Russell Westbrook and Marshawn Lynch

Being that this is the blog where all forms of entertainment meet as one, I wanted to share my thoughts about two athletes and video game related news. First and foremost, you have one of professional basketball’s superstars from the Oklahoma City Thunder in Russell Westbrook. Although OKC missed out on making the NBA Playoffs this year mainly due to injuries, Russell Westbrook was big time. He is a superstar and for that he was rewarded as cover boy of NBA Live 16. The upcoming basketball game from EA Sports will try to dethrone the NBA 2k series and reclaim a crown that once belong to them. Despite missing fifteen games this past NBA season, Westbrook posted career high per game numbers in points, assists, rebounds, and steals. So while NBA 2k16 will have three different cover athletes in Steph Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis, NBA Live will have just one. I’m more of a fan of just having one cover athlete but four top notch athletes will be rewarded this year. I want to know if the necessary improvements are going to be made in NBA Live 16 to make it worthy for me to buy it. The graphics are looking better but I do need to see more of what this installment has to offer. Can Ea Sports create a great basketball game again?

In other news, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks has done some motion capture work and will be included in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The game is due later this year and will feature him in a villainous role. I am interested in seeing how this will play out. This is something that has not been done before. To take an athlete and use them in this capacity is sure to peak the curiosity of “Beast Mode” fans who may only play as his likeness in the Madden video game franchise. This is not only interesting but congratulatory as well for Marshawn. He has taken so much flack for his interactions or lack thereof with the media, so to see him get this honor to be in one of the most successful video game series ever is truly a good distinction. Both video game franchises are trying to push the envelope. Only time will tell to see if either game is a must buy.

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It’s Official: Dwight Howard Is a Laker

The drama is finally over until next season. Dwight Howard has been shipped off to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four team deal that involved the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade also involved Andre Iguodala who’s currently in London and will be playing for gold this Sunday as a part of Team USA. Rumors of this trade also involved Pau Gasol, but the Lakers were able to keep him. I think this blockbuster trade works in all of the teams’ favor because it keeps them all competitive for the upcoming  2012-2013 season. Though Howard is not guaranteeing that he’ll  sign an extension with Lakers, this is still shaping up to be an exciting year once again for basketball fans. Who do you think won this deal?

What Howard would like in a Lakers uniform

Lakers get: Dwight Howard(ORL), Chris Duhon(ORL), and Earl Clark(ORL)

Magics get: Arron Afflalo(DEN), Al Harrington(DEN), Moe Harkless(PHI), Nikola Vucevic(PHI) Josh McRoberts(LAL), Christian Eyenga(LAL), and Draft Picks

Sixers get: Andrew Bynum(LAL), Jason Richardson(ORL)

Nuggets get: Andre Iguodala(PHI)

 

Is It Time to Officially Coronate Lebron James?

For the first time in his glorious career Lebron James will finally get his ring. After certainly being one of the most polarizing figures in sports, Lebron led the Miami Heat to its’ second franchise world championship. Coming out of high school, Lebron was crowned with the moniker “King James” but this is the first time where he’ll actually be sitting atop the throne of the NBA as a champion. This isn’t about how many MVPs he has won, this isn’t about All-Star appearances, this is only a taste of what separates you from the rest. Lebron will no longer be mentioned in the same breath with Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, and other all-time greats who will never know what it feels like to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. This is Dwayne Wade’s second time hoisting the trophy with the first being back in 2006.Lebron’s decision to take his talents to South Beach on national television broke a lot of hearts in Cleveland and was met with a level of hate and scrutiny that we may never witness again. Though it all paid off  for Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat organization, the next step will be if they can repeat.

NBA All-Star 2012 Blowout Pt.3

The final day for my NBA All-Star preview is here and on Sunday we shall see a very entertaining game. It is hard to argue the chemistry that Lebron, Bosh, and Wade have but I predict that the west will win simply because of the point guard play of Chris Paul and Steve Nash. I’d hope that Kobe Bryant would be MVP if the West wins the game but Kevin Durant may end up with that honor.

