Monday, June 13, 2011


It was a great series, even though my money was on the Miami Heat i have to applaud the Dallas Mavericks for the beat down they handed out to the most talented team in the league, to bad that talent needs heart to fuel and power it. The Heat ran out of gas! Big shout to those that won their bets with me. Not that i am a die hard Heat fan or anything, i bleed blue and orange for my Knicks. But i thought the level of talent would be able to withstand and destroy the sheer grit and will of the Mavericks. Alas the Big German Engineering" had something to say about that. And the Jason "The prophetic" Terry with his tattoo of the NBA Championship award; did not get the memo that he was supposed to lay down and let "The Hollywood Hitters" come back and tie the series.

These use to be my favorite Kicks..

Jason Kidd signature sneaker!!!

Big up to all things Dallas basketball congratulations

The Renaissance...... AKA THE RENS...

On the subject of  basketball i saw a great documentary by Kahreem Abdul Jabbar  recently called "On the Shoulders of Giants", about the Harlem basketball team the "Renaissance"

The Rens were the creation of Bob Douglas, known as the "Father of Black Basketball" at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Douglas started earning that reputation at age 25, when he organized two amateur basketball teams in Harlem called the Spartan Braves and Spartan Hornets. The Braves and Hornets competed against other New York City-area teams, both black and white, from 1919 to 1923. Douglas eventually became disenchanted with amateur basketball when he wasn't allowed to keep players who had received money from playing other sports. It marked the beginning of the end for Douglas' association with amateur basketball and the beginning of a new era -- the birth of the Rens. 

In 1923, Douglas cut a deal with the owners of Harlem's Renaissance Casino, which opened in 1922. Douglas organized a group of black basketball players and agreed to call the team the Renaissance, providing the casino with publicity. In return, the casino allowed the team to practice and play home games at the epicenter of the "renaissance" of black artistic expression in Harlem, located at 137th Street and Seventh Avenue, during the '20s. The Rens were another form of that expression in "New York's Prettiest Dance Hall" -- as advertised in the New York Amsterdam News -- between dances and big bands, that is. 

You can and should watch this documentary i caught it on NETFLIX....

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