Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Dunk King: Finale Highlights

Just can't believe what i saw in this video. He is the best and he deserve it!

Drake Party Plagued By Girl Fights

Drake Party Plagued By Girl Fights
Footage of groups of women fighting at a Drake party over the holiday weekend, surfaces.
A Memorial Day party hosted by Drake went all the way left when several groups of women began brawling, during the party at the rapper's home in Hidden Hills, California. Amateur footage of the brawls, which was obtained by TMZ, shows two to three different groups of women fighting at the same time.
It is currently unclear what caused the various fights.
In addition to the brawls, TMZ reports that at one point cops were called due to noise complaints. A paramedic was also reportedly on the scene of Drake's party.
During the party, Drake was likely celebrating the release of his VIEWS album. Released last month, the album reportedly sold over 600,000 copies in one night.

Anita Joseph flaunts her boobs


Beautiful and curvaceous actress and singer, Anita Joseph renowned for her controversial nature is back in the news. This time around she posted a photo which featured her displaying her boobs on her Instagram page. Anita isn’t just a girl that would get up close and personal with you without some emotions running wild – real wild! Unlike most women who are blessed with either the front or back, Anita has both in abundance and when she isn’t throwing them at you, you feel they somehow reaching out to you anyways. No doubt Anita Joseph has her share of sensual collection of suggestively sensual pictures. This one may just be one of those that will go on the top of her drawer.

Meek Mill Declares #FreeTroy

Meek Mill Declares #FreeTroy
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Meek Mill expresses his support for Troy Ave.
Although Brooklyn lyricist Troy Ave has garnered criticism from some in the Hip Hop community, following a backstage shooting that left one person dead, one rapper recently showed his support for the currently-incarcerated artist.
In an Instagram post he uploaded yesterday (May 30), Meek Mill posted a photo of Troy in a wheelchair, and added a lengthy caption about cops and "crab in the barrel dudes."
"The laws they made ain't designed to protect us!,'" Meek Mill wrote. "'They like get killed or get a 100 years' Don't let the press 'gas' you to go against ya own people! Because if that was a cop Tryna protect his life the police force gone stand behind them 100% 'Pic look crazy' #freetroy & never let these 'bum ass nobody 'sucka' crab in the barrel dudes pull you down! Most of the time it's all for attention.... that's all these bustas be wanting forreal!"
Troy Ave is currently being held without bail until his trial, which has already been pushed back due to his injuries.
According to reports, the New York City rapper's lawyer, Scott E. Leemon claimed that Troy is "the real victim" in the Irving Plaza shooting fallout.
“He’s the real victim here,” Leemon said. “McPhatter died a hero trying to protect Mr. Collins. He was not shot by Mr. Collins.”
Troy Ave was one of several involved in a backstage shootout, which took place earlier this month at a concert at Irving Plaza in New York City.

Battle Rapper Charron Accepts Nick Cannon's $100K Challenge

Battle Rapper Charron Accepts Nick Cannon's $100K Challenge

Ottawa, Canada - When Nick Cannon issued an open challenge for a $100,000 rap battle for the weekend festivities of the 2016 BET Awards, several high-profile rappers responded, including King Los, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss and Murda Mook. But the first person actually willing to put his money where his mouth is, is Canadian battle rapper Corey Charron.
The former King Of The Dot #1 contender accepted the offer in a video he posted to YouTube yesterday (May 30).
In the video, he accepts the challenge, drops a two-and-a-half minute verse going in on the "Wild N' Out" host (rapping, "I wanted to see lists of lyricists, not C-List celebrities"), and then shows a bank statement that proves he has the cash to back up the offer.
He also lists two conditions: the winner will be chosen by five credible judges that both battlers agree on beforehand (not by the crowd like Cannon had suggested), and if Charron wins, Cannon has to sign him to be a cast-member in the next season of the improv/comedy/battle rap show he hosts.
"I think he's serious," Charron said. "I actually like Nick Cannon and what he's doing for battle rappers, but he put out a challenge and I'm hungry and have money."
Charron said the money he'd put up is all his. "I own my own business and have battled for seven years. I have $250K to put up for Nick Cannon that I'm willing to lose/win and I don't want a sponsor because I want all the profit."
Charron is a well-known battle MC who has been a regular for many years on King Of The Dot and U.K. battle league Don't Flop, and has also appeared on the URL stage against Shotgun Suge.
His freestyle ability has brought him success on BET before, helping him become the last Freestyle Friday champion on "106 & Park." The prize for that win was supposed to be an appearance on the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, but the network backtracked on the reward, explaining that the direction of the cypher had changed. That decision resulted in some national press for Charron, and he eventually released a verse going at the network on his own channel.
The following year, Charron was invited to participate in a cypher alongside Papoose, Remy Ma and Jarren Benton.
Many fans on Twitter already have Charron as the favorite in the battle with Cannon.

Euro 2016: Marcus Rashford in England squad but Townsend and Drinkwater miss out

Marcus Rashford

Rashford only made his debut for Manchester United on 25 February
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been included in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad for the 2016 European Championship in France.
Rashford, 18, scored on his debut in his side's 2-1 friendly victory over Australia on Friday.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is also included, but Newcastle United's Andros Townsend and Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater both miss out.
England face Portugal in their last Euro 2016 warm-up match on Thursday.
Hodgson's side begin their campaign in France by playing Russia on 11 June, before meeting Wales on 16 June and Slovakia on 20 June.
Rashford, who signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United on Monday, only made his professional debut on 25 February, but scored eight goals in 18 club games to earn an international call-up.
Sturridge, 26, missed England's last two friendly matches but did take part in a training session on Monday.
Hodgson initially named a 26-man squad after the final round of Premier League games, having intended to reveal his final selection on 12 May.
That was cut to 25 when Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph was moved to the standby list after picking up an injury.


Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

French Open: Novak Djokovic losing to Roberto Bautista Agut when rain halts play

Novak Djokovic

French Open

Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.
World number one Novak Djokovic lost the first set to Roberto Bautista Agut before rain returned to again delay play at the French Open.
Spain's Bautista Agut, the 14th seed, led Serb Djokovic 6-3 when their fourth-round match was halted in Paris.
Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska also struggled in the conditions, losing six straight games as Tsvetana Pironkova levelled their match at 2-6 6-3.
Monday saw the first washout at Roland Garros since 2000.
Britain's Andy Murray faces Richard Gasquet in the first quarter-final, but his match follows both Djokovic's and defending champion Serena Williams's meeting with Elina Svitolina on Court Philippe Chatrier.

