“That’s a clown question, bro” should be the next great internet meme.
Ronaldo gets a sick goal earlier in the day? Only natural that his biggest rival answers with this shocking free kick which physics professors everywhere are scrambling to explain.
All explained in the video.
Spurrier allegedly called him out earlier this week.
This is well worth your time to go check out. He uses strong language but it’s a fair rebuttal to the claims made. From the Miami New Times:
Nevin Shapiro wishes he could wear my shorts for one day. The New Jersey-born Napoleon dubbed himself “Little Luke” in a so-called investigative report by Yahoo Sports claiming all sorts of corrupt shit Shapiro committed while he was a booster of the University of Miami athletics program.
The claims even include hooking up football players with prostitutes and buying them bottles at Club Mansion. That punk could never be me.
First of all, I have never been a UM booster. I have never given a dime to the school. I have and always will support the players and the program out of civic pride, but I never violated any NCAA rules when I was the team’s biggest fan in the 1980s. And I definitely would not have ever paid for a stripper to abort a baby allegedly fathered by a UM football player like Shapiro claims he did.
Uncle Luke! Coming out swinging.
[Miami New Times]
This piece is in direct response to a Twitter challenge by Editor-In-Chief of The Big Lead, Jason McIntyre. Earlier today on his blog, McIntyre suggested six possible destinations for Nene, of which four were completely unrealistic and, as I insinuated to him in a tweet, were ”pulled out of his ass.” As a Nuggets fan, it doesn’t irk me so much that Nene opted out as it does that ignorant basketball fans think that he’d actually take $3 million a year to land on a contender for the next five years. It’s a classic “I have no idea what goes on west of the Hudson River” view of the sports world and it pisses me off to no end. It’s highly indicative of his writing style over the years in that he likes to pretend he’s an authority on sports and that his opinion matters when in actuality he’s playing the post-modern version of reaching for sports talk show radio ratings. Which is exactly why McIntyre actually positing that Nene could actually end up in Dallas, San Antonio, Boston, or Miami drives me insane. There’s just no way. If you really want me to break down why it’s impossible for each of those teams, leave me a note in the comments. I’d be happy to do it. Additionally let me please note that if this piece has any spelling errors or seems sloppy, my apologies. I rushed to write it as soon as the challenge was extended and haven’t gotten the chance to edit it properly.
In response to his ignorant evaluation of Nene’s free agency, here’s my list of six actual destinations the Brazilian big man could end up. In no particular order…
1) The Denver Nuggets. Hey! Just because he opted out doesn’t mean he’s going to automatically skip town. I think they’re definitely still the favorite to land him after the lockout is over. Nene is obviously looking for more years than the regular extension would have offered although I think it’s highly unwise to risk signing under the terms of the new CBA. It has the potential to severely limit the amount of money he could earn as well as the number of years. In addition to this, Nene is married to a native Colorado woman and they’re expecting their first child next month. He’s been quoted as saying he wants to retire a Nugget but he’s also on the record as saying he has major doubts about the direction of the franchise. I’m crossing my fingers that he stays, but I don’t think anyone could blame him for going elsewhere.
2) The Golden State Warriors. It’s no secret the Warriors have been after Nene since last season’s ownership change. They’ve been starved of competent front court help ever since Biedrins and David Lee landed on what appear to be permanent spots on the injury train. With a new ownership group that is embracing advanced metrics, Nene is a highly attractive free agent that they will target. For those who don’t know, he’s one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA and that stat geeks are gaga for his remarkable numbers. This is made all the more realistic by that same front office saying they’re more than willing to make room for players by dealing either Monta Ellis or Steph Curry rather than McIntyre’s unrealistic idea that a team like the Celtics would move Ray Allen or KG to get Nene. While it may be possible for the Warriors to keep both Curry and Ellis and make room for him, my guess is they’d move one of the guards for other assets.
