Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  49 responses

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While Vanilla Ice is in Toronto!

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Last night, something amazing happened. During the halftime of the Raptors/Nets game, I watched Vanilla Ice perform. Yes, Vanilla Ice. Yes, I am serious. Secret time: Vanilla Ice was the first cassette tape I ever owned. I know I should not be admitting this and also that I should be much more embarrassed about it, but I’m a truthful. And I’ve got no shame when it comes to “Ice, Ice Baby” that’ll always make me smile.

So, yes. Vanilla Ice was the halftime performance during the game last night. Why, you ask? It was fan night and that’s what the fans voted on. It was fan night, against the Nets. I think that’s kind of like a “guaranteed win” which is cool, until the Raps let the Nets go on a 22-2 run to lead by 12. Then, the fans started booing. Loudly. On fan night!

It wasn’t pretty. Luckily, the Raps won 108-99.

The Raps quickly woke up though and Sonny Weems was a large part of the reason why. It’s pretty awesome when the kid you liked at training camp –because he had the energy and hustle that showed he wanted it– is suddenly a part of the puzzle, when everyone else had written him off of the active list before the season had even begun. Add in the fact that he’s just a nice, young, fun guy and it’s easy to root for him.

It was fun seeing him smile as he talked about his first NBA double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Anyway, even though the Raps only led by one at the half, it felt like they were going to win the game. The Nets just looked like they’d fold. They did, and I feel bad for saying it, but it’s true. I’m not understanding the move of bringing Chris Douglas-Roberts off of the bench, but what do I know? It was fun to see former Raptor Kris Humphries have a double-double off of the bench. It was not fun having two women scream his name every single time he was even remotely near the Nets bench.

In ATL, the Hawks outlasted the Clippers, 103-97 and Jamal Crawford tied Reggie Miller for the most 4-point plays in NBA history. The Hawks came back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth and Joe Johnson was a big reason for the W, scoring 34 points. While Marcus Camby was a beast on the boards in the loss, pulling down 20, three Hawks players finished with 10 boards apiece.

In Philly, the Sixers were able to get the win against the Bulls in OT, hanging on for the 106-103 victory thanks to a 3-pointer from Andre Iguodala to give the Sixers the lead for good. Philly was without Allen Iverson who missed the game because one of his children was ill. Iguodala finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. For the Bulls, Rose finished with 30 and nine in the loss.

Our boys Tzvi and Adam were in Boston where the Celtics won against Miami, but the game went down to the wire. Dwyane Wade had 30 points and 13 assists, but the Heat were outrebounded by 10 and made 17-for-22 free throws while the Celtics went to the line 39 times, making 27 of their attempts.

Over in New Orleans, the Hornets continued on without Chris Paul, but they were unable to stick with the Thunder, falling 103-99. Kevin Durant had another big scoring night, finishing with 30 points, but he also had eight turnovers. My boy Russ Westbrook was stuffing the stat sheet again and had another huge line of 26 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. Told you he’s going to be really good.

Pretty crazy to see Kobe with J. West, pregame in LA after he passed West to become the all-time Lakers scoring leader. What a special career he has had. I love that it all happened as a Laker. It’s why I want Bron to stay a Cav. Feels more special when the whole career is where it started. In LA, the Bobcats gave LA everything they had, but Farmar got the steal on the Cats final possession and the Lakers escaped with the three-point victory. Stephen Jackson was balling in the game, finishing with 30 points. Kobe sprained an ankle, but toughed it out, as always. With the victory, Phil Jackson passed Pat Riley to become the winningest coach in Lakers history.

It was a great effort by the Bobcats who were without Gerald Wallace.

The Kings lost a close one to the Spurs, falling 115-113, but apparently rookie Tyreke Evans put on quite a show in the final 1:40 of the game. If my Twitter followers are to be believed, Evans had 15 points,3 assts,2 stls in the final 1:40. If that’s true, that’s insane. Either way, the Spurs won, George Hill scored 23 and he hit four free throws in the final seconds to protect the W.

That’s about all I’ve got for tonight, guys. I know I haven’t touched on some of the games, but I haven’t seen much of anything and I’ve currently got hockey highlights on my t.v. Blech. I don’t think I’ll make it waiting for the NBA highlight packs to come on. I wanted Charlotte to win that game. How weird is that, coming from the (former, maybe?) Lakers fan.

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  • BackInBlack

    Go raps, their finally playing how every1 expected them to. Jamal Crawford is too good for the NBA

  • Milan

    So seeing Vanilla Ice was a wish come true.

    Why doesn’t Bryant take some time off?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    What happened to Kobe last night? Didn’t see the game, but I am guessing he was playing injured or sick?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Man all the teams in the West last night were electric. Damn!!!

  • jumpman3224

    @James the Balla: He missed his first five and then hurt his ankle in some sort of collison with Lamar, left in the second quarter and came back to play the second half.

  • T-Money

    Groupie love for Kris Humphries? Wow. At one point does Kobe toughing it out become detrimental to his own team? He could barely move out there, get some rest, man! Simmons has this theory that Kobe will not sit for anything because he’s chasing historical records now and can’t afford to lose opportunities. I don’t know if I buy that but Kobe toughing out EVERY injury just because IS a novelty.

