Tuesday, January 5, 2010
It's been a looooong while, but your boys back.
Be expecting regular monthly updates to the blog, with my thoughts and opinions on a wide range of topics going on within, around, and outside the hoop world.
It's good to be back!
Friday, February 15, 2008
"Cash Rules Everything Around Me..." *C.R.E.A.M.*
"Money Makes The World Go Round"
We've all heard the sad but true sayings above, and the funny thing is, some people actually live by them...
Alright ya'll time to get serious for a little bit...
Some of you may have got my e-mail with the same message I'm "Preaching" in this blog post, but I decided this should be for everyones eyes, not just those in my e-mail list.
Okay, we all know Latrell Sprewell right??? Former NBA All-Star, former Converse front man, he choaked out PJ Carlisimo, etc. He once turned down $21 Million for 3 years, basically $7 Million per year which pretty much works out to $4.5 Million after taxes because "He has a family to feed", meaning that wasn't enough. I don't know about you, but that sounds CRAZY AS HELL to me!
It would seem nearly impossible to go broke making that much per year, right???
This is yet anoither sad truth to the life of the Professional Basketball player. Which is why you not only have to make sure you've got the right people surrounding you and your family, but the right people representing you, managing your money, and helping you budget your money as well. You have to save... You can't make $1 Million a year and spend $1 Million a year. Otherwise you'd be living check to check... Crazy right? A millionaire living check to check... Sad thing is, I'm pretty sure it happens a lot more than we'd like to think it does.
In my mind, it should be damn near impossible to go broke if you are even making $1 mill per year. That's more than the average corporate CEO's annual salary. Think about it. If you're making around $500,000.00 per year, you can consider yourself having won the lottery and collecting payments on your winnings. With over $7.0 Million annually you should be in a situation to have your grandkids grandkids grandkids great grandkids college paid for and set up on a trustfund based off of interst from your savings account alone!
Some of you who read this will soon be in situations where your financial well being is at stake. Make sure you consult with those close to you such as your mother, father, brother, sister, coach, best friend, big homie, uncle, etc. The people you trust. Make sure the people you care most about and those who care most about YOU are involved in your important decisions such as where you choose to go to college, who you chose to represent you, who you choose to assist you financially, etc.
Read the article linked below and take heed...
Hit me back with your thoughts.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Check out the video's below, and become a fan (#23)...
Here's a breif breakdown of DeQuans game from a few well known journalists/scouts...
"If you look in the Websters Dictionary under Athlete, you'll see a picture of Dequan Jones hanging from the rim at the Rbk Summer Championships. When his team got the defensive rebound and they took off in transition... you immediately became bright-eyed with the anticipation of what he might do next. An amazing athlete with power, and has a lot of game to go with his CRAZY athleticism. Solid handle, sweet stroke from downtown, and an excellent defender. Game and athleticism very similar to recent NBA first round pick Al Thornton"
John Carrol, ESPN.com
"Dequan Jones has NBA Talent, a prototype wing player who is long, athletic and one of the best finishers in high school basketball. Jones has a great first step, gets to the rim and punishes defenders with highlight dunks. Look for this kid to make an immediate impact at Miami with his athleticism and scoring"
Jerry Meyer, Rivalshoops.com
"Dequan Jones certainly had the crowd buzzing because of his top-shelf athleticism, but the basketball savvy crowd was also impressed with his no-nonsense, hard-working approach to the game. His ability to translate his athleticism into high-level basketball plays didn't go unnoticed. In other words, Jones athleticism had a major impact on the game - and wasn't just for the highlight reels."
"The dynamic wing athlete was tremendous at the Beach Ball Classic. He always has had NBA athleticism, and a solid understanding of his capabilities. Slowly but surely, he has become capable of making the much tougher skilled plays, and Jones looked like nothing short of a future NBA player at the Beach Ball Classic!"
