Early Morning Quiz [NBA All-Star Game Edition] (February 17, 2019)

With the 68th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game right around the corner, I decided to put my basketball knowledge to the test by answering the question, “Name all of the NBA All-Star Game MVP’s under 6 minutes.”

But this wasn’t just any ordinary online quiz as I stacked the proverbial playing field against me by answering it on my cellphone–which more or less eliminated the possibility of constantly scrolling down to see the progress of my answers–at the crack of dawn (6:24 am to be precise).

So here is how I did: 54.9%

Needless to say, I was quite disappointed as I could have scored a few more points with “Johnson” but my answer didn’t seem to register.  Maybe I should have written “Magic” or maybe–I was still half asleep–and DIDN’T write down “Johnson” or “Magic.”  But no excuses!

Here is my personal evaluation broken down into five blocks:

2013 Chris Paul!  Really!  He won it?  I wouldn’t have gotten this under six minutes for sure.

Still smarting over not getting “Magic Johnson” on my score card.

Julius Erving? Maybe I would have also gotten George Gervin, Dave Cowens, and Willis Reed with more time.  I remember going over the Celtics greats one-by-one before abandoning the list in favor of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

Big O, Rick Barry, and George Mikan….maybe if I had a little more time.

Mikan for sure but not Paul Arizin or Ed Macauley.

Oh, I almost forgot!  Happy 56th birthday to the GOAT Michael Jefferey Jordan!

Understanding Markelle Fultz though my own injury (January 31, 2019)

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All in the name of pain relief: There is a several strategically placed Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) electrode pads underneath my towel draped hot packs.

The story so far…

After a decorated high school career and a so-so one-and-done freshman year with the Washington Huskies, the Philadelphia 76ers (#3) swapped draft positions with the Boston Celtics (#1) prior to the 2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft in order to select heralded 6’3″ point guard Markelle N’Gai Fultz.

On paper, Bryan Colangelo–then the 76ers President of Basketball Operations–had assembled a young, talented, and exciting team[i] with Fultz being groomed as one of its pillars.  But after only four games to start the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, it was reported that Markelle Fultz would be out indefinitely due to “shoulder soreness and scapular muscle imbalance.”

The injury was described to be so severe that ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was quoted as saying, “(Fultz) literally (could not) raise up his arms to shoot the basketball.”  In mid-March 2018, after a great deal of speculation surrounding his health, Markelle Fultz rejoined the 76ers and even posted a triple-double (13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 25 minutes) on the last day of the regular season to become the youngest ever to accomplish the feat (19 years and 317 days).

Markelle Fultz opened his sophomore season as the 76ers starting shooting guard before losing his position to newly acquired Jimmy Butler.  Shortly after, Fultz went on indefinite leave from the 76ers in order to care for his ailing right shooting shoulder–diagnosed a neck and shoulder injury called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).

A better understanding

Whenever Markelle Fultz would come up in conversations with other basketball aficionados, I have to admit, I was highly critical for one reason or another.  But when I started developing my own shoulder problems late last year, I started to become more sympathetic to Markelle’s health situation. Continue reading “Understanding Markelle Fultz though my own injury (January 31, 2019)”

What I learned from Charles Wade Barkley (July 12, 2017)

 

Credit Sir Charles with an assist!

Even at 54, Charles Wade Barkley can still inspire people.

He has certainly inspired me.

After catching the NBA TV segment where he announced his intention to take better care of himself (1:02), I immediately said to myself, “If Charles can do it, I need to make a similar commitment.”

Well, I didn’t use those exact words but, well, you get the idea.

Putting in the work

Yup!  I’m up to three times a week already and I’ll be honest: It wasn’t easy…it’s still not easy…but I’m getting there.

It is my hope that this post will in someway inspired you to go down a similar path. Continue reading “What I learned from Charles Wade Barkley (July 12, 2017)”

A Dying Medium: Compact Discs (May 8, 2017)

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Spyro Gyra’s Access All Areas (top) and Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1 compact discs.

I almost forgot.

In addition to the two Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons that I lucked out in getting yesterday, I also picked up a couple of used discs: Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1[i] and Spyro Gyra’s first live album entitled, Access All Areas.

These albums were without their inserts but I knew what I was holding in my hands and scooped them up right away at a fraction of the cost.

To think, this was how everyone used to listen to music.[ii]

Short history lesson 

Back in the early 90’s, Compact Discs (CD) were the thing!  A literal upgrade in quality from the bulky Vinyl, 8-track, and cassette tapes.  It was the only way to get music back then as digital downloads were still in its infancy.  CD’s also had a long lifespan–unless you left them under direct sunlight–and were reported to be good for a couple of thousand plays before encountering any problems.

