Larry Brown, Tiger & Big Fights
Brown is old school and old ABA. He has played with, coached or seen all of the great players of this generation, one way or another. He feels a loyalty to his players. And brings a sense of family with him from his ABA roots. His coaching staffs always are populated by African-Americans.
Larry Brown has long been the best coach in basketball. And if for no other reason than Brown will coach anybody. He has won in both the NBA and the NCAA. He has taken jobs that Pat Riley or Phil Jackson wouldn't even remotely think about taking. Point and case, he is here and Jackson is back in Los Angeles.. Every team but one when he took them over improved immediately. And he never took over a team that was over .500 when he took over the reigns.
Brown is old school and old ABA. He has played with, coached or seen all of the great players of this generation, one way or another. He feels a loyalty to his players. And brings a sense of family with him from his ABA roots. His coaching staffs always are populated by African-Americans. He flatly stated had the interim coach Herb Williams not validated his hiring he would not be coaching here in New York. Where one of his coaching idols, the late Red Holtzman once did. He also hired Williams who is both his right hand man and the next Knicks' coach in waiting.
He, Brown knows the game, has played the game and has been coached by some of the elite coaches of the 20th century. He played both on (won a gold medal) and has coached an Olympic team. He is the only coach to ever win a NCAA championship and NBA championship. He is also the only coach to win both coach of the year honors in both the NBA(once) and ABA(thrice). He has coached at every level. And has been great at each one. He has already been elected into the NBA Hall of Fame. At the press conference announcing his hiring, he told the doctah "I thought this day would never come." It has Larry, well earned and deserved. Allen Iverson always called Brown simply,â€? coach." He is that and more, dear Allen.
Tiger Woods, by a mere 4 strokes lost his grand slam hopes this year. The front two holes and back two holes that he boogied at the U.S.. Open cost him there. If he could have only simply played at par, he wins. At the PGA, once again just simply playing par during any one of the first two rounds and he cops the Grand slam. But the bottom line is, other players don't win these events, Tiger simply loses. How great is Woods? Beyond what we can comprehend. The man was 12 strokes back after the first two rounds and still almost won the PGA. Woods is simply not just the best of his time but like Ali would say,â€? of all times."
Big fights breaking out all over. Ray Mercer fights Brooklyn's Shannon Briggs, and David Tua is on the card. This throw down happens at the end of the month on Aug. 26th, at the brand new Hard Rock live Arena, Hollywood, Florida. The card also features Jameel Mccline. And also has O'Neil Bell defending his Cruiserweight title against, Sebastiann Rothman.
Then, two Florida boys go at it again, Roy Jones Jr, and Antonio Tarver go at it again for the third and final time, Oct. 1st. "No Excuses", as the bout is tabbed is a pay-per view fight via HBO. Then getting closer to home, September 24th on the Boardwalk down in Atlantic city, Wladimir Klitschko faces Samuel Peter in a heavyweight 12 round clash. Also the latest Latin sensation, Miguel Cotto puts his title on the line against, Gianluca Branco.
Okay, Don Kings' fight card results from Chicago: Hasim "The rock" Rahman, new WBC heavyweight champion with his unanimous decision win over Monte "Two-Gunz" Barrett. Ricardo"El Matador" Mayorga defeated Michele Piccirillo to cop the WBC welterweight title. Mayorga dropped Piccirillo three times. Piccirillo claimed two of the knockdowns came from behind the head dirty blows. Did I hear a sore loser here? Then my old buddy, Oliver McCall, won via TKO over Przemyslaw Saleta in the 4th round. Luis Collazo won the WBA welterweight title with a 8th round one second TKO(The bout was stopped by Gonzalez corner) over Latin legend, Miguel Angel Gonzalez. "I felt special and proud to beat a legend like Miguel Gonzalez and I Thank GOD for the win," he remarked after the bout.
Jets won pre-season game home opener in a strange game, sort of. First half was quick. Then second half found mucho penalties and game stared dragging. Then in the closing seconds and I do mean closing seconds, excitement returned.