Basketball Star Takes An Internship, Boston’s Rajon Rondo takes a novice’s role in an industry many players claim to know something about. Rajon Rondo is interning at GQ during NYC Fashion Week, As we learned many times during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, this generation of basketball players is very fashion-forward, and not always in recommendable ways. Russell Westbrook got most of the attention for his zany shirts and unnecessary glasses, others from Dwyane Wade (whose trousers purchases match those of his significant other) to Amar’e Stoudemire (who has plans to start a fashion website) have marked themselves out as budding fashionistas.
Within that group, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has stood out as both an exceedingly adventurous dresser and someone who maybe needs a little help. For instance, there’s something both impressive and disturbing about this particular jacket, which makes Rondo look like a villain in some sci-fi adaptation of “Dick Tracy.”
Regardless, what we know is that Rondo wants to explore fashion in all its forms. And so, this month, he is working as an intern for GQ Magazine during New York City’s Fashion Week. From Mark Anthony Green for the magazine’s website:
Fashion Week is our busiest time of year–between the shows, presentations and, ya know, posing. We needed a little help, someone to run point back at home base and on the ground floor at Lincoln Center. Who better than NBA All-star-and all around stylish dude-Rajon Rondo? Rajon will be interning at GQ for the next few days, helping our game out and learning a thing or two about menswear and the magazine industry. You’ll see interviews, critiques, and blog post from the future hall-of-famer popping up all week. And from the tip-off of his time on our team, it doesn’t seem like he left his competitive instinct back in Beantown. Other interns, beware.
US Open Surfing 2012, The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing got back underway in Huntington Beach, California, on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The weather was wonderful and so was the surfing. I had been looking forward to watching both the junior women’s final and the junior men’s final. Both were well worth the wait. Here’s a quick look at some of the results:
Junior Women’s Results
The junior women’s semifinals served up plenty of excellent wave scores to go around. In Heat 1, Quincy Davis fired off a gorgeous 8.17 point ride. She backed it up in the waning moments of the surf heat with an equally as stunning 8.83 point ride. It was enough to earn her a spot in the final.
Nikki Van Dijk was the stand out surfer in Heat 2. She managed to execute a brilliant 8.67 point ride and an 8.33 point ride. Then she served up the coup de grace in the final minutes of the heat. It came in the form of an eye-popping 9.67 point ride. If you ask me, her surfing showed an intuitiveness rarely seen in a junior surfer. Van Dijk ultimately won the surf heat with 18.34 points.
Other memorable moments during the semifinals were Kaleigh Gilchrist’s 7.67 point ride, Bailey Nagy’s 7.03 point ride and Tatianna Weston-Webb’s 7.90 point ride. Surfer Leila Hurst also managed to deliver a noteworthy 7 point ride and a 7.20 point ride.
The final surf heat was between Kaleigh Gilchrist, Quincy Davis, Leila Hurst and Nikki Van Dijk. The ladies started out by posting a few low to mid scoring rides. Then things quickly got intense. Quincy Davis delivered a 6 point ride. Nikki Van Dijk answered back with a 6.27 point ride and an 8.07 point ride. Gilchrist and Hurst unleashed a few solid rides of their own but it was to no avail. Nikki Van Dijik won the final surf heat with 14.90 points.
Junior Men’s Results
The junior men’s semifinals also had its share of incredible wave scores. Some of the best ones belonged to Conner Coffin, Filipe Toledo and Cooper Chapman. My favorite was Coffin’s 9.43 point ride. It was on point and powerful. All three surfers ended up surfing in the final along with Kanoa Igarashi.
Conner Coffin managed to keep his momentum going and delivered a superlative 8.17 point ride about mid way into the final heat. Then he backed it up with an 8.93 point ride. It all proved too much for the others to overcome. Conner Coffin won the surf heat with 17.10 points.
2012 NBA Draft Rumors, It’s the day of the 2012 NBA Draft and that means there are plenty of rumors and potential trades swirling around the league right now.The only certainty about tonight so far is that Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 overall draft choice. After that just about every team is open to trades involving their picks.
The Houston Rockets have been making the most moves so far. They have acquired the 12th, 16th and 18th picks in the first round. Their ultimate goal is to somehow trade with Orlando for Dwight Howard. The first step towards getting Howard to Houston is trading with the Kings first. The Rockets first offered Sacramento Kyle Lowry and two of their first rounders for Tyreke Evans and the 5th overall pick. The Kings turned down that offer.
The Kings aren’t sold on any prospect yet at No. 5. They are hoping that Thomas Robinson could fall to that spot although that is pretty unlikely. Robinson is currently projected No. 2 overall to the Bobcats but the Bobcats reportedly have five offers on the table for that pick. The Kings were earlier rumored to have been eyeing Harrison Barnes with the fifth pick but now are possibly thinking Andre Drummond instead.
The Bobcats have been shopping their No. 2 overall pick for awhile now. We first heard of them targeting James Harden for the pick. The Thunder have expressed interest in Bradley Beal but would have to part ways with Harden to move high up enough to draft him making that very unlikely.
