The man who was the Question and the Answer finally hung up his Reebok’s formally after not playing in the league since the 2009-10 season.
Iverson was a trendsetter in every meaning of the word, he flashed tats, cornrows and played with a passion that you want a 7 footer to have. He was my size giving everyone buckets.
He made it ok for certain Reebok’s to be worn, yeah think about that for the folks who grew up in Urban areas.
The Answer played for the Nuggets, Grizzlies, Pistons but he will be always remembered as a 76er. During his 14 years he will be remembered for how he led the gritty 6ers to the NBA Finals his MVP season. Not only did he lead the 76ers to the finals he even stole a game on the Lakers home floor during the 2000-01 season.
Iverson averaged 26.7 ppg, 6.2 apg and 2.2 spg for his career. He was an 11x All-Star, 1x MVP, 2x All Star MVP, Rookie of the Year, 7x All NBA (1st, 2nd or 3rd Team).
A.I. is one of the best to ever do it, no matter how you feel about him as a person you can’t deny the man could flat out ball.
Check out his retirement press conference.
Brandon Roy is hanging up his sneakers for a second and final time. He attempted a comeback after signing a 2 year deal with the Timberwolves last summer. For Roy fans it was hope that maybe he could become a 6th man type player in show some flash of his former self but his body didn’t allow him to give us that sort of joy. He only played in 5 games for the Timberwolves before his knees ended his season and ironically his career.
After Roy hung up the kicks after the 2010-11 season because of his knees, we all hoped the one year layoff would give him enough juice to play a few years. Injuries can turn Superman into Clark Kent in a heartbeat so it is hard to not think of what could’ve been with Brandon Roy.
He only played 6 seasons in the NBA if you count last season but he was a top tier shooting guard nobody could take that away from him. Hell if then Ron Artest called him the best player he’s ever played against in his life besides his homeboy MIke from NY. That’s a hell of a complement coming from anybody especially Ron Artest. Watching Roy play was poetry in motion, he could create for others, shoot from anywhere, get to the hole, play solid defense and sell popcorn you name it he could do it. These were some of the reasons he was my favorite player ever on NBA 2k during the 2k9 through 2k11 seasons man I got buckets. I know that doesn’t have much to do with the story but I had to add that part.
Hindsight 20/20 I fully understand the emotion shown by Roy during the 2011 Playoffs when he had his last superstar moment. During that game he helped lead his Blazers back from a 23 point halftime deficit scoring 18 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter versus the Mavs. The man with the troubled knees shined one last time on the big stage as he led his team to the victory. After the comeback was complete the crowd and his teammates showered him with love, as Roy cried with joy in the public eye. For some we thought man Roy will be alright just look how he played tonight but Roy knew something we couldn’t see from the outside looking in, he knew his body had quit on him and he would never be the same. That game put a stamp on the end of a career that was cut short by injury but that game was symbolic on the type of player he was.
Roy is another one of my favorite ballers whose career was cut short due to injury but for those who didn’t get to see him play during his prime don’t check for his T’Wolves highlights dig up some Blazer highlights from 2010 and before. Digging up prime highlights will give you a better appreciation for his skill. Even though his career is over Roy left his imprint on the game hopefully people won’t forget how good he was.
First Grant Hill hangs up his Fila’s, now Jason Kidd hangs up the Nike’s. It seems like my childhood is ending right before my eyes. Dog I’m getting old but that’s besides the point.
Kidd played for 19 seasons after being drafted in 1994, yeah think about it man that’s a long time. Kidd played for the Mavs 2xs, Suns, New Jersey Nets and Knicks. He also was co rookie of the year with Grant Hill, an All Star 10xs, All NBA Defensive 9xs (1st or 2nd), All NBA 6xs (1st or 2nd team) and an owner of one NBA Title.
Kidd was never a lethal scorer but he made due. He was a master creator for his teammates on the floor, he will be remembered most for his great passing ability, one of the greatest point guards to ever play. For his lack of scoring he made up for it with the hands of a ninja on defense plus the size to guard multiple positions. Kidd even had a few pair of dope Nike’s which didn’t hurt his fan appeal either.
