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.
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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.
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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.
After her son posted a video on Youtube concerning his “father”, his mom, Pamela Y. Smith filed a paternity suit alleging that NBA legend Michael Jordan was her son’s father. Smith filed the suit here in Atlanta at the Fulton County Superior Court.
In a counter suit Jordan claimed otherwise by showing that Smith had previously claimed during her 2003 divorce case that her now ex-husband Glennville G. Reynolds was her son’s father.
Well after last week’s court hearing between both parties in which Jordan wasn’t present, it appears things have changed. Upon leaving the hearing, both parties agreed to return to court if the matter couldn’t be resolved free of a judge’s ruling.
After all was said and done or however it played out, somewhere between then and now, Ms. Smith has decided to drop the paternity suit. According to her attorney, the decision was made “in her son’s best interest.”
Now while the whole Jordan’s his daddy case suddenly appeared out of nowhere, it seems to be disappearing just as fast. Hmmmmm sniff sniff…do I smell a settlement? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Despite, Lebron James outstanding dunk performances he show’s on the court, the Miami Heat player has yet to enter the Slam Dunk Contest. So, in efforts to entice him a little, former NBA player-businessman Magic Johnson put up a BIG wager.
During a recent discussion on ESPN, Magic pleaded to Lebron that this is something he really wants to see next year at All-Star. In fact, he’s willing to pay the slam dunk winner $1 million if Lebron James enters the contest.
“Please, LeBron, get in the dunk contest,” Johnson said. “I’m going to put up a million dollars. A million dollars from Magic to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”
Sounds like a good deal! Check out the Magic’s announcement below…
One can only shake their head when thinking about all the trials and tribulations that have seemed to engulf not only the NBA career Allen Iverson once had but other prominent areas of his life.
Fresh off the heels of a divorce, he has now been bit by the foreclosure bug and has lost his mansion in Atlanta. In the divorce decree, Iverson kept ownership of the almost 10,000 square foot home which he had on the market for $2.5 million. Iverson had the home built four years ago for $4.5 million. According to sources, the home was purchased for $2.5 million by Georgia Primary Bank.
As it’s been said here a few time before…if your outgo is more than your income then your upkeep will be your downfall. But hopefully somewhere along the way Iverson can get a grip, plant his feet on some solid ground and get it together.
It is with deep sadness and utter disappointment that I have to report not to mention try to eventually fathom the mere thought of Boston Celtics’ star Rajon Rondo sitting on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. But unfortunately, that is the case!
After suffering a right knee injury during the Celtics loss to the Hawks late last week, the true extent of his injury was later confirmed over the weekend prior to the Celtics face-off against the Heat. In what I had hoped would not be the case, it was confirmed that the extent of it all was a torn ACL rendering him out of the game for the rest of the season.
Being that he’s one of the best players on the team, his absence could be devastating to their dynamics. But watching them snap their six game losing streak in double OT against the Heat on Sunday sans Rondo, the rest of the team proved that they can still hold it down. So we’ll see how the rest of the season goes for them.
Nonetheless we’re wishing Rondo a speedy recovery and wondering who’ll be taking his place considering he was recently named as the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference for this year’s All-Star Game.
Kobe Bryant got paper! Years of him shooting in the gym has paid off and created a multi-million dollar empire. But, what happens if he calls it splitsville from wife Vanessa? She would walk away with half of his earnings. Damn!
California has some of the strictest divorce laws than any other state. If married over 10 years, marriages are considered indefinite. Therefore, wife (or husband in some cases) would be entitled to life long spousal support and child support (if there are kids involved). In the case of Vanessa, Kobe will be ordered to pay an estimated $386,000 in monthly child support for his two little girls. Also, spousal support would run him up to $1 million.
Thank goodness the two was able to work out their differences….once again.
Do you think $1.36M is justified though? Let us know. We would love to hear your opinion on this.
NBA star Carmelo Anthony in collaboration with the Jordan Brand recently released his ninth signature, the Jordan Melo M9.
About the development of the shoe, Anthony said in a press statement, “I love the idea of being locked in, whether I’m on the perimeter or making a move in the post. I want to protect my ankles while not restricting my cutting ability. After working closely with the Jordan Brand team during development stages, the JORDAN MELO M9 fits my game perfectly.”
The Jordan Melo M9 retails for $140 and comes in various colors. Check out the collection below.
After getting the team off to a winning start and not to mention just recently being deemed as the Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month for November, Avery Johnson has been given the boot as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
Initially it seemed as if things were on the up and up with the workings of the team and Johnson leading their way. But somewhere somehow things took a turn for the worse within the last 3 or 4 weeks when the Nets kept losing games including five of their last six games and now have a 14-14 record.
The team’s General Manager Billy King made the announcement of Johnson’s firing yesterday saying, “It was a tough decision, I worked well with Avery for 2½ years. The way we’ve been playing lately and talking with ownership, I spoke to them this morning and the decision was made.”
Johnson later responded to the news saying, “This is a really disappointing day for me and my family. This is a difficult time. It’s something that I didn’t necessarily see coming, especially after our pretty good November.”
Until the Nets get a new coach, they’ve named Johnson’s head assistant, P.J. Carlesimo as interim head coach.
