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Los Angeles Clippers to Showcase a Desi Halftime Show for India’s Republic Day

Indias Republic Day   

India's Republic Day

Here’s a double whammy for me:

1. On January 26th, the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Portland Trail Blazers (at home).  I’ve got to get a hold of tickets so I can watch one team BLAZE another (in case you don’t understand which team I’m rooting for it’s the Blazers).

2. During halftime of that game, the Clippers will be celebrating India’s Republic day (not to be confused with its Independence Day).  If you’ve read any of my previous posts you already know that I’m an Indian American with the possibility of becoming a motel owner, 711 manager or taxi driver.  

No really though – This is great news!  To finally see cultural celebrations being recognized by mainstream Americans shows that our community is pushing in the right direction. What’s even more surprising is that it’s done through sports and not political actions.  Now I know the NBA is looking to spread its brand across South Asia and hopes this can provide publicity – But the fact that they are doing it is good enough for me (and most South Asians aren’t very tall so their publicity will only bring back 5’ 5” scrappy players who would face the Mutombo’s of basketball). 

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers

As usual a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  If you’re looking to watch the game live you can buy discounted tickets from the Clippers’ NBA page. 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Knicks’ Mobley Forcefully Retires

Cuttino Mobley

Cuttino Mobley

Trades in the NBA usually benefit franchises and excel players’ careers. However a recent trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks has ultimately saved one shooting guard’s life. If it wasn’t for rigorous physical exams by the Knicks, Cuttino Mobley wouldn’t have known he was a victim of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – A critical heart disease.

Though Mobley knew there was some irregularity with his heart, an additional MRI exam and several specialists convinced him that his heart had worsened. In fact, if he continued to play the condition would constantly cause the heart muscle to thicken and make it difficult for the heart to pump blood.

It’s a bittersweet moment for Mobley, because though he’s learned about his condition he is giving up the one thing that got him out of the bed everyday…Basketball. He was set to start as the Knicks’ shooting guard and improve their roster. He will now have to watch from the sidelines with his 8-year old son.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Basketball Players in China are Older than they Appear

China - Yao Ming

A professional basketball league in China and thirty-six of its players are under investigation for age fraud. According to China Sports Daily, athletic professionals are commonly accused of altering players’ ages for various tournaments. This became apparent to most Americans (and foreigners) during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when China “used” underage women on their gymnastics squad. I quoted used because the case was recently under investigation – And gymnastics cases from the 2000 Sydney Olympics still are.

The Chinese hosted the Olympics this year and won second place overall. Much press was gained from the events – So investigating age fraud isn’t all that important to the committee. Not to mention the Chinese already received the severest punishment they possibly could – Losing to the Americans.

The Chinese basketball situation is slightly different though. Players have been listed much younger than their actual age. My thoughts immediately shift to Yao Ming – Could the man possibly be older than stated?

Personally, age fraud isn’t worth it. It’s cool to use a fake I.D. when trying to get into bars, but legally? It only serves as an embarrassment when you can’t perform a few years down the road. The basketball association has “understood” this and promises to be stricter in the future when enlisting athletes.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA, Olympic Sports | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brothers in the NBA?

I once read that there are more than 375,000 Varsity level high school basketball players in any given year, of which, less than 600 are offered scholarships to play Division I basketball. One could only imagine the rarity of a proud parent, being able to watch their child beat the odds and land a lucrative NBA contract. How about more than one?

Since Dr. James Naismith started throwing a round ball into the peach basket, we could look back and literally count the number of brother tandems to have played in the NBA on our fingers & toes…at least those worth mentioning. I have compiled a list of the Top10 brother tandems in NBA History:

Mr. Basketball

Mr. Basketball

10. George & Ed Mikan: Before there was Wilt or Shaq, there was George, who brought the Laker franchise there very first NBA championship. Little brother Ed, pitched in a modest 6.7 PPG and 5.5 REB over 300 or so games.

9. Jim & John Paxson: We all remember John Paxson draining a 3 to beat Phoenix in the closing seconds of the ’93 championship, but did you know older brother Jim had more than double the career points amassing over 11,000 with Portland & Boston?

8. Brent & Mark Price: Too small, too slow & too deliberate, Mark ended his career as the greatest Free-Throw shooter in NBA history. Brent, not nearly the success, had one fine 10.0 PPG and 5.1 AST season with Washington.

7. Jon, Brent & Drew Barry: The only trio of brothers to make the list, none could match the success of Father Rick’s, but all managed to have enough success to make the list. Brent was the first, and still only, “white guy” to win the NBA slam-dunk championship

6. Albert & Bernard King: Bernard established himself early as one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by shattering all NJ Nets records in his rookie year. With a quick release jumper, Bernard holds the torch in the King family, although Albert threw in 12.1 a game over 9 seasons.

5. Chuck & Wesley Person: The Person combo drained a combined 2370 3-Pointers over the tenure in the NBA, led by The Rifleman, Chuck.

4. Horace & Harvey Grant: By raw stats, this duo may be high on the list, but with Ho’ Grant’s 6 NBA Finals appearances, 4 Rings, and 4 All-NBA Defensive accolades, coupled with Harvey’s modest run of 3 18+ PPG seasons with Washington, they are well-deserving of the 4 spot.

3. Dick & Tom Van Arsdale: Never heard of them? Well, having dominated this list in scoring (except for #1 of course) , Dick & Tom knocked down a combined 29,311 points over there combined careers.

Human Highlight Film

Human Highlight Film

2. Gus & Ray Williams: Although my heart wants to put Gus, and his 1979-1980 championship ring from my ex-Seattle Supersonics at #1, Little brother Ray had an all too short run of success with the NY Knickerbockers.

1. Dominique & Gerald Wilkins: Who could argue, the “Human Highlight Film” and little brother Gerald. 38,404 combined points makes Mom & Dad Wilkins the NBA’s all-time leaders in points scored by their sons. (Sorry Mr. and Mrs. Alcindor, 38,387)

Honorable Mention: Calvin & Kenny Natt, George & Derrick Gervin, Purvis & Eugene Short, Rodney & Scooter McCray, Charles & Ed O’Bannon, and Brooke & Robin Lopez.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment