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Archive for September, 2013


By Glenn Erby 

juwan-howard-coach

Juwan Howard reportedly has finally hung them up.  The veteran power forward will try to pass on some of the wisdom he soaked up over 25 plus years of competitive basketball on to someone else.

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Howard will remain in the Miami Heat organization as an assistant coach.

The 40-year-old Howard will focus on player development under coach Erik Spoelstra.

Howard hasn’t officially retired as a player, but it seems that he’s laced the sneakers up for a good.  Howard will of course be most remembered for being a member of Michigan’s Fab Five.

Chris Webber and Jalen Rose may have gotten all the attention, but Howard was always the stabilizing force for that group.

Howard averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game through an NBA career in which he earned more than $151 million in salary during his playing career.

Say what you want about Howard as a player in his later years, but he was the first NBA player to sign a $100 million contract.

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By Robert Littal 

Derrick Rose

The world wanted to know what held Derrick Rose back for suiting up last year once he was medically cleared to play? Rose shed some light on this during the Bulls media day.

“I never felt like I could take on a double-team,” Rose said. “I knew that I could get past one person, but in the playoffs, you really have to think the game and people are going to throw different strategies and defenses at you almost every game.

“I knew I wasn’t ready to take on the double-team in the playoffs, so I had to make the decision that I’m not coming back.”

One could say, how did Rose know for sure he couldn’t take on the double team if he didn’t try? I believe this was more of a mental block than anything else, in Rose’s mind he came up with a plausible reason why not to play, but in reality he just wasn’t ready mentally.

Hopefully for the Bulls he is ready now.

2015 GUARD DREW EDWARDS DRAWS INTEREST FROM MARYLAND and NORTH CAROLINA

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SOURCE: DAILYTARHEEL.COM
Although his name is not widely known in national recruiting circles yet, 2015 combo guard Drew Edwards has established himself as one of the premier prospects in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area, arguably the nation’s top region for high school basketball.
Tar Heels assistant Steve Robinson checked out the 6-foot-3 playmaker at Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) on Tuesday afternoon, with Maryland also in the gym.
Clemson and Kansas State offered Edwards after watching him last week, joining Providence, Southern Cal, Virginia Tech and others as schools who have extended scholarship offers. Arizona, Georgetown, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame and West Virginia have all also shown interest in Edwards.

By Tristan Thornburgh

Floyd Mayweather Says MGM Bought Him a Bugatti in Addition to His $41.5M

As if earning a guaranteed $41.5 million for his recent fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wasn’t enough, Floyd Mayweather also received a nice gift from MGM, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN:

 While it’s not specified which Bugatti he received, the luxury automobiles are some of the most expensive in the world. Their most popular model, the Veyron, retails for $1,400,000. 

It’s been said again and again, but between these prizes andMayweather’s lucrative sports betting, it’s no wonder his nickname is “Money.”

 By JasonWhitney

Gilbert Arenas may have a tryout for the Los Angeles Clippers next month

Could good ol’ Gilbert Arenas be on his way back to the NBA? Agent Zero has been looking good in summer workouts for the Los Angeles Clippers, which could lead to an invite to the Clippers’ training camp next month, according to HOOPSWORLD‘s Adam Kennedy.

 The days of dropping 60 points in a game are long gone, but Arenas, who will be turning 32 in January, still could provide some scoring and outside shooting off the bench. The real question is how much does Arenas have left after mostly being irrelevant the last several years following altercations with guns and dealing with injuries.

 

