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Gregory "G" Small is a student of basketball.

Paul Pierce Interview: 2016 Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

Paul Pierce represents the last of the hoopers who came from the under-appreciated 90’s era of Los Angeles County basketball.

Many stars emerged during that period, and Schea Cotton was one of the brightest. He was LeBron before LeBron, having the physicality to match his high baseball I.Q., and projected to make the NBA while still in junior high. Fans watched him dominate his contemporaries, and corporations gifted him products in hopes he’d one day endorse them as an NBA player.

Since his dream of making it to the NBA fell short, some of his peers in the basketball fraternity do not treat him with the respect of an originator.

RunTheTriangle.com spoke exclusively with Schea Cotton in the series Higher about his riveting story, and the one person that is too busy being Inglewood to be Hollywood, Cotton’s former K-Swiss Pacers teammate, Paul Pierce.

“That’s my dude, P-Squared,” said Cotton.
“They try to floss on me and be Hollywood when they see me in the city, I have a lot of respect and adoration for Paul because he’s kept it 100 all the way through with me.”

Similar to the hip-hop genre, the New York boroughs and parks are considered somewhat of a blacktop Mecca. But Los Angeles and its suburbs like Inglewood and Compton have birthed perennial all-stars, leading to the Venice Beach and Drew League’s tournaments increasing in notoriety and media attention. Nobody wants to miss the next big thing out of So-Cal.

Pierce and Cotton represent the legacies of the championship basketball pedigree in Los Angeles. Cotton ran pickup games with Magic Johnson at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. He and Paul Pierce met along the basketball circuit, and they would go on to battle each other for years in amateur tournaments.

What few know is that the assembling
2007-2008 Boston Celtics by current Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers was not the first time Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were teammates. They joined forces in the 90’s during a Las Vegas tournament to successfully dethrone Cotton.

The 2016 Los Angels Clippers Media Day was the last of Pierce’s storied career. Watch as he uses the moment to reveal the truth about Schea Cotton and his appearance in the biographic documentary “Manchild” The Schea Cotton Story: A Dream Deferred.

Higher: Testimonies By Schea Cotton

Schea Cotton is still high.

Whether it’s equipping the youth through his Schea Cotton Basketball Academy, or architecting a championship AAU team, the “Manchild,” has exorcised the ghosts of disappointments past.

The Los Angeles native was at the forefront of the unholy union between corporations and youth sports during the Golden Era of 1990’s basketball.

From the brands he enriched by dawning their apparel in the crowded gyms his electrifying play filled to capacity, to the markets he help create for alternative news outlets and social-media, Schea Cotton was an innovator in basketball popular-culture.

His documentary Manchid: The Schea Cotton Story- A Dream Deferred details his unique story of being a Sports Illustrated featured high school phenom derailed from reaching the NBA.

The film includes commentary from NBA stars Paul Pierce, Baron Davis, Metta World-Peace, Stephen Jackson, Jason Hart and other witnesses of his dominance.

Schea Cotton spoke exclusively with RunTheTriangle.com about how influencing the current generation has led to his basketball redemption in our series Higher:

Schea testifies about his dominance of the legendary Kobe Bryant in their youth- the footage which has mysteriously vanished:

Schea Cotton reintroduces himself for the uninitiated by opening up about his life as told through the film Manchild: A Dream Deferred, the Schea Cotton Story- and why man shall not live by bread alone:

Schea testifies about his elevated state of mind that has developed from overcoming heartache from the past, his strategy to improve the life of the youth, and conquering his toughest opponent- Himself:

In conclusion, Schae talks about battling that likes of Grant Hill, Eddie Jones, and having the honor of being picked by Magic Johnson to run in pickup games:

Juwan Howard Reveals A Secret About His Hair

Juwan Howard was a member of the famed 1991-92 University of Michigan Fab Five. He’s an NBA champion, all-star, and currently serves as assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

He briefly returned to the headlines recently when a Memphis newspaper misprinted his photo as David Fizdale, the head coach new hire for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Not only was Howard instrumental in ushering in a new generation of basketball fashion, popularizing cutoff t-shirts underneath jerseys and black shoes with ankle-socks, he is well known for his consistent haircuts which boasted the ever coveted defined waves.

