Archive for October, 2014

Gaudete By Colleen McKinstrie

Posted in Dining on October 23, 2014 by geniusscribbleink

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Genius Scribble Ink’s favorite author Colleen McKinstrie’s Gaudete is now available on Amazon for an amazing price of $0.99. Please purchase your copy today and read about her powerful and extraordinary journey of survival after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Colleen is a Long Island native and a graduate of my alma mater Riverhead High School; so let us please support one of our very own and assist her in sharing her story with the entire world. Please like her Gaudete author page on Facebook as well.

The NBA’s Top 57 Not 60

Posted in Dining on October 14, 2014 by geniusscribbleink

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On a recent episode of NBA TV’s Open Court, there was a discussion surrounding a surreal event that occurred during the NBA’s 1997 All-Star Game, in which the NBA paid tribute to what was deemed as the “Top 50 Players” in the history of the league. As a huge fan of basketball, this was undoubtedly the Holy Grail (sorry Sean Carter) of all Holy Grails, as it was a living, breathing and walking basketball encyclopedia displayed right before our very eyes. The only time as fans that we have had the fortunate honor of seeing such a mosaic of basketball greatness, was during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with the inception of the original Dream Team. To see the likes of Russell, Kareem and Wilt or Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, all gathered together during a ceremonial enshrinement, was pure, uncut nostalgia for any true basketball nerd. It will conjure up a clichéd epiphany that will cause you to state: “It can’t get much better than this, right?” Well whenever there is ceremonial honor, there is always room for an epic debate and unbridled controversy. It is the reason that asterisks were invented and blogs were created by evil geniuses who scribble ink to have their voices heard (www.geniusscribbleink.com yes I did just shout out my own blog for ratings) in order to add disclaimers and retorts to what is not believed to be a unanimous belief. I, for one, did not believe Shaquille O’Neal belonged amongst the honorees, as he was still an unproven talent who had accomplished very in the NBA at that point. Of course I was not alone in questioning whether certain individuals belonged, as we all could speculate who should have been amongst the Top 50 but were never inducted. Names like Bob McAdoo, Dennis Johnson and my personal choice, Dominique Wilkins come to mind, due to their collective accomplishments and contributions to the NBA. So being as it may, the panel of Open Court forum decided to expand the Top 50 and turn it into a Top 60, electing to include those who were left off the original ceremony, as well as, the modern-day players who they believed could be considered a part of that legendary tapestry as well. In listening to their back and forth bantering that suggested including Chris Webber which to me bordered on blasphemy, I began to think long and hard in trying to conclude who would make up my next Top 10 nominees if I had to choose from both the past and present. Low and behold, as the title of my blog surmises, I could only come up with 7 additional players, with a virtual tie for final seventh spot. My list will follow this blog, however, I wanted to pose to the reader just who they would add to that illusive Top 50 players list?  I’m interested in hearing from you.  Here are my magnificent seven.

1. Dennis Rodman

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5× NBA champion (1989–1990, 1996–1998)
2× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995)
2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990–1991)
7× All-Defensive First Team (1989–1993, 1995–1996)
All-Defensive Second Team (1994)
7× NBA rebounding champion (1992–1998

2. Kobe Bryant

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5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009–2010)
2× NBA Finals MVP (2009–2010)
NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
16× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2014)
4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003–2004, 2006–2011)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001–2002, 2012)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
2× NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)
Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer

3. Tim Duncan

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5× NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2002–2003)
14× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
10× All-NBA First Team (1998–2005, 2007, 2013)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2006, 2008–2009)
All-NBA Third Team (2010)
8× All-Defensive First Team (1999–2003, 2005, 2007–2008)
6× All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009–2010, 2013)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)
NBA Shooting Stars champion (2008)
San Antonio Spurs all-time leading scorer

4. Dominique Wilkins

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9× NBA All Star (1986–1994)
All-NBA First Team (1986)
4× All-NBA Second Team (1987–1988, 1991, 1993)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1989, 1994)
NBA All-Rookie Team (1983)
NBA scoring champion (1986)
2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1985, 1990)
2× NBA Shooting Stars champion (2013–2014)
Atlanta Hawks all-time leading scorer
No. 21 retired by Atlanta Hawks

5. Allen Iverson

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NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
11× NBA All-Star (2000–2010)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)
3× All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002–2003)
All-NBA Third Team (2006)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997)
NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (1997)
4× NBA scoring champion (1999, 2001–2002, 2005)
3× NBA steals leader (2001–2003)
No. 3 retired by Philadelphia 76ers

