Allen Iverson recently had his Number 3 jersey retired by the Philadelphia 76ers on March 1, 2014. Iverson was the number one overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the 76ers after a stellar two-year career at Georgetown University. The 96 NBA Draft may be the best draft in NBA history, top three at least that included two MVP’s Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, All-Stars Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O’Neal, Antoine Walker, Ben Wallace, Peja Stojakovic and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Iverson was named the Big East Rookie of the Year and was also a First-Team All-American at Georgetown. Iverson became the shortest number one pick in NBA history listed at 6’0 and Iverson went on to win the Rookie Challenge MVP (changed to Rookie/Sophomore game), 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year and made the 1996-97 All-Rookie First Team in his Rookie year. Iverson averaged 23. 5 points, 7.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals as a rookie. He ranked 7th in the NBA in scoring and steals.
Iverson went on to lead the 76ers to the playoffs during the 1998-99 season; his third year in the league and he led the NBA in scoring with 26.8 points a game. Iverson and the six seed 76ers upset the number three seed Orlando Magic 3-1 in the first round and lost to the Indiana Pacers 4-2 in the conference semifinals. Iverson averaged a career-high 4.9 rebounds that season to go along with 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals. In the 1999-00 season Iverson averaged 28.4 points, 4.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals and the 76ers made the playoffs and was eliminated by the Pacers again in the conference semifinals. Iverson made his first All-Star Game appearance in 2000 and was voted in by fans as a starter.
In the 2000-01 season which was Iverson best season, he was selected as a All-Star starter again, won his first All-Star Game MVP and Iverson was named the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player. Iverson led the league in scoring with 31.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and led the league with 2.5 steals a game. Iverson led the 76ers to their first NBA Finals since they won their last championship in 1983, the 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The Lakers team featured Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe and the Lakers went undefeated in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Iverson scored 48 points in game one of the Finals in 107-101 victory and the 76ers was the only team that handed the Lakers a playoff loss that season.
Iverson never made it to the NBA Finals again and won his last playoff series in the 2003 playoffs. After that win in the first round and loss in conference semifinals, Iverson never made it past the first round for the rest of his NBA career. Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets in December of 2006 where he teamed up with rising star Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets made the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round by San Antonio Spurs who went on to become the 2007 NBA Champions. The Nuggets made it to the playoffs again the next year and were swept in the first round by Lakers who went on to become Western Conference Champions.
Iverson was traded to the Detroit Pistons in November of 2008 and Iverson only played one season with the Pistons. In 2009, Iverson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies as a free agent, Iverson had his shortest NBA tenure with Memphis only playing in three games after his contract was terminated with a mutual agreement. Two weeks after that, Iverson returned to play for Philadelphia and left the 76ers for personal reasons in February 2010. Iverson also didn’t play in the All-Star game after being voted in. Iverson never returned to the NBA and officially announced his retirement from the NBA on October 30, 2013.
Allen Iverson definitely changed the culture of the NBA and started trends during his tenure in the NBA. Iverson made cornrows popular, he was the first player to wear the arm sleeve, him and Shaq made tattoos famous. Iverson should be one of the top five shooting guards in NBA history, in my opinion behind Michel Jordan, Kobe, and Jerry West. Iverson had heart, he gave 110% every night on the court and rarely missed games due to injury. He did take a lot of shots and his field goal % wasn’t always good but he could take over a game at any time by himself.
Iverson Reebok “The Question” shoes he wore his Rookie year made a big impact in the shoe game and some of his other signature shoes. Reebok is still releasing his shoes today and Iverson was the face of Reebok shoes that were cool to wear. Iverson made 10 straight All-Star Game appearances; on the All-NBA First Team and Second Team three times each; a Four-time NBA Scoring Champion and led the league in steals three times. Iverson was a icon that brought hip-hop to the NBA, and definitely will become a future Hall of Famer.
Photo Credit: CBSNews, NiceKicks, CounterKicks, Victoryin3
Tony Parker returned from injury to lead the San Antonio Spurs to 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Parker had 22 points and 7 assists for the Spurs. The Spurs had six players to score in double-figures. Boris Diaw came off the bench with a double-double to score 14 points and grab 10 rebounds for the Spurs and Tim Duncan scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 22 points to go along with 7 rebounds; Vince Carter came off the bench to score 21 points for the Mavs. The Spurs improve to 43-16 and the Mavs are 36-25. The Spurs are leading their division and have the second best record in the Western Conference.
DeMar DeRozan scored 12 out of his team-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 104-98 victory over the Golden State Warriors. DeRozan made an impressive 10 out of 16 shots, 11 out of 12 free throws to go along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a game-high 8 assists for the Raptors. Amir Johnson had 9 points, a team-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the Raptors. Stephen Curry had a game-high 34 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds for the Warriors. David Lee had 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Warriors. The Raptors improve to 33-26 and the Warriors are 36-24, the Raptors are leading their division and Golden State trail their division leader by 4.5 games.
