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  • tate793

    tate793 9:13 PM on March 30, 2018 Permalink  

     
    • mud

      mud 10:22 PM on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      while i like the Rodman/Malone clown show that was strictly promotion for the upcoming WWE match, putting fake tough guy Garnett up there is funny. Garnett only messed with smaller guys. this guy is too young to remember some of the really tough guys and their shenanigans.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:44 AM on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lame-bier was by far the dirtiest player ever. If he played today, he would see more time in civies than time on the court.
      I had forgotten how brutal that elbow from Artest to Beerdo was.
      I loved the unpredictability and toughness that Ron Ron brought every night.

  • tate793

    tate793 2:13 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:39 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink  

    History Lessons

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 12:43 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Coool stuff, git it? Stuff, ha, ha. : )

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:38 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My two favorite in game dunks are the one over Howard and the one over Yao.
      I really miss watching him play.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:20 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry MJ jock sniffers- Kobe’s footwork was superior to the false GOAT’s.

  • tate793

    tate793 8:09 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:20 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink  

    http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nba/2352/julius-randle

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:03 PM on March 26, 2018 Permalink  

    Zeke Upshaw Dies Two Days After Collapsing During G League Game 

    ESPN News Services March 26, 2018 11:23 AM PT

    Zeke Upshaw of the G League’s Grand Rapids Drive died Monday, two days after he collapsed on the court near the end of a game and was rushed to a hospital. He was 26.

    The Drive tweeted a statement from Upshaw’s mother, Jewel Upshaw, in which she said her son died Monday morning after “continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health” in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    “To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time,” Jewel Upshaw said in the statement.

    Details on a memorial were not announced.

    The Drive, who are affiliated with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, said in a statement that Upshaw had a “warm personality and was a tremendous representative of our organization both on and off the court.”

    G League president Malcolm Turner said the league was “devastated” by Upshaw’s death.

    “Zeke was an outstanding young man whose powerful belief in himself and uncommon perseverance led to a successful professional basketball career,” Turner said in a statement. “A beloved member of the Grand Rapids Drive, Zeke’s continuous improvement and tireless work ethic were hallmarks of his career. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and the Drive organization.”

    Sarah Jbara, a spokeswoman for the Drive, had told MLive.com that Zeke Upshaw tumbled to the floor Saturday night with about 50 seconds remaining in a home game against the Long Island Nets. He was removed from the court on a stretcher and taken to Spectrum Health.

    Upshaw had scored 11 points to help the Drive earn a playoff spot with a 101-99 victory in the regular-season finale.

    The undrafted Upshaw was in his second season with the Drive. From Chicago, the 6-foot-6 swingman played three seasons at Illinois State and finished his college career with a year at Hofstra.

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22920932/zeke-upshaw-grand-rapids-drive-dies-collapsing-g-league-game

     
  • tate793

    tate793 8:02 PM on March 24, 2018 Permalink  

    Gettin’ Eclectic – GDUB style

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:27 PM on March 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Definitely my style, tate … me likes!

      Just proves that music is THE universal language, as they say. : )

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 9:31 PM on March 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BTW, u may already know of this site, but, if not, u might wanna check ’em out. They play some nice tunes from this genre. Be sure to click on their ‘listen live’ link, too.

      http://neosoulcafe.com/videos/

      • tate793

        tate793 10:54 PM on March 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, GDUB! New to me. Good stuff.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:00 PM on March 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          More than welcome, my friend. Hope u enjoy listening to ’em … I sure do. : )

  • tate793

    tate793 8:33 PM on March 21, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • tate793

    tate793 6:48 PM on March 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Comedy Break –

     
  • tate793

    tate793 2:56 PM on March 21, 2018 Permalink  

    2018 NBA Free Agency: Ranking the 5 Best Players at Every Position 

    ADAM FROMAL
    MARCH 21, 2018

    No. 3 Small Forward: Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Age: 27

    Type of Free Agency: Player option

    2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.5 blocks

    Paul George is the first of three small forwards who will be rightfully seeking max contracts this summer.

    We don’t yet know if he’ll remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder or pursue a departure to a new organization—the Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps?—but we can be certain he’ll be worth however much money he receives. The do-everything wing is still in the midst of his athletic prime, and he’s proved capable of contributing on both ends of the floor while suiting up alongside Russell Westbrook.

    Need a defensive stop? George can get one against almost any guard or forward, and that isn’t even what makes him most special on D. His true genius stems from his anticipatory skills and the ability to act upon them, allowing him to lead the league in deflections with room to spare. For that matter, he also ranks second in total steals, third in steals per game and fifth in steal percentage.

    And yet, that relentless defensive activity hasn’t prevented George from finding his niche on offense.

    He can score in just about every feasible manner, but he’s most special when leaving the ground from beyond the arc. Taking 7.6 deep attempts per game and tickling twine on 40.6 percent of those looks places him in undeniably elite territory.

    George has served as a complete threat. Again. Just as he’s done for years.

    No. 2 Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas, Los Angeles Lakers

    Age: 29

    Type of Free Agency: Unrestricted

    2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 15.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks

    Isaiah Thomas’ stock has gone through quite the roller coaster in 2017-18.

