Yeah, It’s one month after it dropped but still funny! COUZIN BANG tells CAM’RON about a problem him, GLC & KANYE had over some chicken @ HAROLD’S CHICKEN in CHICAGO. PRODUCED BY CREATIVE CONTROL TV.
CHICAGO — The ball had squirted loose, been gathered up, launched and bounced loose again, before finding its way, inevitably, back to Derrick Rose. A few steps and one leap later, Rose was in flight, soaring over the paint, between Baron Davis and Tyson Chandler and bearing down on the basket.
The Knicks could not contend with the agility and ferocity of the league’s reigning most valuable player, or match the all-out hustle of the Bulls, who took the game by force in the fourth quarter, with big rebounds and second-chance points — including Rose’s stylish dunk.
The inability to match that hustle left the Knicks with their sixth straight loss, tying their longest streak of the season.
“It’s a hard situation to be in right now,” said Carmelo Anthony, had 21 points but again shot poorly (8 for 21). “Losing basketball games the way we’re losing, it’s kind of hard to stay upbeat. We’ll have no choice but to do that and keep on pushing.”
It was the Knicks’ best effort in a week. They held the Bulls to 43 percent shooting, and held Rose to a 12 for 29 night. But Rose still finished with 32 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds and dominated the critical minutes.
The Bulls grabbed 22 offensive rebounds, 9 in the fourth quarter, leading to 24 second-chance points, including 8 in the fourth. Anthony called those numbers “unacceptable,” invoking the word for the second day in a row.
The deficit was 5 points when Taj Gibson grabbed an offensive rebound — the Bulls’ second on the possession — leading to Rose’s driving dunk and a 97-90 lead. The Knicks never got closer than 4 points after that.
“I think we played great defense, held them to I think 43 percent shooting,” Chandler said, “but we didn’t finish the job. You got to get the rebound.”
Chandler grabbed 10 rebounds and Anthony had eight, but Amar’e Stoudemire grabbed just three in 34 minutes. Gibson and Joakim Noah combined for 23 rebounds for Chicago, which won the rebounding battle by 56-38.
The Bulls (35-9) entered the game with the N.B.A.’s best record and hardly seemed to miss Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton, their injured starters. The Knicks (18-24) arrived with a debilitating losing streak, a fragile psyche and the increasing anxiety that the season is slipping away.
In a somewhat surreal announcement, it appears that Lionsgate has acquired Action No. 1 , a comedic film written by Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon that follows the true events involving the theft of Nicolas Cage’s Action Comics #1.
The story would follow a group of self-proclaimed nerds who plan to steal Cage’s prized copy of Action Comics #1, which features the very first appearance of Superman. As the real-life story goes, the book was stolen back in 2000 and miraculously turned up among the contents of an abandoned storage locker 11 years later. After being properly identified through its CGC serial number, the book was returned to the actor and went on to break sales records this past November after being sold for $2.1 million at auction.
Interestingly enough, the film was written with Nicolas Cage in mind to portray himself. At first, we laughed at the notion that this would ever work. Then, as the wheels began to turn in our heads, we realized that this would be absolute genius if they pulled it off. Come on, Nic Cage playing himself in a comedy? GOLD.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely that Cage will be taking the part and despite early speculation that Jason Statham might be stepping into the roll, that rumor was quickly shut down as well.
What do think? Could this be an entertaining enough film to enjoy?
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It has not been looking good of late bruh, what’s goodie?
Since then, the Knicks have dropped five of their last seven and at 18-21, are three games below .500 for the first time since Feb. 10.
In the last seven games, the Knicks have struggled establishing their pick and roll offense — something they executed very well when winning eight of nine games.
From Feb. 4-19, New York ran pick-and-roll plays 18.7 percent of the time. That also allowed the Knicks to get away from running an isolation-dominated offense (14.7 percent of the plays) which had made up the most of their ball-handling plays this season. In their last seven games, the Knicks’ pick-and-roll percent has dropped to 12.1, despite their points per play in that offense increasing from 0.67 to 0.75.
In the meantime, the percent of their isolation plays has gone up to 15.3 percent, which also happens to coincide with the return of Baron Davis and Carmelo Anthony. This season, Davis and Anthony rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in percentage of isolation plays.
Lin less effective in pick and roll
Lin’s breakout performance came against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4, scoring 25 points off the bench. Lin averaged 25.0 points on 50.9 percent shooting when the Knicks won eight of nine games. Since then, Lin’s overall production has decreased. In the last seven games, Lin has shot just 38.5 percent, and his scoring has dropped to 16.1 points per game.
