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So what do you know, the 2009-2010 season is underway. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was in my living room watching best player in the league solidify his place amongst the immortals of the NBA. Yes, The Black Mamba, Kobe “Bean” Bryant is STILL the best player in the game today. But thats not what Im here to write about (entirely)..

This year is by far the most intriguing, and exuberant year in the NBA (in my opinion) since the Melo, Wade and Lebron draft in 03. Theres so much to talk about… So many things to expect. So many possibilities, and so so many up can coming stars to acknowledge.  Idk even know where to start…

Well how about this, Opening Night was was amazing! We got a chance to see the new block buster acquisitions for two of the three elite teams in the east,  Rasheed Wallace (Boston Celtics) and Shaq Daddy (Cleavland Cavaliers) in action. Now let me say that Shaq in my estimation is no longer the quick fix to a problem. He’s obviously past his prime, and is apparently making every effort to just “hang in there”, while he crutches on Lebron and Co. to piggy back his way to the NBA finals. Its a bit early for me to assess whether or not  Shaq has finally pulled it all together, and is in feasible enough shape to endure the rigors of a grueling NBA 82 game season, so Im not about to shred him up just yet. His performance did decline towards the second half of the game, so if you’re a Cavs fan, lets just hope this isnt a microcosm of what the NBA season would be like…cavs-shaq-and-lebron-53f1b3d16c86876b_medium

As for the Team in Green, they started out pretty slow, but like the heart and soul of their team captain and leader, KG and the Celtics scrapped their way back into the game. Since we’re on the topic of the new team additions, Sheed was stellar! Knocked down some key three’s (3-6 from the arch) to help propel his squad to victory.. Now the stats aren’t nearly as important as presence on the defensive end as well as an inside/outside threat. Furthermore, it seems to be a seamless transition from being star player of the Pistons, to becoming the 6th man off the bench. In short, all I can say is that this year playoffs will be worth every bit of the anticipation. It has to be!

Later on that night the Lakers took on the cross town rivals La Clippers. The historically  deemed underdogs, were their best man short for the first game of the season. Rookie Star, Blake Griffin has suffered a knee cap injury one day before the opening night. He’s projected to be out for at least 3 weeks.

On the inverse side of things, the highlight(s) of that game had nothing to do with Kobe posting some commendable stats (33 pts 8 rebs and 4 stls), but rather the championship celebration before hand.The 2009 NBA Champions received their diamond encrusted rings. —SB: They had their faces on them jawns btw lol.. Now thats just outlandish!–

Ring Number 4 kobe

Nice

The comish, David Stern was there to commemorate the Lake Show for last season’s accomplishments.  Not surprising, but to see all the great Lakers in attendance; Jerry West, Magic, Big Game James, Mike Cooper, Rob Horry, just to name a few.. It really was something special.

I was watching 1st take this morning and Skip Bayless said something along the lines of “it seemed as if the great Lakers players were there to welcome Kobe into the circle of made men”. I couldnt agree more. After all these years of scrutiny and overcoming the haters, Kobe has finally won it on his own. No longer can the nay sayers say ” he aint winning it with out Shaq”. Last night was the solidification of what Kobe has done through out his career, prove the doubters wrong…

here’s a look at the ring ceremony

It surely was a special thing to see. Overcoming and exceeding the expectations of the opposing party(s) is certainly one of the best feelings a person can experience…

Speaking of which, I’ve once heard that Guilbert Arenas once say in a Adidas commercial that he wears the number Zero to always remind himself of what his doubters thought of him. They always told him that he wouldnt amount to anything.  So he used this as fuel and constant motivation to continually get better; proving people wrong. Well let me say that its good see him back in action! After a good 2 year hiatus the “Hibachi” is back on the grill, cooking more cats than a Chinese store (corny i know LOL). He was sharp, cohesive and most importantly, the explosiveness was there. He shows no ill effects from his knee injury, and appears to be back on the right track. By no means am I a fan of the Wizards, but I’ll def be rooting for Agent Zero this season.

Guily’s first game back

Share your outlooks on the 2009-2010 season.

White Chocolate aka Jason Williams is back in the NBA after taking a year off.

Most known for his flashy passes and fancy crossovers, the white boy from Orlando, Florida is coming back and getting ready to gear up with the Orlando Magic.

J Dub looking like the Logo..

J Dub looking like the Logo..

