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Where In The World Is Ricky Rubio?

Ricky Rubio

It’s more like…where will he end up?

After being drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports have now surfaced that Ricky Rubio may stay in Spain for another year, maybe two! Now he has offers from a Turkish club and Real Madrid; what the hell happened?

It sounds to me like young Ricky may be hiding out in order to hopefully force a trade to a different team, a team that he would prefer. I see it like this:

  • Minnesota drafted Rubio with the fifth pick and then Johnny Flynn with the sixth pick, meaning two point guards in a row. Because I don’t believe that the T’Wolves’ GM is the Matt Millen of the NBA, I have to think that the T’Wolves were thinking of moving at least one of their draft picks. As much as they would like to keep Rubio, I think they may ship him to try and get what they can. Rubio is a pretty hot commodity at this point, especially to Donnie Walsh and the New York Knicks. And I would go out on a limb to say that if Rubio was traded to the Knicks, he wouldn’t be returning to Spain to even pack his bags. Although I can’t think of a trade deal that may take place between the Knicks and the T’Wolves, I would expect to see Rubio in orange and blue before the season starts.

….:::..the drama queen begins his reign….::::…

June 29, 2009 at 4:08 am Leave a comment

Loss of a Legend: ‘King of Pop’ Dead at 50

Thursday June 25th, 2009 marked an extremely sad day for millions of people across the world. Michael Jackson, “The King of Pop”, passed away at around 2:26 p.m.

People can say what they want about Michael Jackson and call him crazy, bizarre, and “Wacko Jacko”, but I happen to be on the other side. Michael Jackson had a troubled life since the day he was born. Abused as a child, both physically and mentally, Michael was stripped of any kind of childhood when he was forced to sing and entertain at age six.

In 1993 when allegations surfaced that Michael Jackson had given wine to a young boy and then sexually assaulted him, people began to change their outlook on Michael forever. The new allegations, in addition to his ever-transforming body, his pet chimp Bubbles, and close relationships with young children, had people turn against him almost immediately. At that point, many forgot about all of Michael Jackson’s important and generous contributions to the world. Michael Jackson donated more than $300 million to charity before it was considered “trendy”, which we see so much of today. He helped starving kids in Ethiopia, he donated millions of dollars to help find a cure for AIDS, he single-handedly pushed the “USA for Africa” campaign, and he served as an inspiration to people all over the globe.

Whether or not you respect Michael Jackson, support Michael Jackson, or believe him, there is no denying his talent and the mark he set on pop culture. And when you think about it, he left his mark on more than just that. Michael Jackson will forever be the foundation for all that is entertainment, whether it be his music, his dancing, his singing, his style, or his music videos.

Too often do we see horrible things happen to good people. The problem? Childhood may have a lot to do with it but I think it’s more about the “leaches” that these successful people surround themselves with. Michael Jackson did not surround himself with good people and they literally sucked the life out of him. Michael Jackson himself once wrote, “Mother always told me, be careful who you love. And be careful of what you do, ’cause the lie becomes the truth”. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson himself didn’t live by his mother’s rules.

….:::..Michael Jackson performing “Billie Jean” at Motown 25…..::::…

June 29, 2009 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

Shaq Heads to Cleveland to Make One Last Run

Shaq may say that he has three years left but, if the Cavs win it in 2010, Shaq should retire on top.

With the recent pre-draft trade that sent Shaq to the Cavs and Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic to the Suns, the obvious explanation is that the Cavs want LeBron to stay and the Suns are waving the white flag.

Although I don’t feel like LeBron has any intentions of leaving Cleveland in the summer of 2010, Danny Ferry and the Cavs’ front office seem a little uneasy. As for the Suns and their white flag, it’s a sure sign that little Steve Kerr has the idea of rebuilding in his head. Recent rumors have suggested that the Suns are shopping Amare, but other rumored trades show that the Suns may hold onto Amare and add some pretty decent players. It’s all up in the air at this point and Steve Kerr is pretty unpredictable.

Some say that the addition of Shaq really doesn’t help the Cavs and it doesn’t increase their chances at a title. I beg to differ. Think back to the Eastern Conference Finals when the Cavs played the Magic. A guy like Shaq down low to put a body on Dwight Howard wouldn’t have helped? Of course the Magic now have Vince Carter which will cause other match-up problems, but don’t tell me Shaq doesn’t help.

My money was on the Cavs to win the NBA Finals in 2009 and they came up a bit short. Now, with the addition of the 37-year-old egotistical man-giant down low, the Cavs are my early favorite to win the 2010 NBA Finals. …::LeBron, don’t dissapoint….:::..

