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NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix

Due to the fact it’s NBA all-star weekend, we got to give you a showcase of some of the best performances on the big stage. From the 3-point contest to the slam dunk competition; the weekend remains to be one of the most exciting all-star weekends in sports. Phoenix will host the festivities and we should probably expect someone to get arrested on a drunk driving charge.  Maybe carrying a concealed weapon charges and possibly beating up or refusing to pay a stripper. After all it is the NBA, anything is possible! Not much else to do in Arizona.

Larry Legend…always a showstopper!

One of the best dunk contests ever…MJ and Nique. Who knew he’d become such a great GM for the Bobcats…oh wait.

Vinsanity!!

And let’s top it off with a little dance off…look at the big fella move!!

Enjoy the festivities

Friday, Feb. 13

7pm ET: NBA Celebrity Game (ESPN)
9pm ET: Rookie Challenge Game (TNT)
9:15 p.m. ET: D-League Skills Competition

Saturday, Feb. 14
4pm ET: D-League All-Star game (NBA TV)
5pm-7pm ET: Inside the NBA, HORSE game (TNT)
8pm ET: NBA All-Star Saturday Night (TNT)
Shooting Stars TNT
Skills Challenge TNT
Three-Point Shootout TNT
Slam Dunk Contest TNT

Sunday, Feb. 15
8PM: 58th NBA All-Star Game TNT


RaginRondo

February 13, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mo Money, No Problems

Alright folks, the world of sports is not all steroids and lies.  The arguments over the juiced up era has been going on all week and it’s time we throw a positive spin onto this page.  Let’s steer away from baseball and see what’s going on in the world of hoops. 

The NBA all-star game is coming up this weekend and you know that means!  Time to watch a bunch of superstars not play defense and fight to dunk more often than the other.  TNT has gathered Kevin Durant, OJ Mayo and Joe Johnson to play a game of H-O-R-S-E.  This has potential to be at least interesting when players start missing shots and getting letters like H-O.  (This just in, they have actually sold the game of horse to a sponsor.  It will now be the game of G-E-I-C-O.  That’s G-E-I! And I’ve just lost all interest.)  You’re basically combining the slam dunk competition with a shooting challenge full of creativity.  I’ll predict a Joe Johnson victory. 

Stop complaining Cavs, Mo Williams is an all-star...finally.

Stop complaining Cavs, Mo Williams is an all-star...finally.

Mo Williams has finally found a spot on the all-star team thanks to another injured player (Chris Bosh) bailing out.  Mo’s teammates have been barking and preaching that their guy has the stats and deserves the respect to make the team.  Gilbert even used words like ‘preposterageous’ to describe the snub.  And you’re worried about our kids learning about steroids?  Let’s just steer away from NBA players as role models for spelling.  Don’t worry Lebron, Stern got your boy in. 

Big Al Jefferson is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.  Sad news for such a young player having an amazing season.  This season he averaged 23.1 pts, 10.9 rebounds and 30 double doubles.  Wolves are only getting younger. 

Elton Brand needs 6-months after his surgery on his right shoulder to be healthy and able to play.  He signed a 5-year, 80 million dollar contract with the Sixers and played 29 games.  Need I say more?

The Lakers have traded Vladimir Radmanovic to the Bobcats for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.  Michael Jordan also had this to say about his moves in the past: “I think we’ve grown from it. I’ve grown from it and hopefully down the road when you make a choice, you try to make a better choice,”  Jordan drafted Morrison and said that sometimes it’s a gamble.  Sometimes players don’t pan out as expected.  Leave it to Jordan to take a gamble on the Morrison mustache ride!

West Coast respect after the Celtics lost to the Lakers and Spurs. 

RaginRondo

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Candace Parker and Sheldon Williams to Expect a Baller Baby

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks – A WBNA team for those of you who aren’t equal opportunity ballers – Announced that she is expecting her first child this coming spring. Let me break down what this means: Candace Parker is a professional basketball player and was the no. 1 draft pick in 2008. Before she joined the Sparks, she was rockin’ the arena at University of Tennessee. Now she’ll be rockin’ a baby with her husband Sheldon Williams…Of the Sacramento Kings. If you still don’t get it, this means that their son or daughter will most likely be an INSANE baller.

Baby Dream Team

Baby Dream Team

If I was the son of two athletes I could’ve been the next Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Pele…Whoever. Instead I’m the son of two Indian immigrants and will most likely become the next successful motel owner, taxi driver or 711 manager. If I’m lucky I may become a computer engineer or doctor, but that’s highly doubtful.