  • jumpman3224

    R. Westbrook looks like he has all of the makings to be a special player. If the Thunder do pull out a playoff spot I can see his post season averages being a lot like rajon rondo’s last year.

  • webstarr

    You gotta think Toronto’s management was relieved when the fans voted for Vanilla Ice to play. Lady Gaga woulda asked for like two mil to perform. Ice just asked if he could take home the leftover Bud Light and Dip’n'dots

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Wow…I literally must have turned off the Kings game 10 seconds or so before Tyreke put on his show. Sorry basketball gods…I will never doubt you again, I will stick through the whole game in case you decide to treat me to a spectacle. f*ck!

  • Yesse

    Lol i saw the halftime it was retarded until he started saying say ice ice baby.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Naw, Kobe is trying to play his 3rd straight season without missing a game man. No historical value or anything.
    Thanks Jumpman!
    And the reason why Kobe won’t sit out is he knows All Star weekend is close. Lots of rest, he will probably play 20 minutes in the all star game and rest up!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    NBA: Where the women hit on YOU happens.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    Vanilla Ice?! HA! AWESOME!
    The first CD I ever bought was “The Simpsons Sing the Blues.” I had bought a bunch of tapes before that, but that was the first CD. Ah, memories.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    “Thumbs-up” @ webstarr’s “dip’n'dots” remark.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    The first CD I ever bought was Redman – Malpractice!! Because all the cd’s before that like Nas – illmatic were given to me by my boy!!
    But I am not proud to say my first cassette was Ace of Base lol.

  • jumpman3224

    First Cassette: Space Jam Single, R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The first cassettes I ever copped were Nas’ “It was Written,” Big Mike’s first album, and G-Slimm’s first joint. Played them til they popped. First CD I ever copped was OutKast “ATLiens”

  • vtrobot

    holly, did ice wax any chumps like a candle? @ jumpman: westbrook has been great to watch lately. games like hawks/thunder are quickly becoming some of the more exciting matchups.

  • J-Ro

    George Hill another steal for the spurs???

  • WolfNast

    The first cassette I ever owned was dre’s 2001.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Exciting day today. Fack.

  • Ben__

    Holly, If it makes you feel better the first CD I bought was a Luther Vandross Christmas album. Things could be worse. You could be me.

  • webstarr

    My first album was Coolio’s Gansta’s Paradise. Changed my life in the second grade. Oh and the Jazz are, by the way, still doing work without Boozer. Respect.

  • T-Money

    first cassette: atcq – midnight marauders
    first cd: mos def & talib kweli are black star

  • T-Money

    webstarr: pause.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Damn… you know… I think my first cassette I ever owned was Green Day’s Dookie… I was such a punk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    First CD i bought was Bone Thugs-n-Harmony E 1999 Eternal. Then I think it was Stillmatic by Nas..

  • http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikebasketball/en_US/signature/moves?player=kobe_bryant&move=3 Jackie Moon

    My first cassette single was a Redhead Kingpin single.

  • webstarr

    For effect money, for effect. Like repetition

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Micheal Jackson HIStory first cd, first cassette Metallica Metal Up Your As*

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    first CD Wu-Tang Forever second CD Enter The Wu-Tang third CD Tical fourth CD Only built 4 Cuban Linx fifth CD Liquid Swords etc etc then came biggie, jay-z, nas, pac

  • Ders

    NBA – where Ice, Ice, Baby happens.

    Jamal is sick! I’m getting really, really upset if he doesn’t get 6th man award this season.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Michael Jackson-Bad was my first tape.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    First Album: Blondie-Plastic Letters, which I won in a contest.
    I was 5 yrs old.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Kobe got the straps put on him. F the phony ‘ankle injury’. He got HELD to 5 points.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Holly, you are welcome to become a Bobcat fan if you have finnaly grown out of that ‘Kobe phase’ we all go through at one point or another.

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    First Cd was It Was Written. Classic album no matter what anyone says.

  • MikeC.

    Wow. Some of us are showing our age. My first cassette ever was a twofer my brother got me for Christmas many moons ago. Lionel Richie Dancing on the Ceiling, and Run-DMC Tougher than Leather. My first CD was House of Pain Same as it Ever Was.

  • Hoodsnake

    First CD- Maxwell’s urban hang suite . First cassette: Busta Rhymes Extintion Level Event(?!)

  • ClydeSays

    Wait, if Vanilla Ice was the Fan’s Number 1 what were the other choices? Lionel Richie & House of Pain?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Very nice, T-Money.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    First cassette for me.. Space Jam soundtrack? We got it for free.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ SLAM: Who won the Junk Food Shirts contest?!

  • http://www.funplayonline.com Fun play online

    haha I used to be into Vanilla Ice too! Seen him recently at some celebrity reality show on VH1 and he didn’t look too different.

  • Hubert

    Damn Jukai, that’s my first cassette tape also.

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens

    Michael Jackson – Bad – Vinyl… boy I’m old…

  • matt

    i dont remember participating in this ‘vote’ for ice

    also first cassette: fugees – the score

    i had that space jam album too, great stuff

  • therighttoremainsalient

    To think that in a few fleeting years time the kids will be saying “well the first song i bought if iTUNES was…”. So seriously, does anyone here NOT KNOW who Vanilla Ice is? I’m curious.