6. Lebron James

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2× NBA Champion (2012–2013)
2× NBA Finals MVP (2012–2013)
4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009–2010, 2012–2013)
10× NBA All-Star (2005–2014)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008)
8× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2014)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007)
5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
NBA scoring champion (2008)
Cleveland Cavaliers all-time leading scorer

7. Dennis Johnson/Dwayne Wade

Dennis Johnson

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3× NBA champion (1979, 1984, 1986)
Finals MVP (1979)
5× NBA All-Star (1979–1982, 1985)
All-NBA First Team (1981)
All-NBA Second Team (1980)
6× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1979–1983, 1987)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1984–1986)
No. 3 Retired by the Boston Celtics

Dwayne Wade

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3× NBA champion (2006, 2012–2013)
NBA Finals MVP (2006)
10× NBA All-Star (2005–2014)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (2010)
2× All-NBA First Team (2009–2010)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2005–2006, 2011)
3× All-NBA Third Team (2007, 2012–2013)
3× All-Defensive Second Team (2005, 2009–2010)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
NBA scoring champion (2009)
2× NBA Skills Challenge champion (2006–2007)
Miami Heat all-time leading scorer

Nik Stauskas: White Men Can Jump, Pass & Shoot

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by geniusscribbleink

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” You can put a cat in an oven, but that don’t make it a biscuit.”-Sidney Deane (White Men Can’t Jump 1992)

The fore mentioned quote that I extracted, was from what many would consider to be one of the most enlightening, yet extremely funny, comical movies of all times: White Men Can’t Jump. The movie starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two playground basketball hustlers who find themselves unwillingly intertwined in continuous financial mishaps and mindless blunders due to their pension for feeding both a gambling addiction, as well as, egotistical pride. Whether or not you are a fan of basketball or not, this movie is wildly entertaining even to this day. It allows you a peek inside the nuances of everyday life, but it also lends insight into the general psyche and dialogue of basketball players while on the court. Now I for one believe that if this movie was entitled “Black Men Can Only Dunk” that the venom and vitriol Hollywood would have received would have been enough to rival the burning of Chernobyl. However, I digress in saying that there are certain societal allowances that have been deemed acceptable (i.e. White Chicks), although I personally feel it creates a dicey double standard as it pertains to racial insensitivity. Needless to say, certain avenues of controversy can open up a necessary dialogue that brings forth awareness while unveiling the truth in the process. As we examine White Men Can’t Jump, it delves into what many of us think, assume or project an individual to be in accordance to their pigmentation. In an open forum on ESPN, Larry Bird stated “The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me. I still don’t understand why.” Albeit I’m no pundit of the coaching realm, I am a huge fan of the game of basketball and I can answer Larry Bird’s rhetorical question by stating one noticeable elephant in the room: “Because you are white?” But is this not typical society, where image dictates perception? I reference the human perception to that of The Wizard Of Oz, whereas the polarizing image, coupled with unknown facts, can make a frail, old man standing behind a curtain appear to be Goliath in nature. But do we need Toto to pull at the pant leg to reveal what we have all known for a long time? Blacks have always been thought to be athletically superior and while being intellectually inferior, while Caucasian athletes are believed to be the exact opposite. It was not until Adolph Hitler’s belief in Aryanism, that there would be an adverse challenge to the athletic superiority of the black male; that is until Jesse Owens’ performance in 1936 Berlin Olympics. So when Nik Stauskas of the Sacramento Kings, referenced his race as being a part of the mental scouting report that we all reference, I ask why is this news? Why is this a sudden “shockwave” in the media circuit/circus? Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle lifted the veil/curtain off of stereotypical theories, the minute Billy Hoyle caught that alley hoop pass from Sidney Deane. But even more so, guys like Larry Bird, Brent Barry, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Williams, Kevin Love, John Stockton, David Lee, JJ Reddick, Mike Miller, Chandler Parsons completely shatter the unsophisticated premise regarding Caucasian basketball players. In fact I could not name ten black players I would take over Larry Bird period, because he was that damn good. So in conclusion, Nik Stauskas words of controversy are not controversial, they are truthful. I am not sure what the media gains out of conjuring up what has been reported on basketball courts throughout the country for decades. But I find it absurd to just say pigmentation is the only thing on mental scouting reports. Weight, height, age and confidence also dictate how players perceive their opponent to perform prior to setting foot on the hardwood or asphalt. I am sure Zach Randolph (who is black) would be perceived as being overweight and not mobile, that is until you see him play in an actual game and he’s beating your team down like they stole something. So I ask, when has an image not formulated a stereotype? There is no need to even expend your brain matter on an answer because as Junior would say “We goin’ Sizzler, we goin’ Sizzler…” #write about something else