After playoff collapse, Durant future is Thunder's question

— As Stephen Curry dribbled out the clock in a raucous Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant could only stand and watch.
The Golden State Warriors are heading back to the NBA Finals, while Durant's future in Oklahoma City is much less certain.
Two nights after blowing an opportunity to close out the defending champion Warriors at home, the Thunder got sent home for the summer when they lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals 96-88 on Monday night.
"We wanted to win the whole thing," Durant said. "There's no moral victories in our locker room after the game. We were all upset. We wanted to get a chance to play for a championship in the finals, so that hurts."
Instead of becoming known as the team that knocked off the Warriors after their record-setting 73-win regular season, the Thunder will be remembered for a playoff collapse. They became just the 10th NBA team to lose a playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead and now head into an uncertain offseason with Durant eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Durant said it was too soon to even think about what will happen in July.
"Unfortunately we didn't come out on top," Durant said. "That's something that all the guys are upset about. But we laid it all out there. Everybody left their soul out on the court. We have no regrets."
If he does leave the only franchise he has played for in his nine-year career, he will do it having failed to deliver the championship to Oklahoma City. The closest the Thunder have gotten in Durant's tenure was when they lost the NBA Finals in five games to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012.
They then lost in the second round the next season, in the conference finals in 2014 to San Antonio before missing the playoffs entirely because of an injury to Durant last year.
But under first-year coach Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City earned the third seed in the top-heavy Western Conference this season and then upset 67-win San Antonio in the second round. The Thunder followed that by winning three of the first four games against the Warriors, with a pair of lopsided wins at home.
But after losing Game 5 on the road, the Thunder blew an opportunity to eliminate the Warriors at home on Saturday night. Oklahoma City led by seven points with less than five minutes remaining but made only one basket and committed six turnovers down the stretch of a 108-101 loss that could haunt the franchise for years.
"There was an opportunity for us to close the series out in 5 and 6 and 7 and we came up a little short," Donovan said. "But I don't know if that tells the story of the full seven games if you look at the entirety."
The Thunder responded on the road in Game 7 by taking a 13-point lead in the second quarter. But once Curry and Klay Thompson started hitting Oklahoma City with a flurry of 3-pointers, the Thunder had no answer. The Splash Brothers combined for 13 3-pointers as Golden State outscored Oklahoma City by 30 points from behind the line.
"They beat us in the 3-point line the last two games," Durant said. "We beat them everywhere else, they beat us from the 3-point line and that was the series."
Oklahoma City's stars were no match. Russell Westbrook missed 14 of 21 from the field and shot just 36.8 percent in the three potential clinchers. Durant finished with 27 points but took only 10 shots in the first three quarters.
Durant did score seven straight points to cut an 11-point deficit to four with 1:40 remaining. But Serge Ibaka then fouled Curry on a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down, allowing Golden State to build the lead back to seven.
"That was the dagger for us," Durant said. "That kind of hurt us."
Durant then missed two shots and could only stare blankly when Curry ended Oklahoma City's season with a 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left. Now the Thunder can only hope it doesn't end Durant's tenure in Oklahoma City as well.
"We just lost like 30 minutes ago," Durant said. "I haven't even thought about it. I'm just embracing my teammates and reflecting on the season."

Warriors bask in glow of monumental comeback

— When it was over and they had beat the Thunder and the longest of long odds, the victorious Warriors, the survivor Warriors, did nothing to downplay what they had just accomplished.
This was no time to play it cool, not on a Monday night when the volume on fans inside Oracle Arena had been set to Blast and the rainstorm of yellow confetti fluttered down from the rafters and on to the party below just after the clock drained to 0:00. Golden State beat Oklahoma City 96-88 in the game and 4-3 in the series to win the Western Conference title and advance to The Finals for the second year in a row, and even the veteran team knew the moment was special whether or not it was the ultimate goal of a series win in June.
The moments -- plural -- actually. The Warriors, after all, had come back from a 3-1 deficit to win after only nine clubs in 232 previous tries, all of 3.9 percent of the tries in NBA history, had pulled the same 180. They had done it against a quality opponent capable of winning big games on the road, not in the first round when an overfed team in cruise mode stirred in time to swat aside an overmatched weakling. And they had earned it with the very poise that had been surprisingly missing in the middle of the series, with a victory in the final minutes of Game 6 on Saturday in Oklahoma City followed by a victory in the final minute two nights later in California.
It's definitely the biggest thing that this team has had to overcome and it took a great, tremendous effort and fight to overcome it.
– Golden State's Draymond Green
So, no, the Warriors would not choose calm. They did in tone, without the hysteria to match the fan base around them, but not in words. It was that big of a moment.
"I think everybody will look at 73 wins (in the regular season) and say, 'Wow, this team never hit any adversity,' but there is adversity in every season," All-Star power forward Draymond Green said. "It all comes in different forms. But when you're talking down 3-1, and everything's on the line, that makes it 10 times worse. So it's definitely the biggest thing that this team has had to overcome and it took a great, tremendous effort and fight to overcome it. But like I said after Game 4, if I think anybody can do it, it's this group. Because once we figured something out, we can get it rolling, and I think, although we lost Game 4, and we got punished, I think we figured it out. It wasn't easy. That's a great team we just beat and we had to continue to fight. And I knew if we continued to fight, which I had no doubt in my mind that we would, that we could do it.
"So it's by far the biggest thing. It's just everything that went into it from the great season we had the hopes of repeating, and that all being on the line in every single game for the last three games we had to win is, for sure, the largest amount of adversity we had to overcome."
The Warriors understood how close 73 wins came to becoming something to be thrown in their face, a tool to mock them as a great regular-season team that didn't get victories when it really mattered. Try in-their-face close, with Oklahoma City within three points in the final minute in Game 6 and then within four with 1:40 remaining in Game 7.
Warriors on Series Win
Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry and address the media following the Game 7 and series win over the Thunder.
The star guards had saved them, Klay Thompson in the fourth quarter Saturday and Stephen Curry with 15 points in the fourth quarter Monday while making five of six shots, but so did a lot of others. The bench stepped up. Andre Iguodala, the starting small forward in place of Harrison Barnes as coach Steve Kerr jolted the lineup with the season in the balance, defended.
Curry was asked afterward what he had learned about himself and the team through the comeback from 3-1 and said, "Actually nothing," before he added the telling part of the statement: "I knew we were ready for the moment. We were a mature basketball team that tried our best not to listen to the noise outside when six, seven days ago we're down 3-1, everybody thought the wheels were falling off and it was kind of the end of our run. But in that locker room, the talk was positive. It was, 'Let's figure this out. Let's go out and take it one game at a time and claw our way back into the series and see what happens.' We followed that kind of mindset these last three games. It's just you appreciate how tough it is to get back here. That's the one thing I've learned. You can't take anything for granted because it's such a grind, it's such a battle against a great Thunder team that pushed us to the brink. So you've got to be appreciative of this accomplishment, and I look forward to getting four more wins."
Nightly Notable: Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry leads Golden State with 36 points and 8 assists as the Warriors defeat the Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals.
Winning the Western Conference title was as momentous as possible without the championship itself on the line. The case could be made that beating the Thunder was a bigger accomplishment than beating the Cavaliers in the 2015 Finals. Not greater importance, because the rings are everything, but for talent level of the opponent, facing and surviving three consecutive elimination games, while walking on a razor blade in the fourth quarter of the last two, there aren't many teams that have pulled off what the Warriors just did.
They get it too. With the last step of the 2015-16 journey still ahead, beginning Thursday as the Cavaliers return to Oracle for Game 1 of the Finals rematch, eliminating the Thunder was for all time, as rare as that is to say for a prelim. Of course there was no reason to play it cool.

Finals Preview: Warriors claw back for rematch with Cavs

Charles, Kenny and Shaq preview the Warriors-Cavaliers Finals rematch.
The Finals rematch so many wanted to see is finally here, but only after the champion Golden State Warriors scratched and clawed their way out of a 3-1 hole against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers needed only 14 games to punch their ticket back to The Finals, sweeping their first two series in the Eastern Conference playoffs and then finishing off an overmatched Toronto Raptors team in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James, playing in his his sixth straight Finals, will do so with a fully heathy crew this time around, as both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love come in healthy and in a groove this time around.
Game Time: Cavaliers Return to Finals
Vince, Rick and Brent look ahead to the LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers' return to the NBA Finals.
The mighty Warriors, the record 73-9 regular season shadowing their every move, battled injuries to two-time KIA MVP Stephen Curry early on in the postseason. He missed 15 days as Klay Thompson and Draymond Green had to step up in his absence to make sure the Warriors continued their historic run. And even when it looked to be in doubt against the Thunder, the Warriors' confidence didn't waver.
They became just the 10th team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 deficit to win a series, once again silencing the critics who called their championship run a year ago "lucky." And they did it with The Splash Brothers coming alive when needed, securing that rematch everyone started dreaming about as the confetti flowed at the end of Game 6 of the 2015 Finals.

