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    Members of the last Celtics NBA Championship team address Ray Allen beef

    May 8 • NBA • 249 Views

    Everyone remembers when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed the “Big Three”. They won the NBA Championship in 2008 and made the finals in 2010, but with all the success it ended sour between Ray Allen and his teammates because he left his crew to join the Miami Heat a few years later.

    On Area 21 Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo addressed the Ray Allen situation. Check out the link below.

    It seems like a beef that can be fixed, but like Perkins said Allen will have to reach out.

     

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  • Mar 4, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Lavar Ball embraces his son UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) after the game against the Washington State Cougars at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-337370 ORIG FILE ID:  20170304_lbm_am8_046.JPG

    Do you have a problem with LaVar Ball’s plan?

    May 8 • NBA • 84 Views

    If you haven’t had a TV or a smart phone in the last year or so then maybe you haven’t heard of LaVar Ball. I’m guessing you have both devices and probably more electronic devices it is just the way of the world currently. Ball a former college basketball player has three sons all are going or have went to UCLA (Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo), so his profile has grown within the last 365 days.

    Lonzo had a sensational freshman season at UCLA and has declared for the NBA Draft, no matter who you speak to they all say he will be a top 5 pick and probably number one or two in this June’s draft. As good as Lonzo is on the court his father is even louder off the court, from bringing up LeBron James kids in an interview, from going at Charles Barkley, to saying he can beat Michael Jordan in one on one (Not Michael B. Jordan either smh), speaking with Stephen A. Smith on First Take, saying UCLA lost because of the Caucasian players being too slow and the lists goes on and on. He is a walking and talking media story, if you need something to talk about just seek out LaVar and he will help you get some views and some buzz around your timeline or site, it damn near seems like the Ball way.

    LaVar wants a major shoe company to co-brand with Big Baller Brand for the tune of 1 billion dollars, that isn’t a typo, Adidas, Nike and Under Armour have already declined. All three major brands would’ve loved to sign Lonzo to a 4-5 year deal at 1-2 million per year, but the ambitious LaVar has halted that aspect of income. If the co-branding deal is going to come about it will have to be from a foreign shoe company like Anta, Li-Ning or Peak (just to name a few). Lonzo is a hell of a talent, but to get a co-branding deal without setting the NBA on fire is pretty much insane, no other superstar player was able to leverage a deal of that sort without playing a single game.

    That brings us to last week when Big Baller Brand dropped the Zo2: Prime for a whopping $495 you can get them preorder, but they won’t be shipping out until November. You can get a pair autographed for $995, a steal right? Would you buy them?

    Now that we know that LaVar is certified crazy, I will say I like what he is trying to do by getting him and his family more of the cut, but as a person that watches the industry on a pretty close basis he didn’t take the right angle to make sure this gets done. Unless, UNLESS a foreign shoe company saves them and co-brands, which is possible because none of those companies get young stars so they may break the mold and if that happens it could be a free for all if Ball gets his way.

    Personally I think if LaVar should’ve let Lonzo take the big company deal, prove himself to be a legit asset in the NBA, he could’ve possibly made the deal work on the back end of the first deal, but unless you are in the LeBron, Jordan and or Kobe air then it is hard for this to work.

    If you pay $495 for some Zo2’s you need to slap yourself and I have some land to sell you in North Dakota if you want to throw your money away.

    If this plan doesn’t work then will any of the big companies take Lonzo on a regular shoe deal? If I was a betting man they would, but it won’t be for major money and if that happens to be the case LaVar will cost his son legit income in endorsements. With that being said I feel the angle (pause), but the execution is sloppy.

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    Video: Marc Gasol hits game winner versus Spurs in Overtime, NBA Playoffs

    Apr 23 • NBA • 96 Views

    After Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley traded baskets all fourth quarter and overtime, Marc Gasol made the basket to tie the series at 2 when he drove the lane hitting a semi-floater to put the Grizzlies up 110-108.

    This game was an instant classic, countless Leonard and Conley big shots this was a game you didn’t want to end. 

    Check out the game winner.

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    Video: “Iso” Joe Johnson hits game winner versus Clippers, NBA Playoffs

    Apr 16 • NBA • 95 Views

    Joe Johnson took a trip back in the time machine on the Los Angeles Clippers as he blew by Jamal Crawford to knock down a floater in the final seconds to allow the Utah Jazz to steal game one on the road 97-95. Johnson finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

    Check out the play below.

    Will the Jazz be able to steal game two in LA?