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Lin and the Knicks’ inability to run the pick-and-roll in the last seven games has prevented the point guard from scoring in the paint. After averaging 12.0 points in the paint and shooting 54 percent from Feb. 4-19, Lin has averaged 7.4 points on 42.6 percent shooting in the paint in his last seven games.
During a recent discussion of the Rihanna–Chris Brown case on NPR’s Tell Me More, Arsalan Iftikhar pronounced himself “bumfuzzled” that the singer would continue to associate with a man who, in his evocative description, “didn’t only hit Rihanna, he made her look like Buster Douglas.” I like Mr. Iftikhar, but his clutching at his pearls seemed to me insincere. It is possible that he was in this case unwilling to confront certain ugly truths about human realities, and also possible that he simply never has encountered this particular ugly truth, expressed eloquently by the late Bill Hicks: “Chicks Dig Jerks.”
Normally, the NPR demographic is receptive to the wit and wisdom of Bill Hicks (another ugly and seldom-spoken truth: Bill Hicks had neither wit nor wisdom). Not so much in this case. When I shared Hicks’s observation, the host, Michel Martin, said my remark found her “trying to contain violent impulses” of her own. When I attempted to explain to her that there is a significant body of scholarly work on the subject of the relative sexual success of men with certain personality characteristics — aggression, narcissism, manipulativeness: jerkiness, in a word — she dismissed the assertion as being “based on, I don’t know, some novels that you read.”
Unfortunately for me, I read a great deal more social-science literature than fiction these days, and, while I could not pick Rihanna or Chris Brown out of a police lineup, I know more about domestic violence than I have ever wanted to.
The most frequently cited (and probably the most controversial) research on the “Chicks Dig Jerks” thesis is the “Dark Triad” work of Professor Peter Jonason of the University of South Alabama. The Dark Triad is a combination of psychological traits — subclinical psychopathology, subclinical narcissism, and what Professor Jonason calls “Machiavellianism” — that are, he believes, in fact a unitary phenomenon associated with a higher level of sexual success, defined in the literature as a larger number of total lifetime sexual partners. The correlation of the Dark Triad with larger numbers of sexual partners holds true for both men and women, but the effect is much more pronounced in men. This is unsurprising, inasmuch as men’s relative preference for larger numbers of short-term sexual relationships and women’s relative preference for long-term relationships is, as Professor Jonason notes, “one of the most consistent and strongest sex differences in the ﬁeld.”
So: Machiavellianism, subclinical psychopathology, subclinical narcissism: not exactly the stuff of a Jane Austen romance, but apparently the stuff of sexual success. Professor Jonason concludes: “Together with low amounts of empathy and agreeableness” (I warned you this was depressing stuff) “such traits may facilitate — especially for men — the pursuit of an exploitative short-term mating strategy.”
But you knew that already, if you are a homo even half sapiens and went to high school.
It’s a long leap from finding that conniving and selfish men have an easier time getting women into the sack to arguing that women such as Rihanna actively select men of the sort who are likely to abuse them (which may be morally a different thing from choosing to be abused, but it is operationally identical to so choosing). But here too the data paint a depressing picture. In a study of residents of a battered-women’s shelter, 75 percent of the abuse victims returned to the man who abused them. Victims of abuse are no more likely to end a relationship or a marriage than are women who are not suffering abuse. These traits are not limited to women who are poor and economically vulnerable.
One of the remarkable facts about domestic violence is that it is in many ways easier to draw up a statistical profile of typical domestic-abuse victims than it is to generalize about the men who commit domestic abuse: Age and other variables are more consistent for the victims than for the abusers. There are many possible explanations for this fact, one of which is that the feminists were (uncharacteristically) right about something: Domestic violence is intended to control women sexually, either by coercing them into sex or by preventing sexual infidelity. According to a paper published in the academic journal Violence and Victims, those who take an evolutionary view of the issue “hypothesize that one goal of male-perpetrated domestic violence is control over female sexuality, including the deterrence of infidelity. According to this hypothesis, domestic violence varies with women’s reproductive value or expected future reproduction, declining steeply as women age.” That hypothesis was tested against data taken from nearly 4,000 New York City domestic-abuse cases, and the view was largely borne out: Domestic violence is strongly correlated with women’s age, which is a proxy for fertility.