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NBA 2k13 Executive Produced By Jay – Z

In all seriousness, Jay-Z will be a constant inspiration to me for the rest of my life. He never runs out of ways to “open the market up.” Smarten up.

I’m not even sure what his effect on the game will be — Considering there ARE game designers who created the game. Either way it’s another good look for the big homie. And yes, that Michael Jordan on the narration.


Maya Moore Named First Female Jordan Athlete

She wears #23, lead the country is scoring and is a multiple champion. All of that was fine and dandy but now Maya Moore has reached another plateau being named as the first female to rep the Jordan Brand.

Moore now joins a list of athletes that includes Yankee Shortstop Derek Jeter, and fellow basketball players Chris Paul, DeWayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony.

Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level

– Jordan Brand Press Release

MJ himself discussed the logic behind signing Moore

I am thrilled to welcome Maya Moore into the Jordan Brand .Not only has Maya proven to be a prolific winner on the court, but her hunger and determination to make an impact off the court makes her a valuable addition to the Jordan family. We look forward to working with Maya as she carries her success to the next level.

– Michael Jordan

Maya, who always keeps it humble, spoke about the signing

As a student of the game, it is a dream come true to align myself with a brand that has a rich history in sports. Like most kids, I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and continue to work relentlessly to reach his iconic status on the court. I’m truly motivated to take my career to the next level as a member of Team Jordan.

– Maya Moore

Kobe v LeBron

Around this time last year I posted a thought about Kobe Bryant as he rather silently makes his case as the best player in NBA history not named Michael Jordan.

I say that Kobe is on a silent mission because despite that fact that he could be appearing in his third consecutive NBA Finals, most of the historical comparisons have been reserved for that guy in Cleveland who hasn’t won anything.

I’ve had this discussion in many places, most recently on the internet and I’ve come to the conclusion that Kobe Bryant is one of the most under-appreciated and underrated players in NBA history.

Sound crazy? I’m sure it does. I also believe that Jay-Z is underrated but I digress.

I say that Kobe is underrated because, in my opinion, the skill and grace in which he plays with is lost on the average basketball fan.

It doesn’t take much basketball knowledge to be able to appreciate a high flying dunk or a spectacular block.

It does, however, require a certain amount of understanding to appreciate the subtle nuances Kobe’s game. The spin moves, the pivots, the mid-range, the jumper, the ability to close a game, and not to mention the leadership.

There’s a reason that when Sporting News assembled  Hall of Famers, major award winners, executives, current players and coaches and other basketball experts to vote on the top 50 greatest players in the league, Kobe received 62 first place votes to LeBron’s 34.

That’s almost twice as many. This wasn’t a fan vote. The names on this list of voters reads like a who’s who of basketball dignitaries that includes: Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Joe Dumars, Hubie Brown, Dr. Jack Ramesy and others.

The Kobe/LeBron discussion shouldn’t be a matter of personal preference. Unlike a Jay-Z/Nas argument, there are actual and quantifiable determining factors in the discussion.

Just watch the video and try to see why NBA players, coaches, executives and writers overwhelmingly vote Kobe over LeBron.

*Classic* Jordan The God

Poetry in motion.

As I was watching last night’s Lakers/Magic I came to the conclusion that all of the talk about either Kobe Bryant or LeBron James possibly being considered the best to ever play the game is ridiculous.

Don’t misunderstand me on this one. I’m not taking anything away from Kobe or LeBron. But to even compare them to the original #23 is just disrespectful.

Most people just put them through the simple eye test and think that’s all there is to it.


Do the mathematics.

The Calculation:

0 Rings + 0 Finals MVP’s – 1 Finals Series loss = LeBron James

3 Rings + 0 Finals MVP’s + 1 Three Peat – 2 Finals Series losses = Kobe Bryant

6 rings + 6 Finals MVPs + 2 Three Peats – 0 Finals Series losses = G.O.A.T.

(No shots @ Bill Russell, but that was a different league)

Michael Jordan Day

Maybe I collected too many basketball cards as a youngster because there is no reason why Michael Jordan’s birthday should be embedded im my brain.

I don’t even remember the majority of my friend’s birthdays. Anyway, February 17 should be some type of nationally recognized holiday.

I mean, we celebrated President’s Day yesterday and clearly not everyone can agree that each of the previous president’s brought us joy.

But Michael Jordan has brought a sense of awe to all Americans at one point or another. Whether watching him on T.V. or buying his shoes at a local footlocker, everyone’s lives have been impacted my his Airness.

And as a personal note to all the people overdosed on that guy from Ohio: LeBron wears number 23 for a reason.