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Thompson to open Hall’s doors for Jordan

Michael Jordan had his pick. Dean Smith. Phil Jackson. Maybe even his good friend Charles Barkley.

Each would have been an understandable choice to present Jordan during his induction Friday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith was Jordan’s legendary coach at North Carolina. Jackson helped guide Jordan to six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. Barkley shared the role of rival and running buddy.

Jordan passed on all of them. Instead, he chose someone who had never coached him or played with or against him.

He chose David Thompson. The former NBA high-flyer who had starred at North Carolina … State.

“I got a call from the Hall of Fame and they asked me if I was willing to be a presenter for someone,” Thompson recently told Yahoo! Sports. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t know who it was. … They said Michael Jordan. I was like, ‘Wow.’ He told them that he was a big fan of mine and I was the one that really inspired him. Being that there was so many North Carolina people he could’ve chose, I was honored.

“I was kind of surprised, and also was really flattered that he chose me over Coach Smith. You know how important he is?”

To Jordan, Thompson’s college ties didn’t matter as much as his game. Before Jordan became Air Jordan, David Thompson owned the skies.

Thompson grew up in Shelby, N.C. Jordan was just 11 when Thompson led the Wolfpack to their first NCAA championship in 1974. Nicknamed “Skywalker,” he captured Jordan’s imagination – and that of the rest of the nation – with his 48-inch vertical leap and acrobatic dunks. Thompson went on to play for the Denver Nuggets, and was the runner-up to Julius Erving in history’s first dunk contest during the 1976 ABA All-Star weekend. He once scored 73 points on the final day of the regular season. Drug and alcohol problems shortened his career and kept him from realizing his potential, but he recovered and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

“Even when I go out to speak, that’s how they introduce me, ‘Michael Jordan before Michael Jordan,’ ” Thompson said. “Charles Barkley once said, ‘[Thompson] took the game to the air. … He got people out of their seats.’ I saw a lot of my game in Michael Jordan’s game.”

Thompson first began to hear about Jordan when Jordan was playing at Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C. He knew Jordan was not only considering North Carolina, but N.C. State, too, in large part because Thompson played there. The Wolfpack, however, never asked Thompson to help recruit Jordan, who went to help lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA title as a freshman in 1982. The Wolfpack won the national championship a year later.

“We would have had a couple more championship banners up there if he came,” Thompson said.

Thompson met Jordan for the first time during the 1984 Final Four in Seattle. Jordan was there to receive a National Player of the Year award while Thompson was in the midst of the final season of his NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics.

“My friend took a picture of us together while saying, ‘These are the two best to ever play in the ACC,’ ” Thompson said. “A couple years later he ran into Michael and had the picture on him. Michael got a kick out of it, especially since he had hair back then.”

Thompson said Jordan went out of his way to help him while he was a community ambassador for the Charlotte Hornets in the early 1990s. Then with the Bulls, Jordan would sometimes arrive hours early for road games in Charlotte to meet with underprivileged children.

“The kids treated him like he was the Beatles or Michael Jackson,” Thompson said. “Little girls would shake. He was really good with the kids.

“They didn’t really know who I was, but once he told them I was an inspiration for him they would look at me in a different light. They wanted my autograph. One kid said, ‘You must have been really good if Michael Jordan said that about you.’ ”

Thompson won’t have to give a lengthy speech for Jordan; those days are over for the Hall, replaced by video tributes. But NBA Entertainment recently interviewed Thompson for an hour for Jordan’s introduction, and Thompson will attend all the ceremonies in which Jordan is honored, and stand with him during his induction speech.

Thompson is still overwhelmed Jordan picked him to help celebrate his greatest honor. Over Smith, Jackson, Barkley and everyone else.

“I’ve been smiling ever since,” Thompson said. “I’ve been telling people and they’ve been congratulating me like I was getting in. I’m already in.”

Come this weekend, the game’s greatest legend will be inducted alongside his own idol. Even Michael Jordan knows the importance of recognizing those who came before him.

“I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent,” Jordan wrote in his 1998 autobiography, “For the Love of the Game.” “I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era. Without Julius Erving, David Thompson, Walter Davis, and Elgin Baylor, there would never have been a Michael Jordan. I evolved from them.”
Marc Spears is an NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports. Send Marc a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.

-Great pick on Jordan behalf. Its good to see, "Forgotten Legends" brought back into the picture.-

Improving Yourself, A Better You

Where do you look when you want to change yourself? Easy, we all should know the answer but do you really understand? Im proving yourself is a change you make to yourself to help you. I try everyday to improve on anything even if its a simple as cleaning up. I've always felt great when I push myself through life's simple task. Complaining is what we all do but I for one still will push through even though most wouldn't. Why complain when you won't even take action? Small improvements should be celebrated.....improvement is a good thing right? Breaking bad habits is also hard to do but not impossible. Most spend money on unnecessary items. I've been down that road once but never again my friends. Motivation is key first and foremost, and if you can't register this you have some issues with your "Star Player". Always have a "MO", you have to now and days and that's 100% real talk. Saving your money is a good one that still some people don't know hot to do properly. Stacking at least $1,000 dollars is mandatory. Save 70% and keep 30% is what I do. Staying true to yourself is the main thing. Most of all never give up. When you can finish something no matter the task don't wait just do it! No reason to procrastinate...Get It Done.

