Posts Tagged ‘Cavs

22
Jul
09

Lebron “Dunked On” Tape: It’s Exists…It Really Does Exist!

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TMZ and eBaum Nation dropped the well hyped and publicized Lebron James “dunked on” footage. I’m disappointed in TMZ because they usually provide quality material. But the video they released was blurry and if they hadn’t told you Lebron was in the video, you wouldn’t have known he was. Thank goodness eBaum Nation had the 2nd video we heard about. You see a clear picture of Lebron contesting the shot and Jordan Crawford going at him fearlessly. It was your typical “dunked on” play. There was nothing about the play that made you think Crawford got the best of Crawford. Lebron was just late on a switch to pick up Crawford on help defense…nothing special or new about that. It’s still nice to finally get the footage out there so we can all move on.

Props to eBaum Nation  for saving us all from the ultimate let down.

21
Jul
09

Shaq to other sports stars…come get some of the big fella!

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My boy is at it again. For a second time Shaquille O’Neal has hooked up with ABC for a reality show titled “Shaw Vs,”. He’s not helping fat kids lose weight this time though. Instead he’s taking on some of sports’ best in their own backyards. According to USA Today, production begins Wednesday in Pittsburgh, with Shaq compiling quite an impressive list of athletes to help out with the show.

Filming begins Wednesday in Pittsburgh, where Shaq takes on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in football. Future hour-long episodes will pit him against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, tennis pro Serena Williams and beach volleyball Olympians Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

O’Neal, 37, says he also hopes to book pal Lance Armstrong for a cycling competition once the Tour de France ends.

On August 18th and every Tuesday night this show is on, I’ll be parked right in front of the tv watching my boy show why he’s Shaqtatic. How many times have we as sports fans wondered how our favorite athletes would stack up in other sports. This is possibly the closest we’ll ever come to getting a star athlete to take on other successful athletes in their own sports. Don’t you want to see how Shaq will do in the 100m freestyle against Michael Phelps? What about Shaq on a tennis court running around against Serena Williams, doesn’t that interest you? I know I’m up for, and I’m sure you are too. Now with this reality show we’ll get to see all that.

 There has to be some sort of head start or handicaps in place because you know Shaq can’t compete with these athletes straight up. Here’s how this whole thing will work.

Each episode is to include preliminary challenges, banter from news conferences, interaction with needy kids, and O’Neal and his rival negotiating a handicap. The laughs come from “trash talking,” but “when it comes to competing, there is no joking,” O’Neal says.

At the finish is the marquee event, usually on the athlete’s home turf, but there’s no cash prize: “Bragging rights are always better than any monetary prize,” O’Neal says.

That all sounds cool, except with all the money those athletes make, couldn’t they put some up for charity? Shaq may have more money than most, if not all the athletes so he could pony up $50,000 for every episode he loses, while his competition could throw in $30,000. For real though, bragging rights are cool, but getting bragging rights along with money for your charity sounds better to me.

Like I said, August 18th, 9pm et/pt on ABC, that’s what you should be tuned in to. You already know we’ll be following this show closely here at Da FiF so stay tuned.

12
Jul
09

It’s Da Wrap Up Pt.2: NBA, McNair, The Dunk

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If you thought I was done, you’re sadly mistaken. I knocked out the MJ wrap up, now it’s time to hit on what I love most…sports.. It’s going down folks, let’s go!

 

 

The Rich Get Richer

 

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Parity is not a word that can be used to describe the current state of the NBA. The same teams who were considered the league’s elite are positioning themselves to remain head and shoulders about their peers. As we’ve seen in the past, top tier teams usually stand pat and make minor moves to tweak their teams, but that’s not the case this offseason. Shaq’s headed to Cleveland, everyone’s favorite psychopath is doing it big in Tinseltown, and the need for Sheed is being felt in Boston. I guess I could do a quick run through of the tops teams and rank them with their moves to this date.

 

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5. Orlando Magic – Getting Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson for Skip to My Lou, Courtney Lee, and Tony Battie was a steal for the Magic. When you can get the best player in a trade, you’ve won the trade. Now, winning a trade doesn’t mean you’ve improved your team in the long run. I feel like losing Hedo Turkoglu diminishes their chances of defending their Eastern Conference crown. Orlando needed to go out and get a player who could create his own shot, while keeping enough money in the pot to hold on to Hedo. I love Dwight as a person but the offense can’t flow throw him. Unless he develops a consistent 10-12 ft jumper to aid his limited low post repertoire, Orlando can’t matchup with Boston and Cleveland.  Hedo was their best playmaker and created difficult matchups for all the other championship caliber teams. Even in the Finals the Lakers had trouble stopping him from getting to the rim, and creating opportunities for his teammates to succeed. I’m not calling Hedo a better player than Vince, which would be moronic. But do you honestly believe Vince is capable of taking a playoff game over without scoring? 

