Michael Jordan One on One with Ahmad Rashad

Michael Jordan sits down with Ahmad Rashad to reflect on his career.  The most telling moment in my opinion is when he said how disappointed he was that the Bulls were broken up without ever being beaten.  I believe that is why it’s so hard for him to let go because no one ever really beat the Bulls, so who knows how many titles they could have won.

I am sure Michael thinks that if he didn’t play baseball and management didn’t break up the Bulls then he could have made a run at Russell’s 11 titles, which would make him the unquestioned greatest player ever.  He is widely considered the greatest, but too many it is still debatable.  For someone that competitive, it has to eat at him when they compare ANY player to him.

One good thing that came from the interview is to see how important the game was to Michael.  Today athletes make so much money, but the game doesn’t seem important to them.  It almost seems like today’s players want to use basketball as a stepping stone to other arenas, which was never the case with Michael.  Hopefully some of today’s players can watch this interview and learn that if you put your all into winning the other stuff will come because people always love a winner.

Michael Jordan One on One with Ahmad Rashad

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Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura – FEMA Camps

 

Watch Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.  In this episode he explores FEMA Camps.   Ventura refers to FEMA Camps  as American Concentration Camps.  The belief is that the US Government is going to establish martial law, and the FEMA Camps are to imprison entire families.  While many people thought that the coordination of law enforcement branches was a good thing to prevent terrorist attacks, Ventura claims that it is a ploy to get information on US citizens, who the establishment views as threats.

No matter whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not it was scary seeing all of the plastic caskets stored up.  Conspiracy or not, a lot of people will die, or there wouldn’t be all the caskets.  Then the residential centers were behind barb-wire fences and looked just like prisons.  People will believe what they want, but additional discussion on what these FEMA Camps are really for is necessary.

 

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Ronda Rousey on DLHQ (Free TV Online)

Ronda Rousey speaks to Dan LeBatard about the emotions she is going through before a fight as she prepares for her first title defense.  Rousey will defend her title at UFC 157 against Liz Carmouche.  Dan then asked how Rousey is dealing with the media and her new found fame.  In the interview Rousey mentioned that she likes to react to situations and not have cookie cutter responses.  The interview definitely seemed like she was free styling, so Dan did the same, and he just had to laugh about how he lost control of the interview.  Ronda Rousey definitely showed her personality on this episode of “Dan LeBatard’s Highly Questionable.

Ronda Rousey on DLHQ

Will Michael Jordan Ever Be Able to Let Go of Past NBA Glory?

 

Along with the television coverage of ESPN for Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, there will be an in depth interview with Jordan by Wright Thompson in the upcoming ESPN the Magazine.  This was a very insightful piece in which Michael Jordan gave unprecedented access to what his mind state is and was as a player.  Jordan was the ultimate competitor on the court and off the court, he wanted to win everything at all costs.  His confidence in himself is legendary. But the same thing that helped him excel on the court is the same thing that is a burden in a normal life.

In the article Jordan talks about how he can’t replace the game of basketball with anything in regular life.  Basketball propelled him to new heights, which most men will never achieve, so it’s not surprising that he finds it difficult to move on.  He speaks of returning to the NBA and seems bitter over the new generation of player.  He even went as far as to speak of returning to the NBA at 50, and how he discovered a flaw in Lebron James game.  The article dismissed the possibility of him returning, but of course the media ran with the story and dreamed of how Jordan would match up with Lebron.  It’s good to dream, but at some point you have to come back to reality.  This story shows what all great athletes go through trying assimilate into society when their career is over.  Many of them are unsuccessful, and according to the article Jordan is fighting his own battle on this issue.  It seems the formula to be great at something is to obsess about it, but is it worth it in the long run?

 

 

Michael Jordan has accomplished so much in his career, but it still isn’t enough to him.  We see the glitz and the glamour of his life, but we don’t realize that he has paid a price for his fame and fortune.   Jordan was once the center of the universe, so he will probably never be content in being just a cog.  When you were the best in the world at something, being good just doesn’t cut it.  But to me that explains his problem with Lebron James.

By all accounts Lebron James doesn’t have the mental make up of Jordan because he didn’t have failures growing up to make him work harder.  As a sophomore in high school Slam Magazine called Lebron one of the top 5 players in the world.  His first failure was his first NBA Finals with the Heat, and he eventually bounced back nicely from that and is currently destroying the league.

But from Jordan’s perspective Lebron didn’t pay dues because he was given the world without proving anything, while Jordan had to wait out Bird and Magic.  Plus there may be some jealousy because even though Lebron may never be the equivalent of Jordan on the court, Lebron is better than Jordan off the court.  Jordan is still an icon and Jordans are still a hot item, but Lebron sales shoes, he is part owner in Beats By Dre, and he has ownership in his own agent’s company.  Lebron is already set up for a life outside of basketball, and he planted those seeds from day 1.

