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African American news from Pasadena - Sports - the Heat vs the Spurs, David "Deacon" Jones, the Fearsome Foursome, and more...The Heat versus the Spurs - I can hardly wait for this series to begin. However, at this point, I must confess that I picked the Pacers to beat the Heat. I even bet my brother one dollar that the Pacers would win. This is the first time in recent history that I lost a bet to him. He is much smarter than I am, but he is such a big basketball fan that he sees the game with his heart, rather than with his brain.

While I thought that the Heat would lose, I am very happy for LeBron James and the rest of his teammates. It took a new and improved James to rally his teammates to overcome a most determined opponent. He is now better than he was last year, and even better than he was a few games ago. The James, who played in Cleveland, had not yet developed the toughness that he has today. He may now be even tougher than he realizes that he is. So, without any doubt, LeBron is now King James of the NBA. He is the colossus now sitting on the mountaintop of the basketball world. Long live the King!

So, without further ado, I am picking the Heat to beat the Spurs. I have great respect for the talent and discipline of the Spurs, but I now feel that King James is absolutely unstoppable. You can take this information to the bank; since I am almost never wrong two times in a row. Let the games begin!

Former NFL Hall of Famer David 'Deacon' Jones passed away at the age of 74. He played locally for the Los Angeles Rams, when they played in the Coliseum. He was a Charter member of the great defensive line known internationally as the "Fearsome Foursome".

The other members of that group were Roosevelt Grier, Lamar Lundy, and Merlin Olsen. Olsen later starred in a television series. They were truly great, but they are all gone now. Deacon was, by far, the fastest Defensive End of his time. He also invented the head slap, which gave his opponents some big-time headaches. It is now outlawed by the NFL. Well played, Sir!

Many local NBA Fans don't know what to do with themselves right now. The Lakers are not in the Playoffs, so they have time on their hands. I can tell them what they can do, and that is "Wait until next year". As a matter of fact, they will have to wait several years before either The Clippers or the Lakers go deep into the Playoffs. When it comes to winning the NBA Championship, just forget about it.

The Dodgers have introduced the current version of former Giant star, Willie Mays. They desperately hope that he is the real deal, because they have a lot of players on the team whose production is almost zero. His name is Yasiel Puig, and he defected to the United States from Cuba. He is only 22 years old and his future appears to be unlimited.

Magic Johnson belongs in basketball. He will do a good job in whatever sport that he is in, but basketball has long been the love of his life. So, allow me to humbly suggest that he try to buy the Charlotte Bobcats from Michael Jordan. This is the worst team in the NBA, and it will continue to be that way, as long as Jordan owns it. It is also a financial disaster, but Jordan can afford to lose money, since plenty of it is still rolling in from his Nike shoe deals. His ego tells him that he can run an NBA franchise, but the evidence is that he will never be able to do so. He has just hired another head coach, a former assistant from the Lakers. I won't even bother to give you his name, since he is unlikely to last through this season.

My brother's granddaughter's husband has decided to pursue a career in the MMA. It sounds dangerous to me, but it is what he wants to do. He will have his first fight in Tampa in July of this year. I have volunteered to be, the President of his Fan Club, and I will keep you informed as to how his career progresses. Please join with me and wish him good fortune. If you would also like to become one of his fans, please let me know.

Jackie Robinson's baseball glove was auctioned for $373,002.00. It was the one that he wore in both the 1955 and in 1956 World Series. It is strange to consider this price, when one considers the agony that Robinson endured for about five years he won both the World Series and the Most Valuable Player Award. The highest salary that he achieved was $30,000 a year. The world is truly a strange place. You could not make this stuff up.

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