Steph Curry Ready for Superstardom?

A still shot of Curry’s Mark Jackson impression.

Last night, February 27, Steph Curry dazzled more than just Spike Lee when he exploded and torched the New York Knicks for 54 points.

It’s unclear which part of his stellar play was most impressive. In addition to shooting 11-13 from three point range, Curry added six rebounds, and seven assists. The stat line doesn’t show how hard he had to work to score. Regardless of some open looks in the second quarter, as the game wore on, the Knicks made adjustments to double-team and trap Curry. Crafty ball handling helped Curry navigate to open space, and timely passes found teammates in scoring position. After such a complete game, fans can’t help but wonder is Curry ready to burden the weight of superstardom?

Many of the league’s best players have erupted for high scoring games in Madison Square Garden: Kobe Bryant tallied 61 points in 2009, and LeBron shadowed those efforts scoring 52 points just two days later.

“It is the best place on Earth to play an NBA basketball game. I’m mean it’s the Mecca. Everyone that plays loves playing in the Garden,” said former San Antonio Spur, Bruce Bowen, in a post-game analysis.

Both Kobe and LeBron led their teams to victory on their respective nights, but Curry’s efforts resulted in a loss.Yet, losing only diminished Curry’s efforts in the team’s win-loss column.

Curry’s unconscious shooting captured the attention of many NBA aficionados, while garnering newfound respect from opposing players and even coaches that may have slighted him of his first all-star appearance. After all, how often does a crowd cheer somebody on when they’re dropping buckets on their beloved home team?

Curry is no stranger to carrying a team. He catapulted the Davidson Wildcat’s Cinderella title run leading his team in scoring to the tune of 28.6 points per game. Keep in mind that a college game lasts 40 minutes, which is eight minutes less than an NBA game.

Nobody know’s what had Curry so fired up. Maybe he knew his team needed his aggressive scoring mentality and leadership in the midst of David Lee’s suspension, or maybe because his pockets were $35,000 lighter from a fine passed down by the league office for his minor role in a skirmish with the Pacers. Nevertheless, Curry was on fire.

Granted Curry’s ankles might not support the weight of superstardom,  his shoulders demonstrate a pure shooting stroke, leadership, and fearless play  that  foreshadows a boundless future.

Ironically, Curry penned “I can do all things” on the toe of his flamboyant, electric blue and gold shoes. He scored 54 points, kept his teammates involved and entertained the audience by showing a portion of his personality as he shimmied down the court in celebratory ode to coach Mark Jackson. Last night Curry may have become an NBA superstar, and he did do “all things” – except win.

I can do all things.

Word of the Day: auspicious

Pronunciation: [aw-spish-uhs]

Definition(s): 1. promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
2.favored by fortune; prosperous; fortunate.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Graduating valedictorian is an auspicious occasion. Many of these students do groundbreaking work.

Synonyms: advantageous, opportune

Antonyms: inauspicious, unfortunate, ominous, unlucky

Word of the Day: yare

Pronunciation: [yair]

Definition(s): 1. quick; agile; lively.

2. (of a ship) quick to the helm; easily handled or maneuvered.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Derrick Rose’s yare moves to the basket exploits slower defenses.

Synonyms: nimble, adroit, lithe

Antonyms: lumbering, undexterous, unhand, awkward, clumsy, slow

Teach Us to Pray

Georgia State Mission Community

February 19, 2012

Luke 11: 1-13 NIV

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Notes

God call us to be bold

Vs. 2 – 4

  • Theres an order of prayer
    • Praise your father and his kingdom
      • This results in God’s Will being spread throughout his kingdom
      • Alerts us to be conscious of the Kingdom’s goal
    • Give us each day our daily bread
      • You instruction will be hidden in your needs, not your wants
        • Its difficult to balance wants and needs
    • Forgive us our sins,… For we also forgives everyone who sins against us
      • As you forgive others Christ will forgive you
God is a God of order
  • Theres a premeditated order to his instrutction of prayer
  • He provides a loose structural guideline
Vs. 8 – 10
  • Boldness in request is rewarded, yet there are no entitlements
  • Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and doors will be opened.
Vs. 11 – 13
  • You will be given what you ask
  • The holy spirit is a gift
Don’t asked with clenched fist.
  • You must give up something, in order to make room for what you receive

Word of the Day: obnubilate

Pronunciation: [ob-noo-buh-leyt]

Definition(s): o cloud over; becloud; obscure.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: Kids don’t always tell the full truth if they see the possibility of consequences. In other words they obnubilate the truth.

Synonyms: becloud, disguise, misrepresent, obfuscate, shade, shadow

Antonyms: illuminate, loose, reveal

Regain Your Cutting Edge

Bishop Dale C. Bronner
Word of Faith – http://www.woffamily.org/
2/17/2013
II Kings 6:1-7

The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to meet.”

And he said, “Go.”

Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?”

“I will,” Elisha replied. And he went with them.

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!”

The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.

  • Until you identify the problem, you cannot solve it
    • A problem well-defined is a problem half-solved
    • a problem can be solved, facts of life can not
  • Problems drive us to find solutions
    • Before you find the solution, a problem can make you miserably uncomfortable
    • Discomfort is the thing that motivates change
      • When you grow, the problem will shrink
      • Growth needs finance (input)
        • Complacency=death, the sign of things not growing

Life lessons

  • The fear of losing can spoil the joy of using
  • When you don’t understand purpose, the result is misuse or disuse
  • You can’t fix a problem with a man’s feet until you fix the problem in his head
  • What you perceive as a person’s needs is not always synonymous with what he wants
  • Charity without treatment is often short lived
    • You cannot fix with money, what should be fixed with prayer and wisdom
  • Don’t just observe situations, deduce and learn from them
    • Reflection turns experience into insight

Vs. 3 – wherever you go, carry your leader with you

Vs. 4 – something must come down in order for something else to go up

  • Maintain equilibrium
    • The greater the responsibility, the less personal freedom
    • Am I willing to decrease ______ to increase _______

Vs. 5 – mishaps occur whenever you’re building something

  • It’s easier to correct a mistake, impossible to correct inaction
    • You can correct something, cant correct nothing

Pray like it’s all left up to God, but work like it’s all up to you. 

  • God will give you the foundational tools, but the work is your responsibility
    • You would become weak/spoiled if he did everything for you
    • God doesn’t bless what you pray, he blesses what you do

Your cutting edge is on a ticking time clock

Vs. 6 – go back to the last place you had “it”

  1. Clearly defined goals and a plan of execution
    1. The average person has a goal, the elite have a strategy
  2. They gather a lot of information
    1. Build on your strengths
  3. They learn from others
    1. Mistakes, customer, etc
  4. They have good pal on their team
    1. If you can’t afford to hire the best, hire the best and train them
    2. Study an organization, find weaknesses and develop a strategy to address the?
      1. They are courageously creative/innovative
        1. Find and unmet need and meet it
        2. They find an itch and scratch it
          1. They partner with others who have strengths that cover their weaknesses

GO BACK

Vs. 7 – Pick it up YOURSELF!!

  • Put a stick to it

If you’re tired of starting over, stop quitting!

Don’t look for others to do for you what you were designed to do for yourself

 

Word of the Day: rigmarole

Pronunciation: [rig-muh-rohl]

Definition(s): an elaborate or complicated procedure:
2.confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: When the actual ceremony takes place, the rigmarole of wedding planning becomes worthwhile.

Synonyms: foolishness, gibberish, jargon, senselessness

Crosshair

Im at a crossroad in my life, or should I say a crosshair?
I look around for my savior but there is no cross there.
As much thinking as Ive been doing I should`ve lost hair.
If you look in my eyes there is just a lost stare.

What did I do? Did i really ruin my potential for greatness?
Or is it something that comes with time and I’m just impatient?

Patience, it’s a documented fact that I have none of that.
So I tried to journey out but forgot my backpack.
I should have been more prepared and at least brought knapsack.
But like a quarterback with no lineman I hiked and got sacked.

Linebackers bulldozed through like a tractor.
My imaginary Offensive line was a non factor.
I absorbed the hit and staggered attempting to avoid disaster I threw the ball like a passer.

I took a big hit like the original Madden hit stick,
But this lick is the one that damn near left my wig split.

My spirit is broken and I’m trying to recover,
And like my credit card I’m trying to discover the values my mother instilled in me when I was younger.

Somewhere along the way this life stopped going according to plan, or is it that I didn’t plan according to life?
I guess I didn’t plan for affording the lights, because there’s a price to pay before your rewarding is bright.

My desires duck behind any obstacle able to obstruct and muck up whatever’s possible.
I require whatever’s optimal, and I’m sticking with the plan no audibles.

Lessons learned are more then what’s audible…
You observe what’s optical, touch what’s topical
And hope to hop out of harm’s way before situations become volatile.

