What up yall!
December 27 was special, man. We caught a flight out
of Boston on Wednesday and came into Dallas for the Mavericks/Cavs game. This
morning, I went over to the shoot around and caught LeBron James in the hallway
where we did a nice piece for the Overtime
show. He doesnt do interviews on game day. But his man and his publicist
worked it out where we could get an interview you know that is just how Mike
Biv can do. Ha ha!
You know what though? It looks like when he does his
interviews hes really [about] business. But he was able to smile and laugh
when I was speaking to him. I think that was a good sign that one: he didnt
feel like he wanted to hurry and get it over with. And two: I find once you get
to know him or he feels comfortable to open up to you, then thats when you get
the real LeBron.
After that, I went over to talk to some of the Mavericks. I
was able to talk to Jerry Stackhouse and Jason Terry. But the big fish of the
day was Mark Cuban. Mark is very informative, real cool, real down to earth. He
told me that I reminded him of Diddy, the way I was dressed.
He said, Man you remind me of Diddy with your suits looking
sharp. I said, We do MTV together. He said, I can see! And then he just
went into this whole thing about the reason he is the type of owner he is and
how he feels about his organization. You know hes just a different kind of
owner - hes the Generation X owner.
We got a lot of good things and went around the city and shot
some more intros to the show - you know the segment comes on and have a little
opening. So it was a real good trip. My producers [at TNT Overtime] are all happy that we
were able to catch all the big fish with no problems.
The game itself was great. The Mavericks tried to make a run
at the end, but it just didnt happen. The LeBron dunk at the end of the game
kind of nailed it. Hes just a monster, Id hate to be on the receiving end of
one of his dunks. After the game I ran into Reggie Miller. I was just asking
him if he thought the Celtics could come out of the East, and he said, Yeah.
We also talked about how the game Sunday against the Lakers will be a good
indication on where [the Celtics] are right now.
The Lakers are doing their thing right now. On Christmas, I
caught a little of the Lakers/Suns game, but missed most of it because I was
tending to my young daughter. But I did see that [Trevor] Ariza dunk though! I
smacked my cousin who was sleeping and I was like, You just missed it, this
kid just flew in the air like Jordan.
It just feels good to see that the bench of the Lakers is
coming to life and it just brought back the old days. It just seems like
theres a resurgence of the old teams that are starting to come back. And with
Portland playing so well, it takes you back to the late 70s with Bill Walton.
You got the Celtics, you got the Lakers, you got Portland. You got these new stars that are
bringing back old tradition.
Anyway, take care and talk to yall next week. Peace and
love from Michael Bivins and The Sportyrich Family.
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Bivins on TNT's Overtime at www.nba.com