All posts by Phillip J. Fly

NEW MIXTAPE: Ludacris – 1.21 Gigawatts: Back To The First Time

Click the image to listen and download the new highly anticipated mixtape release from Ludacris. Featuring all new original music and features from Wiz Khalifa, Big KRIT, Waka Flocka & production from Drumma Boy, Big KRIT & more.

Kobe Tells His Kwame Brown Story

Kobe Bryant made a visit to the University of California-Santa Barbara where he answered questions for students in a psychology classroom. At one point, Bryant was asked about his only MVP award in 2008 and he used it as an opportunity to share a story about former teammate Kwame Brown. Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 by the Wizards’, was traded to the Lakers for Caron Butler in 2005 and played 2 ½ seasons in Los Angeles, where he was often booed at home games. His career fell well short of expectations. Bryant offered a glimpse into how a lack of confidence contributed to his early struggles in his career in a very funny story of Brown’s final game as a Laker. Here’s the video of the conversation.

The NBA Lockout Heats Up

The NBA lockout talks continued yesterday, in what could be the beginning to the end of the NBA lockout. But it’s what took place during the meeting that has everyone talking. Source says that at one point, NBA commissioner David stern was emphatically directing a comment – and pointing his finger – at Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade. Wade would interrupt Stern, reportedly saying “Don’t point your finger at me. I’m a grown man. I have children.” The meeting broke at that point with players like Lebron, Wade and Melo threatening to leave the talks early. Stern reportedly sought out Billy Hunter, Players Association executive director, to say he wanted to apologize to Wade. A short time later, the session resumed. Stern, in attempt to do damage control, backed off his reference to canceling the season if no strides are made by tomorrow. Both sides will resume battling today at 10 a.m.

 

Youth League Institutes TD Limit On 11-Year-Old

Usually we would celebrate great young athletes and their potential. But in Arkansas, one youth football league is instituting a dramatic rule to hold back its brightest star, all in an attempt to level the playing field for other competitors. 11-year-old Demias Jimerson has become so dominant at running back that the Wilson Intermediate Football League has reinstated a rule called the “Madre Hill rule.” The rule, named after former University of Arkansas star and Oakland Raider Madre Hill, bars him from scoring a touchdown if he has already scored three times and his team has the lead of 14 or more points.

Fan Throws Banana At Black Hockey Player

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was a target last week when a fan tossed a banana at him during an exhibition game in London, Ontario. One of roughly two dozen black NHL players, Simmonds showed great composure as the peel hit the ice in the midst of a penalty shot, he would go on to score. “When you’re a black man playing in a predominantly white man’s sport, you’ve got to come to expect things like that,” Simmonds told reporters afterward. Heres the video of the incident, If you look closely you can see the banana just miss Simmonds.

Kobe Bryant Verbally Agrees To Play In Italy During Lockout

The Italian club Virtus Bologna has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Lakers star Kobe Bryant to play in Italy During the NBA lockout. “There’s still some things to arrange but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done,” is what Virtus president Claudio Sabatini told a local radio station during an interview. A source close to the negotiations said that the sides have settled on a $3 million contract for the opening 40 days says of the Italian league season. The contract would allow Bryant to return to the Lakers immediately if the lockout ends, and should last about 10 games. This deal is not set in stone because it has been yet to be signed. Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, and still speaks Italian fairly well. As a Lakers fan I have no problem with Bryant’s decision. But with Bryant being the face of the NBA, this can only strike fear into the hearts of “This lockout is just a publicity stunt” believers. This is starting to get serious and is just another sign that the NBA will most definitely miss games this season.

Here’s a list of some players who have already sign deals to play abroad during this lockout: Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Nicolas Batum (France), DeJuan Blair (Russia), Wilson Chandler (China), Earl Clark (China), Austin Daye (Russia), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Italy), Jordan Farmar (Israel), Rudy Fernandez (Spain), Danilo Galinari (Italy), Nenad Krstic (Russia), Acie Law (Serbia), Ty Lawson (Lithuania), Kenyon Martin (China), Patty Mills (Australia), E’Twaun Moore (Italy), Mehmet Okur (Turkey), Josh Powell (China), Brian Scalabrine (Italy), Kyle Singler (Spain), J.R.Smith (China), Sash Vujacic (Turkey), Von Wafer (Italy), Deron Williams (Turkey)

Wale Makes A Visit To “Both Sides Of The Ball”

While Wale was on the ESPN campus last week filming the video to “Barry Sanders,” he made a visit to Mike Hill and Jay Harris for their Both Sides Of The Ball show. Where they discussed, Floyd Mayweather’s controversial bout with Victor Ortiz, Jim Brown, Venus Williams, and more.

NEW SONG: 9th Wonder ft. Warren G, Murs & Kendrick Lamar – Enjoy

9th Wonders album ‘The Wonder Years’ is set the release on Tuesday. Heres the latest leak were 9th connects with some of the West best in Warren G, Murs and Kendrick Lamar called Enjoy.

 

J Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story Freestyle

J Coles debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, is set to release next Tuesday, having already heard the album it’s definitely worth the buy. He recently paid a visit to the Cosmic Kev Come Up show and did a freestyle, check it out.