June 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

With Just One Day Left Until the Draft, the NBA Gets A Shake

Bucks Jazz Basketball

With just a couple days left before the 2009 NBA Draft, the league felt an abrupt shimmy along the way. With three blockbuster trades completed on Wednesday alone, don’t be surprised if several more deals go down and even more rumor clouds pop up.

1.) Milwaukee Bucks send Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto :                                          

As surprising as it is, your eyes are actually not playing tricks on you. That’s right, the Spurs actually acquired a player under the age of 30. Richard Jefferson is just 29-years-old and will serve as a nice offensive threat for the Spurs. The Bucks on the other hand, do not receive a whole lot in player value but they do get three expiring contracts, and they free up Jefferson’s owed $29.5 million over the next two years, in order to try and retain Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions. It should also be noted that the Bucks immediately sent Oberto to the Pistons for Amir Johnson in order to create even more financial flexibility.

Winner? Although a line-up with Duncan, Ginobili, Jefferson, and Parker is scary, I think I give the leg up to the Bucks because they have a future ahead of them. Spurs make out in the present. Bucks likely make out in the future. But then again, it’s the Bucks.

2.) Washington Wizards send Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songalia, and the #5 draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller :

I’m obviously a huge Wizards fan so this position may come off a little bias. In my opinion, the Wizards receive a ‘B’ grade while the Timberwolves receive a ‘C+’. The Wiz send off a huge and ugly Thomas contract and dump some expiring contracts. As a fan, I would say that they sent the #5 pick and a halfway decent bench player (Songalia). The T’ Wolves are now equipped with four draft picks for Thursday night, two of which are in the top-ten. Mike Miller will serve as a solid veteran bench player that can stroke it from three while Foye could compete for the starting point guard position. Although Foye has had injury problems over his first few years, there is no doubt that he can score and pass effectively when healthy. I would like to think that Foye and Miller will do just fine in D.C. However, don’t look for any of the three Minnesota additions to do anything in the production category. The T’ Wolves did this primarily to acquire the #5 draft pick and probably trade up on Thursday night.

Winner? I know, I know. I say the Wizards. The Wiz have plenty of young talent in the locker room (Young, Blatche, McGee, McGuire) and the last thing that would help the team would be a rookie other than Blake Griffin. Instead, the Wiz get two guys who can play right now and contribute solid numbers in most categories. But mark my words…::..the Wizards are likely not finished dealing…:::::….

3.) Golden State Warriors send Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton :

With the Atlanta Hawks not expected to be able to match an offer that Mike Bibby receives, bringing in an offensive backcourt player like Crawford is a smart idea. Joe Johnson is the primary point-scorer on the Hawks squad but Jamal Crawford can chuck it from all over…and they usually drop. Crawford is like a ticking time-bomb – he could all of sudden drop 50 right before your eyes. The Warriors had to trade him because he never fit in Golden State’s formula while it was the same case for Acie Law in Atlanta. With the Warriors expected to release Claxton, this trade is basically heads-up, Crawford for Law.

Winner? I would say Atlanta by a long shot. Take a look at the stats and see who you would take, Law or Crawford. Acie Law hasn’t had the opportunity to prove himself quite yet but I wasn’t high on the guy when he entered the league anyway. The only problem that may form in Atlanta is who gets more shots, Johnson and Crawford can turn into ball-hogs reeeaaaal quick.

……:::::…It can only get BeTTer from heRe…:::::>>>

June 25, 2009 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

‘Public Enemies’: The Official Movie Trailer

Hitting theatres July 1st, Public Enemies tells the fascinating story of John Dillinger, the famous bank robber from the 1930’s.

The Michael Mann (he’s pretty frickin’ good) film will star Johnny Depp and Christian Bale and the trailer does a fine job of attracting viewers, in my opinion.

It’s tough to judge a movie by it’s trailer, the list of those is endless, but Public Enemies could end up being a classic.

…::Check..It..Out::…

June 23, 2009 at 2:32 am 1 comment

‘2012’: The Official Movie Trailer

December 21, 2012.

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments.

The trailer for this film looks absolutely …:..CrAzY..::..

From the creator of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, Roland Emmerich now brings a film that documents the end of the world. Obviously this guy likes mass destruction, but this trailer looks like his best work yet. I’m not saying the movie will win an Oscar, but you can’t deny the special effects.

 

June 23, 2009 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

Can You Believe This Kid?

I know it sometimes seems foolish when people overhype a young athlete and completely blow him out of the water, calling him the #1 pick before he even hits high school. But after watching this video, you can’t tell me your perspective hasn’t changed just a little bit…

John Wall is a 6’4 point guard out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He’ll follow John Calipari to Kentucky to play ball this fall. Most NBA Mock Drafts have this kid going number one overall next season, and it doesn’t seem too far fetched after watching a video like this.

…::..Notice the kids he’s playing against….he makes them look that ridiculous…::..

June 22, 2009 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

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