Karl Malone on Magic’s Return to the NBA (’91/92)

Stemming from the great article Magic Retires (1991) written by Lex,  I decided to further touch on the topic.  After the Dream Team run Magic decided he was ready and more than willing to return to the NBA to continue in the sport which he loves so dear. Mind you, not everyone in and around the league were as willing to embrace a man w/ the HIV virus but some were more vocal.

Just Because he came back doesn’t mean anything to me, I’m not no fan or cheerleader. It may be good for basketball but you have to look far beyond that. You have a lot of young men who have a long life ahead of them. The Dream Team was a concept everybody loved. But now we’re back to reality. –Karl Malone

When Sir Charles Barkley was asked how he felt about Magic playing with the virus he said, I was with him all summer and never once thought about it, NEVER!

Now in 1991/92 I can understand Malone’s comments to an extent but I mean c’mon b you played on the Dream Team with this man now you running your mouth about one of the best to ever do it???? I can’t ride with Karl on this one b, I can’t! Karl should have done more research into the virus before opening his mouth and saying shit he obviously know nothing about. So is he saying the Dream Team run was a fluke??? That teams didn’t play the USA hard cause we had a player with the virus?? C’mon b!Karl aint the mailman he pony express…..slow minded muthafucka……..still one of the best PF’s of all time though.

Corey Brewer dunks on Robin Lopez

The man who never stops cheesin’ Corey Brewer dunks directly on Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez.

Shaq Blames Suns For Lackluster Season

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Many say Shaq is not as dominate as years past, this maybe true but the Big Aristotle is still one of the best centers in the league today. For the next couple of games Shaq is just playing the season out, with a Dallas win or Suns loss eliminating his team from playoff contention. Shaq hasn’t missed the playoffs since his rookie year (1993) so of course he got to blame someone! He is, and it’s the front office, “I’m sure there’s going to be some decisions to be made,” said O’Neal, whose contract expires with a $20 million salary next season. “It’s not my job (to decide). There are two types of business owners. Do you want to win or do you want to save money? Period.”  When asked which one Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver was, O’Neal said: “I’m not sure. The guy over here (Dallas owner Mark Cuban) spends money. I don’t think he’s really worried about the salary cap. I’ve been around 17 years and that’s what it is. You either want to win and don’t really care about the salary cap or you want to be under the salary cap.”

 

Scared money don’t make money.

Rodney Rogers paralyzed in Accident

Former NBA and Wake Forrest standout player Rodney Rogers is now paralyzed from the shoulders down due to an accident he had on his ATV when he was riding in North Carolina on December 1st. Rogers a former all-american and the 1993 ACC player of the year at Wake Forrest, averaged over ten points a game over his 12-year career in the NBA and also a won the sixth man award in 1999, Rogers played for 8 NBA teams before he retired in 2005 season. I remember Rodney wetting 3’s back in the 2001-2002 season when he was traded along with Tony Delk to the Boston Celtics, with Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker, Eric Williams and Walter McCarty led the C’s to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Get well Rodney Rogers!

 

Shaqtastic

It’s common knowledge that Shaq loves to play basketball and scrabble, funny new ESPN NBA commercial. 

#7 Kevin Johnson KJ

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During the media-swirl of the high-profile election year NBA great Kevin Johnson  was elected Mayor of Sacramento California.  Kevin was born and raised in Sacramento and attended UCal Berkeley.  KJ is from the golden era of the NBA, he ran the point for the Phoenix Suns from 88 untill 98, an all-star and a 20 point 10 assist a night type of player.  Along with Sir Charles Barkley led the Suns to the Finals in 1993 against the unstoppable Bulls led by Michael Jordan who had a date with destiny that year for their 3-peat.  What I remember #7 for is his dunk over Hakeem Olajuwan in the 1994 playoffs against the Houston Rockets which you can view up above and of course his highlight reel.  You can’t tell me you don’t want a KJ suns throwback for the summer time