At 23 years of age i have only seen a little over half of the 90’s. I want to start by saying that is why i chose the players i chose for the Knicks overall dream team.

At starting Point Guard: Stephon Marbury (03-08)

Although the early 90’s had John Starks, i feel like Marbury did more for the franchise then Starks did. Honestly though im more then likely being bias due to the fact that i watched more of Marbury being that i was older when he was on the Knicks. Defensively he has 277 steals in only his 4 seasons with the knicks. Although i think the clear starter hear is either Marbury or Starks, the Knicks went on a tear were they had a bunch of point guard legends in Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, and Mike Bibby just to name a few.

At starting Shooting Guard: Allan Houston (96-05)

Not alot of competition for Houston being as though he was the Knicks main guy for nearly a decade. Needless to say id say his closest competition would have to be my all time favorite NBA player Jr Smith. His short lived Knicks Career was filled with 6th man of the year awards and highlight reels.

At starting Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony(11-17)

Easily argued that he is one of the best scorers to ever put on a Knicks uniform. Defineitely a shoe-in for the Knicks dream team. Never averaged 20 points or under in any season he played with the Knicks. He was also the scoring champ for the entire NBA for the 2012-2013 season. The only other SF i would put in a class with Melo is Anthony Mason (RIP). Anthony Mason is a Knicks Legend who did not play far into the 90’s but i still felt the need too put him on this list as a notable mention.

At Starting Power Forward: Charles Oakley (92-98)

In his six years for the Knicks Charles brought a bad boy persona for the New York Knicks. Never being much of a scoring threat, he was a nightmare defensively. You did not want to come in the paint in the garden because if you did you were in for a very long night. One notable mention i will say is Kristaps Porzingis. Although he has only been with the team for 3 seasons he is a future star of the league. In five years i personally believe that we will be talking about Porzingis in the same conversation with Lebron James If given the option id for sure have Kristaps as the Knicks dream team 6th man.

At starting Center: Big Patrick Ewing (92-00)

Patrick was one of few Knicks stars that was actually drafted by the Knicks. Ewing averaged a double-double for the first 6 seasons of him playing on the Knicks. Also never averaging below 22 points per game in his first 6 seasons with the team. Ewing was the face of the knicks for almost a decade same as Houston. One honorable mention id say for center would be Tyson Chandler. Chandler was a great compliment to Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudmire during their run in blue and orange. He brought alot of defensive play along with great rebounding kind of like the great Pat Ewing.

I know im a knicks fan and all, but id have to say this team all the players in their prime id say could beat any team any amount of times on any day. Truly unstoppable, the ultimate dream team.

 

 

 

-The BlogManMan

 

Chris Long has done a lot in his career that makes him a pioneer for equal education and opportunity.                                                                                            Long has showed much contribution towards youth education within the last few years especially. Famous quote from long reads “I believe education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in america”. Making his agenda clear, i first took notice to Chris Long early in 2017. Long donated his first 6 game checks to sending kids in his hometown of Charlottesville,VA to college and the rest of his 10 game checks to charities that support education equality and opportunity.                                                                                                                                                     In 2018 Chris Long matched the donations of other NFL players to raise an additional 1.75M for educational programs. Then we have our more recent gesture. Long and teammate Lane Johnson created motivational t-shirts for the Eagles playoff run and donated all proceeds  to Philadelphia schools. Regardless how you view the mans actions we should all realize that Chris Long is a very smart human being with a great head on his shoulders. The future depends on how well we evolve as a human species. The only way we can do that is by giving the youth that comes after us more then we had. Chris Long realizes that although he might have got a good education, went to college, and made it to the NFL, not every kid in the world got that opportunity. Its great to see that Chris Long wants to take action and take steps to making sure every kid in the world gets a good education.                                                                                                                                                      At the end of the day Mr.Long and i have the same view of this countries future witch is why i classify him as a pioneer in equal education and opportunity.   http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-chris-long-donated-paychecks-charity-20171019.html                                                                                                                                                              TheBlogManMan

Lately the ball family has been in the media like crazy, mainly because of the father Lavar Ball. Lavar has three sons, Lonzo, Liangelo, and LaMelo. Lonzo the oldest son has just been drafted 2nd overall in this past NBA draft. Liangelo the middle son would be starting his freshman year of college this year and youngest son LaMelo would be going into his junior year of high school.

