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It is opt out season and all that ESPN is spouting about is where LBJ and Melo will land.  Most think the King will return to the paradise we call South Beach (and if you have ever seen a Pitbull video who can blame him), and ME-lo is looking to be lifted and landing in the Windy City, Chi-town!  All I hear is that both want more weapons and a place to win more rings or A ring.  When I hear this I think to myself why not the Washington Wizards?  I know I’m a homer, but now I will make an argument for why The King and Melo should seriously consider D.C. their new home:

1.  Young Talent

The Wizards have a backcourt that can become one of the greatest in the league for a few years.  John Wall and Bradley Beal are up and comers, and they could benefit from having a legitimate #1 option in the offense.  The Wizards are one of the youngest teams in the league so these guys will be around for a while and the team can grow with the eventual aging superstars.

2.  The team compliments your weaknesses

When you look at the Knicks and the Heat, rebounding and down low scoring was an issue for both, thus morphing LBJ and Melo into post up players, and having to become better at rebounding to help their respective teams.  Well if the Wiz resign Gortat and with NeNe already down there, they have size, rebounding, and scoring.  Also both of these big men can shoot the 12-15 footer.

The team weakness in the playoffs was lack of composure and no go to scorer down the stretch.  Add Melo or LeBron, problem solved.

The Heat struggled with Point guard play, enter Mr. Dougie/NaeNae Dance John Wall. They also have a wily veteran coming off the bench in Andre Miller to help too.

3.  The Bench/Depth is not San Antonio good, but they are not bad either

As I mentioned above you have Miller for leadership and veteran sensibility, but you have a young energy guy in Martell Webster as the back up SG.  I figure to get either one of these superstars we wouldn’t be resigning Ariza, but you would have  youth at the back up SF in Otto Porter Jr (who is a bust so far), Chris Singleton, and Glen Rice Jr. You then look at Old Man Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, and the younger Trevor Booker at the back up PF with Kevin Serephin in the back up C position.  Again great Depth and granted these guys would look a lot better with a Melo or LBJ on the court.

4.  The City

Growing up in D.C. (called “Chocolate City” when I lived there, or the “Gun Murder Capital”) it’s a beautiful city.  Everyone knows about the sights and history there, but it is not far off from being a legitimate major market.  Especially if one of the superstars were to grace the city and play there.  The D.C. market is as competitive as the Miami market, naturally D.C. can’t touch NY, but those stars would bring business and marketers there.  We just witnessed the RGIII craze.  Imagine the The King heading to D.C., LBJ would be come the Mayor and the President in the same year.  Imagine Melo coming here with his roots in Baltimore and not snitching.  Also his wife’s reality show would have to be filmed in D.C. bringing more awesome to the city.

Also there are very little to no sports demons of the past for them to battle in D.C.  When it comes to Basketball it is Wes Unseld, and that is it.  In Miami LBJ will always be held to D-Wade and Pat Riley’s popularity.  In NY Melo has tons of demons in the Basketball Mecca!  Washington D.C. could be the house they built, ala MJ and Chicago.

5.  You can do something Michael Jordan could not

You can accomplish something that the great Michael Jordan could not…  MAKE WASHINGTON D.C. A WINNER.  Now I know MJ was old and the air was out of the Jumpman, and he was more of a Ground man.  But MJ suited up and he couldn’t lead the Wizards to the playoffs, let alone sniff a Championship.  LeBron, you can claim a victory in a Jordan failure.  How awesome would that be?  Melo would begin to rewrite the books about his legacy with a Championship, but he can also claim that which “His Airness” could not.  That allure alone should push King James here, and that double win for Melo’s legacy should be tempting.

All I’m saying is that the Washington Wizards should be on these Superstars radar and sadly enough they probably are not.  So if everyone in D.C. or everyone that loves the Wizards could share this and build up a ground swell that maybe will reach one of these superstars we may get my wish, and eventually get all of D.C.’s wish and that is to win the NBA Championship!

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Everyone has been asking me what I feel about Donald Sterling.  I have been silent, minus conversations with my wife, about the situation.  One because I want everything to come out, Two I want to make a rationale thought that doesn’t come from anger and resentment.  With all that said…  I have no problem with what Donald Sterling said!

