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.
NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion, Carmelo Anthony has teamed up with 50 Cent on the SMS Audio, an audio and headphone accessory brand. Anthony has signed on as an investor. He will also be the newest brand ambassador.
“50 Cent approaches SMS Audio the same way I do each of my games – with focus and passion,” said Mr. Anthony. “SMS Audio produces and markets high caliber products, delivering a sound unlike anything I have heard – I look forward to representing such an innovative global brand.”
Since entering the NBA, Anthony has emerged as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league and currently plays for the New York Knicks, and is the team’s 2012/2013 scoring champ. Named to the All-Rookie team, he was also part of the All-Star and All-NBA teams six times. Anthony led the Nuggets to two division titles and to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010. As a member of the USA National Team, Anthony won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Anthony marks the second celebrity to get involved with SMS Audio as an investment partner. In 2011, mega-producer Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley also became a partner, bringing his unparalleled music production background to the brand.
“Carmelo Anthony is one of today’s premier athletes and is known globally for both his sportsmanship and his philanthropic endeavors,” said 50 Cent, CEO of SMS Audio. “He perfectly embodies the values behind SMS Audio and we’re excited to have him representing our brand – Providing Superior Sound Quality through Innovative Audio Products.”
A global audio headphone and accessories brand, SMS Audio is dedicated to improving the way people around the world experience music by combining technology, function and style to bring a superior level of sound, comfort and fashion to every product. Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio line includes STREET by 50™ and SYNC by 50™. SMS Audio offers a full range of premium headphones, earbuds, and accessories designed to meet the needs of various consumer segments. SMS Audio plans to release several new products throughout 2014.
Through its partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products, in-store or online at www.SMSAudio.com, will help SMS Audio’s commitment to provide 1,000,000 meals annually to food insecure families throughout the United States.
All SMS Audio products are available at www.SMSAudio.com. For more information about SMS Audio, visit www.SMSAudio.com.
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 Ratchet Report: Dr. J’s Dirty Secret, LA Teacher’s Cruel Trickery on Kids, & Penn. Cops vs. Tasered Teen
Definition of Ratchett in the Urban Dictionary: A hot mess…
“Dr. J” from basketball to books….
NBA legend “Dr. J” writes his autobiography. Julius Erving aka “Dr. J” is a legend on the basketball court. He changed the game of basketball during his time in the NBA with his spins, dunks, crossovers and overall personal brand. He started his career with the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was instrumental in the merger between the NBA in 1976. “Dr. J” also made a name for himself by becoming the first player to really be the face and spokesperson for the NBA. He recently decided to write his autobiography to give his fans a chance to go a little deeper into his personal life.
So now that we have that out the way, hold on to your seats because I think he may have went a little too deep.
After 30 years, he is speaking out about his daughter outside of his marriage. “Dr. J” stated that his illegitimate daughter’s mother became pregnant because usually she provided oral sex. However, she got braces and couldn’t fulfill their sexual “agreement.”
SMH, I don’t know how to feel about this situation but I can truly say “Dr. J” has changed the game again.
LA teacher found guilty for deceitful cruel acts to students….
Los Angeles public school teacher charged with molestation. Mark Berndt, a 63 year-old LA public school teacher at Miramonte Elementary, was convicted of 23 counts of child molestation. The teacher pleaded no contest of the accusations of blindfolding 23 children and spoon feeding them his semen. Miramonte Elementary has a predominately Hispanic student population and 1,400 of the students are still learning English as a second language. Berndt tricked the kids into eating semen by telling them they were playing a tasting game. The photo technician at a local drug store where Berndt developed photos from the classroom incident reported his findings to authorities. The victims are now going through intense therapy and dozens of law suits have been filed.
“Woosa” is the only thing that comes to mind. I have so many things I would like to say, but I’m just going to spend my energy on praying for the innocent children.
Pennsylvania cops use excessive force on 14 year-old….
A mother is outraged at police for the beating of her 14 year-old son. Marissa Sargeant said her 14-year old son suffered major injuries after being handcuffed and beaten by cops. Sargeant’s son was caught by police for stealing out of a Walmart with another teen. Attorney David Heckler (from Bucks County) representing the officers, released a report that Sargeants’ son was hit in the face with a Taser after fleeing officers. Heckler also reported that the officers stated that they used the Taser because they feared for the boys’ safety.
Marissa Sargeant doesn’t believe the officer’s reports because she feels if her son was running… how he could have been struck in the front of his face. The family has hired an attorney to invest the case and file charges of excessive force.
This week the “Really Award” goes to all three articles! “Dr. J” you are a legend on the court but a lame for outing your flesh and blood for a book deal. Berndt (No Comment). Finally, to the Pennsylvania cops, you will soon find out you are not above the law.