As of late Lavar has been receiving a lot of controversy for two reasons in particular.

  1. Liangelo went to jail in china for shoplifting while he was supposed to be there playing in a tournament with his team. He was then released from jail and returned to the states. The President Donald Trump has made it clear that he thinks he is the reason Liangelo was released from the Chinese prison. Upon returning to the US UCLA held a press conference where Ball was to thank Mr Trump for bringing him home. Later Lavar told media he believes Trump had nothing to do with it and pulled Liangelo from UCLA for making him be apart of the press conference.
  2. LaMelo was told he would be ineligible to play college basketball because of his family sponsor Big Baller Brand (BBB). College players are not aloud to get paid while they are in school. As a result Lavar pulled him out of high school also.  After being pulled out of school, LaMelo and Liangelo are informed by Lavar that they will be moving to Lithuania to play professionally overseas. This is where the controversy begins, take your kids out of school to leave the US and play pro? In my opinion, this was the best move for Lavar to do with the situation him and his family were in. He is very vocal saying he wants all three of his sons to play of the Lakers and this power move can only help that cause. Id say Melo and Gelo play in Lithuania for about 2 years and then they both enter the NBA draft. Some people see a father that is selfish for making a brand for his sons. In my eyes that is the greatest thing he could ever do. He seen his sons were good at something and he branded his family. He made working out and getting better the thing to do in his house. Lavar Ball ran a mini military. Yes they are teenagers/young men and are probably a little rebellious at time but that family is ran like the kids are the soldiers and Lavar is the general. At the end of the day everything Lavar is doing is showing effort in trying to make his sons future more bright then it already is. How can we decide that caring for his kids future makes him a bad father? Lesson to all , Stop Judging Lavar and work on your kids future. Regardless of what you have to do work on making their life a little bit easier when they get older. That should be the ultimate goal for every parent. Lavar Ball is a GREAT father .

Written by: Michael Lynch

Currently in my 9-5 job entitles me to travel for long periods of time every day, being at this job for going on 5 years now i have had to find ways to pass the time while on many of road trips to prevent myself from going crazy ! Here are 4 ways i have learned work for me while on long drives or road trips.

  1. Podcasts:                                                                                                                                                                                         I myself love many different kinds of music. Although the types of music i like are more old school types of music, therefore the type of music i like doesn’t come out as often as it used to. That being said after listening to the same music for a certain amount of time you get tired of it and look for other ways to entertain yourself. The reason more and more people are starting to enjoy podcasts on road trips is because it allows you to feel like your watching people have a conversation without ever seeing them. If your listening to a good enough podcast it should almost feel like you are in the room having the conversation with them. Speaking of podcasts go check mine out on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1B91Ua5iOShHtu0Su1MysA
  2.  Talking on the phone:                                                                                                                                                               In states that its legal, it is good to talk on the phone to keep yourself occupied and awake while on your long road trips. Its always good to communicate and i bet everyone can think of a family member or friend that they don’t talk to on a day to day basis that they would like to catch up with or just stay in touch with. What better time then when your doing nothing but watching the lines on the highway pass you by.
  3. Visit places:                                                                                                                                                                                    Say i am on a business trip heading from Brooklyn NY to Boston MA. Not that bad of a trip only 4 hours, at first glance you think drive straight threw get there as fast as possible. Although if you have no reason to rush why would you? Before your trip research monuments or other interesting stops in your route, not only does it serve as entertainment to you it also serves as a goal your setting for yourself. I’ve noticed that on road trips it is good to divide up your drive so that you have times to look forward to on your drive. For example if your monument is only 2 hours and 30 mins into your 4 hour drive, it lets you look forward to a short 2.5 hour drive instead of dreading a full 4 hour drive. Driving is also not the greatest thing for your health so a rest stop to get out and stretch is good for you regardless of what you stop to do.
  4. Audio Books:                                                                                                                                                                          Even though i never got into audio books, similar to podcasts they can prove to be a good source of entertainment that doesn’t require you to watch something but instead to listen to something.                                 I hope you have found this blog useful and again if ever road tripping make sure to check the podcast out:          The BBQ Pit Live-Youtube                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4DMYbM4m4s

The use of low kicks also known as leg kicks are very effective for a variety of ways. On a MMA stand point there a couple different reasons you would want to use leg kicks. One of those reasons is you being the longer fighter, if your opposition is smaller in length then you are then it is a known fact that they would like to get in close since they cant reach you from certain distances. To hold your opposition at range is to keep them at the end of your leg kicks. In order to do so you would need to strike your oppositions legs with the bottom of your shin or the top of your foot. Another time a MMA fighter would need to use leg kicks would be if they were fighting a power puncher. For the most part power punchers lean with a lot of pressure on their lead leg. Delivering hard leg kicks throws off their balance and if hard enough could also make it hard for them to walk on the particular leg or even make them change their stance and have to stand with their power hand as their jab hand. Now if you aren’t into MMA but you want to be prepared for everyday situations, weather it be getting jumped or just being in a one on one altercation it is still very advisable to learn how to properly throw leg kicks. The most important leg kick in every day situations would be oblique kicks in my personal opinion. Unlike normal leg kicks that come like a swinging motion from the side that strikes with that top of your leg on the inside or outside of your opponent’s leg, an oblique kick is delivered with the bottom of your foot to the top of the shin/knee. As i was growing up my father always taught me that if you are ever being jumped your only objective should be to cut the numbers down, in other words start taking people out of the fight. The best way to do so is by inflicting injury. As messed up as that sounds if you think about it in a situation where multiple people are attacking you when you are alone, there aren’t many other ways to escape the attack unharmed. By throwing oblique kicks towards someones knee while they apply pressure on their leg can cause a high risk of that person hyper extending or even tearing ligaments their knee. Check out the link below to see more videos on the effectiveness of leg kicks in MMA and also in everyday situations.

http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/vault/street/do-leg-kicks-really-work-in-the-street

The bulls traveled to New York to take on the knicks on January 10,2018. A interesting match up between two young teams that have showed glimpses of promise throughout this season. The Bulls with there young speed guard combo of Kris Dunn and Jerin Grant, with key role players like Justin Holiday, Nikola Mirotic, and Denzel Valentine. Their biggest addition though has definitely been the teams rookie, Lauri Markkanen. Shooting the most made threes per game then any rookie has ever and carrying the bulls team on his back with the absence of Mirotic tonight would show to be the reason we got to experience the game that we did. The Knicks are also trying to build their team threw the fountain of youth. Making the star of the team third year player Kristaps Porzingis, hes showed he is the right guy to build the knicks franchise around. With the offseason additions of Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter the Knicks offensive game has been almost unstoppable when the three are healthy. Rookie Frank Ntilikina and second year player Ron Baker are Blossoming Frank as a defensive pest and Baker as a scrappy SG that plays with alot of heart. The game tonight went to Double OT and the bulls ending up winning the game 122-119. All through out the game the bulls had no answer for Michael Beasley, on the other hand the Knicks also had no answer from bulls big man Lauri Markkanen. Eventually a couple of poor shot choices and turnovers is what came to the demise of the knicks on this night. I must say as a knicks fan myself i always hate seeing us lose but it was good to see the fight they had in them and it was also good seeing that the team dosen’t have to rely on just one star player. At any time any point of the season anybody on the roster can have a good night. Check the stats:

Bulls 122  Knicks 119

Knicks :

Beasley: 26pts 12rbds

Jack: 16pts 10rbd 10asts

Porzingis: 24pts 6rbds 4blk

 

Bulls:

Markkanen: 33pts 10rbds

 

 

Valentine: 20pts 9rbds

Lopez: 20pts 7rbds 

The New York Knicks are a young NBA team that is supposed to be in their first year of a rebuild this season with the recent trading of star forward Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks along side star forward Kristaps Porzingis have different thoughts in mind, sitting at 9th in the east at the moment they are in great position to make a late season run at the playoffs. Here are 6 ways i believe the Knicks can get there.

