Post Date: 03/29/2012
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Becomes First Black Owner In Major League Baseball
The legend of Earvin “Magic” Johnson‘s business practices are reaching Oprah-like levels.
On Tuesday, a group that includes the former NBA All Star purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt to the tune of $2 billion dollars, making Johnson the first black MLB owner. The potential deal — it is subject to approval in a federal bankruptcy court at the end of April –is monumental, as Johnson continues to take over Los Angeles one purchase at a time. The beloved Laker has furthered his reach by being a part of this purchase. Since retiring in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV, the five-time NBA Champion and three-time MVP has been successful with his post-NBA career as his investments in movie theaters, a production company, and restaurants have demonstrated that, if you handle your money correctly, you can have a successful future after a basketball career.
“I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles,” Johnson said in a statement.
The deal ends three years of financial strife under Frank McCourt. But although the team has been in trouble over the past few years, getting Johnson in a small ownership role can only help bolster the popularity of the team.
It’s definitely showtime in Los Angeles.
Post Date: 03/29/2012
Michael Bay Addresses New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
There’s been quite a buzz about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot that’s scheduled for Christmas 2013. Ever since producer Michael Bay announced that the turtles would be of alien origin, fans have been concerned that the franchise would be ruined due to new themes. Comments on numerous websites have blasted Bay’s reveal of the alien concept as most are not enthralled with the idea. Bay released another statement Tuesday that tries to clarify that the turtles as you know them will be the same. However, the name will not be. Instead of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the film will be known simply as Ninja Turtles.
Post Date: 03/20/2012
Richard “Rip” Hamilton Shows Off His Sick Collection Of Air Jordans
Richard Hamilton—better known as “Rip” Hamilton to NBA fans—isn’t playing right now. Although he’s supposed to be lighting other teams up as a member of the Chicago Bulls, he’s been suffering through a shoulder injury that’s prevented him from playing much this season. But that doesn’t mean that Rip isn’t still balling in other aspects of his life. Specifically, the former Detroit Piston jumped on Twitter last weekend to show off his absolutely awesome collection of Air Jordans. If you look closely, there are just stacks and stacks and stacks of AJs in a room at his house. You could build a fort out of all the boxes he has and you’d still have an entire collection of boxes left over. There are literally dozens and dozens of them stacked up on one another.
You shouldn’t be surprised by any of this, though. Rip is actually a Team Jordan athlete and can get his hands on just about any Jordan sneaker that he wants. The Air Jordan IV “Cement”? One call away. The Air Jordan XI “Concord”? Yep, we’re sure they’re in there somewhere. Some custom joints that were never even released in stores? Yeeeeeeeah, buddy! Being a Team Jordan athlete definitely has its advantages. And free sneakers has to be the number one perk.
So, if had to guess what kind of Air Jordans Rip has hidden away in all those boxes, what would you say? And, how do you feel about the fact that Rip has all of those boxes just sitting at his house? Shouldn’t he—oh, I don’t know—hold some kind of contest and give a few of the boxes away to fans? We sure hope he does it soon. Because we’d love to see what he’s got stored away in his collection of kicks. Take a look at the other side of the room pictured above in the photo below.
Post Date: 03/07/2012
Derrick Rose’s adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Sneakers Are Going Green For St. Patrick’s Day
The NBA loves celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. So much so that they go out of their way to really celebrate it by allowing several different teams that play on St. Paddy’s Day to wear all-green uniforms. It looks a little bit silly seeing anyone expect the Boston Celtics wearing shamrock green uniforms on the basketball court. But, hey: It’s different and it gets people talking about the players’ uniforms, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing for the NBA to continue to celebrate the Irish holiday.
Of course, playing in green uniforms on St. Patrick’s Day does present one big problem for a lot of players. That problem is that many of them don’t own a pair of green sneakers. And, in reality, there aren’t many green sneakers out there to begin with. So they end up looking all mismatched and disheveled on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s only for a day so most players don’t care. But it does mess with their look for that day.
One guy who won’t have to worry about that on March 17 this year, though, is Derrick Rose. That’s because he’ll be stepping out onto the court for a Chicago Bulls game against the Philadelphia 76ers rocking the green adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 sneakers pictured here. So while a lot of his teammates will be wearing their green unis with their regular old sneakers, he’ll be stepping out in style with his green kicks. And you will be able to do it, too. adidas will be releasing these Rose 2.5 sneakers in their green colorway right around St. Patrick’s Day. Not sure on price or availability yet, but stay tuned to see when and where you’ll be able to snatch up a pair of green sneakers to match your outfit that day. It’s the only way the celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right.