Photo Credit: NBC Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers traded Forward/Guard Evan Turner and Forward Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers, and acquired Forward Danny Granger. Turner was averaging a career-high 17.4 points for the 76ers before the trade and will bring a scoring presence to the Pacers. Turner will most likely become the Pacers Sixth Man; Turner is also averaging 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Granger was only averaging 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Pacers before the trade. Granger has only appeared in 29 games this season and has averaged 22.5 minutes a game.
Granger has been battling injuries again this season; he appeared in a career-low 5 games last season. Allen averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds for the 76ers before the trade in 18.8 minutes a game. Turner will become a restricted free agent this offseason and Pacers Guard Lance Stephenson will become a free agent this off-season. Stephenson has been averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists, Stephenson also leads the NBA in triple-doubles.
The Pacers will have a decision to make on which player to keep or they can make a costly decision and keep Turner and Stephenson. The Pacers have been adding pieces to their team to hopefully be able to beat the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Turner is a versatile all-around player that can make an immediate impact with the Pacers, his impact against the Heat will determine if the trade was worth it.
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers helped led the East All-Star team to a 163-155 over the West All-Star team, scoring 24 of those in the second half. The 318 combined points scored set an All-Star game record and the East victory ended the West three-game winning streak. Irving was named the MVP after finishing with 31 points, 14 assists and 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony, of the New York Knicks, set an All-Star record by making eight 3-pointers, Anthony finished with 30 points and 5 rebounds for the East. LeBron James of the Miami Heat finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the East.
The West led by as many as 18 points in the 3rd quarter; the East outscored the West by 21 points in the second-half. Blake Griffin, of the Los Angeles Clippers, made a All-Star record 19 field goals, finishing with 38 points and 6 rebounds for the West. Griffin scored a All-Star game record nine field goals in the 1st quarter, eight of those coming off dunks. Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 38 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and a team-high six 3-pointers for the West; becoming the first player to score 30 points or more in four straight All-Star games. Chris Paul, of the Clippers, came the bench to score 11 points with a West team-high 13 assists.
The Stars for both teams put on show for the crowd and played more defensive in the fourth quarter. The East was just too strong for the West in the second half.
The NBA All-Star Weekend is approaching in two days and all teams have played 50-52 games out of the 82 game season. The Indiana Pacers have the best record in the NBA and the Oklahoma City Thunder have the second-best record in the league. The Pacers are 40-11 and the Thunder are 42-12 – both teams have a impressive home record – the Pacers are 25-2 at home and the Thunder are 23-3 at home. Kevin Durant, forward for Thunder, is currently leading the league in scoring with a career-high 31.2 points. Durant is also averaging 7.6 rebounds, a career-high 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals.
DeAndre Jordan, center for the Los Angeles Clippers is leading the league with 14.1 rebounds. His previous career-high was 8.2 rebounds. Jordan is also leading the league in field goal % shooting 65.6% from the field. Jordan is averaging 10 points and is fourth in the league in blocks shot with 2.37 blocks a game. Clippers point guard, Chris Paul, would be leading the league in steals and assists. Paul is ineligible due to not playing in enough games because of an injury. Paul is averaging 11 assists and 2.49 steals a game; he recently returned from injury and still could lead the league in both categories. Stephen Curry, point guard of the Golden State Warriors, is leading the league with a career-high 9 assists and averaging a career-high 24.5 points.
Ricky Rubio, point guard of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is averaging a career-high 2.46 steals a game and is fourth in the league with 8.3 assists a game. Anthony Davis, of the New Orleans Pelicans, is leading the league with a career-high 3.12 blocks a game. Davis is a candidate for Most Improved Player and has improved in every statistically category this season and became a first-time All-Star. Durant is the front runner to win his first regular season MVP award and Jordan could win his first Defensive Player of the Year award. The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers all round out the top five records in the NBA.
It will probably be a Eastern Conference Finals rematch with the Heat and Pacers this year. The Thunder should be in the Western Conference Finals this year. Once the Spurs get healthier, they have a good chance at returning to the Western Conference Finals. The Trail Blazers have been one of the hottest teams this season after not making the playoffs last season. Portland is a young team and the Spurs deep roster and experience gives them an edge over Portland. The playoffs start in April and the Heat have a tough road ahead of them if they wish to three-peat as NBA Champions.
Kevin Durant scored 41 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the New York Knicks 112-100. Durant had 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 assist away from recording a triple-double. Reggie Jackson had 19 points and 6 assists for the Thunder and Serge Ibaka scored 16 points, had 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the Thunder. Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire led the Knicks in scoring with 16 points each, Felton had a team-high 7 assists. Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony had a horrible night, making only 5 out of 19 shots for 15 points, to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Knicks had six players in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough for a win. And the Knicks have lost four of their last five games. The Thunder improve to 41-12 with the best record in the West and the Knicks are 20-31, two games behind the #8 seed in the East.
The Chicago Bulls barely held on to a 19-point lead to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 92-86. Joakim Noah had 20 points,13 rebounds and 3 blocks, all game-highs for the Bulls. Taj Gibson had 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Bulls and Kirk Hinrich had 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the Bulls. Chris Kaman came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in 27 minutes of action for the Lakers. Kendall Marshall came off the bench for the Lakers with 13 points and a game-high 11 assists. The Lakers were missing Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Nick Young and Xavier Henry all out due to injuries. The Bulls improve to 24-25 and the Lakers are 18-32; both teams have been battling injuries most of the season.
Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway was drafted by the Golden State Warriors - with the 3rd overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft – and was traded to the Orlando Magic on a draft night trade. Penny left Memphis State after his junior season in which he averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists. 2.4 steals and 1.2 blocks. Penny made immediate strides with the Orlando Magic his Rookie season. He was the MVP of the inaugural Rookie Game, which is now the Rookie/Sophomore game. He and Shaquille O’Neal helped lead the Magic to their first 50-win season and to their first playoff berth. He averaged 16 points, 6.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game as Rookie and made the 1993-94 NBA All-Rookie First Team. Penny’s popularity grew in the NBA with his signature Air Penny shoes and with the Nike commercials the Lil’ Penny doll (Voice of Chris Rock).
Penny was selected to his first All-Star game as a starter and to the All-NBA First Team in his second year, in which he averaged 20.9 points, 7.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals. The Magic went on to win a franchise record 57 games. Also, the Magic made their first NBA Finals appearance in which they were swept by the Houston Rockets. Hardaway did average 24.5 points, 8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in the NBA Finals. His third season, the Magic won a franchise 60 games. He was selected to his second All-Star Game as a starter and was selected to his second All-NBA First Team. The Magic lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals (who went on to become NBA Champions). That summer, Free Agent Center Shaquille O’Neal joined the Los Angeles Lakers and Penny became the Star of the Magic. The next season the Magic lost in the first round to the Miami Heat 3-2. Penny did score 42 and 41 points in back to back elimination games, showing signs that he was a top-five player in the league.
During the 1997-98 season, Penny suffered a devastating knee injury. He returned the next season and played the whole season for the Magic. He was eventually traded to the Phoenix Suns in the Summer of 1999. His first season with the Suns, he averaged 16.9 points, a career-high 5.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. After his first season with Phoenix, Hardaway never averaged more than 12 points in his career. Penny was traded to the New York Knicks during the 2003-04 season and only appeared in 83 games in 2 ½ seasons with the Knicks. Penny was traded back to the Magic in 2006 and was waived for salary cap reasons. He was signed by the Heat as a Free Agent. He appeared in 16 games – starting in 8 of those – and was eventually cut to never played another game in the NBA.
Penny wasn’t your average Point Guard. He was 6’7 with quickness, speed, and could create his own shot - and could take over a game when his team needed him too. He could shoot, score, pass, rebound, steal and wasn’t a bad 3-point shooter. If Penny stayed healthy, I truly believe he would have been one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest players. Before his first major injury with the Magic, Penny averaged 19.8 points, 6.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals in his first four seasons for the Magic. Hardaway was selected to four All-Star Games from 1995-98 and he was selected to the 1996-97 All-NBA Third Team.
Penny also finished in the Top 10 in steals three seasons in his career. He was a member of the 1996 USA Olympic Basketball Team that won a gold medal and Hardaway averaged 9 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game during the Olympics. Hardaway’s Nike Foamposites and his Nike Signature shoes are still popular in today’s shoe game and he is still one of the best players in Magic history. He is currently coaching at Lester Middle School as the boys’ basketball coach. Penny attended the same middle school.
Word on the street is that businessman and NBA Hall of Fame inductee, Magic Johnson, is not part owner of the Lost Angeles Sparks (WNBA).
“We’re totally thrilled,” WNBA President Laurel Richie told The AP. “When Magic chooses to enter into a partnership with a WNBA team, that’s a great thing. He’s a legend within basketball. He’s very knowledgeable about the game. He’s a larger-than-life personality. He’s an extremely successful businessman. He cares about the community the way that the WNBA does.”
Johnson is part of a small group of investors who’s previously acquired the Los Angeles Dodgers. The group comprised up of Johnson, Mark Walter, and Peter Guber (who did not partake in this recent acquisition) purchased the Dodgers for $2.15 billion.
It was only recently that Walter and Johnson discussed the idea of purchasing the L.A. Sparks.
“He is looking forward to coming to games,” Richie said. “He is a fan already and now I think he’s going to have a heightened interest in this team all together. There will be lots of opportunity to see him and interact with him.”
Marc Gasol returned from injury to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 90-87. Newly acquired Guard Courtney Lee led the Grizzlies with 24 points and Zach Randolph had a double-double for the Grizzlies with 23 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Gasol had 12 points and 4 rebounds in his first game since November 22, 2013. Star player Kevin Durant had a game-high 37 points and 4 assists for the Thunder. The Grizzlies improve to 18-19 and The Thunder are 28-10.
Newly acquired Luol Deng helped the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-118. Deng led the Cavs with 27 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Anderson had a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs. Nick Young came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points for the Lakers and Jodie Meeks scored 26 points for the Lakers. Pau Gasol had a double-double for the Lakers with 20 points and 12 rebounds, this was the Lakers fifth straight loss. The Cavs improve to 14-24 and are still in the playoff race, the Lakers are now 14-24 and will most likely miss the playoffs.
