This should be interesting. Hall of Fame NBA player Scottie Pippen is expressing interest in becoming a head coach in the league. Pippen has no head coaching experience, but is looking to link with his former coach Phil Jackson and work his magic for a team.
“It is (my goal to be head coach),” Pippen said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I still enjoy the game. I’m around the game. I’m a guy that has always loved basketball, and I love being a part of it.”
There were rumblings during the summer that the Orlando Magic were flirting with Jackson for a possible executive role with the understanding Pippen would be the coach, but Jackson withdrew from consideration and that scenario disappeared.
Asked if during the offseason he was close to becoming a coach, Pippen said: “No, I don’t think so. I just think it was some rumors that got out there. Nothing really stuck. I can’t say I sat down to talk to any team about being a head coach.”
Pippen, who is an ambassador for the Chicago Bulls, was considered one of the greatest defensive forwards in NBA history, but he has no coaching experience. That may be why, ideally, Pippen would like to be reunited with Jackson. The two combined with Michael Jordan to win six titles with the Bulls in the 1990s.
“That would be great,” Pippen said. “Phil is a great person, a great mind for the game and I know he still wants to be a part of the game, so if that scenario were to happen, yes, it would be great to be able to work for a guy who’s been your mentor throughout your career.”
NBA star Dwyane Wade plans on telling his story of fatherhood via a new book. Wade has joined William Morrow of HarperCollins Publishers to release his first book entitled “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball”. The book will focus on Wade’s childhood in Chicago, but also talk about the challenges that he has faced as a divorced father of two sons.
You may remember that Wade had a very nasty custody battle with his ex wife last year, and was awarded custody of the couple’s two sons. Throughout all of the tribulations that he has face, Wade has remained a positive influence in the lives of his children. He told the Associated Press “I don’t have to share it with people, But I felt there was a need. So many people came up to me in this process, so many fathers, so many men came up to me to congratulate me and to ask me how, how I did it and why I believed I could do it.”
Wade has been honored by the National Fatherhood Initiative for his hard work and dedication in fatherhood, and he also hosted a round table discussion in Orlando earlier this year as a part of President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.
As a writer, Dwyane wants to use this book as an opportunity to give people more insight on him as a father. “I think the biggest thing when I set out to write a book was just to share my experiences, from when I was a kid, my upbringing, my struggles, my joyous times, to becoming a father,” Wade said. “I’m trying to compare them, how they’ve been the same in a sense, even though my worlds are totally different. But we’re still dealing with the same things. From rags to riches, it really doesn’t matter.”
The NBA lock out may still be going on, but that’s not going to stop Kobe Bryant from Hustling HARD. Bryant’s deal is reportedly 95% done and will have him playing for Virtus Bologna of the Italian league.
Sources say that Kobe will be paid $3 Million for the first 40 days of the season.
In a radio interview the president of Virtus Bologna said “There’s still some things to arrange, but at this point I’m very optimistic. I would say it’s 95 percent done.” The deal will last for about 10 games and will allow Kobe to return to the NBA whenever this lockout is over.
Bryant still has three years and $83.5 million left on his contract with the Lakers.
The NBA season SHOULD start on November 1st but at the rate these negotiations are going who knows if there will even be a season this year.
Jay-Z announced that the New Jersey Nets will be officially renamed the Brooklyn Nets when they begin to play in the Barclay Center next year. Jay also said that the venue will be opening with a special concert series beginning on September 28, 2012.
Looks like the Meta World Peace fuckery is about to begin. The artist formerly known as Ron Artest appeared on Dancing With The Stars and showed off his new hairstyle. Artest hit the stage with blonde hair, a blonde goatee, and the words “World Peace” written in Hebrew on the side of his head.
I think he was also auditioning for the remake of Meteor Man..Because he fit right in..
In a book that is being released next Tuesday, author Joe McGinniss makes the claim that the former Governor of Alaska had a one night stand with former NBA player Glen Rice.
According to the book the two hooked up back in 1987 when Rice was in college and Palin was a sports reporter for Anchorage, Alaska TV station KTUU. Allegedly, the tryst occurred while Rice was in Alaska for a basketball camp. According to McGinnis, Palin had a “fetish” for black men and hooked up with Rice a few months before she eloped and married her boyfriend Todd.
Rice was reportedly contacted by the author of the book, and confirmed that he did knock the Alaskan boots of the woman who would eventually be thrown into the nation’s political spotlight.
Remember a few years back when Gilbert Arenas got into a locker room altercation with a teammate over a bet and they Arenas went and got his chopper out of his trunk? Well the man on the other side of Gilbert’s lead was a Wizards player named Javaris Crittenton.
Atlanta area cops are now looking for Crittenton in connection with the murder of a 23 year old woman. Cops believe that the mother of 3 was hit by a stray bullet when Crittenton was attempting to shoot someone who had previously robbed him.
The woman was shot in the hip and died during surgery…SMMFH!!!!