The Reign Man. Watching this video reminded me just how awe-inspiring Kemp really was before he ballooned following the 1998 lockout. As for the video (original), the Redman and Method Man track isn't bad, but it is a bit too intrusive while watching Kemp get his dunk on. In its stead, I have selected 90s R&B sensation Jodeci and their funky, easy-flowin' hit "Get On Up". Enjoy!
PS - The ending dialogue between whatever Jodeci member that is and some fly honey is the cherry on top. Cuz we all know Mr. Kemp liked to get down. A child in every American congressional district and several Canadian ridings!
The original video (here) was created by the fantastic Veo Shock. He's made some great videos over on YouTube worth catching. Although he used a gossamer 70s soul tune (Al Green's "Call Me"), I think a silky instrumental better compliments the work of Earl the Pearl. Hence my choice of Junior Walker & the All Stars' "Walk in the Night".
So, yesterday I left work dead tired. Too tired to funk even. So, I disconnected my MP3 player, filled with Bootsy’s Rubber Band, from the car stereo and switched the radio to 97.5 FM, Houston’s ESPN Radio affiliate. The clowns on air were debating Yao Ming’s legacy. And I thought to myself, “Wait, Yao’s not LeBron James, why are they arguing over a man’s legacy when he’s not even retired?” And then it hit me. Maybe it’s because Yao was retired! Seconds later one of the hosts uttered those very words. Yao Ming was finished. Done. Toast. I drove the rest of the way home in a daze knowing this was the biggest moment in a long time for Houston sports.
I. Love. This. Mix. Cameo's early 80s call to self-liberation, "Just Be Yourself", fits perfectly with Dennis Rodman's career and mentality. Match made in heaven.
The original video replete with Metallica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icJLs4t0lLo
Ditching the bombastic noise of the original video, LeBron's first season in Miami is now soundtracked by De La Soul... er, never mind. I was gonna have "Ego Trippin'" but WMG is a bunch of stingy neanderthals. Anyways, when you strip away the disturbing, baffling lack of self-awareness, LeBron was really spectacular. So, I've decided to spruce the video up with the Sony Records-owned Isley Brothers song "The Heat Is On".
Original Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReM13VkDvls
Next up in the series, which there'll be lots of thanks to the Lockout(!), is Connie Hawkins. Irresponsibly banned from the NBA due to his flimsy connection with a gambling kingpin, Connie played in several minor leagues before finally arriving in the NBA in the early 70s just past his peak years. Still, what we got was spectacular and only makes you kinda pissed he was held out for years prior.
As for the video, the original's song choice was poor IMO. A good song ("Inner City Blues") but a poor fit for The Hawk. Steve Miller and his band have rectified this situation. Original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ughBO514dww
Welcome to the 1st of what I hope are many audio corrections to various YouTube mixes of 70, 80s and 90s NBA players set to gangsta rap, soft rock and other incongruous music to more appropriate fare.
Original Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNJx-u9XfJ0
Kevin Willis was one of the many great players selected in the 1984 NBA Draft (Jordan, Hakeem, Barkley, Stockton, Otis Thorpe, Sam Perkins, Jerome Kersey, Michael Cage, Vern Fleming, Alvin Robertson amongst the others). Cursed with tiny hands and short arms for a 7-footer, Willis found himself splitting time between both, playing PF/C and also starting/coming off the bench for the first 6 years of his career. Over that span, only once did he crack 30 minutes per game.
Zelmo Beaty (1963 - 1975)
Regular Season: 889 games, 17.1 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 BPG, 0.7 SPG, 49.4% FG, 77.1% FT
Playoffs: 115 games, 17.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.9 BPG, 1.4 SPG, 49.6% FG, 77% FT
Accolades: 1971 ABA Championship, 2x All-ABA 2nd Team (1971-72), NBA All-Rookie 1st Team 1963), 5x All-Star - NBA (1966, '68), ABA (1971-73)
Move over Zydrunas, it’s time the world rediscovered the O.Z. (original Z), Zelmo Beaty. Not only did he have one of the NBA’s all-time greatest names, Beaty was a stalwart center for the NBA’s St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks before being one of the few stars (Rick Barry being another) to jump ship to the upstart ABA in the early 1970s.
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