It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers have built their franchise on risk taking and money spending. From the showtime era to the current…well… not so showtime era, the Lakers have always been happy to spend the extra money, and take the extra risk to ensure that silverware returned to the city. This ethos has paid off for the Lakers time and time again, but now, they face a whole new risk and as of 3PM (US EST) today, they officially handed over the reigns to a man who now has the club, and the people of LA eating out of the palm of his hand and bowing to his every need. The Lakers are now at the beckon call of Dwight Howard and if this team is to succeed in the near future, it is imperative that they do all they can to keep him. I have argued, as have many, that the Lakers, in order to remain top dog should trade Howard as the risk of losing him to free agency for nothing is too great a risk to take. If he leaves, the Lakers are left with nothing but a memory of the year that could have been, but wasn’t. They however, do not feel the same way. The trade deadline has come and gone and as Mitch Kupchak stated would be the case, Dwight Howard is still very much a Laker and he will be until July 1st 2013. Beyond that only he knows but now, he can dictate his way around the Lakers organization just as he did Orlando. He can direct to his taste the offense, the defense, the coach, the players. Everything.
You have capital – so why not spend it? Thats exactly what Cleveland have done.
The NBA and the Hip-Hop world have had close ties for years, and the merging influence has been obvious for sometime.
Iverson’s rapstar-like cornrows, to players wearing ‘urban’ brands and ‘baggy’ attire, all the way to the BEATS phenomenon. Rappers wearing NBA jerseys, quoting players in lyrics and being seen at games. The two go hand in hand.
But what about NBA players spittin’ venom on the mic?
Well that’s just it…… quite a few have, and not many quite live up to the hype.
Here are some of the NBA players that have ‘graced’ the mic: Continue reading