The Warriors will win if ...

At their very best, the Warriors are the best team in basketball when they are moving the ball religiously and knocking down shots from beyond the 3-point line like no one else can. It's a simple formula that Warriors coach Steve Kerr refuses to deviate from, which is exactly how they recovered from the injury adversity to Steph Curry and battled their way through the conference finals against a game Thunder team.
If the Cavaliers are crazy enough to engage the Warriors in a 3-point shooting contest in this series, the Warriors' supreme confidence in what they do and their discipline -- the ability to stick with it even when it seems it's not working -- will rule the day. Curry and Klay Thompson comprise the best shooting backcourt in league history, and inviting them to a duel is a foolish proposition. The Warriors made a NBA record (for 7 games) 90 shots from beyond the arc in the conference finals. Don't test them.
Any concerns about fatigue from the magical ride the Warriors have been on since last season should be calmed by the fact that Kerr will go as deep into his roster as needed to preserve his stars. The bench crew has played a huge role in this postseason run for the Warriors, and that depth could prove to be the difference in this series.

The Cavaliers will win if ...

This is not the same Cleveland team that showed up to The Finals last year with a green Kyrie Irving, who was lost after Game 1 to a knee injury, and without Kevin Love, whose shoulder injury in the first round cost him the remainder of the postseason. This is a much better team, one that didn't need LeBron James to drag them to The Finals with all everything he could muster. With Tyronn Lue browbeating this crew to get in better shape, run more, trust each other implicitly and trust the system, these Cavaliers have a clear understanding of who and what they are.
They are versatile enough to beat you from deep, as they did in their first two playoff series this time around against Detroit and Atlanta. If they need to use their size and length, as they did against Toronto, they can go there, too.
Barry on LeBron's Consecutive Finals Appearances
Two-time champion Brent Barry waxes on how difficult it is to achieve what LeBron has done.
The key, of course, is LeBron and his ability to dissect the defense and keep everyone else involved in the action while also exploiting whatever mismatch he'll enjoy on the offensive end. And make no mistake, whoever matches up with him is on the wrong side of that mismatch. He's playing in his sixth straight Finals. No one has a better understanding of what's needed in this series than he does.

Five quick questions and answers

1. Anyone else want to challenge Steph Curry's right to the MVP throne?
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had plenty to say about Curry throughout the course of the conference finals and ultimately were burned by Curry and his Splash Brothers partner Klay Thompson. They're not just great shooters. They are great players and impact games on both ends and in so many different ways. Steph's earned everything he's gotten, so some appropriate fear might be in order when dealing the with unanimous MVP.
2. Did the Cavaliers face enough adversity on their way to The Finals to prepare them properly for what they'll face now?
They went through a similar gauntlet last season in the Eastern Conference and it didn't seem to slow them down in the early going of The Finals, remember they took a 2-1 lead on the Warriors before falling in six games. The level of competition in the run up to The Finals is of little consequence past the opening tip of Game 1 of The Finals. The Cavs are ready.
3. Is Andre Iguodala up to the challenge of dealing with LeBron James, again?
Based on the way he finished against Kevin Durant in the conference finals, the 2015 Finals MVP is fully prepared for the overtime work it will take to deal with LeBron. You don't stop LeBron, you simply make an effort to agitate him long enough to keep the Cavaliers from finding an offensive groove. And non one does that better than Iguodala.
4. Kevin Love's never been this deep into the postseason. Is his play the key for the Cavaliers?
Absolutely. Love, along with Kyrie Irving, was the missing piece for the Cavaliers in The Finals last year. Without a floor-spacing big man to stretch the defense, LeBron was was forced to attack the basket without his most reliable safety valve. Love's ability to drain 3-pointers on a consistent basis opens things up in a dramatically different way. His contributions, scoring and rebounding, are crucial to the cause.
5. What happens if Draymond Green struggles to keep his emotions in check the way he did in the conference finals?
Potentially disaster for the Warriors. Green is the true X-factor for the Warriors. His versatility on defense and ability to serve as the primary facilitator for the Warriors when needed is something that cannot be replaced if he picks up another flagrant foul and has to miss a game during The Finals. Green's ability to control his emotions and channel his energy into the right places is often what takes the Warriors to that next level they've been on for so much of this season.

