June Pezzotti

Dream Big, Live Bigger™

West Coastin': NBA All-Star Weekend 2011

I spent the past weekend out in rainy/sunny Los Angeles enjoying the festivities of NBA All-Star Weekend. It was some groovy times.  I wish I had the words to illustrate my moments out west but I’m too distracted and occupied with trying to find ways to sneak into Madison Square Garden tonight to watch Carmelo’s Knicks debut.  So I leave you with some images shot on my iPhone and a selection of captions to accompany them.  Enjoy!

I probably should've moved over a bit and not blocked the sign...

Read the rest of this entry »

West Coastin’: NBA All-Star Weekend 2011

I spent the past weekend out in rainy/sunny Los Angeles enjoying the festivities of NBA All-Star Weekend. It was some groovy times.  I wish I had the words to illustrate my moments out west but I’m too distracted and occupied with trying to find ways to sneak into Madison Square Garden tonight to watch Carmelo’s Knicks debut.  So I leave you with some images shot on my iPhone and a selection of captions to accompany them.  Enjoy!

I probably should've moved over a bit and not blocked the sign...

Read the rest of this entry »

A Look Back: 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend

This time last year I was out in Dallas for NBA All-Star weekend, working through the 25th Anniversary event for Jordan Brand.  Man, I had a great time out there.  Shouts to everyone out in Dallas that I still keep in contact with.  As I was at the event space I shot a behind-the-scenes video that I wanted to post before the event.  I then opted against it because I didn’t want to risk losing the awe factor when people came into the space so I decided to keep the video on my hard drive.  I totally forget about it until I was recently looking through some old files and I found it.  So I figured today’s as good a day as any to post it, as it is Michael Jordan’s birthday and the eve before NBA All-Star Weekend 2011 begins in Los Angeles.

So that was the sneak peek, and here is the end result:

Jordan Brand 23/25 Energy Space
Dallas, TX- Feb. 2010

Nothing to see here....just me & MJ

Me Interviewing Chris Paul

Interviewing (future Knick) Carmelo Anthony

As fun as it is to look back, it’s even more fun to look ahead.  Let’s see what the 2011 All-Star Weekend in LA can offer.

Peace,

June

Hump Day Humor: Pan Con Queso

Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” might be one of the most  remixed and spoofed songs in the past 10 years.  Here’s another one for my fellow Dominicans, actually Latinos in general.  Enjoy!

 

P.S.- My favorite “Black & Yellow” remix is still “Black & Scarlet“.  Go RU !

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day folks!  Love is in the air and the lack of it is on my Twitter timeline. Too many people angry at Valentine’s Day for no particular reason.  Let’s just enjoy the day for what it is.

Came across this tongue-in-cheek video about how social media can help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day evening.  Take a look, it may actually not be too late to plan something nice!

And for those of you that have long-distance lovers, fear not, there is a solution for you as well.  The homie Daigoroh and I conjured this up last year in our dorm as I was packing up to go to Dallas and was trying to keep my silly Valentines happy.  This might be one of the greatest records ever freestyled.  Seriously.  Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day folks!  Love is in the air and the lack of it is on my Twitter timeline. Too many people angry at Valentine’s Day for no particular reason.  Let’s just enjoy the day for what it is.

Came across this tongue-in-cheek video about how social media can help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day evening.  Take a look, it may actually not be too late to plan something nice!

And for those of you that have long-distance lovers, fear not, there is a solution for you as well.  The homie Daigoroh and I conjured this up last year in our dorm as I was packing up to go to Dallas and was trying to keep my silly Valentines happy.  This might be one of the greatest records ever freestyled.  Seriously.  Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

J. Dilla: Still Shining

Nice documentary on the late producer, J. Dilla.  Talent mixed with a strong work ethic and passion have made him a legend.  Inspiring piece.  Enjoy!

Was On A Hiatus…

…because sometimes a small break is needed.  Past month was filled with travel and setting up pieces.  Let’s play.

 

During My Commute

Every now and again, the ordinary commute to and from work is given some color by certain people.  I’ve had some of these videos on my phone for weeks, even months.  I’ve decided to share.

There I was stuck in traffic on the bus and I looked out my window and saw THAT.  Needless to say I had to pull the camera out.  The chick next to me did as well.  You can hear her say “got it” as soon as she captured a shot.