Joe Johnson hit a jumper at the buzzer to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nets outscored the Thunder 29-16 in the fourth quarter. Deron Williams had a season-high 29 points along with a game-high 5 steals, and 4 assists. Thunder Star Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points and Serge Ibaka had a double-double for the Thunder with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brooklyn improves to 11-21, the Thunder are 25-7 and have the second best record in the Western Conference.
All-Stars Stephen Curry and David Lee combined to score 68 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 123-114 win over the Miami Heat. Curry had 36 points and 12 assists, both game-highs. Curry was 8 out of 15 from 3-point range and the 123 points is the most scored against the Heat this season. Lee had a double-double for Warriors with 32 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Heat Star LeBron James led the Heat with 26 rebounds, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Golden State improves to 21-13, the Heat are 24-8 and have the second best record in the Eastern Conference.
Photo Credit: ESPN
By: Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine
Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored 23 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 101-95 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat are now 5-0 against the Lakers on Christmas day. Bosh led the Heat with 11 rebounds and Wade and Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 7 assists. Heat star LeBron James had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Nick Young came off the bench to lead the Lakers with 20 points and Pau Gasol had a double-double for the Lakers with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Houston Rockets scored 40 first quarter points and went on to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 111-98. Star player James Harden scored a game high 28 points and had 6 assists for the Rockets. Starting Forwards Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones each scored 21 points for the Rockets. Dwight Howard had a double-double for the Rockets with 15 points and a game-high 20 rebounds. Manu Ginobili came off the bench to lead the Spurs with 22 points and Spurs star player Tim Duncan had 11 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and a game-high 6 blocks.
By: Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine
Kobe Bryant suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee and is scheduled to be out for six weeks. Bryant recently returned from a torn Achilles’ tendon that he suffered in April. Bryant has only played six games this season and is only averaging 13.8 points, a career high 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Bryant is also averaging a career high 5.6 turnovers per game and shooting a career low 18% from 3 point range.
Bryant is now sidelined with an injury along with Lakers Guards Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake. The Lakers did sign Free Agent Guard Kendall Marshall who was the 13th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Submitted By: Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine
via press release:
ATLANTA – December 17, 2013 – Hoop 4 a Cause, a non-profit celebrity basketball game and holiday toy drive benefiting children and families in need from impoverished Atlanta communities, hosted its second annual basketball fundraising event on Saturday, December 14, at Central Park Gymnasium located at 400 Merritts Ave. NE.
This year’s Hoop 4 a Cause, hosted by Streetz 94.5’s DJ Lady B with music provided by DJ Showtime, featured a 3-point Competition and NBA Skills Challenge with the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Development staff and a halftime performance by Leadership Prep Academy Dance Team. Each child who attended Hoops 4 a Cause received a ticket voucher for an upcoming Atlanta Hawks home game.
Event organizers, Jah Rawlings, with We Got This, Shena Locke, with Dynamic Events, and Nicole Kasak, with Kasak Media, joined forces to produce the event and raise money to buy holiday toys for children from Atlanta’s 4th ward and inner city communities. The event received significant support from local artists and entertainers, companies and schools; and with this support, Hoop 4 a Cause purchased more than 100 toys and sponsored three families of five. Event partners and supporters of Hoop 4 a Cause included: Red Bull, The Theo Ratliff Foundation, the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Publik Trust, Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) and Streetz 94.5 FM.
Celebrity players and guests included: music and recording artists, K Camp, Scotty ATL, Sy Ari Da Kid, Dae Dae Brick Squad, Jus Nice, DJ Benny Demus, Kap G and Sha Stimuli, retired NBA All-Star, Theo Ratliff, Lady B and DJ Showtime with Streetz 94.5, Reec with HOT 107.9, pro players Randy Orr and Corey Zachery, and more!
Hoop 4 a Cause is an annual charity event benefiting children and families from Atlanta’s 4th ward and inner city communities. The annual event is a celebrity basketball game and toy drive. Hoop 4 a Cause relies on support and participation from local businesses and community leaders, as well as involvement from a variety of recording artists, entertainers and former professional athletes. In its second year, Hoops 4 a Cause hopes to raise money to purchase more than 500 toys. Join the conversation on Twitter with: #Hoop4aCause.
Thanks Nicole Kasak, of Kasak Media for the info!
The Indiana Pacers defeated the Miami Heat 90-84 in a rematch of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers improved to 19-3 and are 10-0 at home, their first time in franchise history. Pacers Center Roy Hibbert led all scorers with 24 points, while star players Paul George and David West each had 17 points for the Pacers. George and West combined for 13 out of the 21 Pacers turnovers.
Lebron James and Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 17 points, while combining to shoot a disappointing 12 out of 30 from the field. James had a game high 14 rebounds. James and Wade led the Heat with 6 assists. The Heat were outrebounded by the Pacers 43 to 33 and only made a disappointing 19% of their 3 point attempts. The Heat are now 16-6 and trail the Pacers with the second best record in the Eastern Conference. These teams will probably meet again in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals and the winner will probably win the NBA Finals.
