Culture Change in Basketball? Series 2

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The Hip Hop Culture in the NBA, is it bad? Like i mentioned earlier in the first post the NBA has always been a clean-cut, blue-collar sport over time. As i have come to notice over time is that the culture of the NBA has been changing, but what exactly is changing? Lets think about this, in the age of the 80’s to early 90’s the hip hop culture had been growing and revolutionizing. People during these ages were drawing their attention towards the rap culture during these times because Hip hop was growing in to a every day phenomenon. As society was starting to embrace the hip hop culture, some sports specifically started to embrace it as well! Which sport then?

Baseball remained the same during the 80’s and 90’s with no dramatic changes, other than player skill levels. Football was trying to maintain its respected order and fan support. While these sports were doing their own thing Basketball was starting to change and become different? Basketball players had changed the way they had dressed in games by wearing baggier shorts rather than short shorts. What culture promoted baggier clothes? It was the hip hop culture, the fashion of baggy transferred to the NBA.ImagesviaGetty1_display_imagerapper

Is this necessarily bad though for basketball? Having players wear baggier shorts than original short shorts? It is actually not as bad as people say, Michael Jordan actually preferred baggier shorts than the short shorts because he felt more comfortable wearing them like that. Even though it seems completely wrong to some having longer baggier shorts is not as bad as it seems. Players in todays NBA culture all wear baggy shorts because they are loose and comfortable for them to play in. The influence of the hip hop culture helped bring this movement  in to the NBA.

Has the Hip Hop culture rubbed off too much on players in the years of the NBA? Well this is where things could get controversial because NBA stars actually tried to start rapping careers as a side for there basketball career. Honestly I think NBA players to this to far by trying to rap. I understand that Hip Hop is getting better but it didn’t mean NBA players should start rapping as well! The Hip Hop culture definitely rubbed off on players too much to the point where they think that can become rap artist. This is where the NBA pushed it by players thinking they can become rap stars as well. Some examples are Shaquille Oneal, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson. these three players were icons in the game of basketball and now they think they can become rap icons. Overall, this did not end up panning out for them which is a good thing. Just stick to basketball m,y friend because that is your profession; not rapping, so stay to the program.

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If we had to choose a winner and loser for the rap culture being in the NBA the score would be 1-1. The baggy shorts of the hip hop culture actually helped the NBA culture. But the rapping in the NBA now that is to far, this is defiantly a loss. Now, what about the celebrities and customs of the hip hop culture is it unneccessary for the NBA?

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In todays NBA hip hop celebrities such as Jay-Z, Lil-Wayne, Drake and many more attend NBA games on a consistent basis. Jay_z even owns an NBA team by the name of the Brooklyn Nets. Jay-Z recently became a sports agent as well and signed one of the NBA iconic players in Kevin Durant! Celebrities are incorporating themselves in all kinds of ways. They talk to players court side, also they ask players to be features in rap songs and music videos. The hip hop culture had blended with the NBA tremendously and the NBA is soaking it all in like a sponge. The hip hop culture of dance is being incorporated during half time shows, hip hop music is being blasted throughout the arena. Espn and other NBA sponsors are using hip hop related music during commercial breaks and advertisement. Is this to far or just what the NBA needs? The NBA is actually gaining more attention from the hip hop world but also fan support. Fans are actually enjoying the fact that the rap culture has imbedded itself i n to the NBA now. The hip hop culture and  NBA are giving majority of the NBA fans more entertainment rather than disappointment. The NBA has enhanced its entertainment level as hip hop has grown over time. Hip hop celebrities are performing during all-star games, and halftime breaks. Do the fans enjoy this though? According to ESPN it doesn’t matter both the NBA and Hip Hop are businesses. As a fan I enjoy that the NBA has the hip hop culture personally I think it makes the NBA more entertaining. People choose to hate the hip hop culture and the fact it has grown in to the NBA people have gotten a little more aggravated. Business is business and i think the NBA and Hip Hop are good business partners they go hand in hand with each other.

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Ultimately I don’t think the hip hop culture corrupts the NBA, truthfully i think it betters the NBA it gives the NBA a “SWAGGER”. The NBA has become more appealing to fans that don’t even watch basketball. More fans are coming to watch players because of the hype of the hip hop culture and the overall feel of watching a basketball game. The swagger of hip hop has bettered the NBA rather than corrupt it. To me Hip Hop’s culture in the NBA gives more pro’s that outweigh the cons people try to create. I mean players seem to enjoy the game much more and see other opportunities to get noticed and shine out to the celebrity world. These are businesses that overtime have grown to become best friends. They work good together and right now in this day and age they seem inseparable.

Here are is some of the hip hop dance culture in the NBA called the “Dougie” performed by NBA player John Wall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBD0093jEvI

Here is poll, so go ahead and feel free to express your thoughts!

The..Legacy..Starts..Now

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The most recent news in the NBA is about the NBA draft. The day when college stars begin their journey to NBA. The time since these men were little kids running in the back-yard and growing up watching and playing the game, they now have a chance to play in NBA.  These kids have worked so hard to get to this point showing there skills throughout the nation attracting NBA scouts and teams attentions. An ultimately having a chance to start a legacy with a team and become a legend. The day of the NBA Draft has finally arrived! NBA Draft 2013

This NBA draft had many people stunned, normally you have a for sure number one who is going to get picked before the draft even starts, but this was not the case. The draft consisted of uncanny picks, crazy trades and wacky suits. All these types of aspects created an entertaining NBA Draft. You didn’t know what to expect in this past draft because guys were going to places that people never would have predicted. This cause excitement and confusion throughout the whole night. When watching the draft i specifically focused and the players. Each player didn’t care where they went they were just happy to be drafted, and that’s the best mindset. Every thing these guys worked for it finally payed off they now have a chance to play in front of millions of people on a nightly basis making money on job they love to do. Players celebrated and joined in many hugs and thanks with family members. While fans in the arena cheered and booed on certain picks. I’m not going to judge though that is what fans do best, with out the commotion there is no entertainment. Overall the draft night was a success and I enjoyed watching, it was good to see players start their legacies with their new respective teams. Tune in to see some of these players, because you never know they just might become a household name!

