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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Game got crazy

New job means little free time to blog it up (Jeezy's album is helping me stay trill), I'll be back on the weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Prophecy is Fulfilled

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Jerome James is a New York Knickerbocker. It was only a matter of time. I would like to thank Isaiah for making it a short wait.

In L.A., Mitch Cupcake is trying to knock off Pete Babcock as worst G.M. in the league. Bringing in Kwame isn't a bad move, but giving up Caron Butler and Devean George or Chucky Atkins to get him? While he's at it, I think DeSagna Diop might be available.

Just stumbled onto this great site, although it's been around for a little while. As a follow-up to yesterdays post, he has the entire Trapped in the Closet video up for download.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Greece Lightning Reloaded

Finally getting around to discussing R. Kelly's new album. Everything that I hadn't already heard was pretty underwhelming, but most people will get it for Trapped in the Closet anyway. The other standout tracks remain, Playa's Only and In the Kitchen (which is even unintentionally funny than TitC).

The big reason to pick the CD up is for the bonus DVD, that includes a great driving scene and the removal of a weave. Noticed a big change in the song on the CD/DVD that gave away the twist ending about the cop flicking a cigarette as he gave him the ticket. In the original, the line was "I said this is some bullshit/as he handed me the ticket" Also disappointed that they only showed a condom wrapper, and not an actual rubber, guess they couldn't go all the way.

With chapters 6-10 coming soon, and more rumored to come down the road, I'd say just wait for the compilation DVD. Oh and can we get a DVD of the Mr. Big videos already?

On a sidenote, couldn't Dave Chappelle have easily done a whole episode with his take on the Closet saga? We're really missing out on something big here.

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Mandatory Slim Thug blog picture.

Also picked up the new Slim Thug album yesterday (be sure to get the version with the bonus Chopped and Screwed disc). Unlike the Mike Jones album (which was shitted on heavily), Slim Thug does Houston proud with a solid disc. Full of tracks to get you amped. Thug raps angrily without coming off as forced or petty (see the Game/50 feud). Slim also does 50 one better on The Interview using the same tired concept used in 21 Questions, but delivering something fresh.

Like A Boss is the best solo track by far, but there are plenty of great collabos to make up for it. The Bun B tracks (3 Kings also with T.I. and the I Ain't Heard Of That Remix) are bangers and the title track Already Platinum with Pharrell was a nice surprise (no "Beautiful" here).

It also looks like Slim is coming out with a group of his own called Boyz N Blue. They have one track on the main album, and are featured throughout the bonus disc.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Digital Crack - July Edition

Good month to go cold turkey for DVD addicts, but the show must go on.

July 5th

Pick of the Month

Point Blank - Lee Marvin's best film (which says a lot) is in the spotlight this month. Marvin (Walker) is left for dead after a successful heist, by his wife and the gangster she has been cheating on him with. Walker comes back for revenge but the viewer isn't told if it's him or his angry ghost (also see: High Plains Drifter). Recently there was a Mel Gibson movie (Payback) that was based on the same source novel but do you want to see that or the Lee Marvin spaghetti western/crime flick hybrid?

July 12th

Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure/Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) Forget War of the Worlds, this is the interpretation of H.G. Wells that I'm down with. San Dimas High School Football still rules.

JSA: Joint Security Area First great work of Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) revolving around the murder of two soldiers in a neutral zone between North and South Korea. Of course it is being remade by Hollywood.

Rubber Johnny - I don't know what the hell to expect, but just seeing pictures and the trailer, makes me need to see it.

Sealab 2021 - Season 3 - I believe this is the last season with Captain Murphy (voice actor Harry Goz passed away during production), so it's the last release from the series worth checking out.

July 26th

Gate of Flesh - The Criterion Collection
& Story of a Prostitute - The Criterion Collection - Two new releases by director Seijun Suzuki that concern the oldest profession in the world.

Gate of Flesh revolves around a group of prostitutes who band together following World War II. They have set a strict code (think the hookers in Sin City) that forbids pimps, outside streetwalkers stepping on their turf and falling in love.

The second release strays away from Suzuki's usual gangster fare, and is about a soldier and the prostitute who loves him.

The Jerk - 26th Anniversary Edition Classic Steve Martin ish.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Perestroika


"I think we can trust the president of Russia, Mr. Kraft" chuckled Tom Brady.

So Bob Kraft took a business trip to Mother Russia and got his Super Bowl ring swiped by Putin. If it was any other team but the Pats, I'd be somewhat upset, instead I find it pretty funny. This whole scenario reminds me of the episode where Fidel Castro steals a trillion dollar bill from Mr. Burns. I think we have a plot for Rocky 6, Rocky versus Drago II: Quest for the Ring.

-Some loose ends from the draft recap. Dijon Thompson is headed to Phoenix in the Q/Kurt Thomas deal, it was Martell Webster's great aunt that was wearing that tremendous hat, and I somehow forgot to mention Deron Williams' hot as hell girlfriend.

-This isn't going to make Joey happy. Greg Oden commits to the Ohio State University.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Draft Fallout

Man, ESPN's draft coverage was pretty horrid, even David Stern didn't bring his A-Game tonight.

Speaking of not bringing the A-Game, the less said about my mock draft the better. Now let's see what teams helped themselves out and what fans got the Jeremy Roenick treatment from their team's GM.

Big Winners

Atlanta: Marvin Williams has tons of potential and scoring Salim Stoudamire 31st overall adds a great scorer to the mix.

Boston: Steal of the draft with Gerald "Celtic" Green falling to them at 18, and then landing Ryan Gomes 50th. Great night for Boston fans.

Charlotte: I won't fawn over the UNC duo as much as the announcers did, but the Bobcats cleaned up adding a PG, a competent big man and a boost to their season ticket sales. (Good to see someone taking note of the Wizards strategy of drafting local guys.)

If this night wasn't big enough for Robert Johnson, the BET awards were highly entertaining. Highlighted by a Fugees reunion with a sub-Ashlee Simpson Lauryn Hill, a T.I./Sheila E. collabo, and half the award winners not being in attendance. Can someone get Jada a sammich?!

Frenchmen: This year teams were wild about the French, especially Seattle who took two of them.

Indiana: The Pacers will be back with a vengeance after the addition of Danny Granger to go along with a returning Ron Artest.

Milwaukee: Bogut will be one of the better players out of this draft, the Bucks also picked up a solid player in second round selection Ersan Ilyasova.

New Orleans: They added their Point guard of the future in Chris Paul along with a great second round pickup of Brandon Bass.

New York: Got the big man they wanted, a sparkplug PG to come off the bench and a high energy big man. Second rounder Dijon Thompson could also end up making the team.

University of North Carolina: 4 Lottery picks and Jawad Williams will end up on someone's roster for next season.


Jury's Still Out


New Jersey: Didn't get the power forward they needed, but Antoine Wright will add depth to a bench that provided little relief last season. Mile Ilic could end up with the team down the road after some seasoning ala Nenad Krstic.

Orlando: Fran Vazquez has a ton of potential, but can he play the 3? Second round picks of Travis Diener and Martynas Andriuskevicius could pay dividends.

Portland: Traded down to the six spot and had the opportunity to take Gerald Green, but ended up with Martell Webster. Webster could end up a fine pro, but the team will regret not taking Green. Jarret Jack keeps them from landing in the losers section. Also big kudos to Martell's Grandma for the awesome hat, more than made up for the lack of bright colored suits.

Utah: Deron Williams was a great pick for them, but added nothing in the second round. C.J. Miles didn't sign with an agent so he can go back to school.

Big Losers

Denver: Could have had Francisco Garcia, then traded away the 22nd pick (Jack) for a couple of stiffs.

Detroit: Heard rumors of them taking Maxiell, but didn't take them seriously. Still doesn't make sense.

High-Schoolers: Weak showing in the final draft before the age limit kicks in. Even the player with the most potential fell out of the lottery. Who wins? The NBDL and And 1 Tour.

L.A. Clippers: Korolev could end up being a player, but Rick Brunson breathed a sigh of relief when the team took Daniel Ewing in the second.

L.A. Lakers: Just a great pick from a comedy standpoint. Can't you just picture Phil's reaction when he gets back from smoking doobies in Montana? We got a high schooler? Can't believe Gerald Green fell to.....Andrew Bynum? Followed by Phil slamming his hemp sandals repeatedly over his head.

(Bonus Link: Andrew Bynum's MySpace page.)

Toronto: The other big laugher of the night. Pete Babcock is trying to make Zeke look like a genius. First the Vince Carter debacle, and after drafting a bust last year, he drafts a guy who plays the only position the team has covered. Even the solid picks of Joey Graham and Roko Ukic later on aren't enough to overcome such a boneheaded move.

Other Thoughts

Postdraft, I don't think we'll feel the after-effects for a few seasons. However a few playoffs teams helped themselves out big time. Boston, Indiana and New Jersey helped themselves out. A couple of teams I didn't put up top, Houston (Luther Head), Memphis (Hakim Warrick) and Sacramento (Francisco Garcia), also made great picks. Detroit has it's core in tact, but a lot of Eastern teams improved, should make things in the East way more interesting next year.

I feel a draft

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Hubie knows upside when he sees it.

No sure things, but there is plenty of upside potential for tonight's NBA draft.

Some rumors about a Portland/Utah trade, (Portland at 3 is a mock draft killer), but nothing official yet.

Edit: ESPN reporting it as official now, Ruben Patterson in Utah is almost too good to be true.

I'll throw in some attributes next to each pick (TUP = tremendous upside potential, FA = freakish athlete, PS = potential stiff, HC = headcase)

1. Milwaukee - Andrew Bogut (PS) - I'm in the pro-Bogut camp, and as long as Michael Redd is around he won't have to be a go-to guy right away. It will also let Bogut display his great passing ability. The potential return of T.J. Ford should also mean plenty of buckets for the Aussie as well.

2. Atlanta - Marvin Williams (TUP) - Hawks like him enough to trade away last years lottery pick Childress or Baby Al. Most upside of any college player.

3. Utah - Deron Williams - Most NBA-ready PG available and drawing comparisons to J. Kidd although I must have missed something while watching him all year. Should provide stability at the PG that was lost when Stockton retired.

4. New Orleans - Chris Paul (TUP) - Likely to go to whoever trades for Portland's 3 spot, NO could use Paul to fill the void left by Baron Davis departure. A Paul/J.R. Smith backcourt would be a joy to watch.

5. Charlotte - Danny Granger (FA) - Strong workouts helped him jump up, nice consolation for missing out on Paul and D. Williams .

6. Portland - Gerald Green (FA/TUP) - Young Gunz duo of Sebby and Green could mean megawatt bright future for Portland.

7. Toronto - Channing Frye (PS) - Deal for Magloire might be on the horizon, tons of holes to fill, Frye could make up for last year's bust Araujo. Felton also a possibility.

8. New York - Fran Vazquez (TUP) - If Frye is gone, Knicks will have to settle for the best Euro in the draft.

9. Golden State - Martell Webster (TUP) Team is full of talent, could invest for the future if they choose to depart with Dun Jr.

10. L.A. Lakers - Raymond Felton (HC) - With Phil back, PG might not be as big a need in the triangle O, but the Lakers aren't going anywhere with Chucky Atkins at the point. I think Felton is the pick unless someone else drops.

11. Orlando - Hakim Warrick - Should be able to handle the 3 spot and have an immediate impact in the Magic Kingdom.

12. L.A. Clippers - Andrew Bynum (PS/TUP) - Made a huge leap following workouts and looks to be a lock for the lottery, heard one comparison to Robert Swift though. However, this is the Clippers. Also rumored to love McCants.

13. Charlotte - Charlie Villueneva (TUP/HC) - He's there physically, work ethic could be question, Okafor should have a good effect on him.

14. Minnesota - Antoine Wright (HC) - Replaces Sprewell, KG will need his outside shot. Garcia makes more sense, but Wright has better pro potential.

15. New Jersey - Sean May - May has lottery potential, but I don't see where he fits, if he is still around at 15 the Nets will snatch him up.

16. Toronto - Rashad McCants (HC) - The SG they could use, a draft of Granger and McCants should be able to turn the Raps fortunes around sooner than later.

17. Indiana - Jarret Jack - Tinsley has fallen out of favor in Indy, while Jack is turnover prone, he could end up as a solid pro. Francisco Garcia is also a possibility.

18. Boston - Joey Graham - Celtics would be very grateful to have a guy like this fall to them, another solid piece to the puzzle.

19. Memphis - Chris Taft (TUP/HC) - Was a lock for the top a year ago, an extremely mediocre season at Pitt drops him out of the lottery. Grizzles need a replacement for the departing Stro Swift.

20. Denver - Francisco Garcia - The gunner Denver is missing, also a tough kid (no fugazi) who will fit in with the Nuggets rugged play.

21. Phoenix - Ike Diogu (FA)- Don't know if he last this long, but the Arizona State product would be a fan favorite and add even more size to the Suns.

22. Denver - Yaroslav Korolev (TUP) - Athletic backup for Melo.

23. Sacramento - Ersan Ilyasova (TUP) - Struck Turkish gold once, could it happen again?

24. Houston - Johan Petro (TUP/PS) - Sleeper center, can be brought along as a backup to Yao.

25. Seattle - Mile Illic (PS) - Another Euro big, Sonics could use another seven foot presence as they prepare to take the next step.

26. Detroit - Luther Head - After the big name PG's are gone, Head will fall into someone's laps (no homo). Pistons could use a scoring guard off the bench after Hunter had proven he can only be trusted for defense.

27. Portland - Roko Ukic (TUP) - Should provide depth at PG behind Telfair, big sleeper potential.

28. San Antonio - Mickaël Gelabale (TUP) - Another draft, another Euro diamond in the rough.

29. Miami - Salim Stoudamire (HC) - Miami won't have to worry about lack of scoring when Wade needs a rest. Best shooter in the draft.

30. New York - Andray Blatche (PS) - Isaiah is looking deep into the future, investing in a young big man would make sense.

If this isn't enough draft coverage for you, Sports Guy has a couple of good articles up. I'll have my draft recap up tomorrow.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Zeke Strikes Again

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Make room for Brandy at the Garden this Fall.

Isaiah Thomas has once again helped bolster the future of a team, and once again it is not his own. In his latest deal, the mad scientist has sent Kurt Thomas (his biggest trading chip) and a conditional first round pick to the Suns for gunslingin' Quentin Richardson.

Similar to his deal with the Spurs at the deadline earlier this season, Thomas added to the Knicks' exorbitant payroll for a player at a position the team already had covered (undersized PF/ballhog SG). The move will go a long way towards the Suns resigning Joe Johnson and getting Amare a contract extension.

At least it will be entertaining to watch Starbury, Crawford and Q try to share the rock. Can Mike Sweetney lead the league in offensive rebounding with all the bricks those three will get?

-I'll stick with the Spurs tonight, hopefully we get a repeat of Game 5 and get the best out of both teams.

-The Stormin' Mormon is about to hang them up.

-Got the new SLAM in the mail today, with Ron-Ron on the cover. Along with columns on Marvin Williams, Ben Gordon and JR Smith, this looks like a good issue to kick off the offseason.