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LEBRON..BE JETER..NOT AROD!!!

Posted in Air Jordan, Baseball, Basketball, ESPN, History, New York City, New York Yankees, Nike, NY Times with tags , , , , on July 8, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Without kissing a single trophy or feeling one drop of ticker tape fall on his comic book arms, LeBron James has changed the conversation in sports. How do I know this?

I don’t believe I’d ever uttered the expression “global icon” until the past two weeks.

No matter which rabbit James pulls out of his hat Thursday night on ESPN — Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks or Fort Wayne Mad Ants — he should understand something about becoming a global icon, whatever that means.

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LeBron always looks good. He will look even better with a championship.

You don’t find it. It finds you.

Maybe we’ve unearthed the reason James hasn’t claimed an NBA championship, other than the fact that his Cleveland roster wasn’t built to win one. He’s poured way too much blood, sweat and tears into his pursuit of an entirely different title.

Lord and Master of the Free Agent Universe.

LeBron is chasing the kind of fame and stature attained by no American athlete before him, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali included. It reminds of another breathless free-agent drama nearly a decade ago, when Alex Rodriguez entered the marketplace fixing to conquer the world, not the World Series.

Somehow A-Rod persuaded Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks to give him $252 million over 10 years. Not $250 million over 10 for a nice and tidy quarter-billion-dollar layout. That wasn’t going to cut it. A-Rod and agent Scott Boras needed the extra 2 million bucks for this absurd reason:

They wanted to double Kevin Garnett‘s record $126 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Now you know why Rodriguez won his first championship 15 years deep into his career, and only after the New York Yankees paid nearly a half-billion dollars in one offseason to help him. A-Rod had spent too much time and energy on being A-Rod. He needed to be humiliated by his steroids confession — left a shattered Humpty Dumpty, in the words of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman — before remembering why he chose baseball as a profession in the first place.

LeBron James has suffered no such public emasculation. He was widely criticized for his performance in Cleveland’s second-round loss to the Boston Celtics, but his career has gone untouched by scandal. James remains a made-for-Madison Avenue pitchman, a likable and approachable figure with superhero skill.

Only on the day Kevin Durant quietly revealed that he had agreed to a five-year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, almost whispering it as if he were sitting in the back pew of a packed church, James did himself no favors by confirming a report from ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard that he’s going to pull a Geraldo and reopen Al Capone’s vault.

No, ESPN isn’t to blame here. The network is in the business of providing programming that sports fans want to watch  and nobody doubts that sports fans sure as hell want to watch this programming.

If James had planned to make a large donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the cause booked to receive sponsorship proceeds from the hourlong ESPN show, he would’ve been better off writing that organization a check.

It’s too late to turn back now. James announced on his website that the show will be called “The Decision,” and he’s doing his best to keep the Cavaliers, Heat, Knicks, Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets in the dark.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are lobbying James to join them in Miami, and Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony — scheduled to be a free agent next summer — are selling James on the possibilities in New York, according to a source close to the situation.

James should follow his heart, wherever it takes him, then schedule his next meeting with the man in his bathroom glass. LeBron doesn’t need another sitdown with desperate owners, executives and coaches trying to fulfill their own dreams. He needs a face-to-face with himself.

The Chosen One should choose a different path than the one he’s on and use his favorite ballclub, the Yankees, as a road map. Instead of being basketball’s A-Rod, it’s much better to be basketball’s Jeter.

Don’t chase attention and stature as though it’s a loose ball in the fourth quarter of a big game. Let the attention and stature chase you.

Derek Jeter became Derek Jeter by racking up championships. He won four in his first five years before signing a 10-year, $189 million contract, a deal announced in a 15-minute conference call on a slow Friday afternoon.

All these years later, LeBron wanted the prime-time sizzle, and the prime-time sizzle he’ll get. Lights, camera, action for the King and his court.

Given James’ title-free run in Cleveland, this can’t be called a three-ring circus — a no-ring circus is more to the point. Either way, when it’s all over and LeBron replaces his team of business advisers with, you know, a team of actual basketball players, he needs to rearrange his priorities.

He’s a tremendous athlete, a wonder to watch. But in the end, the victor’s spoils go to only the on-the-court victor.

Let’s face it: Nobody’s ever sprayed champagne on a global icon.