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To quote Pomona, CA Emcee Suga Free, Howard’s waves are deeper than Redondo Beach.

His edge-ups were so crispy they looked painted on. Young men across the country were inspired to scurry about for the right product/brush combination that would too, make their hair steadily dip.

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In this 2010 exclusive interview with the California Crusader newspaper, Juwan Howard makes a startling revelation about his celebrated hair waves.

Ending The Hate Affair With Kobe Bryant

As if Elden Campbell didn’t go 1-13 from the field while Karl Malone got 32 points and 20 rebounds, the Los Angeles Lakers being eliminated in 5 games by the Utah Jazz in 1997 NBA Plaoyffs will be remembered for two air-balls by an 18-year old rookie named Kobe Bryant.

As if he didn’t refer to himself as the general manager of the Lakers, publicly excoriated Nick Van Exel after being eliminated from the playoffs leading to his trade, or yelled “Pay me” to Dr. Jerry Buss during a preseason game, Kobe Bryant blamed for Shaquille O’Neal’s departure from L.A.

Phil Jackson went on highly paid speaking engagements while promoting his book in which he claimed Kobe Bryant was un-coachable, only to return to the Lakers to win two Bryant led championships.

There are tales of him sabotaging his Lower Merion High School games so he could be the hero at the end. The streets said he wasn’t real because he grew up in Europe. The analysts said he stunted team development by taking too many shots.
The afro he wore was out of style and too grimy. He married a video dancer. His line about injustice, a Dr. Martin Luther King quote, during his acceptance speech at the 2003 Nickelodeon Kids Choice awards was edited from the broadcast because it was deemed too controversial.

He’s been mercilessly booed during NBA All-Star events; once in 2002 after winning the MVP in his hometown, and in 2005 by the crowd in Denver for deeper seeded reasons than basketball.

Kermit Washington punching Rudy Tomjonivich remains a dark day in NBA history. But Chris Child’s two-piece and Raja Bell’s clothesline is capsulized through widely popular GIF’s and MEME’s.

From sponsors to rappers, cable news outlets to internet message boards, coaches to fans, lots of people have been salty towards Kobe Bryant.

 

Now he has resigned, and you won’t have Kobe Bryant to kick around anymore.

LaMarcus Aldridge will go down as the last marquee free agent to spurn joining the Lakers (according to anonymous sources) because they (allegedly) didn’t want to play with Kobe. The Lakers will have all the cap-room they need to solidify their roster now that Bryant’s hefty contract is gone.

But the hardest part will be finding a suitable replacement super villain. There has to be a back story, like skipping college to go straight to the pros. There has to be mini sub-plots, like having an R&B star watch you winning the dunk contest as Brandy Norwood did in Cleveland in 1997, or using the owner’s private jet to make it to a road playoff game in Houston in 2004 the day of a court hearing.

There has to be adversity like the 2005 season which he courteously finished on the All-NBA third team while missing the playoffs for the first time before there can be triumph, like when he got MVP chants on road games in Lakers’ rival territory like Boston, Chicago, and New York.

Those waiting to get lined up at the barbershops will still carry on the argument over who was better, Kobe or Mike, but there will be no more game-by-game scrutiny of his field-goal percentage.

Many teams around the NBA only sold out when he came to town. Fans around the country packed the arenas to express their hate.

But now they must find someone else whom to engage in a love-hate relationship.

You won’t have Kobe Bryant to kick around anymore.

Paul Pierce Talks Inglewood

Before becoming a standout for the Kansas Jayhawks, a perineal NBA All-Star and champion with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers veteran Paul Pierce grew up in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He graduated from Inglewood High School, sharing that proud tradition with NBA Alumni like Jay Humphries and Reggie Theus.

RunTheTriangle.com, LLC Chief Editor Gregory, a fellow City of Inglewood product, talked to Pierce about their old stomping grounds.

Paul Pierce: Clippers Have One Goal

10-Time NBA All-Star Forward Paul Pierce didn’t return to Los Angeles just to make the Western Conference Finals.

“I’ve done that already,” said the Inglewood native during an NBA Cares event at 109th Street Elementary School in historic Watts.

He explains to RunTheTriangle.com the only thing that would make this Clippers season a success.