East Roster

Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Roy Hibbert, Andre Iguodala, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo

West Roster

Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Andrew Bynum, Lamarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook

 

 

NBA All-Star 2012 Blowout Pt.2

I’m back again with more of a preview of the NBA All-Star Weekend down in Orlando this weekend. Yesterday I talked about the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, and today will be about the multiple events happening on Saturday Night. These events include Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three Point Contest, and the Slam Dunk Contest to finish the night off.

Haier Shooting Stars Challenge

 Team Orlando: Current Magics  Jameer Nelson, WNBA All-Star Marie Ferdinand-Harris; and former Magic great Dennis Scott

Team Atlanta: Current Atlanta Hawks star Joe Johnson, WNBA star Lindsey Harding, current NBA Tv analyst Steve Smith,

Team New York: Current guard Landry Fields, Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter, former Knicks perennial shooter, Allan Houston,

Team Texas Houston Rockets’ Chandler ParsonsSophia Young, and 2x NBA champion  Kenny Smith

Team New York looks good here especially when Joe Johnson will not be participating. His replacement should be announced soon.

Taco Bell’s Skills Challenge

*Stephen Curry  Kyrie Irving  Tony Parker  John Wall  Russell Westbrook  and Deron Williams will participate in the Skills Challenge.

*Defending champion Stephen Curry is injured and will not compete. His replacement will be announced soon. I hope Jeremy Lin is the replacement. If not then I see Deron Williams winning.

Footlocker Three Point Shootout

Reigning champion James Jones, Kevin Love, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Morrow, Mario Chalmers, and Kevin Durant will compete.

I’m expecting Durant to win this.

Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Chase Budinger, Paul George, Jeremy Evans, and Derrick Williams.

The jury is out on this one. My choice is Jeremy Evans.

So there we have it, tomorrow I will reveal my predictions for the main course, the All-Star game.

 

NBA All-Star 2012 Blowout Pt.1

The NBA All-Star Weekend is almost upon us. It officially begins this Friday starting with the Celebrity All-Star Game on Espn. All-Star Weekend takes place in the beautiful tourist- friendly city of Orlando. As a fan of the game, this is one of those moments you are excited for each year hoping to see if it can top the previous year. This is Blended Entertainment’s 3-day preview of NBA All-Star Weekend.

Basketball legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley each took a turn drafting between a select number of rookie and sophomore players in the league.  Their teams will play each other on Friday in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Charles Barkley has the more complete team but I suspect that Team Shaq will pull out the victory.

Shaq’s team includes:

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
Jeremy Lin, NY Knicks
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats
Landry Fields, NY Knicks
Norris Cole, Miami Heat
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons

Charles Barkley’s team includes:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
MarShon Brooks, NJ Nets
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs (out with injury)
Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz (replacing Splitter)

Thursday I will cover the events including the Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest that will take place on Saturday. On Friday I will provide my prediction for the All-Star Game itself that will take place on Sunday.

Entertainment News

There has been a bulk of news in the past couple of weeks that I want to get out there for you guys.

  • Britney Spears and her beau Jason Trawick are now engaged.
  • Vanessa Bryant has filed for divorce from NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant.
  • The NBA offseason under the new CBA started December 9th and since then, Chris Paul was shipped off to the LA Clippers. There was also a plethora of other moves including Lamar Odom getting traded to the reigning champions, the Dallas Mavericks.
  • J.R. Martinez, winner of this past season of Dancing With The Stars is going to be a dad for the first time. He and his fiance Diana are expecting their first child next Spring.
  • Sophie Clarke is your Survivor: South Pacific champion.
  • The direct sequel to our modern day Sherlock Holmes won the box office this weekend taking in over 40 million. This is way down from the first film’s opening weekend. The third installment of Alvin and the Chipmunks came in second with over 23 mil, followed by Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible with 13 mil unofficially. The fourth installment of the film was on limited release but officially comes out this Wednesday.

The NBA is back on Christmas Day with five games.

BOS vs NYK @ 12 pm on TNT *rematch of 2011 quarter finals”

MIA vs DAL @ 2:30 pm on ABC *rematch of 2011 NBA finals*

CHI vs LAL @ 5:00 pm on ABC

ORL vs OKC @ 8:00 pm on ESPN

LAC vs GSW @ 10:30 pm on ESPN *Chris Paul’s first game as a Clipper, Mark Jackson’s first game as coach of Warriors*