Rockets are the new face of NBA disfunction

Move over Los Angeles Lakers, there is a new sheriff of disfunctionality in town. I submit to you the present-day Houston Rockets. After a successful 2017-18 that saw them come within one game of a trip to the NBA Finals, expectations were so high heading into this season, as the thought around the team was that they could be the team to dethrone the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.  It was thought their defense would take a step back, namely because of the loss of wings Trevor Ariza and…

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HBCU Alum named president of Basketball Africa League

The NBA announced Tuesday that Amadou Gallo Fall was named the president of the new Basketball Africa League (BAL).  Fall, a graduate if the University of the District of Columbia and a native of Senegal, has been with the NBA since 2010. He will begin immediately in his new role as president while concurrently helping in the hiring and transitioning of a new director of NBA Africa, which was his previous role.  “I am extremely excited about the opportunity. I am grateful for the trust that NBA commissioner Adam Silver…

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A first look at the Quai 54 Air Jordan 8

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Quai 54 basketball tournament. As is the typical modus operandi for Jordan Brand, a special-edition Air Jordan is released in commemoration of the event; this year that Air Jordan will be the AJ 8.  It sports a black mesh and suede upper with a multicolored geometric pattern wrapping around the heel.  A black midsole and a clear outsole completes this Sneaker’s aesthetic.  The Quai 54 tournament is scheduled for June 22nd through 23rd, however we don’t have a concrete date for the…

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Shaw Football Volunteers at Wake Assisted Living Center

From Shaw University Sports Information Department: RALEIGH, N.C. – With the help of the Shaw University Academic Success Department, members of the Bears football program volunteered their time in performing community service hours at the Wake Assisted Living Center located Raleigh on Tuesday (Apr. 16). The student-athletes helped with preparation of lunch, cleaning and having fun playing a game of Bingo with some of the residents. “We definitely enjoyed ourselves and look forward to participating in more community service projects,” said Recruiting Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach, Toryeon Hester. “This experience…

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Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: Japanese man stole shoes for sexual gratification

Throughout the lifetime of the Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers, we have covered stories of sneaker-powered ridiculousness from one end of the globe to the other, but even at the most depraved, low-down and head scratchingly foolish, this latest story managed to sail uncharted waters. Saitama is the most populous sand capital of Saitama Prefecture , Japan. Here in this city of approximately 1.3 million, a man was arrested for the theft of 64 pairs of shoes, but not for the reasons one might think. Forty-Year-old Makoto Endo was…

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Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: CT man in jail over fabricated sneaker robbery

Enfield, Connecticut is the stage for the latest edition of Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers. In this town of approximately over 44,000 a resident found himself in jail over a fictitious sneaker dispute. In a lengthy arrest affidavit, Enfield Police officer Matt Tarducci stated that he was dispatched to the entrance of Enfield High School at about 4:12 p.m. on a report that a robbery had just taken place. Justin Lattanzio, 22, indicated that a man with a firearm robbed him for a pair of shoes. According to Lattanzio,…

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Brandon Ingram out for season

Earlier today the Los Angeles Lakers made the announcement that forward Brandon Ingram will be out for the remainder of this season following him being diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in his right arm. Though DVT may not be a commonly known medical issue, that in no way detracts from its potential severity. This injury ends what was a solid campaign numberwise for Ingram, as he averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists , but was a frustrating season as a whole for the Los Angeles Lakers, as…

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Otto Porter out against the Hawks

Chicago Bullls small forward Otto Porter will be out for the Chicago Bulls game with the Atlanta Hawks, for the ever-popular “load management”. Since being acquired by the Bulls, in the eight games he has played, he’s averaging 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.8 minutes per game, all improved numbers from his time with the Washington Wizards, where he posted numbers of 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.0 minutes per contest.

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Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: Update- MA Teen stabbed over Yeezys

In our last edition of Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers, we covered the unfortunate story of a Massachusetts teen stabbed while was attempting sell a pair of Adidas Yeezys. The suspect, 19-year-old Dequan Hagen , captured on home security camera of the victim’s residence brandishing a knife, turned himself into to Tyngsborough police the day after the alleged attack tool place. Police said Hagen will be charged with armed robbery, home invasion, assault and battler with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property…

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