Saturday , Mar , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

17th edition 03/15/2004

Aiight listen, I think I’m a reasonable guy. I believe people should follow their dreams and pursue whatever career choice they desire (as long as it’s legal). However there are limitations. Despite the contrary, people can’t do whatever it is they set their minds to. Don’t believe the hype! It’s not how life works. Otherwise.well, lets just say things would be a whole lot different for me right now. Anyway, the reason I’m on this kick is because the other day while watching NBA Fastbreak on ESPN, I found out that Troy Hudson of the Minnesota Timberwolves rhymes. The news shook me like an earthquake. And just for boot, they showed a clip of his exploits in a studio. I wanted to crawl into a corner and hide, and I wasn’t the one PLAYING myself.



I thought this problem was settled a while ago. Basketball players can’t rap. It doesn’t work! As a matter of fact, it should be viewed as a crime if one makes an attempt. I understand that they’re fans and products of the genre, but that doesn’t mean they can actually do it. The rap game, artistically, is at an all time low. Troy Hudson’s act of microphone cruelty only rubs salt into the wound. I think it’s up to real rappers to convey to these guys how GAWD AWFUL they really are, instead of encouraging them like Snoop Dogg did on NBA Hangtime. Saying things like Shaquille O’Neal is the best rapper out of all the professional athletes, only feeds the hideous monster.



So to the Allen Iversons, Kobe Bryants, Derek Fishers and Ron Artests of the world, PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS!! I’m still trying to get over the fact that Lil’ Jon & The Eastside Boyz make music.I can’t take anything else.


17th edition  03/15/2004Aiight listen, I think I’m a reasonable guy. I believe people should follow their dreams and pursue whatever career choice they desire (as long as it’s legal). However there are limitations. Despite the contrary, people can’t do whatever it is they set their minds to. Don’t believe the hype! It’s not how life works. Otherwise.well, lets just say things would be a whole lot different for me right now. Anyway, the reason I’m on this kick is because the other day while watching NBA Fastbreak on ESPN, I found out that Troy Hudson of the Minnesota Timberwolves rhymes. The news shook me like an earthquake. And just for boot, they showed a clip of his exploits in a studio. I wanted to crawl into a corner and hide, and I wasn’t the one PLAYING myself.



I thought this problem was settled a while ago. Basketball players can’t rap. It doesn’t work! As a matter of fact, it should be viewed as a crime if one makes an attempt. I understand that they’re fans and products of the genre, but that doesn’t mean they can actually do it. The rap game, artistically, is at an all time low. Troy Hudson’s act of microphone cruelty only rubs salt into the wound. I think it’s up to real rappers to convey to these guys how GAWD AWFUL they really are, instead of encouraging them like Snoop Dogg did on NBA Hangtime. Saying things like Shaquille O’Neal is the best rapper out of all the professional athletes, only feeds the hideous monster.



So to the Allen Iversons, Kobe Bryants, Derek Fishers and Ron Artests of the world, PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS!! I’m still trying to get over the fact that Lil’ Jon & The Eastside Boyz make music.I can’t take anything else.



LEAGUE TIDBITS



* OK King fans, your team has the league’s best record, your main man Chris Webber is back, and the playoffs are approaching. It’s now or never. I’m rolling with the latter (as you know), still the fun part will be hearing what is sure to be a doozy of an excuse as to why they don’t win the Glory.



* Iverson’s still out and Glen Robinson is out indefinitely following elbow surgery. I think it’s safe to pronounce that basketball season in Philadelphia is OVER.



* Jamal Mashburn doesn’t play, and Baron Davis is an MVP candidate. Mash comes back from his knee injury, and the Baron Davis talk diminishes. Now Mashburn is out again, and Davis is putting up monster numbers. I may be wrong, but I see a pattern developing.



* Didn’t I tell y’all about the Grizzlies? I knew they’d make the playoffs as an eighth seed, but what I didn’t figure is they’d be SO ambitious. They’re only two games outta the fourth spot in the west.



* Yao Ming is a bad man. Once he puts the ball over his head to shoot.its curtains.



* Warning: Don’t sleep on the Spurs.



* The T-Wolves are having a great season, and I believe they’ll finally get out of the first round, but to think that they can go from never making the second round to winning the championship is well.SURDICULOUS!!!



* Who knew Grant Hill wasn’t going to be able to play when he signed with the Magic a few years ago? Apparently John Gabriel should’ve.



* Sources tell me that the Coaching Grim Reaper is headed back to Philly following his trips Orlando, Atlanta, Golden State, and Denver in the off-season.



* The NBA fined the Lakers organization and Phil Jackson $50,000 a piece for Phil’s disparaging comments about referee Bob Delaney. I wish I could fine people CRAZY amounts of money for anything critical that was said of me.



* You gotta love Ricky Davis. I mean.he’s Ricky Davis! Classic.



* I can’t think of anything REALLY clever to say about Damon Stoudamire and his negative drug test, so I’ll let the entire incident pass without comment (sigh).



* Isiah’s trying, you have to give him that, but signing Vin Baker? It’s like the Knicks are the living personification of gumbo. Chef Isiah is grabbing anyone that’s available and throwing it in the mix, hoping it’ll turnout tasty. It won’t.



* Congratulations to Tracy McGrady for scoring 62 points in a game and giving the Orlando Magic faithful their first thing to cheer about ALL SEASON.



Finally, last Tuesday (March 9th) marked the seventh anniversary of the death of the Notorious B.I.G. Now that was a guy who COULD rhyme.