  1. Kristaps Porzingis needs to get out of his “tired” slump: Kristaps Porzingis has recently been is some heat as he admitted that the pressure of New York is getting to him and he is getting tired early in the season before the all star break. Impressing everyone in the beginning of the season with multiple 20-30 point games, he has significantly slowed down. His reasoning for this is that with the star role he is taking over he believes it is making his body tired and this is cause of his poor play.
  2. Enes Kanter needs to play like he wants a max contract: early preformances such as his christmas day game were he scored 31pts and 22rbds. He also is slowing down as of late scoring under 18 and getting less then 9rbds in his last 3 games. Although he is playing efficiently, his spark on offence is desperately needed with Porzingis playing the way he is.
  3. Tim Hardaway JR comes back from injury: Tim hardaway has been injured the entire month of December and has still not returned. I firmly believe that when Tim makes his return our offensive production will go way up and this can result in us getting the wins we need to get into the playoffs.
  4. Michael Beasley becomes more consistent: When playing with a good amount of minutes Michael Beasley has shown that he can  carry the knicks on his back. For example on a night where Beasley plays 15 mins he scores 6pts and 5rbds, another example is him getting 13mins and scoring 6pts and 2rbds. On the other end of the spectrum when the knicks foward played 26mins he scored 18pts and 9rbds. On another night when he played 25 mins he scored 20pts and 9rbds. Its obvious that when he plays more mins he can carry the scoring load for the knicks, in other words KEEP BEASLEY IN THE GAME.
  5. STAY HEALTHY: This season the Knicks have been plagued with injuries with Hardaway being out since the beginning of December, Frank the rookie was injured for about the first 5-8 games,and Kristaps and Enes have also had to miss a couple games of piece due to minor injuries. With all these key players healthy i believe the Knicks have a good chance and competing in the east.
  6. Rookies keep improving: The G- League is a great place, Dotson, Baker, and Burke are all improving in a big way playing in the G-league. The Improvement that Frank is showing us is in his defense and in his shot choice. He has always been a great defensive player but in the beginning of the season he had a thing for taking ill advised shots, now a days he has seemed to get his head wrapped around what shots to and not to take. Dotson showed flashes of a great wing man in his early games with the Knicks. Growing in the G-league is doing good for him as he has improved his speed and ball handling, hopefully making the knicks a threat in the years to come.

 

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5 Places to eat while on East Coast US.

In my 23 years of life i have traveled many places, mostly along the east coast. Here are 5 places to eat if you ever find your self on the east coast of the united states.

  1. Di Fara Pizza: 1424 avenue J, New York. Operated since 1964 by Mr. Papa Pizza himself, one of the most original New York style pizzas you can get in the beautiful state of New York. Papa Pizza is originally from Italy witch is where his rich traditional Italian flavor comes from.
  2. Sonny’s Famous Steaks: 228 Market st, Philadelphia PA. 100% Angus beef sliced in house with fresh mozzarella, you should only eat the best while on your vacation. Sonny’s prides themselves as “The best Cheese steak in Philly”.
  3. Lenny’s New York Pizza: 1456 ocean shore blvd, Ormond Beach FL. Having ate at many pizza places in Florida i must say that Lenny’s comes the closest to emulating a New York slice inside the state of Florida.
  4. Michael’s Pizza 1701 N Kings hwy, Myrtle Beach SC. Living in SC for the majority of my adult life i can say i have tried up to 1,000 different pizza joints in South Carolina, although there are some places that are close, Michael’s has the closest taste to a original New York Slice. Also a quick 5 minute walk to the beach makes for a great bite to eat after a day on the Beach.
  5. Michelangelo’s: 794 Main st Center Moriches NY. Di Fara might have the best pizza in the city but Michelangelo’s takes the island by a long shot. Pizza in the city and on the island are only slightly different ,but in my personal opinion Long island pizza is a little better then city pizza.                                                                        Always eat the best. If your as passionate about your pizza and cheese steaks as i am make sure you choose these places to eat on the east coast, you wont regret it.

 

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