What can I say? Sometimes the music is so good it just consumes you and you have to start breaking it down on the F train.

You have to watch this whole video and listen to this man.  This guy played WAY too much Call of Duty.  He tells us the truth about women, flat screen TVs, and cell phones. This is priceless!

SIDENOTE: When he starts counting numbers down I thought he was going to blow the train up.  Not gonna lie, I was a little scared.

I’ll keep posting anything of interest that I see during my commute.  If you see anything during your commute, make sure you share it!

Peace!

An Open Letter to New Knicks' Fans

Dear New Knicks’ Fan,

I’m writing this in order to clear the air. I don’t look to create a division between old and new Knick fans. I just want there to be an understanding. I won’t pass judgment. Look, I get it. Why would you cheer for the home team when the home team gives you no reason to cheer? With a generation of millennials urging instant gratification, I can understand how easy of a choice it must have been to cheer for those teams that were always above .500. Everyone wants that satisfaction, and there aren’t many greater satisfactions than winning. So I understand why you cheered for the Lakers, the Celtics, the Cavaliers, the Mavericks, and ANY, other team playing winning ball. Like I said, I get it.

I’m not here to pass judgment; rather, I’m here to offer an explanation. An explanation as to why if the Knicks continue playing winning basketball, I’m politely asking you to refrain from calling yourself a fan.

You can call yourself a “rooter”, as it is as unappealing to say as your newfound fandom of my team is to digest.

It hasn't been easy to support this team.

See, us Knicks fans have suffered. Mightily. It’s been a long time since we had any taste of success. The losing became the culture. For the past decade we’ve had nothing more than the ray of hope that comes complimentary to every fan of every team at the beginning of every season, but that ray would quickly become covered by the clouds of poor management, poor coaching, and a poor attitude. Trust me, it wasn’t easy to root for a team consisting of Howard Eisley, Shandon Anderson, Clarence Weatherspoon, Kurt Thomas, and Michael Doleac. As a huge Allan Houston fan, watching his career decline (along with our cap space) was difficult. And those were just some of the transgressions of the first half of the decade. No need to get into any of the stains left behind by the evil villains named Marbury and Isiah.  The list of names that just bring painful memories in the past decade is too long (for reflection’s sake, let’s just try off memory: Jerome James, Eddy Curry, Lee Nailon, Moochie Norris, Steve Francis, Antonio Davis, Glen Rice, etc, etc..).

Stains in the fabric of Knicks history

But, even through all of that, us TRUE Knick fans that cheered during the 90’s remained and endured the pain.  Like in every relationship that eventually becomes abusive, there were some good moments along the way.  We actually made the playoffs in 2004 (it was a bright spot despite the first round sweep to NJ).  Then there was David Lee and Nate Robinson who both came in together.  Knick fans witnessed Lee’s development from a blue collar, hustle player to MVP of the Rookie vs Sophomore game to an NBA All-Star.  And for all of his antics and knucklehead plays, KryptoNate was still a fan favorite and those Slam Dunk Championships he brought to New York did, indeed, feel good.

Very appreciative of their contribution.

Fast forward to the 2010-11 season.  The Knicks are once again relevant.  Our games are back on national TV.  We are over .500.  Just got off an 8- game winning streak.  A’mare Stoudemire is an MVP candidate.  Raymond Felton is playing like an All-Star.  Rookie Landry Fields is the 2nd best rookie this year, behind the 2010 version of Shawn Kemp playing LaLa land. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler have added amazing support. We have cap space, thanks to Donnie Walsh.  Mike D’Antoni has altered his offense from the “Seven Seconds or Less” format to more of a half-court, pick-and-roll set.  And, of course, the rumors of Carmelo Anthony’s demanding to come to NY always put a smile on my face.  Now, the Knicks are not by any means the best team in the league.  We still have a long way to go.  But considering where we were just a year ago, the change has been remarkable.

Pride of being a Knickerbocker

I see how it can be “cool” to be a Knicks fan now.  At first, I’ll admit, I was annoyed.  Now I just welcome it.  I welcome all you new Knick rooters.  I hope you stick around.  We take our team very seriously and we’re very passionate.  Just understand that you’re going to rub a few die-hard fans the wrong way,  but it’s going to be a fun trip.

I just hope that you can find a comfortable spot on a full bandwagon.

Sincerely,

A die-hard Knick fan

%d bloggers like this: