Gregg Popovich’s message about Tim Duncan

(Graphics by Sean Belarmino Curate)

After Duncan announced that he’s no longer playing in the NBA for the next season, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday his message about the future Hall of Famer.

“He’s irreplaceable. It can’t happen,” Popovich said. “We’re all unique. I guess each one of us is unique. But he’s been so important to so many people, it’s just mind boggling. To think that he’s going to be gone makes it really difficult to imagine walking into practice, going to a game, getting on the bus, taking him a piece of carrot cake — whatever it might be.
“You don’t see Timmy beating his chest as if he was the first human being to dunk the basketball, as a lot of people do these days. He’s not pointing to the sky. He’s not glamming to the cameras. He just plays, and we’ve seen it for so long it’s become almost mundane. But it’s so special that it has to be remembered.”
Coach Popovich commended Duncan for being humble throughout his career in the NBA. He is really different from other NBA players. He just do what he does, just go out there and get the W. You’ll never see Tim do a stare down after he posterizes someone. That’s why it’s really hard for everyone to accept the fact that one of the greatest journeys in the NBA has come to an end.

Although Duncan will no longer be in the court playing, Popovich don’t think that he’ll see Tim going up and down the sidelines much. Popovich said that he will do everything to keep Duncan around the Spurs as long as he possibly can, because Duncan means that much to everyone in the Spurs organization.

"I AM NOT RETIRED" – Conor McGregor

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The  World of Combat Sports was shocked the passed Tuesday after Connor “The Notorious” McGregor  announced his young retirement via tweeter.

The retirement tweeet holds the record of most retweeted post.  A lot of stipulations and rumors came out but it wasn’t confirmed until UFC President Dana White announced that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was pulled from the main event of UFC 200 which is set to take place  on July 9 in Las Vegas.

The GREAT NEWS however is that   Conor McGregor is still willing to show up and FIGHT!

In his latest statement which can be found on facebook “ The Notorious” says that he is “Not retired” and willing to show up and fight but under few conditions.

                                        Check out the latest post below:

Conor McGregor

34 minutes ago

incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this.
Nothing else was going through my mind.
It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life.
Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Conneticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the nobody gives a fuck morning show did not get me this life.
Talking to some lady that deep down doesn’t give a fuck about what I’m doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I’m cool with that too, I’ve been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now.
I’m coming for my revenge here.
I flew an entire team to Portugal and to Iceland to make my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the weight and the cardio prep.
With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight.
I will not do this if I am back on the road handing out flyers again.
I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus. I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment.
But it was denied.
There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me.
So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them.
And all with one tweet.
Keep that 10 mill to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good.
I must isolate myself now.
I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time.
I can not dance for you this time.
It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I’ve danced us all the way here.
Nate’s little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it.
He came in with no shit to do that last one. I’d already done press conferences, interviews and shot the ads before RDA pulled out.
Maybe I’ll hit Cabo this time and skull some shots pre-fight with no obligation.
I’m doing what I need for me now.
It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way.
I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway.
I am still ready to go for UFC 200.
I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions.
If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say.
For the record also –
For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations –
I AM NOT RETIRED.

Shoe Retirement 101: When Should You Retire Your Running Shoes?


It is an accepted fact that all shoes will eventually reach their so-called “retirement” after a long (or short) period of  usage. Although the life span of each pair lasts differently, all of them present signs of wear over time. Runners should take notice of these signs to prevent possible problems and injuries in the future. 
To better explain things, I will use my own running shoe as an example in this article. I bought a NIKE Lunar Forever 2 way back in 2013.  It was the only running pair I had in that year. As a consequence, it became my training and performance shoes in all my runs. The LF2 was my all-around shoe until I had an enough number of other running shoes for my rotation. The Lf2 lasted for almost 3 years (not bad) as I declared its retirement a week ago.  So…
What are the factors that a runner must consider before retiring his/her pair?
FACTOR #1: ACCUMULATED MILEAGE
 I used the Lunar Forever 2 in all of these 21km runs in 2013 (The LF2 reached 105 kilometers already within 5 events only). The distances I covered during training and preparation isn’t included yet.
The lifespan of a shoe is directly linked to its mileage. As the runner increases his/her distance during training and races, the quality of the materials that make up the shoe lowers at the same time. Most lightweight shoes last for 300-400 miles while premium trainers last over 500 miles. The durability of the shoe also recedes faster based on the frequency and intensity of use. 
Using a GPS-watch as a mileage recorder
If your weekly mileage is over 100kms per week, you might need to change your shoes every 3-4 months (The type and durability of the materials used in the shoe will play a significant factor here). 
  
