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Hump Day Links From The Wizards Web

Updated: July 8, 2009

From the going-ons of Dinner Bells, Transformers, bidding adieus, and locker room clowin’ on this site, below are your hump day links from the Wizards world wide web in the past week or so.

  • As of right now, the Wizards will be paying $6 million in luxury taxes.
    [Wizards Insider]
  • Caron Butler grew up with a rapper named ‘Mr. Wicked’ who used to say “NBA” to him every day in the hallways of high school.
    [Hoop Doctors]
  • Is Antawn Jamison the next Alex English?
    [The Secret Weapon]
  • Is Nick Young a goner?
    [Bullets Forever]
  • Ernie Grunfeld went on the radio with some junkies.
    [Krem’s Sports Blog]
  • ‘How To Make A Dagger’ by Steve Buckhantz.
    [DC Sports Bog]
  • What did the Wizards sell for $2.5 million?
    [The Secret Weapon]
  • Are the Wizards jogging in place?
    [Stet Sports]
  • Andray Blatche has a new nickname: “Summer League”
    [We’re Off To See The Willards]
  • Tom Hammonds scores 24 points in a game? This has to be some sort of fantasy.
    [Bullets Forever]
  • It’s a landslide, the Wizards should go back to wearing Amercia’s colors.
    [Mr. Irrelevant]
  • The Wizards radio will be moving from the Danny Snyder controlled WTEM 980 to the CBS controlled 106.7 WJFK — not sure what this means, but it’s probably a good thing.
    [DC Sports Bog]
  • “Mission Accomplished” for the Washington Wizards?
    [WashingtonWizardsBlog;  mission accomplished comedy via @matthartwig]

Finally, Brendan Haywood is blogging again … this time bidding farewell to Michael Jackson. He writes:

He came along at a time when African-Americans weren’t accepted in the main stream media and forced society to look at us differently. Without Michael Jackson, there may not have been a Michael Jordan. He, along with guys like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali are true pioneers who broke down racial barriers and allowed young African-American entertainers to be as successful as they are today.

Some of the media coverage surrounding Jackson’s death has gone a bit overboard … but because of far-reaching technology, we live in a day of saturation. No big surprise.

And while Jackson is the greatest “pop” star the world has ever seen, Haywood’s comments on Jackson being a pioneer (speaking specifically in terms of black music) is a bit sensational/overboard as well.

To say that without Jackson there might not have been a Michael Jordan is also laughably absurd.

Aside from that, granting Jackson “the” entertainer/music ‘pioneer’ status somewhat trivializes the black musicians who came waaaaay before him.

I’m talking greats like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, James Brown, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, and many, many more who I’m failing to mention.

The Jackson 5 didn’t debut until 1964 and weren’t widely known until three or four years later. Michael Jackson may have achieved more commercial success on a greater worldwide level than any other African-American entertainer.

But check the history, when mentioning black pioneers, the aforementioned musicians who came before Jackson are where the conversation should begin. The King of Pop simply walked through the barriers they broke, and greatly expanded upon what they built.

I understand that Haywood is speaking of Jackson’s influence in grand main stream media terms, and I’m not here to discredit either, but just felt the need to curb the over-enthusiasm a bit.

… Just my off-subject two cents, now back to basketball.

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