Saturday, August 31, 2013

Legend of the Butt-Cyrus


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Legend of the Butt-Cyrusby theKONGBLOG™

As legend has it...

...Miley Cyrus' butt-twerk [or lack thereof] at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was one of the most appalling, comical & deranged acts in the history of humankind.



M. Cyrus' butt-action [or lack thereof] was so lewd, even Jesus of Nazareth -himself, has deemed it as one of the most unforgivable acts in the history of mankind.
 

 
 In fact, devote, loyal & spiritual followers of Christianity consider the Miley Butt-Twerk a crime so evil and heinous, foam fingers point towards — possession by the devil -himself.
Whether you are religious or not, the Butt-Cyrus is a betrayl far more worse than the Ten Crack Commandments — a sin against the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit...

...Amen.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Legend Of The Butt Fumble



theLEGEND of the BUTT-FUMBLE

An inauspicious disaster of a play by former-New York Jets quarterback: Mark Sanchez — simply known as "The Butt Fumble" — a rear-end collision w/ his own teammate that led to a turnover; in which the opposition returned for a touchdown. It is an embarassing play that will go down in annals of the football gridiron -as quite possibly, thee worst play in the historical history of the National Football League.


— "The Butt Fumble" is a play that lives in infamy —

As legend has it...

...the 'highly-touted' Sanchez was named the National High School Football Player of the Year in 2004 by several major college recruiters and was considered the top quarterback in the nation after leading Mission Viejo High School to the championship.




In 2005, Mark Sanchez committed to the University of Southern California but was delegated to back-up during his first 3 seasons; playing behind upperclassman (Matt Leinart; a Heisman Trophy winner) at the quarterback position. 

Ironically, Sanchez eventually got a chance to start due to injuries suffered by USC's then starting quarterback...none other than...you guessed it — John David Booty! 

He eventually leading the USC Trojans to a 12 - 1 record and won the 2008 Rose Bowl game against Penn State. Sanchez has a prolific run and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for his performance.


— The never(rear)ending saga of The Butt Fumble grows season after season —

In 2009, Mark Sanchez was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 1st round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. After leading the New York Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship Titles in his first 2 seasons — an historical NFL feat that only he and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers share — the heralded quarterback became the talk of the town and was quickly dubbed "The Sanchize."



— Mark Sanchez tattoo on New York Jets Head Coach (2009–2014): Rex Ryan —

Unfortunately, the sudden rise of Mark Sanchez (appearing on the cover of GQ magazine and then permanently on the upper right-arm of former-Jets coach Rex Ryan, was crueling just as fast as his downfall.


 ["Long Live The Butt Fumble" by ESPN Magazine]



 — KONG | theKONGBLOG™ 

Is Tracy McGrady A Hall Of Famer?


First Allen Iverson, now Tracy McGrady. Less than a week after word surfaced that A.I. was hanging it up for good, T-Mac, another of the best early-2000s players, called it a career. But is it one good enough to put him in Springfield? We weigh in on that and more.

1. What will you remember most about Tracy McGrady?

J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: This goes against my Principle of Peak Preservation, but my overwhelming McGrady memory is him at the end of the Spurs' bench at the end of his career. He was at peace with his reduced role, and more remarkably in this cynical age, NBA fans were happy for him to just be on a roster with a chance at a championship. He meant a lot to a lot of people, and that's probably the best validation of his career.

Bradford Doolittle, ESPN Insider: It'll be that 2002-03 season, when a 23-year-old T-Mac was Doc Rivers' lone soldier and put up a season for the ages. Grant Hill's injury problems in Orlando consigned McGrady to mediocre teams during his best years and led his eventual tag as the guy who can't get out of the first round. However, it also gave him free rein in Rivers' offense, and he responded with 23.5 wins above replacement and 32.3 points per game. That's getting near LeBron James territory, though of course James does it every year.

Israel Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Three things. First, the pull-up 3-pointers. He was never the most efficient outside shooter, in part because he took these. But for some reason, every one he launched still felt like it was going in. Second, the self-pass-off-the-backboard dunks. He owns that move. Third, his ridiculous explosiveness in his Orlando days. Could dunk on anyone, off one leg or two.

Curtis Harris, Hardwood Paroxysm: I grew up in Houston a die-hard Rockets fan during McGrady's time with the team, so what I'll remember most are the injuries. It's unfair given his great career, but it's the first thing that comes to my mind having witnessed it firsthand.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss, TrueHoop: His game was smoother than a round ice sculpture. Few players looked so great while being great, and almost no one moved with McGrady's grace at McGrady's height. In 2002, he was the future, a giant scoring wing with size, handle and an effortless shot. The game came easily to McGrady back before winning proved difficult.