Why Floyd Mayweather Is The Kobe Bryant Of Boxing

By Robert Littal

\This will be Kobe Bryant’s 18th year in the NBA. Normally when a player last that long in the NBA they are relegated to McGrady status, they are begging for one last opportunity before retiring like Allen Iverson or they have settled into a specific role player status like Ray Allen. Kobe Bryant in his 17th year in the NBA averaged. 27, 5 & 6 That’s not normal, it defies logic, you would think it would be appreciated, not just for the raw numbers, but for the sustained excellence over such a long period of time, but that isn’t what happens when you bring up Kobe Bryant. Go to Twitter or your barbershop and say the following: “Kobe averaged 27, 5 and 6 last year what do you think about that?” I guarantee you will hear something similar to these comments and more. “He still not better than Jordan.” “He’s a bad teammate.” “He wouldn’t have won without Shaq.” “He doesn’’t pass to anyone.” “LeBron is better.” “He snitched on Shaq.” “He raped that girl in Colorado.” Doesn’t matter if these comments are true or not. They are opinions, but the point is they have nothing to do with the facts. Regardless of your personal feelings about him, it doesn’t change his sustained excellence in the sport. Maybe he won’t be Jordan, maybe one day LeBron will have a better career, but there are times you just have to appreciate the here and now. Kobe’s career didn’t start with him being THE MAN, he was the sidekick the B-Side, but through Hard Work and Dedication he became the biggest name in the sport. Floyd Mayweather won his 1st title in 1998 against a Mexican Genaro Hernández who only had 1 loss at the time. 15 years later Mayweather won another title from Mexican Canelo Alvarez who had zero losses at the time. He was brilliant then and he was brilliant on Saturday. That’s not normal, it defies logic, you would think it would be appreciated, not just for the raw numbers, but for the sustained excellence over such a long period of time, but that isn’t what happens when you bring up Floyd Mayweather. Go to Twitter or your barbershop and say the following: “What do you think about Floyd Mayweather taking a young, strong, powerful champion to school?” I guarantee you will hear something similar to these comments and more. “He scared of Pacquiao.” “He picks his opponents.” “He isn’t better than Sugar Ray Robinson or Leonard” “He ducks fighters.” “He runs in the ring.” “He’s going to go broke.” “He beats on women.” Doesn’t matter if these comments are true or not. They are also opinions, but the point is they have nothing to do with the facts. Regardless of your personal feelings about him, it doesn’t change his sustained excellence in the sport. Maybe he won’t be remembered like Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe he is partly responsible for the Pacquiao fight never happening, but there are times you just have to appreciate the here and now. Mayweather’s career didn’t start with him being THE MAN, he was the sidekick the B-Side of PPVs, but through Hard Work and Dedication he became the biggest name in the sport. Sometimes you just have to appreciate greatness when you are seeing it, because when it is gone you will miss it. The NBA is going to miss Kobe Bryant whenever he retires. There will always be other great players, but there will never be another Kobe. Boxing is going to miss Floyd Mayweather whenever he retires. There will always be other great boxers, but there will never be another Floyd Mayweather. There are only so many athletes in the world that bring out strong emotions in people. We are witnesses to two who honestly should be on the downside of their career, but keep defying the odds and that is something haters and stans alike should appreciate.

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Lebron James Marries Savannah Brinson

By Natasha Paul

Lebron James’ long-time girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, has to be the most patient woman, but as the saying goes, her patience has finally gotten her what she wanted. CBS Sports reports that Lebron and Savannah have tied the knot yesterday in a super-secret wedding in San Diego, California. The couple has been together since high school. Though no pictures have surfaced via Twitter, Instagram or any other social media avenues, the wedding took place at the Grand Mar hotel and guests included close friends such as Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Neyo. After winning his second NBA championship earlier this year, it just seems that King James would finally crown his queen.
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Oladipo: “I Really Didn’t Want To Go To Cleveland”

Victor Oladipo, Bill Simmons’ top choice in the 2013 NBA Draft, apparently wasn’t one for calling Cleveland home. In a quote that was pulled from a Orlando Magic ticket-holder event, the rookie shooting guard who was one of several players potentially slotted for the No. 1 overall pick owned by the Cavaliers, said that he “really didn’t want to go to Cleveland.”
The quote was then tweeted out by the Orlando Magic’s official Twitter account and instantly drew the ire of Cleveland fans. Oladipo wasted no time issuing an apology to Cleveland fans who took his statement as a moment of disrespect.

While the statement obviously reflects on Cleveland, a city that has had it’s fair share of players speaking poorly of it’s economy, weather and/or lack of nightlife, it is easy to see how a rookie player would want to endear himself to the team that did make the investment in him on draft day. David Steele, the Magic’s television play-by-play announcer, referred to Oladipo’s comment as ”harmless banter.”

Bob Velin, USA TODAY Sports

Mayweather, the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer and perhaps its most creative entrepreneur, will fight 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (Showtime pay-per-view, 9 p.m. ET) for the WBA, WBC and Ring magazine belts in what Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says will be the highest-grossing event in boxing history.

“When I’m in a fight like this, I’m not losing. And he’s not losing,” Mayweather said. “It’s a win-win situation no matter how you cut it.”

Billed as “The One,” this is the second of Mayweather’s six-fight deal with Showtime that could be worth more than $200 million. The young boxer once called “Pretty Boy” Floyd has evolved into a businessman now known as “Money” Mayweather.