Submitted by Dameon Daniels, 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:
Over the weekend, Miami Heat star Lebron James and his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, finally make their union official. The two said their vows in a very private wedding in San Diego, California. According to the Associated Press, the wedding was very “posh”…as expected for one of the NBA’s all-star multi-million dollar players.
With guests dining on a five-course dinner, prefaced by plenty of appetizers and all done under incredibly tight security, the Miami Heat star married his longtime partner Savannah Brinson on Saturday night at a posh resort in San Diego. Guests had their phones taken away for the ceremony and reception in an effort to ensure that no photos or details leaked out.
“A first-class affair,” said one of the guests, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the couple had yet to reveal any details of the event themselves. “Ceremony was short and sweet.”
Of course, a who’s who list of people were in attendance. Dwyane Wade and GF Gabrielle Union, Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne, coach Erik Spoelstra, James’ manager Maverick Carter, and other notable guests. No word is confirmed on if Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé was in attendance. But, a few people stated on Twitter that Beyoncé performed a song for the couple. How cute is that?!
Savannah and Lebron has been together since high school. The two live in Miami, Florida but were raised in Akron, Ohio. Maybe the decision to have their wedding way over in California was to keep the media/press out their business…if not, at least until they said “I do.”
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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.
Well, we already know that Michael Jordan loves the ladies and has had many sexual encounters throughout his life. Unfortunately, several encounters were during his marriage to ex-wife Juanita. But besides his fondness of Caucasian women, apparently he like to play sex games too.
A former MTV video jockey, Lisa Kennedy, is slated to release a book about her life. In the book, there is a chapter dedicated to her strange meeting with the legendary basketball player. Kennedy says while out at dinner with MJ and Russell Simmons, back in 1995, she was asked if she wanted to play a game of dice. MJ is a known gambler. So, the suggestion of a game of Craps isn’t that awkward. But, MJ told her that the consolation prize will be – if he won, she would come back to his hotel room for the night.
Kennedy was shocked when he said that and quickly suggested that he give her tickets to the New York Knicks game. Instead, MJ offered New York Nets tickets since he was “happily” married. *side eye*
In the hilarious chapter, she said she was afraid to have sex with MJ because she thought he was well-endowed. Also, Kennedy states she was a virgin at the time and did not want MJ to take her virginity.
Who knew Michael Jordan like playing dice for sex? Ole freaky a$$ MJ was a slick back in the day. No wonder he was wilding out while married. SMH…
Gilbert Arenas was arrested in Los Angeles in the wee hours of the morning and TMZ was the first to report it. Apparently, Arenas was pulled over by the cops after being spotted driving recklessly around 2:30am on Thursday. Once the LAPD pulled him over, they soon found out that he was driving with no license at all. On top of that, Arenas was traveling with a truck load of illegal fireworks.
Watch the video:
According to the LAPD, the amount of fireworks Arenas was transporting was way more than the average family would need for Fourth of July festivities. This amount of fireworks could potentially warrant Arenas up to three years in prison and a fine as high as $50,000.
Hopefully, he’ll have a great explanation for this when it comes time to go to court.
In case you are an athlete and need some additional help with excersises and technique, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has a new app to get you started. The new app called “Dwyane Wade Driven” provides customized training programs and videos to downloaders. The app went on sale Monday. The same day Wade and his teammates celebrated their victory over the San Antonio Spurs by parading the downtown streets of Miami.
“It shows people ways to work out, a lot of different ways to work out, whether it’s basketball drills or not,” Wade told The Associated Press. “A lot of people work out at home. A lot of people don’t have access to a gym. A lot of people don’t have trainers. So it’s kind of like I’m the personal trainer for basketball and fitness, and I’ll show them a lot of things I do with my body and for my body.”
The app cost $3.99 and includes basketball drills, fitness routines, and charts to track your progress.
A Florida-based pre-paid credit card company filed a lawsuit against Magic Johnson. Yesterday, in Florida District court, Celebrity Cards International claimed that the NBA Hall of Famer and business mogul breached a contract to market and sell his very own pre-paid cards. Johnson broke the initial agreement and unlawfully entered a similiar agreement with a competitor, OneWest Bank.
The suit claims Celebrity Cards’ CEO Reed Wallace struck a deal with Johnson to market the cards with his image, and in 2004 sold 2,000 Magic Cards through direct response ads on TV. But shortly after, wrangling over ownership of the trademark began when Wallace’s company was bought. According to the suit, Wallace was able to reacquire ownership of Johnson’s trademark, but Johnson had filed a cancellation action and partnered with OneWest to release its own Magic Cards without permission from Celeb Cards.
No statements released by Magic Johnson’s camp at this time.
