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Hofstra’s favorite summer time activities

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WRHU’s Hip Hop Basement

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In a prime time for point guards, Rose stands out

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The NBA has a history of being a big man’s league. The early domination of players of like George Mikan, Bob Pettit, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain made it impossible for any team in the league to succeed with out size. The trend continued into the 1990s when players like Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning became anchors for their respective teams.

The 90s were also dominated by big shooting guards. Micheal Jordan, Mitch Richmond and Allan Houston used their strength to create space and dominate their opponents. As time has progressed, the game has gotten bigger and faster.

The new trend in the NBA over the last decade has been the development of superstar point guards. The recognition for these smaller floor generals started when Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash won back to back MVPs in 2005 and 2006.

As point guard greats like Nash and Jason Kidd have gotten older, young guns like Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose have entered the peak of their careers.

The player who has made the biggest jump this season has been Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. Rose is averaging a career high 25 points and 8 assists per game. The biggest addition to Rose’s game has been a reliable jump shot. Rose is shooting 40% from the three point line and hit five threes against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. The addition of free agent forward Carlos Boozer to the Bulls has helped Rose get, take, and make more jump shots. The form and consistency on Rose’s jump shot shows the commitment he made to getting better in the off-season.

Rose’s development instantly makes the Bulls a threat to the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, the superstar heavy Miami Heat, and the Superman powered Orlando Magic. Plus, he can still do this…

Blake Griffin is on a mission to take over L.A.

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L.A. Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin missed the entire 2009-10 NBA season because of a knee injury he suffered during a preseason game. Griffin is fully recovered now and has picked up where he left off at Oklahoma.

Although the Clippers are off to another poor start this season, Griffin has given Clipper Nation hope for the future. Griffin’s signature game came against the New York Knicks last month. Griffin scored 44 points and looked like he was using a trampoline to jump over the Knicks defenders. Of course the Clippers lost, but Griffin’s performance had basketball fans and social networks buzzing for days.

Griffin is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds this season, and unlike the usual rookie, has performed great against the NBA’s top teams and players. If Griffin continues to make waves in the NBA, and the Clippers find competent individuals to run their organization, he could become the face of L.A. basketball.

Griffin most resembles the Reign Man, Seattle Supersonics forward Shawn Kemp, only with a lot more skill, and a monstrous work ethic. With Eric Gordon as his Gary Payton, great things can happen in Clipper-land.

Quick Hits & Links: LeBron, Yankees, A-Rod, Amar'e

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Everyone is talking about the effective of Amar’e Stoudemire in New York without two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash feeding him the ball. How will Nash do this season without a powerful finisher under the basket to feed?

LeBron James was not obligated to thank the fans in Cleveland. James gave the Cavaliers more than they gave him. Thanking his home town of Akron was all that was necessary.

Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Mark McGwire should all be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The hall is filled with bigots, ball players that never played against black baseball players, drug abusers, wife beaters and alcoholics. Why not add some cheaters to the mix? And if baseball writers and the hall are so against these steroid users, why is all their record-breaking memorabilia in the Hall of Fame?

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat will win the 2010-11 NBA championship. “They will never lose two games in a row this year, other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.” – Jeff Van Gundy on Heat.

As a die-hard Yankee fan, the Tampa Bay Rays scare me (A LOT!).

The Detroit Pistons signed center Ben Wallace to a two-year contract when his knees retired two years ago.

And last but not least…

Adios 'Sheed

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According to multiple reports, 15 year NBA veteran Rasheed Wallace has announced that he will be retiring this off-season. Although Wallace is known for his enormous number of technical fouls and outbursts towards referees, he was also one of the premier post players of his generation. Wallace was the best player on the Portland Trailblazers when they were a western conference heavy weight and about 7 minutes away from the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000. In 2004 he was traded to the Detroit Pistons and played a huge part in getting them into the finals, and upsetting the heavily favored Lakers. As Wallace’s skills diminished, he remained a good post defender and helped the 2010 Boston Celtics get back to the finals.

Unfortunately for ‘Sheed, his championship ring, four All-Star games and 177 playoff games will always be overshadowed by the short fuse he had when it came to the zebras. Wallace will be missed. “Both Teams Played Hard, God Bless and Good Night”.

Jay-Z Young Forever

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Young Forever – New Music Video by Jay-Z