Fresh off dropping his new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Outkast's Big Boi made an appearance on NBA TV's The Jump to talk shop on two of his (and my) favorite subjects, basketball and music.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: Big Boi is an accomplished hip hop artist and a true hoops fan.
Earlier today, Big Boi, who together with Andre 3000 makes up the rap duo, Outkast, stopped by The Jump studios in Atlanta and chatted with Brent Barry, Dennis Scott and company. The gang asked Big Boi about everything from his hometown Falcons and Hawks, to recording his new album, the situation the Los Angeles Lakers, and just who would be in his personal Big Three.
"So who would be your big three?" Brent Barry asked the rapper.
"First I'd have to grab me Andre 3000 of course," Big Boi said. "Really that's all I need. I don't need anybody else. Me, Dre and the referree that's it."
Big Boi, who spent the first half of his life in Savannah, Georgia before moving to Atlanta, is known for being a huge Atlanta sports fan. When asked about being a Hawks season ticket holder and going to the games, Big Boi was ever prideful saying, "I support as much as I can. Home team first. I mean it's Bird Gang the whole way."
And this year especially, there's plenty of good reason for Big Boi to be proud of Atlanta sports. At 12-2, the Falcons are currently tied with the Texans with the best record in the NFL and have already clinched their division. The Hawks, led by Josh Smith, have a 15-7 overall record so far this season and are only one game behind the reigning Champion Miami Heat for first place in the southeast division.
When questioned about what's gotten into Josh Smith lately, Big Boi dropped the following wisdom:
"I guess you know when you get to mature, you come into your own style. It's the same thing with doing music. I guess it just takes experience. To get growth you get real like that. You just gotta stay on your craft."
I don't think many would argue about whether or not Big Boi knows a thing or two about experience and honing in on one's craft. Together with Andre 3000, Outkast has gone platinum numerous times and has taken home six Grammy Awards.
One of the best parts of the interview came when Dennis Scott asked Big Boi, "What do you think is going on with the the Lakers, and Kobe and Dwight Howard, what's your take on all that?" to which the famed rapper responded, "I don't know. Everybody wanna blame the coach. I don't know man, 'cuz the coach ain't shootin' free throws, you know?"
Got to give it up to Big Boi for always keepin' it real.
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It wasn't pretty, but it's still a win.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Miami has the momentum up 2-1 and homecourt advantage. Maybe the King will finally be crowned.
The Heat started off strong building a 20-26 first quarter lead, but as we all know Oklahoma has a history of starting slow. The Thunder game roaring back winning the 2nd and 3rd quarters to set up the fourth quarter showdown we've all come to expect in these playoffs.
The Thunder didn't quite look like themselves going into the 4th. James Harden was having a horrible game with just 9 points on 2-10 shooting and Kevin Durant had sad a large portion of the 2nd and 3rd quarters with early foul trouble in the game.
On the other side of the ball, LeBron was able to get good looks largely inside the paint. When LeBron receives the ball from 17 feet and in, his shooting percentages go way up. In game three LeBron lived in the paint in the first half. This is a recipe for success as it give him more confidence in knocking down the jumper when it presents himself, but prevents his settling for long fade-away shots the Thunder are relieved to see him attempt.
In the 4th it was really anyone's game. The Heat build up a 7 point lead with about 5 minutes left and it looked like Miami would cruise to their second NBA Finals win, but 30 seconds and 2 Wade turnovers later it was a 1 point game. Sefolosha is a defensive machine and has proved capable of picking Wade's pocket multiple times late in games.
In the end Miami won it at the free throw line. It wasn't the most glamorous win in NBA history watching LeBron and Wade knock down free throws, but it was still a win. LeBron ended up with 29 points and 14 rebounds as Wade had 25 points. Durant had 25 points on limited minutes due to foul trouble and Russell Westbrook 19 points.
Game 4 is in Miami on Tuesday.
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