Lebron shared his good fortune with his high school friends,  but Jordan takes pride in holding his friends back from winning NBA titles.  It’s just a different time.  Times change and people need to change with them.   But Jordan needs to let it go because this generation isn’t the same.  Even if he was playing now, I am not sure it would be the same because with social media you have to be careful every second of the day because everyone is a reporter.  I wonder how his gambling escapades would be taken if they happened today? This is nothing new because the older generation will always have some animosity for the new generation.  But the older generation has to adapt to fit in to the new society and Jordan has to do the same.  He is the greatest player to play the game, but his time is done, and the sooner he and the media realizes it, the sooner he can try to move to the next stage of his life.

 

Will Michael Jordan Ever Be Able to Let Go?

Along with the television coverage of ESPN for Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, there will be an in depth interview with Jordan by Wright Thompson in the upcoming ESPN the Magazine.  This was a very insightful piece in which Michael Jordan gave unprecedented access to what his mind state is and was as a player.  Jordan was the ultimate competitor on the court and off the court, he wanted to win everything at all costs.  His confidence in himself is legendary. But the same thing that helped him excel on the court is the same thing that is a burden in a normal life.   Continue reading “Will Michael Jordan Ever Be Able to Let Go?”

Jerry Buss Died…What’s Next for Los Angeles Laker Franchise?

 

Laker owner, Jerry Buss, died today.  The official cause of death was kidney failure, but Buss had been hospitalized over the past 18 months for cancer treatment.  Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979 and led the team to 10 titles under his leadership.

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Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979 and led the team to 10 titles under his leadership.  Buss was a sports guy at heart also owning a hockey team, indoor soccer team, tennis team.  Buss was a model owner staying out f the limelight, instead choosing to empower the right people to do the job.  Buss’ track record as owner is impeccable, he hired Jerry West to run his team, and then hired the team’s color analyst, Pat Riley, to coach the team with no previous head coaching experience.  Under Buss the Lakers would always somehow end up with the best players.  They had Magic and Kareem, but after they were gone they signed Shaq and had the foresight to draft Kobe.

After they got rid of Shaq everyone thought that it was over, but they somehow got Pau Gasol.  People talk about how one-sided that trade was, but people forget  that the Lakers gave up Marc Gasol, whom the Lakers drafted in the second round, and is currently one of the building blocks for Memphis Grizzly franchise, so that trade wasn’t one-sided.  Under the Buss the Lakers were one step ahead of everyone else.  Jerry Buss has been too ill to attend any games this year, so obviously he hasn’t been involved in any basketball decisions but it makes you wonder if the Lakers would be going through all of this Dwightmare  drama if Jerry Buss had been around more.  Today is not just a sad day for the Laker’s organization, but basketball as well.  People like Jerry Buss don’t come around often and he will be missed.  Let’s just hope that his offspring can continue the tradition and honor his memory by maintaining the Laker’s status as one of the flag-ship franchises for the NBA because now is a trying time and it could go either way.

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Jerry Buss Died…What’s Next for Laker Franchise?

Laker owner, Jerry Buss, died today.  The official cause of death was kidney failure, but Buss had been hospitalized over the past 18 months for cancer treatment.  Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979 and led the team to 10 titles under his leadership.
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Stephen A Smith Parody on Saturday Night Live

Jay Pharoah is a fool for his Stephen A Smith parody on Saturday Night Live.  He is killing Stephen A with his imitation.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Stephen A. can’t be happy about this.  It is one thing to make fun of his hairline, or his mannerisms, or how he name drops.  But the homo sexual innuendo wasn’t necessary.  Smith tries to portray himself as a ladies man, whether or not that is true is his business.  They say all publicity is good publicity, but is that true? It will be interesting to see if this affects his reputation at all.

Stephen A Smith Parody on Saturday Night Live

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Michael Jordan NBA Tribute

 

Michael Jordan is turning 50, so here is a recap of Jordan’s top 50 plays.  There is no questioning Jordan’s greatness.  Part of the reason he was able to achieve greatness was because he was from an era where it was win at all costs, but that is not the case anymore. Michael Jordan had to prove that he was better than everyone else because only champions got superstar treatment in those times.  Failure motivated Michael, he was cut from his high school basketball team, and in the NBA he had to go through all time greats Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, and Magic Johnson before he was able to reach the status he is at now.

Michael Jordan NBA Highlights

 

Now its all about sportsmanship and setting the right example for the youth.  In some youth leagues they don’t even take score anymore, so winning doesn’t have the same value as it did in the past.  Now it’s not about winning but sportsmanship, and winning the right way. There is a commercial where in the final seconds of a championship basketball game, a players tells his coach the ref missed a call and the coach tells him to advise the ref so they can correct the call. Those are the priorities of today.  It’s totally different from Jordan’s time.  They are even beginning to take trash talking out of the game.  It’s great that we still honor Jordan because usually we don’t recognize our past, but it is ironic that Jordan is as still as popular as he is because his values contradict today’s values.