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All Hail King James

King James

King James

With about one minute remaining, Yao Ming attempts a layup to help the Rockets but instead is trampled by the quick jump and defensive block of Lebron James. The ticker eventually counts down and the Cavs claim victory…This was the outcome of yesterday’s heated matchup between the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

After watching the game, reviewing the highlights and reading the articles, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lebron James has superseded most NBA legends. Sure Michael Jordan tops the list, but he’s the Zeus of basketball. Michael’s on the same pedestal as Leonardo da Vinci for painting, Will Smith for bankable box office hits, Tupac Shakur for rap and perhaps Mother Teresa for volunteerism. Putting him aside, how often do you hear about Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, or Magic Johnson? In fact, fans from the Kobe and Lebron era probably don’t even know Magic’s real name is Earvin.

Just watch Lebron play one game. You’ll notice his dedication and passion for the sport we love to watch. But even more so than dedication and passion is the skill set he runs with while on court. In yesterday’s game for example, King James led all scorers with 27 points, provided 9 rebounds, 3 steals and one over-the-top block on the Great Wall of China – Yao Ming.

One game you say…? Then explain his ability to lead a team past all but the Celtics and Lakers this year. Or the fact that if it wasn’t for him, the Cavs wouldn’t be only team to remain undefeated at home. Let’s take it one step further and question whether or not the Cavs would’ve made it to the Finals in 2007 if he wasn’t on the roster. Lebron has provided a lot to the franchise and even more to the NBA.

It giddies me like a lil’ girl about to play spin the bottle when I see him powder himself up before entering the court. I become more anxious than Genuwine and can’t wait to see fireworks!

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Ming Dynasty

Battier is reaping the Yao benefits in China!

Battier is reaping the Yao benefits in China!

I would like to make an announcement today exclusively on Sportsfly! This is historic and media outlets will be swarming after this is released. I, RaginRondo, will make myself eligible for the 2009-2010 NBA draft. My recreational league stats 5.2 PPG, 6 APG, 5.5 RPG, and a defensive lockdown forward with Ray Lewis intensity. But there’s a clause. I will only sign with the Houston Rockets. I know Ron Artest, the defensive juggernaut is now in Houston but with my addition, we will have the intangibles to turn the Rockets into the Uber Rockets. After signing, i will befriend Yao Ming and learn what makes this man tick. I would actually be fine with sitting the bench and selling out to Yao’s circle of sponsorships.

Ever since the Yao dynasty began, Houston players have been getting Chinese endorsement deals from shoe and retail sponsors. The most recent Rocket to sign is Ron Artest who has made a deal with the shoe company China Peak. Shane Battier also wears this shoe while Luis Scola and Steve Francis sport Anta; another Chinese shoe brand. Yao alone has been sponsored by major companies including; Nike, Reebok, Pepsi, Visa, Garmin, Apple and McDonald’s here in the U.S. and China. Cha-Ching!! Yao’s one of the most popular people in all of China and with Yi Jianlian coming to the NBA; China has only increased their product market base. A reported 400 million items of NBA memorabilia were sold in China in 2007 with over 1 billion viewers watching the NBA.
With this increased popularity, I expect to sign a deal extremely soon with “Mr. Sparkle”;(This barring any problems with my Houston signing). Don’t worry; my signing is more of a lock than the J-E-T-S blowing Sunday’s game to spite the Pats. China, say hello to your new household name! Thanks Yao.

RaginRondo

December 23, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celtics Continue to (Make it) ‘Reign’

As the Boston Celtics continue to rape other teams in Power Rankings, I question how long it will be until another team comes up. The Celtics currently hold a 14-game winning streak, totaling their wins and losses to 22-2 this season. The 1991-1992 Chicago Bulls were the last team to follow through with these stats, ending their season 67-15 and clinching the national title against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams that may be able to muzzle the Celtics – Though both seem to be in a competition with each other for no. 2 rather than no.1. I hope other teams can restructure their approach because I’m getting tired of seeing the same few franchises dominate. As exciting as it may be to see the Celtics and Lakers battle it out again at the end of this season, I don’t think many people will care as much as they did last year.

It’s time for the Magic, Hornets and Rockets to step it up! I would like to praise the Blazers and Suns, but Portland seems to be preoccupied with Oden’s lack of self confidence and the Suns have consumed themselves in too many roster changes for anyone to know how to play with each other.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant

Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments