I often find myself scouring the ebays for information to make my workday go a little faster and decided to spread the love with a quick roundup. I’m sure Lil Tiger would prefer me to do this more often, but baby steps…or in other words, Lil Tiger steps.
As somebody who attempts to follow the media landscape with some regularity, this transcript from a recent Charlie Rose show caught my eye. I agree with the dude from the NYDN though, micropayments or charging for web content just isn’t going to work.
If you’re a Rockets fan, you should find this article interesting. Michael Lewis gives the “Moneyball” treatment to Rockets GM Daryl Morey, and Shane Battier gets some major ink as well. Battier is one of those classic examples of a guy that you hate until he plays for your favorite team.
I’ll miss the Diesel when he’s gone. The Shaq Dance video is reason 999,999 why Shaq is a pretty funny dude.
And ending with another Diesel clip — I’m just going to go out on a limb and say this play was more staged than anything you’ll ever see at a Globetrotters game. No way Howard lets Shaq throw the ball through his legs and then not get back as Shaq goes backdoor. Boo!
NOTE: We’re adding a new feature to Buhbomp, called Crazy Talk. The premise — each of the Buhbomp crew has certain feelings that fall into the category of “minority opinion” (not to be confused with the opinions of minorities). Where better to present those views than on the ebays and allow others to see the error of their ways (or to gang up and clown the person with the dissenting opinion).
THE QUESTION > AF1.
I figured that would get the sneakerheads’ attention.
Before you AF1 fanboys start rifling off hate mail in the comments, let’s be civil and allow me to explain.
Point blank: The Question is one of the most important and overlooked basketball shoes of all time and needs to get its proper respect. I’m sure the AF1 apologists may read that and say, “ok … but what does that have to do with my beloved AF1′s?” Well, everything. The AF1, while a solid shoe in its own right (full disclosure, I own a couple of pairs myself) has pretty much “jumped the shark” at this point and has been overpublicized and romanticized by shoe “investors” and Nike marketers who overstate its place in the pantheon of great basketball shoes.
Why? Glad you asked. Here goes a few reasons:
1. The Question is actually a great shoe to PLAY basketball in. AF1 cult members try to say that AF1′s are comfortable to hoop in b/c Rasheed Wallace still wears them. Shenanigans. If you think he’s playing with a retail version of that shoe, I would like to sell you an advance copy of Detox and Helter Skelter for $5000 dollars. The AF1 is just plain uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time and you’d have to be crazy to try to hoop in them for any extended period of time. Maybe it is just me, but I actually like to at least have the option of playing basketball in shoes designed to play basketball in.
2. You will never find a custom “Ed Hardy Question“. Or people who own Affliction t-shirts rocking Iversons. The Question has a much lower “douche/hipster ratio” than the AF1 does.
3. The Question pretty much kept Reebok relevant, much in the same way that Jordans elevated the Nike brand above Adidas/Converse back in the day. When The Question first appeared, it made even the most die-hard of Jordan supporters take notice, with many people I know saying it was the first non-Nike basketball shoe they had owned since middle school (I was in college around the time). Reebok has largely pissed away that buzz and goodwill by skimping on the quality/design of recent Iverson signature shoes and also by not handling the reissuing of The Question in a strategic manner. But that doesn’t diminish the strength/quality of The Question. It just diminishes the white folks that are likely in charge of marketing the Iverson brand.
4. AF1 apologists will say that the AF1 sold more than any other shoe in history, so it has to be the greatest shoe ever. Beverly Hills Chihuaha was the number one movie in America for a few weeks this past year. Sales do not equal quality.
To paraphrase (and actually butcher the context) of Julius Caesar (no relation to Black Caesar), I come here not to bury the AF1, but to praise The Question. And because I’m a realist, I’m even willing to admit that The Question is not the best basketball shoe ever (probably a toss-up between Jordan III, IV, V, XI). Probably not even the most important–without the Jordan I there is no Question. I’m just saying that “kick-storians” are really dropping the ball by not giving The Question its proper due.
What says you? Agree (not likely), disagree (how much?). Tell me how crazy I am in the comments. I’m a big boy (getting bigger by the minute), I can take it.
File under: People we admire
Rich Medina is as respected on the turntables as he is on the basketball court. While many people might be familiar with his name from music he crafted for The Roots, Jill Scott and Eve, heads might not know that Medina was once a step away from the NBA.
Knowledge being dropped here…
See, this is why I try to avoid giving maximum effort very often (Les can and probably has already shared the video of what happens when I try). If Emeka had just laid low, this dunk isn’t all over Youtube right now. But he tried. His baddage. Remember kids–giving a damn will only get you in trouble.
With a knowing nod to one of the best lines from one of the greatest basketball — make that sports — movies of all time, I present Derrick Rose kindly making Andre Miller look for the mythical wet spot on the floor that he slipped on.
Thank whichever mythological creature you believe in for the return of basketball.
I’m going to force myself to avoid one of those cheesy, “thangs I’m thankful for at this time of year” posts…BUT, if I were to do such a list, one of the things on it would be the fact that Ron Artest is doing a video blog for HipHopGame.com.
For some reason the third video is not available at the moment–will have to see what the Internets say about this. But the first two are the highest of comedy. But watch the videos below and get Ron’s insights on swag, female swag, dudes wearing tight jeans, mediocre rappers from Queens, why he played like gobbage the other night and more.
Baron Davis and Steve Nash are funny ha-ha.
DJ LIL TIGER starts things off with a love-themed Soul set with splashes of classic disco and contemporary R&B. EMPANADAMN holds it down in the second half with a mesh of synthy dance, pop, Hip-Hop and electro.