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Christian. Filipino. 209/510/408. The Bay, CA. SHS Class Of 2010. San Jose State University Third Year. I Thoroughly Enjoy Being Myself.
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RUBIO’S TOP 10 PLAYS OF THE YEAR
A season cut too short from one of the truly special players in the NBA - Ricky Diamond Phillips. We were so close to having all 10 plays be passes. Woulda coulda shoulda.
By far, my favorite rookie this year.
This dude’s gonna have a great career.
And he’s my age!
MUST WATCH: Blake Griffin DETONATES on Pau Gasol - PART II
So which did you like (cringe at) more?
Blake Griffin Makes Pau Gasol His “You-Know-What”, Part II
MUST WATCH: Blake Griffin DETONATES on Pau Gasol - PART I
Somebody should really check on Pau Gasol.
Blake Griffin Makes Pau Gasol His “You-Know-What”, Part I
Kobe’s NBA ‘BIG’ comercial.
Kobe ‘The Magician’ Bryant? Maybe. Oh, and one of the best parts of this video is Landry Fields wearing Kobe’s shoes.
WILL FERRELL, BASKETBALL ANNOUNCER
The Hornets had Will Ferrell do the player announcements tonight before their game with the Chicago Bulls, and I predict this type of thing is going to start happening at other arenas.
“At guard, #1, his favorite movie’s The Notebook…Derrick Rose.”
COLLEGE KID IS BEST TEAMMATE EVER
Give it up for this kid from Seton Hall. Glad he’s enjoying the ride. Good luck to the Pirates, good luck to Peter Dill.
KEVIN DURANT #GOTEM
“The People’s Champ” hangs the game-winner on the Dallas Mavericks. “Take Dat Witchu.”
The Durantula for the kill!
What’s the lesson? Michael Jordan would tear your heart out and show it to you.
March 19, 1993
Jordan had a poor night from the field against the Washington Bullets (feels good to write “Bullets”). The Bullets took a 1-point lead with five minutes left in the 4th quarter, when Michael rattles off the Bulls’ next 11, winning the game 104 - 99. Great finish, but not the focus of our lesson.
Despite the win and his own 25-point total, Jordan was angry that the man he guarded, LaBradford Smith, scored 37. Jordan told reporters,
“That was a very embarrassing situation for me. Evidently I didn’t respect the guy and he’s certainly capable of putting up some numbers, and he did. Offensively, it wasn’t going for me and I let that effect my defensive effort and that’s something I will improve on. I look forward to the challenge.”
Jordan continued, telling reporters that Smith mocked him after the game saying,
“Nice game, Mike.”
Now, Mike wants blood, and he didn’t have to wait long. The Bulls played the Bullets only one evening later, this time in Washington. As the legend goes, Jordan promised to score LaBradford’s total from the night prior - 37 points - in the first half. Now, this is a history lesson.
March 20, 1993
Jordan starts the first quarter a perfect 8 for 8 from the floor. At the end of the first, he has 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. With three seconds left in the second quarter, Jordan has 35, with two free throw attempts at the line.
Somehow, Jordan misses the second, finishing the half with “only” 36 points. The Bulls went on to rout the Bullets by 25. Jordan finished with 47 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while guarding Smith, holding him to 5 of 12 from the floor, for 15 points, no assists, and a turnover.
A ruthless performance. One for the history books, for certain. But the story gets much better. So. Much. Better.
In 1997, Michael Jordan admitted to making the whole thing up. LaBradford never said, “Nice game, Mike.” LaBradford Smith never said a word. Jordan lied. Michael created a fake quote, a phony rivalry, just to fire himself up, so he could kill Little LaBradford and his Bullets the next night.
And in what might be the strangest wrinkle in this otherwise insane story, LaBradford Smith never denied the any of it. As a matter of fact, his Bullet teammates believed Jordan.
Don’t you get it? Michael Jordan would have to be crazy to make up a story like that, and a certifiable maniac to not only believe his own lie, but to act on it, and get his “revenge.”
It’s a good thing to remember: Michael Jordan would tear your heart out. And he’d show it to you.
THIS is why MJ will forever be the G.O.A.T.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME: MAGIC JOHNSON
There will never, ever, ever be another Magic Johnson. Ever. Never. I mean, watch these highlights. Never ever, ever , ever. And the lack of Magic Johnsons has little to do with the fact that we’ll never see a man of his talents and skill sets, and far more to do with the fact that this style of basketball is dead. It’s been murdered.
I mean, this video almost barely registers as basketball. I hardly recognize it. It’s like watching some other sport. This game is gone. We haven’t seen it in 20+ years, and I doubt we ever see it again. I mean, nobody plays like this. Nobody. Name me one guy that plays basketball like this since Magic retired.
And look at the crowds. Even the crowds look different. They all look like they’ve been eating drugs for hours. They’re ecstatic. The games sound different. The fans are literally oohing and aahing. The announcers are laughing. Reminds me of those old VHS tapes the NBA used to sell. Every shot of the fans would show them standing, slack-jawed, completely incredulous. Now, when a telecast shows the crowd, it’s Beyonce lazily posting something on her facebook, using a touch screen smart phone. (Does Beyonce have a facebook? I’m sure she does. Maybe it’s under a pen name like Rita Baxter? Check it out and report back.)
Am I alone here? Alone, ranting like the homeless lunatic I passed on my way to work, who was shouting at his wet breakfast sandwich of Italian roll stuffed with newspaper?
When I was a kid, point guards who were out ahead of the fast break would actually slow down, let a someone catch up, then pass the ball backwards so a teammate could score. That wasn’t an oddity either. It was the norm. It happened in every game. When was that destroyed, and who is the destroyer? Was it you, Allen Iverson? Did you do it, Triangle Offense? I actually blame Michael Jordan, who was so good, everyone on the court held him up as the benchmark, then aspired to dominate games like he did.
Chalk this up as another reason why basketball, as a sport, is in horrible shape today. Call me the old man barking at kids for walking on the lawn. I don’t care. My lawn’s nice, and I like to keep it that way. So buzz off. You’re just pissed because your lawn sucks.
The Greatest Highlight Reel Ever.
MUST WATCH: Floyd Mayweather vs. Larry Merchant
Floyd knows the questions about why he won’t fight Manny Pacquiao are coming, and can’t get out of the ring fast enough, so Larry Merchant threatens to kick his ass.