    The Boston Celtics unexpectedly traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August. At first, he struggled to recover from the hip injury he suffered late last season. He then struggled even more once he returned to the court in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland shipped him to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline, where he finally started reminding the world of his Celtics tenure.

    So, who’s the real Thomas?

    At 29 years old, the minuscule point guard has reached the stage of his professional career at which teams must exercise financial caution. But he’s also in possession of skills that should delay his decline, since he can make shots from all over half-court sets and create plenty of space with his water-bug ball-handling.

    Can we expect him to stave off Father Time? Will the hip injury have any lingering effects? Will a team give him a shot to serve as a leading scorer? No one knows the answers with any semblance of certainty.

    Speculation must reign supreme here, and the way Thomas closes his half-season in a Lakers uniform will affect his earning potential this summer. Fortunately for the deposed “King in the Fourth,” he’s at least put together a somewhat lengthy stretch of quality offensive play.

    In his eight games prior to his 1-of-9 brickfest against the Miami Heat, Thomas averaged 19.4 points and 6.4 assists while shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from downtown and 90.6 percent at the stripe. Progress, not perfection.

    No. 2 Power Forward: Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

    Age: 23

    Type of Free Agency: Restricted

    2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks

    “I haven’t talked to a lot of other coaches about him, but what he’s doing right now, he has to be on everyone’s radar,” Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton said about Julius Randle in mid-March, per ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “He’s playing unbelievable basketball. He’s a matchup nightmare for teams; he’s versatile. This is just me guessing, but I would imagine most teams are pretty impressed with what he’s doing.”

    A few months ago, Randle would’ve fallen behind Jabari Parker and Derrick Favors in these rankings. He didn’t play much defense, failed to demonstrate any semblance of shooting range and still had a limited offensive arsenal that led to diminished production and nothing more than short spurts on the court. But much of that has changed, even if the Kentucky product has yet to develop a reliable three-point stroke.

    Dating back to the beginning of February, Randle has averaged 21.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 58.9 percent from the field. He’s been a bowling ball of pent-up energy on offense, barreling through unsuspecting defenders and those awaiting his physicality alike. Keeping him away from the basket seems almost impossible, and he’s developed a softer touch that allows him to finish plays through contact while earning 6.1 trips per game to the charity stripe.

    “If he keeps his motor up, nobody can guard him,” Isaiah Thomas told Youngmisuk. “Nobody can guard him.”

    This is the Randle we’ve been waiting to see ever since he entered the NBA. And given the enduring holes in his game—defensive consistency, shooting range and the ability to thrive when moving to his right—the 23-year-old still has quite a bit of untapped potential.

    No. 3 Shooting Guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers

    Age: 25

    Type of Free Agency: Unrestricted

    2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks

    If you were expecting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to suddenly blossom into a full-fledged superstar after he signed a one-year, $17.7 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason, you were always harboring overly optimistic expectations. That monetary figure rose so high because the Purple and Gold had money to spend and wanted to overpay for the luxury of preserved future financial flexibility.

    This may seem like the opposite of any pervasive narratives, but Caldwell-Pope has actually grown into a better player with the Lakers.

    He hasn’t justified that type of expenditure, and he has ceded the spotlight to the many promising youngsters in Hollywood. However, he’s quietly become a capable three-and-D contributor who will be a more coveted commodity in his second straight venture into free agency.

    Caldwell-Pope’s size and athleticism give him the ability to lock down opposing wings, and he’s been a key to the Lakers’ widespread defensive improvement. He’s also enjoying the best shooting season of his career, knocking down 38.5 percent of his 5.6 three-point attempts per outing.

    In fact, the former Bulldog is one of five qualified players this season with a defensive box plus/minus north of 0.5 while taking at least five triples per game and hitting no fewer than 38 percent of those deep looks. Whenever you’re in a class with Kevin Durant, Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza, you’re doing something right.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2764442-2018-nba-free-agency-ranking-the-5-best-players-at-every-position?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nba

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:37 AM on March 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article. Thanks for posting, Tate.
      Those four are my preferred free agency haul.

      1. Paul George -- #3 small forward (behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James)
      2. Julius Randle -- #2 power forward (behind Aaron Gordon)
      3. Isaiah Thomas -- #2 point guard (behind CP3)
      4. KCP -- #3 shooting guard (behind Tyreke Evans and Zach Lavine)

      We can use cap space to sign PG and KCP
      And then go over the cap to sign JR and IT.

      Best possible option that does not include LeBron James.

  • tate793

    tate793 1:38 PM on March 18, 2018 Permalink  

    For GDUB….

    It’s that time again … musical break. Enjoy!

    Here’s another one u might like.

     
  • tate793

    tate793 9:00 PM on March 17, 2018 Permalink  

    Saturday Night Musical Break –

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:29 PM on March 14, 2018 Permalink  

    Noon Day Music Break

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:56 AM on March 11, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • tate793

    tate793 12:05 AM on March 9, 2018 Permalink  

    More chuckles… 

     
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