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    A Farewell to Adrian Peterson As Member of the Minnesota Vikings

    Mar 23 • NFL • 153 Views

    It’s been a rough couple of years for me as a Minnesota Vikings fan to say the least. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of purple and gold. Being a Laker fan is in my DNA, my dad rocked with the Showtime Lakers, and he still believes Magic is the GOAT. My grandpa rocked with Wilt, West and Baylor, and I carried the family tradition rooting for Kobe Bryant. My high school colors were also purple and gold. The colors were fitting, and it just was always there. Right now my focus is on another purple and gold team I happen to love though, that featured arguably one of the best running backs in NFL history–Adrian Peterson. It’s likely we’ll lose running back Peterson for good, our franchise player since 2007.

    Somewhat controversial at times, but undeniably talented Peterson was the face of the organization before President Obama came into office (feeling old yet?). Personally but probably factually also, Peterson has been the reigning top back in the league since being drafted in 2007 out of Oklahoma. There have been others who challenged the title (Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch) but none had his longevity. The odd thing about him was he bounced back from serious injury better than ever. The average NFL career span is only a few years and even shorter for a running back. They literally have a collision on each possession. Not to mention the position is becoming increasingly extinct as the league is transitioning to a pass 1st 2nd and 3rd league.

    He’s ran for 11,747 yards all in Minnesota. There is a lot of tread on those tires and he will be 32 years of age tomorrow, ancient for a starting running back. He’s coming off of a right lateral meniscus injury that shortened his 2016 season in which he rushed for only 72 yards. With those things I completely understand why management cannot afford to pay what he’s asking for to bring him back it just does not make sense. Farewell Adrian I hope you rush for 2,500 next season where ever you end up.

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    Lopez and Ibaka actually throw blows (Video)

    Mar 21 • NBA • 186 Views

    Man the NBA has been chippy as of late and I like it Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka both threw real punches and missed after Lopez bumped into Ibaka and was hip checked.

    Both players were ejected in the third quarter. Adam Silver just fine them since they both missed their thrown punches. 

    Check out the video.

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    Video: Russell Westbrook puts DeMarcus Cousins’ on a poster

    Feb 27 • NBA • 196 Views

    While everybody is worrying about if Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant talked during All-Star Weekend, Westbrook has still been playing some great basketball. The walking triple double sought out his latest victim in the great DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. Westbrook brought the thunder (no pun intended) to Cousins, Sunday evening on his way to another triple double.

    Check out the play if you haven’t seen it.

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    Atlanta United: a closer look, and how they’re changing the game

    Feb 27 • MLS • 174 Views

    Another MLS season is ahead of us. Another two teams joining the party. Minnesota United and Atlanta United are about to field their starting XI for their inaugural season, and while excitement from supporters and critics alike surround each organization’s debut, Atlanta United has made headlines specifically for paving its own path. From the players to the stadium and everything in between, AU is turning heads and refuses to follow the norm.

     

    Old stadium not suited for soccer? Nah, they’ll pass.

    When you look at original franchises like New England & DC United, a soccer specific stadium is still lacking. When these games are televised, the matches are less eccentric with the stadium half empty. These football stadiums are simply not designed to host soccer matches and aren’t downsized properly when the whistle blows. A similar thing can be said about Orlando, who played their first two seasons in a football stadium. Orlando filled the seats, but one could occasionally see the football lines which ruined the aesthetic. NYCFC currently plays in an MLB stadium and faces challenges such as an insanely small field and implications due to transforming the field back and forth.

    United is set to play its first eight home games at a temporary location, Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Although come summer 2017, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will become the official home. The new world class stadium will host both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United and looks to accommodate both accordingly.

    Arthur Blank, the owner, says sharing the field between teams wont be a problem. “There will never be an MLS game in Atlanta where NFL lines are shown on the field.”

    Notable features include a retractable roof, a 360 degree screen, a 70,000 seat capacity which will be downsized to 30,000, retractable stands to expand field size, and curtains that will hide the upper level seats enabling an intimidating atmosphere.

    For more details about how they’re changing the game day experience for fans, you can dive into it below!

    http://www.atlutd.com/post/2016/05/16/home-atlanta-united-mercedez-benz-stadium-begins-revolutionizing-guest-experience

     

    Retiring DP’s? Nah, they’ll pass.

    A common trend among the league has been to sign older, veteran players from across the globe. In most cases, its simply to market the club. We can take a closer look at NYCFC. Signing Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo boosted ticket sales no doubt, but the performance on the field was not what the supporters were expecting – playoffs were not reached.

    Atlanta is paving its own path; United has used its three Designated Player spots on young players. How young? All in their early 20’s and mostly all from the Argentina first division. Miguel Almiron was one of their first signings and was revealed as Atlanta’s number 10. The young man, 23, was sought after by several European clubs and has 7 appearances for the Paraguayan national team. His previous club was Lanus in Argentina’s first division.