Submitted by Abner Jackson, III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers spoiling Kobe Bryant first game back from injury. Kobe shot a disappointing 2 out of 9 from the field, finishing with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Kobe played in his first game this season since tearing his Achilles tendon in April and had a game high 8 turnovers. Amir Johnson help spoil Kobe return with a career-high 32 points, he had a game high 10 rebounds for the Raptors.
Demar DeRozan had 26 points and a made a game high 10 free throws for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and had a game high 8 assists for the Raptors. Nick Young came off the bench and led the Lakers with 19 points, the Lakers had 5 players in double figures all of them bench players. The Lakers starters combined to score 23 points, with Kobe scoring the majority of those points.
The Lakers are 10-10 now and is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Raptors improve to 7-12 after losing their previous 5 games in a row. The Raptors made headlines in the NBA before the game, trading second leading scorer Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Both teams combined to trade seven players, the Raptors acquired Guard Greivis Vasquez, Guard/Forward John Salmons, Forwards Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson. The Kings additionally acquired Center Aaron Gray and Forward Quincy Acy to complete the trade.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-102 in a match-up with two of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Blazers are now 15-3 and have won 13 of their last 14 games. All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 28 points and 10 rebounds. The Pacers are 16-2 and still have the best record in the NBA.
Star player Paul George scored a career high 43 points for the Pacers and made 7 three pointers. George became the first Pacer since Reggie Miller to score 40 points and have 7 or more 3 pointers in a game. Damian Lillard scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and led the Blazers with 2 blocks. Roy Hibbert had a double-double for the Pacers with 16 points and game high 14 rebounds.
The Pacers and Blazers have the best record in their conference and will meet again February 2nd. If they continue to have the best record, they could possibly meet in the NBA Finals.
Submitted by Abner Jackson, III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The Indiana Pacers defeated the New York Knicks 103-96 in overtime. The Pacers improved to 10-1 and is now tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the NBA’s best record. Paul George led the Pacers with 35 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony had a great game with 30 points and game high 18 rebounds. The Knicks are now 3-8 and have lost 4 games in a row.
The Dallas Mavericks came back (after being down by 17 points) after three quarters to defeat the Houston Rockets 123-120 to win a state rivalry game. Newcomer Monte Ellis scored a game high and a season high 37 points for the Mavericks and Star player Dirk Nowitzki had a season high 35 points for the Mavericks. Shawn Marion hit a 3 pointer with 47 seconds to give Dallas the lead for good and the Mavericks improve to 8-4 and are on a three game winning streak. Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 33 points a season high, 11 rebounds and the Rockets are now 8-5.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade penned his first book and now it’s being developed into a television show.
The show will be called “Three The Hard Way” and will be a comedy inspired by Wade’s best-selling book. The show is written by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”) and is based on the NBA superstar after he gets full custody of his kids. His wide range of close friends tag along, but soon realizes that they are assisting Wade in parenting duties.
Watkins and Wade are executive producing the show along with Mike Tollin of Mandalay Sports Media and Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Troy Craig Poon through Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.
This will be the first project out of Wade’s ZZ Productions company.
NBA Rewind: Clippers Beat Thunder, 111-103; Rockets vs. Knicks, 109-106; Warriors Outs Thunder, 116-115
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-103 winning their third game in a row. The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin double-double, 22 points and 12 rebounds, he also had 7 assists. Star Player Chris Paul had a double-double with 14 points and 16 assists for the Clippers. Paul has recorded 10 points and 10 assists in his first nine games and becoming the first player in Clippers history to do so.
Star player Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. All-Star Russell Westbrook recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists for the Thunder. The Thunder took a huge lost when Serge Ibaka was rejected in the second quarter after a altercation with Matt Barnes. Barnes was also rejected. Ibaka is the Thunder best shot blocker and rebounder. He was a perfect 6 out of 6 field goals before the ejection. The Clippers improved to 6-3 and the Thunder are 5-2 – the Clippers are leading their division.
The Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 109-106 for their eighth straight victory against the Knicks. Star player James Harden led the Rockets with 36 point, 9 rebounds and made a season high 16 out of 18 free throws. The Knicks held All-Star Dwight Howard to a season low 7 points. Howard grabbed 15 rebounds and recorded 4 block shots. Knicks Star Player Carmelo Anthony had a spectacular game with a season high 45 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Harden made the game winning free throws after Anthony made two free throws to bring the Knicks within 107-106. The Rockets improve to 6-4 and the Knicks drop to a disappointing 3-5.
Andre Iguodala made the game winning fade away as time expired to give The Golden State Warriors a 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points and his back court teammate and Star player Stephen Curry had 22 points and 9 assists. They combined to make an impressive 10 out 17 three pointers, Iguodala finished with 14 points and 9 assists for the Warriors. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and his 3 pointer gave the Thunder the lead with 2.3 seconds remaining. The Thunder have lost two games in a row and have a 5-3 record and the Warriors improve to a 6-3 record.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The Orlando Magic shocked the Los Angeles Clippers with a 98-90 home win. Nikola Vucevic had 30 points and 21 rebounds for the Magic, his second career 30/20 game. The Magic had 5 players in double figures and their bench outscored the Clippers bench 34 to 16. The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin 23 points a team high. He also had 13 rebounds and star player Chris Paul recorded a double-double with 18 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds.