Allen Iverson Tweets About Joining Memphis Grizzlies

Well I am about to begin another workout session. Agent informed me that Memphis made us an offer on yesterday. Stay tuned.7:03 AM Aug 26th from web

Memphis is a place that I would love to play. The Grizzlies have good young players with a great upside. I love the city of Memphis too.3:51 PM Aug 27th from web

I would lead by example. I could show how important it is to work hard everyday, play the game the right way, & just like it’s your last!3:57 PM Aug 27th from web

Sounds like the Memphis Grizzlies have made an offer to Allen Iverson. The Grizzlies haven’t given up on A.I. after all.

According to Suicide Lines: “The Griz made their second offer of the summer to Iverson on Tuesday, trying to lure the dynamic scorer with a one-year deal that starts at $3.5 million and is loaded with incentives. Iverson first had a one-year, $5million deal from the Grizzlies to consider. The Griz pulled that offer off the table several weeks ago, but are willing to give Iverson what they have left to spend under the NBA salary cap.”

AP: “Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is denying that the club has made a contract offer to Allen Iverson. Iverson tweeted on Wednesday that Memphis made him a contract offer, and reported soon after that Wallace confirmed the guard’s claim. However, Wallace denied confirming the offer through a team spokesman on Thursday. The team does have interest in the future Hall of Famer though.”

"As much as I like A.I. I feel like he has a long way to go still. I also think that deep down inside he still has what it takes he just needs to prove not only to the world but to himself that he's still "The Answer"

Why are you staring at me?

At the docs office, I've noticed a few people give me funny looks like I'm the foreign one. I feel the spotlight heating up but ignored the situation. Why must people stare like I've just announced, "Worlds worst criminal". By all means I'm not a criminal, no record here, my point is....Why stare? I get the fact that those who have vision can look wherever you please but to stare....its down right annoying. Just venting but it makes for a good discussion. How would you handle or how do you feel when people stare at you for long amounts of time?


What Starts with F and ends with K

A first-grade teacher, Ms. Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, 'Harry, what's your problem?'

Harry answered, 'I'm too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!'

Ms. Brooks had had enough. She took Harry to the Principal's office.

While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.

Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

Principal: 'What is 3 x 3?'

Harry: '9.'

Principal: 'What is 6 x 6?'

Harry: '36.'

And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.

The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, 'I think Harry can go to the 3rd grade.'

Ms. Brooks says to the principal, 'Let me ask him some questions.'

The principal and Harry both agreed.

Ms. Brooks asks, 'What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?'

Harry, after a moment: 'Legs.'

Ms Brooks: 'What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?'

The principal wondered why would she ask such a question!

Harry replied: 'Pockets.'

Ms. Brooks: 'What does a dog do that a man steps into?'

Harry: 'Pants.'

Ms. Brooks: What starts with a C, ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?'

Harry: 'Coconut.'

The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.

Ms. Brooks: 'What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?'
The Principal's eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Harry replied, 'Bubble gum.'

Ms. Brooks: 'What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?'

Harry: 'Shake hands.'

The principal was trembling..

Ms. Brooks: 'What word starts with an 'F' and ends in 'K' that means a lot of heat and excitement?'

Harry: 'Firetruck.'

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, 'Put Harry in the fifth-grade, I got the last seven questions wrong.....'


Clowing Around Pt 3



Clowing Around Pt 2

Once again.......Acting a fool dancing and just having fun which is the best part. Enjoy


The Family Dog ......Cloud

Cloud.... The family pet. Pomeranian mixed with a Sheltie Cloud can be quite the handful at all times LOL! I wanted to share some of clouds crazy antics that I sure will have you leaving this page with a smile. There's so many good and bad times I can share with with pup who will be a year old in October. Dubbed with a nickname, "Captain Crazy", Cloud has done it all.

For one, Cloud will eat any and everything including the "Dust Bunnies" that you may find in the corner of hardwood floors. Cloud is a pretty fast pup that doesn't know how to slow down sometimes which causes him to crash into the glass sliding door!

Not to mention sometimes..well how can I say it....? Cloud is a certified pantie sniffer. There has been plenty of times where Cloud has been busted "Deep Sea Diving" into my fiance's under panties LOL. A Freaky pup indeed. Panties aren't the only items. Socks. Once Cloud get em' you might as well get another pair. Clouds a lovable do though and I do love him but he can drive me crazy at times.


Poetry Time!

An Entrapment

My love, I have tried with all my being
to grasp a form comparable to thine own,
but nothing seems worthy;

I know now why Shakespeare could not
compare his love to a summer’s day.
It would be a crime to denounce the beauty
of such a creature as thee,
to simply cast away the precision
God had placed in forging you.

Each facet of your being
whether it physical or spiritual
is an ensnarement
from which there is no release.
But I do not wish release.
I wish to stay entrapped forever.
With you for all eternity.
Our hearts, always as one.