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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!
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?
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
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 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?
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.
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.
This roster Jay-Z is putting together is becoming chock full o’ big names and at a rapid pace.
NBA superstar and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has ended his relationship with Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports Agency and is reportedly about to sign with Roc Nation Agency, according to USA Today.
Pelinka released the following statement regarding the split:
“We are honored and blessed to have worked on behalf of Kevin, for a brief period of time,” Pelinka said. “He is an amazing person and athlete, and we are proud of our work and service towards advancing his brand in a manner that reflects the mutual qualities we share with Kevin. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”
Durant moving to Roc Nation could be an interesting move. One could make the argument that he doesn’t need an agency with a famous owner because he already has huge endorsement deals (Nike, Sprint, Gatorade, Panini, General Electric and 2K Sports). However, he’s still not as globally known as he could be and aligning himself with Jay-Z could be good for him, as Jay is known pretty much everywhere. I suppose for Durant it helps that Jay is one of his favorite rappers.
It should be noted that while Roc Nation is a “boutique” agency, they are partnered with CAA, a huge sports agency, so they would definitely have help in making his brand even bigger.
We’ll see who they pick up next. Maybe if they definitely add Durant to the roster, it’ll be leverage for Jay to lure Lebron James from his agent who is also a childhood friend (which I doubt because James makes outside money from that agency).
Now, we don’t cover sports too much around these parts (well, not unless its for eye candy purposes) but this time it’s about Kobe Bryant and well, he’s always newsworthy.
If you happen to be a sportsnista (I totally am) and in particular, a basketball fan, you know that the Los Angeles Lakers are in an uphill battle trying to make last place in the Western conference just to make the playoffs. Their leader and franchise plyer, Kobe Bryant, has taken it upon himself to make sure the team gets all the wins they need to make it.
But Friday night, that all came to a screeching halt. The LAkers were playing the Golden State Warriors and Bryant was being guarded by Harrison Barnes when he was fouled. He was making a move to the basket when he heard something pop; after asking Barnes if he kicked him in the knee – to which BArnes responded no – Bryant knew something was wrong. After making the two foul shots, he hobbled off the court for the rest of the game.
So what’s the prognosis? The 34 year old living legend has a torn Achilles and his season is over. It will take about 6-9 months to heal and even then, he might not ever be the same. The chances of Kobe coming back to play at such a high level after a shattering injury at age 35 is in many ways, impossible.
Later that evening, a very frustrated “Mamba,” as he’s known to fans and enemies alike, took to his Facebook page for a vent session:
“This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that?? I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not!”
Wow. You know, Kobe Bryant isn’t one of the most well-liked players in the NBA but most respect him for his work ethic and his insane ability to play the game of basketball. It is unfortunate that his season has ended this way. What is even more sad to see is the number of people who reacted on social media in such an excited way because a player they don’t like was injured. Now, I’m no Kobe fan either but to wish ill on a person or be excited that they can’t do their job anymore isn’t right.
Well, it’s time to see what the Lakers are really made of!
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You know, I’d been hearing about this for months but never thought it’d take flight (get it: Jordan, flight…? I thought it was funny). Clearly, I was wrong.
Pamela Smith, who allegedly has a son with living NBA legend Michael Jordan, has filed a paternity suit against him. However, she claims she never wanted to do it; instead, her son Grant Reynolds (aka “Taj”) insisted she file the suit so Jordan would acknowledge him.
According to TMZ, Smith claims that she got pregnant by Jordan back in 1995 when he was still, obviously, married to Juanita Jordan. She says that she’s actually always had a good relationship with him and in ways, he’s provided for she and Taj. Smith said she has no reason to call Jordan out at all – primarily because she never needed his money to survive – but Taj begged her to file the paternity suit and for child support.
Smith claims that over the years, they’ve received money and gifts from Jordan but Taj always had to keep it a secret that his father was the famous basketball player. But now, he wants to be acknowledged as part of the family too. She claims that Taj wants Jordan to be a bigger part of his life.
Now, I don’t know many children who beg their parents to file paternity and child support suits against the absentee parent; however, even if Taj did, this is such a messy situation. The children are almost always the ones caught in the middle when it comes to parents who have choices that were in the best interest of themselves.
So far, there’s been absolutely no word from Michael Jordan or his reps about this.