Last night, the Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA Championship title. Their win against the San Antonio Spurs was not a easy task, however, the Heat pulled through after a 3-3 tie up through game 6. Lebron James took home MVP title and was well deserving of it. He lead the team with 37 points and 12 rebounds. Dwayne Wade scored 23 points and Shane Battier landed six 3-point shots. But, it was Lebron’s last quarter hustle game that solidified Miami’s 95-88 win over the Spurs.
Congratualtions to the Miami Heat…2013 NBA Champions!
I really like Allen Iverson. Heck, I even saw him recently at a local Atlanta strip club. He looked like he didn’t have a care in the world…throwing dollars and popping bottles. A friend of mine even passed him my business card. Although I know he may have tossed it, if him and I could sit down and chat, I think he would be my best interview yet. But until then, I have to write about him based off on news reports. Case in point, this news regarding his outstanding child support payments. It looks like A.I. may be headed to jail soon.
According to TMZ, his ex-wife Tawanna claims that Iverson has yet paid up on his ordered judgment. Back in January, the judge ordered the ex-NBA star to pay $8,000 per month for each of his five kids. Tawanna claims that Iverson has missed every payment thus far. So, the two are scheduled back in court this week. If the once multi-million dollar basketball star does not cough up $40,000 in court, he will most likely be escorted straight to jail.
SMH…I really do pray that Iverson get his sh*t together. Here in Atlanta, I guess it’s safe to say that he lives a somewhat low-key life. But, he parties a lot. Partying isn’t doing anything but making him lose track of what his true priorities are. I hope he doesn’t end up a real tragedy. Even it is playing ball overseas, I believe “one of the greatest of all time” can make a full transformation and become a better parent to his kids.
What are your opinions about Allen Iverson? What could be the deep rooted issue as to why he has so many financial issues?
To all of the frequent fliers who can appreciate a good deal, here’s one that will cut the cost on parking fees.
During the NBA Finals, Miami travelers heading to San Antonio to watch the game can now park for free. Park ‘N Fly, the offsite airport parking facility, is offering travelers free parking from June 9 through June 20. Miami residents must present their ticket and itinerary in order to receive the free parking offer. Documentation must be given prior to flight departure.
For more information, please visit www.pnf.com.
A jump-off (aka mistress) scorned is one chick hard to get rid of. And NBA’s Stephon Marbury, unfortunately, had to learn the hard way.
In recent news reports, Thurayyah Mitchell filed another lawsuit against the NBA player for unpaid settlement of $331,584.50. In 2006, Mitchell made public their affair after he refused to cough up the rest of the hush money. The two met while she was his personal chef. After some time, the two became close friends and ultimately starting an intimate relationship. In order to keep Mitchell on mute about their relationship, Marbury issued her a written agreement promising that he would give her $900,000. Chef Mitchell remained silent for some time…that is until the money stop rolling in.
Now, Mitchell has taken Marbury back to court for the remaining owed to her. Marbury refused to agree to her claim but a judge sided with Mitchell and has ordered him to pay her the money plus interest. But instead of Marbury footing the bill, he has yet to pay anything. Therefore, Mitchell returned to court and has asked to have his assets seized. In particular, she’s offered him the option to turn over the keys to his high-priced luxury Mercedes and Range Rover in lieu of money.
SMH! The crazy thing is, at one point in time, LaTasha Marbury were in talks to join the cast of VH1′s Basketball Wives, but refused. Hmmm. With all of this going on, this sure would make for great TV!
When will athletes learn?? You can’t always speak your mind and not have to suffer the consequences.
Roy Hibbert, center for the Indiana Pacers, learned the hard way after game 6 against the Miami Heat. In a post-game interview, Hibbert responded to a reporters question a regarding the defensive tactics against Lebron James. At the end of his statement, he said “no homo.” Additionally, the star player used profanity during his interview when asked why he ranked so low for Defensive Player of the Year. However, it wasn’t the profanity that struck a cord with the NBA. But regretting his choice of words, Hibbert issued a formal apology.
“I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night,” Hibbert said in the statement released by the Pacers. “They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers’ organization.”
Unfortunately, his apology was not effective enough for the league. Commissioner David Stern and the NBA felt as though the use of offensive language was inappropriate and not a good representation of what the association is all about. Therefore, a penalty fine of $75,000 was issued to Hibbert.
In times of great need, there are some people who waste no time with their generosity.
This week, a deadly tornado touched down in city of Moore, Oklahoma killing over 20 people and destroying most of the town. Well in less than 24 hours after the devastation, Oklahoma City Thunder power player Kevin Durant made a huge donation to the city of Moore. Durant’s $1 million donation was given to the Red Cross in efforts to assist those affected by the EF-4 tornado. This incident is especially close to Durant in that the city of Moore is where he calls home. The entire area is feeling much grief for which an elementary school, entire neighborhoods, and families were destroyed.
