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What I learned from disappointment and failure and how it applies to the Knicks and Grizzlies’ seasons

Nobody wants to lose but we all have to learn to deal with it.

Failure is a part of progression. You try, you fail, you try again until you reach the end. Whether you succeed or give up, that is entirely up to you. That is normal in the human experience.

I distinctly remember back when I was a junior at Penn State University I had given one of my professor’s grief because my grades were not up to par and I felt like I was not only failing those who expected great things from me but also failing myself…


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Jeering at sports athletes are not the same as a flat out personal attack on them or their families

The NBA Playoffs are here so you know this is the time when weird, “out there” news takes over the cycle in conjunction with the actual games. You don’t know why this happens. It just does for whatever reason. The latest discussion happening in the discourse is in response to fandom and how they act during games.

So recently Atlanta Hawks All Star point guard Trae Young has joined the ranks of Reggie Miller, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Isiah Thomas, and Paul Pierce as the latest edition of “Knicks Killers,” supervillains who were created for the sole purpose of ruining…


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It took a really long time but indeed New York is here

I grew up a New York Knicks fan ever since I saw John Starks posterize Horace Grant and Michael Jordan in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals. That was the highlight that made me a Knicks fan for life. I rooted for this team because my family was from New York so of course I watched the local sports teams whenever my Dad or older sister had the TV. …


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The Future Hall of Famer doesn’t need a championship to certify his future as an NBA legend and people need to accept that

Last month Washington Wizards All Star Russell Westbrook made history by recording another historic triple double performance with 35 points and 20 assists in a win against the Indiana Pacers. It was feat worthy to witness since you do not see many athletes have the kind of performances like Westbrook did. Everyone was giving Westbrook his accolades and deservedly so.

Well..everyone except Stephen A. Smith.

The following day after Westbrook’s performance, the famed ESPN analyst and media personality criticized Westbrook for putting up numbers but ultimately being empty because they do not amount to a championship ring.

“Westbrook’s numbers…


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You can’t whine about something you agreed to do just because you didn’t think it would happen to you

The NBA Play-In Tournament is a flawed concept.

Let’s just get that out of the way. It is an entirely new format that was formed last year in NBA’s “Bubble Experiment.” It seemed way too ridiculous to be an effective stratagem to end the “tanking” methods of losing teams and incentivize competition.

The lower seed teams would face off against each other for the final positions in the NBA Playoffs. The 7th and 8th seeded teams would face each other while the 9th and 10th seed face each other. The winner of the 7th and 8th seed matchup gets to…


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Barrett is not a highlight reel in the NBA but his game works because it gets the job done and his team wins

“RJ kinda boring .”

That’s what I told myself while watching him play an excellent game against the Houston Rockets Sunday night. You are probably confused by my statement. I just called RJ Barrett “boring” but “he played an excellent game.” That might seem like a misnomer but it really isn’t when you think about it for a minute. There is nothing about Barrett’s game that will serve as a highlight reel on “NBA Twitter.” He is not explosive or dominant as his peers Ja Morant or Zion Williamson. He is not a quick trigger lethal shooter the way that…


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X really did give it to me

“Y’all really think this cat can handle the Dog?!” — DMX

I will never forget the days DMX whooped my ass in a video game.

It was the Spring of 2003. My brother and I were finally on Spring Break. My best friend Pete came home from college to crash at our place during Spring Break. Perfect time for a bunch of dudes to chill, hang out, and play video games. When we went to GameStop to see if there was anything we could get our hands on for the PlayStation 2, we saw a quick glimpse of the trailer…


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Breaking down the futures of Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox, the performance of this regime so far, the 2021 NBA Draft, who’s likely to be traded, Thibs’ nature as a head coach, and the team approaching the dreaded “P-Word” and what it means for them

Hey there! It is time for Part Two of this here “FAQ-ish” series!

So far, the New York Knicks are still deep in the playoff hunt with a .500 record at 22–22. They are currently positioned in the 6th seed but this wacky NBA season can easily knock them to fourth place or tenth place depending on the performance of other teams in the Eastern Conference. Things are looking up for the Knicks but the team is in no position to rest on their laurels. They still have a tough schedule ahead and fans have many questions about this team.


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Breaking down my thoughts on Julius Randle’s rise to All Star athlete, the young rookies Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin, the team’s future, and why they should make a push for the playoffs

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you/
Without a strong rhyme to step to” —
Rakim the Master (“I Know You Got Soul”)

Greetings folks!

My apologies for the lack of writing content these past few months. If you follow me on social media you know that my health was in serious decline and I needed to take a break and get treatment. I am all better now! I’m ready to wear my Michael Jordan “45” jersey and get back to it.

Well…


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An All Star event took place and yet it didn’t feel like an All Star event

So last night was the 2021 NBA All Stars. Yeah it was an event.

That was pretty much my reaction during the entire time watching the NBA All Star event. It was not god-awful. It was not great. It was just an exhibition game. That was it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Team LeBron won against Team Durant 170–150. Giannis Antetokuounmpo was declared the All Star MVP. Viewers themselves did not seem like they were having fun watching the game. Nothing exciting or interesting happened despite the NBA on TNT’s best attempts to “hype up the event.” The Dunk Contest was…

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