The Basketball Edition


June 2, 2003

Basketball: Lebron James

18-year-old basketball player Lebron James was recently signed to a 100 million dollar endorsement deal with Nike. He's being called the next Michael Jordan. That's too much pressure. I saw footage of the poor guy at the press conference and he looked overwhelmed already by people's expectations (did I just call some one who signed a 100 million dollar endorsement deal the poor guy).   

I feel people put too much undue pressure on others to live up to standards set by the people who came before them. Yes, the comparisons are flattering, but they can also be stressful and take away from the person's work and appreciation for what they do, as it does not necessarily make them work harder when they find themselves trying to live up to someone else's expectations and not their own. Other peoples expectations are always the most difficult and sometimes quite unreasonable, while you most likely know what you are comfortable with and what you are trying to accomplish. 

The Bible says we are not to compare ourselves to each other. Different people have different talents. Some have more talent than others, but sadly some people do not use their talents for the right purpose God intended.

Many of you are unfairly compared to relatives, friends and co-workers and it has been the source of a lot of sadness for you. God made you unique and loves you. 

June 19, 2003

NBA Playoff Ratings

The NBA playoffs/finals hit a 20-year ratings low - down 28%. Well, without The Lakers, it's not surprising. But congrats to The Spurs - well done. 

June 16, 2004

Athletes disputing calls - You can tell by the looks on their faces that they did something (I'm completely kidding with these jokes):

Roddick: What did I do?


Umpire: What did you just say about my mother?
Taylor: ooo you heard that?


Ref: Foul!
Gary: Don't make me come over there!
Kobe: I don't know how much longer I can hold him back.


Seedorf: "What just happened?" (Soccer- A discombobulated Seedorf after being fouled/tackled/body slammed).


Ref: Foul!
Carmelo: It wasn't me. It was Allen Iverson. You're confused cause we both have braids.
Ref: You aren't even playing against Philly tonight.
Carmelo: What does that have to do with anything!


Other funny sports pics:

Bryan Twins, Mike and Bob (tennis)
Bob: You look familiar. Where have I seen you before?
Mike: Uh, in the mirror. We're twins remember.


Felix Mantilla: They're not gonna show my match on ESPN! (insert crying here).
(a little tennis joke regarding people complaining that ESPN doesn't show tennis matches featuring foreigners).


Gustavo Kuerten standing by an injured John Van Lottum.

Gustavo Kuerten: Oh get up you big baby. It's just a sprain, fracture in seven places and a mild concussion.

July 24, 2004

Shaq has been traded to the Miami Heat (what were the Lakers thinking). The people here are quite happy at the news and ticket sales are up. Shaq really has a lot of personality and was the heart of their team, therefore, I’m sure Lakers supporters will miss him…which is too bad cause Miami’s got him now -raspberry-. I’m just kidding about the raspberry.

Yea, like I’m really sorry for Los Angeles. They’ve got championship rings - what do we have? Dolphins flipping around in the water. When you think about it that way, they deserve to lose Shaq. I'm totally kidding. The Heat's been my favorite basketball team ever since they announced we were getting a basketball team. We were just so happy to get a team we didn't care if they won or lost. I suggest Cubs fans adopt that attitude as well (I'm just kidding).   

Recently, I saw an episode of Jim Rome is Burning and all I have to say is Kobe’s ears must have been burning with the way they were talking about his role in Shaq’s trade (just kidding, I don’t believe in superstitions like people’s ears burning when someone’s talking about them). 

October 11, 2004

The tension between Shaq and Kobe is really getting serious. Their first match as rivals should be very interesting. Hopefully it won't turn into a boxing match (it wouldn't hurt ratings, though - just kidding. Well, it really wouldn't hurt ratings, but...ok let me shut up now). In the first game they play against each other, everyone is gonna be watching their expressions and general demeanor when they even get within five feet of each other. Pass the popcorn! I'm just kidding. Ok, I'll behave now.


January 15, 2005

The Heat beat the Lakers! The Heat beat the Lakers! Nah neh nah neh nah nah!

Apparently, Kobe ran into a human brick wall. Is it just me or did Kobe fall down like something out of The Matrix when he ran into that brick wall. I'm just teasing.  

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE...Well, most people caught the Pacers/Pistons incident on television (hey, they ran it every few seconds). At first glance it looked like wrestling.

And did you guys see Artest plugging his CD on CBS. It was shameless and wrong! -cough- he should have been plugging one of my CDs. Some people are just so selfish! I'm just kidding.

March 11th, 2005

Funniest quote of the week:

And when O’Neal does come back, he’ll be looking for Othella Harrington, the Bulls player who caused his fall last week.

“Do we play Chicago again? I’m going to hit Othella Harrington right in the mouth,” O’Neal said. “If he didn’t have his clumsy butt on the floor, I wouldn’t have fell. How he got on the ground, I don’t know. He’s clumsy. Quote me on that. I’m going to get him.”- Miami Herald

April 27, 2005

Good to see Alonzo back. He played for The Heat for so long. South Floridians grew up seeing him representing Miami in basketball. He looks like he is enjoying himself out there. Good for you, Alonzo.

Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning (pic courtesy of the NBA)

A joke for you: years a go it was reported that when Alonzo was thinking about leaving North Carolina for Miami, fans chipped in for a billboard that read "Zo, don't go." When they heard he signed a deal with The Miami Heat, the billboard was replaced with the words "Zo, gotta go!."

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade (pic courtesy of the NBA)

Dwayne Wade - The 65 footer at the buzzer against the Charlotte Hornets was great - and sitting down! You know, I taught him that (kidding).

I must admit, last year, I initially called him "Dwayne Wayne" like the character on the 80's show A Different World.

Miami Heat's Shaquille (pic courtesy of the NBA)

Shaq - wow, players from other teams are really trying to batter him. All these injuries. I think Kobe paid them to do it. I'm just kidding.

To the members of the Heat, I say this in the kindest way possible:


...and in closing, always remember to play fair because sportsmanship is very important.

(I'm just kidding - LOL).

SPORTS: Preventing Injuries

Sports injuries are difficult, however there are ways to minimize them. According to Merck, more than 10 million sports injuries are treated each year. That's a lot of jacked up athletes.

A lot of experts say stretching helps. Warming up properly is and wearing heel inserts is another. The AAOS (American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeons) has a helpful web site with tips on how you can prevent sports injuries. It is even chronologically listed by sport and issues like "heat injury" (and no that's not a pun on the Miami Heat). If you are an athlete you should read the tips found at this AAOS link:

*Aisha Music Disclaimer - The above mentioned advice on preventing sports injuries will not help you if you are a professional athlete who is targeted by other players because you play too well and are subsequently the victim of flagrant fouls on the job that encompass kicks and karate chops, also known as assault.

Slipped Discs

I read a wonderful article on about slipped discs. This is something that has happened to me three times in the last 8 years, but I didn't know what it was until my dad told me, as he had that problem as well when he was younger. There are ways to prevent slipped discs, which is something athletes sometimes have. My dad had this condition when he was younger and playing soccer professionally (sports injuries). He loves sports, which as most athletes know, can put a lot of wear and tear on the body. A British coach realized the problem and was able to tell him what to do to correct it. He had to do exercises to strengthen his back and abdominals and that corrected it. He's not had those problems since. It's always best to avoid back surgery if possible.

May 31st, 2005

Steve Nash

White Men Can Jump! Steve Nash jump shot (pic from his web site).

Steve Nash won the MVP! Wow, I didn't know there were white people in the NBA. Then again, maybe he's just a pale black man. I demand a DNA test! Steve, you sure you're not mixed? (kidding).

The Larry Birdian one did quite well. It's about time the NBA stopped holding the white man down.

(haha I'm kidding)

Basketball: Latest Sports Fashion Trend In Miami

If there's one thing Miamians have learned from the many New Yorkers who live and vacation here, it's how to be a smart aleck. The latest sports fashion trend in Miami comes courtesy of Miami Heat fans.

The fashion trend, you ask? T-shirts emblazoned with the words, "Thanks Kobe." Never let it be said that we are ungrateful (LOL).

For those of you who didn't get that joke, here's the background on it. There were stories in the press that former L.A. Laker, current Miami Heat player Shaq, was traded to Miami at Kobe's request due to their disputes. Kobe, however, denied this story.

Now the Heat are doing better than the Lakers, who've already been relegated, and many are pointing out the irony.

I think Shaq made the Heat feel like they are a world class team, due to him coming from a team that won so many championships. He helped to bring out the best in them that was already there. Some people are good at that. Everyone has pitched in, contributing something to the Heat's current success and it's showing. The name for that is team work. The Lakers lost that towards the end.

Basketball: The Heat: Damon Jones

Isn't Damon Jones hilarious. On the local news the other night he questioned People Magazine's decision to name his teammate Dwayne Wade one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" for its annual issue. Jones stated that, "if Dwayne is Top 50, I know I'm at least Top 5."

Is it just me or doesn't Damon (left) remind you of Michael Bivins (right) from New Edition:


Basketball: The Grass Is Redder On The Other Side

As I was passing the arena in downtown Miami, the home of the Heat, I couldn't help but notice that the grass was dyed red in support of the team (red is the Heat's primary color). Wow, the guys at the arena really went all out, didn't they. I'm just glad that the grass was actually red. For a minute there I thought I was seeing things and did a double take.

June 30, 2005

Aww the Heat lost to the Pistons. It was a great effort on the Heat's part. They would have won had they not been injured by other players (5 players injured). Things got too rough and that mars everything. However, it was great watching them play. It was the most entertaining year on record for Heat fans.

Congrats to the Spurs. They played well. Stern called them an international team and they certainly are (starters from Argentina, France and St Thomas).


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