I know, Pro Black Jason, has no problem with what Sterling said?  You read it right and you are probably thinking I must have fell and bumped my head, or I have been hanging out with Uncle Ruckus and realized I have reverse vitiligo.  In all honesty, we are Americans and you can feel however and feel whatever you want about anybody.  Even if he stepped up to a podium and said the exact same thing I wouldn’t care.  He has that right and freedom.  It did hurt a bit when Sterling felt like him giving the players money to buy food, money to buy houses, money to buy cars, and etc made it ok.  It made hair on the back of my neck stand up, because of the Slaver Master mentality.  Other than that, go on Donald Sterling and be a racist, its your right.  My problem lies with all the surrounding parts of the incident.

Like I mentioned I have no problem with what Sterling said because of freedom of speech.  Is the speech disgusting?  YES! Is the speech repulsive?  ABSOLUTELY!  My issue is with the NBA and its owners.  As I’m currently writing this (4-29-2014) we have only heard from 3 owners.  THREE OWNERS!  2 of which are minorities (Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, and Vivek Ranadive owner of the Sacramento Kings), and the 3rd owner was Mark Cuban (who took a stand but really didn’t).  If people really feel like what Sterling said has no place in the NBA why have no other owners come out and stood against Sterling?  I’m not saying the other owners are racist, but I’m saying the other owners don’t want to open up “Pandora’s Box” and have owners judged on their morality.  So condemning Sterling will forever put the other owners in a situation when they make or do immoral things they too will be subjected to the same punishment they pursued against Sterling.  So basically the owners rather stand beside racism so they can stand behind a closed door and be as nasty as they want without fear of losing their ownership.  (Sorry I have just read the Atlanta Hawks owner said if it was a vote they vote to remove Sterling).  I do have a problem with the owners lack of a voice!  I do have a problem with the heads of the NBA!

Again I have no problem with what Donald Sterling said, but there is repercussions to what you do and say, he will face those.  The supposed Girlfriend who is recording the conversation, has known about Sterling’s views but yet she continued to “date” him and she is a woman of some color even if mixed.  How can she continue to be around this gross man (not to mention he is old as the dinosaurs, and even with Viagra that whole situation is disgusting)?  Is her self worth so low that money is greater than respect?  Yes she, illegally, exposed him, but she still subjected herself to this racist just to be around money.  I do have a problem with her integrity!

Donald Sterling has a history of being a bigot and racist so the words that are coming out of his mouth, are surprising to hear, but he has a history.  So if a zebra has stripes then why should I expect it to change.  So I have no problem with his words, but I have problem with every minority player in the NBA.  As a united front the NBA players should have done a work stoppage.  NOBODY should have played a single game until Sterling was removed or disciplined.  I know that is extreme, but if your ownership wont step up and act swiftly force their hands.  Nobody plays a game, imagine all the money the NBA would lose (or we would have the Washington Generals out there if some of the non minority players decided to play…  jk bad racial joke sorry).  I get the protest, with black socks, turning the warm ups inside out, and the athletes running to twitter to speak, but if this was the 60’s or 70’s we would not be watching anything.  The players would have shown an united front, took a stand, and forced change.  I wrote a while back how I felt that athletes have chosen to not be Activist and it sucks.  This would be a chance to show everyone in the world that racism will not be tolerated.  This is bigger than sports.  I have a problem with the lack of over the top protest and action by the players!

I commend and applaud all the companies that are pulling advertising and sponsorship from the Clippers.  I don’t have a problem with that!

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When the 6’9″ small forward was bought out of his contract with the Sixers; the question around league circles was “where would be the best fit for Danny Granger?”   A guy with immense talent but with the durability of Mr. Glass (At least he doesn’t rock the haircut).

There was to much bad blood for it to be with the Heat (yet it would have stuck it to Indiana), to much depth to be with the Spurs, and OKC would’ve made sense.  However, now that we know Granger has chosen the Clippers, what can we expect from him?     First off a starting five of Paul, Griffin, Jordan, Granger and Dudley would be a tough match up for anyone in the West.  Doc Rivers is the right coach to make it all work.  He is used to having multiple superstars on one team and getting them to a common goal (as long as he doesn’t have a Rondo part 2 in the group).  The move also improves the depth of the Clippers bench with Crawford, Collison, and Reddick bringing the fire power.

