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In the summer of 2013, Kevin Garnett and Metta World Peace both made their way to New York basketball teams. What happened next is a story fit for the funny pages. Now thanks to illustrator Brad Beatson, we get a look at Kevin & Metta’s New York Adventures. Previously, A visit to the Empire State Building.

Coach Woodson: Alright y’all, we’re gonna let Metta run the defensive drills for a bit.
Metta: Thanks Coach, y’all ready?!?
Coach Woodson: So nice of you to join us, Melo and J.R.
Metta: Lateness will NOT BE TOLERATED!

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Carmelo Anthony: F*** this. I’m out.

(Carmelo Anthony leaves practice.)

Metta: Game on.
Andrea Bargnani: Coach! Really, you’re gonna allow this?!

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Look, there are a lot of confusing parts of this story. For one, the First Lady of the United States of America is releasing a hip-hop record, which hasn’t been done since Lady Bird Johnson dropped “Bird On a Wire: The Reckoning” back in 1962. For two, well, just read the first part because it is supremely weird that Michelle Obama is releasing a hip-hop record, even if it is part of her “Let’s Move” campaign and she probably isn’t even rapping on it.

Nonetheless, the tracklist, which is a real thing that exists:

1. “U R What You Eat” f/ Salad Bar (Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker)
2. “Everybody” f/ Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Oz, Ryan Beatty, Hip Hop MD
3. “Let’s Move” f/ Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins
4. “Just Believe” featuring Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova
5. “Veggie Luv” f/ Monifah and J Rome
6. “Hip Hop FEET” f/ DMC and Artie Green
7. “Stronger” f/ Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids, and E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren
8. “Give Myself a Try” f/ Ryan Beatty
9. “Jump Up” f/ Brady Rymer and the Little band that Could
10. “Hip Hop LEAN” f/ Artie Green
11. “Pass the Rock” f/ Iman Shumpert and Artie Green
12. “Good Living” f/ Ashton Jones
13. “Beautiful” f/ Daisy Grant and Artie Green
14. “Change the Game” f/ The Happiness Club, featuring Naledge
15. “Wanna Jump (Let’s Move)” f/ Paul Burch
16. “Mother May I” f/ Amelia Robinson
17. “We Like vegetables” f/ Los Barkers!
18. “Get Up Sit Up” f/ Babi Floyd
19. “One Step Forward” f/ Samite

Growing up, if you’d have told Iman Shumpert that he’d someday be on the same record as Dr. Oz, he probably would have said, “The wizard? I thought he was fake.” But still, this is happening and I don’t really know what sort of explanation I can offer for any of it, except that Iman Shumpert and Michelle Obama both lived in Chicago at some point in their lives. Maybe she caught one of his freestyles, then made a mental note to include him on any hip-hop related projects she may produce. Maybe this is a trade-off thing and Michelle Obama will be singing hooks on Shumpert’s next mixtape. I don’t know. All I know is that it’s happening and that is kind of enough.

Also, I am just going to assume DMC is the rapper and not DeMarcus Cousins, because two mid-tier NBA players on one First Lady rap record is just too unbelievable.

(via Reddit)

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First it was this.

But then this happened.

And then for a little bit yesterday, it was this.

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But then today on Instagram, it’s this.

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So the question is, what’s next? As a Dennis Rodman fan, I feel like this is the most logical choice.

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In the summer of 2013, Kevin Garnett and Metta World Peace both made their way to New York basketball teams. What happened next is a story fit for the funny pages. Now thanks to illustrator Brad Beatson, we get a look at Kevin & Metta’s New York Adventures. Previously, The Move-In.

Kevin: Everybody out! Now.
Metta: Hey buddy, come on. What? Dude. Settle down.
Kevin: No, everybody get out this instant. This is insane, Metta. I will not live like this.
Metta: But what ab–
Kevin: But nothing, everyone out. Out! Clean up this mess. Do not bother me, I’m going back to bed. Unbelievable.

(Kevin’s walkie-talkie crackles to life.)

Walkie-Talkie Metta: Hey KG, sorry man. I’m making it up to you, OK bro? Check under your door, I got something for you. KG, you there buddy? Kevin. Did you check? Kevin? It’s a ticket to go to the top of the Empire State Building. The tour starts in an hour. KG, buddy, you there? I’ll meet you there. I’ve gotta take care of something first.

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Are you ready for the most August of pseudo NBA stories, the kind of sort-of-about the NBA story that only matters when there is literally nothing else going on in the league? If so, then check out this story about Ja Rule being in jail and watching the Knicks. Yes, that Ja Rule, the one you thought 50 Cent had vanquished from the Earth.

From Complex:

Reports said you had friends up there—other celebrities that were in PC with you.
Absolutely. I was there with [former Tyco International CEO] Dennis Kozlowski, [former New York state comptroller] Alan Hevesi, Larry Salander, the art tycoon. They were all good guys. Me and Alan, he’s a Knicks fan like me, so we watched a lot of Knicks together, never missed a game. We talked politics. The election was going on while I was locked up, Obama and Romney so we would talk a lot about that. Hevesi is a Democrat so we were on the same side [Laughs].

