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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

Where are they Now?

Ah, as High School basketball draws to a close we should anxiously anticipate the unveiling of the next “sure thing” moving through a year or two of the NCAA’s into NBA fame.  Names like Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, “King” James, and Dwight Howard, all of which have done all but dissapoint.  But what about the ones that did disappoint, the ones that carried that world of potential to, well, not to the NBA.  Where are THEY now?

 

Jewish Jordan

"Jewish Jordan"

Tamir Goodman: Tabbed the Jewish Jordan, Goodman was recognized by Sports Illustrated, 60 Minutes, and ESPN after averaging 35.4 points per game at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, and was dubbed the 25th best HS basketball player in the country.  Goodman received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Maryland in 1999, but was released from his verbal commitment since the school could not accommodate his religious need to have Fridays and Saturdays free.

Goodman transferred to Towson University, but had a separate falling out as he thought his coach was Anti-Semitic.  Goodman finally had the opportunity to showcase his “Jordan-esque” skills when he was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.  In 2005, Goodman went on to serve in  the Israeli Defense Force, as a requirment of Israel.  After numerous knee injuries, Goodman returned to America, trying his hand with the Maryland Nighthawks of the PBL, yet today has has returned to Israel to play for the Maccabi Haifa team back in Israel.  Tamir is a motivational Speaker for youth in the Jewish Orthodox religion

Felipe Lopez

Felipe Lopez

 

Felipe Lopez: One of the most heralded players in US High School basketball history, Felipe landed countless accolades including Gatorade, Parade, and USA Today Player of the Year, McDonalds All-American MVP, and the cover of Sports Illustrated.  At 18, Lopez attended a conference with Jim Brown, Bill Clinton, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  He went on to have a little success at St. Johns University, inlcuding a 17.8 PPG Freshman Year then managed to squeak into the NBA, where he averaged a career total of 5.8 PPG over 4 years.

Felipe has gone on to play ball in the Domincan Republic, where his family immigrated from, The NBA’s D-League, Germany, Spain, The CBA, Brazil, and today in Venezuela for Gaiteros del Zulia.

The Greatest of All Time

The Greatest of All Time

 

Earl “The GOAT” Manigault: Who could forget, when legendary Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had his number 33 retired in the Los Angeles Forum, he was asked who the greatest player he ever faced was.  His response, yes Earl the GOAT Manigault.  

Earl was a basketball legend renowned for his dunking ability, even at 6 ‘-1”.  Rumored to have been able to touch the top of the backboard and execute on the Double-Dunk (Dunk with one hand, then with the other, all while remaining in the air).  Aftering receiving scholarships from Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and more than 70  more Universities, Earl opted to attend Johnson C. Smith University, where he lasted only one semester because of bad grades, which led to less playing time by his coach.  Earl fell into drug usage, catapulting him into prison on 2 separate occasions, but rebounded by starting the “Walk Away from Drugs” tournament held in Harlem, NY, still around today.  Earl passed away in 1998, but will always be remembered as the Greatest Of All Time!

Honorable Mention: Damon Bailey, Jerod Ward, Donnell Harvey, Sebastian Telfair, Leon Smith.

December 5, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LA Auto Show Overshadowed by Big 3 Collapse

In past years, consumers used to love visiting auto shows because they could envision themselves in roadsters, racing the streets as if they were competing in Cruisin’ USA. Additionally, automakers were known to include James Bond style technology in each vehicle. This year however, none of that was on anyone’s mind as the first big auto showcase took place in Los Angeles. The only two things consumers pondered were longevity of vehicles and how green-friendly they will be. Automakers on the other hand, namely the Big 3, were more focused on layoffs than pitching cars. The challenge was to showcase efficient vehicles to consumers who don’t want to buy from failing automakers.

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December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment