No wonder I haven’t seen His Airness all season… according to Jose Lambiet of The Palm Beach Post, Jordan and his Yvette Prieto (his lady) have purchased a home in Miami together. There’s also rumors that Air will put a ring on it soon without getting a signature on it (prenup).
Money is Back!!!!! With all due respect to LL Cool J, I have to call this a comeback due to the physical remix of Tiger Woods knee. The last time we saw him competing in a tour event he was dragging his leg while showing the world how big his brass ones were.
February 25th is now must see TV and I’m sure we’ll all be tuned into his 2009 debut at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Welcome back money… we’ve missed you!!!!
While many sites have been looking back into the past, I am looking forward to the future. For 2009, here are my top 9 sneakers for the first half of 2009.
9. Nike Zoom MVP: After two back-to-back seasons of winning the MVP (2004-2005, 2005-2006), The Canadian has finally been rewarded with his own signature shoe from the guys in Beaverton. Phoenix Suns guard, Steve Nash first signature sneaker will be released in the upcoming weeks.
8. Nike Huarache 2009: After the highly successful versions of the Huarache 2k4 and 2k5 that began Kobe’s marriage to the swoosh, they have returned with the 2k9. With a release set for sometime in February, look for players like Tony Parker and Chris Bosh to be rocking these for the season.
5. Air Jordan CP3 II: After an MVP-type season last year after he was awarded his first signature shoe, the Jordan Brand has followed up with another sneaker for Chris Paul. These will hit stores March 3 and will go for $122.
4.Reebok The Answer 12: Celebrating his first season as a Detroit Piston, the folks at Reebok have cooked up Allen Iverson’s 12th sneaker. Inspired by the poem Invictus Warrior, expect these shoes to hit stores in February for $100.
3. Nike Air Penny 3: It’s no question that Penny Hardaway was the man for the Orlando Magic in his prime. His sweet commericials with Lil Penny made him Nike’s main man (…behind MJ) in the 90’s. These kicks will hit stores in the upcoming weeks for $135.
2. Converse Weapon 86: I won’t promise you that you will be able to run the break like Magic Johnson or outduel Larry Bird in a game of one-on-one but what I can say is that if you cop these, you will turn heads. On February 1st these will hit stores with a new touch of suede for $80.
1. Nike Zoom Kobe 4: Who says you cant wear a low-cut sneaker to play basketball? Kobe is trying to shut everyone up on January 17th when he releases his fourth sneaker with Nike which will be the lightest basketball sneaker ever for $119.99. You better have your ankle insurance!
A few weeks ago, I took my 5-yr. old son to Footlocker to get some new tennis shoes and boots. I thought it was time to step up from the usual Sketchers (w/flashing lights) and hit him off with some Nikes. He could care less and when we looked at the Air Jordan kicks, he really didn’t care.
For a moment, you would have thought I worked at Footlocker ’cause I was pushin’ the Air Jordans hard. My son said to me, “Who is Jordan?” WHAT I THOUGHT!!!! After I picked my grill up from the floor, I responded by saying that Money was only the greatest baller to ever lace up. Shorty then said, “But he isn’t better than Dominic James (Marquette Univ. Basketball Point Guard)!”
All I could do was shake my head and I’m certain all the men in the store felt my pain. I failed to realize that my son was born the year His Airness retired for good. He’s never watched MJ or saw see me watching Jordan play ball. My kid (and millions like him) has been depraved of a master… I have work to do to keep Mike’s legend alive in my own home (I have a 1-yr. old son too).
So I figured it be best to start off easy on my boys and drop a couple commercials on them of Mars Blackmon and Air Jordan. These classic joints are from when Mike was the hottest thing on Planet Earth.
This article will not be received well by the Michael Jordan fans that believe His Airness can do no wrong. Let me SHOUT THIS to those people… look what he’s doing (again) in Charlotte!!!
MJ became a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats last year and has since loaded up the front office with longtime friends, confidants and ex-teammates (i.e. Rod Higgins, Buzz Peterson, Sam Vincent). None of these three have a track record or experience in building winning franchises. What they are is a trio that will not challenge MJ but do whatever it is he tells them.
In two years (drafts), MJ has drafted Adam Morrison (#3 – ’06) and traded North Carolina forward Brandan Wright (#8 – ’07, 6′ 10″) to the Golden State Warriors for Jason Richardson (6′ 5″). Jason Richardson is owed 48 million dollars and has a history of knee problems during his 6-year career with the Warriors. Adam Morrison was drafted 3 spots higher than the 2006 Rookie of the Year – Brandon Roy.
It’s an established fact that he cannot draft (see Kwame Brown) and he cannot hire the right coach (see Leonard Hamilton). Why is he turning over the keys to this franchise to Sam Vincent who only has a year of NBA coaching experience as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks?
As much as I like MJ, I don’t like what he’s done in his post-playing days in the NBA. Knowing the tough, bottom-line owner Bob Johnson’s history of bullying his employees (see Tavis Smiley formerly of BET), this relationship will not end happily every after.
“Clubs like Augusta National don’t discriminate. They just don’t want you. There’s a difference. It’s a b___ not being wanted by something or someone, which is why divorces are so difficult. But I’ve learned to handle rejection very well. If you love yourself enough, you won’t give a damn if they want you or not.” These are the words spoken by the late, great Earl Woods (article by Guy Yocom, Golf Digest, February 2004).
If you’re unfamiliar with Earl, let me make his legend plain for you with just four words… this is Tiger’s Father. I’m certain you know about Earl’s kid who just happens to be the greatest golfer ever sired.
Don’t think of Earl as some sellout because he taught his boy how to play a game rich in history of racism towards people of color. No, no, no… you need to understand that Earl was a throwback… a tough… in your face dude.
He was a gifted athlete that was exceptional at baseball and was the first African-American baseball player in the Big 8 Conference (Big 12 today). His lost both his parents before the age of 13, yet they encouraged him to put away his baseball glove to pursue a career in education. Later in life, when his country called, he served two tours as a Green Beret in Vietnam. Earl remained in the army until he retired in 1974.
“My whole life is about being positive. It’s about dreaming, and then taking steps in your life to achieve those dreams. It is about overcoming obstacles and stereotypes such as bigotry and prejudice. Life is about giving and about sharing and caring for others, standing up and being counted for what you believe in, being a spokesperson and a role model… ” Earl Woods, Playing Through
As a father, I see a lot of myself in Earl. He was a man of tremendous principal and spirit. Though racism and later envy would be mighty foes, he faced all challenges and gave no quarter.
I know how much I’ll miss seeing him and the kid with the red shirt embrace on the 18th hole of another major championship. Big Earl went to sleep with his fathers at the the age of 74 on May 3, 2006. He fought and won a couple battles with cancer, but eventually lost as everyone does.
Keep resting in peace Big Earl… the kid is still winning and allowing us to see a lot of you while doing it.