The 10 year vet has been through a few difficulties prior to winning his first and only championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Debuting in the 1998-99 season, Jason-White-Chocolate-Williams had trouble finding his niche as a true point guard in the NBA. Most of his critics were rather cynical, in saying that he played the game the wrong way and didnt take the game seriously. But one thing is certain, this man can play. Most people haven’t had the chance to pay close attention to J Dub and his outlandish skill set/talent, primarily because of the low profile and sub par winning organizations that he’s played for.

Since being traded from the (then Vancouver) Grizzlies, Williams has toned it down and has learned how to play team basketball. Every once and a while he’ll pull out a trick or two, but playing under the Great Hubbie Brown and Pat Riley in the later stages of his career has cultivated his game into a respectable, and relatively useful one.

All in all, I’m just happy to see him back in the league… If you ask me, he’s always had a nasty game. Too bad youtube wasn’t around when he was REALLY doing his thing thing..lol

I need yall opinion…

Who has the nastiest handle in the league?
(polls)

31 years old and still doing!

Kobe Bryant is still the leagues best player, and remains at the top of his game. It seems like yesterday when the skinny, peanut head kid from right outside of philly (Lower Marion), came into the league as a young 17-year-old. With all the talk about Lebron owning the league in the future, that might be true, but the MAMBA aint goin nowhere baby.

I look forward to next season. With Artest, L.O.  and the Spaniard back on deck, our chances look rather good for repeating. in the meantime check out this sick vid made by MarJizee on youtube. good Looking!

So how about the new reality TV show, Shaq vs.? I enjoyed watching Ben Rothlisberger and Shaq go at it, but in today’s day and age, reality shows are like secrets, everybody’s got one. Which gives me all the reason to watch something ELSE on television.

But everyone isn’t Shaq…

The one of a kind, legendary big man who’s at the dusk of an epic career, has arguably more personality than anyone who has ever played the game. I mean hey, he’s got just as many aliases as he has rings.
The Big Cactus a.k.a, The Big Aristotle, a.k.a The Big JabbaWokee, a.k.a the Big Everything Else lol, couldn’t have picked a better time to latch on to the reality show movement, and remind the world how much he has meant to not only the game of basketball, but the world of sports itself.

So you’re probably asking, “What the does Shaq’s career have to do with Brett Favre?”

My question to you is, “what do Brett Favre and the Big Aristotle have in common?” or should I say “what don’t they have in common?” Aside from the obvious, (ethnicity, height, professions etc…) as it pertains to sports, there are more parallels than polarities that reside between the two.

For Example…

Age/Longevity:

Favre age and long 3
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Brett Favre in 1991 at 22years of age. The gunslinger from southern Mississippi (Gulfport) has been playing professional football for 18 straight seasons, 19 if you include this year. I don’t know about you, but 19 years ago, I was still in preschool playing hide and go seek and reading Dr. Seuss books… But as for Bret Favre, he’s been holding his own for practically 2 DECADES in the Nation Football League, which goes to show you how much of a VIKING he really is.
At 39 years of age, Favre has battled trough some nagging injuries and has always been an “all or nothing” type of guy. A Joe Namath/Montana-esc type of player come crunch time. A man who’s never afraid of taking the long shot down the field in the closing seconds of a game. Unfortunately, he’s has some awful interceptions to lose a close one or 2.. Or 3… Ok maybe a season… But nevertheless, Brett Favre has made his mark in the league by having the heart to take those risks, and make those decisions. At any rate, Brett Favre has spent practically half of his life playing (professional) football, 2 decades in the NFL? Now that’s longevity for you…

Shaq on the other hand is no different. Like Brett Favre, Shaquille O’Neal has lasted quite some time in the NBA. Ever since he’s won his 4th Championship with Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, the talk of retirement has always been the speculation surrounding him. He’s dealt with injuries and always seemed to have difficulties with his conditioning. But just when you think that he’s finished, the Big Man just keeps coming back..

