With the entire country’s eyes fixed on them Lakers Nation responded did themselves proud, as they payed tribute – with heavy, but proud hearts, to two of their own – Kobe and Gigi Bryant.
With all due respect to the Los Angeles Lakers fan base, as you have clearly notice these few days, Kobe and his princess, not only had your hearts, but ours also.
Growing Up in Philly, our Coach took me and my Brothers to Lower Merion High to see Kobe play, before declare NBA. However the gym was pack and we had to settle for seeing him play on a TV monitor on another building. Coach was nevertheless so happy and fire up, the whole ride home kept saying to us,
“Jellybean’s son going be a great player!”
Sure! Kobe made some mistakes – as some incentive mother f*ers are quick to point out during this tragic time, but as the Holly Man once said,
“Let the one without any sins cast the first stone.”
It’s not about being right, is about doing right and decency.
No matter, which team you loyally follow, when push comes to shove the NBA Family will always back one of its own.
Through ownership-executive bad decisions, prizing out the average fan, celebrity commentators with their clueless self-serving agendas and too many other issues.
“Guess what?” “We still here!”
Visionary, David Stern – may he always rest in peace () saw all of this coming a mile away and decided all the power needed to go back to the players because nobody was going to hijack his league, like other professional leagues have been.
At the end is just this simple,
“Every day that you open your eyes and not find yourself inside a whole of dirt with flowers growing on top of you, Is A Good Day!
May you and your princess always rest in peace, Mamba…”
It’s official the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champ Tyson Fury rematch is set for February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The Bronze Bomber versus The Gypsy King Part II.
It sounds like a damn monster movie and the rematch between heavyweight world title holder Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) and lineal champion Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs), on February 22nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is fixing to be just as entertaining as one.
The Wilder-Fury sequel is arguably the most anticipated heavyweight rematch in almost a quarter-century since Evander Holyfield fought Mike Tyson back in 1997.
Wilder vs Fury II has ESPN and FOX Sports co-producing and joining forces on the event, which is unprecedented.
You can bet the house that ESPN and FOX Sports will be promoting the hell out of it.
“Having networks like ESPN and Fox come together and create awareness for a fight is really unprecedented,”,Top Rank President Todd DuBoef told Yahoo Sports.
Both fighters have overcome great personal sagas.
Fury has risen from drug abuse, 400-pound obesity and near-suicidal depression, while Wilder, who once waited tables at IHOP, became a professional boxer to support his daughter, who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida as a newborn.
“After February 22nd there will be no more unanswered questions. I will finish what I started, and this time [Fury] will not be getting up off that canvas…”, Deontay Wilder.
“Watch me knock out Deontay Wilder AKA The Big Dosser.”, Tyson Fury.
What will sell this rematch more than anything else is that outstanding fight they had on December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which ended in controversy.
Wilder claimed the referee gave Fury a long count, and he should’ve won. Fury claimed a couple judges unfairly gave Wilder too many rounds, and he should’ve won.
However the final mess did finally end – in short, the whole damn thing was astounding and the controversial ending — makes Part II an easy sell now ESPN and FOX Sports.
Start-up professional sports leagues that challenge the establishment is not a new concept.
Their remains can be found everywhere across this country.
BIG3 basketball, not only challenged the establishment, but found its’ place and their organizing team will be welcoming the new decade, clicking champagne glasses.
It’s not every day that a new professional sports league challenges the establishment, and succeeds at it.
Taking into account the BIG3’s changing their venue from FOX Broadcasting Company to CBS Television Network and also their early season dismissal of some malcontent players at the start of their third season, I expected a drop off and the ever so popular Haters to start singing their favorite hit song, “I told you!”.
Like clockwork, they were singing it in every social media platform imaginable.
Then it happened, the BIG3 behind Ice Cube – their fearless ambassador, and its’ organizing body validated their legitimacy in epic fashion in year three, making all the right moves to protect The BIG3 Brand.
I know – my guy, Ice Cube.
Don’t let the smile fool you…Cube eats Adversity for breakfast and he has Skin In The Game.
Ice Cube has done a lot of great things in his career, but starting a sports league has been truly amazing and it has added to his legendary status.
Using his clout and connections to organize a competitive 3-on-3 basketball league and also to be able to maintain it to move in the right direction has been simply incredible.
It will be a cold day in Hell, before anybody gets the better of him, trust me!
“Our philosophy is, first they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they ask for a meeting. Then they beg for a meeting. We’re going through our stages, but we’ll be here when they beg for that meeting.”, Ice Cube.
The NFL, although has yet to admit it publicly, has colluded against him and intentionally misinformed everyone of his reason for peacefully protesting.
Kaepernick kneeled at the start of games during the National Anthem in order to bring awareness of police brutality against members of the African-American community, not because he was being unpatriotic.
The NFL had been previously investigated by the United State government and was found guilty of requesting payments in order to hold armed forces and first responders events during games, the investigation is named Paid-Patriotism.
Even one of their very own sponsors -NIKE, sided with Colin Kaepernick and publicly acknowledged that he was the victim of collusion, and character assassination.
You can essentially say that, there is zero trust between both parties.
That’s why the sudden and spontaneous offer to hold a private workout for Colin Kaepernick after three years did not – frankly!, sounded on the “Up And UP” from the start.
No media member was being granted credentials to the private workout by the NFL, Kaepernick would have to sign a waiver accepting all their terms and the NFL was in charge of controlling all narratives, being photos, video and written scouting reports to be use.
Everyone knew from the very start, that both parties involved were going to try to get the better of each other, only question was how would the finals details run.
I must admit that I did not see this one coming.
As the first signs of trouble appeared, Stephen A. Smith from ESPN-First Take, uploaded a video statement which went viral within minutes speaking on behalf of the NFL and accusing Colin Kaepernick of being maliciously misleading, essentially being a hired Mouth Piece for the league.
Out his numerous rants, this was by far Stephen A. Smith most tasteless because he’s in entitle to his opinion of course, but ignoring the obvious NFL’s attempts to have complete control of all the narratives and not siding with the media community – which he’s member of!, not only being intentionally “Kept Out The Loop” in a censorship matter, well the whole thing reeked of “Selling Out”.
“Stephen A. Smith Tap dancing for the NFL like ⬇️. Damn straight Colin wants to control the narrative! He supposed to trust the organization that blackballed him and has done absolutely nothing in good faith??? Born on Tuesday, just not last Tuesday.”, Eric Reed.
The NFL’s plan was exposed from the beginning, except for the Stephen A. Smith factor, who was obviously commissioned to do their bidding, however in spite accusations and “Finger Pointing” from all sides, it was not a total loss.
It was great news to hear that one of the wide receivers from the workout, Jordan Veasy was signed to the Washington Redskin’s practice squad.