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No Kobe Beef With Shaquille O’Neal

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No Kobe Beef With Shaquille O'Neal
"Hey Shaq! How does my pass taste?"

Back like that like Ghostface Killah and Ne-Yo, I’m sorry Kanye West but she no longer “ordered the Kobe beef like Shaquille O’Neal.”

No matter how much the Japanese massage those cows like Gary Vitti’s training table.

This is the remix.

Perhaps you can order some Kobe beef at ‘Shaquille’s’ restaurant across from STAPLES?

But you won’t get 12 onion rings…you’ll get five though. One under Jordan like 24 is one more than 23.

M.J. or King LeBron.

When Shaq and Kobe played together they won more really big rings than Drake and Future, until they fell out more time than Drake and Meek Mill. But now it’s all good like…well Drake and Meek Mill. But that doesn’t stop the media from being on their worst behavior when they think things are going bad.

After the dynamic of duos threepeated like Jordan did twice for Phil Jackson, Shaq took his talents to South Beach after it was clear Kobe wanted to be the alpha for Beta or worse. That’s when a little red corvette met a brick wall as this prince and this L.A. King had a death of a dynasty in this head rolling rock L.A. familia game of thrones way before King James’ version.

But then a remote control sized 15 sneaker fueled by Diesel drove into the Black Mamba’s foot at All Star weekend, he smiled like he was looking at an old friend and Shaq and Kobe clapped hands and dapped up like these two idols had already made friends B.T.S. They even reunited in Los Angeles to be co-MVP’s at an All Star game at STAPLES that had many palm tree pining for a Lake Show redemption reunion (the one Superman they really wanted to return), all before the Big Shamrock closed his career out with the Celtics of all teams.

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Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal – Los Angeles Lakers

Post career they’ve chopped it up on podcasts and sat down for hour long ESPN specials remaining close friends reunited. Not to mention statue unveils and jersey retirements. Yet the playful rivalry remains. Without either of them telling each other how their ass tastes. Shaq bet Kobe he couldn’t make 50 in his last ever game…and the son of a bitch went out and hit 60. But yesterday people where trying to put a John and Paul wedge between them like they said Yoko did with some spare quotes looking to be turned into a script for ‘Beef 2’ like DMX and Nas in Hollywood.

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Kobe said something back in the day about how he would have won 12 rings if Shaq hit the gym more like people on Instagram these days to which Shaq slyly replied on said social media that he would have 12 rings if Kobe passed more, especially against the Pistons…classic!

But alas Kobe tweeted it was “nothing but love” when it came to the MDE (Most Dominant Ever) to which Shaq replied in kind, throwing shade at new Lakers returning center Dwight Howard (speaking of 12…not his new number “who dis” of 39) like when he did a Reggie Miller like “Spike (or “Dwite”) who” when asked about the Lakers signing back the center by TMZ at a Papa John’s. Howard talking about redemption (redemption? You’re about to average four minutes a game). A Superman Kobe does still have beef with as his emoji response was head in hand all the dead skull shade you need after the Dark Knight’s second Man Of Steel partnership broke up like bad phone signal.

And is it any wonder that Howard is getting this much heat off other Laker fans on social media after he had a Snapchat story of him rolling up to practice in a purple Rolls Royce left on live all day? The open season on trolling was like fish in a barrel. For all the former Lakers that the Lake Show could have got back in purple and gold this Summer-D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson-they ended up with Dwight f###### Howard of all people.

Soft…soft!

Is is a bird? Is it a lame?

But when it comes to Kobe and the real Superman there is a bulletproof bond stronger than steel.

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career
The Greatest Comeback Ever Told...

“I wasn’t supposed to be here”.

Shaun Livingston wasn’t even supposed to be still playing.

But boy did he.

He almost lost his leg.

But man he didn’t.

When Shaun Livingston entered the league as the fourth pick and a wide eyed kid with youthful exuberance above the rim in Hollywood. Him and the youngest Roc L.A. Familia (remember the classic SLAM cover?) crew of Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling even took some of the bright lights of downtown L.A. from Shaq and Kobe of all dynamic duos from the basements of STAPLES. Arguably the most exciting Clippers team this side of Buffalo…yeah I said it Blake, Jordan and CP3…you too Kawhi and PG-13. It was an Iverson age of cornrows and tattoos. It was the generations hood to the storied Lake Show’s Hollywood history.

But then with a death of a dynasty a bunch of young Roc’s with the rock ended up all over the place too like State Property. The future of these young guns looked bleak like Memphis. Miles went to LeBron’s Land before the King. Elton ended up setting up his Brand in Philly. Whilst Odom went cross-court and stadium with the Lakers after a brief stint of talent in Miami when he was traded back to the bright lights and Kardashian city for Shaq.

But what happened to Shaun Livingston was so much worse.

With Charlotte as a Bobcat Shaun suffered a gruesome injury so bad it almost made Gordon Hayward’s opening night one look like a sprain…almost. Lets not front for the funny that injury was so bad and his comeback story so good too ’till this playing day.

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But no comeback story in this league is greater than Livingston’s, living for his career.

He almost lost his leg. Instead doctors saved it and then through the hardest of work and the most powerful perseverance Shaun saved his career…and then made it even better. And he could even still catch a few above the rim.

Number 34 ended up back in California with the Golden State Warriors via a comeback in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Nets. Out in The City of Oak Town he ended up winning three championships and going to two more finals before calling it a career yesterday and feeling “sad, fortunate and grateful” in his retirement. He was microwave more than just a super sub alongside legendary Sixth Man Finals MVP Andre Igudola (also gone this off-season with some guy name Kevin). He was an integral player to the dynasty influence that showed the Dubs were more than just the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond and Durant. His jersey belongs up there in the new state of the art arena in San Francisco across the Golden Gate although his legend and legacy will always tram remain in the Golden State of Oakland, as the Warriors look to maybe Six Man legend Jamal Crawford to replace in joining big signing D’Angelo Russell in backing up the backcourt.

Now that’s what I call a true Warrior King.

Don’t call it a comeback unless it’s like this.

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Charles Barkley’s Round Bronze Of Rebound

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Charles Barkley's Round Bronze Of Rebound
Legends Walk Of Fame...

“I don’t think I’ve ever been that skinny!”

Trust Chuck to have the best soundbite of the night.

But after all it was his day.

Yesterday the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a statue of Sir Charles Barkley outside their Camden practice facility. Joining the bronze likes of his legendary teammates at the time Dr. J, Julius Erving and the late great Moses Malone for one of the most storied teams in NBA history from The Answer to The Process.

“There is not a lot I can say this is just a humbling experience but it really means a great deal because I think people know what the 76ers mean to the NBA,” Barkley said of the honour to those in attendance.

Your move Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns.

But after running a power statue on Chuck to join the Legends Walk of Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Mo Cheeks et al at the Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey there are still spots left for the likes of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as Bark also remarked that he believes the new Sixers with Tobias Harris and this Summer’s free agent Al Horford will win the NBA Championship next year.

Isn’t he a TNT analyst?

You can forgive him it was an emotional day.

But stranger things have happened this Summer, Philly didn’t run out of bronze for the Round Mound of Rebound and one of the greatest players, especially Power Forwards the game has ever seen is finally getting his due in-between joking around with Shaq, Kenny Smith and E.J.

“You come here as a 21-year-old kid and now 40 years later – it has been pretty amazing – and it all started here so I just want to thank the 76ers Organization and the city of Philadelphia,” the great added. As Philadelphia Sixers head coach Brett Brown agreed, “We are privileged to have you a part of our past. You are referenced often.”

We all have our favourite stories about one of Basketball’s beloved, Top 50 players of all-time who averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals during his time in Pennsylvania. And here’s mine…I don’t even think he was playing with Philly at the times but who cares? I tell this to people often-even non Bball fans-when they need some inspiration and I reach to my grab bag of top three stories that make me smile when I’m down. The other is an exchange between Wilt Chamberlain and playground legend Earl Manigault that Don Cheadle and Kevin Garnett as the Stilt recaptured at the Rucker for the G.O.A.T. movie (look it up), and the third being the time U2’s Bono made that “everytime I clap my hands someone dies” gaff.

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Anyway if you’re sitting comfortably I’ll begin…

Back in the golden era 90’s day there was a Nike commercial in a barbershop featuring then Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell boasting about one of them dunking on Barkley (I think it was Spree…see how good I am at telling this story Philadelphia?). I don’t even think I saw a Basketball in the whole commercial…let alone so much of a sneaker. But anyway the next time Chuck came up against those two in Oakland be hit like 50 odd points or something completely dominating the duo and game. With C-Webb and Sprewell down and out, draped in towels on the bench, Barkley after being a silent assassin all game and saying nothing in reply, backpedaled back downcourt after his last shot, finally looked at the distraught two and said…

“Put that in a f###### commercial!”

BOOM!

I hope the Dubs athletic trainer had some Aloe Vera.

I like this Charles Barkley quote too from back in the ’92 Dream Team Olympics heyday were he defined the fun that what his life and career by saying, “we’re here for a good time. Not for a long time!”

Well now in bronze he’s going to be here forever.

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