Sunday, August 31, 2008
Ricky Alan Berry was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1964. He was an honorable mention All-American at San Jose State University and was drafted with the 18th pick overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 1988 NBA Draft. The 6'8", 205 lb forward played in 64 games for the Kings and started in 21, averaging 11 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Quite respectable numbers, and solid stats to build on from his rookie campaign, unfortunately Berry wouldn't get that chance, as he committed suicide on August 14, 1989.
The Associated Press story reads; Berry, shot himself in the head today and died at his suburban home after a quarrel with his wife, authorities said. Valerie Berry found her husband's body in the family room of their new house, the gun and a suicide note were found at the scene. Berry, 24 years old, had quarreled with his wife on Sunday and she spent the night elsewhere. At a brief news conference, the Kings' coach, Jerry Reynolds, was overcome by emotion and could not read a prepared statement. Reading from Reynolds' notes after the coach left, Greg Van Dusen, vice president of the Arco Sports Complex, where the Kings play, said there had been no indication that Berry ''had any sort of depression or anything like that.'' Berry's father, Bill, coached him in college and is a scout for the Kings.
To this day, 19 years later, no one has an idea why. There was never an indication of financial or drug problems, and no apparent issues of depression. No true indication of why he may have pulled the trigger on the pistol he kept at the family home. Those that knew him said he was "a great person", "a flesh and bones superhero", and "a charming young man with a smile that could knock your socks off", all were shocked by the tragedy. Berry was also close to another Lansing, Michigan basketball legend, by the name of Magic Johnson. In an interesting twist of ironies, the day Berry took his life was Johnson's birthday.
Only a handful of people know what was in the suicide note, at least his family has the solace of whatever was written. The rest of the world is left to sit and wonder about the infamous legacy of the Ricky Berry rookie card.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
As a Toronto native, Jamaal Magloire turned the corner playing in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, but since leaving the Hornets, Bucks, Blazers, Nets and Mavericks, he may have in fact jumped the shark. I saw Jamaal play garbage time in Dallas last season while the Mavericks were blowing out the Sonics. Yes he got his, but he didn't look anything like the player that averaged 13 points, 10 boards, and a block per game four years ago.
I've always discussed with my friends (pre-J.O. trade), that the Raptors should try and get Magloire. My logic was that he had something to prove, and possibly a new change of scenery and some West Indian home cooking would be the remedy. He would be a solid interior presence alongside Chris Bosh, and could provide that toughness that we have been longing for. He's a better defender than Rasho Nasterovic, (please disregard diagram to the right), and he could easily challenge for starter minutes, and would be available on the cheap. Unfortunately, for my aspirations, and likely the reason that Bryan Colangelo is the VP & GM, it never happened.
Now, the Miami Heat have come to terms with the free agent and he will be manning the pivot with Mark Blount, fellow Canadian Joel Anthony and Alonzo Mourning when he returns. Coming off of a league worst 15-67 season record last year, the Heat have only way to go this season. He won't be expected to score much, just rebound alongside some other capable boarders, (Haslem, Marion, Beasley), man the middle and play defence.
Personally, I feel this is a great opportunity for him to shine and really want this guy to make a comeback.
The real question is, does he?
Friday, August 29, 2008
But, they are taking capturing player likenesses to a whole - notha - level .
See what they did for Tracy McGrady, feast your eyes on this, (sorry, couldn't resist).
NBA 2K9 hits the streets October 7th, better get your game up.
You've likely seen this footage of Obama knocking down the trey, and for those that saw his speech last night in Denver at the Democratic Convention, he basically did the equivalent of going for 81 points. If you didn't see it search it on You Tube.
Not because he is African American, (heck I don't care, I'm Canadian, I can't vote), but Obama really is about change and has a platform to make it happen. We all know you guys down there can use some.
Besides, who can be mad at a candidate who has said if elected, he will replace the bowling alley in the White House with a basketball court?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Definitely one of the best games I've seen in a while, Spain did not lay down against these guys. Can't believe Jose Calderon had the nerve to talk about the officiating? (How's your Spanish?)
For real, he said, "I think we would have won playing under FIBA rules." Ummm, no way Jose. The Spaniards have an awesome team, but not that awesome.
Thanks to HoopsHype for keeping me up on my espanol.
Just got back from Chicago, not a lot of stories to tell, but definitely have one. Caught the shoot for the Jordan Heads documentary as they were shooting the final scene in front of the United Center.
Stay tuned for the full deal...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Truth be told, I'm a little disappointed in people, I'm a lot disappointed in Dime, and still can't get over how hot of a topic this still is. Let's just stick to basketball.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets: Greg Oden.
Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks: I have to go with Greg Oden, he’s a rookie and a fellow Ohio State Buckeye.
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz: Greg Oden would be a good choice, Michael Beasley is a good pick as well.
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons: Greg Oden is considered a rookie, so he’s going to be up there. Michael Beasley is up there. The talent is so good, it's going to be a toss-up. Obviously with Oden being eligible its going to be interesting.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic: I’m going to go with Derrick Rose.
While we're hardly pros, All Balls Don't Bounce is picking Michael Beasley for Rookie of the Year. He has the heart, attitude and skills, and likely will be getting the minutes on a rebuilding Heat squad. With Dwayne Wade getting back to form and Shawn Marion, he won't have to carry the squad, but is a deadly third option.
Friday, August 15, 2008
So when Deshawn Stevenson, and his homeboy Richard Millsap decided to put their lip synch moves on You Tube, it was hard to fathom why grown-ass men would do this. Isn't this the stuff that 13 year old girls do in their bedroom? Fortunately, someone smarter decided to pull their blazing rendition of Ginuwine's "So Anxious", so you're only left with Usher's "Love In The Club". Enjoy.
Good thing the folks at Dime are always on the look out for bedroom superstars.