June Pezzotti

Dream Big, Live Bigger™

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

60 Minutes with Mark Zuckerberg

I find it ironic that the creator of the World’s largest social networking site comes off as a socially awkward individual.



I don’t believe that Facebook can take over the internet, but it’ll be interesting to see what else is in store.

My prediction: Facebook will continue it’s growth in 2011 through the platform of Social Gaming.

NOTE: Not all on Facebook is good.  Can this “numbers” thing on Facebook go away.  Some of you really need the ego boost huh?

ANOTHER NOTE: That cartoon profile picture bullshit was nothing more than just a weekend dosage of nostalgia wrapped behind the facade of a noble cause.  (I put a picture of Bobby’s World, lol).

Black Friday Party

I like traditions.  I really like traditions that I create.  I really really like traditions that I can share with those closest to me.  From now until infinity, I will host a Black Friday Party.  It is a where tailgating meets shopping.  I’ll bring the eggnog, you folks just bring yourselves…(and some leftovers if you can spare them).  Bring a chair and come chill.  You’ll be among great company and even better savings.

Stores on Black Friday are like a battle field, might as well roll with a giant army of bad ass muthafuckas.

Screw photoshop. Paper and marker all day!

Where: Target- Newport Jersey City

When: November 26th, 2010

Time: 1AM

Here’s the Facebook link for those of you into that kind of thing.

Hope to see you there!

Peace,

June

KiD Cudi Impromptu Performance in SoHo

There I was, minding my own business, when Kid Cudi decides to perform on the corner of Spring and Greene St.

He drove in. Performed. Drove away.

Funny thing is that I have been blasting his new CD, Man On The Moon II- The Legend of Mr. Rager, all day at the office.


Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious

Just watch. Take from it what you will.

 

Shouts to the homie Dao from Public School.

Facebook and Your Mom

I’ve had a pending Facebook Friend request from my Mom for about 5 months now.  I just leave it there.  Constantly debating whether I should accept it or ignore it.  I mean, she is my Mom, and I don’t really have anything to hide from her.  But then again, she is, indeed, my MOM.  It’s funny, a few years ago my Mom wouldn’t even go anywhere near a computer.  Me being the Internet nerd that I am used to encourage her to try it out so that she can see and learn new things.  Well, I created a monster.  Now, she’s a social media junkie! She’s always on Facebook playing Farmville! In all seriousness, I’m happy she’s technologically literate and can maneuver her way in the digital world.  Besides, what kind of son would I be if I left her behind in the silly, make-believe physical world!

Came across this SNL skit which promoted this post:

Answer the poll question and leave some comments, I’m curious to see where you folks stand on the matter.

Year 24: Chasing Dreams and Chasing Shots

Today isn’t about me.  It’s about you.

Lately I’ve been reflecting a lot on every aspect of life.  Not just my life.  But life in its entire complexity.  If you know me personally, then you know that the past 2 or so years have been the toughest years of my life.  The tragedies outweighed the triumphs.  I’ve dealt with friends and family passing away.  I’ve dealt with being a nomad and not knowing where I would rest my head at any given night.  I spent my 22nd birthday in a hospital watching my mom battle with a cancerous tumor.  My 23rd I spent dealing with a tough and eventually ugly break-up.  Heck, even when I was vacationing, on my last day, I ended up being involved in a car accident where the car was totaled, and I ended up unconscious and with no recollection of anything that had happened.  I didn’t even know where I was.  And of course, green paper is always an issue, the creditors and their daily 8am wake up calls made sure I didn’t forget that.  But even worse than the demands for money were the demands for my time.  It’s a cold world out there without any time and money.  Ultimately, the past 2 years were filled with an unhealthy lack of balance.

So why am I sharing this?

Because I don’t have to protect those thoughts and memories anymore.  I’ve taken the lessons.  I’ve gained appreciation.  I’ve gained perspective. I’ve evolved.

Today it isn’t about me.  It’s about you.

It’s about everyone that helped me get through that  storm.  It’s about those that still believed, even if the decisions I made were only rooted in the dream.  It’s about everyone who tells me to blow the dust off my turntables.  It’s about everyone who let me crash at their spot, even if it was just a pillow and a floor.  It’s about anyone that gave me a meal swipe just so I wouldn’t have to keep eating those damn Wendy’s chicken nuggets.  It’s about everyone who saw something in me and gave me a shot.  It’s about everyone who checks this blog on a daily basis, even though I post sporadically.  It’s about those not around anymore, and how thankful I am for the memories.  It’s about the people that I look forward to celebrating life with.  It’s about those I’m just starting to collaborate with and the magic we’re going to make. It’s about everyone in my fantasy leagues.  It’s about everyone that plays flag football on Sundays.  It’s about everyone that’s coming out to Teak in Hoboken this Saturday night! LOL

I dedicate this year to you.  Even if I don’t know you yet, this year I’ll work my ass off for you, in the hope that when we do meet, you’ll only get an improved version of myself.  I’m just really thankful and grateful.  You seldom catch me complaining about much nowadays.  Escaped too much to sweat the small stuff.  I don’t even complain about the Knicks anymore because Year 24 will be the year the Knicks return to the playoffs!

I’m in a really good place right now. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially lol.  I feel good.  I even got health insurance!

I tell everyone that age 19 was by far the greatest year to date.  I have a strong feeling that 24 is going to blow 19 out of the water.

…And if that “strong feeling” isn’t enough then there’s always this diesel ass plan that I have to make sure that things go the way I want them to go and that I end up where I see myself at.

As a Libra, I long for balance, so welcome to Year 24, where I will chase my dreams (a.k.a. work my ass off and continue to learn) and chase shots (a.k.a. enjoy the moment and the people in my life).

Cheers to a balanced life…

 

And oh yea, I’m typing all this while I take a break from working on the mixtape.

I’m back.

Where Good Ideas Come From

I’ve been preaching it for a long time. Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration! Great things can happen when creative folks work with other creative folks.  I came across this video and I feel like I must share this. Enjoy!

The Plan

Nothing better than a beautiful, cold, and wet Monday morning, huh?  I might be a hermit for the next month or so, just working on projects and balancing that with life.  A plan is important.  People often don’t plan because they fall on the excuse that “things never turn out the way we plan.” Screw that. Sure, things happen along your path but you can’t let that road block deter you from your destination.  Where you plan to be is more important than how you plan to get there.  If you focus on the latter then you’ll be thrown off once life throws you a curveball.  Stick to the plan!

This is the official soundtrack for the next few weeks.

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NBA Elite Launch Recap (Late Edition)

I know, I know…I’m late with this.  Had some trouble with my internet connection back at home and I’ve been in and out of town the last few days, but I’m back now.  The event took place on Thursday night and it featured art, music and gaming.  Vintage games along with the new NBA Elite ’11 and NBA Jam filled the venue.  Barbershop had everyone looking fresh.  Art installations were dope.  Photo station made everyone a star.  And of course the production crew made it all happen! Shouts to @davidecid and @lov3reni for putting in work.  Also shouts to those that were working as Brand Ambassadors: @phella @dark2kent @iamzoe33, Jason & Rob.  I mingled, I met some dope people and had some good conversations.  Saw Jay Williams putting in work with just about every woman in there.  Good times. And oh yea…open bar is always nice!

Art Installation

Some of the Memorabilia

What (mostly) everyone plays for

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