September 20, 2007
It’s official: the Warriors will place Sarunas Jasikevicius on waivers after agreeing on a buyout with the backup point guard. It’s a shame, because Sarunas never really fit in with the team and seemed like a swell former Communist.
In the end, despite the Warriors’ dire need for a backup point guard, Sarunas’ leadership abilities, Sarunas’ shooting touch and his, ahem, undying enthusiasm (read: excellent cheerleading skills), the Lithuanian guard lacked the athleticism (and perhaps the willingness to throw discipline out the window ) to run in Nellie’s system.
Along with the loss of Adonal Foyle, this means that the Warriors have a serious shortage of towel-wavers.
From the moment he arrived in Oakland, Sarunas has been one of our favorite players (both in seriousness and in jest) so as our farewell to Sarunas, here’s Cabbages showcasing his American Idol skill, singing what can only be the Lithuanian version of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
August 16, 2007
You know you’ve made it when a famous rapper “drops” your name in one of his verses, but when your name is the song and you are a metaphor for the entire album, well, that’s an entirely different stratosphere.
On Kanye West’s upcoming Graduation LP, a track called “Barry Bonds” is expected to be one of the hit singles. The chorus goes “Here’s another hit, Barry Bonds” and Lil’ Wayne will be featured on the track as well:
As he’s been doing on “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” its remix and “Stronger,” West uses “Barry Bonds” in part to proclaim his continued evolution as one of the top lyricists in the game.
“You should go ‘head and bow so hard that you knees hit your fo’head,” he raps over slow synths. “And the flow just hit code red/ Top five MCs, you ain’t gotta remind me/ Top five MCs, you gotta rewind me/ I’m high up on the line, you could get in behind me/ But my head’s so big, you can’t sit behind me.”
Now, we’re pretty sure that Kanye’s reference to his big head is a wink-wink to his infamous ego, but a bulbous dome line in a song titled “Barry Bonds” is just brilliant.
Also, Barry Bonds as the poster child for human evolution is a bit sci-fi scary.
The new album will be released on September 11.
Kanye West And Lil Wayne Counting On ‘Barry Bonds’ For A Hit Single [MTV]
August 15, 2007
It wasn’t too long ago that Luke Whitehead was one of the marquee high school basketball players in the Bay Area. After his time in the San Francisco sun, he went on to a solid four-year career at Louisville, where he became best known for falling on his head.
At the end of his senior year, Luke declared for the NBA Draft, but no team was willing to roll the dice on the onetime Cardinal. In June 2006, he was drafted in the seventh round of the NBA’s D League by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sadly, the Skyforce was not with Luke–see what we did there?–and he was cut in December of the same year.
So, since hoops didn’t quite work out, he did what anyone would do: he turned to rap. Luke can now be known by his alias in the hip hop community. Enter … L-Dubb:
Wow, that was unexpected!
The best part of the video is the 0:16 squat at center court with two fingers pointed to a cartoon bird. That’s street cred, yo.
July 25, 2007
Insert your “Barry Zito is like Richie Valens because they both crashed-and-burned once they got paid” joke at your own eternal peril.
Anyway, here’s BZ singin’ the Beatles.
[Note: We can’t really tell if it’s Barry Zito. But the youtubes wouldn’t lie to us twice in one title, would they?]
June 21, 2007
Who knew? In this video from the guys over at 100%, Baron ain’t half bad at talking quickly and rhyming off the top of his head. Let’s just hope he’s working out in between stints in chic London hip-hop shoe stores, because the last things the Warriors need is a complacent, out-of-shape Baron to show up at camp at the end of the summer.
Anyhoo, Baron Davis need a rap name. Just about anything is better than the NBA rapper-precedent of “Shaq Fu.” Suggestions?
Early candidates: BoomDizzle, B-Diddy, Beard-Thugs-N-Harmony, BD (has a) Cool J.
BDizzle has a second career waiting [100% Injury Rate]
May 1, 2007
Hey, look! The Warriors have celebrity fans! We’ll take Carlos Santana and Jessica Alba over Jack Nicholson and Dyan Cannon any day. Easily.
And now, the universe will continue to implode…
[Images via Golden State of Mind]