I’m learning that possible isn’t always the precursor to probable.
Expecting dreams to land in your lap isn’t logical.
If anything that’s an expectation that’s comical.

Yet, this is no laughing matter.
Dreams I had of rising through the corporate ladder are almost shattered.
In the book of life I’m ready to write a new chapter leaving the former pages tattered.

I’ve seen this all before, images of me unmotivated but wanting more with my ambitions lacking a core.
The dreams that I adore are crumbling and crashing to the floor with no hope of being restored.
Instead, I implore images of me shopping for more than what’s in store reupholstering my life with new decor.

Or … to at least be more comfortable,
And be able to corral comfort outside my comfort zone.
I also need to confront my fear of doing things alone, especially since fear is an emotion I don’t condone.
Fear isn’t a characteristic of the heir to the throne, I want to call shots without lifting a phone.

Suppose I give up, what would my life become?
The story of a young man whose composure spun undone?
My life is fit for more than a story on “Unsung,”
nor will it resemble and instrument that has come unstrung

I won’t fade quietly.
I won’t stray mindlessly,
but I passed time dealing with this pain silently because it slowly drained the fight in me.
I used to fight pridefully.
Then started to stand idly, until I sought the Lord and his blessings spread wildly.

My ambition returned and from the pain I’ve learned that you can’t play with fire and not expect to get burned.
Now I yearn for the guidance of God casting away my concerns to be deferred.

I’m no longer in a gun’s sight centered in the crosshair
Instead, it’s the scope of my eye and there is a cross there.

Meek Mill – Dreams and Nightmares

RoyalTy Rating: 6.5 Crowns

Dreams and Nightmares album artwork

Meek Mill’s Dreams and Nightmares album falls closer to a nightmare than a dream. Brief moments of ingenuity and conceptual strengths are heavily offset by lackluster efforts and predictable cadences.

The title track “Dreams and Nightmares” summarizes everything Meek discusses on records. He adequately displays how a young male from the hood has dreams fulfilled by rap successes before the track takes a drastic turn for the worse. Understandably so, Meek attempted to draw stark contrast between dreams and nightmares and sufficiently succeeds. “Dreams and Nighmares” fails after angelic piano keys transitions to a devilish bass drop, and Meek begins shouting at maximum vocal capacities. His voice is already borderline and increasing the volume is far too intense.

The paradoxical title of “In God We Trust” leads listeners to believe it will be structured after his “dream” theme, but he proceeds to paint more pictures of destruction.  It seems like Meek fell in love with the title and felt obligated to include it on the album. Once again, thematically, Meek missed the mark, but displays a vicious flow.

“So for 100 keys, think what my click will do/I’m talkin’ clappin toaster, bullets will hit your roof/They hit his body he went in shock, no Pikachu.”

Meek’s subject bank is painfully limited. He’s readily defined by monetary braggadocio statements, bad yellow chicks, drugs and a team of shooters ready to do dirt. There’s nothing more to his lyrics. Given that he raps to the same cadence on almost every song, any one of his verses can be substituted for another with no notable difference. It ruins the quality of songs like “Maybach Curtains” and “Lay Up,” whose star studded casts anchor the tracks.

“Lay UP” or “Maybach Curtains” could have easily replaced “Amen,” “Burn” and “Young & Getting’ It” as radio singles. The feature power of Nas, Wale, Trey Songz and John Legend easily overshadow Big Sean and Kirko Bangz given the song’s industry sound.

One underrated facet of Meek’ style rests in his storytelling ability. Regardless of point of view, Meeks knows how to phrase, and stage events in a climatic fashion. He allows listeners to visualize words. Meek continues to develop the success of his Dreamchasers “Tony Story” with the sequel “Tony Story, Pt. 2,” and relays parts of his own tribulations on “Traumatized.” He discusses personal pain and addresses the man that killed his father with eerie distaste.

“Hope you hear me, I’mma kill you n***a/To let you kno that I don’t feel you n***a/Yeah, you ripped my family apart and made my momma cry/So when I see you, n***a it’s gon’ be a homicide/Cuz I was only a toddler, you left me traumatized.”

Overall, Meek Mill’s project was less than admirable. Lack of versatility, incomplete theming, and a couple of poorly executed punchlines inhibits the maximum effect of his passion and energy. Ironically, his nightmare’s makes the album worth listening to, and his dreams weigh the project down with their ubiquitous placing. A listener can sleep on this Dreams and Nightmares project and not have missed much.