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The mother of Phoenix Suns Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested on Saturday for failure to have an ignition interlock device on her vehicle according to different sources.  Carrie Stoudemire was stopped when her Lincoln Navigator was straddling two lanes on the highway while going sixty mph.  Officers found her eyes to be watery and glossy when they pulled her over.  Carrie claimed she was on her way to an alcohol class and had no idea that she needed to have an ignition interlock device on any motor vehicle she owned.  With many previous run ins with the law from charges with DUI’s to prostitution, the ignition interlock device I believe was in her best interest.  The device requires her to blow into it to read her BAC.  If too high, the car will not start.  When Stoudemire refused to partake in a field sobriety test, she was handcuffed and put in the back of the police car.  She was later released with charges of speeding, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, and failure to stay in one lane.

Being in Orlando for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, was a certainly a blast. I am a huge Celtics fan, and was lucky enough to get tickets to the game in Orlando on sunday. The Celtics came out looking strong. Paul Pierce opened the game up with a three-pointer and the Celtics went rolling from there. At one point in the first half the Celtics were leading the game 29-14. Watching the Magic warm up was certainly a shock, they were not even taking the game seriously. They were clowning around, and

Celtics "Dancers"

more focused on making the fans laugh than they were on the game. Meanwhile, they Celtics were extremely focused and it showed early in the game. However, when the lead was cut to nine by the half, thoughts of a late game comeback had aroused. The Celtics came out strong for the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter they did not score in 5:30 and the Magic were able to get back in the game. With just 2 minutes left in the game the Celtics were up only by 5. But surprisingly, and only surprisingly because of the year they had this year, they were able to hold it out and get the win. It was certainly sweet walking out of that stadium with a vicotry, and watching 25,000 Magic fans leave utterly disgusted.

This year the playoffs has been maybe the most exciting potentially, the reason many people were so amped up was because of the chance of Kobe vs. Lebron.  The Cavs cruised through the first round without any real difficulties, the lakers do the same.  Then the Cavaliers faced the Celtics, this might be the most challenging match until the finals.  The Cavs went up two to one and one of those games Lebron James scored 21 points in the first quarter which was more than the next game unfortunately.  The Cavs won that game, to make it two to one and then the Celtics fought back and demolished the Cavaliers by ten to tie the series up.   The next game was set in Cleveland, the crowd and all fans watching and hoping that Lebron James can do the impossible, be the best that he is.  Unfortunately he did not play as well as expected he only scored 15 points, some people in Cleveland say that he did it on purpose so when he gets traded (due to the fact that his contract is up),  it will be easier for him to exit Cleveland without any major issues, I however disagree with this conspiracy.  Lebron is going to win the next game and bring it back to Cleveland!

The Memphis Grizzlies have sent 7′ 3″ center Hasheem Thabeet to the NBA Developmental League. Thabeet, the #2 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of the University of Connecticut, is the highest draft pick ever to be sent to the D-League. Even though the Grizzlies said that it would be a long-term project with Thabeet, he lost his minutes to second-year center Hamed Haddadi of Iran. Thabeet will play for the Dakota Wizards. Thabeet, who is 23 years old, had been averaging just 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game for the Grizzlies. Thabeet replaces Martell Webster, who was picked sixth overall in 2005 and sent to the D-League in 2006, as the highest draft pick ever to be sent to the D-League. However, Thabeet is still young and could still become a good NBA player in the future.

Kobe Bryant

After 5 games with Kobe out of the team due to an injury on his left ankle, Los Angeles Lakers are glad to have their #24 back on the court. It is the first time in his 13 seasons in the Californian franchise that Bryant couldn’t play a game due to an injury. The team was able to handle this loss, but his return couldn’t have been better. Yesterday in the FedEx Forum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies, he made the last 6 points of his team, finishing with a three-pointer with less than 5 seconds left that left the scoreboard reading 98-99 after the buzzer. Lakers were losing 98-96 and Memphis had two free throws to close the match, but Mayo couldn’t handle the pressure and missed both. It was then that Kobe came out with his magic and gave Phil Jackson’s team their seventh win in the last ten games.

Tracy McGrady has been traded to the New York Knicks. In a three-team deal, the Knicks acquired McGrady from the Houston Rockets and Sergio Rodriguez from the Sacramento Kings. Houston gets Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento, and Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries from New York. Sacramento gets Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey from Houston and Larry Hughes from New York. Houston also has the right to swap first-round picks with New York in 2011, and the Rockets also get New York’s 2012 first-round pick. The 2011 pick is top-1 protected and the 2012 pick is top-5 protected. This deal helps the Knicks because it puts them $30 million below the salary cap on July 1. Then they can pursue star free agents such as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Five Players, One Dream

Just this past weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the new basketball documentary about LeBron James, “More Than A Game.” The film was truly incredible to watch and one of the most inspirational videos I have seen in a while. It talks about the “phenom’s” life growing up and the hype he brought to high school basketball. However, the documentary goes deeper beyond basketball, and enters the world of five young teenagers. These boys only wanted to be together during the tough times and celebrate with each other during the good. Through all the poverty and racial issues they endured growing up, each teenager found a sanctuary on the basketball court and ran with the opportunities given to them. All five elected not to attend the local “colored” school and enrolled at a primary white catholic school down the road, in Akron Ohio. There were hardships on the court as each boy faced their own adversity, but they always pulled for one another. LeBron was very emotional during the interviews, which was shown throughout the video. As far as he was concerned, this was his family and he would often recite, “ you play your heart out for your family.” We begin to see that life for these boys was about more than just basketball. It was about growing up and becoming successful adults in the real world. Many doors opened for each of the players. Two of them are currently playing professionally in Europe, two of them are in graduate school and one of them is doing seasonal work in Cleveland. In many instances, sports, and in this case basketball, only last for a short time. Basketball ends up being so small in the total scheme of life. The lesson this movie conveys to us allows us to see that basketball is “More Than A Game.” It is about life.



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