Thursday, August 30, 2007

Why Lebron Played Extra Special Tonight

In tonight's game against Uruguay, Lebron scored 26 points, making all 11 of his shots in the process. While some may attribute this to his sterling work ethic - Lebron would never mail in a game - the more likely reason was the presence of two people in the crowd of thousands maybe 2,000. Okay 1,000.

Jay Z and Beyonce watched Team USA beat Uruguay 118-79. As a tribute, Lebron threw up the roc, something he hadn't been doing (thankfully) as much during the tournament.

I just don't get the point of the whole roc thing. First of all, it's a Pilates move. I can never remember the names of all the moves, so I just give them my own names, such as "Jesus H" and "no way in hell." Anyway, there's one exercise on the reformer - I think the original name is shaving or shave to the head or something - where you make a triangle with your hands on your forehead and then extend your arms at a 45 degree angle. When my Pilates instructor first showed me, I just called it the roc to make it easier. Finally, she was like, "Why do you keep calling it that?" So I explained to her that it's an asinine thing Jay Z does that he gets all his followers to do, too. She then asked me why, to which I responded I don't know. So I'll ask this time, why? What's the point of throwing up the roc? And what makes it any different from Doug Christie's hand signals to Jackie? They're both meaningless and insipid and worst of all, unoriginal. It makes the headbop look inspired.

Okay, back to the game. It was close there for a hot second. Carmelo sat out because of his heel. Amare continues to shoot 3's and discovers yet another way to piss Shaun Marion off. Tyson Chandler got some playing time. Despite being down 30, the entire Uruguayan bench stood up and cheered when one of their players pulled down a rebound over 3 USA players. Did I mention the guy was 5'9?

This was the closest game in that it was the longest Team USA had gone without the lead. Tomorrow's game vs Argentina should be even better.

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jepz said...

I don't know if your question is sincere..but showing a sign like a diamond (-> Roc) refers to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella record company. No deep meaning, just an "appartenence sign" like milion others.
Anyway, greetings from Italy, I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and i'll keep on reading, it's nice.

Michael said...

Pointed here from TrueHoop and I just had to leave a comment. Maybe it's because I have a man-crush on Jay-Z, but I love it when LeBron throws up the Roc. Love it. I have to say, though, the entry made me laugh upon realizing it's a Pilates move. Nice call.

(Hahaha. My word verification is urocn. The Roc! It's everywhere!)

Courtside said...


Courtside said...

PS. Jepz, I'm totally jealous that you're in Italy.

Valery said...

There are a lot of Pilates benefits, but still it's not really easy to do Pilates!