With the New York Knicks in this year’s NBA Playoffs a large portion of the Big Apple (all of them sports fans) is ecstatic about the opportunity. You see, it’s been a long time since the nation’s most abundant metropolis has staked its claim in basketball fame past the first round of action. Of course, folks can point out tons of reasons behind the lackluster performance of psst yearsinjuries, distractions, lack of moral support, politics even! Here’s what New York Citybased writer and new República recruit, F. Garcia has to say about some mayoralaffiliated reasons for New York’s recent basketball run.
With the NBA season in full swing, we thought we’d post this hilarious animated short from Grantland. It’s about the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks rivalrya feud that inspired Jalen Rose to take matters into his own hands, literally! Here’s how the point guard got into some beef with Knick’s center Patrick Ewing and decided to capitalize on it by stealing his television/VCR combo.
After reading yesterday’s valid editorial by Señor Burroughs on the ethics of JayZ owning an NBA team, I couldn’t help but to think about the flip side to that coin and about many more instances where the underworld and the modernday mechanics of our American society countlessly rendezvous.
Renowned musician/producer, CeeLo Green, premiered his brandnew megahit single dedicated to winning. Fight To Win is the star’s latest commercial production alongside longtime bandmates The Goodie Mob. The song premiered during yesterday evening’s NBC showing of the megapopular series, The Voice. In a related interview Mr. Green reveals how the tune is actually going to be the lead promotional song for the upcoming 201213 NBA basketball season. Way to hook, land and sink ’em! We’re not mad at that one bit.
Considering the recent positive turnaround of the New York Knicks basketball squad (headed for the NBA playoffs) we thought we’d drop a little post for the tried and true fans out there. Graphic designer and artist, Salehe Black, pays tribute to the modern, oldschool and even injured (Jeremy Lin) Knickerbockers via his series of player illustrations. He applies a familiar Distorted Urban Realist style that projects each player in a largerthanlife proportionsomething that postseason basketball usually does to diehard fans.
For those that may not know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of former NBA player, Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s HIV announcement. The stellar basketball legend’s world literally turned upside down after contracting the disease. Aside from protests from other players and public outcry, personal anguish forced Johnson to reassess his path and goals, to say the least. This Sunday, ESPN presents “The Announcement.” The Rudy Crewproduced documentary follows Johnson’s riveting story of survival and changea must watch for basketball fans everywhere:
So now that just about every single “Knick” name possible has made headlines for 22 yearold basketball phenom, Jeremy Lin, we thought we’d get the real deal from some of the world’s most renowned criticsauthentic New Yorkersto hear what they have to say about #LINSANITY. From one of Uptown basketball’s most recent hallowed grounds, Dyckman Courts, and beyond República proudly presents the hometown skinny on Linny:
Chicago Bulls AllStar point guard, Derrick Rose, is rumored to be preparing to sign a $250K USD contract with Adidas. The deal, being dubbed a “lifetime” one, will span 10 years. Sources say the plan is to give the Nike/Kobe deal some competition, especially in China and the rest of the Far East. If true, Rose will make it into the books as the current highest paid shoe endorser in all of the NBA!
With the NBA season restored and springing into full effect this coming Sunday, here’s one for New York Knicks fans, a special rendition of the Air Jordan Spizikes. Hailing at $175, these may be a bit more expensive than arena seats, but well worth the hometown pride.
In the spirit of NBA basketball legends like Dikembe Mutombo and even fictional Hollywood stories like that of The Air Up There, arrives Elevate, an intriguing documentary about the journey of four African athletes that come to the U.S. in pursuit of hoop dreams. They face academic adversary, social stereotypes, and even personal shortcomings, all while trying to become part of the select few that earn the opportunity to play Division I (NCAA) basketball. Inspiring!