Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade’s Hard Foul Puts Kobe Bryant As Questionable: Bryant “I Don’t Forget Anything”

Bryant grabbing his nose after receiving a hard foul from Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

With just under nine minuets to go in the 2012 NBA All Star game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received a pass from Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Bryant was posting up Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade when he then spun and immediately  after receiving the pass and beat Wade taken him baseline to the hoop when Wade, who clearly got beat by Bryant then through his hands around Bryant’s face, which would result in a foul and a Bryant grabbing his face in pain.

Right away it was clear that Wade’s foul was a hard foul and completely unnecessary due to the fact that it was just an All Star game. After taking his hand off of his face the injury that Bryant suffered became very clear that it was some what serious as he was bleeding from his left nostril. Knowing this Bryant would make his way over to his bench to receive medical treatment to stop the bleeding. Remaining in the game however, after the bleeding was contained, Bryant would remain in the game make his two free throws and head back on defense.

Bryant would go onto finish the game out scoring nine more points, including a record breaking dunk which made him the new all time leading scorer in NBA All Star history.

As for Wade he would say this after the game, “I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

After undergoing more tests after the game they would find out that it wasn’t just a bloody nose that Bryant suffered and in fact it was a fractured nose as well as a concussion that he suffered from Wade’s hard hit.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Well fast forwarding to Wednesday now, Bryant’s status for the Lakers first game back from the All Star break against the Minnesota Timberwolves is in question as the fractured nose isn’t a problem as Bryant has played through a fractured nose before when he was in high school just fine as that year he lead Lower Merion High School to a State Championship, however it was the concussion that he suffered that makes him questionable.

Now why is he questionable for Wednesday’s game tonight, when on Sunday when he first endured the concussion he remained in the game and finished it out? Well the reason is that due to league rules Bryant has to pass a series of tests before being cleared again and until being cleared he will not be able to play, no matter how bad he wants too.

Luckily for Bryant according to a team spokesman, Bryant has been concussion free since late Tuesday and has passed his first two tests, the first one, a neurological exam which is a baseline test for concussion management which they compare his results from a pre-season test that he had to his test results to his current one and if they match up well or better, then he passes, which he did.

The next test that Bryant passed was a stationary bike test and treadmill test while visiting with Dr. Vernon Williams, a board certified neurologist in Anaheim, California.

After passing that test, Bryant returned the Lakers practice facility where he would play a game of 2-on-2 which would be monitored by the Lakers staff. So if he passed that full contact basketball test and remains symptom free then he’ll be able to suit up and take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

Now Bryant has yet to comment on all of this or comment about how he felt about Wade’s foul, though I’m sure that answer will come soon enough as the Lakers host Wade and the Heat this Sunday at 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC.

Like Bryant said back in 2010 after winning his fifth ring “You guys know how I am. I don’t forget anything.”

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The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest In Review: Rating Dunk By Dunk

A very less talented Dunk Contest to say the least.

Houston Rockets’ guard Chase Budinger, Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward and favorite, Derrick Williams, Indiana Pacers’ guard Paul George, and the replacement, taking New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert’s spot, Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans all took the floor Saturday night for the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk Contest. However the judges who always take the floor wouldn’t this time around as this years Dunk contest was all decided by the fans. But don’t worry we decided to review the dunks and give you, the fans a vote from 1 to 10.

Starting off with Chase Budinger’s dunk, coming out in a t-shirt and a snap back hat on and then telling singer P-Diddy to go underneath the basket where he would then throw a lob to Budinger who then dunked over him. Other than bringing out P-Diddy there was really no creativity to it as everyone’s seen someone dunk over someone.

Rating: 6

Prop Rating: 7

Next up was replacement Jeremy Evans who would do a reverse, self-lob dunk to himself. It was a very easy, non-creative dunk. However the unique thing about it was that he had a video camera attached to his headband which was eye level and it put the viewers “in his shoes.”

Rating: 5

Prop Rating: 10

Next up was Paul George who would dunk over teammate 7’2 Center Roy Hibbert and other teammate 6’7 Dahntay Jones. Clearing them both as well as jumping from a couple steps in from the free throw line gave the crowd the first “woah dunk” of the night.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 9

Following up George was Derrick Williams, the favorite who came right out in full force as he came out on the back of a motorcycle, which he then had the mascot park it in the middle of the paint. Williams then did a windmill over it ending it with a powerful slam. It was cool to see a motorcycle used however it was very similar to Blake Griffin’s dunk over the car last year, which was a lot harder.

Rating: 7

Prop Rating: 10

Evans rises over Hayward with two basketballs in hand.

To start off the second round Budinger then came out and did a windmill dunk. It wasn’t over anyone and it wasn’t from a far distance, in better words, it was Williams’ dunk just without the motorcycle.