Parker was named Rookie of the Year and received MVP honors in addition to winning an Olympic gold medal and being named AP’s female athlete of the year. Sheldon was good enough to get drafted into the NBA, which means even if Parker can’t return to the WNBA after pregnancy, their hopes and dreams (more so lavish lifestyle) can still be picked up by their offspring. That kid is going to be ridiculous so get his autograph or thumb print ASAP.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

All Hail The GOAT!

December 11, 1981 isn’t a date that resonates in the great annals of history, but it should.  On this day 27 years ago the greatest athlete in the history of sports faced the ultimate demise of his illustrious career in the idyllic paradise of the Bahamas.  An aged 39 year old Muhammad Ali fought for the last time against young heavyweight Trevor Berbick.  Ali left the bout on his feet and with his legacy firmly intact, but as he said “sometimes we all grow old.”

When mentioning the greatest athletes of all-time folks from generations x, y, and whatever other letter we’re on now seem to be clouded by the legend of Michael Jordan and to a lesser extent, Tiger Woods.  Older folks may still point to Babe Ruth, while some mention Ali.  While all are worthy candidates, the debate begins and ends with Muhammad Ali.  In the ring, no boxer in history matched the sheer combination of speed, power, strength of chin, ring generalship, and sheer charisma.  Outside of the ring, no athlete, even His Airness, possessed the ability to transcend sport, unite people, polarize people, catalyze social movements, simultaneously being considered a symbol of hope and a symbol of revolution, and an international ambassador.  Ali’s transformation from the “Louisville Lip” to the face of the black Muslims, to social activist to prodigal boxing son returning to glory, to aging warrior, to symbol of boxing’s ugliness, to international ambassador of peace and freedom took place on the world’s stage.

Might For Right
Might For Right

Ali’s craft was the art of war and through his trials and tribulations in the ring he defined the transforming world of his time.  The downtrodden, the unemancipated, and the legions of unrepresented around the world found their inspiration in Ali.  The hegemonic power structure feared Ali and his catalyzing capabilities.  Thus, when Ali stood up and refused to go to Vietnam he was stripped of his title and banished from his place of work and artisty; the ring.  Ali lost 3.5 years of his prime athleticism only to return reborn, reinvigorated, and determined to continue the fight.  Ask yourself, would Lebron James or Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or Jeff Gordon or Peyton Manning leave their respective sports in the prime on principle alone.  No way, no how.  Ali did, and because he did, no other athlete has ever felt that they should have to.

Upon his return, Ali coupled the skills of his youth a brazen maturity borne from the fire of  indomitable spirit.  In his absence, Joe Frazier ascended to the top of the boxing world.  Ali immediately set his sights on Frazier.  Their first fight at Madison Square Garden is the single greatest sporting event in history.  Not only was this a battle of styles, Frazier’s old-school Philadelphia slugging versus Ali’s combination of speed and power.  This was a battle of social proportions.  The reigning champ, Frazier, was seen as a pawn for the existing social structure, while Ali symbolized the determination and antiestablishment pathos of the civil rights movement and the hippies.  In the epic battle, Frazier emerged victorious and broke Ali’s jaw in the process.  However, they would meet two other time including the “Thrilla In Manilla.”

In the late 1970s Ali became a symbol of the evils of boxing and of the classic notion of “athletes” holding on too long.  Losses to Leon Spinks, Larry Holmes, and Trevor Berbick tarnished Ali’s image at the time and eventually led to his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  However, even shaky and with muted speech, Ali still captivates people to this day.  His lighting of the Olympic torch in 1996 summed up his legacy.  Though battle-tested and slightly worse for wear, the fiery passion for life Ali always possessed still burned brightly.

In a time when athletes have become excessively self-absorbed, glorified for menial accomplishments, and put on pedestals because of their salaries, it’s important to look back at Muhammad Ali and see how the greatest conducted himself throughout his nearly 50 years on the world stage.  The sense of entitlement that exudes from most pro athletes leads them to the idea that they are invincible and above the law.  In the fight game, the MMA-ification of both boxing and MMA has reduced fighters to gladiators and beasts, and the fighter as an artist of war has all but become extinct.  So on this anniversary of the GOAT’s passing from athlete to icon the FlyMaster screams “All Hail the Goat and Long Live the Greatest.”

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Boxing, Features & Opinions, General, MMA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment