Ridin’ with the Radio

They gave me a 2012 Buick Enclave for the weekend. And they acted like they wanted me to be grateful. Um, you sold me this lemon  car and the cylinder blew up two days later. ROFL! Hahaha. FUCKERS. Who has to pay for this car for 60 months. WHO? I have a 4 year warranty ….for what that is worth. Will it last 60 months? God, I hope so.

Back to this big ass car. I have never driven anything this big in my life! I was sooo scared. But now I’m comfortable with it. I could drive it all day. It has satellite radio and you know I’m a music fiend. Tomorrow I’m going to the gym and then just sit in the car to listen to the radio. However, I am so glad I’m not living in my old house.  There is no way I could take a $40,000 car back to that neighborhood! Are they nuts??! Hello? I’m so glad I have my mom’s house to go park at. Otherwise I would have checked into a hotel. They messed up my $13,0000 car! Multiple times…

I would love to have this Buick Enclave. 🙂 But it is a gas guzzler so unless I work at home, this isn’t feasible. Plus the cost of the car is a pretty big deterrent.  At least I know I can drive a SUV type car.

Another car pic:

Despite the car drama, this has been a relatively relaxing weekend. I hope I don’t get the Sunday blues. Make today last forever. I was so excited this morning to find out that the NBA season is going to happen and on Xmas day. All of a sudden, I’m looking forward to Christmas. 😉 YAY! I woke up to the news running across the screen on ESPN and I immediately jumped out of bed screaming. So freaking awesome. At least I have something to watch this winter (other than then NFL and college ball).

Next weekend I might go see Breaking Dawn. I thought the book was horrible. I only read about 30% of it before I just gave up but now I want to know what happens…so I may go see the movie. Who knows?

ron ron for life

I’ve been a Laker fan since the (late) Magic days. For some reason this win feels awesome probably because I like these players. They play like a team. And they won!!!!!!!!! I’m not a Kobe fan. I’m a LAKER fan. I’m still on this “Can you believe it?” high.

I was so excited when Ron Artest signed with the Lakers. I remember the day he said he signed with the Lakers. The Lakers didn’t say it but RON said it. I didn’t believe it. It’s Ron Artest, right? Why is he annoucing it? Eventually it was confirmed. YAY. He reminds me of Dennis Rodman (one of my top 3 players of all time – probably #1). It’s nice to see him finally get a ring.

KOBE PASSED HIM THE BALL!

One day I would like to be like Ron and be able to thank my shrink.

I have to do assignments for class. Due today. Summer school blues. 😦

Iverson in trouble

This isn’t news to me. I knew about the alcohol and gambling. It has been going on for years. I’m confused about his daughter being sick and the love of his life (his wife) filing for divorce. Is his daughter sick? Do these things have anything to do with each other? And I’ve wondered for the past 3 years: WHERE IS HIS MOM? I am 90% sure I saw her in June/July of 2009 but her sister also looks like her and now I have my doubts on who I saw. She definitely sounded like Ann Iverson. 100%

This is pure speculation: Is his mom out of his life because she demanded he get help?? I thought she might had her own issues and AI was sick of dealing with it. Now I don’t know what to think.

It seems like he has NO ONE now. People are afraid he will drink himself to death. Remember he lived for his mom and his wife. If he doesn’t have them anymore…………..I’m just a fan. I don’t know him. But I’ve been there without the alcohol and I hope someone will reach out to help. 😦

No wonder (Gary) Moore* said, “Pray.”

This is Iverson we’re talking about. What else is there to do? Especially if he is forced to stand alone?

read Stephen A. Smith’s entire article here. He knows a lot more than he can say. He can always get in touch with Allen but now AI isn’t returning his calls.

*Gary Moore is (was?) like a father figure to Allen. He traveled with him throughout his entire NBA career. If his isn’t there anymore, I fear the worst. 😦

prayers to the Iverson family

…and all people going through a major illness

The deeper the dark, the closer the dawn. However profound the suffering that envelops you, never forget the inner spark of hope and courage. Never lose the capacity to wait with patient enduring.

-Ikeda

I’m praying for your daughter. No one should have to go through this. You are not alone.

AI w/ the 2 youngest & wife

Allen on his daughter’s illness “”This is a totally different situation,” … “You find out you’re not as tough as you thought you were when it’s one of your kids”

There are so many articles on how this affects the sixers or whether he will retire. This is someone’s LIFE we are talking about.  So a recap:

Iverson’s 4-year daughter, Messiah, is suffering from an undisclosed illness that kept Iverson away from the team for five games before the All-Star break. Iverson returned for three games following the hiatus, but informed the team after Saturday’s loss in Chicago that he was leaving to again be with his family.

Iverson has said that doctors in Atlanta, where his wife and five children live, couldn’t find answers as to what ails Messiah, only that many tests that were taken had all come back negative. Last week, Iverson said he was bringing his daughter to Philadelphia so that she could be examined by doctors at Children’s Hospital. He informed his coaches of his decision Sunday.

”I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it, because just the fact that her being so young and them not knowing what it is, obviously you’re going to think about that,” he said when he returned to the team. “It’s tough for me to come back. Having to say goodbye, telling her ‘Later,’ that was tough on me.

I don’t know anything more besides it is really serious. 😦 If you believe in praying or positive thoughts please send some Messiah’s way. She’s 4 years old…

p.s Messiah is not in that photo

AI’s retirement

I haven’t accepted it yet. I’m glad I got to see him play, even if it was a charity game. I’m pretty sure that will continue and I’ll get to see him one more time.

AI w/ the 2 youngest & wife

I hope he won’t go into hiding. Although I could understand that. He has five kids and a wife. He has enough money to never work again (confirmed by him – I know a lot of athletes go broke). I’m happy for him in that way. But selfishly I want him on a team. Damn the Knicks! They would rather tank it develop their players then fill Madison Square Garden. What about the Bobcats? Does Michael Jordan have something to do with him not playing there? Ugh, I’ve never liked him.

I don’t think his playing days are over. He is very popular overseas. His wife is open to living overseas. I think she likes Italy and he was there this past summer. (He is really close with his family. He would not go anywhere without them). Iverson could pick any them he wanted.

I don’t want to read ‘analysts’ analyzing his retirement. Most of the articles will be full of negativity. I remember the good. He is my 3rd favorite player of all time. He will be missed.

columbus day shopping

I had to work today (like most people? – I have no idea). Um, I went to CVS during lunch. lol.

Since I’d hadn’t ordered from Chadwhicks in about 2 years, they offered me a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE coupon…on anything! bogo. wohoo. If I were smart, I would have brought 2 $60.00 clearance coats and hoped one would have kept me warm. However, I’m sick of buying coats online. So I brought blazer type things instead. It’s cold where I work so I always (yes during the summer too) have to have a sweater, cardigan, long sleeves etc.

For $20 (including shipping), I got two uh jackets?

wool blazer
I got it in black multi. It’s a typical boring blazer, I guess. But it’s made of wool which should keep me warm. I was hesitant to get this because I hate dry cleaning clothes but whateves. originally $49.99. got it on sale for $12.99

fleece cape
I think I got it in that color. I meant too. heh. I’ve never worn one of those but I can tell that I will want to wear it everyday whden I have jeans on…but wouldn’t that be weird? It is a cape…not a jacket. I’m so clueless. I hope I figure it out. 🙂 Can’t wait to get it. Price was $79, marked down to $10. I got it for free.

Oh, and here is a pic from the preseason NBA game (wizards v grizzlies):

best wizard hair
best wizard hair

AI has/had a hamstring injury so he wasn’t there. It didn’t bug me. It gave me a chance to focus on the Wizards. I loved seeing Caron, Gilbert, Antwan, Nick Young, & Deshawn. Memphis has better shooters than the Wizards. That is not a good sign. Btw, the Wiz won.

