As the Spurs named Becky Hammon as an assistant coach on August 5th, 2014; she earns the opportunity to be the first female with a “real coaching” role in NBA history.
NBA fans claim that hiring Hammon could be catastrophic, but Gregg Popovich (head coach for the Spurs) claims that he had no interest in hiring her to make history.
“Pop told me, early on, ‘As cool as it would be to hire you, you have to be qualified, and I have to make sure you’re qualified,’” Hammon said. “It could be catastrophic if I wasn’t qualified, and then it sets the whole thing back.”
In spite of all the efforts Popovich has made to make hiring Hammon seem normal, there is no way around how significant the opportunity is for her.
“Obviously, the (historic first) is great, and it’s a tremendous honor, but I think the bigger point is I’m getting hired because I am capable, because of my basketball IQ and stuff that they’ve seen in me personally.” added Hammon.
With 16 seasons in the WNBA, Hammon is in the final season of her WNBA career. The last eight seasons were spent in San Antonio, where she has had the opportunity to be around Popovich and the Spurs.
“I know I’m just thrilled for the opportunity to coach these unbelievable athletes and, from what I’ve known, unbelievable people,” stated Hammon.
What do you think about this opportunity? Will Hammon be able to excel in the job she was hired for? Or should the NBA stick to male coaches? What is your opinion?
Making fun of people on social media may be entertaining. People tend to post things to get the audience’s attention and they do it for likes rather than care about what someone might think or if someone may be affected by these posts, in this case, Waka Flocka Flame, Trey Burke and Shaquile O’Neal; were just a few of a handful of celebrities that were named in a lawsuit filed by 23-year-old Jahmel Binion.
A couple of months ago, these celebrities all posted and made fun of a photo of Binion, who suffers from hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia –which is a disease that causes missing teeth and facial deformities—on Instagram and Twitter.
According to Malcom Daily, the lawsuit states that, “The defendants’ communications clearly implied that the plaintiff was an appropriate object of mockery, ridicule and shame [and] had the effect of lowering the plaintiff’s reputation in the eyes of those who respected the views and opinion of the defendants.”
The sarcasm began when Shaq posted a side-by-side photo of himself and Binion (who was toothless) with a caption that said, “Smile today.” Shortly after, Waka Flocka and Burke posted pictures of their own.
Shortly after the photos were posted all three of them reached out to Binion and apologized for their actions. Later on, Binion revealed to the Macomb Daily that he felt the apologies weren’t sincere.
“When they said sorry, I felt like they were saying it to get the pressure off of them for being considered ‘bad people,’” stated Binion. “Even though I accept their apology, I still hope that they donate to my cause or other organizations that connect with ectodermal dysplasia.”
Binion is supposedly suing for insult, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and finally, general negligence.
What is your opinion? Do you believe that the apologies were sincere or that they were just a way to release the pressure from the celebrities?
As heard in the past, Kanye West refers to himself as a creative genius. According to GQ magazine, West’s album; My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy -released in 2010- was named the best album of the 21st century. In the article, this is rationalized by the impact that the project has had; it also explains how powerful all of West’s projects have been.
“It could’ve been any one of the seven albums West released this century,” GQ says. “A portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art. Anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living—or do both at the same time—should be forced to listen to MBDTF first. The rest of us are free to enjoy it for the bloody, hard-won, titanic achievement that it is.”
In 2010, the album was reviewed by HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief at the time, Jake Paine; where it earned a 4.5 out of a 5.
“From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention. Whether it’s acknowledging his mistakes, measuring his might, or fantasizing of wifing Kristina Rose, Kanye West finds a way to relate to all. He’s not forcing his hand, just reminding us that the biggest star we appointed in the last five years can still recognize our own fantasies, insecurities and desire for colorful music from his spaceship,” Paine wrote.
What is your opinion? Do you believe that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy deserves the tittle of best album?
As an Australian airline approached its final destination at the Sydney Airport, an informative flight attendant advised passengers who were “under the influence” to flush their drugs before landing, because drug-sniffing police dogs were on hand at the destination.
Most of the passengers abroad the Jetstar flight were returning home Sunday night, after attending the Splendour in the Grass weekend music festival at Byron Bay.
According to Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper, the passengers were told there were “sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal,”
“If you need to dispose of anything you shouldn’t have, we suggest you flush it now,” he added. The newspaper said that the caution provoked passengers to rush to the toilets.
The airline claims that it routinely makes quarantine announcements on such flights that cross state borders. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team,” added Jetstar.
The airline also said it was “addressing the matter with the cabin crew member involved,” but they did not give detail on any potential disciplinary action.
In your opinion, should the flight attendant be praised for the warning she gave or should she have to face a punishment? Would you appreciate it if you were faced in this situation? For example, flying from Colorado to Utah?
As Jeezy uploads a video via Instagram that slowly reveals the cover art for his forthcoming album, Seen it all: The Autobiography; fans are going crazy with Illuminati talk. The video slowly exposes the symbols on the artwork, and one such symbol is the notorious Eye of Providence. He then captioned it the “Realest album of the year.” The album drops on September 2nd, already it has been revealed that the lead single and title track, “Seen It All,” features Jay Z and Cardo on the beat. The album is also expected to feature, T.I., Future, Game, and Wiz Khalifa on it. As fans suspected that Jeezy was undeniably a member of the secret society, he denied any connection to the group. “Do not get art and creativity confused with ignorance,” he stated. “I am a hard-working, God-fearing man. I have no idea what an Illuminati is and really don’t give a damn ‘cause it has nothing to do with me. I just wanted to do something bigger. It’s kinda a dark album, so I just wanted it to have that mystique about it, something to keep as a collector’s edition.” Jeezy finished off by saying, “When you open that album and play that album, then we ain’t gon’ have this conversation. ‘Cause that music is A1.”
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