Friday, September 25, 2009

Can Cavs Keep LeBron?

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov stands 6 feet 9 inches and is estimated to be worth $9.5 billion. He's also slated to become the majority owner of the New Jersey Nets pending NBA league approval. Of course with that kind of money, Prokhorov will receive approval from the league. The question now is when LeBron James becomes an unrestricted free agent next year, will he be able to turn away the lure of the money and lights of the Nets who also have rapper/mogul Jay-Z, a James' confidante as a minority owner.

While it's true that James' present team the Cleveland Cavaliers can pay him the most money, the lure of the bright lights may be too much to keep James in his home state. The odds of James leaving are probably still slim, but it may be in the best interest of the Cavs to win a championship this year. Hopefully Shaq still has enough left in the tank to assist "King James" in his quest for his first championship.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Holyfield Planning Solar Energy Farm On Property!

Former boxing champion Evander Holyfield is planning to parcel 40 acres of land on his personal property turning it into a solar energy farm according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Holyfield, who has struggled to find his footing as his boxing career comes to an end states that making money off the venture isn't his primary goal, and that he simply wants to "do something right" and help combat global warning.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Investigation Rules Pool Discriminated Against Campers!

A Pennsylvania investigation has ruled that a Montgomery County swim club discriminated against suburban Philadelphia campers in June after not allowing the campers to use the pool area after the first visit. The wording from the investigation is listed below:

"The racial animus . . . and the racially-coded comments" by club members at the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley were the reasons the club revoked Creative Steps Inc.'s contract, according to a 33-page report by the Human Relations Commission and released tonight by an attorney who represents four of the campers.

The camp members reported hearing racial slurs during the first visit to the club, which has not had any minority members in 2 years according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The club also faces penalties into the millions of dollars due to complaints that have been filed, which could potentially shut it down.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Pressures of A President!

President Barack Obama has successful avoided rumors of womanizing, but that doesn't mean that the women aren't coming after him on a constant basis. The New York Post "Page Six" reports that a new book out today titled "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage" reports on the extent that women have gone to get to our President, often slipping numbers in his pockets and openly grabbing his behind. When First Lady Michelle Obama once sensed that things may have been getting too cozy with a female staff worker, she quietly had the woman removed from her position, and has even given the President the silent treatment on occasion.

Dr. J Takes Up Residence In Atlanta!

Julius Erving better known as "Dr. J" is now 59 years old living the life of a father and grandfather in Atlanta. Erving now owns and runs a golf course in the area, and this weekend will be hosting the NBA Retired Players Association’s Legends World Sports Summit, which will feature a banquet and seminars before concluding with a golf tournament at his Celebrity Golf Club International.

"Dr. J" had taken up residence in Utah until 2005, and says that Atlanta feels right for him, his second wife and 3 young children. Surprisingly Erving states that since he was known for his creative dunks while performing his aerial acts on the basketball court, he's always completed at least one dunk a year, but has yet to make the attempt this year. The Atlanta Journal Constitution provided the Erving update.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pulling For Delonte West!

I was very sad to hear the report that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West, who suffers from a bi-polar disorder, was pulled over for speeding on his motorcycle on Friday in Maryland and was carrying what seemed like an arsenal of loaded firearms. West is facing potential jail time now, and this arrest could jeopardize his career. The Cavaliers may need to shut West down for an extended period of time. While he'll likely be facing suspension by the NBA, time away from the game is probably what he needs as he battles his personal demons.

This is not a case like Paxico Burress where he simply made a bad decision. West is dealing with a severe mental disorder while trying to navigate the life of a millionaire athlete. Cavs please do the right thing, and shut Delonte down for awhile. Team wins are not as important as Delonte West's mental well being.

Sorry Mr. Paterson, It's Not Personal Just Politics!

Reports circulated this weekend that President Barack Obama's people have informed New York's first black governor David Paterson that it would be in his best interest not to run for reelection next year. While Paterson clearly has no chance to win the election next year, it's interesting that the country's first black President would inject his opinion into a state election. Obama correctly knows that Rudy Giuliani is a viable Republican candidate for governor, and pushing Paterson aside now, opens the door for Democratic front runner Andrew Cuomo to seize control and begin fundraising.

I hope Paterson wasn't counting on President Obama's support since he initially backed Hillary Clinton and didn't support Caroline Kennedy for Senator. At the end of the day, it's never personal in politics, so Paterson needs to do the right thing and step aside, although yesterday he stated that as of right now he's running. I'm sure he'll have a change of heart very soon.