    The other two signings were Hector Villababa and Josef Martinez. Villababa is a 22-year-old midfielder from San Lorenzo playing in the Argentina first division, while Martinez is a 23-year-old forward currently on loan from Italian side Torino. Martinez actually suited up for Venezuela during CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying and sits fourth in the leading goal scorer table with five goals.

    other distinguishing young signings:

    • Yamil Asaad, attacking midfielder, age 22, on loan from Argentina first side Velez Sarsfield
    • Anton Walker, defensive midfielder, age 20, on loan from Tottenham
    • Leandro Gonzales, defense, age 24, has played for multiple first division teams in Argentina, accumulating more than 100 first team appearances

     

    Coach with previous MLS experience? Nah, they’ll pass

    Sigi Schmid and Adrian Heath were names being thrown around late last year and speculation soon grew if they would return to the league. I was sure Atlanta would make a logical choice and go with one of those guys, having previous MLS experience.

    Then I woke up one early morning, one eye opened, scrolling down my twitter feed.

    Gerardo “Tata” Martino named head coach of MLS expansion side Atlanta United”

    I literally was in awe.

    If you’re not familiar with Tata’s resume, all you need to know is that he coached at Barcelona (runner up in Copa Del Rey and La Liga) and the Argentina national team (led his side to Copa America final and Copa America Centenario final)… yea, no MLS experience but I am not complaining. Martino is known for his attack minded, high pressing football and it will be interesting how his playing philosophy fairs in MLS.

    As for what the players and media are saying, he’s a very affable man.

    “[Martino’s] been great for us. He’s really been open with his communication. He’s made it clear he wants it to be physical, he wants it to be intense on the field. But off the field he’s very approachable. He’s working on his English and we’re all working on our Spanish and we’re making it work,” says Parkhurst, 33, recently named captain of AU.

     

    The journey ahead is long, my friend.

    Listen, I am as hyped as you guys are to see these plans come to fruition. Everything is lining up perfectly for this organization to have a great season and maybe…maybe reach playoffs; previous expansion sides have not had that luck.

    Precisely six MLS expansion teams have failed to finish above the red line come postseason since Seattle in 2009. This includes in 2015 with NYCFC (Villa, Lampard, Pirlo) and Orlando City (KAKA!!). Tata is yet to learn the elements of MLS and they have proven to be tricky ones. United is definitely looking to be a menace on and off the field but one can’t be too optimistic.

     

     

    With the season starting in a few weeks, preseason is looking pretty good.

    On February 12th, Atlanta played their first game ever… and they’re already scoring GOLAZOS. Check out the vid below.

     

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    Despite Recent Struggles, Carmelo Anthony Deserves Respect For His Basketball Legacy

    Feb 1 • NBA • 169 Views

    Carmelo Anthony is not an NBA all-star this season. I repeat one of the most dynamic scorers in NBA history was not selected for this years all star game. Meaning players, coaches, and fans did not feel he was in the top twelve best players in his conference. 

     The New York Knicks are 21-28 and currently sit in 11th place in their conference. Carmelo’s name has been thrown around in more trade rumors than Meek Mill diss records exist.
    Comparisons exist in most things in life.

     Whether it be by brand, era, location etc… we constantly compare things often times those which are incomparable. With Carmelo however this is not the case. Unlike Kobe and Mike or Shaq and Olajuwon players whose careers may have overlapped but never actually facing each other in their primes, Carmelo is compared to someone who plays his position and was taken in the exact same draft (2003) he was. 

    LeBron James is generally recognized as the best player from that draft, the best player in the NBA currently and the best player of his generation. Rightfully so, LeBron  has earned that spot but it should not diminish Carmelo’s greatness. Career averages of 25ppg 7rebs 3asst over a 13 year career with playoff battles versus the Lakers and Spurs and 3 gold medals equate to nothing but respect.

    However as an aging star still putting up stellar numbers 23ppg 6rebs 3asst (he scored a season high 45 points against the Hawks last night) shooting 36% from three point range the Melo man’s name has been swirling around trade rumors.

     Every night it seems he’s answering questions from the media about his feelings on being traded and if it’s time for New York to blow it up and rebuild. He’s answering questions about why teams aren’t accepting him in trades specifically the defending champ Cavs giving up Kevin Love for him which is a bit bizarre. 

     All I’m saying is a hall of famer does not warrant this type of treatment. That said, it’s time to put some respect on his name.

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    Video: Marshawn Lynch x Skittles go to Houston!

    Jan 31 • Advertisements, NFL • 250 Views

    My guy Marshawn Lynch is for the people he went to Houston for the Super Bowl with Skittles, but it wasn’t Houston, Texas it was Houston, Scotland. Check out Lynch in the commercial.

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