Rating: 3

Prop Rating: 0

After not impressing fans with his first dunk that involved no props or fancy moves, Evans would come out and comeback strong as he brought teammate Gordon Hayward out with him. Unlike the others who used their prop to dunk over, Evans instead not only used Hayward as a human measuring bar, but used him for an alley hoop. An alley hoop that involved two basketballs. Yes, that’s right Evans caught two basketballs in the air, while jumping over Hayward who was in a raised bar stool/seat, and then dunked the basketballs that he caught at the same time.

Rating: 10

Prop Rating: 10

Following up Evans impressive dunk, George would cut the lights at the AMWAY arena as he was wearing a glow and the dark uniform. While cutting the lights George would then rise up do a 360 dunk. It was a great use of props as he cut the lights and had a glow and the dark uniform. However the only problem was that it was too dark to see.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 10

Putting the second round to rest, Williams would bring out teammate Ricky Rubio who would throw the ball off the side of the backboard, where Williams who was following him, would grab the pass in the air, then he would do a 360 finishing the dunk. It was a similar dunk to Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala’s dunk back in 2006, however he added a 360 and Ricky Rubio to it.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 7

Budinger whoops out the good old fashioned blind fold.

After not impressing anyone with his first two dunks, Budinger would bring out former dunk Champion of the 1992 All-Star game, Cedric Ceballos and re-iterate his “hocus pocus” dunk of 1992. After blind folding himself, Budinger after missing on his first attempt would dunk it on his second try, completing the hocus pocus in the Ceballos jersey. It was a great use of bringing out Ceballos and a great use of re-iterating the dunk on its 20th anniversary.

Rating: 9

Prop Rating: 10

Trying to top his second round dunk of the two ball slam, Evans would bring out comedian Kevin Hart who was dressed up as a mailwomen while Evans was wearing a Karl Malone jersey. Using Hart as a mailwomen due to Malone’s nickname the mailman, Evans would fly over Hart delivering the dunk and the “mail.” However, this was the third time in the contest where we saw someone jump over someone, so it wasn’t that creative.

Rating: 6

Prop Rating: 7

Making a tribute to his current boss, Larry Bird, George would do a reverse slam where he would place a sticker of Bird’s face on the backboard while in the air. While it was as impressive as Orlando’s Dwight Howard’s sticker dunk where he dunked on a 12’6 rim, George’s dunk was unique in its own way.

Rating: 5

Prop Rating: 6

Then to close out the dunk contest, Williams would try a off the backboard, through the legs dunk over and over again, ending with the same result; failure. After finally running out of time, he would throw the ball off the backboard, catching it and dunking it normally ending the Dunk Contest.

Rating: 3

Prop Rating: 0

Well now that the dunks are done and that the votes are in, let’s tally up the votes and see who our dunk champion and prop champion is.

Winning the prop champion was Utah Jazz’s, Jeremy Evans with a score of 27 out of 30. Following behind him would be Paul George, Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger who would tie for last with 17. Then for the Dunk Champion there would be a two tie for first and last as, Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams would finish last with 18 out of 30 and Jeremy Evans and Paul George would finish first with 21 out of 30. However the Sprite Slam Dunk Champion due to a higher prop rating is Jeremy Evans.

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“Manning To Miami” Campaign Launched By Dolphin’s Fans: Billboards And All

Peyton Manning in a Miami Dolphins Uniform on a billboard in Miami, Florida.

When someone or many people want something in our society they usually address it. As for Miami Dolphin fans, they take this “addressing” to all new heights as their “campaign” to acquire Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is truly a campaign.

Like any normal campaign, there’s usually billboards, posters, websites, etc. Knowing that, that’s exactly what they did, “Miami to Manning .com” to be exact as they are truly campaigning. Starting with their website, www.manningtomiami.com, has it all, a sign up sheet, blog, sponsors tab, store and more as these fin fans are going all in.

Their message, simple, four words: Bring Manning to Miami.

The website expresses it’s want for quarterback Peyton Manning and backs it up with a pretty good reasoning,

“Be Part OF “The Movement” and Make History – BRING MANNING TO MIAMI – This site has been created to help influence Peyton Manning and the Miami Dolphins that “Manning to Miami” is a movement and marriage that the entire South Florida community is behind. Tell family, friends (even enemies), tell co-workers, business associates to cast their vote and make a difference in Bringing Manning to Miami.

How many wins is Manning worth? When’s the last time we the fans have had an “impact” quarterback? What about the most cerebral quarterback of all time?

Get behind this movement and let your vote be your voice and make a difference!

By filling out this form you are casting a vote to bring Manning to Miami and a list of names will be presented to the Miami Dolphins and representatives of Peyton Manning.

