EL BARRIO, EL FALLS – Happy Monday! Yay! Hope you all had a great weekend and recovered from the week. My week was exhausting as I got my car back after it was stolen. I shouldn’t have left the keys in the front seat, long story. I also had to go to a birthday party for my daughter’s classmate which was a first for me. So my article today, isn’t gonna based on news of the past week, just stuff I came across. Today’s topics will be beI will cover: Shattered Podcast, Patrice Evra Paying With Raw Chicken, Udonis Haslem.
Considering the Knicks just qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 8 years, this podcast may be a bit late. And I can’t recommend you listen to this podcast if you don’t listen to the Rugby Wrap Up and RWU betting show featuring #WWE Hall of Famer John Bradshaw Layfield and hosted by our [Short] Matt McCarthy… Anyway, Shattered: Hope, Heartbreak and the New York Knicks, is an eight-part podcast series from The Athletic, hosted by hip-hop legend Chuck D. Shattered dives deep into the Knicks’ past 20 years of chaos and controversy under team owner James Dolan. It came out last month and it is on Episode 6. As most of us Knicks fans have lived through it, it is weird to go back through the post-90s Knicks. When Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and the rest of that team left The Garden it was false dawn after false dawn, with Dolan forcing staff to spend on guys like Antonio McDyess and Amar’e Stoudemire, plus Isiah Thomas’ sexual harassment reign. What makes it worthwhile is it is delivered by one of the greatest orators of our generation (with or without a dope beat).
Double click the picture on the right to read the whole story but essentially soccer player Patrice Evra once had someone step on his foot real hard, so hard he felt pain when he kicked the ball. None of the new age tactics worked, so he went with an old one; he put a piece of raw chicken in his shoe. For those that are scratching their head, the chicken would absorb the shock so he could play through the pain. Us old guys remember making do with such first tricks as tampons for bloody noses and using any bit of wood to tape around a busted knuckle. So this tactic makes me laugh but also makes me wonder how there has not been a piece of silicone or some kind of cushioned material developed that would be a better substitute. But maybe there just isn’t a better substitute for raw chicken.
Haslem in is his 17th season with the Miami Heat. Haslem was born and raised in Miami, went to college in Florida, then after a year as pro in Europe he won a spot on the Heat after his offseason and preseason work rates impressed when given a chance in camp. Since then Haslem has worked his way from fringe benchwarmer to key substitute, then starter and role player and then back to a sub and now a fringe player. The Heat have retained him the last couple of seasons because he is a role model/mentor. The NBA Player’s Association encourages decisions like this for the teams and says there is a role for veterans like. Kevin Gartnett calls guys like Haslem, O.G.’s (Original Gangstas). Haslem’s role is about teaching these young players how to be pros. This includes everything from how to eat, to how to be smart about nightlife. According to former Heat players he also does those things that no one would think about; Haslem owns businesses in Miami, as he prepares for life after basketball and it is one of the things he works with the young players on… how to be entrepreneurs and be smart with their money when it comes to friends and family. That kind of education is priceless according to the Heat organization and they are ready to sign him for another season. BTW, Haslem played his first game of the season last week and was ejected after 3 minutes for getting into an altercation with Dwight Howard.
Thanks for reading, comment below and come back tomorrow for Ben Whitney, who is being mentored by Angry Ward. It is not working, apparently.