Other donations are steady coming in from individuals and corporations. Lowe’s stores, for instance, announced that they will donate $1 million to go towards recovery and rebuilding efforts. Their donation will help communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and other affected areas throughout the Midwest.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the families who’ve lost loved ones and experienced the devastation of the recent tornadoes, including members of our Lowe’s family,” said Robert Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “We’ll be there every step of the way to help these communities and families recover, from the search and rescue efforts until these neighborhoods are rebuilt.”
If you would like to donate, Lowe’s will be accepting donations at stores across the U.S. and via www.Lowes.com. Through their partnership with Red Cross, your donations will help provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance to those impacted by the tornadoes.
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!!!
NBA legend Dennis Rodman is a smart man. He always know how to keep his name relevant and profitable. After several stints on various television shows like Celebrity Mole, Celebrity Big Brother, and recently Trump’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, Rodman has switched gears from the flat screen to online.
MX Digital, the leading gaming developer, has inked a deal with Rodman to create a series of online casino games. Rodman’s celebrity and wild antics throughout his career has set him apart from other athletes. Because of this, MX Digital believed this controversial character was a perfect fit for their online games. Last week, Rodman began shooting digital footage in Miami.
“We are shooting footage with Dennis in order to bring him directly into the game. Rodman is a perfect crossover personality, and it’s exactly that personality that we’re making sure to infuse into the games. I have worked with Dennis for a long time going back to his dynasty days with the Chicago Bulls, and am excited to have him as a part of our business,” noted Eric Bischoff, part of MX Digital’s management team through Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, the well-known Hollywood production company behind dozens of reality television shows.
Apparently, Rodman has a keen sense when it comes to tapping into huge revenue generators. The online gaming industry is a multi-million dollar industry. In the UK, especially, online gaming is quite popular. Recently, Rodman acted as spokesman for a top European operator. After his appearance, Rodman’s celebrity garnered over $1 million in online bets immediately following.
“I travel a lot in Europe, so I knew online gaming was big business,” said Rodman of his foray into the sector. “I’ve wanted to get into this part of the gaming sector for a long time, and this was a great opportunity.”
“I love the interactive element of games these days. Connecting with fans in a totally new way is what really got me excited about the project,” Rodman concluded. “I’m lucky to be in a position where I can try moving from one medium into another one, from sports, to TV, to games. And it’s great when something new like this takes off.”
MX Digital is expected to debut the Rodman series on mobile devices, online, and social networks in the summer/fall 2013.
When TMZ released photos of the son of legendary NBA player and businessman Magic Johnson’s son walking hand in hand with another male, a lot people were in complete shock. The public wasn’t aware that Magic Johnson had a gay son.
Well, 20 year old Earvin Johnson III has spoken out about the incident and appears to be dealing with it quite well. He sat down with Youtube’s Gwissues show and spoke on his thoughts about TMZ posted the story and his families respect for his lifestyle choices.
“I always wanted to come into the spotlight,” he said. “I always had dreams and plans of doing my own thing and creating my own image, so it came a little sooner than I thought it would but this is still something I knew I would be going through and would have to experience.”
“I am very, very, very blessed to have the family that I do,” E.J. Johnson said. “My parents have always been super supportive. My sister and I have always been really close and she’s been really supportive as with my brother. When it was time to come out, I was, obviously, scared as most people are. After I got all the love and support from my family then I knew I could go out and conquer the world, I guess.”
E.J. Johnson is currently a student at New York University studying Event Management and Design. His major interests are in media, fashion, and journalism.
While fans packed the Atlanta streets for the annual NCAA Championship games, one NBA player took time out to give back to the kids of Atlanta.
As part of the Hampton Hotels’ “Hands-On Hamptonality” Community Service Program, the kids of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America-Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) were in for a treat this past weekend. The girls and boys all participated in the “Hampton Hoops Classic” tournament which help raises funds for the renovation of the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club gymnasium. In addition, donations also helped 24 Clubs in the Atlanta area in receiving new gym equipment.
One hundred kids were surprised when Atlanta Hawks player Al Horford arrived. Horford was on hand to annouce the starting line-ups, spend time with the kids, take photos with the kids and sign autograph basketballs. Hampton Hotel, too, used the opportunity to unveil a huge donation to BGCMA of $125,000. The monies will be used to help start the renovations, lay down a new rubberized playing surface, lighting, and to upgrade their locker rooms.
Here’s a few photos from the event:
For more information about “Hands-On Hamptonality” or to see more photos, go to www.facebook.com/hampton.
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.