The Magic improve to 3-2 and the Clippers are now 3-2 also. The Magic have won three in a row after starting the season 0-2. The Magic are one of the youngest teams in the league. They have plenty of depth and will be a deeper team once Forwards Tobias Harris and Glen “Big Baby” Davis returns. If the Magic can stay healthy, they have a bright future and could be in the playoff race this season.
The Indiana Pacers defeated the Chicago Bulls 97-80 and improve to 5-0 their best start in NBA history. The Pacers were led by All-Star Paul George 21 points, and David West had double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Roy Hibbert had a impressive 5 block shots and the Pacers had 5 players in double-figures. Bulls star Derrick Rose and All-Star Luol Deng led the Bulls with 17 points each and they combined to shoot a horrible 12-33 from the field.
Rose has started the season slow returning from injury. Rose has yet to shoot over 40% from the field and score more than 18 points this season. The Pacers look better defensively and have a deeper bench this season. The Pacers are looking like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference so far this year. Although, the Pacers did lose to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, once former All-Star Danny Granger returns, they can become even better.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Russell Westbrook returned from injury to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-96 victory against the Phoenix Suns. This was Westbrook first game since he was injured in the second game of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, six months ago. Westbrook returned with 21 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and shot a game high 14 free throws, making 11 of them. Star Player Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and 10 rebounds, making 10 out 19 field goals.
Suns newcomer Eric Bledsoe who was acquired this off-season in a trade had a spectacular game, with 26 points, a career high 14 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Newcomer Gerald Green had 21 points, team high 8 rebounds, and made a impressive 5 out of 10 three pointers for the Suns. This wasn’t enough to defeat the Thunder, who have beaten Phoenix 11 straight times. Both teams have a 2-1 record and the Thunder should be a top four team now in the Western Conference with Westbrook returning. The Suns are off to great season with one of the youngest rosters in the league and a team with three new starters.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Allen Iverson Reflects On Past Ridicule: ‘Now All The Guys In The NBA Got Cornrows’ + Officially Announces Retirement
The enigma which is Allen Iverson has officially retired from the game of basketball. The 38 year old former NBA all-star held an official press conference on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The six-foot 165-pound point guard made a major impact on the league when he became a Sixer in 1996. Although small in frame, his toughness was felt on and off the court. On the court he led his team to victories and remains one of the top-scoring point guards ever to play the game. For starters, he became the Rookie of the Year in 1996-97 and made All-NBA first, second and third teams. He’s a 11-time All-Star and has the sixth highest scoring average in NBA history with 26.7 points per game. He remains number two in highest scoring average during playoffs with 29.7 points (right behind Michael Jordan who is number one).
It’s been four years since Iverson played in the NBA. He’s been dealt with a boat load of troubles ranging from marriage/divorce and child support to alleged alcohol and gambling addictions. These vices and circumstances have kept Iverson in the media for years. But, it is unfortunate that his media attention hasn’t been about basketball and him actually playing in it. He addresses this issue during the press conference and explains why he hasn’t talked about his problems publicly.
“It does bother me, I have a heart just like everybody else,” Iverson said of the recent stories. “People have encouraged me to [publicly] address those issues. But if I know and my family knows and people that are close to me know, why do I have to explain myself? It’s hard having rhino skin sometimes. … A negative story about Allen Iverson is going to sell regardless. Nobody wants to talk about what I do for [charities]. That’s how this world is.”
As once a $200 million man, Iverson has given back to various organizations and causes. It was once his star power and influence on the youth that grab the attention of big corporations. His refusal to be none other than himself through communication, friendships, or sense of fashion and style was why everyone loved A.I. so much. That is except for the NBA and a some critics. As Iverson expressed in his press conference, he paved the way for the young ballers today to be themselves and look the way they want in the NBA. But, he says that it was unfortunate that he was the one who had to take the heat for it.
“I took an ass kicking for me being me in my career,” Iverson said. “For me looking the way I look and me dressing the way I dress. It was just being me. Now, look around, now all of the guys in the NBA have tattoos. You used to think the suspect was the guy with the cornrows. Now you see the police officers with the cornrows. I took a beating for those type of things and I’m proud to say I changed a lot with this culture and this game.”
No matter what he looked like or acted like, you can never deny his talent on the courts. Iverson thought that his retirement was be a sad occasion. In fact, he says he’s happy. He will officially retire his Philadelphia Sixers #3 jersey on March 1, 2014.
No one really knows what’s in store for A.I. or how he plans to get out of financial debt. But, there is talks about a documentary being filmed about his life.
Watch A.I’s press conference below:
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-113, on opening night of the 2013-14 NBA Season. The Lakers opened their season without star player Kobe Bryant, the Lakers are now 5-0 in season openers without Bryant. Newcomer Xavier Henry led the way for the Lakers with 22 points and former Laker Jordan Farmar returned to the Lakers with 16 points and 6 assists. The Lakers outscored the Clippers 41-24 in the fourth quarter and went on a 28-8 run to take the lead for good.
The Lakers played their backups all of the fourth quarter and five out of the six reserves scored in double figures. Pau Gasol scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds for the Lakers and Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers scoring 19 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan had a double-double for the Clippers with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and star player Chris Paul had 15 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals.
