The Source Sports: Man of The Year Finalists

The Source Man Of The Year JordanTomorrow (1/13/2013) The Source Sports presents our 2013  Man Of The Year .

Like everything at The Source Magazine and The Source Online we decided the winner via committee.  This year we payed extra attention to the response you guys gave us on our Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Check out the finalists and clips of their performance below.

It’s not too late to let us know who you think it should be.  Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the winner!

 Spencer @sjeezs

The Scoop: The Boxing Community Mourns & Remembers Nelson Mandela

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Our sports correspondent reports from the front lines in the wake of an icons death

The late Nelson Mandela was globally regarded as a man who was selfless and who fought for freedom. Although Mandela was a fighter and championed the cause of apartheid in South Africa, he was also amateur boxer himself and a huge fan of the sport. According to journalist, Kevin McCallum, Nelson Mandela was in attendance at Carnival City to watch four-time world boxing champion Baby Jake Matlala’s last fight in 2002. After the bout Matlala awarded his belt to Mandela.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson tweeted last week: “I’m hearing about Nelson Mandela’s death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela’s family.”

Middleweight boxer Bernard Hopkins is known for striking fear in his opponents. With a career record of 54-6, The Executioner has beaten the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad. He and Mandela share two things in common: they both boxed and did time in jail. Hopkins changed his background picture on his phone to honor Nelson Mandela. “You know my history, you know my past,” Hopkins told The Source last week. “I used to keep my jail mugshot on my phone screen to remind me. I took it off.”

Former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Zab Judah liked what Mandela stood for. Before his fight with Paulie Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Judah was reflective. “Nelson Mandela was a powerful person,” Judah told The Source. “He stood for a lot of great things in life. It’s sad to see him gone. I think he stood for positive and influential things throughout the world.”

“He was the first Obama,” former WBC, WBA and IBF champ Antonio Tarver told the Source. “That man was President of South Africa. So he did some unbelievable things way before his time. And we’re just now getting hip to it with the Obama situation. But Mandela was the first. He was the first black man to ever really make it to that pike. Everything that he’s accomplished in his career has been for the betterment of all races. My hat goes off to him. 95 years old? He’s lived a beautiful life!”

This Christmas, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba will hit movie screens. The biopic was directed by Emmy nominated director Justin Chadwick and embodies the struggle the Mandela’s faced during the apartheid era in South Africa. The film highlights Mandela’s journey from his childhood growing up in a village in Africa through the later years of his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Antonio Tarver got a chance to check out a movie screening. “A lot of that stuff we didn’t know he was involved in,” said Tarver.

Tarver also took notice to Elba’s growth and versatility in the film. “They’re grooming him to be the next Denzel,” he said. “He’s a good artist. I’ve been following him for a long time. He actually DJ’ed my party in LA so it was cool to have him involved in that.

Nelson Mandela’s funeral will take place in South Africa on Sunday. With the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom coming upon us in 2014, Mandela’s legacy will live long beyond.

-Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB)

Kobe Bryant Has Returned To The Practice Floor

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Black Mamba back?

After injuring his leg in a freakish slip and fall suffered during a late-season game against the Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant has been determined to return to game shape as soon as possible to help his mediocre Lakers return to the postseason. After consistenly disappointing showings from Steve Nash and the loss of Dwight Howard to free-agency, the Lakers have been relying on scrappy, small-ball play from Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar, among others, to help stay afloat in the ridiculously top-heavy Western Conference.

The official season premiere of the Lake Show might be closer than previously thought.

Just a week after signing a near 50 million dollar two-year contract extension that will certainly keep number 24 in purple and yellow through the 2016-2017 NBA season, Kobe has returned to the practice floor, as per these two photos posted from the Lakers official Twitter account, which depict the 5-time NBA champion practicing under the watchful eye of head coach Mike D’Antoni. An official timetable for his season debut hasn’t been set, but participating in a full-contact practice usually means that date isn’t that far away.

-Khari Nixon (@KingVanGogh)

Russell Westbrook Made His Return To Action Last Night

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It couldn’t have come at a better time.

Earlier this year, during the 2012-2013 NBA Postseason, the Oklahoma City Thunder were heavily favored to represent the Western Conference once again in the NBA Finals, and after taking a commanding 3-0 lead on the Houston Rockets–the team for which one of their star players, James Harden, left to play for–it appeared that that prediction would most likely be actualized. However, on a freakish play, Rockets point guard Patrick Beverly ended Westbrook’s season, knocking knees with him, and forcing him out of commission for the rest of the playoffs. The Thunder went on to squeeze past the Rockets in 6 games but were demolished by the Grizzlies in the next round in 5.

