Feb 062013
 

Amazing shots from a kid (Titus) between 18 and 24 months old. He began shooting baskets shortly after learning to walk, we started filming some, and then got totally carried away. Titus can be seen making impressive off-the-wall trick shots, sinking baskets on 3 ft to 7 ft rims and even draining buckets laying on his back.

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Apr 252012
 

WHO gives a hoot? Why does he think this is bad? Why did the NBA go so soft IMO.

The NBA has made their decision, and Metta World Peace will be suspended for seven games. This will have a major impact on the Los Angeles Lakers as they enter the playoffs, since Metta represents one of their key veteran defenders.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) decked Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden with an elbow and was ejected with a Flagrant Foul 2:

~ I am incensed at Artest. He has had anger management issues that follows him form team to team. He changed the class of my Chicago Bulls. The reason I am mad are his tweets do not reflect the ‘Truth’. Here is a close-up. How on earth with his reputation and this close up, say it was ‘the heat of the moment’, an accident?!

Metta WorldPeace ‏ @MettaWorldPeace

I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad

~ Ya think? BS!

Metta WorldPeace ‏ @MettaWorldPeace

Hope James Hardin is ok… I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…

~ Oh PLEASE SPARE Me!

Yes, Ron Artest. Because no guy with the last name World Peace could ever throw such a cheapshot elbow like this: Twitter reacted… World Peace defended himself… World Peace must have had a very serious conversation with Ron Artest in the locker room after the incident. P.S. In all seriousness, Artest must be even crazier than we all suspect if he thinks we’re going to believe that this… …was an accident.

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I also don’t care for this misinterpretation of what happened: As he began bounding back up the court after that dunk, Peace pounded his chest emphatically with his right fist. James Harden of the Thunder, meanwhile, was just getting back toward the basket and bumped into Peace. Although he didn’t appear to be looking at Harden, Peace managed to land a swinging elbow to his head, dropping the Thunder star. Seemingly unaware — or, even worse, unconcerned — of the shot, Peace continued beating his chest as he moved toward his defensive end.

One last time with a different perspective:

Oklahoma Thunder guard James Harden writhes in pain after taking an elbow from Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta WorldPeace, an act that — combined with several NHL playoff suspensions — has many asking: Should pro-sports violence be immune from criminal prosecution?

This type of behavior is why I was no longer a B-Ball fan. It began with Rodman and JUST got worse:

Look he had no choice to change his name being he is a thug with a criminal record. Ron Artest was arrested in March 2007 and charged with domestic violence after police responded to a 911 from his wife. The following Official Record of Ron Artest is being redistributed by Mugshots.com under the Freedom of Information Act. This Official Record was collected from a Law Enforcement agency on 5/25/2011. Mugshots.com ID: 1351456.

You beat a woman, you have no problem beating down a fellow player. March 6, 2007: SACRAMENTO, Calif. ~ Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911. His reputation is proof IMO that he deliberately attacked James Harden and should be arrested NOT JUST suspended with a fine.

“Law enforcement generally defers to the league and believes the leagues can handle these incidents internally through fines and suspensions.”

- Gabriel Feldman, Tulane University’s Sports Law Program

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is no more likely to face criminal charges for a vicious elbow to an opponent’s head than the throng of NHL players who have dished out a spate of concussions in the ongoing league playoffs, legal experts told FoxNews.com.

Eleanor Odom, senior assistant district attorney in Cobb County, Ga., told FoxNews.com that any successful prosecution against World Peace would likely begin with a complaint from Harden. Even then, proving criminal intent on the part of World Peace would be a big hurdle for prosecutors, given that it happened on the hardwood and not on the street.

Robert Tuchman, a sports business expert and president of Skylight Entertainment, told FoxNews.com he expects World Peace to be suspended up to 15 games.

“Given Artest’s past and the blatant display of violence he perpetrated in this incident, I believe the NBA is going to step in and give him a much more significant suspension than if it was someone else who committed the foul,” Tuchman wrote in an email.

Highlights of Artest and his antics:

On the Bulls…

* Artest admitted that he had led a “wild” lifestyle as a young player, and that he drank Hennessy cognac in the locker room at halftime when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls

* During his rookie season in Chicago, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City in order to get an employee discount.

* He once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers in a bath robe.

* Artest was suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a TV camera at Madison Square Garden, and for four games the same year for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley.

As a Pacer:

* He was also suspended for two games in the early 2004–05 season by Pacers coach Rick Carlisle after he allegedly asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his production label.