 

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4. San Antonio Spurs – San Antonio pulled off a Pau Gasol type deal, where they got one of the more underrated ballers in the game, for next to nothing. When the deal went down, I told some friends the Spurs were the team to beat if Lakers aren’t able to keep Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom. Ariza’s in Houston and Lamar Odom is still out the market, but is expected to return to L.A. So what am I thinking now? L.A. is the prohibited favorite to win the West. Despite Dejuan Blair falling into their laps with the 37th pick, the Spurs need a rebounding presence at the 5 spot. I know they’re in talks with Big Baby Davis from the Celtics, and recently signed Antonio McDyess, however they’re suitable at the 4, certainly not at the 5. There was some talk of Duncan playing more at the 5 while the Spurs were pursuing Rasheed Wallace. Maybe Popvich is considering that route or try to trade for a big man. Either way the jury is still out on the Spurs. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon.

 

Cavaliers Shaq3. Cleveland Cavaliers – CAN YOU DIG IT???? As a Shaq fan, I’m estatic about the possibility of him getting his 5th ring. I’m telling you now, Shaq being paired with Lebron is next dynamic duo of Shaq’s career. We saw him with Penny, we saw him with Kobe, and we briefly saw him with D-Wade. Now we get to see Shaq in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in his career, he’s playing with someone who is more famous, and has already established himself without Shaq. What is Shaq’a favorite press conference quote when he goes to a new team…”I’m looking to make _______ better. _______ is already great, I’m looking to help him become greater.” That’s not happening with Lebron. Lebron has led a team to the Finals, and won the MVP without Shaq. So Shaq is entering this situation as the unquestioned 2nd fiddle for the first time in his career. No longer is he the alpha dog in the locker room. That’s Lebron’s role. It will be interesting to see how well these two can coexist. I think seeing Kobe catch up with his 4th rings, has lit a fire in Shaq’s belly. There won’t be any trouble between he and Lebron as long Danny Ferry goes out and signs the missing pieces the team needs to win.

I’m calling my shot now. If the Cavs want to keep Lebron, they need to win the NBA title this year. And I’m going on record saying, signing Anthony Parker was a nice pick up but he’s better offensively than defensively on the perimeter. If I were Ferry, I’d look into what it would cost them to snag Shane Battier away from the Rockets. That’s not to say Battier is on the block, I’m just throwing out ideas to get my boy Shaq a 5th ring. And the only way they’re getting a ring is if they sure up what ails them on the perimeter.

 

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2. Los Angeles Lakers – Who in the hell thought Ron Artest was signing with the Lakers? All I kept hearing from these supposed insiders was Artest was either staying with the Rockets or headed to Cleveland. They screwed this one up. ESPN’s Ric Buchor was tweeting about talking to Artest and Lakers officials, and there was no truth to the reports, then later rescinded that tweet after Artest went public with the agreement. See what happens when you play around in Ron’s World? Artest is an upgrade in talent over Ariza but there is a potential ticking time bomb in the Lakers’ locker room now. What Lakers fans have to hope is since Phil Jackson is returning, he can have the same sort of affect on Artest, and he did on Rodman.

There are a couple major differences between Artest and Rodman. Rodman’s antics were more off the court than on it. Once the game started, he was all business, looking to break his opponents with his strength, activity, and basketball IQ. Artest is similar but more of a loose cannon. Artest can go from cool calm and collected to straight up homicidal in a second. Another thing was from what I’ve heard from those who covered the Bulls during that time, Rodman feared Jordan. Jordan was such a strong leader that Rodman wouldn’t dare to cross him. I’ll be damned if Ron Artest fears anyone who isn’t a family member. I’m still waiting for him to put a table leg through Kobe’s heart. Artest is real but sometimes he’s a little too real. If somehow he’s able to keep his craziness at 50-60%, the Lakers are in a good position to win another title. But what I think will happen is Kobe will regret Ariza leaving for Houston. Ariza came up big for the Lakers in the playoffs, by knocking down a lot of timely shots. Artest is cold more than he’s hot so who knows if he’ll make those same shots. It’s a boom or bust gamble. But it’s a gamble you have to take so we’ll see how it all turns out.