Well, well, well and the cookie crumbles!
Like acting, like clothing lines, like reality television, like premium liquors…there’s no limit to what these celebrities may dip their hands in be it an athlete, musical artist, actor or actress.
I could go on and on about who’s done whatever else other than what they really do, but I’ll get straight to it with the who this time and what now.
By way of former NBA star formally known as Shaquille O’Neal but better known as Shaq is his very own brand of liquor called Luv Shaq. His vodka brand will be produced by the company Devotion Vodka whose founder said in a statement that it will compete with Ciroc but at a “more competitive price.”
Now before you decide if another brand of vodka is really needed, the difference in Shaq’s brand just may make you think differently.
Being that he is an athlete and in an effort to stay in stride with America’s route of being more health conscious, Shaq is going to make his vodka both sugar and gluten-free. But don’t worry you’ll still get some flavor because Luv Shaq will be in coconut flavor. As for the packaging, the bottle will feature an image of Shaq with giant wings.
Luv Shaq will be on store shelves in sometime next year.
Joining fellow Los Angeles Lakers legends, Magic Johnson and Jerry West when it comes to having your very own statue at the infamous Staples Center is legend in his own right Kareem Adbul-Jabbar.
The statue was recently unveiled during a ceremony for the 65-year-old former NBA star. Abdul-Jabbar’s career span from 1969-1989 with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers and to date he is still the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points. He also won six NBA championships and 6 MVP awards.
The statue which stands almost 16-foot tall memorializes Abdul-Jabbar’s famous hook shot also depicts his No. 33 jersey of course with short shorts and his signature goggles and wristbands.
Gratefully accepting the honor, Abdul-Jabbar said, “Having lived my life and had the experiences I’ve had, I can understand now what a man like Lou Gehrig means when he considers himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
I must say, this is an honor well deserved. Congrats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
Over the weekend and only five games into the season, in what’s considered to be a shocking move, the Los Angeles Lakers gave their head coach, Mike Brown, the boot. With the team’s high expectations of success especially after rebuilding which included the addition of All-Stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, they’ve only managed to get off to a rough start with a 1-4 record thus far.
While it can be argued that the team wasn’t fully intact due to Howard’s lingering difficulties after having back surgery and Nash’s left fibula fracture, it looks as if all the blame will go on Brown. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak cited two main reasons for Brown’s dismissal; won-loss record and lack of improvement. “After five games we weren’t seeing improvement and we made a decision. Maybe it would have changed…we didn’t want to wait five months and find out it wasn’t going to change,” said Kupchak.
This says a lot about their faith in Brown’s ability considering he’s only stacked $7 million of the $18 million contract he signed back in 2011.
To it all, in a statement, Brown said “I have great respect for the Buss family and the Lakers’ storied tradition and I thank them for the opportunity they afforded me. I have a deep appreciation for the coaches and players that I worked with this past year and I wish the organization nothing but success as they move forward.”
According to the team, Bernie Bickerstaff will serve as interim coach, but no announcement has been made as to who will officially replace Brown.
What do you think people? Justified or Foul on the Play??? Tell us what you think in the comments.
After recently reporting that NBA star Dwyane Wade had ended his relationship with the Jordan Brand, we’re back to tell you all about his new deal.
Partnering with Chinese athletic Company, Li-Ning, the Miami Heat guard will get his own brand which of course will be called Wade. Conditions of the deal will grant Wade plenty of say when it comes to design elements and endorsers. Having already unveiled his first signature shoe of his new brand during a recent Heat practice session, he plans to officially debut the shoe when the heat face the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason game in Beijing.
According to Wade, the shoe we’ll see in China “will not be the final product.” So I guess we can just consider this a sneak peek to what’s to come. He’s hoping to have something closer to the final product when the Heat open the season against Boston later this month. However, if not, Wade says, “I’m not rushing. I want to make sure it’s a good product and when people see me, they need to know I’m comfortable with it. I want to make sure people understand that this is a big deal, not only for China, but for me.”
Wade’s apparel and footwear line is expected to be available at Li-Ning retail stores and online later this year with the U.S. debut slated for 2013. His shoes are expected to have a price point of approximately $120.
First Solange ends her relationship with Carol’s Daughter and now Dwyane Wade is giving Jordan the boot.
The Miami Heat star has revealed that he will no longer be sporting the Jordan brand sneakers and apparel. While Wade said his time with the Jordan brand has been “unbelievable” and that he feels “honored to have represented my favorite player of all time and his brand”, he has (upon mutual agreement from both sides) decided not to extend his contract which expired last month.
Wade gave no indication as to what shoe he’ll be wearing when the upcoming NBA season begins. It’ll be interesting to see what he traded his Jordans in for.
ESPN is giving us a blast from the past. By way of video, the sports network is giving fans a brief glimpse into the world of rapper 2 Chainz’ high school basketball days. 2 Chainz who before that was known as Tity Boi who before that was known as Tauheed Epps was the star player for the North Clayton Eagles. The 1995 clip shows the rapper sink a 3-pointer, slam down a dunk and breaking out doing the Bankhead bounce. Classic!!!
Check out the video below….