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Why Are We Always Talking About The Dysfunction of Basketball Wives And Not Basketball Itself?

July 14th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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You know what conversation has gotten old? Black women and reality television.

We’ve seen the memes, read the think pieces, and have played party to the same humdrum and overreaching conversation, which usually goes: “Black women on reality television are bad black people; black women watch reality television are bad black people too; black women are embarrassing themselves and the community by projecting and supporting images of negative ourselves; black women are embarrassing the black community by making us look bad on television in front of white people; black women are taking a check from white folks to destructively coon out on television, blah, blah, blah…”

And of course it also follows the same conversation trajectory as ones on: “Scandal” and Olivia Pope; “Being Mary Jane”; weaves and perms; birth control; feminism; abortions from Planned Parenthood; and a laundry list of activities, goods and services, which women enjoy. Point is, folks never get tired of telling black women, how our interests, needs and likes, particularly around what entertains us, are a waste of our time, money and a perpetration to white supremacy even when it is hypocritical at best.

But missing from all this repetitious screeching over reality shows is any real critique about the launching pads for many of the characters on these reality shows. Where are the serious analysis, the accusatory memes and finger wagging about black faced white supremacy and the impact on the downfall on the black community on ESPN or in Sports Illustrated or in the black versions of both? Where is the urging of men to step away from the hot wings and plasma television at the local sports bar and grill and throw down their throwback jerseys in mass protest?

What I’m saying is, how can you make claim about Basketball Wives trivialness and overall destructive nature, particularly to the black women’s psyche, and then in our next step, hang around with the bunch of your homies to either watch and play actual basketball?

You know a sport, which is most revered by black men?

You know a sport, which like feminism, was invented by an actual white person? And yet nobody accuses all the brothers, who participate in the sport of self hate, or trying to be like the white man, for playing along with the rules of the game.

The same sport, which today might be dominated by African Americans but had to be integrated, aka bought into, just like we had to do with the rest of the American society? Yet nobody calls the brothers in this particular sport, sellouts or coons or the male versions of Negro Bed Wenches for kowtowing to get into the white man’s game.

Back To The Court: Lamar Odom Signs Contract To Play Ball In Spain

February 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Lamar Odom Signs Contract To Play Ball In Spain

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Is Lamar Odom something like the cat with 9 lives, or what?! After alleged drug and alcohol addictions, people are still willing to give the brother a chance. According to ESPN, Laboral Kutxa, a Spanish basketball team, announced that they’ve reached an agreement with the 34 year old former Laker. Odom has signed a two month contract with the option to extend it to the remainder of the season.

He comes to the team filling a roster spot that opened due to an injury.

ESPN reports that these types of deals usually contain clauses that leave room for veterans to return to the NBA if the opportunity presents itself. But sources claim Lamar’s plan is to play out the entire season before determining whether or not he wants to come back to the NBA.

Odom could make his Laboral Kutxa debut as early as this Saturday against Valladolid. Laboral Kutxa is ninth in the 18 team Spanish league and last in the Euroleague group.

Laboral president, Josean Querejeta said in a statement, “We’re very happy to have signed a very important player who has had a long and fruitful career in the NBA. We’ve worked very hard over the last couple of days to make this happen, we felt we needed a boost and had to break the collective cloud that has been hanging over us over the last while so we could get back to winning.”

Lord knows we wish Lamar the best and hope he is able to find some type of peace and whatever healing he may need on the court, over there in Spain.

Military Mom Returns Home And Surprises Son At Basketball Game!

January 18th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Seriously, I cannot get enough of the videos of our men and women returning home and surprising their children.  I think I tear up just about every time I see one.

This video comes out of San Antonio, TX. Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers just spent the last 8 months in Kuwait serving our country and during that time, she missed many sporting events that involved her 13 year old son Derrick Jenkins.  Well, this military mom returned home on Thursday and without even going home first, she headed to Legacy Middle School to give her son the surprise of his life.

With the help of the school and the basketball team, Lt. Col Jenkins-Sellers surprised her son while he shot free throws for a fake technical foul given to one of the coaches. She was standing right behind Derrick and after missing the first shot, she said, “Oh, it’s alright, Derrick” and when he turned around, his face was absolutely priceless.

Check out the surprise video above! Shout out to KSAT-TV in San Antonio for catching this moment.

Baby On Board: Michael Jordan And Yvette Prieto Expecting Their First Child!

November 30th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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First comes love, then comes marriage…and now it looks like Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto are on their way with the baby carriage.

Reps for the Jordans have confirmed to US Weekly that Yvette is pregnant with the couple’s first child. While they didn’t reveal how far along she is, a source leaked a picture to GigiOnThat and she appears to be very far along in her pregnancy.

This will be 34 year Prieto’s first child but the fourth child for 50 year old Jordan. His oldest children are with his ex-wife Juanita Jordan who he divorced back in 2006.  In fact, Jordan is starting completely over in the baby department as his youngest child with Juanita is 19 years old. The good thing is that he’s retired so he can be completely hands on now with the feedings and changing of diapers.

Jordan and Prieto have been together for five years and were married in April in a huge ceremony in Jupiter, Florida.

I wonder if his older children are excited about the impending arrival of their new sibling. It has been just the three of them for a very long time.

Congratulations to them and we wish Yvette a safe pregnancy and a healthy bundle of joy!

Are You Ready To ‘Hit The Floor’, Again? VH1 Renews The Hot Show For A Second Season

July 15th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The steamy VH1 series, Hit The Floor has been offered a second season. Currently, Hit The Floor has become the highest rated summer show for the age group 18-49 years. It also made it to the number one spot for its Monday night time slot, attracting 1.9 million viewers.

VH1’s Senior Vice President of West Coast Production and Development, Jill Holmes stated:

“We always knew that ‘Hit the Floor’ was a strong project from the beginning and we are thrilled that so many of our viewers agree with us. “With creator James LaRosa at the helm, everyone in front of and behind the camera has created a compelling, addictive series with high energy dance numbers, and we can’t wait to continue the storyline that’s made it the #1 cable show in its time period among adults.”

If you have not been keeping up with the soap-opera driven series, here are the details so you can catch up before season two rolls around. Hit The Floor covers the lives of the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the dance team for the number one basketball team in the country. Shadow and Act adds in their description that the series:

[C]enters on Ahsha (Taylour Paige), a sheltered young woman who joins the team against the wishes of her mother Sloane (Kimberly Elise), who knows this treacherous, tempting world all too well having been an original Devil’s Girl herself. Olivia (Charlotte Ross) is the shrewd squad manager, Jelena (Logan Browning) is the ruthless star captain of the dance team and Pete Davenport (Dean Cain) is the former All-Star who’s come back to coach his old team only to have to contend with the girls both stealing the spotlight and distracting his players.

If that description was not enough, check out the top five moments of the last episode( below). Have you been watching?

What It Means To Be A Free Agent In The Game Of Love And Lust

July 12th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From Single Black Male 

It’s that time of year in the basketball world where free agency is upon us. A recent conversation with one of my cousins led to me explaining that free agents and single people have a lot in common. Today I’d like to share with you my long a** analogy. If you’re a sports fan like myself you’ll resonate with it seamlessly. If you’re not a sports fan, I hope I’m clear enough in my delivery. In any case, here goes it:

Being The Free Agent

I explained to my cousin that at some point or another we are star free agents in this game of love and lust.  At some point in our careers (lives) we will be scouted and we will be sought after. As free agents we get to scope the scene, weigh options and then we make decisions. When you’re a star player you take many things into consideration.  Truth be told some teams(prospective partners) are a better fit for you than others. But during this whole recruiting process (dating) you wonder as the player “What’s in it for me?”  The teams seeking you are basically selling themselves to you. They will paint the greatest picture to entice you to go with them. No matter how well some teams try to make themselves look, you can still see some qualities in which you may not be interested.

Seeking The Free Agent

Now as the team seeking someone’s partnership or services, what picture are you painting? No team is perfect that’s a given, but what steps are you taking to become a winner? In this league of love and lust there are teams that are proven winners and teams that aren’t. Now what team are you? Are you the team that has been a proven winner? Or are you the team that hasn’t had a championship since the civil rights movement?(Cleveland) Or are you a team dedicated to winning and are taking steps to do so? Here’s a quick overview of the types of people we can classify ourselves as.

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So Long, Superman: Dwight Howard Flies Away From The Los Angeles Lakers & Lands With The Houston Rockets

July 6th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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This guy is really starting to rub people the wrong way.

