Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Preview

Anybody who knows me will let you know that if there is one thing that makes me happier than bacon is possibly the NBA draft. Given this I have decided to do what the rest of you with lives would not do as you have more important things to do, watch hours of video and grainy youtube clips on numerous prospects and will now give you the entire draft lottery as well as some of the more interesting prospects in the draft will go.

1.Cleveland Cavaliers- Kyrie Irving: PG
I think he’s a talented player, but to be number one pick with a little more than a handful of games under his belt is a tad bit ridiculous.

2.Minnesota Timberwolves- Derrick Williams: SF
While he may be the most talented player in the draft I don’t think he fits in Minnesota. That said no player has a higher ceiling in this entire draft and you just can’t pass him up.

3.Utah Jazz- Brandon Knight: PG
This is the best point guard in this draft to me. He had his ups and downs but showed a mental capacity that no other player in the draft exhibited. Dealing with the high expectations, the slow start and helping push the wildcats to the brink of a final four showed me more than Irving’s 8 or so games.

4.Cleveland Cavaliers- Enes Kanter: C
I’ve seen his highlight from the Nike Summit last year. He had a good tourney, I get it. But this guy just reeks of Darko 2.0. I am not very impressed by his game.

5.Toronto Raptors- Jonas Valanciunas: C
This guy will be the Raptors next European mistake. Bryan Colangelo…come on buddy!

6.Washington Wizards- Jan Vesely: SF
The Wizards find the best Euro wing prospect since Andrei Kirilenko. He’s a slasher with a long wingspan and a perfect complement to speed demon John Wall.

7.Sacramento Kings- Kemba Walker: PG
Listed as a point guard but be real, in the Kings offense Tyreke Evans would do the bulk of the ball handling allowing Walker to run off screens and show off that shot. The Spurs in the mix to trade Tony Parker for Omri Casspi and this pick as well.

8.Detroit Pistons- Kawhi Leonard: SF
Possibly the rookie not named Derrick Williams that can come in and play and contribute immediately. Has great ball handling skills, rebounds very well, and plays with a lot of energy. Only downside he doesn’t do one thing particularly well.

9.Charlotte Bobcats- Tristan Thompson: PF
This lefty with good speed and deceptive athleticism should be able to come in and play a role similar to that of Tyrus Thomas last season. While he doesn’t have the upside Thomas had coming out the raw potential and basketball IQ certainly insure he will at least be a contributer on this team.

10.Milwaukee Bucks- Alec Burks: SG
Arguably the top 2-guard in the draft Burks can step right in where Michael Redd will not be next season and team with Brandon Jennings and form a nice backcourt for years to come.

11.Golden State- Klay Thompson: SG
If the top 2-guard in the draft isn’t Burks then it is definitely the third year player from Washington State whose game and maturity remind me of another guard from the Pacific Northwest in Brandon Roy. Good size, able to create off the dribble and one of the top shooters in the draft certainly will help Coach Mark Jackson in his first season.

12.Utah Jazz- Marcus Morris: SF/PF
Passing on the consensus best big man with their first pick they grab the power forward from Kansas with their second pick of the round. He’s a versatile forward who can face the basket and play in the post.

13.Phoenix Suns- Chris Singelton: SF
One of the elite defenders in this draft, and the Suns have to seriously wonder who will guard the other team’s best perimeter player once Grant Hill decides to retire and Singelton may be the guy who is able to do so. Limited offensively but something tells me the Suns won’t be struggling for points.

14.Houston Rockets- Bismack Biyombo: PF/C
Some scouts see Serge Ibaka when they look at this kid, I however see a kid who will block some shots but will ultimately team with Hasheem Thabeet to form the most useless frontcourt in NBA history.

Now will I be right? Only time will tell but if past years are any indication…no I will not be right and Biyombo will be the most dominant rookie in league history.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I saw this on another blog I follow and felt the need to keep it going. If anyone on the interwebs have any info, you know what to do.


Not sure who this will reach…but my 13 year old COUSIN Fajr Abdul-Akbar is missing. It has been 26 hours since she was last seen.

If anyone has ANY sort of information on her whereabouts please call the number above. She resides, goes to school, and was last seen in Brooklyn, NY with some classmates. If you live in the Brooklyn area, please keep your eyes peeled. She was wearing a white scarf, but may have since taken it off.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sweet Sweet Sexy Times

Very few things in the world can blend class and elegance or a bastard hybrid known as "clsssegant" as coined by my homie Jason I believe this gentleman has done so. Enjoy the sexy times that are to follow.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

So Long Wilt Chamberneezy

When the topic of athletes comes up nowadays many themes are bandied about. Some talk of the criminal activities of some, others talk of the narcissistic attitudes that are shown by others. When it comes to Shaquille O’Neal I think in all fairness the only word that you can use to describe him is fun. Yes the childlike center was prone to bouts of immaturity during his storied 18 year career, but his love for the game was never and nor should it be questioned.

In an era where the back to the basket centers appeared to be dying as the only true dominant centers at the time were David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwan and Patrick Ewing. It appeared that once these giants reached that juncture in the road when their skills would erode after years of banging in the post there would be no one left to take their place. Then a man who used his large size on the court to dominate opponents and his large personality off the court to dominate the fan’s affections entered the NBA. His name was Shaquille O’Neal.

He came into the league as a young boy of 20 but believe me anyone who saw this big man play knew he was a grown man. As powerful as he was quick, he was the most dominant center of the 1990s and arguably the most dominant save for a certain Jumpman logo inspiring guard from Chicago. As a rookie he came in and dominated averaging a cool 24 points and 14 rebounds. He did not stop there however. After four of the most dominating seasons by a big man people wondered where O’Neal could take his game. The answer was Hollywood.

I could sit here and go on and on about the amazing mobility, surprising speed and deceptive athleticism that the big man exhibited but then this would go on and on forever. I will say that I will miss his hilarious quotes, joyful exuberance he exhibited on the court and the countless nicknames. While he wasn’t a member of my beloved Bulls, and usually destroyed them in fact I will miss the big guy. So happy trails to Shaq aka The Big Aristotle aka Hobo Master aka The Diesel aka Shaq Fu aka The Big Daddy aka Superman aka The Big Agave aka The Big Cactus aka The Big Shaqtus and of course The Big Galactus aka Wilt Chamberneezy. You were a character that breathed new life into the game and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

RIP Gill Scott Heron

The revolution will indeed not be televised.