Hop Head", the ABDB doppelganger is thorough on her sports, with heavy coverage on football or "soccer", that would make my man Safari proud, baseball, NFL and tennis. While she's an avowed Lakers fan, "Hiphopmama", doesn't have that much coverage on basketball, which is likely a good thing. Making it a fine cosmic balance in the world, with enough room in the blogosphere for the both of us.
Thankfully so, because if there were two basketball blogs with the same name, we would just have to do it old school and rap battle for the title.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I'm lobbying for a return of the Raptors first ever lottery pick, Damon Stoudamire. We don't need him to average 19.5 points a game like he did for us 10 years ago, we just need some solid minutes off the bench in support of Jose Calderon. Damon could be that savvy vet, who can initiate the offence and isn't looking for his own shot all the time, (like some people).
It's that simple. We can send Roko to the D-League to get some minutes, because he can play, The Stampede need a point guard as well, with Randy Livingston retiring and becoming an Assistant Coach this season.
Damon wanted to play for a championship, but I'm sure more importantly he still wants to play, which is something he isn't doing right now. Returning to where he got his start, he'll be getting some minutes, the Raptors will compete (remember, they play in the Eastern Conference), and he finally can end the smattering of boos he gets whenever he sets foot on the ACC hardwood.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
While WNBA players Latasha Byears, Michele Van Gorp and superstar Sheryl Swoopes all came out publicly while still playing, not much can be said for the men aside from John Amaechi's declaration of being gay after his NBA retirement. I'm hardly saying it's an easy task, as I believe the world of professional basketball isn't really ready to accept a gay player, particularly corporate America.
However, there are a number of openly gay men playing basketball, most notably the San Francisco Rockdogs who are being profiled in the new reality show Shirts & Skins on Logo, a subsidary network of MTV. The show follows "the true-life story of the San Francisco Rockdogs, a young all-star basketball team who must reunite to uphold their city's three-generation legacy of international gay games gold medal, and national tournament wins."
Is this a big deal? Yes.
Are they playing in the NBA? No.
Now gay men are comfortable playing basketball and being open about it, in a sport with it's fair share of homophobia. Although when Rockdog DeMarco Majors came out when he was playing in the ABA, some in the league weren't all too comfortable.
I'm curious to know what people think, peep the show, there are episodes online.
How would you feel playing with/against a gay baller?
What if one of the NBA's elite was a homosexual?
It's 2008, is the world ready?
Feel free to comment, (and you can do so anonymously).
By the way, UK footballer Justin Fashanu, rugby player Ian Roberts and baseball player Glenn Burke, all came out during their careers, wanted to point that out before the fact checkers started blowing me up.
UPDATE: My man Will Strickland wanted to include this attachment in his comment, but since it wouldn't allow, I uploaded it.
Monday, October 20, 2008
So Adidas has launched their new campaign for Basketball is a Brotherhood, definitely stepping it up from last year, they got T-Mac, KG, Chauncey, Timmy, J-Smoove, Dwight Howard, Jordan Farmar, and Bassy going at it on the court. While the squad isn't as stacked as Nike's, the non-playing footage is just as good, with Dwight Howard suggesting that KG call him "Superman".
What happened to McGrady though? He used to be the crown jewel of the 3 stripes, he's barely noticeable in this spot. Maybe they're waiting for him to get out of the first round of the play-offs before he gets shine?
Aside from what I've seen in the spot, the kicks look alright, however, if the good folks at Adidas want to send me a pair, I'd be more than happy to provide a review.
Chris @ SLAM Online, hipped me to the run, enjoy the Raps game in E-Town my man.
This is the first time a WNBA player has won both awards in one season, and it's only happened twice ever in the NBA, when Wes Unseld did it 1968-69 and Wilt Chamberlain did it in 1959-60.
Averaging 18.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds, (leading the league), 2.3 blocks per game (2nd in the league), and leading the league in double-doubles, the other CP3 didn't fall short of the hype she had coming into the season. After a storied collegiate career at Tennessee, winning the national championship, and player of the year, she also snagged an Olympic gold at Beijing this summer, with the U.S. Women's Basketball Team. While she didn't win a WNBA Championship within that year falling short of some cosmic triple crown. She has already proven she can dominate on the next level, and lest we forget was the first woman to throw it down in a game. Oh, and was she was of course named to the All-WNBA First Team, and All-WNBA Rookie First Team, and did you know that Tiffany & Co. design the MVP trophy? I didn't.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Eric Dampier: "Hey Josh, look at this great knot I made with these towels... Oh snap, here comes coach."
Avery Johnson then proceeds to accidentally bag Josh Howard, (likely in advance for his admission to smoking weed, or hating on the national anthem) don't worry, you can watch it in slo-mo, right here.
I can always count on Basketbawful to keep male genitalia in check.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
JO looked OK, but settled for too many jumpers, Barganni looks like he gained 15 pounds of muscle, and was more aggressive than I've ever seen him. CB4 and Jose were their usual superstar selves, and aside from Kapono, (who should be starting, and I speculate is tanning between games), and Humphries, there was nothing else of note. Well aside from the new LED display system, I read about it, but man the resolution from the "Black Package" LED screens is a noticeable improvement, particularly from my seats. Oh and everyone wearing Nikes on either team were rocking the Nike Hyperdunks, even Chirs Bosh with his special make-ups, it's been a while that I've seen a pair of shoes so prevalent throughout the league.
So what did I take from my first pre-season game? Not enough to base the season on, but it was great to be back at the ACC, and all things are positive. Barring injuries, we're going to be competitive this year, but we're definitely thin in terms of depth, the dance pack still sucks, and Joey Graham is still around... but hey, there's still time for change.
It's 2008, and believe that if you're an NBA player, if you do something... anything, someone will capture it on cell phone, digital camera or a Flip. So when London Streetball legend Stuart Tanner challenged Devin Harris to one-on-one in London, anyone hip to the scenario was well aware they would be getting over a million hits on You Tube if they just held the camera steady.
Devin Harris on the other hand, just got got.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I find it fascinating with the whole celebrity blogging phenomena, everyone wants to read what they say, I won't lie, I'm definitely curious too. And while I likely may come off sounding like those journalists who don't think bloggers deserve the recognition or accreditation they deserve, I personally don't think Wayne sat down and typed these entries. I'm not saying these aren't his words, or he doesn't appreciate sports, but I find it very hard to believe that he sat in front of his laptop with his styrofoam cup and knocked out those long insightful entries.
I'm not accusing him of having a ghost blogger, I just think he likely dictated his posts to someone. It's not cheating, but most bloggers don't have the luxury of talking to someone and leaving it for them to finish. We have to come up with our ideas, articulate our thoughts, write them, edit them, deliver them, pretty much like a rapper does. So my point is, Mr. Carter, that you will never be the best blogger alive, if you don't build your blogs from the top to the bottom.
Now that's how you let the blog build b****!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I was on assignment doing a story on the affair for Replay, and actually considered trying out myself, for a different perspective on the story, but decided against it. Ryan from Hoops Addict, actually did suit up, but came up with a "phantom" injury 30 minutes into Day 1, (yes I'm calling you out Ryan. Anytime you want to go one-on-one for a battle of the blogs just holler, lol). All jokes aside, some of the Toronto Raptors brass came out, Jim Kelly, Senior Director, Player Personnel , and Maurizio Gherardini Senior VP of Basketball Operations, Canadian Men's Basketball Team Head Coach Leo Rautins also took in the action. Management and coaches from the Halifax Rainmen were also in attendance definitely making it the place to showcase your talent.
By the second day, the pool was narrowed down to 16, and then down to the 5 players the coaching staff liked. While not fully guaranteed a spot on the roster the players came one step closer to the big stage, and with the top notch coaching staff of the Stampede, will definitely improve their skills as basketball players.
It basically went along the lines that they both happened to be dining at the same restaurant, and after meeting and exchanging mutual admiration, Theus had offered to orally pleasure, said artist. When he asked to make sure of what he had heard, it was reaffirmed and was then told it would be "really good." He didn't take him up on his alleged invitation and told me how disappointed and repulsed he was.
I wonder how he feels now that Theus is the man behind the bench in Sacramento?