Thursday, 25 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Jay-Z should start RocNation London!!! he is always in town!!!
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Tracy McGrady is going to get a chance to show he is still a top NBA player.
And he wants to stick around if the New York Knicks bring in some bigger stars this summer, even if it means taking less money.
McGrady joined the Knicks on Friday after being acquired in a three-team trade a day earlier. He said he is nearly 100 percent after microfracture knee surgery, vowing that, "This is not the same Tracy from last season, when I was hobbling on one leg."
The seven-time All-Star knows he could just be a short-term rental before the Knicks pursue players such as LeBron James or Dwyane Wade this summer, but said he would take a considerable pay cut from this season's $22.5 million salary to stay in New York if the Knicks got those types of players.
"I've made a lot of money over my career and I could retire right now and I could be fine financially. My kids can be fine when they get older. Money is not an issue for me," McGrady said.
"So if these guys were to bring in a LeBron, a D-Wade, along with a Chris Bosh or a (Amare) Stoudemire, I'd be a damn fool to not want to stay here. So I'm just telling you right now that I will definitely embrace the opportunity to be here. Money is not an issue."
McGrady said the Knicks were his preference once Houston decided to try to trade him, adding he would have sought a buyout if he were sent elsewhere. He finally got his wish Thursday in a three-team deal that included Sacramento, saying he was disappointed this season by a lack of communication from Rockets management.
"I didn't know. I really didn't know," McGrady said. "And that's just the unfortunate situation, that I just like for management to be upfront and honest with me. That's all I ask, honesty. And if we can't sit and have a conversation eye to eye and be honest with me, then all the respect and trust goes out the window."
Though he has played only six games this season after the knee operation a year ago this month, McGrady will be featured by a Knicks team that has only faint playoff hopes. That could start as early as Saturday, when McGrady and fellow newcomer Sergio Rodriguez could debut against Oklahoma City.
And it'll be in Mike D'Antoni's old offense. The Knicks traded away big men Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill in the deal for McGrady, so they're going to be undersized and have to try to run teams out of the building the way D'Antoni's Suns did.
"We're going back, speed it up again," D'Antoni said. "We're going to have to spread the floor and we're going to have to score."
McGrady once seemed an ideal player for that style, averaging 21.9 points and winning a pair of scoring titles in 13 seasons. But the 30-year-old swingman has played just 41 games the last two seasons, and D'Antoni said they're anxious to see his health.
"Stay tuned," McGrady said. "Only thing I can do is just go out there and play my game and be me."
D'Antoni had Stoudemire in Phoenix, so he's had experience coaching players coming back from microfracture surgery.
"There were no restrictions on Amare and there were days you'd go, 'I don't know if he's quite back' and there were days you'd go, 'Oh man, he's back,"' D'Antoni said. "So a little up and down, a little roller-coaster."
The Knicks can accept that, because everything they've done has positioned the team for the summer, not this season. Their moves Thursday left them with nearly enough money to offer maximum salary contracts to two top players.
McGrady realizes he's lost his place in that category and now would be happy just to join them when basketball turns around in New York.
"Last couple of years I've been injured, so I recognize that," he said. "And I realize that you've got one of the best players in our league that's going to be a free agent. You've got a couple of them. LeBron, D-Wade, Chris Bosh, Stoudemire, I recognize that. Those guys are on top right now. I'm just a guy that was injured. No sweat, I'll just come out here, do what I've got to do for two months, and then I can put my name back in there.
"Now don't get me wrong, if I come back and I'm healthy and I'm playing well, we're obviously going to do some negotiating. But what I'm saying is if a LeBron comes here or a D-Wade comes here and you're matching them with, pairing them up with Stoudemire or Chris Bosh, I know I'm not going to get the big bucks, but save a little for me."
NOTES: Eddie House, acquired from Boston in the Nate Robinson deal, wasn't yet available but could be Saturday. ... The Knicks waived Brian Cardinal, acquired from Minnesota on Wednesday for Darko Milicic.
Am excited for this summers trades and the rest of the season, I hope TMAC has a good run!!!!
info via nba.com
This dude here should be #1 draft pick (well he is on RocNation), dude grinded, no gimmicks, went College, hustled a regular job and made beats and tracks trying to get recognition, hope it pays off, he might just be the new Blueprint to the game!!!
video via xxlmag
Here’s the scoop:
Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Shyne Po has signed a 7-figure deal with Def Jam.*
This ends a bidding war that had industry bigwigs vying for Shyne’s attention, flying to Belize, calling and courting, ever since the Brooklyn emcee was released from prison and deported to Belize back in October.
For Shyne to turn down hard-court pressure from Jimmy Iovine/Dr.Dre and others and instead join LA Reid back at his last known recording-residence actually seems like an inevitable move….because I’ve been hearing that Shyne has been pow-wowing with veteran manager Kyambo “HipHop” Joshua for a while now. Joshua and his HipHopSince1978 partners, Gee Roberson, also manage Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and more. Meanwhile, my old friend Al Branch is both a partner in HipHopSince1978 and a high-level exec at Def Jam…see how that works? Synergy! Now there have been recent reports of new label-wide pressures, but with this team in place, Shyne is in good hands.
As for the logistics, the plan is for Shyne to work out of London, it’s a buzzing hip hop hub with all the necessary facilities. Oh, and about that first verse which appeared on an early DJ Khaled album leak (and is allegedly scratched from the final tracklisting)…I’m hearing that Shyne didn’t intend that verse to be his first look. After nearly a decade inside, he’s allowed a little time to figure out what direction he’ll take.
When Miss Info drops an exclusive like this, I believe her, hence the name, am looking forward to new music from Shyne, I was still rockin with his last two albums while he was incarcerated, wonder what Puffs views are on the deal, also why would he go Interscope when Badboy has moved over there...Jimmy Iovine chill out!!! Shyne make that money...7 figures..God Damn (no blasphemy)
Nicki Minaj on the cover of fader next month,now thats a good look!
pic via Fader
Friday, 12 February 2010
Ok the trailer of this movie is funny, its like watching one of Diddys reality shows Vs Russell Brand stand-up, if you ask me thats genius, what these two guys have in common is trying to break into the Hollywood industry, this is not a bad comedy, look forward to it
pics via apple trailers
Thursday, 11 February 2010
So the "Bajan" sensation reminded me she is from the islands with this video ;)
I dont really know about Rihanna but besides "umbrella" the production/sound of her last few singles trump other stuff she has previously done!!!
Rick Ross is going in!!! Teflon Don promo has started and the 1st single is looking like something straight out of a movie, if the production is as impeccable as Deeper Than Rap, and the Boss is spitting at his best, he will be a problem!!! Chrisette is looking and sounding magnificent!!!
pics via realtalkny.net
Monday, 8 February 2010
On a day that multinational conglomerates are making big money with their commercials, Jay-Z reminds people he is a business - man!!! I like this one