The NBA season couldn’t return quick enough, and with official tip off already underway, it’s time for ChiSide’s annual NBA season outlook. This year I’ll be posting my thoughts on the unexpected. Last season brought us the unforgettable “Linsanity”, the emergence of the Denver Nuggets and the various trades that put the league on its head the league. With a full 82-game season slated, expect more of the same; expect the unexpected.
1. Kyrie Irving vaults himself into a top 15 player in the league
The 2011 number one overall selection had a rookie seasonbetter than superstar point guards Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook had. The next step for him is to become the players both are. While Irving does not have another Kevin Durant-type on his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid foundation that could make huge strides if Irving steps his game up significantly, which transitions into my next surprise…
2. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be a lot better than you think
Head coach Byron Scott has ironed out the kinks in his first two seasons managing the club. After a 19-win first year, Scott got the Cavs to 21 wins in 66 games (equivalent to 26 wins in 82 games), a seven game improvement. If all goes according to plan (barring key injuries), Cleveland can crack 40 wins. If Irving becomes transcendent, power forward Anderson Varejao stays healthy and second-year center Tristan Thompson makes a jump, the Cavs can win a lot of close contests in a weakened Eastern Conference that has lost superstars Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard.
The X-factor for Cleveland will be none other than Varejao. The crafty Brazilian, in my opinion, is as good as Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. Varejao is one of the league’s best floppers (yes, this is a good thing) and draws offensive fouls at an astounding rate. He averaged 11 points and 11.5 rebounds in 31 minutes of play through 25 games last year. Noah averaged 10 and 10 last year in 30 minutes throughout a whole season. There’s no doubt that Varejao’s presence is vital to this team’s success.
3. The Los Angeles Lakers will not lead the league in wins
The Western Conference is tough and the Lakers have the oldest starting five in the league with an average age of 32. In addition to a full 82-game schedule, head coach Mike Brown will be preserving the legs of his older starters for a late playoff run. It would not be far-fetched if the Denver Nuggets were able to finish the regular season off with two-to-five more wins than the Lakers. Continue reading →
Remember that rumored Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole joint album called Out The Sky? Yeah, that might still be happening with the release of “The Jig is Up”, which features Kendrick spitting over a Cole-produced banger. Keep your fingers crossed for the potential album. *Eargasm*
What will arguably be the most sought after shoe of 2012 finally has a US release date. Nike announced today that the Air Yeezy 2 will be dropping at select locations on June 9. Two colorways of the shoe will be available for purchase, Pure Platinum (as seen above) and the Solar Red. The shoe is reportedly slimmer and sleeker than its predecessor, the Air Yeezy 1, and features a similar strap and glow-in-the-dark sole. View more detailed pictures after the jump.
Nike Air Yeezy 2
Black/Solar Red & Pure Platinum
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I’m not gonna lie, I’m not feeling this song as much as others out there. Kanye’s “Theraflu” (to me) screams mediocrity by Ye’s standards. The beat is basic as can be, and Ye doesn’t really spit any sort of genius other than what everyone is talking about: his shout out to Wiz Khalifa and his love for Kim Kardashian. Also, how much cash did DJ Khaled have to pay to have his appalling voice on this joint? I would gladly pay a dollar to download a Khaled-less version of this song.
Recently I was thinking about how NBA players and the rap game go hand-in-hand. Lots of players are friends with rappers and some players even try their darn hardestto earn respectin the rap game. This got me wondering which NBA players are comparable to current rappers in today’s modern era. Here are my thoughts on who is who:
Jay-Z is Kobe Bryant
This has to be the easiest analogy one could make about the rap game/NBA. Both are living legends who are still active in their respective industries. Jay-Z and Kobe are both “winners”, as Jay has 11 “rings” (platinum albums) while Kobe has five NBA Championship rings. Oh, both are married to bangin’ chicks as well.
Kanye West is Lebron James
This one might come under fire by hip-hop and Ye fans, but the similarities are striking. It’s no lie when you say that both are disliked people by the general public. Kanye hadhis moment(s), Lebron has had his. However, both have proven their worth in their industries and are extremely important to both of their games. Both men have single-handedly altered each of their games in someway both for the positive and negative. It’s also important to think of both as “all-around players”. Lebron can do just about everything on both ends of the court, while Kanye can produce, rap, write, and (try to) sing. Continue reading →
Never thought I’d see the day where I would make a post about a Justin Bieber song… But the kid has talent. Toronto is killing the game right now. Maybe Bieber and Drake will step up and try and take the Throne from Jay and Ye soon… Kidding!
“The Throne” – the new title of hip-hop’s supergroup consisting of Jay-Z and Kanye West, have announced a Watch The Throne U.S. tour as well as an official album release date. The album will officially be released on August 8th on iTunes and August 12th in retail stores.
Tickets for the tour will be pre-sold here on July 28th at 10:00 am. The duo will appear at the United Center on both October 6th and 7th. Here is the list of all the tour dates and destinations:
09/22 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
09/24 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
09/25 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
09/27 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
09/28 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
09/29 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
10/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/07 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
10/10 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
10/13 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
10/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
10/16 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
10/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Power Balance Pavilion
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
10/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/25 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10/26 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
10/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/30 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
11/01 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
11/03 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Well I’ll be damned. Ye and Jay decided to leak a song off of the highly anticipated collaboration Watch the Throne, titled “Otis” and featuring none other than Otis Redding, the “King of Soul” himself in a very Kanye-esque sample of a beat. Watch the Throne will blow up the internet on August 1st, 2011.
“I don’t wanna care right know,” I really don’t, but Lupe Fiasco’s “Record Release Party” at the House of Blues in Chicago last night was absolutely awful. To show you just how bad it was, I’ll give you the run down.
All times are approximations
7:57 PM– Arrive at the House of Blues to find a line still outside waiting to get in, even though doors opened at 7:30. Good sign, the show is sold out. Lupe gets more hyped with a bigger crowd, and at capacity, the House of Blues is a pretty big crowd. I start drooling. Wasalu hasn’t had a show in Chicago for about a year, and I haven’t seen him for almost three. I take off my jacket to reveal my ’06 black St. Alfred “Listen to Lupe” shirt; which I chose to wear after anticipating large pit stains (which is normal for me) and hoping Lupe would spot me in the crowd and thank me for being such a dedicated fan.
8:30 PM– DJ Broadway Streetz and his hype man are doing an awesome job. Throwing on tracks such as Common’s “The Food” and Jay Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the crowd is mouthing the lyrics, bobbing their heads up and down to the beat, and waving their hands in the air like they just don’t care. This show is going to be legendary. I feel it.