Don’t blame AI detroit

@ memphis press conference
@ memphis press conference

First I have a huge announcement: I’m going to see Allen Iverson play next week!!! I can’t believe the NBA preseason is starting already. Training camp just started. I’m going to the first Washington Wizards* preseason game…and they happen to be playing the Memphis freakin’ Grizzlies. LOL. I’m going to see my 3rd favorite NBA player of all time play TWICE in one year. 🙂 I feel so lucky. I’d thought I never see him play before he retired. I felt like it was going to be a big regret. (sort of like not seeing MJ play, except I’ve never been a MJ fan and I think I’m over it – heh).

I know I can come across as an AI stan (deluded fan) but I DO point out when he is/was wrong.


Anyhow, read Scoop Jackson’s article: Allen Iverson speaks out about Pistons

if you are a head coach and you feel strongly about this, what would make you think that I want to be around these guys — especially if you are telling me that they don’t want to be around me like that? (Pauses.) Like when I got hurt, I was like, I’ll come in and get my treatment every day when they are not around and I’ll get outta there. I’d never been on a team where a coach told me the guys gave up on me. You know what I mean? And I kept this under wraps the whole time. I never said anything. Because I didn’t want to bad-mouth any of those guys.

Hello resentment! I knew there had to be issues within the team b/c no one said anything about AI. They spouted cliches, “no problems” when it was obvious to me they resented him being a Piston. Blame Joe Dumars for trading Chauncey, don’t blame AI for that. I didn’t expect Rip to say anything nice after all Allen was going after his spot. But the BS Rasheed and others spewed…uh, obvious lies. Say what you will about AI but he doesn’t lie. Instead he’ll say nothing. Or he’ll be really honest. “Practice?

…that’s why it bothered me when all of the blame [of what happened in Detroit] was thrown on me. All I thought about was the people that know basketball, how they could look at the game and could easily see what was going on.

I also believe they did the trade for $$ reasons. How stupid! And hiring Michael Curry as the coach. um, no words.

Before you start criticizing, just look at the situation. Just look at it for what it really is.

No basketball commentary here, I just wish everyone lived life this way. 😉

I’m talking about going to practice — yeah, I said practice (laughs) — and have fun and come out of practice happy, go to games happy, leave the arena, win or lose, happy

At least he can joke about the practice press conference now. I think the criticism for that practice thing hurt him for years. Remember his best friend was killed weeks before that press conference. He was just lashing/crying out. I think what he meant to say was, “can’t you see how hurt I am?” Instead he said practice 30+ times.

And yes his attitude toward practice was wrong. Practice is a part of the job. How is a team suppose to get anything done when the starter isn’t there?

I know that article isn’t going to change the minds of Piston fans. He was in DC for a month getting treatment from one of the best back specialists in the country. But no, “He quit on the team”. Whatever.

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*The Washington Wizards are by second favorite team. I’ve been a Laker fan for 19 years but I’m getting older and I had to find a team that tips off before 10:30 EST. I never get to see the Lakers play full games except on weekends. So when we started getting 80-90% of the Wizards games, I slowly became a big fan. I guess I’ve been a fan for about 6-7 years…Rip Hamilton was the reason I started watching every game.

Now I love Gilbert Arenas, Antwan Jamison (sp?), Caron Butler, & even DeShawn “abe lincoln” Stevenson. Those are my guys. When I heard trading rumors about Caron Butler, I was going to boycott the organization. I can just be a Laker fan, they win championships. Ha, anyway they made some good moves this summer. Great coach. I expect them to finish 4th or 5th in the east.

I get to see them play LIVE…finally! And Gilbert Arenas is back. 🙂

AI fans not shocked

Allen Iverson piston
Allen Iverson piston

I’ve been following Allen Iverson for about 12 years. Not as long as some (considering our home states are the same). He is a very emotional person. He hates showing it. The net is abuzzed with AI having tears in his eyes. Clearly these peeps aren’t admirers. Now that is shocking. Here is a link to the video. Will someone please upload it to you tube? I’m having problems viewing it on the DailyPress website. Hopefully someone already has. I searched last night and couldn’t find it.

I’m thinking about going to his charity event this year. It’s tomorrow! Carmello will be there among other stars. I love the Hampton Roads area. I was there in May and I already miss it. I have to find out about tickets prices, the time etc. I just know tickets are still available as of right now.

Even though I’m a fan of AI, I can also be objective. He claims he has changed again. ::sigh:: However, this time at least he admitted to having an ego in the past. (links below). I would like to see him in Miami not because he will get them to the eastern conference finals but at least they will make the playoffs. With Memphis, what are his chances to make the playoffs this upcoming season? Nil? And selfishly, if he plays for Memphis, I’ll never get to see him play on TV.

I still don’t know what he expects. Does he just want to play because he loves basketball? Or does he have to be a starter? Time will tell. I just hope he has a healthy 09/10 season.

Edited to add: He still wants to start. I get it but, I guess he isn’t interesting in just winning a championship. If he was, he would go to any team and come off the bench. Oh well. This is his life and if he doesn’t want to play unless he starts, that’s his decision.

Linkage
Iverson speaks candidly about ‘most miserable’ season of his career

Q & A with AI

Allen Iverson shows his softer side, but he’s not finished
Iverson dismissed the notion of settling for limited playing time.

“Me playing 15 to 20 minutes a game? I might as well just stay home and play with my son for 15 or 20 minutes,” he said.

The idea of accepting a reserve’s role also irked Iverson.

“You earn it,” he said of a starting position. “I’ll go to (training) camp, and may the best man win. … I’m not losing that battle.”

and

“That would be like the perfect (career) ending,” Iverson said, “me and Coach Brown winning a championship together.”

The perfect ending Tuesday was Iverson describing his motivation for bankrolling scholarships and conducting a camp that includes sessions on gang awareness and character-building.

“I went through my ups and downs,” he said. “I know how hard life is. … I felt it was time for me to come back home, and make my presence felt … time to show my face and give back.”

tough love

allen_iverson-arI love Allen Iverson in a slightly unhealthy, fanatical way. 🙂 I hope his back isn’t seriously hurt. Career ending hurt. He is going to be back somewhere next year, right? I have to admit that I checked out of the NBA for the past month. I was following March Madness. Then I heard Iverson say the word “retire”. Then a few days later he is out for the season. As a fan I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Back problems are serious. Just look at Tracy McGrady.

Of course the media isn’t going to consider that maybe his back is killing him. Coming off the bench and then sitting back down probably doesn’t help. On the other hand, like I have for years I agree withe some of the negative press. For example, read Jason Whitlock’s column No question, Iverson was never the Answer. Is it too harsh? YES…but a lot of it is true.

Winning has never really mattered to Allen Iverson.

Don’t tell AI that. Or his supporters. I think Iverson believes he is giving it his all. His intentions are good. The problem is that he always wants to be the answer. And life doesn’t quite work that way.

And then he quit, citing back problems, a reduced role and lack of interest. Officially the Pistons deactivated Iverson for the remainder of the season due to injuries. The truth is, Iverson took his ball and went home, uncomfortable with the thought of easing back into the rotation with limited participation in practice and games.

Or maybe AI was telling the truth when he said the Pistons rushed him back.

Iverson has always been a soloist.

I agree…and that is why so many people love him or love to hate him.

I just want AI to get healthy…and to never say the R word again.

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AI is not his hair?

This link describes how I and others feel. Of course we are being irrational. “What difference does it make?”

Iverson getting rid of his cornrows is just a reminder that the end is near. He is my favorite current NBA player. I don’t ever want him to retire. (okay a little irrational). I knew it was coming. I thought he would wait until the end of the season.

Carmello and Rip cutting their hair meant nothing. But AI started a culture in the NBA (that many people hated). However, many of us grew to love this misunderstood, rebel like, Virginia* native.

To conclude AI hair eulogy because it is past midnight, I just want to point out that his cornrows were more than just hair. It symbolized everything mentioned above.

*just wanted to give VA a shoutout

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I’ve been watching the NBA seriously for 13-15 years. Keep that in mind while I list my top 3 favorite players of “all time”. In order:

1. Magic Johnson
2. Dennis Rodman (underrated, not taken seriously)
3. Allen Iverson
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In memory of AI’s cornrows (1996-2009)

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AIAI and Larry Brown

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