“King Of New York”

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, New York City, New York Yankees, Rappers with tags , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Addictions.  At one time or another in life we all have them (some more than others) So in the spirit of being honest and  getting past the first step of denial and admitting powerlessness , I am here to admit that I am powerless over the gravitational pull of the internet,  yes I have become an internet Addict.

Some people smoke rock, some like to twist one up,  some heads even shoot up…But Me……Me…. I  just constantly scour the internet for shit I think is cool.  I log onto my mac book and proceed to open up like 13 tabs and bang bang boogie let the games begin.

So if you have made is this far you must be wondering what the hell my internet habit has to do with the title of this post. “King Of New York”

So here it is..I was doing my daily “let me see what new sneakers and t-shirts and music” is brand spanking new and get my shopping list organized for the weekend.  After uncovering some new joints from GAME and Drake , stopped by one of my all time favorite hip-hop sites HipHopDX. They recently started selling Hip-Hop related tees and what not and like that something caught my eye.  Now I just don’t scour the internet because I am addicted to buying needless consumer goods, but as someone who likes to write, the internet is my go to source for inspiration (Yeah I agree I might want to get out the house one of these days , but whatever..)

So I see a T-shirt and boom, inspiration. My first thought was to just do the usual on my blog, post a photo of the shirts, say some witty shit and call it a wrap.  But the true inspiration set in…..in the image of that T-shirt was a debate, a debate I have had time and time again with fellow music enthusiasts, proud new yorkers, sports fans etc…

“Who Is The King Of New York?”

Well lets start with the shirt that caused this little spark plug-in my mind.

King Jay?

For starters let’s get this out-of-the-way, I think the shirt is dope. Yankee Blue, Interlocking NY Yankee logo, I was sold before my brain could even register what it meant.

Jay Z The King

But of course the meaning is obvious, Jay Z is the clear “KING OF NEW YORK”  that what this shirt is saying. Besides being arguably the most successful rapper of all time , his last opus basically sealed the deal. “EMPIRE STATE OF MIND” was a runaway # 1 smash single. Like Sinatra and “New York, New York” but for 09.

“I’m the new Sinatra,
And since I made it here,
I can make it anywhere”

And as it seems with all things related to Jay Z, the marketing and timing gods were on his side. As the song was peaking at radio and booming from sound systems across the 5 boroughs, the Yankees were crushing the competition on their way to their 27th World Title, and guess what, Jay Z even performed his ode to NYC and himself at Game 2 of The World Series.  So In November of 2009 , Jay was certainly the King.

“Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game,
Sh-t I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”

Bold words….but the last line says it all…

“Statue of Liberty, long live the World trade,
Long live the king yo”

I love Jay Z, I think he is an incredible talent, rapper, businessman, etc. But I always had a theory and this is where the crux of the debate for me begins…. If Biggies life was not cut so tragically short, would Jay Z be where he is today?

Biggie ...."Long Live The World Trade"

When Biggie was taken from us, he was the biggest rapper on the planet, only two short weeks from the release of his 2nd album, a double CD ironically titled “Life After Death” . The album is one of the greatest of all time and went on to sell many millions. The year was 1997.

But as soon as BIG was gone there was an empty throne , and despite the ups and downs of  Hip-Hop over the years, New York pretty much is always home to the KING, even if the rest of New York born hip-hop is a stale as the wonder bread in my fridge. So in 1998 Jay Z puts out his second album , drops  a monster anthem titled “Hard Knock Life” and the rest as they say is History.

"Hard Knock Life"

But If BIG was still around would Jay be able to grow into what he has become, is New York big enough for two Kings? I always wonder what would have happened.

No doubt Jay would always have been huge and would drop hit after hit after hit like Jeter, but would he have been able to comfortably call himself  “THE KING OF NEW YORK”

Now of course when it comes to sports the YANKEES are the real Kings of New York (But I am beyond biased) and  that’s a little different since baseball is a true team sport, but what happens to Jay Z if The Knicks sign KING JAMES?

"King James"

Sorry Jigga but if Lebron comes to the garden…all bets are off!!

All this from a damn T-shirt…..

BIG aka FRANK WHITE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE KING!!!

The good friends at Hip-Hop DX have some pretty cool tees worth taking a look at it.