It’s official — the Knicks are the official team of washed-up rappers, disgraced executives and corrupt politicians. It’s officially official and probably the exact kind of demographic the Knicks are aiming for. Because once these guys get out, think of how many hidden millions they have to spend on Knicks merchandise. Baller status.

Not to mention, once you’ve got that orange prison jumpsuit on, you’re just a pair of royal blue shoes away from being in full Knicks regalia. No wonder they’re so popular in there.

P.S. When was the last time you thought about Ja Rule and the way he walked, the way he moved, the way he talked? Feels very early-2000s, so I’m going to go buy some CD-Rs and throwback jerseys.

(via Posting and Toasting)

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With the dust mostly settled on this offseason’s player movement — and there was a whole lot of it this year — it’s time to take stock of all the fascinating new faces in new places, as well as the more compelling stories of players who will face new challenges while sticking around. Over the course of the next few weeks, Andrew Unterberger will do a team-by-team look at the most interesting players going into next season — one new to the team, and one returning — as we all try to pass the dog days of NBA-less summer, dreaming of hoops-filled months to come. The series kicks off today with the teams in the Atlantic Division: the Celtics, Nets, Knicks, 76ers and Raptors.

BOSTON CELTICS

Most Interesting New Player: Kelly Olynyk

Obviously, the Celtics’ offseason was more about the purge of the old than the welcoming of the new, as the departure of franchise-defining players like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett was balanced by the dudes in this super-depressing picture – hardly an even reconciliation of the team’s ledger in any respect. It’s unlikely that any of the guys received by the Celtics in their mega-blockbuster deal with Brooklyn will be of terrible consequence for the Celtics moving forward, and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if none of them even ended the season on the C’s roster.

A brutally depressing Boston offseason may have been slightly redeemed, however, with the drafting — well, more so the Summer League play — of Kelly Olynyk. The Gonzaga big man seemed like a minor stretch when Danny Ainge traded with the Mavs to move up in the draft and take him with the 13th pick, but Olynyk made the selection look like a steal with his impressive exhibition play in Orlando, scoring with ease both in the post and from the perimeter, rebounding and passing well, and generally showing a ridiculous feel for the game for a not-even-rookie. Olynyk was one of the stories of the summer’s exhibition season, averaging 18 and 8 on 58 percent shooting, with the name “Dirk” even being invoked on more than one occasion. Suddenly, there was a non-ping-pong-balls-related reason to be excited about the ’14 Celtics.

Of course, the list of Summer League mirages in the NBA is a long and foreboding one — ask Bill Simmons about Kedrick Brown some time (or maybe don’t) — and there’s some legitimate worry about how Olynyk will fare against the size and strength of pro-caliber big men, so it might be prudent to hold off on calling him Canadian Moses right away. Still, after the loss of Pierce and Garnett, Olynyk will undoubtedly be a focus for Celtics fans, hoping that they might have gotten a guy worthy of being included in future Boston Big Threes.

Most Interesting Returning Player: Jeff Green

It’s hard not to go with Rajon Rondo here, since Rondo is never not one of the league’s most interesting players, and will be particularly so next season, coming back from ACL surgery and now all of a sudden being the virtually uncontested Face of the Franchise after spending the last six seasons trying to get out from the Big Three’s shadow. But who knows when Rajon is returning next year, and in the meantime, Jeff Green will be one of the most fascinating case studies in the league, as he gets to be The Guy for the first time in his NBA career.

Lest we forget, Green came alive late last season as a starter for the injury-plagued C’s, averaging over 20 a game (on over 50 percent shooting both from the field and from deep) in 17 starts, and then leading the team in scoring with over 20 a game in their first-round series against the Knicks. And now after six years of overlapping on the depth chart with the likes of Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce, Jeff Green will open the season is Boston as the team’s obvious first scoring option, finally given the chance to be the offensive focal point that other guys have to adjust their games to fit around. He could average 22 a game, push for the All-Star team and solidify himself as a huge key for the team’s future, or he could struggle to score efficiently, serve as an offensive black hole and effectively be the tanking engine for Boston’s 2014 lottery push. Both seem pretty damn plausible at this point.

Either way, this is probably it for Green — after six years of Yeah Buts and Well If Onlys, he basically has no excuse now not to be his awesomest self. If Green disappoints at age 27 on a young team with (eventually, hopefully) one of the league’s best point guards setting him up, he’ll probably never totally live up to expectation. If there’s a bigger make-or-break season for any one player this year, I’m not sure what it is, and I can’t wait to watch to find out which way he goes.

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In the summer of 2013, Kevin Garnett and Metta World Peace both made their way to New York basketball teams. What happened next is a story fit for the funny pages. Now thanks to illustrator Brad Beatson, we get a look at Kevin & Metta’s New York Adventures.

Metta: Kevin! You made it
Kevin: Uh…

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Metta: Ha, this? This is nothing! The other half is coming next week. Go inside and grab your key from Jerry.
Kevin: Jerry?
Metta: The doorman, silly. He’s the best. Top 5 dead or alive. Love him. Go!

(Kevin starts to walk inside.)

Metta: Wait. CATCH!

kevin-metta-1-2Metta: I want to hear your reaction in RT.
Kevin: RT?
Metta: Real time! Hah, C’mon Kevin. You’ve got a lot to learn buddy. Go! Jerry is waiting.(Kevin walks inside.)
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