Indeed, the NBA remains locked out, but while players and owners continue to hash out their differences, the people at Air Jordan have recently unveiled a terrific commercial for basketball fanatics that make many want to lace up their sneakers and jam.
Friday evening was a special one, especially for former Chicago Bull, Detroit Piston, San Antonio Spur, Los Angles Laker and Dallas Maverick, Dennis Rodman, who was officially enshrined into the NBA Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Say what you want about the rebound-machine, but after watching his speech a few times, I got goose bumps.
Rodman, who may indeed be one of the most animated professional athletes of all time was honest, respectful and up-front for roughly 10-minutes. He admitted everything, as well as thanked a few special people, which included his former head coach, Phil Jackson, as well as Bulls teammates, Michael Jordanand Scottie Pippen, but also, his wife and mother.
When it came to Jackson, as well as Jerry Buss, James Rich and Chuck Daly, he stated nothing, but positive things for these former NBA sideline generals. In fact, he expressed his gratitude for all of them, especially when he stated the follow:
“Those four guys, man, I mean… a mentor, a father, someone you could look up to, even call any time of the day. [If you] needed a shoulder to cry on or a hand to shake or just speak your mind and these four guys, if you cremated all these four guys and made them into one, they’re pretty much a perfect individual.”
As stated above, Rodman was nothing, but honest and respectful on Friday evening, which is something we’re not normally used to, right? Heck, how many remember his various antics or crazy moments? I’m sure we all remember those quite fondly.
Yet, all in all, despite causing chaos on and off the court, Rodman deserved his “12-minutes of fame.”
The forward will always be considered one of the best rebounders in the game and surely, one has to wonder, who’ll be the next, Dennis Rodman? Will there ever be a player of his caliber? Who knows, but again, this was a special evening for Rodman, as well as his entire family and the NBA.
Hmm… Again, I can’t seem to wrap my head around this, but then again, does anyone have an idea about why “the freak” decided to hang up his cleats for good?
If you have an answer, please speak now or forever hold your peace.
When news broke Monday about Moss’s retirement, I was stunned, especially after his agent, Joel Segal announced to the world that his client was in the best shape of his career. Although, I do wonder, did I miss something? He did state those exact words, right?
OK, what exactly was Moss considering or pondering the past few weeks or months? Did he truly think that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was going to call or text him?
Perhaps, Brett Favrewas going to consider asking him if he’d like to play catch with him and his friends from high school?
Again, what exactly was Moss thinking these past few weeks? I’m not quite sure, but do have a hunch that he was hoping the Minnesota Vikings would contact him and say, “Hey, Randy, come back and play with our new quarterback, Donovan McNabb!” Yet, that didn’t happen.
Although, speaking of the Vikings, there was a rather interesting report on Monday from TwinCities.com (Pioneer Press), as players and coaches expressed their true feelings toward Moss’s decision and yes, they were all rather kind and wonderful words. In fact, first-year head coach Leslie Frazier compared Moss to Michael Jordan, but that’s a little bizarre, right? I mean, hey, Jordan might indeed be the greatest athlete of all time, but that’s a debate for another day.
So, where does Moss go from here? Perhaps, he’ll join FOX Sports, CBS or ESPN? Maybe he’ll do some male modeling? Should he become the next great movie star? Might he consider writing a book like New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan?
Hmm… once again, I ask that you keep your wild, strange and outrageous fantasies to yourself, OK?
Moss is certainly a legend. Seriously, the man finished his 13-year career with 954 receptions, 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdown catches, so I guess it’s an obvious that he’ll join the true legends and hero’s of the game in Canton, Ohio, (NFL Hall of Fame) right? Again, he’s a legend and one of the best receivers, but sadly, he’ll also be remembered as the guy who didn’t win the “big one.”
All right, enough rambling, it’s time to bring my Randy Moss rant to an end, so, I’ll go out with a bold prediction and state, he’ll be back this season and yes, there’s a little bit of Michael Strahanin him because seriously, he’s a 34-year-old man who doesn’t want to practice or commit himself to two-a-days, but instead, just the game of football.
Remember when the “Broad Street Bullies” saved the National Hockey League from the Soviet Union in 1976? Well, doesn’t that particular game have some parallels to Sunday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks?
I’d say, yes!
In case you don’t know, LeBron James and his Heat teammates came up short in this year’s NBA Finals. Yep, despite promising, “not one, not two, not three…” championships, the Heat found themselves in a position they weren’t used to, which is second place.
They didn’t win a championship and now, every NBA fan has more reasons to insult the leagues most hated squad. Although, this is what the basketball die-hard’s wanted, right? They wanted Miami to lose and Dallas to win, correct?
I know this is true because everyone jumped aboard the Mavericks bandwagon and cheered for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler. In fact, some fans admitted that their blood was not red, but instead, blue and white. They also felt connected to the Mavericks because they wanted this group of “over the top” stars to beat Miami and well, that mission was accomplished.
Beating Miami was what everyone wanted. Seriously, did you want to watch James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dance around the American Airlines Arena chanting, “We’re number one, we’re number one?” I doubt it.
Miami was labeled the “bad-boys” from day one of the ‘10-‘11 season, but now, they probably should receive a new name, “fakers.” They’re fake, non-believable and certainly, not that good. They may think that having a variety of talent on their side will result in championships galore, but really, it won’t. Instead, they need to improve mentally, physically and emotionally.
For starters, they may want to discover why James was star-struck in the Finals. Against the Mavericks, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.0 turnovers, 1.7 steals and 7.0 rebounds, as well as imploded in various fourth quarters. Yet, are those numbers that good? Seriously, besides 17-points, he failed offensively and defensively. So, if they do return to the Finals, James needs to stay focused.
Second, Miami needs more experience. Between James, Wade and Bosh, they need other experienced veterans who know how to win. Also, they need someone who can take the pressure off Wade, especially in the closing minutes. Players like Mike Bibby, Erik Dampier, Eddie House, Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire aren’t exactly true “studs.” Yes, all five of them have a boatload of NBA experience, but certainly, not enough. Had they been more vocal or stressed the importance of “team basketball,” they might have won this series, but again, that’s a thought.
Overall, these are just a few quick ideas on the Heat, but allow me to return to my original point, beating Miami and what exactly does that mean?
It’s a sweet feeling, especially as a basketball lover. I couldn’t be happier, but this also proves that James should never be in the same sentence with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. Those guys all won championships, as well a persevered over the years.
Also, Dallas’s win helped the city of Cleveland, as well as the people of Ohio rejoice in song and dance. Hey, I doubt everyone held hands and sang, “kumbaya,” but I am sure the Cavaliers are elated.
All in all, this win is special because it proved the point, you can’t buy championships. It’s going to be a long off-season for the men dressed in black and red, but in the end, I think it’s fair to say that everyone across the country and world will sleep much better knowing that once again, James choked.