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Shaq to Grace Cover of NBA 2K6
Thursday , Aug , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq to Grace Cover of NBA 2K6

2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today that powerhouse Miami Heat center, Shaquille O'Neal will be the cover athlete and official spokesperson for NBA 2K6. The latest installment in the #1 rated* NBA 2K series, NBA 2K6 promises fans the most complete and entertaining basketball experience with new offensive and defensive post play elements, developed with direct input from O'Neal. Read More
NBA Players’ Cars
Monday , Aug , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Players’ Cars

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Shaq On the Move?
Tuesday , Jul , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq On the Move?

It has been reported recently that Heat centre Shaquille O'Neal is looking to move from his Star Island, Miami residence due to the volume of boaters that pass by in order to peer into his property.  Now seeking greater privacy, sources say that he is considering Fort Lauderdale as a potential home for his wife and five children.
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Dwyane Wade will cover NBA LIVE 06
Thursday , Jun , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Dwyane Wade will cover NBA LIVE 06

'This is quite an honor to be named cover athlete of NBA LIVE in just my second year as a professional," Wade said. "When you look back at some of the great players who have had this opportunity, it's exciting to be a part of the EA SPORTS family and contribute to a game I've been playing for more than 10 years.'

Electronic Arts announced today that NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade will serve as cover athlete and spokesman for NBA LIVE 06, scheduled for release this fall under the EA SPORTS™ brand. Wade is in his second season with the Miami HEAT, where he set single-season franchise records for points per game (24.1) and total points scored (1,854) in helping to lead the HEAT to the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.



NBA LIVE 06 builds upon the depth and authenticity that the NBA LIVE franchise has delivered for more than a decade and that made last year the best-selling version in the history of the series. With advancements in gameplay and enhanced player graphics, the sport of basketball is elevated to a whole new level in NBA LIVE 06 with the superstars of the game looking and playing more like their real-life counterparts than ever before. Players can feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience with an up-tempo, fast-break, and physical brand of basketball that yields improved play in the transition game and real-life collisions in the paint.

Wade has emerged quickly as one of the most explosive players in the NBA in just his second season, a year that saw him become just the 10th player since 1979 to finish in the NBA's top 10 in both scoring (24.1) and assists (6.8) per game. A unanimous NBA All-Rookie First-Team selection a year ago, Wade was a member of the U.S. National Senior Men's Basketball Team last summer before returning to have an All-Star season for the HEAT this year. Wade, who was selected to the NBA All-Star Game in February, became one of just seven NBA players in history to average at least 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor in a playoff series as he helped lead the HEAT to a recent four-game sweep of the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the 2005 NBA Playoffs. Wade was recently selected as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in an issue that hit newsstands at the end of April.

Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, the studio which is also home to the popular NBA STREET and NCAA® March Madness® franchises, NBA LIVE 06 will be available on the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, and PC. The game also will be available for the first time on the PSP™ handheld entertainment system.

EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, MVP Baseball™, NCAA® Football, NASCAR Thunder™, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®. The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com.

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Dwyane Wade becomes Sean John’s ambassador
Saturday , Apr , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Dwyane Wade becomes Sean John’s ambassador

Shortly after being featured in People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People", Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade became Sean John's clothing line's new ambassador.

Wade will be representing the brand starting with the next fall advertising campaign.

"Dwayne Wade is the Sean John man," said Sean John owner, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. "At such a young age, he has become one of the best players in the NBA. We're going to make Dwayne Wade the first NBA male supermodel!"

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Jay Z Releases Support Song for The NJ Nets
Thursday , Apr , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Jay Z Releases Support Song for The NJ Nets

Rapper and part owner of New Jersey Nets Jay Z released today a song with rapper Young Gunz.

The objective of the 2 minute track called "The Takeover" is to support the New Jersey Nets performance in the 2005 Playoffs.

The Nets have the difficult mission of facing the Eastern Conference's first seed, the Miami Heats.

The song is available for download at NJnets.com.

 

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Damon Jones / TNT Drama
Thursday , Apr , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Damon Jones / TNT Drama

Everything started with Miami Heat Damon Jones wearing sunglasses indoors at the post game press conference of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Jones later declared in the interview "I feel like a movie star". "The basket looked really, really big," Jones said. "Like South Beach. It's a big beach over there, really big. Beautiful, too."

Jones was aksed the next day by the NBA not to wear glasses anymore at post game press conferences. The NBA later explained that this has nothing to do with Jones but that a "memo" was sent to teams before the season regarding postgame-interview attire. "It includes no wearing of headgear, and sunglasses and hats are included in that," a league spokesperson said.

The New York Post reported that "Stan [Van Gundy] and Pat Riley didn't ask me [to take them off]," Jones said before the Heat flew to New Jersey for tonight's Game 3. "The NBA did. I don't know why. I don't get into that but know Charles Barkley gave me some bleep about it. The only reason he did that is because he doesn't look as good as I do. He can't find sunglasses to fit his big, fat, bald head. He's on the stage to where he gets on a lot of people about a lot of things. I'm just shooting back." -

Trouble expanded started later for Damon Jones when TNT's Barkley and Smith were having fun comparing him to Alfred the Butler on the Batman show, with Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade playing the more glamorous roles of Batman and Robin.

Jones seemed to enjoy one day of the Alfred jokes but, after watching TNT dress him up with a tuxedo and a toilet brush, he felt offended.

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Heat Dwyane Wade one of ’50 Most Beatiful People’
Thursday , Apr , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Heat Dwyane Wade one of ’50 Most Beatiful People’

Miami Heat All Star Dwyane Wade will be featured in People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People when the magazine hits newsstands on Friday.

Wade, the only NBA player featured in this issue will be joining other athletesm such as soccer star David Beckham, tennis phenom Maria Sharapova and former NFL player Tim Green. Alonzo Mourning, another Heat player was already featured in the issue in the mid-1990s.

Dwayne Wade insured to the Miami Herald that ''All of them will get a copy, no question,'' Wade said. ''I might hand-deliver it to their rooms.''

Wade's teammate Damon Jones, known for his lack of humility - he refers to himself as ''every woman's dream,'' - will certainly have a hard time accepting Dwyane Wade's achievement as one of People Magazine "50 Most Beautiful People".

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Trials set for five Indiana players
Friday , Apr , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Trials set for five Indiana players

Rochester Hills, MI (Sports Network) - The five members of the Indiana Pacers charged in connection with a November brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills will have their trials heard beginning August 1.

Ron Artest, Anthony Johnson, David Harrison, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson are charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and were granted separate jury trials.

Artest will start the proceedings on August 1, and will be followed by Johnson, Harrison, O'Neal and Jackson. Judge Lisa Asadoorian announced the schedules Friday during pre-trial hearings with the players and their attorneys at U.S. District Court in Oakland County.

Four Detroit Pistons fans charged in the melee also appeared in court Friday. Bill Paulson and John Ackerman will go to trial on July 11. John Green, who helped spark the brawl by tossing a beverage at Artest, will have his case heard on July 15 along with David Wallace, brother of Pistons center Ben Wallace.

A fan charged with throwing a chair pleaded no contest last month and is expected to be sentenced in May.

The infamous brawl involving spectators and players broke out near the end of the November 19 game between the Pacers and Pistons after an on-court dispute over a foul.

The contest was stopped with 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter and Indiana was credited with a 97-82 victory. With the Pacers ahead by 15 points, things unraveled when Ben Wallace was fouled by Artest and the Pistons' center took exception to what he deemed a hard foul and gave Artest a two- handed push to the face.

After that, the pushing and shoving continued by the scorers' table as players came off both benches. The Detroit fans then lost control and began throwing cups filled with liquid and ice at Artest, who was surprisingly staying out of harm's way on top of the scorers' table. Artest was hit in the head by a flying cup and immediately raced into the stands and started punching whom he thought was the culprit.

Jackson followed into the crowd, along with several other players, and started swinging away at the unruly fans.

Two days after the disgraceful incident, NBA commissioner David Stern issued harsh penalties, including the suspension of Artest for the remainder of the season. In addition, the NBA issued a revised set of arena guidelines to all teams. The guidelines consisted of policies dealing with security, alcohol sales and fan behavior.