After a very disappointing season in Los Angeles, NBA star Dwight Howard has decided to take his talents to Houston and see if he can make it happen there.

The 2013-2013 NBA season was not kind to the Lakers and although they made it to the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs made light work of them and they were, as expected, eliminated in the first round.

There had already been whispers of Howard possibly not resigning with the team but because of the free agency moratorium, the talk had quieted down a bit.

All of a sudden, the whispers turned to shouts and Howard, over the last couple of days, decided he was on the level of a Lebron James (remember The Announcement) decided he was “half way” feeling like he’d be going to the Rockets and “half way” feeling like he’d re-sign with the Lakers. By Friday evening, he’d made a decision and tweeted:

“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”

None of his words were directed at the Lakers organization. Cold-blooded.

For their part, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the team will now move in a new direction.  In a statement posted by Sports Illustrated, he said:

We’ve been informed of Dwight’s decision not to return to the Lakers. Naturally, we’re disappointed.  We will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great Lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”

The Lakers fought hard to keep him and even put up billboards around the city encouraging him to stay.  It seems like they were hoping he’d be their new franchise player since Kobe Bryant is likely coming up on his final year or two of playing (especially with his injury).

We’ll see if Dwight Howard can bring some energy to H-town.

Dwayne Wade Releases New Fitness App

June 28th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Dwayne Wade walked away a champion after an intense game against the San Antonio Spurs last week. Now the Heat guard has another reason to celebrate: the release of his new fitness app, reports Black Health Zone.

The app, “Dwayne Wade Driven” allows you to sculpt your body while simultaneously work on your basketball skills. During a press release, Wade explained that there was nothing else like his app on the market.

“[M]y Driven App provides a great workout program that guides you step by step through the exercises,” Wade said. “I’m excited for my fans and aspiring athletes to have access to the drills and moves that make me stand out on the court.”

Users will be provided with an opportunity to see a snippet of how NBA superstars train for the big games during the season. The app allows buyers to watch tailor-made training programs as well as videos of other basketball players.

Dwayne Wade acknowledges that many people do not workout at the gym, but would rather break a sweat at home. “So it’s kind of like I’m the personal trainer for basketball and fitness,” he said “I’ll show them a lot of things I do with my body and for my body.”

Jumping into the digital market is a very smart business move on Wade’s part and it will stack up nicely along with his $17 million salary. “Apps are so big now, so important and everyone has them on their phones,” Wade said. He believes this is the best way to broadcast his basketball training secrets.

Dwayne Wade Driven is now $3.99 in the iTunes Store. Will you purchase it?

That Was Easy: Former WNBA Star Won’t Spend A Day In Jail After Pleading Guilty To Multiple Charges

June 15th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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She may have gone wild but a former WNBA star will not be going to jail for it.

Do you remember a few months ago when we told you about Chamique Holdsclaw going crazy on her ex-girlfried, Jennifer Lacy, by threatening her, shooting a gun in her car and also ruining it by beat it with a baseball bat? Well, a guilty verdict could have had her facing 65 years in prison on multiple charges.

Luckily for Holdsclaw, pleading guilty yields different results. TMZ learned that the 35 year old former pro basketball player plead guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of criminal damage, and one count of illegal firearm possession.

But she won’t spend a day in prison.

That’s right, under the terms of the plea, Holdsclaw received three years’ probation, a $3,000 fine and is not allowed to possess a gun for the next three years. She also has to stay away from Lacy, attend and complete anger management classes and complete 120 hours of community service.

It must be nice to live in a place like Atlanta, do all of that and still pretty much get off scott free.  In cities like New York City, gun charges are very serious and automatically get you a jail sentence. Maybe she had one heck of a lawyer as well.

Hopefully, Chamique Holdsclaw gets her anger (and likely, obsession) under control and do something more positive. She was an amazing basketball player so it would be good to possibly see her working with younger basketball players to her hone their skills.

All You Need To Know About The Business Side Of The NBA Finals

June 10th, 2013 - By Kimberly Maul
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Whether or not you follow sports, the NBA Finals are upon us. And both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have a lot going on, beyond just the games. The teams both have solid playoff histories, active players on Twitter and other social media, and well-performing businesses behind them. Here’s what you need to know about the Spurs and the Heat — well, everything that isn’t related to jump shots and slam dunks.