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MUST WATCH:  Ressurection

If you’re a Laker fan, buckle up.  I made the mistake of watching this video at work.  The first colleague of mine who walked in my door got punched square in the face.  It just happened.

90 minutes with Human Resources.

I’m packing up my stuff in a cardboard box.

Thanks to @LD2K for making another hit.  The 2012-2013 NBA season has already started.  Inside my heart.


I just pre’d everywhere.

Jerry West
But little things don’t just mean a lot to West, they mean everything.  One mistake begets another.  Sloppiness is contagious.  Always drive and push, drive and push.  Never let the other guy get the edge.

Jerry West

But little things don’t just mean a lot to West, they mean everything.  One mistake begets another.  Sloppiness is contagious.  Always drive and push, drive and push.  Never let the other guy get the edge.

(Source: nbahoot)


“People say ‘hey don’t swim with sharks,’ but I’m faster than a shark, so it’s not a big deal.”

Steve Nash should be in Zoolander 2.


(Source: nbyay)


RE:WIND feat. Pete Rock & Method Man

Song: “Half Man Half Amazin”

A billion thumbs up just for the song choice.

Here we come, straight from the slums, Dynamic Duo son
Ghost Rider Jonathan and Soul Brother Number One 

The Case for the 20-Year-Old Age Limit in the NBA

1. Player maturity
2. Financial costs
3. Player development
4. Marketing
5. A sense of team
6. Mentoring

The arguments against raising the age requirement hinge on civil liberties, points like, “Who are we to deny a 19-year-old kid a chance to make a living when he can vote, drive, and fight in a war?” If this were about legality or fairness, you might have a case. But it’s really about business.4 The National Basketball Association is a multi-billion-dollar industry that depends on ticket sales, sponsorships, corporate dollars, and media contracts to operate successfully. If the league believes one rule tweak — whatever it is — would improve its product and make it more efficient, then it should be allowed to make that business decision. If an 18-year-old basketball whiz wants to earn a living right away, he could play overseas or in the D-League for those two years. Regardless, it shouldn’t be the NBA’s responsibility to provide working opportunities for teenagers, just like it’s not the NFL’s responsibility to do so. The NBA should only care about running its operation the best it can. That’s it.”

NBA Top Plays of 2011-2012 Regular Season [The Hoop Scene]

http://www.thehoopscene.com — A little bit late, but here is a mix of the best (and sometimes worst) dunks, crossovers, dimes, blocks, and shots from this 2011-2012 lockout shortened season.”

Saw that documentary a while back.  Sick soundtrack and one of the best bball documentaries out there.  That being said, if you aren’t a bball/NBA fan, I’m sure you would have found it to be one of your run-of-the-mill documentaries.  Yes, there’s probably a lot more depth the documentary could have gone into, but it was pretty cool to see some of the back story of players who are now starring in the NBA.  Check out part 1 of the documentary here: http://youtu.be/11lvAG7WKP4

Rest in peace, MCA.

p.s. I made a pilgrimage to Rucker Park a couple years ago.  It was the middle of winter time, too cold for basketball, so no one was playing.  But just being there, you could feel the magic.  Sure, it looks like a fancier version of the majority of outdoor courts around the world, but when you think about the history behind it and all the greats that have played there, you can’t help but feel like you’re some place special.  If you’re in NYC and a ball fan, I highly recommend making the trip to Harlem to check it out.  Make sure to remember to bring a basketball.


Besides the Adam Yauch of hip-hop and music fame, there was also Adam Yauch: filmmaker and hoops fan.

Before he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Adam Yauch directed the documentary  Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot and distributed it on his film production company Oscilloscope Labs in 2008.

Gunnin’ was one of the more insightful and entertaining looks on the sport, featuring a great cast who, for the most part, have since found success in the NBA. It was also the first to give us near unfettered access to the world of Michael Beasley. Mike: please never stop watching Spongebob and filming home-made horror movies.

Recommended viewing for a basketball fan even if you haven’t been following the sport the last few years. Plus its finale takes place in the sport’s largest stage, second to The Garden: the legendary Rucker Park court in Harlem, New York City. 

Rest in Peace MCA!



In what’s easily my favorite moment from this year’s Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith celebrates Charles Barkley’s Emmy win.

Inside won for Best Show, and Chuck won for Best Analyst, both well-deserveSince Sir Charles never won a title, Kenny made it a special moment.


Star-to-Be Who Never Was

"Sonny Vaccaro, the former sneaker company executive who founded the camp, was stunned to learn that Shopkorn had footage of what he considered to be a historic shot. He called it the “one physical moment that symbolized the beginning of LeBron and the downfall of Lenny Cooke.”

“He beat Lenny on his own turf,” Vaccaro said. “I mean, you can say it was one shot, one game, but in a way, Lenny never recovered.””

The One-and-Done NBA Rule, what do you think?

"I just think there’s a lot more kids that get ruined coming out early or going to school trying to be developed to come out early than actually make it," Cuban said. "For every Kobe (Bryant) or (Kevin) Garnett or Carmelo (Anthony) or LeBron (James), there’s 100 Lenny Cookes."

Cuban makes some good points, see the article from ESPN