Westbrook would end up needing two knee surgeries just to get his body back in game-shape, and his prognosis left little hope that he would be back in the starting lineup until mid-December. However, in a turn of events just as freakish as the one that initially sidelined him, Westbrook passed all his medical examinations a month early, and was cleared to play, which he did, last night. The WC All-Star finished the game with 21 points and 7 assists, and looked as if he didn’t miss a beat with his running partner, Kevin Durant.

-Khari Nixon (@KingVanGogh)

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Kobe Bryant Puts $50,000 On A One-On-One Game

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Kobe Bryant, who’s recent comments can be speculated as egotistical, was challenged by fellow U.S. Olympic teammate Kyrie Irving for a one-on-one game.

Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers guard challenge the Black Mamba to a one-on-one, but he put $50,000 on the winner, of course going towards charity.

Watch the two trash talk each other in talks of the game.

 

Those of you who aren’t aware of Kyrie Irving’s dribbling skills can watch the jaw-dropping video below starting at .12 seconds to .30 seconds of some USA Olympic Scrimmage highlights.

 

– John Weber (@JohnPaulWeber)

Source Sports Week in Review 3/30

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The 2012 NBA Draft is heating up with UNC stars Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall throwing their names in the ring.  There’s tension amongst the Lakers as issues arise between Mike Brown and Andrew Bynum.  Derek Fisher finally speaks out about the Lakers trading him.  The Saints head coaching job is still in limbo as Sean Payton appeals his suspension.  Patrick Ewing says he’s interested in the New York Knicks head coaching positions.  The NBA is considering putting ads on team uniforms as a way to generate more revenue.  Grant Hill and Stephen Curry may both miss the rest of the season due to injury.  Click the pics in the slideshow for more info and tune in every Friday for our Source Sports week recap.

Shaina (@Shay_Marie)

Kobe Reportedly Set to Recruit Lamar Odom & Derek Fisher Back to the Lakers

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According to a source at NBA.com, Kobe Bryant is working to recruit Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher back to the Lakers when they become free agents during the summer.  Both Odom and Fisher were traded by the Lakers in controversial fashion.  Odom demanded a trade and was sent to the Mavericks after a botched trade for Chris Paul left him feeling upset and unwanted.  Since then Odom has struggled to play as great as he did when he earned the title of Sixth Man of the Year.  He’s been benched and almost ended up in the D-League.  Fisher was traded after the acquisition of point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Fisher was sent to the Houston Rockets over concern of how he would feel about being a backup for Sessions.  

Due to the now damaged relationship with the two and the Lakers, it is uncertain if either would be willing to return to the team.  Kobe Bryant however is still close with both players and speaks to Fisher constantly.  Although Bryant claims to not discuss basketball with the two the conversation could soon change as the source points out he feels a reunion would be in their best interest.

Odom is under contract for next season but is only partially guaranteed.  Based off his dismal season the Mavericks may very well allow him to become a free agent.  Fisher negotiated a buyout with the Rockets and is signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rest of the season. With both Fisher and Odom playing for rivals in the West it is uncertain whether either would be willing to return, Kobe must also convince the front office whom I’m sure listens to his every word. 

Shaina (@Shay_Marie)

Nike Sues Reebok Over Tim Tebow Jerseys

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Everybody wants some of the Tebow action.  Nike filed a lawsuit against Reebok for using Tebow’s name on Jets related apparel right after it was announced that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets.  The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaced Reebok as the official supplier of NFL team uniforms.  Reebok was the supplier for ten years.  Nike is set to unveil new uniforms for all 32 teams next week in New York City, kicking off their new five-year deal with the NFL. 

Nike is asserting that Reebok misappropriated publicity rights, interfered with business relationships and unjustly enriched itself because it failed to get Tebow’s permission before launching the new products.  Nike feels the demand was extremely high for Tebow jersey’s following the announcement.  They also claim that demand is now significantly lower and they will not be able to capitalize off the “unique and short-lived opportunity.”  They are suing for unspecified damages. 

Shaina (@Shay_Marie)

Source Sports Week in Review 3/23

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Peyton Manning has finally made a decision and is going with the Denver Broncos.  Now that Peyton is in Tim Tebow is out.  Tebow is now set to join Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, will the “wildcat” offense work?  The NFL has handed down harsh penalties for the Saints bounty system and now the U.S Senate is getting involved.  The Knicks have turned their dismal season around and are once again playoff contenders with new interim head coach Mike Woodson.  While the Knicks are getting better there seems to be trouble in Lob City.  The Clippers aren’t clicking and head coach Vinny Del Negro is likely to get fired.  Despite reports that Allen Iverson has signed with a team in the Dominican Republic, his agent says the reports aren’t true and Iverson is still unsigned and looking. Duke star guard Austin Rivers announces he’s going to enter the NBA draft and become the latest one and done. Click the slideshow for more info and tune in every Friday for our Source Sports week recap. 

 

Shaina (@Shay_Marie)