- You must check out the crazy dunk LeBron James pulled off in warm ups the other night. [The Basketball Jones]
- The Jones also points us to a very interesting article at Hoop's World detailing David Stern's mission to make the NBA less fun and less fan friendly.
As debilitating as these actions have been
towards the player-fan dynamic, Stern's latest decree may be the worst one. As
reported at the end of last week's "The
Biz" report, the NBA has decided to take all NBA-related video content
off of the Internet. Highlights and game clips will now only be available in
NBA.com's video library.
By far the biggest blow in Stern's destruction
of the relationship between fans and the game, Stern has effectively removed an
opportunity for fans to interact with basketball. These are the same fans that
buy the tickets, jerseys, shoes, and posters, but they're being shut out on the
'net because David Stern's backside needed some extra cushioning?
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well-thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) February 21, 2017
Philadelphia Magazine's Dan McQuade unearthed a YouTube video of a 1992 interview former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham did with real estate tycoon Donald Trump from his short-lived interview special titled Randall Cunningham’s Celebrity Rap.
Apparently, it was a show on WCAU where Cunningham sat down with random celebrities. As McQuade points out, it is pretty weird.
And one of those celebrities just so happened to go on to become president of the United States.
There isn't a whole lot about sports. Trump briefly mentions Randall's career with the Eagles and also discusses Mike Tyson and his rape conviction. Trump appears sympathetic to Tyson's struggles.
Mostly it's a puff piece in which Trump talks somewhat aimlessly from topic to topic. If you don't want to waste 15 minutes watching it, Philly Mag summarized the most bizarre moments.