Shaq age long 2
Drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992, the 20-year-old Shaquille O’Neal took the league by storm. Exhibiting the essentials every big man should possess; dominance, ferocity, and raw talent. Based on his size and potential alone, sports analyst and fans alike were placing Shaq in the class of the big men superiors, right along with Wilt-the Stilt-Chamberlain and Bill Russell. In fact, Shaq was, and still is such an impermeable force, that he changed the dynamics of the game. Due to his massive girth, strength and overwhelming dominance, teams, officials, and league rules were forced to acquiesce to Shaq’s presence. Hence, the hack-a-shack strategy, engineered by San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich… Many NBA coaches utilize this method today, but Pop is the guru who coined this strategy, which it so pervasive. Ultimately, Shaq spent the bulk/pentacle of his career in LA with Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers (9 years). Since then, Shaquille has played for three teams (Heat, Suns and Cavs), which has helped him maintain the career that literally has outlasted the life span of your average household pet (16 years)..

Success:
Despite the fact that Brett Favre and Shaq are in the latter stages of their careers, and should probably hang it up, they are still what I like to call PPWP’s; Players Playing With a Purpose…

Most professional athletes are satisfied with doing what they love and in the meantime, getting rich while doing it. But as for the great ones, the numbers in the win column are their only source of gratification. Winning brings in the hardware, and the hardware ultimately symbolizes/solidifies one’s success through out his career.

favre success

Brett Favre having earned the honors of being called a NFL champion, winning his well deserved and fine piece of jewelry, for defeating the New England Patriots in Superbowl 31 (1997). Despite the fact that SB 31 is Favre’s only championship victory, through out his career he’s led the Green Bay Packers to 7 division champions and 4 NFC championships (winning 2), and has been named the leagues most valuable player 3 consecutive years in a row (95-97). The resume speaks for itself people…

Already earning his spot in the fraternity of the top 50 players of the National Basketball Association, currently at no. 4, Shaq Daddy resides at the crescendo of  the more successful careers that have been cultivated by the NBA. Having won 4 championships (3 with Kobe and the Lakers, and 1 with D. Wade and the Miami Heat), Shaq has a legacy that will be virtually impossible for individuals of the later generations to parallel. Not to mention that Shaquille has multiple MVP’s coming from the all-star, regular season, and NBA final performances that he’s bestowed through out the years. There’s no denying what this man has accomplished during his declining, but nevertheless ongoing career.

Shaq successful

New Opportunity:
With Brett Favre going to Minnesota Vikings and Shaq going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the old timers now have the chance to add to their resumes. The middle aged veterans have had a change of scenery, but getting themselves acclimated to their new rosters, by which are saturated with talent, should be a seamless transition; in theory…

Bret New Opportunity

If you haven’t heard about this kid Adrian Peterson, then you’ve not been watching football these past few years. As a rookie at the running back position, Adrian Peterson has shattered records left and right. He’s a combination of pure speed and strength; a work horse/play maker hybrid that is every coaches dream. His upside is ridiculous, and he’s only going to get better. With Peterson in the backfield, opposing defenses will have to pick their poison. Now, Brett Favre at 39 years of age, isn’t going to scramble in the pocket like a young Randal Cunningham, but he has the guts to stand pat, take the blow and deliver the pass down the field. This opens up an array of options for the Minnesota Vikings, and with exceptional offensive play, and the defensive consistency they’re known for, Brett Favre can make big things happen while wearing purple and gold…

Speaking of which, Shaq finds himself in a similar situation. Now apart of the Cavs roster, alongside Lebron James and co. he can potentially win his 5th NBA Championship. We all know what the new-age no. 23 is capable of, and how he hasn’t had that second superstar to fill his voids. So here is say, Superman is here to save the day!

Shaq-aka-The-Cleveland-Steamer

At least he hopes to, I mean after all the Big Cactus hasn’t held up these past couple of seasons, and doesn’t seem to like back to backs during the course of a road trip. I’m not sure if it’s conditioning, or just his old age that isn’t allowing his body to hold up. After all, Shaq is a large man, and we know they are usually the first to retire. Generally speaking, the big men of the league tend to be more injury prone than the more durable, prototypical guards/forwards of the NBA.

However, the living legends are in the best situations possible. Tailor made for their overall success

From a superficial perspective, these two guys who seem to be from opposite ends of the spectrum, but beneath the surface, they actually have more in common that not. The only significance element that may separate Brett Favre and Shaquille O’Neil from eachother, are their reason for coming back. One is trying to beat show up an organization and the other is trying one up a friend who turned foe. I’ll leave it up to you to fill in the blank…

As for me, I’m signing off, but talk about a great theme for a reality show!

Ya Boy,
Mike Ferg.