Sunday , Aug , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

27th Edition – August 1st, 2004

Well now, it’s been one hell of an off-season hasn’t it? And you know what the funny part is? The event that mattered the most (the Pistons winning the championship) became an afterthought. I guess that’s the price you pay when you’re not the marquee team. Even beating the Lakers doesn’t guarantee that a squad will receive top billing. But anyway, now that the storm has settled, there’s not too much to talk about. With the men’s Olympic basketball team in the initial stages of training camp, and the WNBA’s continuous fall from mediocrity, hoops is at a standstill. I had a difficult time deciding what in the world I was going to write about in this week’s edition. And believe me when I tell you, it wasn’t easy. But as the title of this column suggests, I thought extra long and hard to come up with something worth reading for y’all.

27th Edition - August 1st, 2004

Remember the All-Star Game in 1997 when the league unveiled the 50 Greatest Players of all time to the public?


For some reason, I started thinking about that the other day. Over half of the guys on that list were players I had never seen play before. Cats like Nate Thurmond, Sam Jones, and Paul Arizin are people I never heard of at the time, and I had only seen some of the others in highlights and clips. So because of those circumstances, I can’t honestly say if their inclusion on such a prestigious list is justified or not. In essence, this leaves me voiceless when it comes to them. But in regards to the players that I am aware of, I feel it’s my duty to share my opinion on whether certain folks deserved such an honor.


After scanning the list (http://www.nba.com/history/players/50greatest.html), two names stuck out louder than my homegirl Niky B.’s outfits: Robert Parish and Scottie Pippen. What exactly did these dudes do that was SO GREAT? And I’m not counting their participation on championship teams, where neither was the go to guy, I’m talking about individual greatness. Remember there were THOUSANDS of players who played before Parish and Pippen, so what specifically made these two members of basketball royalty? What was so special about their basketball skills?


The greatest thing these guys ever did was share the same uniform with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan respectively. They were both good and above average players who played a major role in each of their team’s success, but they weren’t–I repeat–weren’t great. And if that’s the case (and it is), how could they be one of the 50 greatest players of all time? Obviously this is a case of guilty by association, and the voters had an INEXPLICABLY difficult time separating the two. However, as you have just witnessed, I don’t suffer from the same impairment.


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SOS: Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon please HURRY back; Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are RUINING “Pardon The Interruption (PTI)”!


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Thank God for “I, Max,” even though Bill Wolff’s facial expressions are E-X-T-R-E-M-E-L-Y creepy.


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Does anyone still watch Fox Sports Net’s “The Best Damn Sports Show?” And if so, why?


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You know what? I like Kevin Garnett’s new shoe (specifically the white version) and ad campaign. But I’m not feelin’ the name: “The Garnett.” That’s corny and besides Michael Jordan already cornered the market on shoes being named after a person (“Air Jordan”). They should of named it “The Big Ticket by Adidas,” sold them for $85 instead of $100, and made them available in EVERY athletic shoe store instead of just Foot Locker. If you’re going to compete in the basketball shoe market with the big boys (Nike and their subsidiary Jordan Brand), you’ve gotta be more accessible, especially when you have a product that might actually compete.


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The Washington Wizards matched the Milwaukee Bucks’ six-year $36.6 million offer sheet for Etan Thomas. Y’all wouldn’t believe how many times I shook my head as typed that. Like I said last time, THE NBA IS GIVING MONEY AWAY.


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I hope the Blazers fulfill Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s request to be traded. The guy’s about to enter his ninth NBA season and he’s NEVER been to the playoffs, much less played for a winner. He’s too nice of a player to endure such a surdiculous fate. All he wants to do is play his NATURAL position (power forward) and help a team succeed. I think he deserves that courtesy.


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It’s been a tough month for R&B singer Brandy. First her album flops, then her ex-husband/boyfriend reveals to the public that they never were married and that she conjured up their nuptials to save face for having a baby out of wedlock, and finally her current squeeze (and new fiancé) Quentin Richardson is leaving town for Phoenix to play with the Suns. I guess it’s safe to assume that she’s a little “Brokenhearted” right now.


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I LOVE the new Nike Battlegrounds 2004 tournament. Too bad the cat from L.A. got SERVED in France.


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Rob Pelinka’s (Carlos Boozer’s former agent) more famous now than when he was a member of Michigan’s famed Fab Five squad.


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Have y’all heard about what happened to actor Anthony Anderson? Some people JUST DON’T LEARN!!!


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R.I.P. Cotton Fitzsimmons.


Until next time.