 

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1. Boston Celtics – The Celtics were a healthy Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe away from winning it all again last season. Now they have Garnett, and they bolstered their depth with the addition of Rasheed Wallace. You already know it’s a wrap. Of all the contenders, Boston went out and signed the biggest difference maker on the market. They found a player who can defend both the 4 and 5 spots, as well as post any big man up on offense. Another underrated quality of Sheed’s game is how unselfish he is. He’ll go into Boston and accept any role Doc Rivers asks of him. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when Sheed, Garnett, Pierce, and Allen are all on their games at the same time? That’s going to be ridiculous. It’s hard to argue that the Celtics aren’t the favorites next season.

 

You think you know but you have no idea

 

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How do I describe the thoughts running through my head right now, when it comes to the murder of Steve McNair? It’s like finding out a man you considered invincible was actually human. We as a society tend to put our favorite athletes and celebs on a pedestal they don’t belong on. Once you hold a person in such high regards, they’re inevitably going to disappoint you. From what the police have announced, McNair was asleep when his 20 year old girlfriend put four bullets in him, two in the head and two in the chest. She then proceeded to blow her own brains out.

You have to wonder what McNair was thinking when started dating this 20 year old. He bought her car, took her on vacations, and had her over at the condo he was leasing/renting with his boy. I would’ve never believed that McNair was so damn ignorant. What ever happened to keeping your relationships on the low? Didn’t he listen to Creep by TLC? Take those ladies advice and get your freak on, without the hassles of your lover shooting your ass. Also, if you’re going to pick a woman to creep with, a 20 year old Iranian is the last woman you want to pick. They’ll kiss your ass, and that’s a lesson McNair learned the hard way.

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McNair will go down as the toughest QB to step on the field. Unfortunately for him, he’ll also be known as the dumbass who got himself killed cause he picked the wrong woman to sleep with.

 

Nike: We won’t allow witnesses

 

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For all you Lebron apologists out there, are you finally seeing the light? The guy you’ve been backing for years is nothing more than a whiny a$$hole, who’s been pampered so long he expects the world to bow at his feet. You all said his poor sportsmanship following the Eastern Conference Finals was an aberration. After this week what do you have to say now? He gets dunked on by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford during a pick-up game, and runs to a Nike official to make sure all tapes of the dunk were confiscated.

Freelance photographer Ryan Miller was one of at least two cameramen shooting at the time of the pickup game, and he talked to CBSSports.com about what went down.

He told CBSSports.com that Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt took his tape.

“He just said, ‘We have to take your tape,'” Miller said. “They took it from other guys, too.”

“LeBron called Lynn over and told him something,” Miller said. “That’s how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, ‘Hey, Lynn. Come here.'”

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tap

What was Bron Bron thinking? He can dunk on whomever he wants, but how dare Crawford dunk on him. Get over yourself Bron Bron. It was ONE dunk. All great players have been dunked on. How they dealt with it that sets them apart from you. They didn’t pout like a like a 5 year old, then run to their big cousin up to street and aske them to do their dirty work for them. The great players would ask for the ball the next play and call out the guy who dunked on them, then attack him head on. That’s what great ones do.

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Nike’s no better than Lebron. His image is so precious to them that they made up a non-existent policy to explain what happened.

“Nike has been operating basketball camps for the benefit of young athletes for decades and has long-standing policies as to what events are open and closed to media coverage. Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, two journalists did not respect our no videotaping policy at an after-hours pickup game following the LeBron James Skills Academy.”

Save the bull crap for someone who actually believes it. If there had been a policy in place, the media would’ve received it upon arrival. When CBSSports.com writer Gary Parrish asked for a copy of the policy, he was told no copy could be produced. In other words, there was no policy until “the dunk” became a national incident. I thought Nike was better than that but I guess not. The best thing they could do is release the tape in a commercial or on Youtube. Either way, they’d take some of the sting off of this whole ordeal, and help it blow over sooner..

 

 

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I’m done! My fingers are killing me from all this typing. Da Wrap Up is complete. If you loved it or hated it, just drop a comment and keep it moving. Look out for me, I’m bringing some life back to Da FiF. It’s rent time, homies! It’s not a game…it’s big bidness! Uh oh!!!