Ask A Rapper: D-Risha Discusses Sports' Worst "Decisions"
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: D-Risha
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This Week's Prompt: In light of Manny Pacquiao getting jobbed in what many are the worst judges decision in boxing history, let's have you respond in kind: List the five worst "decisions" in sports history. It's open to your interpretation. Ready? Go.
5. Hakeem Olajuwon Leaves the Houston Rockets for the Raptors: I would say this sums up how a lot of hardcore fans of any city feel about their star players who have served a tenure and won championships for their city. You never want your star player to leave and go to another team -- and not just any team, but a losing one like the Raptors.
Sure, in the draft we could have picked* Michael Jordan and who knows what would have happened, but you want your stars to retire in your city, point-blank period. To be honest, I'm sure the Portland Trail Blazers picking Sam Bowie second in that same draft would probably rank No. 1 [laughs].
*The Rockets had the first pick in the 1984 NBA draft. They chose Hakeem. Jordan was picked third.
4. Canibus Bringing A Notebook To a Battle: Over the weekend, there was one huge screwup with Paquiao and Bradley, but another profound thing happened in the sport of Battle Rap. Canibus, who in the '90s once battled the legendary LL Cool J, made his way into an underground battle circuit and not only lost the battle but conceded his victory to the opponent [and] brought a full-on notepad to read the rest of his rhymes.
Canibus once had a spark but this to me is considered his nail in the coffin. You can't -- I mean CANNOT-- bring your notepad to a rhyme battle. It's a face to face duel where no screw ups or chokes are allowed and this "legend" decides, "Well shit, they paid me to rhyme so let me finish my shit"? I can't make this up. Peep the footage [above].
3. Lebron James' "Decision" to Sign With Miami Over Cleveland: In my opinion, I feel like Lebron copped out so he could win a title, which he hasn't been able to grasp yet. I don't think LeBron will ever have a home the way he had it in Cleveland. The fans treated him like their son and he totally ruined it.
The greatest champions in the NBA (Jordan, Magic, Bird) had teams that were put together by chance and, of course, they made trades to get the best talent they could to accompany that talent where it needed. I don't think these legends would have conspired to all be on the same team because it disrupts the element of true competition.
Let's get our guys vs your guys, not let's get all the "all-stars" and team up. Honestly, I'm rooting for LeBron [in the NBA Finals] because I wan't him to win a ring on his own merit and obviously the last couple of games he has had to will the Heat to victory. In the end, if he would have added a couple more pieces to the puzzle in Cleveland he would have his rings already
2. Michael Jordan's Decision To Be an Owner: I think the last thing that should be in our minds when we think of Michael Jordan should be his push-off of Bryan Russel of the Utah Jazz to win his last title with the Bulls. Unfortunately, its not, from trying his hand a baseball to coming back as a Washington Wizard and finally to becoming a terrible owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
It seems like one bad decision after another for arguably the greatest NBA player of all-time. Obviously he can't transition his winning ways into other fields and that fine. [But] I think he should know when to fold 'em like John Elway and ride out into the sun instead of looking more like the NBA's version of Frank Lucas who didn't know when to quit when he was up 100 points and six titles.