Dahntay Jones Pulls The Chair on Ryan Kelly

NBA veteran Dahntay Jones is known for pushing the boundaries between playing tough physical defense and being a cheap-shot artist.

Jones was assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Developmental League during the 2016 NBA D-League Showcase in Santa Cruz. Watch him send the Lakers’ Los Angeles D-Fenders assignee Ryan Kelly to the floor after pulling the chair.

Nick Van Exel Interview

Nick Van Exel spent 13 seasons in the NBA handling the rock and breaking ankles. The former All-Star is now calling plays from the sideline as head coach for the Texas Legends in the NBA Developmental League.

Van Exel spoke with RunTheTriangle.comb exclusively at the 2016 NBA D-League Showcase about his transition to coaching, the 1995 Lakers vs. Celtics playoffs series, and how he knew Kobe Bryant would be the next Michael Jordan from what he saw in practice.

L.A. Clippers Foundation partner with Vision To Learn

From the Clippers Communications Department

The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn, a non-profit provider of free eye exams and free glasses to students in low-income communities, announced today a partnership to meet the vision needs of all students in the Inglewood School District.

The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn program will launch in January with a distribution of glasses at Inglewood High School, and will provide vision services to all 12,000 students in the 20 Inglewood elementary, middle and high schools. Every student will receive an eye screening by school nurses and Rotary Club volunteers; those who fail the screening will receive a free eye exam and free glasses from Vision To Learn.

A Clippers-branded Mobile Eye Clinic will be created for the screenings at the Inglewood schools. Screenings began in November and glasses distribution will be completed for all Inglewood students by the end of the current school year.

During tonight’s Clippers vs. Bucks game at STAPLES Center, Vision To Learn students will participate in a special on-court presentation and the Clippers Mobile Eye Clinic is set to be displayed.

About Vision To Learn

Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations. Kids’ vision issues often go undetected, with as many as one in five children lacking the ability to see clearly. Students with impaired vision can struggle to read a book, study math, see the board, or even participate in class – all of which can result in poor grades and adversely affect academic achievement. Vision To Learn alters these outcomes by coordinating screenings for children, and supplying those in need with eye exams and glasses – an age-old yet critical tool for success. Vision To Learn solves a problem affecting as many as 1.5 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected. More than 89% of kids served by Vision To Learn live in poverty and 87% are kids of color.

OUR CALLING: CLIPPERS FOUNDATION

Every day, we’ll make a positive difference to a child in L.A.

To meet this commitment, the L.A. Clippers Foundation will first understand their educational environments, from classroom to playground to living room, in communities across Southern California.

The greatest resource of the Clippers Foundation is inspiration, channeled from our players, organization and Clipper Nation. Our greatest tool is investment, through singular grants that set a new benchmark in actual funds and true transparency. Our greatest gift is mobilizing contribution and commitment from everyone we call Partner, including colleagues, corporate sponsors and the community at large.

In every way, our mission is to inspire a child to make a positive difference in their L.A.

For more information on the Clippers Foundation, visit www.clippers.com/Foundation

For Kobe 31 Is The New 81

Kobe Bryant can get hot still. He scored 31 points in a vintage performance to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-104 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The rumors of his demise have been greatly circulated. The declaration that he his playing in his final season lit social-media on fire, and before it ends he’ll probably start another trend.

After shooting 1-14 against the Golden State Warriors from the field, there were lamentations for Bryant to immediately call it quits. He was embarrassing himself. It was over.

But dead men don’t make go-ahead buckets to get road wins on the second night of a back-to-back. For one night Bryant was resurrected.

If it were as bad as the experts claimed, then his 31 point outburst is right up there with the game in which he scored 50 more than that against the Toronto Raptors. Five years before that he scored 61 in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks. Everyone knew that Kobe was capable of the unbelievable. But this Kobe, the wounded warrior with nothing left to give basketball, nobody is expecting the spectacular.

Like Wilt Chaimberlin’s 100, Kobe should have drawn 31 on sheet of paper and taken a photograph. No player at 37-years old has returned from achilles surgery to score 31 and make a game-winning shot. Bryant’s heroics are that of legend, I guess you can say a new one just begun.