BRING MANNING TO MIAMI”

Though, it’s not just a website as they have a billboard too. Yes, that’s right a billboard photo shopped with Manning in a green teal Miami Dolphins Jersey and beneath him in Miami Dolphin colors, their website, “Manning To Miami .com.”

As for Peyton Manning’s response to this he has yet to comment and most likely won’t.

In Peyton Manning’s career as an Indianapolis Colt he has been to two Super Bowl’s, has set every team passing record, has been to 11 Pro Bowl’s, has lead the Colts to two AFC Championships, and has even made another team make him a website.

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Drama In Los Angeles: Back And Fourth, Mitch Kupchak vs. Kobe Bryant

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant poses with General Manger Mitch Kupchak.

Los Angeles is known for its great movie stars, dramas, comedies, and all of that however they’re not used to it taken place on the court. Now everyone knows the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant drama that took place back in the early 2000’s. Where they won three championships together and then came the shocking downfall ending with the unbelievable divorce of the dynamic duo.

However, the drama died down in Los Angeles after that, at least for the most part. Now of course they still had the buzzer beaters, the close losses, the blowout wins, the blowout losses and all of those dramas, but the he said, she said dramas, they were gone.

Though don’t blink now as the drama of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Lakers is back.

Starting with the Chris Paul trade veto, everything went down hill from there. Lakers forward and sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, forward Pau Gasol remained in trade rumors, and the losses began to pile up.

Though no one really said anything one could sense that there was drama revolving the Lakers organization. However after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, 102-90, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant called out Lakers management saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would continue saying, “I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

Though Bryant wouldn’t get his wish of management saying if they were trading Gasol or not, he would infact get a response as Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would say, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

Then just as it appeared that it would stop there as management usually always had the last word, it wouldn’t as following a blowout, statement win on Monday night by the Los Angeles Lakers, as they won 103-92, Bryant would respond saying, “I said what I had to say…I’m done.”

When asked if he spoke with Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, Bryant replied “Next.”

“I think Pau feels a lot better,” said Bryant, after the 103-92 win over Portland. “He looks a lot better to me. It’s important to know that guys in the locker room support you, that guys are going to step up. That’s my role here. He [Gasol] can’t say that. He’s a nice guy. He would never, ever say anything to shuffle the deck, so to speak. But I would. I’ll say it for him.”

Though post game comments wasn’t all as the Lakers held a team meeting that was organized by both Bryant and Lakers guard Derek Fisher.

“Look, I’ve won championships with him, been in playoff battles with him, gotten swept with him, lost in the Finals with him,” Bryant said of Gasol. “I’m not just going to sit around and [watch him] be down in spirit and things like that. That’s not cool. We all love him. We all want to play with him — especially me.”

After addressing the issue of the Pau Gasol trade rumors on Sunday night, the Lakers who dominated the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night, looked like a whole new team, like the Lakers. Which made it clear that Bryant’s comments made a difference. So while to some this may look like a player making ignorant comments to his boss or a player making comments out of anger after a loss, in reality these comments may have just turned around their team’s season.

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He Is Jeremy Lin Not Tim Tebow

Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow?

He went to school, not to a home school.

He was a popular player in high school, but he was never recruited.

He went to school on the hill, not by a beach.

He did play a NCAA Division I sport, but it wasn’t for a big known sports school.

He had to pay for his school with his own money, not with a scholarship.

He set some records in College, but not enough to write a book.

He never won a player of the year, M.V.P., or a Heisman.

He never played in his respectable NCAA post-season.

He never won a National Championship, let a lone two.

He wasn’t high on anyone’s draft board, heck he was lucky enough to make the list.

He wasn’t talked about on draft shows, he just watched them.

He didn’t go first round, he went undrafted.

In his rookie season he didn’t have the league’s best selling jersey; heck they didn’t even make it.

He wouldn’t start once during his rookie season; let a lone see the floor.

Fans didn’t chant his name, heck they barely even knew he was there.

He wouldn’t stay with one team; instead, he would be passed around team by team as if he were a piece of hammy down clothing.

His coach would turn to him when there appeared to be no more hope and he too turned it around.

He wasn’t begged for by the fans to play, however he was cherished just as well by them.

Though he didn’t have seven fourth quarter comebacks, he did have one.

He doesn’t have over 1,000,000 followers on twitter, but he did get over 500,000 in one week.

He doesn’t have an all-star appearance, but he plays like he is one.

He doesn’t sleep in a bed, he sleeps on a couch.

The couch that Lin slept on.

He doesn’t bow his head on one knee; he just jumps around in joy like a kid who just got the present he wanted for on Christmas morning.

He doesn’t just lead his league’s jersey sales, but he leads the counterfeit sales as well.