The big question is how much does Granger have in the tank.  Also why would the Pacers trade him away in the first place?  I know about the terrible shooting percentage, how uncomfortable he seems coming off the bench, but you would think Larry “Legend” wouldn’t get rid of a former All-Star working his way back in unless there was a flaw.  So now we sit, wait, and see what will come of Mr. Gla…  I mean Danny Granger.  I’m not saying this move would make the Clippers the favorite to win the Western Conference, but it won’t hurt there chances either.  At least until Granger gets hurt again.

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Magic is dope and jordan is the man. The real question is who would win one on one between Kobe and MJ

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Ask one of the greatest players of all-time if he could beat someone else one-on-one, and you can usually predict the answer. Professional athletes have to think very, very highly of themselves. You can’t be one of the best if you don’t think you are. It’s just how it works.

That’s why you don’t see many elite athletes come out and say, “I would lose because he’s better than I am” and just leave it at that. Even when they’re retired.

Magic Johnson almost did, though. He came super close.

When Magic Johnson was asked who would win a game of one-one between him and Michael Jordan, he didn’t hesitate.

“Michael would win. That’s not my game. My game is assisting, setting up my teammates. Michael’s the greatest one-on-one player. I couldn’t go out and drop 60 like him, but he couldn’t run a team like I could.”

Via Jon…

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Well you knew the risk/reward with this guy.

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The Cavaliers took a chance on Andrew Bynum, but it was a small one considering that the team signed him to a contract that is only guaranteed for $6 million, and doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after January 10.

There would seem to be an incentive for Bynum to get back on the court for the first part of the season to prove his value and get the rest of the money that could potentially be his under the most recent deal. But at the same time, if he comes back and underperforms because he isn’t yet ready to return, that could hurt his long-term chances.

It’s a tricky situation that will be monitored closely, and we’re going to hear plenty of reports as to Bynum’s readiness leading up to the season. Consider this the first, which is semi-contradictory to what Bynum himself said about his non-existent timetable to return

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One if not the most underrated Lakers, either him or James Worthy,of all time

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“Elgin Baylor as a forward beats out Bird, Julius Erving, and everybody else. A lot of people don’t remember him, but he had the total game—defense, offense, everything, rebounding, passing the ball.”
—Celtics legend Tom Heinsohn, from Roland Lazenby’s “The Show.”

When you talk about the guy whose game opened the door for Dr. J and eventually Michael Jordan and all that followed, it was Elgin Baylor. He would get the ball out at the top of the key and could blow by his defender to dunk going either way, or if you pulled back to stop the drive he would knock down the jumper. He was a gifted passer and one of the best rebounders at the three the position has seen.

You want numbers? Baylor finished his career averaging 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds a game. He was the NBA’s Rookie of the…

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Blast from the past one of our first articles!

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By James “JD” Davis

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When Miles Davis first changed jazz music it was from how much you played, to what you played, when you played. If you can say the same thing about sports how can you deny Robert Horry the Hall Of Fame? The Hall Of Fame covers careers from amateur to pro. He might not have been the 1st, 2nd, or even the 3rd option, but when he played it was musical bliss.

“The Birth of the Cool”

     Robert Horry first gained recognition as the Naismith Alabama high school player of the year award winner. He went on to play for University of Alabama along side Latrell “Choke a Coach, while the wheels keep spinning” Sprewell.  There he won three S.E.C. titles.  He was selected to the ALL-SEC, the SEC All-Defensive, and the SEC All-Academic teams.  He has already been honored as a S.E.C. Legend…

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Just my thoughts

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By: Jason “Bg J” Allen

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As sports fans we sit around and argue about who is the greatest and who is the best in their prime.  At the end of the day we will never know but it is fun to speculate, so I decided to take an argument that the UnSportsMenMic team have argued a lot about.  Cool Joe vs Tom Terrific: Ultimate Grudge Match.

Now I know initial reaction from everyone that is not a Patriots fan is screaming JOE MONTANA! Period, point blank, end of discussion.  Yet I feel differently, I tend to lean toward Tom Brady so let the controversy begin.  I will look at who made their offensive talent better, who had the better overall team (defense), better coaching, durability, career achievements, and the covenant “Clutch” to make my argument.