The Lunar Forever 2 is a lightweight Neutral trainer I used in most of my long distance runs. Most of my personal bests were ran using the LF2. Based on my estimation and running record, the LF2 has accumulated more than 600kms already. That is more than half of the least expected life span for a lightweight shoe.
It is important to be aware of the distance covered by your running shoes so you can assess whether the pair is nearing its maximum term of use and should be replaced. This could be done by tracking a the number of races you have attended and measuring the mileage you achieved for each week.

FACTOR#2:  PHYSICAL SIGNS OF WEAR
Here are some of things you should observe while using your shoes: 

            A.) OUTSOLE: 
Most of the outsole patterns in the forefoot and heel area have faded after hundreds of kilometers.
            One of the fundamental purposes of the outsole is to provide traction. As time goes by, the patterns or treads of the outsole fade because of the constant contact it has with the ground. Shoes lose traction and become slick when used in roads, especially on wet grounds. This might cause injuries or affect your performance. Most of the faded parts of the outsole can be seen at the forefoot region and heel area of the shoes. 
            The traction of the LF2 (present) isn’t as reliable when it was at its prime. You can see on the pictures the faded treads of the LF2’s outsole.  
            B.) MIDSOLE: 
The midsole shows signs of wear
          The midsole is the cushioning that reduces the impact received by your feet during landing phase (except in extreme minimalist shoes). The midsole compresses every time it receives impact. It will continue to compress (and decompress when at rest) until it can no longer give you that “comfy” or bouncy feel over time.    
You may use your thumb and forefinger to squish the midsole and see how much it would compress. A worn-out shoe will compress easily. It means that the shock absorption of the midsole has deteriorated.   
Most of the running lines of NIKE  utilizes the Lunarlon Foam. The amount of cushioning of the LF2’s midsole has decreased significantly in 3 years because of the constant mileage beating it received during runs. I can still recall how the cushioning of the midsole felt before. It was buttery smooth. Unlike now, I feel the solidity of the ground below me.
C.) TORSION:
 Shoes become more flexible every time it is used. Remember that the flexibility of the shoes may vary depending on its type and the amount of support the original had. Too much flexing may lead to minor or major foot injuries including how your biomechanics and pronation works. To test the current flexibility of your shoe, hold both toe and heel of the shoe and try to fold it. . This will test how much give the shoe has. If you can almost fold it in half, it means that the shoe has become too much flexible. It means that it might have exceeded the advised flexibility for your feet.
FACTOR#3: YOUR PERSONAL JUDGMENT
This is a picture taken after I halted my training after 5.47 kms. My left knee started to feel sore.

                Runners know their shoes more than anyone else. You don’t need to be a seasoned runner just to know when your pair has already tapped out. You may be having the same observations like the following; 1. The level of comfort or bounciness of the shoe has lost. You can almost feel the ground underfoot. 2.) You’re starting to get knee pains, shin splints, muscle soreness, or your old injuries have returned after each run. This may become more noticeable if you weren’t experiencing these problems before. 3.)  Several parts of your shoe are showing signs of deterioration or damage, and 4.) It looks really worn out.



                Runners are advised, if they can afford, to have at least 3 pairs for running. This will give an ample time for the cushioning (midsole) of the shoe to decompress while you are using another pair. 
               There are some cases wherein runners are “forced” to retire their pair early. This might be caused by the mismatch between the built of shoes and their natural pronation or biomechs. It is only logical to STOP using the shoe if it is causing pain or injury to your body. Also, this can be avoided by understanding first the must-have qualities of a shoe that would complement with your body.  Nobody wants to purchase a pair only to retire it earlier than expected. 