Van Coleman, CSTV.com
"All Tournament performer can flat out fly to the hoop and create highlights that leave fans buzzing. He was a 20 and 10 guy until the final when he struggled a little hanging on the perimeter. Will be a good one for the Hurricanes from Day One, and has Brandon Roy-type potential"
And to you Miami and ACC fans, enjoy DJ while you can because there's no telling how long he'll be wearing Green and Orange!
Monday, January 21, 2008
It's clearly obvious to anyone with any knowledge of the game of basketball that one glance at Lance Stephenson aka "Born Ready" aka "Sir Lancelot" on the court and you know that he was BORN to play the game... He's a solidly built 6'6" combo guard, with tons of SWAG who plays the game with saavy, flash, and skill, as well the fundamentals that a lot of people say the players today are missing.
The lil' homie, has the body of an NBA guard and with a couple more years of maturity both on and off the court, I can't imagine him not sitting in the Green Room after a sensational 1 and done season.
In case you haven't seen him on the court, check out the following links:
Below are quotes from a recent article written by Dick Weiss questioning the motives of the "Born Ready" documentary as well as a link to the full article...
The title of his article is "Keeping it Real"...
"The reality series, which is spiced with rap and hip hop music, attempts to get up close and personal with Lance, his father Lance Sr., his mom Bernadette and little brother Lantz. We discover father and son are more like brothers, that Lance is a typical teenager who has a girlfriend, Jasmine, and drives his mother crazy with his driving ("I've been driving since I was 11,'' he says.) and the constant wailing of police sirens and references by friends to the fact this one-mile strip of land is a jungle."
"But the video has its critics, many who feel it was done to increase Stephenson's draft status and build a brand name for sponsorship opportunities. In many ways, it is a sequel to "Through the Fire,'' an ESPN production designed to promote former Lincoln star Sebastian Telfair when that network was getting into the grass roots market.""The standard for all high school basketball documentaries was "Hoop Dreams," which followed two wannabe college athletes — Arthur Agee and William Gates — chasing those dreams in Chicago. It was a painfully honest look at the divergent path each took."
"Conversely, "Through the Fire" did not provide the same detail and answered fewer questions, showcasing Telfair instead of examining him the way Ian O'Connor's book The Jump did. There was never any mention of agents, sponsors or neighborhood influences, making us wonder if the producers showed only what they wanted us to see."
"The show has just begun, but the cynic in all of us remains skeptical of the intention or purpose of the series. Will it be an accurate documentary or nothing more than an entertaining reality series?"
In my personal opinion, Lance has everything it takes to be successful in life both on and off the court. He's not only got the talent and the drive, but he also has the support system that it takes to give you that extra boost of encouragement and motivation. This makes him different from the "Stereotypical" player of today. His mother and father are his number 1 fans, as well as his most vocal critics... If you don't believe me, sit near "Stretch" at a game or two. lol! He's also been learning the ins and outs of the game from one of NY's best coaches, Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, who has been a mentor of such both Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair.
It will be fun watching Lance's story unfold, and lucky for us it is being documented...
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Throughout the past decade or so, the state of Georgia has been kicking out "Elite Level Talent" with Tiger Woods type consistency… And it's looking as if things aren't going to be slowing down anytime soon. With strong summer programs such as the Worldwide Renegades, Atlanta Celtics, Georgia Stars, etc., Atlanta has proven time and time again that they are one of the nations premier hoops hotbeds.
The 2007 class had 2 McDonalds All Americans in J.J. Hickson and Gani Lawal, and sent J.J. Hickson, Gani Lawal, and Chris Allen to the Roundball Classic. The 2008 class is looking pretty strong right now with players such as DeQuan Jones, Al Farouq Aminu, Chris Singleton, TeOndre Williams, Tony Woods, and Delwan Graham who all have a shot at a post season High School All American Game …
But the cream is starting to rise to the top in the 2009 Class, which is deeper than the Yankees! With close to around maybe 30 High Major Division 1 Propsects in the Atlanta area alone. This class has about 5-6 kids with a serious chance at the McDonalds All American game in:
Mfon Udofia* 6'3" PG (Miller Grove HS) Stone Mountain GA
Lorenzo Brown 6'5" PG (Centennial HS) Alpharetta GA
Ari Stewart* 6'7" WF (Wheeler HS) Marietta GA
Derrick Favors 6'9" PF/C (South Atlanta HS) Atlanta GA
Noel Johnson 6'7" G/F (Fayette County HS) Fayetteville GA
Richard Howell* 6'8" PF (Wheeler HS) Marietta GA
* = 2007 Rbk U Graduate
Along with a plethora of kids with games strong enough to battle each of these guys whenever the ball is bounced, the 2009 Class in the state of Georgia has got to be one of the deepest classes to come through not only Georgia, but the Country as a whole in a very long time.