            Let’s start with the fact that I’m a Niner fan so…

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Editors Note:  This was written 8/6/2013 sorry for the delay

“It’s an A-Fraud (usually A-Bomb) from A-Rod… shout out to John Sterling
Man this guy’s good, the man that we couldn’t wait to break the all-time Home Run record, because he would be legit and clean.  Unlike Barry Bonds (whose head and hat size is still growing) A-Rod is just a fraud worse than Ryan Braun.  I mean this guy was called out by the great journalist Selena Roberts (from SI) for PED/HGH use and denied it; which he then eventually admitted to and now.  With a total of 13 players suspended for their connections with BioGensis, which one player comes out and denies?  Alex Rodriguez!  Of course.  Because in Alex’s world he can do no wrong, it’s one thing to fight for your paper (if suspension of 211 games is upheld, he will not be paid by Yanks, but he still get’s his $40mil from Texas), and it’s another thing to be a dumb ass.  The reason I say that is MLB has more on A-Rod than any of the other players suspended and he’s the only one fighting it.  So will Rodriguez win his appeal?  Hell no! He’ll fight it as long as he can and as long as he’s getting paid.  A-Rod will smile to the camera and tell us how everyone’s against him because, in A-rod’s world we all are.  What a fraud…
Onto my thoughts..
1. Tiger must’ve gotten some pie over the weekend he ran through that tournament like it was nothing.
2. Still wasn’t a major though.
3. Larry Allen said his girl friend made/gave him “2 chickens, french fries,  baked cake and a 40oz” and Allen knew that was the prefect woman to marry. #classic
4. Did y’all notice Cris Carter’s bust had waves. #unbelievable
5. Braves have won 11 straight (Editors note: now currently 13 games) and are running away with the division, while B.J. Upton ain’t doing nothing making $75mil.
6. The legend of Yaisel Puig continues to grow and Dodgers are rolling, this dude helped save Don Mattingly’s job.  Oh yeah I forgot Puig isn’t an All-Star yet.
7. NFL Preseason week is always exciting, you wouldn’t catch me buying a ticket for one though.
8. Jets fans even booing Mark Sanchez during a scrimmage game, it’s gonna be a long year for my gang green. I still believe though, WATCH US EARN IT!
9. Old man Oden chooses the Heat I say he plays 20 games but hoping he stays healthy the whole way through.
10. QB’s in fantasy football that aren’t big name guys but will do great for your team (Cam Newton, Alex Smith)

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Guess who’s back!
“EL Capitain” the Captain Derek Jeter leader of the Bronx Bombers here to make everything right in the Yankee World right, right,… wrong and unfair.  I know Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a Home Run on Sunday and the Yanks eventually won the game.  Let’s be realistic Jeter’s 39 and he’s missed 103 games already this is not the Jeter of old, but just an old Jeter.  With Granderson out, Teixeria out, Arod out and with the Yanks 7.5 games out of 1st place there’s only one thing Jeter can do right, Holla at Ryan Braun (PEDs).  I’m not saying it can’t be done (who am I to judge a guy with 5Chainz!!!! I mean Rings). The fact is Jeter already has his monument coming, the clubhouse needs to receive Jeter’s leadership through his presence and how he handle’s himself in pinstripes it’s up to Cano to carry them to the division championship! Roc-A-fella yall.
Onto my thoughts…
1. The Sanchez-Geno competition seems like a Geno victory unless he falls on his face, judging by what the beat writers and what players are saying.
2. Maclin gone.  Pitta gone.  Soon training camp will be a glorified walk through.
3. Much respect to Donovan McNabb for having his #5 retired. I loved how he played in his early career (juke move on Mark Carrier #27 “Fast forward to 3:20”) and hated how his career ended (39yds passing vs SD w/Min), and Shout Out to Andy Reid knowing he was done.
4. As a NBA fan I like the Luis Sciola to Pacers trade it really helps them down in the paint.
5. As a Knicks fan I hate the Luis Sciola trade to the Pacers… just saying.
6. Aaron Rodgers hates being lied to, so does Greg Jennings apparently.
7. Dang, Kanye that photographer at the airport wasn’t there when you hit your head on that sign.  LoL that’s Cray!
8. Tino Martinez (Marlins hitting coach) snapped on the team after seeing Logan Morrison’s tweet on not being on PEDs for not scoring a run in 37 innings
9. Matty Ice $59mil guaranteed.  Is it SB or bust time?
10. AP may want HGH testing but we know the Seahawks don’t!

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