He doesn’t have a social media trend of “tebowing”, but he does have a book of nicknames.

He’s beaten the best and he’s beaten the worst, he’s been cut twice, but now he’s showing the world that he’s just too nice.

His team is on a six game winning streak.

He is Jeremy Lin, not Tim Tebow.

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Gilbert Arenas To Los Angeles? Will He Fit? Questions, All Answered

Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers?

After rumors died down of free agent guard Gilbert Arenas going to the Los Angeles Lakers over the past couple weeks they sparked back up again today as over the weekend, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak held a private workout for the free agent guard.

After failing to gain a young point guard during the off-season, after a trade which was accepted to bring in former New Orleans Hornets guard and now Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, the Lakers are now going after Gilbert Arenas…well at least it seems that way.

Now many have been saying that the Lakers have needed a young point guard to come in as Derek Fisher who will turn 38 this year just isn’t cutting it as so far this season the Lakers have allowed 14 points a game to starting point guards.

That’s just starting point guards, which as we know some of those starters aren’t scorers and as we also know some of those starters split time. Like for instance, the Philadelphia 76ers where Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams both share the roll and when the Lakers played them the two combined for 37 of their teams 95 points and they were also the two leading scorers for the sixers.

Now the Lakers aren’t a bad a defensive team as they rank fourth in the NBA in points allowed at 90.9 points per game. But 14 points a game to just starting point guards? That’s a lot.

Though, despite the poor point guard play from the Lakers, they have been okay this season as they sit at 16-12. However the concern of a point guard acquisition is huge as even guard Kobe Bryant knows it, the one who some have been saying urged the workout of Gilbert Arenas.

“Sure,” responded Bryant during Tuesday’s practice in El Segundo when asked by ESPN if he was in favor of bringing in Arenas. “It certainly wouldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.”

It certainly wouldn’t hurt at all as out of the 12 losses that the Lakers have had they allowed opposing starting point guards to score 17 points a game and even more points a game when including backups.

The Lakers front office have been apt of making moves when Bryant has requested before, like when they acquired forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. So will Gilbert Arenas be a member of the purple and gold? Or will he remain in the free agency waiting for an opportunity to spark up again?

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Will Jim Tressel Have Any Say In The University of Akron’s Football Program?

Jim Tressel surrounded by media members.

After being forced to resign last May due to a cash-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that destroyed the football powerhouse, former Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel was introduced Thursday as Akron’s new vice president of strategic engagement, a position created just for him.

Now this isn’t Tressel’s first time at Akron University as he worked as an undergraduate assistant for the Zips in 1975 until eventually being promoted to an assistant for the Zips and then moving onto the University of Miami Ohio in 1979.

“I feel fortunate that I got this opportunity,” Tressel said “It’s going to be a fun one.”

Tressel stressed during the press conference that he’s not going to be doing any type of coaching of that sort as he emphasized that his days were done…at least for now. However that doesn’t mean that he won’t be involved with students as he’ll work with Akron’s current and future students, alumni and community organizations on a various issues.

Though this position of vice president of strategic engagement, which was created just for him seems a little fishy, as even though he claims that he won’t help the football program in anyway, one could just not believe that as he was the one who helped the program find their head coach this off-season.

“The first thing I’ve got to do is listen and learn,” said Tressel. “I’m just on the team.”

However despite speculations surrounding the hire of Jim Tressel to the Akron staff, NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn confirmed Tressel will not be allowed to have contact with recruits if he is not a “countable coach.”

The NCAA would also add that Tressel cannot engage in coaching duties for the first five weeks at a new institution and in the postseason.

Though like every thing in life there’s always another way around it, a “loophole” and the University of Akron found one. What the NCAA didn’t say and cannot say was that Tressel can’t have talks with the players, coaches, and other athletes.

Which would mean that he could have contact with recruits however, only when they’re visiting the campus. Continuing with that, Tressel is allowed to have contact with coaches or current athletes, or he’s even allowed to attend football practices or provide advice on how to improve the program.

So Tressel may say that he’s not ready to coach again, but trust me he is. Now I’m not saying that he’s going to be the head coach or that Bowden won’t have a say but, I mean, Vice President of Strategic Engagement? A position that they created for him, of course he’s going to help out the football team. Matter of fact he already did; he got them a new head coach in Terry Bowden, he got them worldwide attention with his addition to the University staff, and most importantly he just put the University of Akron on the map.

“I don’t really have any interest in coaching in the NFL,” Tressel said. “The commitment I’ve made to any place I’ve gone is that I was going to work every day like I was going to be there forever. I’ll be coaching students every day. I’m an educator. I’m going to work as if this is the last place I’m ever going to work. I’m excited about being a Zip.”

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