* Any B-Ball fan will remember “Malice At The Palace”.

According to a Pistons official present at the November 19, 2004 game, Artest made a crude five-word suggestion to Wallace in the midst of a scrum at the game’s conclusion. The fracas quickly got out of control when a Detroit fan threw a drink at Artest, who responded by jumping into the crowd with his fists flying

On November 21, the NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. All told, Artest missed 86 games (73 regular season games plus 13 playoff games), the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.

* According to a Placer County report obtained by the Sacramento Bee, on January 30, 2007, Animal Services officers issued a “pre-seizure” notice to Artest, on the suspicion that a dog at his home in Loomis was not getting adequate food. On February 5, officers returned and seized Socks, a female Great Dane, removing her into protective custody with a local veterinarian. The seizure cited a law that requires animal caretakers to “provide proper sustenance.”

Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team’s inactive roster.

~ So I say Artest, pack your bags & go on a much needed trip to Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh Ashram. Quit yanking our chain with your lonng history of attitude and Get Gone! ~ JP

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Feb 152012
 

(CNN) — “Linsanity” reached fever pitch late Tuesday after the NBA’s man of the moment, Jeremy Lin, secured a dramatic last-gasp win for the New York Knicks.

With barely a second to play, Lin showed nerves of steel in hitting a three-pointer to take the spoils.

The Harvard-educated star has taken the world of basketball by storm in recent weeks, going from one-time bench-warmer to team savior. His personal haul of 27 points and 11 assists gave the Knicks their sixth-straight win as they beat the Toronto Raptors 90-87 in Canada. The visitors had trailed by 14 points at one point in the 4th quarter.

Jeremy Lin did it again on Tuesday night, this time saving the Knicks in Toronto.

The breakout guard’s 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds to play on the clock led the Knicks to another win and in the process, further enhanced Lin’s growing legacy.

Naturally, Lin was the toast of the town on Wednesday morning in New York, giving the New York tabloids the chance to show off their best headline writing. The Metro went with “Bling!” while the New York Post opted for “Thrillin” with its own Lin pun.

The New York Daily News may have taken the cake with the “Lin and a Prayer” headline. That’s the one that may fit Lin — at least his postgame comments — the best. Those are the same postgame comments that will continue to earn Lin comparisons to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Jeremy Lin’s Favorite Bible Verse:

“Romans 5:3-5 are my favorite verses. It’s maybe not what you’d expect, I guess, because it’s about suffering and having the right perspective in down times. But it helps me put everything back in perspective, because, you know, everyone goes through down times. It gives me a sense of peace.”

Jason Ma is leading the prayer to his God and Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior.

“Anytime something like this happens,” Lin said after the game, “a lot of stuff has to be put into place, and a lot of it is out of my control. If you look back at my story, doesn’t matter where you look, but God’s fingerprints are all over the place where there have been a lot of things that had to happen that I couldn’t control.

“You can try to call it a coincidence,” he added,” but at the end of the day, there are 20, 30 things when you combine them all that had to happen at the right time in order for me to be here. That’s why I call it a miracle. … I think it’s a miracle from God.”

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I gave up on Basketball for several reasons. My Chicago Bulls saw their heyday, and those games made me a rabid fan. -Sigh- When Basketball gave us a dynasty. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and coach Phil Jackson. But ‘I’ got involved in the second go round. Bad! Collected cards and all at the age of 47 and a crazy female fan. Believe it or not my favorite Bull was Steve Kerr.

Come on now, with a roster like Luc Longley, Steve Kerr, Ron Harper, Toni Kukoč, and Dennis Rodman on the roster. Kerr was spot on. Rodman, well we all know about Dennis. :)

Our old BBS group Piper’s Term hated our group games at the sports bar because I was more than raucus. LOL!

So, what I’m saying is I will now watch B-Ball again, specifically the Knicks, who were our worse rival.

I will watch not JUST because of the ‘feel good’ Linmania, which it is, but because maybe, JUST maybe Basketball will not merely be about the young kids and the big contracts. The prima donnas that ruined the beauty and dance of the sport.

~ JP

See how the match played out

Also See: Even after his amazing week, this one took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin for the win!

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Dec 262011
 

h/t BI for this report

With the NBA returning yesterday, a lot of people wondered if the fans would come along for the ride.

Well, for those that watched TNT’s “NBA Forever” intro, all was instantly forgotten, if not completely forgiven.