The Clippers swept the Lakers in their season series last season and this win snapped the Clippers four game winning streak against the Lakers. It’s only one game, but the Lakers bench is looking to prove a lot this season and they proved the beat the Clippers starters.
Submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Mike Will Made-It is known for creating platinum selling beats for some of your favorite artists. Now, he has branched off into the world of film/commercial scoring with a new collaboration with Lebron James and Nike.
The Atlanta-based producer recently tried his hand at scoring a commercial. The commercial was for Miami Heat’s Lebron James’ new #StriveForGreatness campaign. The commercial is called “Training Day” and it focuses on motivating people to be dedicated and work hard for what it is they want out of life.
“There is only one LeBron James. But everyone can follow his example. The desire to succeed lives within all of us. Those who will succeed replace that desire with work.” (Nike.com)
The opportunity to work with Lebron and the Nike team was one that Mike Will hoped to one day experience.
“This collaboration with LeBron James and Nike is all about expanding. I’ve been blessed to have so much success producing singles for other artists, and now, I’m just trying to stay creative, to start working on more diverse and different projects, like scoring commercials and movies, and executive producing albums and game or movie soundtracks. Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz album was the first project I executive produced.
“LeBron is someone that’s been supporting the music I’ve done – he saw that I’m a young cat with no boundaries to my sound. And I’m a fan of his, too. He flew me to Miami while he filmed the commercial, and while I was there I got the chance meet with him and his whole team, as well as the producers from the Nike commercial. They let me know the feel and direction they wanted and I executed. Funny thing is, I already partially had the song, ‘My Shoes,’ done, and we continued to work on it to get it to match the commercial. I reached out to John Legend got him to cut vocals, and he sent it right back. We edited the song to fit the commercial and nailed it. Everyone was excited including Lebron and now we have this Nike spot that we hope everyone enjoys. The full song, my version of ‘My Shoes,’ will be on my album, Est. In 1989 Pt. 3.” (via AudibleTreats)
Watch the commercial below:
Bullying is becoming more and more frequent among today’s youth in locations like school and online, according to recent bullying statistics. Unfortunately, recent bullying statistics show that bullying is on the rise among young adults, teens and children. 46 percent of males followed by 26 percent of females have admitted to being victims in physical fights as reported in one report of bullying statistics by the Bureau of Justice School.
The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
Many bullying studies revealed that students who are part of a minority group of students based on their gender, race, socioeconomic status as well as sexual preference are reasons other students use to harass. Victims of bullying at school, and bullies themselves, are more likely to experience psychiatric problems in childhood, studies have shown. Now researchers have found that elevated risk of psychiatric trouble extends into adulthood, sometimes even a decade after the intimidation has ended.
Atlanta based Independent Pop Soul artist JStavo, Stop Your Bullying (Anti-Bullying Organization) and the Youth Empowerment & Stability, Inc. (Y.E.S Inc.), collectively sought to raise awareness and funds around anti-bullying and empowering our youth.
On November 9, 2013 this team will host the 1st Annual “iHeart U” Anti-Bullying Basketball Charity Event & Concert in efforts to raise funds and awareness to support anti-bullying for youth. A portion of the proceeds collected from funds raised will help support sponsor efforts to continue to develop and implement programs and events for our youth.
Ashley Pope is a performance enhancement specialist, personal trainer, life and wellness coach and she also plays in the Models Basketball League and Legends Football League. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and she has a degree in Engineering Science.
How long have you been a performance enhancement specialist, personal trainer and life and wellness coach and did you take any specific training to become one?
I started the fitness industry in 2001 and got certified first through AAAI, then shortly after through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) to be a personal trainer with the Rush Fitness Complex in Knoxville, TN. I trained four 4 years before becoming a Fitness Manager with them in Chattanooga, then a Regional Fitness Manager in Greensboro, NC. I decided in the fall of 2011 to become a certified in Performance Enhancement Training through NASM and leave my position at the Rush on good graces to pursue bigger sports and training opportunities in a bigger city and build an empire, so to speak. I have big dreams! Life coaching comes with training and over 13 years of working with people on developing their mental and physical approach to achieving results and sticking with them. The world of health and wellness is a roller coaster for most people, and a lot of times individuals need a guide to help them through!
How can people fight obesity and what healthy foods do you recommend to eat?
Being overweight, obese, or unhealthy is truly the result of consuming too many calories and not moving enough. That’s it. Yes, you can get really technical about making healthy food choices, etc. but first you need to focus on burning more calories or energy in a day than you consume. So I would first recommend trying to be more active and get at least 30 min of exercise a day, in some form or fashion. As far as food choices go, I would stick to lean proteins such as chicken, light fish, turkey, eggs, and yogurt, whole grain carbohydrates and non starchy options such as oats, whole grain products, quinoa, beans, tons of fresh vegetables, citrus fruits and berries, and healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil in moderation.
What are the pros and cons of being a personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist?