Well enough of that and back to the albums that I got. Continue reading “A Dying Medium: Compact Discs (May 8, 2017)”

Kawhi Leonard, The Grindhouse, Comic Odyssey, and the Philip Tan and Elmer Santos Signing & Sketching Event (April 23, 2017)

Philip Tan gets the ball rolling well before his call time of 1 pm. | Philip’s three 2-hour sketches: Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, and the Dark Phoenix. | The Spider-Man sketch that Philip did for me on my Clone Conspiracy Blank Cover Variant. | Photo opportunity with Philip. | Posing for a photo with Elmer Santos. | Elmer’s Spider-Man sketch on my Champions #1 Blank Cover Variant.

What an interesting day!

Certainly one that I didn’t expect having when I woke up this morning.

Here is how things went down.

The Early Bird makes the sketch list

With Sandy’s announcement that The Hellblazer[i] creative team of Philip Tan (artist) and Elmer Santos (colorist) would be taking several sketch commissions–for free!–during their Signing and Sketch Event today, it made a lot of sense for my good friend Mark and I to make our way to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street before they opened at 11:00 am.

San Antonio Spurs versus the Memphis Grizzlies–a game for the ages.

Mark and I got to High Street early so we decided to head to the nearby Italiannis to catch the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies game.

This was a rare treat for me as I usually don’t watch television anymore[ii].  Game 4 between these two teams also served as my first game in this year’s NBA Playoffs.

And what a game it was!  As Mark and I settled into our seats, Memphis–down 2-1 in the series–had erected a formidable 10 point lead early in the fourth quarter lead by Grizzlies $153 dollar quarterback Mike Conley, Jr.

But Memphis had to give Conley a breather and almost as soon as he sat down, the San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard took over and both teams battled till the end of regulation and well into overtime. Continue reading “Kawhi Leonard, The Grindhouse, Comic Odyssey, and the Philip Tan and Elmer Santos Signing & Sketching Event (April 23, 2017)”

Damian Lillard’s Adidas Take On Summer Tour (#DameTimeManila) Press Conference (June 14, 2016)

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#DameTimeManila Press Conference – Clockwise: Adidas pulls out all the stops on this incredible backdrop. | A smiling Damian Lillard.  A rare shot considering his stoic demeanor. | As close as I could get. | Thank you Adidas Philippines for this awesome backpack. | Thanks to NextJam for the souveneir ticket. | A photo of the Media Registration tarpaulin at the Kerry Sports Arena.   

It was past two in the afternoon when Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard, the Portland Trailblazers dynamic 6’3’’ point guard, made his way to the seating area of the Kerry Sports Arena in Shang-ri La The Fort, Bonifacio Global City for his Manila press conference. The two-time NBA all-star took several questions from the media and this was what I asked him:

Dr. Tedi Villasor: “Hi Dame. We have a lot of aspiring high school, collegiate, and professional (basketball) players. Could you give us in your opinion what are the five qualities that they should possess to be really good basketball players?

Damian Lillard: “Off the top of my head, I would say that number one would have to be character. If you have high character, you work hard, be a good teammate, coachable and…all of the intangibles that go along with it.

 Having a good work ethic…wanting it more. Keep advancing in the levels of the game. Get your team to improve (towards) a championship.

 Third is…being competitive. Some guys keep raising (their) level (of play).

 Fourth, be honest with yourself. It is very important to be honest with yourself when it comes to weaknesses. You might be in a situation where you have to be that guy in the last six or seven games. Understand who you are and understand the situation you are in. Continue reading “Damian Lillard’s Adidas Take On Summer Tour (#DameTimeManila) Press Conference (June 14, 2016)”

Jason Kidd’s 100th triple-double: Destiny will have to wait (February 10, 2008)

Originally posted in one of my old blogs back in February 15, 2008.

February 10, 2008.

Despite a sudden torrid downpour of snow as we walked towards the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey—I could feel it in the cold air.

This afternoon’s match up between the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks was going to be a good one.

Or at least I hoped it would be a good one, if only for two reasons.

  • Super courtside seats!!!
  • Triple-double #100 (Kidd had the opportunity to record his 100th career triple-double that afternoon and finished with 13 points, 14 assists, and six rebounds—falling short of the feat by 4 caroms).

Some of the highlights: Continue reading “Jason Kidd’s 100th triple-double: Destiny will have to wait (February 10, 2008)”