2. What's T-Mac's greatest accomplishment?


A. Scored 13 points in 35 seconds to beat the Spurs.
B. Posted 30.3 PER in 2002-03 (one of seven modern players to post 30-plus PER).
C. Named to All-NBA team seven times.
D. Won two NBA scoring titles.
E. Led Rockets to 22-game winning streak in 2007-08.
F. Choose another accomplishment.

Adande: I'll go with A, 13 points in 35 seconds, because that resulted in a victory. So many of his achievements felt empty because they didn't correlate with team success, but watching him single-handedly salvage a near-impossible W was a moment when all of his potential was realized.

Doolittle: I'll go with F to debunk the myth about McGrady choking in the postseason. Just eight players averaged 30 or more points during at least four separate playoff seasons: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, Jerry West and ... Tracy McGrady. Unfortunately, McGrady wrecked his career postseason scoring average by getting just 25 points in 12 games over his last two seasons for Atlanta and San Antonio. Before that, his 28.5 playoff PPG ranked fifth all time.

Gutierrez: A. Scored 13 points in 35 seconds to beat the Spurs. It's probably more in the "most memorable" category, but it was amazing. It came mostly against the defense of Bruce Bowen. It included a four-point play. The game winner was just a ridiculous pull-up 3 fading to his left over a bunch of Spurs. And technically he did it in 35 seconds, because he hit the game winner with two seconds to spare.

Harris: He had many great moments, but T-Mac's greatest accomplishment was B, the 2002-03 season. He had a PER over 30 and dragged a Magic team with Darrell Armstrong and Pat Garrity as his sidekicks to the playoffs. McGrady then lifted Orlando to a 3-1 lead on the top-seeded Detroit Pistons before losing in seven games. The Magic had no business being up in the series or even making the playoffs, but McGrady was a juggernaut that season.

Strauss: A. Scored 13 points in 35 seconds to beat the Spurs. It's the only distinct "you remember where you were" moment. My friend and I sprinted out of our freshman dorm to alert the entire hall to what just happened. Nobody cared because basketball was in its post-Jordan malaise, but to those who saw it, T-Mac's comeback was an incredible event. I've rarely had more fun watching this sport.


3. Is it fair to say T-Mac didn't live up to his potential?

Adande: Yes, but it's also fair to say he didn't have the chance to live up to his potential because of his back and knee injuries. He got to play only 65 games total in two seasons when he was 29 and 30, at what should have been the peak of his career.

Doolittle: No. When he was healthy, McGrady was in the conversation for best player in the game. For four straight years, he was in the top four of the league in WARP, and in that '02-03 season, he was first. You can't ask for more than that. I think it is fair to say that between his knee problems and the injury woes of his Magic and Rockets teams, McGrady's career was ultimately disappointing because of rotten luck.

Gutierrez: If it's fair to say that about any injury-prone athlete, then yes. He could've given us a lot more if his knees and back had held up. And his numbers should've translated into more postseason success. But that wasn't entirely in his control. It would've been nice to see what he and a healthy Hill could've done in Orlando.

Harris: That's an unfair statement. It's insane to say he wasn't living up to his potential when you look back at his production in the early 2000s. The problem is that he didn't maintain that level of play because of injuries.

Strauss: Yes, but it's also fair to say his back didn't live up to its job. Perhaps McGrady should have gotten more out of his talent, but injuries complicate that judgment. T-Mac certainly didn't live up to his potential, but it's an open question as to whether that's his fault or his body's.

4. Should McGrady go into the Basketball Hall of Fame?



Adande: This is similar to Hill, whose years among the elite were cut short by injuries and who never made it past the first round of the playoffs in his prime. But Hill has his college exploits to pad his résumé and make him a lock in my mind. McGrady's case is iffier, but six seasons among the league's top 10 (first- or second-team All-NBA) would be just enough to get my vote. For a while there was a legitimate debate between McGrady and Kobe Bryant. A spot in the Hall of Fame would be a way to remember those times.

Doolittle: It's a tough case. I did a study a few years ago and found that a player is basically a no-brainer for the Hall at 170 career WARP. McGrady finishes with 149. He's a solid candidate, but he's in the gray area where intangible arguments such as his relatively short peak and lack of team playoff success start to enter into the equation. In the end, I think he should be in. Eventually.

Gutierrez: Yes. Every eligible scoring champion is now in the Hall of Fame except Max Zaslofsky (1948), and McGrady won it twice. Plus, he had seven straight seasons of at least 24.4 points, 4.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds. Even without being the most efficient player ever, that's Hall of Fame-worthy.

Harris: Absolutely. The Hall of Fame should be about the game's greatest players. For a solid five-year stretch, McGrady had one of the best runs of any player in league history. You can't possibly discuss the NBA of the 2000s, at least knowledgeably, without mentioning McGrady's integral place.

Strauss: Yes. The Hall of Fame is nearly as arbitrary as a raffle, so at a certain point, these questions are about personal preference. My defense of T-Mac's Hall entrance is that his 2002-03 season was an all-timer, and it came during an era when perimeter defense dominated perimeter offense.


5. Will McGrady go into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

Adande: An ESPN Stats & Info tweet provided the best indication: The other 15 retired players with at least 18,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists are all in the Hall.

Doolittle: I think so, but it might take a few years for him to get there, à la Bernard King.

Gutierrez: Yes. It doesn't help that he had no college career or that he wasn't on any Olympic teams, but he has had a more impressive NBA career than a handful of Hall of Famers. It should be an easy decision.

Harris: Probably not. Walt Bellamy was the last NBA player without great playoff success inducted. That was all the way back in 1993. I fear McGrady's deserving candidacy will be scuttled by the misinformed slogan of "He never got out of the first round!"

Strauss: No. Hall voters like some playoff success. There's sympathy for how T-Mac was stuck on bad teams, with a bad back, but not enough to override the sense that he wasn't a winner. Also, what would he talk about in his speech? Yao's sense of humor? — ESPN article | Published on August 22nd, 2013






KONGRATULATIONS to Tracy McGrady!

7× NBA All-Star (2001–2007)
2× NBA scoring champion (2003, 2004)
2× All-NBA First Team (2002, 2003)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2001, 2004, 2007)
NBA Most Improved Player (2001)
Mr. Basketball USA (1997)
FIBA Americas Championship Gold (2003)

Enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 7th, 2017



How Will We Remember Allen Iverson?



It seems the end is finally here for Allen Iverson. According to a Slam report, the 11-year veteran and former MVP is planning to officially call it quits after contemplating a comeback and playing overseas in recent years.

How will we remember the former MVP and early-aughts lightening rod? Our team looks back and forward.

1. What will you remember most about Allen Iverson's career?

Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: The Sixers' delirious, enthusiastic, team-centric run to the NBA Finals in 2001, when he shattered the stereotypes in a hurricane of wins and smiles. Delightful.

Amin Elhassan, ESPN Insider: I'm a sucker for "little guys" who can hold this game of giants at their mercy, and Iverson terrorized the league in his prime despite not being much taller (and weighing wayyyyyy less than) your average American male adult. Specifically, I'll always remember his 44-point Game 7 effort in the 2001 Eastern Conference finals versus Milwaukee, and watching him skipping at the end of the game with the "ear cup" as the crowd chanted "Beat L.A."

Marc Stein, ESPN.com: The obvious nominees are (A) that Philly team of role players built specifically to let him take all the shots that he hauled to the NBA Finals and, of course, (B) his infamous "practice" press conference. But I'm choosing neither of those.
My most vivid memories of Iverson stem from an otherwise forgettable Team USA training camp in the summer of 2004 shortly before its disastrous trip to the Athens Olympics. Reason being: As a media pest, I always enjoyed Iverson's soul-baring interviews as much as his scoring binges. So I found it irresistible to be around him when he was representing his country, because he was such a proud patriot. You could tell that it really meant a lot to him to get an opportunity that, in his youth, he probably never imagined getting.

Michael Wallace, Heat Index: The cornrows. The baggy shorts. The slender, smallish frame that contained a massive heart and ego. The swagger. The way he simultaneously personified what you loved and despised about the modern NBA superstar. I grew up in Washington, D.C., and played in the same summer league circuits as Iverson, so I go back quite a ways, to his Bubba Chuck days. I'll remember his demons off the court and his dominance on it over nearly 20 years.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: He was so entertaining to watch. Though he wasn't always the best teammate, it was hard not to get caught up in the way he could score. He was absolutely brilliant in creating space and overcoming his size disadvantage, and that's what made him so popular. However, it would be interesting to see how his prime would've been perceived if he had been doing it now, when there's a much greater emphasis on efficiency.


2. What will Iverson's legacy be?

Abbott: We know more about basketball. Now, it's provably true that driving one-on-five again and again may be heroic, but it's so inefficient that it ultimately hurts the team. But in his heyday, all we knew was that he was a tiny maestro, making magic night after night.

Elhassan: An incredibly gifted scorer. A talent who thrived despite being a rebellious outsider who wouldn't conform. A talent who flamed out because he was a rebellious outsider who wouldn't conform. An example and a cautionary tale. His game also brought about the beginning of mainstream attention toward the value of efficiency over points per game

Stein: He has multiple legacies. The game's historians and purists will always focus on the fact that he was the ultimate individual in a team sport, or the NBA dress code he gave birth to, but Iverson has to be one of the three or four most beloved players I've covered in my two decades on press row. And I'd argue that he's still insanely popular with large segments of the basketball public despite all the justifiable knocks he's taken. So it really depends on who you ask.