3) The Houston Rockets. Darly Morey has additionally made it no secret that he finds Nene to be an extremely desirable player to have on the roster. How any knowledgeable fan could manage to forget this fact is beyond me which makes McIntyre’s destinations all the more ridiculous. Are you noticing a trend in that all the smart front offices want to land him on their team? Is Nene the elusive “great player” Morey has been searching for all these years? I doubt it. But he’d make one hell of a running mate if they were ever able to land a Dwight Howard or a Chris Paul to go with him. Nene and Scola would team up for an All-South American front court that would feature one of the most formidable offensive duos in the game. Let’s not talk about their defense though…
4) The New Jersey Nets. McIntyre was correct in his assumption that the Nets are a realistic destination. They’re trying to convince Deron Williams to stay and for Dwight Howard to sign next off season. I can’t think of a better way to do it than by signing one of the three best free agents in this year’s class. Additionally I think Nene offers far more stability than David West or Tyson Chandler (the other two best options), both of whom have serious injury histories over the course of their careers. Mikhail Prokhorov in no stranger to spending money either.
5) The Indiana Pacers. Ditto on McIntyre being correct here as well. They have lots of cap room to sign him and could feature him at his natural position of power forward (next to Roy Hibbert). This would make the Pacers an extremely fun/competitive team to watch next year and if status and perceptions didn’t matter in the modern NBA, Indiana might be the front runner to land him. Although the move makes sense on a basketball level, would Nene really leave Colorado for…Indiana? I’m not saying Denver offers a night life which he’d miss dearly but you can’t beat the views/scenery in the Mile High City and again his wife is from Colorado, after all. I would be shocked to see a player of his caliber sign with the Pacers.
6) The New Orleans. If they’re unable to keep David West they could just as quickly turn around and offer that same money to Nene, who instantly would become a regular all-star candidate each year if paired next to Chris Paul. It’s scary to think of what those two could achieve with each other. Paul damn near won the Western conference the one year he had a healthy Tyson Chandler playing center. A healthy Nene who’s far more skilled offensively? That’s quite terrifying actually.
And there you have it basketball fans. That’s my realistic retort to McIntyre’s ridiculous post and one that I hope leaves you all more informed after having finished it.
Great stuff from Hill, please go read the whole thing. It’s excellent. Here’s the best section, from the New York Times:
To hint that those who grew up in a household with a mother and father are somehow less black than those who did not is beyond ridiculous. All of us are extremely proud of the current Duke team, especially Nolan Smith. He was raised by his mother, plays in memory of his late father and carries himself with the pride and confidence that they instilled in him.
The sacrifice, the effort, the education and the friendships I experienced in my four years are cherished. The many Duke graduates I have met around the world are also my “family,” and they are a special group of people. A good education is a privilege.
Just as Jalen has founded a charter school in Michigan, we are expected to use our education to help others, to improve life for those who need our assistance and to use the excellent education we have received to better the world.
A highlight of my time at Duke was getting to know the great John Hope Franklin, John B. Duke Professor of History and the leading scholar of the last century on the total history of African-Americans in this country. His insights and perspectives contributed significantly to my overall development and helped me understand myself, my forefathers and my place in the world.
Ad ingenium faciendum, toward the building of character, is a phrase I recently heard. To me, it is the essence of an educational experience. Struggling, succeeding, trying again and having fun within a nurturing but competitive environment built character in all of us, including every black graduate of Duke.
My mother always says, “You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.” As we get older, we understand the importance of these words. Adulthood is nothing but a series of choices: you can say yes or no, but you cannot avoid saying one or the other. In the end, those who are successful are those who adjust and adapt to the decisions they have made and make the best of them.
I caution my fabulous five friends to avoid stereotyping me and others they do not know in much the same way so many people stereotyped them back then for their appearance and swagger. I wish for you the restoration of the bond that made you friends, brothers and icons.
Grant Hill, still kicking the Fab Five’s collective ass, to this day!
[New York Times]