Don’t hold Kidd’s last year against him, this guy got many players max deals with his ability, Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson probably are thanking him as I write for their hefty bank accounts right now. Once I got to college I tried to base my game off of his style, I called it a fusion between him and Dre Miller. Kidd was dope man, enjoy your free time, the Hall of Fame will be waiting on you.
Grant Hill was a guest on the set of NBA on TNT during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals series. Soon as the show started he dropped a bomb live on national TV, Hill is retiring after 19 years. Your age will reflect how much appreciation you have for Hill, if you are in your early 20′s you may not have much to say about Hill but if you are in your late 20′s or older you remember what Hill once was.
During my teenage years Hill had cats all around wearing FILA’s, yeah FILA’s and drinking a lot of sprite. If you look at FILA now I don’t know a person in the league who could get kids to wear them joints. Honestly when Hill got hit with the injury bug FILA suffer the same fate but they never recovered. He also had very dope sprite commercials on a yearly basis, I’m going to attach the link to my favorite one as a youngster, you remember the Grant Hill drinks Sprite one?
Hill played 19 seasons in the NBA and played for the (Pistons, Magic, Suns and Clippers) but I will always remember the 6 years where he put in work for the Pistons before the devastating ankle injury that derailed his sure-fire hall of fame career. Those were the years where he had people saying he was “The Next Jordan”, yes LeBron isn’t the first person they have tried to compare to the Great Mike. I won’t put up his career stats because I want to bask in the glory years of Hill during his 6 seasons with the Pistons he averaged 21.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 6.3 apg and 1.6 spg. This guy was a walking triple double. Hill was an All Star 7xs, rookie of the year and All NBA 5xs.
If you are a fan that isn’t hip to Hill in his prime check out some YouTube videos so you can understand why the older generation has been attached to him over the years. Hill is a class act on and off the court, enjoy life off of the court, we still have the early year memories.
The former Chicago Bears All Pro Linebacker announced his retirement via twitter today. Urlacher who was a free agent this year did not have the greatest of luck in finding a team this off-season. Urlacher will go down as one of the greatest Linebackers to ever play the game. No Urlacher is no Ray Lewis but his talents on the field will be greatly missed. It will close to impossible to replace the future Hall of Famers impact on and off the field. The City of Chicago and NFL Fans will miss seeing Urlacher on Sundays. Here is a video of many highlights during his Hall of Fame career. Enjoy!
Ronde Barber announced his retirement this week from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber who will more than likely be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame once he is eligible. I don’t know if Ronde will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he will get into Canton without a doubt.
Barber had an illustrious career with winning a Super Bowl as well as being nominated to the Pro Bowl and NFL All-Pro teams a total of ten times over a sixteen year career. Barber is also a member of the 40/20 and 20/20 club that includes the total of interceptions and sacks over a career.
Seeing a cornerback in the that company is an amazing feat. Despite Barber having a laundry list of accolades he was often overlooked due to him playing in a zone scheme. I don’t care what system Barber played the numbers speak for themselves. Barber may not have been Rod Woodson, Aneas Williams, or Deion Sanders, but Ronde Barber was a one of a kind player. The NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will miss a class act as a person and a player.
Congratulations to Ronde Barber on a great NFL career we will look forward to seeing you in Canton soon!
We as basketball fans often get caught up searching for the next Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan. I know I am not the first to say this, but there will never be another Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq’s combination of skill, size, athleticism, and will to win will never be matched on the basketball court. As a Laker Shaq won three championships in a row as well as a MVP, and several other accolades. Shaq and Kobe posed as the most imposing duo during his tenure as a Laker. It is a shame that the Lakers could not have won more with them playing together, but know one can take away their accomplishments. O’Neal’s legacy as a Laker places him up on the Mt. Rushmore of the Los Angeles Lakers. Here is a cool video of Shaq’s highlights with the Lake Show. Congrats Big Fella! Can you dig it!!!!