Some of the pros of being a life coach are that it is very rewarding being a part of someone’s transformation. The look on their face when they hit a goal, or accomplish something amazing they never thought they could do is priceless. It is fun, challenging, uplifting, and always changing. I never was a 9-5 stuck in a cubicle kind of woman! I suppose the cons would be that it can be frustrating when people don’t make the commitment to themselves to change and don’t work to their full potential. It can also be inconsistent, which is hard to plan and deal with financially sometimes.
What interested you about joining the Models Basketball League and Legends Football League?
I pursued playing football and basketball for the LFL and MBL respectively because I grew up playing sports, mainly basketball softball and volleyball and absolutely love being part of a sports team and enjoy being pushed to my limits physically and mentally in athletics. I have watched LFL for a few years and always knew if I had the opportunity to be in a city with a team I would find a way to make the team. The MBL is exciting to me because it allows us opportunities to play in exciting situations and meet great people, and Justina is an awesome CEO and sets up many events, fundraisers, photoshoots, etc. for us to participate in. Plus I have met some really incredible girls in both leagues that I am so happy to call my great friends!
If you weren’t in the fitness industry, what would you be doing?
Hmmm…great question. I would say I would definitely be dealing with the body and wellness in some form or fashion. My degree is actually in Engineering Science/Biomedical Engineering, and at one point I wanted to design prosthesis and orthotics for patients. I would actually love to work more with challenged athletes. I have recently acquired a client who is a sponsored athlete and double amputee of the legs, and he is awesome! He has performed and placed in the Paralympics, and he is a total beast! Great inspiration!
Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
I am a down to earth yet outgoing girl who loves football (watching and playing), basketball, and working out with people so they can achieve amazing mental and physical results! I enjoy spending times with my friends and my dog Camo, and I am so in love with the city of Atlanta and all it has to offer!
How can fans keep in contact with you through social networks?
If you are interested in coaching of any level (I also do motivational speaking and Skype coaching), feel free to email me at email@example.com. You can also check out my blog at 3bqueen.wordpress.com to see some insight into my philosophies…very much into mind, body, and soul development. Also, follow me on IG at ballerchic99, Twitter at queenP51, or Facebook at Ashley LFL Pope.
Interview submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The Indiana Pacers signed guard/forward Paul George to a multi-year contract extension. George won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season and made his first All-Star appearance last season as a reserve. George was also named to the All-NBA third team and the All-Defensive second team last season. George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals last season, all were career highs. George played even better in the playoffs last season and was one the reasons why the Pacers took Miami Heat to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
This off-season the Pacers resigned Forward David West, signed Free Agent Forward Chris Copeland, Guard C.J. Watson and acquired Forward Luis Scola in a trade from the Phoenix Suns. The Pacers have one of the deepest teams in the NBA and with Former All-Star Danny Granger returning from injury they should be a better team this season. Guards George Hill and Lance Stephenson both had career highs last season in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Stephenson will either return to the bench with Granger back or Granger will become the Pacers Sixth Man. The Heat are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference again this season and the Pacers are definitely still a threat to them.
Article submitted by Abner Jackson, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Models Basketball League is set to begin their new 2013-14 Basketball season. Last season they played 50 local games throughout Atlanta and opened up for five Atlanta Hawks games at Philips Arena. MBL opened up for Atlanta Hawks games against the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and a playoff game against Indiana Pacers. This upcoming season the MBL will be playing road games when the Hawks travel to Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and other cities
MBL is looking for new models for this season, models range from 18-35 years old that are established models or pursuing model opportunities. Models Basketball Player Tabatha McCullum stated “I really enjoyed my first season being one of the many MBL Players. It wasn’t all about the modeling for me, it was more so for fitness and fun to help maintain my health. Also, I met some really great strong independent women who is about business and making their future even brighter”.
Models Basketball League was started in 2010 by Justina Ugwudi. Follow Justina on Twitter @Justshupier !!
To find out more about MBL visit their website http://www.modelsbasketball.com.
Article submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
This past weekend for the 4th time Miami Heat star LeBron James was awarded the NBA MVP award. LeBron’s talent goes without saying (don’t believe just watch) especially considering he’s now one of only four players who’s earned the title that many times.
Upon accepting his award, LeBron gave a heartfelt speech thanking his mom, Savannah and her parents. Watch it below…
Congratulations LeBron James!!!
While we hadn’t heard much about the incident since it became big news in 2011, it appears that investigators and prosecutors have been working hard in regards to NBA player Javaris Crittenton’s involvement in the murder of Jullian Jones.
Back in 2011 Crittenton was accused of being the one to fire the shot that ultimately lead to the death of Jones, a mother of four. While Jones wasn’t the intended victim, it’s being said that while Crittenton was out for revenge on a group of gang members who allegedly robbed, Jones got caught up in the crossfire.
Since the incident, Crittenton has proclaimed his innocence, but evidently law officials feel differently. As a result, Crittenton was indicted on 12 charges including murder earlier this week.
I’m not sure what to make of all of this, but time has a way of telling how this will all pan out. Considering Crittenton had a career in which he makes a pretty good penny it’ll be sad and downright ridiculous for to find out he threw it all away over his pride and possessions he should’ve been able to afford to replace.
No trial date has been set yet so be sure to check back with us for updates as this all plays out.