Here are some ugly suits over the draft years 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Aren’t They Free?

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During a basketball game your bound to see high intensity plays, emphatic dunks, and an immense amount of cheering. The higher level of play the higher amount of action and physicality; meaning more contact resulting in foul calls. When a player is fouled in the act of shooting in basketball they are then sent to the line (free throw line); there they are awarded with two free shots with no one to block them or to interfere with their shot. It would seem simple right? Two free shots with no one to block you or bump you, many would say HA! Piece of Cake. Well my friend actions speak louder than words, in basketball free throws can become a players worst nightmare… http://www.foxsportswisconsin.com/02/05/13/Why-are-free-throws-so-gosh-darn-hard/landing_badgers.html?blockID=859329

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I would have to agree with Jesses article, players in todays basketball are looking for the high-flying plays and trying to become a human highlight reel but what does that all mean if you can’t make free throws? Players take time to practice everything else but free throws? Free throws are shots that everyone in the stadium or gym expects you to knock down. The best players are more recognized because there clutch players at the free throw line. These players can handle the high pressure situations and know how to focus up in the moment. Many other players are good in other parts of their game but when it comes to the free throw line its like a whole new world to them. When at the line guys minds start to run about  the next shot, or how tired they are, or the fans behind the backboard waving signs and shouting. All these factors come in to play, but the biggest fear that gets players is the fear of the moment, the fear of the situation, knowing everyone’s eyes in the stadium are looking at you and counting on you to sink the shot. Free throws carry more pressure than you think. Two free shots could end up being the two free shots you never wanted. You would never think free throws would  do this much to you. Some players regard free throws as easy, but a vast amount regard them as a different psyche, and a whole new world! Look at prime examples like Shaquille O’neal and Dwight Howard, they are not exactly best friends with the free throw line.

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Dwight’s career free throw shooting is 49% and his partner in crime Shaq shot a career  53% from the line. These are horrible free throw percentages…

There free but they are not exactly easy, free throw shots consist of screaming fans, distractions, fatigue, adrenaline, and finally PRESSURE. It just comes down to who can handle the two FREE shots, because these two free shots can cost you a game. Just ask the San Antonio Spurs from there NBA Finals Game 6 collapse. A couple missed free throws here and there could end up costing you a game. I suggest that you take a look at Game 7 of the NBA finals or catch the recap of the game when you can; try to focus on each teams free throw percentages after the game. Those two FREE throws could go a LOOONNNGGG Way trust me!

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like if you were at the line?

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Here is a little taste if you are interested 🙂 I Think I Could Shoot?

Well I love leaving some humor with you, so here are some guys at the line who are in a whole “New World” haha 🙂 Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhWbo1obAF8

Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice?

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Flopping – the act of pretending a foul has been committed in the hopes of fooling an official into blowing the whistle – has long been one of those “I know it when I see it” things. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to see it and know it when watching an instant replay, usually in slow motion (NBA League Officiating Office).
Hmm the art of the flop, players over the years in the NBA have been perfecting this style of acting within the basketball world. You have players yelling for fouls, flailing awkwardly, and trying to draw attention to the officials. Flopping has always been around in basketball, but over the course of the years its starting to grow more and more. This past year flopping in basketball has become an engaging topic with sports analyst’s and fans around the country. Flopping in the NBA has attracted so much attention to itself, it even has the league commissioner concerned? Let us dive deeper into this subject.
After reading from Thomas Duffy’s article I found some unusual comments that I wouldn’t have expected. In the article big name stars Lebron James and Dwayne Wade made comments on flopping in the NBA. To hear Lebron James, the best athlete on the planet talk about flopping I paid very close attention. In the article Lebron James claims that flopping can be used as an advantage to win, and when your team wins then everyone is happy. As much as I like Lebron it sad as a fan to hear that a player is willing to flop to help his team win. Flopping in the NBA slows down the game, and it takes away from the physicality in basketball. If you’re a basketball fan as much as I am it’s rather disturbing to see players falling on the floor every time someone lays a finger on them. I know, I know, flopping can never be officially removed but it can be monitored and that is what the league commissioner has taken action upon. David Stern the head honcho of the NBA has set up a fining system for floppers in the NBA. The league is able to review the games and pick out bona -fide floppers; the league continued to establish an official flopping video to inform us a flop from a non flop.
Let us see for ourselves shall we http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I65Lqjh4fo
It’s good to see this as a fan, knowing the league is taking action on these skillful actors in the game of basketball. Of course refs are doing the best possible job of monitoring in-game flopping; The speed of the game makes it that much harder for refs to point it out and catch these perpetrators in the act. As the game evolves overtime I hope our star athletes  don’t encourage our younger athletes to flop. The art of flopping has continued to grow in the game of basketball and the country is now starting to take notice. So, as we continue to watch these blowout Finals games and the next basketball season let us pray that our athletes don’t turn the NBA in to the next WNBA…. oops to soon..
Here are some notorious flops for your enjoyment 🙂