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Kobe Bryant and victim agree to settle civil suit
Monday , Mar , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant and victim agree to settle civil suit

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and the woman who accused him of sexual assault have reportedly agreed in principle to settle the civil lawsuit she filed in a Denver Fe

ABC News is reporting that Kobe Bryant and his victim agreed to a settlement for emotional and other injuries the woman suffered in regard to the alleged sexual assault. Sources say both parties are working out details of the settlement and that it could be signed by the end of the week.

Bryant had been scheduled to give a deposition this past Friday, but it was cancelled, raising speculation that the civil lawsuit against him might be nearing a settlement.

The 26-year-old Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year- old woman at a Colorado resort in June of 2003. Bryant, who was in Colorado for surgery on his right knee at the time of the alleged incident, claimed the two had consensual sex.

Eagle County prosecutors eventually dismissed the sexual assault charges last September, just before the trial was set to begin.

Prosecutors decided to drop the criminal case after the alleged victim was not willing to testify when the trial began. She then filed a civil suit on August 10. In a civil suit, the alleged victim doesn't have to testify.

The All-Star guard issued an apology after the criminal charges were dropped. He maintained that the encounter was consensual, but recognized that the woman did not view the incident the same way.

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Kobe Bryant settlement with Katelyn Faber ? how much ?
Tuesday , Mar , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant settlement with Katelyn Faber ? how much ?

ABC News Radio reported this Tuesday march 1st:

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant and his  accuser have reached an agreement in principle. This settlement could take place this first week of march.

"What you buy is an end to litigation, an end to courtrooms, an end to meetings with lawyers, and what you give back is money, and what Kobe Bryant has a lot of is money."

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch hopes the trial will begin this summer 2005.

kobe Bryant Rape allegations - Archived news

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Jay-Z Is A Part-Owner Of New Jersey Nets
Wednesday , Dec , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Jay-Z Is A Part-Owner Of New Jersey Nets

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the New Jersey Nets to an ownership group that includes the rapper Jay-Z. The group of investors, led by developer Bruce Ratner, had its $300 million offer accepted by the New Jersey Nets.

MTV News reported that "Ratner recruited Jay-Z and a number of prominent Brooklynites with the idea of moving the franchise from the swamps of New Jersey to downtown Brooklyn. He plans to build a 19,000-seat arena in time for the 2006-2007 NBA season as part of a $2.5 billion development project, although the plan faces community opposition." Read More
Ron Artest produces first album
Friday , Nov , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest produces first album

Ron Artest will have plenty of time to promote his new artists' album after being suspended by the NBA for the entire season due to his onvolvment in Pistons-Pacers brawl.

Shortly after creating his own label, Truwarier Records, Artest produced and released Allure's new album "Chapter III".

He then asked Pacers coach Carlisle for some time off to "spend with family" but everyone suspected that he needed it to promote rap and music activities.

Artest is also supposely working on his own rap album.

 

 

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Chauncey Billeps gets a new Bentley
Thursday , May , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Chauncey Billeps gets a new Bentley

Question: Why did you pick a Bentley, instead of a Rolls-Royce or something else?

Answer: I always wanted a Bentley.

Q: Always?

A: Since I made it, that is.

Q: Did you have any special modifications, anything added?

A: No. I just wanted to get it. I didn't want to wait anymore.

Q: How long have you been waiting for this car?

A: About a year and a half.

Q: Did you pick the color? Silver with black interior?

A: Yeah. All my cars are silver, because it looks good with chrome wheels. It's a perfect match.

Q: What about during the winter?

A: I've got a Range Rover for that. This'll just be for the summertime and some nice days.

Q: What was your first car?

A: An Olds 98. I don't even remember what year it was. It was about as long as this building. I'd only drive about three days a week, because it cost so much to fill up.

Q: What do you like about the Continental GT?

A: It's classy, but it's sporty. And it's real comfortable, plenty of room.

Q: What do you want your license plate to say?

A: BIG SHOT. They call me Mr. Big Shot, but I don't know if I can get that many letters.

 

Source: Jamie Butters, Detroit Free Press

Photo: PATRICIA BECK/DFP

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