CONCLUSION:

As the saying goes: “The only permanent thing in this world is CHANGE”.  Running shoes will be replaced sooner or later, depending on how we use them. Runners should be aware of the current status of their shoes for them to perform and enjoy the sport without problems or injuries. Early retirement of shoes can be avoided by knowing the right shoes that would best fit your body. Remember, running should always be a HAPPY experience!

 
 

Kobe Bryant Full Press Conference On His Retirement

A few days ago Kobe Bryant broke the internet by announcing his retirement from the game of basketball. Watch the full press conference in the three videos below as the media asks him crucial questions. What’s his favorite Kobe Bryant moment? How will this announcement affect the rest of his season?  What was his conversation like with another basketball legend Michael Jordan?
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

THE LAST SEASON OF THE BLACK MAMBA?

It’s one of the burning questions the NBA season: will 37-year old Kobe Bryant, one of the league’s legendary players, finally call it quits after a sterling 20-year NBA career?

Let’s take a look at four factors that could possibly push Kobe Bryant into retiring after this season.
FACTOR #1: DECLINING SKILL SET
Kobe Bryant is more than aware that he’s no longer the player that he used to be. Unfortunately, his reaction to that awareness is to deny it and try to prove it false. That’s leads to him putting up horrible numbers on a team that’s lost 5 of its first 6 games.
Bryant’s season stat line seems respectable enough: 16.2 ppg 2.6 apg and 3.8 rpg. But that’s before you realize that he gets his 16 points on 32% shooting and, worse, on 21% from the 3pt line. His threeepoint percentage is especially horrible since he’s shooting almost 8 threepointers a game. For context, Kevin Durant is only shooting around 7 threepointers per game and he’s hitting 42% of those.
When Kobe Bryant finally accepts (or when the league’s better players force him to accept) that his skill set has deteriorated enough for him to no longer dominate the league, he’ll more than likely hang up his laces.
FACTOR #2: CONTRACTS

The Lakers have been known as a team who will spend money to earn money (or, in this case, championships).  They’ve never shied away from spending money going after superstar free agents (Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard come to mind) and that’s not likely to change soon.

The problem now is whether Kobe Bryant will finally accept that he isn’t a max contract player. Right now, he is the highest paid player in the league, with a 25million dollar contract. Is he worth it? Based on performance, not even close. On reputation, maybe. But games aren’t won on reputation.
If Kobe Bryant wants to play a couple more years, the Lakers should offer him a respectable veteran’s deal, maybe in the 10-12million dollar range and offer big bucks to whoever they deem to be Kobe’s successor (Kevin Durant, anyone?). If Kobe can’t deal with that, then he will likely retire.
FACTOR #3: CHAMPIONSHIP WINDOW
Simply said, if the Lakers start winning this year, Kobe Bryant will be back. All it takes is for the Lakers to miss the playoffs by a couple of games or, God forbid, sneaks into the 8th seed before being swept, Kobe Bryant will see it as the Lakers being 1 more year or 1 more piece away from being championship contenders.
If he starts thinking that, it can motivate him to be more sensible about his salary, all in the hopes that he can add another championship to his belt.
FACTOR #4: LEGACY
This year, Kobe Bryant has been ranked by ESPN as the 93rd best player in the league. That means you could build 7 full All-Star teams before you get to Bryant and he’d still be the 8th best-ranked player on that 8th team of pseudo-All Stars.
Bryant’s last few playing years have been plagued by leg-related injuries, which have robbed him of his jumping ability, athleticism and foot speed. Now, he has to rely more on guile, court positioning, shooting, and veteran moves to get his points.
And that isn’t like the Black Mamba. Kobe Bryant is one of the most cerebral players in the NBA. He, of all people, is highly aware of what happens to fading stars. He knows the importance of leaving an untarnished legacy. Once Kobe realizes that he can’t live up to the first 17 years of his legacy, he’ll finally call it quits.
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