The Timberwolves have reportedly offered Charlotte Derrick Williams – last year’s No. 2 overall pick – for this year’s No. 2 overall pick. Williams wasn’t terrible this season but the idea of possibly pairing Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio alongside Beal or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is enticing.
The most likely deal to be made with Charlotte for the No. 2 pick would involve Cleveland and their No. 4 and No. 24 picks in the first round. The Cavs would most likely want to move up to jump Washington so they can pick Beal but it has been reported that Cleveland is considering Dion Waiters with the No. 4 pick as well.
Waiters has been shooting up draft boards a ton these past few weeks. Now the Toronto Raptors are also interested in moving up to pick Waiters. Toronto has the No. 8 pick and has been projected to select a shooting guard with that pick from day one. If Waiters is not there for them, they could choose between Austin Rivers and Jeremy Lamb with the pick.
Kidd-Gilchrist is considered by a lot of experts to have the second most potential of any player in this draft behind Davis. The Bobcats have showed little interest in him and he has been rumored to potentially slide as far down as No. 5 for Sacramento.
The Los Angeles Lakers have put Pau Gasol on the market the past few days and have expressed some interest in MKG as well.
The Atlanta Hawks are interested in dealing Josh Smith for Gasol but the Lakers haven’t shown much interest in that yet.
Drummond is another prospect with tons of potential but also considered a risk. He could go in the top five or drop as low as nine. The Rockets would like to use some of their picks to move up to No. 7 if Drummond is there and trade with the Warriors.
The Warriors are looking for a player to be an immediate impact. It would be hard to consider anyone other than Davis as an immediate impact player in this draft but if Barnes slips, the Warriors could try and move up to draft him.
The Portland Trailblazers have two lottery picks at No. 6 and No. 11 and they intend to use both as opposed to packaging the two to move into the top five.
The Boston Celtics would like to move into the lottery. They currently have the No. 21 and No. 22 picks in the first round. They were rumored also to have promised Royce White that they would draft him at that time if he is still available. (Thunderous Intentions)
Updated NBA Draft 2012 Picks, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, alone, stepped from his car last June at the cemetery in Camden. He could not leave for Kentucky the next day until he had made a promise.He spotted the pond, and, moving across the grassy field of headstones and burial plots, he found Darrin Kidd’s gravestone, covered with flowers. He sat on the grass and talked to his uncle. He spoke of his excitement about starting his college career with the Kentucky Wildcats. He told him how badly he missed him.
Rest easy about your son, Deante, he told his uncle. He would safeguard him as his uncle had done for him, when he lost his own father many years ago.
The year has passed quickly.
At Kentucky, Kidd-Gilchrist became one of the nation’s top players. Deante, 12 years old, leapt in shared victory when the Wildcats won the national title this past spring. His bedroom walls are covered with posters of his famous cousin.
Tonight, Kidd-Gilchrist, 18, not much older than a boy himself, will hear his name announced at the Prudential Center, likely to be one of the top five players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. Deante will be by his side.
“I’m just here for him,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “I understand a lot of things he’s going through. I have his back, all day, every day.”
A year after graduating from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, Kidd-Gilchrist will become the youngest player in the NBA. He will turn 19 on Sept. 26. (NJ)
Pat Cummings Dead, Pat Cummings, who played with five NBA teams over a 12-year career after being selected Metro Conference Player of the Year at Cincinnati, was found dead in a New York apartment, according to police. He was 55.
The 6-foot-9 Cummings, a native of Johnstown, Pa., was found Tuesday afternoon, police said Wednesday. They said the cause of death was to be determined but foul play wasn’t suspected.
A two-time all-conference selection, Cummings averaged 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds during his four seasons with the Bearcats (1975-76, 1978-79). He was drafted by Milwaukee in the third round and was traded to Dallas in 1982. He signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent in 1984 and also played for Miami and Utah. (AP)
Clyde Drexler Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler denied Wednesday making negative statements attributed to him about Magic Johnson in an upcoming book about the Dream Team.In Jack McCallum’s book, “Dream Team,” Drexler said Johnson only earned a spot on the Olympic team and the MVP award in the 1992 All-Star game out of pity resulting from his HIV diagnosis the previous year.
“He couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow,” Drexler is quoted as saying in the book. “But you have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die. Every time he’d run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he’d get all that benefit of the doubt.”
Drexler said in a phone interview that the quotes attributed to him were “totally ludicrous” and he has “no idea” where McCallum got them. In a statement released through the Houston Rockets, Drexler says he would’ve never said those things and that Johnson is one of his closest long-time friends.
“Magic and I have a friendship that goes back more than 28 years and I would never say such hurtful things,” Drexler’s statement said. “I have reached out to Magic to assure him that I did not say those things and to apologize to him and his family for even having to respond to something as baseless as this.”
McCallum’s book is due out on July 10.
On his Web site, McCallum said the excerpt is accurate. Deadspin.com ran the excerpt on Tuesday, and McCallum said the site mischaracterized the context. Drexler was referring to the opinion of many people in the league, McCallum said, and not specifically members of the 1992 Olympic team.
Drexler, now an*n*lyst for the Rockets’ locally televised games, said in the statement that he was one of Johnson’s biggest supporters in the wake of the diagnosis that led to his retirement in November 1991. (Huffington Post)