Tweet of the Day: DeMarcus Cousins R&B CD Better Than Previous NBA Music?

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Sunday afternoon, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins let the world know via Instagram that his new R&B album, entitled “Misunderstood,” is on the way.

“Emotional,” the first single from the album is due to be released soon—according to his website.

Cousins, whose R&B moniker is Boogie Smooth—a play on his NBA nickname Boogie Cousins, followed the news about his forthcoming album Monday by responding to early internet cynics with some humor.


Quite the quip.

Funny to see the current Kings center take shots at a former Sacramento great. Perhaps Chris Webber had that coming, though.

No one forced him to release 2 Much Drama in 1999.

At least Webber can claim to have worked with popular 90s rapper Redman on his album.

Better yet, he found some small success as a producer, having produced two tracks for Nas—one, “Blunt Ashes,” is featured on the album Hip Hop Is Dead. The other track, “Surviving the Times,” was featured on Nas’ Greatest Hits CD.

shaqCousins’ comment may seem even more humorous when contrasted against Kings minority owner, Shaquille O’Neal, who has released four studio albums; Shaq Diesel, Shaq-Fu da Return, You Can’t Stop the Reign and Respect.

Shaq has been much maligned over the years for having subpar rap albums, however, he sold more CDs than any other NBA athlete to have ever tried their hands at hip hop.

As of 2004, his debut album Shaq Diesel had sold over 860,000 units. It was certified platinum in 1994. His sophomore album, Shaq-Fu da Return, reached certified gold status.

So, for all the jokes, Shaq didn’t do terribly bad, at least not as far as sales are concerned with regards to his first two rap albums.

Cousins has a lot of work to do should he truly hope to surpass the musical exploits of the two men he called out by name in his tweet.

Time will tell if he does in fact have a successful album.


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Tweet of the Day: Damian Lillard’s Busy Weekend

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The Inside the NBA crew took to the airwaves, prior to Thursday night’s game between to the San Antonio Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets, to draft the BBVA Compass Rising Stars teams and announce the entrants in All-Star Saturday’s feature events—the Footlocker Three-Point Shootout and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

First up, the draft—which had some hilarious bickering between co-GMs Chris Webber and Kenny Smith over the first pick of the draft. Webber selected New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis without consulting his elder co-GM.

Team Hill, helmed by co-GMs Grant Hill and Charles Barkley, then made the second pick.

Tweet of the Night: Chris Webber rips Pau Gasol and says he is not an elite big man


Pau GasolWith Kobe Bryant out for the foreseeable future, Pau Gasol was supposed to be the No. 1 option for the Los Angeles Lakers to begin the season. Many wondered if the center would recapture his once-dominant form in a wide-open Mike D’Antoni offense.

Thus far, the results have been spotty.

Gasol’s work on the glass has been there through the first five games, averaging an impressive 10.4 rebounds in just 27 minutes of play. The ability to score has been another story, however, as his touch from inside and out has come and gone. He has averaged 14.6 points on just 40.9 percent shooting from the field – terrible by his standards or any big man, for that matter. He reached a low point on Tuesday on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, managing just 10 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes of playing time.

Preseason Playoff Picture: Eastern Conference


Kyrie Irving 2Who is crashing the playoff party in the East this season?

Conventional wisdom says the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are head and shoulders above the rest of the Eastern Conference and – barring a disaster – will secure the top five spots.

At the other end of the conference, you can probably toss out the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats and Philadelphia 76ers, who could pool their rosters to come up with the 15 best players and still not make the playoffs.

That leaves three spots for the remaining seven teams. Last season, those spots went to the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. Some would argue that each of those teams took backward steps in the offseason and could wind up in the lottery.

The postseason door could be open for teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons, who clearly upgraded their rosters this summer in an effort to play in May. But have they done enough?

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Preseason Playoff Picture: Western Conference

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Dirk NowitzkiIn a teleconference last week, we asked NBA analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony to pick a Western Conference team which missed the playoffs last season but will make the playoffs this season.

“Dallas, mainly because of Dirk Nowitzki,” Webber said. “He’ll be back healthy. What he does, with spacing, getting guys involved … We take his game for granted.”

“I would go with the Pelicans,” Anthony said. “I think that’s a team that could make sizeable leaps and surprise a lot of people.”

Both those teams are certainly among the half-dozen in the hunt for what appears to be two postseason spots up for grabs in the West. Those spots belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, who also remain in the running despite taking some backward steps in the offseason.

Without getting into seeding specifics, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets look like mortal locks to be playing in May.

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