Wallace: That he was the league's pre-eminent presence who bridged the gap between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Sure, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett might dispute that. And Iverson might never truly get the respect or credit he deserves for his impact on the league, from his dominant playing style to the way he presented himself socially and culturally on and off the court. No player was as controversial, galvanizing, polarizing and unstoppable as The Answer in his prime. He did it at half the size but with twice the heart of many contemporaries.

Windhorst: I'll always think of two moments. One was Game 1 of the 2001 Finals when he hit that 3-pointer late right in front of the Lakers bench and then stomped over Tyronn Lue. Iverson, fresh off winning his only MVP award, was about to go up 1-0 in the Finals with a team he totally carried there. That moment was pretty much the apex of his career, even if it was fleeting. And of course the second is the "practice" rant. He'll always be associated with it, and it will be replayed, referred to and imitated for years and years. That's the definition of legacy.


3. Should Iverson go into the Hall of Fame?

Abbott: For a good long while nobody in the game was more famous. They'd have to change the name on the door if they didn't have him in there.

Elhassan: Yes. Winning multiple scoring titles at his size has never been done before. And unlike many of today's volume scorers, his teams achieved a good deal of success in his prime. For better or for worse, Iverson changed the way the game looks at undersized SGs: players who used to have to either convert to point guards or find employment elsewhere are now accepted with open arms.

Stein: On the loose premise that NBA greats should be Hall of Famers, then, yes, I'd put Iverson in. At his peak, The Answer was an undeniable great who -- no matter what you think of his various shortcomings and transgressions -- has to go down as one of the most devastating small men this sport has ever seen. Yet I feel compelled to add that I always find this one hard to answer because there's still so much we don't know about Hall of Fame voting.

Wallace: Absolutely. He's one of the top five shooting guards of all time, alongside Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West and Dwyane Wade. He was a perennial All-Star and an MVP who dominated his position in his prime. He also helped to redefine the "combo guard." His credentials speak for themselves.

Windhorst: Yes, that's an easy one. He was the greatest scorer of his era and one of the top players in the game for about a decade. Without much argument, he's one of the greatest small players of all time. He was on 11 All-Star teams, made seven All-NBA teams and won an MVP. No-brainer.

4. Will Iverson go into the Hall of Fame?

Abbott: I expect so. As Iverson did, the Hall still works with the idea that the points-per-game stat is paramount.

Elhassan: Yes, although it wouldn't surprise me if he doesn't make it on the first go-round. His clashes with his coaches, teammates, law enforcement, etc., might cause some voters to pass. But eventually he'll be there.

Stein: Probably not. Instinct tells me all the off-court troubles and his infamous rep for stubbornness/selfishness will get in the way.

Wallace: Yes. He didn't go out the way he could have or should have and he never won a title. But Iverson remarkably carried that 2000-01 76ers team to the Finals. Between his pro career and his dynamic college run at Georgetown, he'll get into the Hall. If he doesn't, the credibility of the voting process needs to be questioned.

Windhorst: Yes. His résumé is ironclad and his mark on the game was undeniable. He had off-court issues but so have many Hall of Famers. Also, they put about 10 people in the Hall every year for various accomplishments these days. It's getting less exclusive, not more.

5. What would you like to see Iverson do in the future?

Abbott: Young people find his raw emotions, passionate creativity, small stature, interesting look and gravelly voice entirely infectious. That's influence. My fantasy is that he'd spend his days on the streets of cities he loves like Philly and D.C. getting personally involved, talking about hard work, fearlessness, non-violence, the perils of gangs or whatever else he wants to talk about. (A model.) I don't expect him to do that, but he'd be amazing at it.

Elhassan: Taking care of himself and his family, first and foremost. You hate to hear about former players in financial difficulty, particularly if they played in the era of big-figure contracts. Beyond that, I think it would be nice (and amusing) if Iverson got involved with the Rookie Transition Program and helped younger players learn from some of the mistakes of his youth. He could talk about the things he'd do differently versus the things he'd do the same if he could relive his career.

Stein: Don't want to be all preachy here -- as if any of us have life all figured out -- but I'm sure I'm not alone in simply wishing that Iverson eventually finds peace in his post-NBA life. These last few years have clearly been rough on him while he clung to false hope that he'd get one more shot to go out on his terms. When we hear his name these days, it's pretty much never good news. Here's hoping that trend changes, though it's hard to imagine how.

Wallace: Those who have seen Iverson off the court would want him to address his personal issues and his family situation. As long as basketball was in his life, he had a purpose that motivated him each day. It's well-documented how he's struggled the past few years to fill that void. If he takes care of himself and his kids, and continues to use his legacy and foundation to provide college scholarships to students in his hometown, that's more than enough to ask.

Windhorst: I'd like to hear some positive stories about him instead of reading or hearing about money problems, family problems and drinking problems.
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