“They call him Money, and Money’s going to go Monday morning bright and early — actually he doesn’t get up that early — and will be knocking at the bank’s door to cash his check,” Schaefer says with a laugh.

“I need to make sure that Monday morning I’m going to have the $41.5million in the bank account because otherwise we have problems.”

In addition to Mayweather’s check, Schaefer says his company will have sunk more than $60 million into this event before the first bell rings Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, including $2.5 million on a 10-city tour to promote the fight, $8 million on advertising, $5 million upfront for Alvarez, $1.5 million guaranteed for undefeated 140-pound champion Danny Garcia, who fights on the main undercard event against slugging Argentine challenger Lucas Matthysse ($800,000). Plus all the other boxers on the card, many of whom are fighting under the Mayweather banner, including Las Vegan Ishe Smith, the IBF light middleweight champion.

The money will come back from closed-circuit sales ($100 a pop) at bars, restaurants and movie theaters; from sponsors and merchandising, as well as pay-per-view (with an average cost of about $70). The live gate was adjusted Thursday to produce a record of more than $20 million. Floor seats for the fight are going for more than $10,600 on the secondary market, according to SeatGeek.com.

“The PPV money comes in in different stages as these numbers are counted,” Schaefer says. “First is to cover all these monies, which I’m out, and then we work out what’s going to be done with the difference.”

But Mayweather, in his second fight after serving two months in jail for domestic violence, didn’t end up at No.14 on Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes for boxing skills  alone.

 

Mayweather during the Feb. 2012 press conference announcing his fight against Miguel Cotto.  Ed Mulholland, USA TODAY Sports

Schaefer says Mayweather Promotions, which is co-promoting the event, is very much involved. “They’re involved in the marketing strategy, the naming and the positioning of the fight, setup of the media rooms, setup of the fight cards etc.,” Schaefer says. “(Mayweather) really knows how to sell and create the hype and create an event. That’s when he’s at his best. Some of the nuts and bolts things he doesn’t do, so we work hand-in-hand.”

Mayweather and his team, including CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon, a reclusive music promoter turned boxing manager — spent millions for their part in marketing the fight. But they know promotion enhances the pay-per-view tally, which is where Mayweather stands to make the most money beyond his guaranteed payout.

“There’s one thing these guys know how to do,” Mayweather said. “They know how to handle business. And that’s what I’ve learned being around them, is business.”

If the pay-per-view sales approach the record for a boxing event — 2.4million buys for Mayweather’s fight against Oscar De La Hoya on HBO in 2007 — Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza says Mayweather will see a piece of that, but that Mayweather’s statement this week that he had a “70-30 chance” of making $100 million for this fight would be a “historic upside.”

Nevertheless, the 36-year-old, eight-time, world champion (44-0), who will have earned more than $150million guaranteed since defeating Shane Mosley in May 2010, revels in his reputation as a savvy businessman.

It’s become one of Mayweather’s favorite subjects. His eyes light up when he talks about the TMT (The Money Team) brand, Mayweather Promotions, his new business ventures and a burgeoning empire that includes a G5 jet.

While he might not reach the $100million mark this weekend, Mayweather has capitalized on his name and image as he continues to try to tap into the urban market.

He’s honed an image as a money-obsessed, bling-wearing, Bugati-driving celebrity. He’s also made no secret of a rather expensive gambling habit. But all of it seems to work in his favor as he attempts to sell the Money Mayweather brand. Schaefer calls it the TMT lifestyle.

“There’s a whole world out there that follows this flash and bling and lifestyle,” says the former Swiss banker who runs Golden Boy Promotions.

He thinks Mayweather has helped change boxing’s image as an older man’s sport.

“I think what Mayweather has done with his marketing skills, with his approach focusing on the urban market, is brought a younger demographic back to boxing,” Schaefer says. “They are following boxing now because of Floyd Mayweather.”

Ellerbe, Mayweather’s longtime friend and business associate, says the fighter’s business acumen has been there since early on.

“He’s always thinking outside the box. He’s always been a risk taker when it comes to being innovative,” Ellerbe says.

Mayweather never misses a chance to promote his brand.

“The biggest apparel convention in the world is here in Las Vegas,” Schaefer says. “It happened a few weeks ago. (Floyd) had a huge booth there, he set up a ring, he was working out.”

David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute, said Mayweather has a chance to transcend the urban market.

“They always say the trends start in the urban markets and work their way out,” Carter said. “If he can successfully penetrate that core, I think it gives him a real springboard to transcend the urban market.”

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