Michael Jackson Rumors
Nick Young returns and the Lakers are 2-0 after starting the season 1-9. Two games is not a huge sample size, but we’re about one or two more wins away from everybody deciding at once to refer to the opposite of Bill Simmons’ Ewing Theory as the Swaggy P Corollary. Young and Jordan Hill got interviewed in the locker room after last night’s victory in Houston, and there were some highlights: Young’s open: “It’s all about my swag. That’s a part of my repertoire. I’m talking about how I just walk off. I leave a presence when I walk off. I’m like Michael Jackson, Prince, all them other guys.”
Cuban said: “When we came here that year he goes, ‘You’re going to win the championship. I already know it, I’m positive of it.’ “It was early in the season, and he goes, ‘If you win, do I get a ring?’ I said, ‘If we win, you’ll get a ring.’ ” On Saturday, Menzies was sporting the championship ring Cuban gave him after the Mavs indeed captured the 2011 title. It’s the same authentic ring Cuban gave his players, and it has Menzies’ name on it. “The only games I wear it are when the Mavericks play here,’’ said Menzies, who previously worked 17 years as a security guard for pop superstar Michael Jackson.
PG: Speaking of breaking things down, I noticed, reading “Thrive,” that the pillars of wellness must be second nature to athletes, who are all about peak performance. You meditate? AH: Every day. KB: [N.B.A. coach] Phil Jackson introduced me to it. When I was 18, Michael Jackson tried to get me to meditate. He could sit in meditation for seven hours. But I couldn’t sit still for 20 minutes. PG: Michael Jackson? KB: Yeah. “Thriller” Michael Jackson.
The joke — “Has anyone noticed that Chris Paul has Michael Jackson’s original nose?” — drew chuckles from Griffin, although Paul tried to play it off as if he wasn’t amused. As it turns out, the tweet was penned by a Mavericks fan who was apparently upset after Paul helped the Clippers knock off the Mavs this year. The fan, who goes by the Twitter handle @undertaker594, took to Twitter to issue a light-hearted apology… and added another quick jab about Paul’s “potato nose.”
The Boston Celtics signed Shavlik Randolph to a 10-day contract because they needed another big man in their front court. If they ever need an entertainer, they now have one of those as well. “I love playing the piano,” Randolph enthusiastically told CSNNE.com. “I love playing the piano and I do a mean Michael Jackson impression dancing.”
When LeBron James said he was taking his talents to South Beach, he wasn’t talking about his vocals. The Miami Heat superstar took the stage Monday night at a charity event hosted by teammate Shane Battier and performed Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You. Let’s just say that all-around dominance on the basketball court doesn’t equate to all-around dominance on the stage. But we have not come here to bash LeBron. His performance was at a charity event that benefits youth and teens through philanthropy and scholarship programs. He got on stage and sold his performance without a hint of vanity. There’s something admirable about that. The sweater: much less so.
Heat forward Shane Battier held his annual “Battioke” event Monday night in Miami Beach. Teammates and executives again embarrassed themselves in front of an audience in order to raise money for the Battier Take Charge Foundation. Obviously, the night produced epic pictures. Check some of the best below.
Out of nowhere one afternoon, Michael Jackson made a call to the irrepressible and isolated Kobe Bryant, and so much changed for him. From a distance, the King of Pop could sense so much of his own obsessive genius within the prodigy. Bryant was the 18-year-old wonder for the Los Angeles Lakers, and no one knew what to make of a restlessness borne of a desperate desire for greatness. “He noticed I was getting a lot of [expletive] for being different,” Bryant said.
“We would always talk about how he prepared to make his music, how he prepared for concerts,” Bryant said. “He would teach me what he did: How to make a ‘Thriller’ album, a ‘Bad’ album, all the details that went into it. It was all the validation that I needed – to know that I had to focus on my craft and never waver. Because what he did – and how he did it – was psychotic. He helped me get to a level where I was able to win three titles playing with Shaq because of my preparation, my study. And it’s only all grown. “That’s the mentality that I have – it’s not an athletic one. It’s not from [Michael] Jordan. It’s not from other athletes. “It’s from Michael Jackson.”
They would talk for hours and hours, visiting at Neverland Ranch, and Bryant has long been fortified by the lessons Jackson instilled about the burden of honoring true talent, about the ways to open your mind to be smarter, sharper and insatiable in the chase. “It sounds weird, I guess, but it’s true: I was really mentored by the preparation of Michael Jackson,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports.
So when you start a question, “I know you don’t see the end coming … ,” Bryant corrects you quickly. “But it’s a lot closer; I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.” And you won’t be the one to stay too long, to make them rip the jersey off your back? “Just thinking about some of the guys that I take advantage of now, taking advantage of me later – that doesn’t sit too well with me,” Bryant said.