In company with the aforementioned players, the following players will also be making a lot of noise throughout the coming years:
Collin Reddick, Brandon Reed, Jeremy Olsen, DeMario Mayfield, Kenny Hall, Kammeon Hosley, Taariq Muhammad, James Vincent, Torin Walker, Terrance Shannon, Cameron Baskerville, Shawn Kemp Jr, Glenn Rice Jr, Robert Chubb, Terrell Barnes, Adrian Coleman, Manny Atkins, Andre Malone, Tahj Tate, Michael Calhoun, Marcel Hawkins, Charlie Reddick, Brian Cole, and so on.
The thing is, it doesn't stop there. The 2010 class, although not as deep in numbers, may be just as talented at the top with top notch players like 6'5" G JeLan Kendrick, 6'2" PG Trae Golden, 5'10" PG Phil Taylor, and 6'4" SG Jordan McRae. And there is a Freshman Star in the making in 6'7" F Julian Royal…
Take notice ya'll… Do like I'm doing, and keep "Georgia on your mind".
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
As most of you may know, I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA a town just south of "The Emerald City" Seattle... This region of the Northwest has loooooong been rich with basketball talent, but didn't start getting it's just due on a National level until about 2 years ago when the 2005 class bolstered 5 future NBA players in:
Martell Webster (Portland Trailblazers)
Jon Brockman (Washington Huskies)
Micah Downs (Gonzaga)
Terrence Williams (Louisville)
Marcus Williams (Drafted by San Antonio Spurs)
But there has been guys before them who have had tremendous success on the High School, Collegiate, and National level. The list is long so I'll just list a few names...
Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, Doug Wrenn, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy, Adam Morrison, Aaron Brooks, Marvin Williams, Rodney Stuckey, Luke Ridnour, Michael Johnson, Dan Dickau, Michael Dickerson, Curtis Bortchardt, Rod & Lod Stewart, Derek Raivio, Carlton Weatherby, Marcellus Kemp, Will Conroy, Chester "Tre" Simmons, Brian Morrison, Sean Mallon, Mike Jensen, Erroll Knight, Aaron Fitzgerald, Michael Fey, Roberto Berguson, Scott Pollard, O'mma Givens, Tom Kelati, etc...
As well as guys with legendary reputations that just couldn't make it outta the hood such as Quincy Wilder, Justin Holt, Leonard White, Ed Roy, etc.
A majority of the above mentioned players grew up watching the dynamic play of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp on some of the Seattle Supersonics most talented and crowd pleasing teams. The belief is that the success of those two on the court has positively affected to area's hoopers in almost the same capacity that the success of Michael Jordan did in the Chicago area.
My guy Tommy Stephens from the Tac', has started his own website to follow the areas upcoming talent...
With players like:
Abdul Gaddy, Peyton Siva, Avery Bradley, Tony Wroten, Clarence Trent, Isaiah Thomas, Tony Wroten, Josh Smith, and many more... The Sea-Tac area is continuing to shoot out talent with consistency, and is on the rise as one of our nations talent hotbeds.
It will be fun watching these guys develop, and to see the guys who follow their lead and continue to bring light to the vast amount of talent that is still hidden up in the Great Northwest!
I'll be coming at you with more updates throughout the week, and will try to get more monthly posts going as well...
Enough with the small talk, let's get back to business!