~ “Once Brothers” – Documentary about Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac relationship during their respective NBA careers.And Chicago Bulls Tony Kukoc. I watched this documentary last week and it was so worth the time.

Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to America where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic’s Croatia and Divac’s Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. “Once Brothers” will tell the gripping tale of these two men, how circumstances beyond their control tore apart their friendship, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile.

Read Vlade Divac’s Personal Statement

I recommended this doc. If you do not mind watching it in parts:

6 Parts HERE

~ I am so old school Chicago Bulls but this win yesterday felt good:

LOS ANGELES — Another Derrick Rose game-winning shot. Suffocating defensive plays, mostly by Luol Deng, down the stretch. Another Tom Thibodeau fist pump for the ages at the buzzer.

Labor strife may have claimed five months during the NBA lockout, but the Bulls sure look like they plan to pick up where they left off last regular season. You know, with character, talent and the occasional heart-attack inducing moment for the diehards.

Rose’s 9-foot floater with 4.8 seconds left, following Deng’s steal against Kobe Bryant, capped an improbable comeback in Sunday’s season opener at the Staples Center, giving the Bulls a dramatic 88-87 triumph over the new-look Lakers.

You can read more of the report and see photos HERE

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May 162011
 


 

Miami scores just 28 points in final 21:18

There is little that is pretty about playing defense.

It takes sweat, hustle and commitment. And on the Bulls, you can often add hoarse-voiced screaming from coach Tom Thibodeau to the equation.

Nevertheless, when the Bulls defend like they did in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night, sweat equity can be a beautiful thing.

The Bulls absolutely suffocated the Heat in the second half of their 103-82 victory at a United Center in full throat, holding first serve in the best-of-seven series that continues here Wednesday night. In the waning minutes, the sellout crowd started chanting “Overrated!” at the Heat.

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Wade-James = Jordan-Pippen: Not so fast

~ Getty images

In Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Hold off on those Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen references for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

And that’s not just a hometown angle talking. That’s ESPN analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, who coached and played against Jordan and Pippen.

“I think it’s premature to talk about those guys as a combination in the same breath as Michael and Scottie,” Jackson said. “And I’m not one of those guys who say you have to win five or six championships before you put them in the discussion. I’m just saying let’s respect what those two guys did collectively.”

Jackson and Van Gundy, who will call the Western Conference finals for ESPN, were speaking on a conference call when asked about the comparison, which, coincidentally, began on their station.

“You can’t compare them to guys who played a decade together,” Van Gundy said. “It’s also discounting the greatness of Pippen. No one would discount what Michael did. Wade and James will go down as one of the best combinations I think to ever play. But you have to give them time and let them do it

Chicago Breaking Sports

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May 142011
 
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— News you WANT to read…Digital media & images- All in one spot!

~ Just Piper News Ticker… Look JUST to your right…

NOTE: When an image is present click on it for story…

A secondary levee protecting 10,000 acres of farmland at Bunches Bend in East Carroll Parish, La., failed Friday, May 13, 2011, just as Gov. Bobby Jindal flew over the area. The breach of the farm levee won’t affect the mainline levee. Louisiana National Guardsmen took Jindal flood officials and media on an aerial tour of the levee from Concordia Parish north to East Carroll Parish Friday. It was the governors second aerial tour of northeastern Louisiana’s four Mississippi River parishes. (AP Photo/The News-Star, Margaret Croft)

FOX…Thousands of homes will be flooded, but key cities will be spared, as spillway prepares to be opened

ALSO SEE:

– Business Insider…Louisiana Is About To Be Flooded With A Wall Of Water Nearly As Big As Connecticut

Raw Video: NYPD Terror Arrest Video Released

Terror suspects: Ahmed Ferhani, left, and Mohammad Mamdouh appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York yesterday

WABC Neglects to Name Them in Report

— FSM posted by Nancy Kennon – Anti-Semitic alleged terrorists and the arsenal they planned to use to attack synagogues dressed as Hasidic Jews

{A MUST Read:} “They did it for Jihad” Al Qaeda’s hardmen: New York terror suspect is wannabe model who worked as MAKE-UP salesman at Saks (and his co-conspirator has a record for kicking a poodle)

— {Prostituting Votes} FOX…Obama to Step Up U.S. Oil Production – With criticism mounting over rising gas prices, the president is directing his administration to extend oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, but acknowledged it won’t immediately stop the pain at the pump.

– FSM…No Voting Rights For Illegal Aliens – Ever!For Dems, It’s All About A Permanent Electoral Majority – Not Human Dignity

ALSO SEE: — CFP…Understanding the Psychopathic Insanity of Illegal Aliens

– Heritage…Hotel California: Million Dollar Sheets on the Taxpayer’s Dime

The California hotel workers union is pushing a bill that requires all hotel mattresses to have flat sheets instead of fitted sheets. They argue that the heavy lifting required for fitted sheets is causing back injuries for workers. The problem is, the regulation comes with a price tag of $30-$50 million dollars charged to the taxpayers, according the California Hotel and Lodging Association.

— FSM…We have been hearing a lot about “social justice,” during the tenure of the Obama Administration. From Eric Holder to John Holdren, Lisa Jackson to Van Jones to President Obama himself, the goal of social justice appears to be at the forefront of Mr. Obama’s agenda for the country. But while the term sounds innocuous enough, the goal itself is quite sinister and the road to getting there creates havoc and waste but for the chosen few.

– The DC…Report details financial difficulties of Social Security, Medicare…Social Security and Medicare Trustees Friday issued their annual report on the financial future of the two entitlement programs. The prognosis isn’t good, and, in fact, is even worse than was reported just one year ago.

Billy Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina December 20, 2010 REUTERS/Chris Keane/Files

— Reuters…Billy Graham continues improving from pneumonia

ALSO SEE:Wheaton College community members praying for Billy Graham

— IPT…The Next Bin Laden – “We firmly recognize that the umma [nation]of Muhammad is a nation whose destiny is independent of its leaders, no matter how great,” said American-born al-Shabaab commander Omar Hammami about the death of Osama bin Laden. For terrorists like Hammami, ending the life of bin Laden hasn’t ended the jihad against America.

– CBS…SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid…More accurate version of what happened includes details that bin Laden first emerged on third floor, retreated to bedroom after shot fired

– ATLAS SHRUGS…Muslim Bomb Plotters in NYC Synagogue Attack:“I hate Jews,” “I want to kill them”

– NRO by Victor Davis Hanson…Tough Times for Radical Islam

In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers’ Jody Shelley, left, and New York Rangers’ Derek Boogaard fight during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. Boogaard signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July,2010 appearing in 22 games last season, registering one goal and one assist. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) (Matt Slocum, AP / November 4, 2010)

— Chicago Breaking Sports…New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead at age of 28 – NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. He was 28. The team announced Boogaard’s death on Friday night, but gave no details.

“This is the Eastern Conference finals,” Noah said. “It’s not about headlines. It’s about winning games.”

Bulls know task at hand – Against Heat’s great individual players, they will present united, team front

Schedule:

In Miami ~

Sunday 2/15 7 p.m. TNT

Wednesday 2/18 7:30 p.m. TNT

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May 082011
 

ATLANTA — The last thing Bulls fans expected to see in crunch time was Derrick Rose getting the ball stolen from him.

That’s exactly what Hawks point guard Jeff Teague did to Rose with 3 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in regulation Sunday night. Teague’s timely defensive play led to a fastbreak layup by Al Horford right when the Hawks needed it the most.

The play put the Hawks up 90-84, just enough cushion to escape with a 100-88 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 5 is at the United Center Tuesday night.

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Apr 262011
 

Rose then drained another 3-pointer, prompting a wave of “MVP!” “MVP!” chants at the United Center.

– Just when things were getting scary, Derrick Rose stepped up~ and up

Derrick Rose warms up before the start of Game 5 against the Pacers on Tuesday. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / April 26, 2011)

– Watch for the title to change…

Derrick Rose drives to the basket during the first quarter of Game 5. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago

Bulls lead 84-65 after three

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Apr 212011
 

INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Rose did it again.

He blew past Dahntay Jones to hit a go-ahead lefty layup with 17.8 seconds left. The Bulls’ defense did the rest, forcing Danny Granger into an awkward 3-point try that barely nicked the rim with less than five seconds to play.

The Bulls rebounded the miss, Ronnie Brewer knocked down a pair of free throws, and the Bulls had their third playoff victory — 84-80 — over Indiana in three games.

Not one win has been remotely easy, but it’s doubtful that the Bulls care.

They are one victory from meeting the winner of the Atlanta-Orlando series.

The Bulls shot just 38.9 percent, with Carlos Boozer (2-for-10) and Rose (4-for-18) leading Chicago’s way to brick city.

But Rose made the key plays down the stretch to help his team rally from a 70-65 deficit.

Chicago Tribune

~ Ah, the good old days when we whooped Reggie Miller! ~JP

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