Making the pick

LeBron pushed the Warriors to six games last time around without the assistance of Kyrie and Love, something that's been on his mind since last June. So he knows this team, at full strength, is certainly capable of winning it all. Revenge is as strong a motive as any to fuel a championship run. But the Warriors enter this series with their own motivation. They are trying to complete a dream season and have critics they still need to silence. They won the title last year but barely got to enjoy it with all of the trash talked about them being so lucky. No luck needed this time around. Warriors in 7.

Durant out of playoffs, but decision on Thunder will wait

Kevin Durant has 27 points with seven rebounds in the Thunder's Game 7 loss.
— The first embrace was at mid-court, just before the floor was splattered with yellow confetti. He reached and grabbed the nearest teammate, and it was Dion Waiters, and he whispered in his ear. And then after he walked off the floor, there was a receiving line awaiting him: staffers, family members, friends, associates, all ready and willing to lend a soft shoulder to a man who desperately needed a hug.
This certainly looked and felt like a good-bye scene for Kevin Durant, and that was indeed the case Monday night. He's no longer in the NBA playoffs.
But that's not what you want to know today. You want to know whether it was really farewell, as in nice-to-know-you Oklahoma City, but your curiosity will have to wait.
Thunder vs. Warriors - Game 7
Stephen Curry scores 36 points as Golden State rallies from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Thunder, 96-88 to advance to the Finals.
These career and life-altering decisions aren't ready to be made when the wound is fleshy and red, when the Thunder just suffered a seventh-game gut punch in the Western Conference finals and thus find themselves out of The NBA Finals mix yet again. Although the Warriors are the defending champs, and had the decisive game on their floor, and the Thunder indeed showed up to play, and Durant led a late charge, this was a slap in the face to the greatest player in franchise history (Seattle and OKC).
How much more of a championship dry spell must a player of his caliber endure?
He will enter his 10th season when fall approaches and will turn 28. His one and only real shot at basketball nirvana was denied by LeBron James in 2012. And for more than half of his career, Durant has been a top-five talent (27.4 career scoring average) and once MVP. For sure, championships are earned, not given, but don't you need a break to go your way every now and then? That, more than anything, is why Durant's only ring is linked to his cell phone.
Since that Finals appearance in 2012, injuries stole his chances. Russell Westbrook, his trusty co-star, went down. So did Serge Ibaka. And Durant himself dealt with surgery. No team could overcome that rash of cruelty.
Then, this season, when health finally fell their way, OKC had to plow through two of the top regular-season teams in NBA history: The 67-win Spurs and 73-win Warriors. Is that really fair?
And so you want an answer on the future of this particular free agent? Now?
"I haven't even thought about it," he said. (Gut feeling here: He has thought about it; he's just not ready to talk about it. Big difference.)
More from Durant: "I'm just embracing my teammates and just reflecting on the season. I'll think about that stuff, I don't know when, but we just lost an hour ago so I don't know."
Here's what he has decided to do: Breathe first. Discuss his options with his family and his team at Roc Nation, which is Jay-Z's sports agency. Chat with Westbrook, who becomes a free agent next summer. And then reach a decision just before or after July 1. That's the blueprint.
Thunder on Series Loss
Billy Donovan, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook address the media following the Game 7 and series loss to the Warriors.
The very likely scenario has Durant staying for one more season and doing this dance again next summer, when the money pile is larger and Westbrook's intentions are clearer. That's the safe call. He knows what he has in OKC, and he knows it's very good and potentially great.
Ownership is ready to hand him a blank check. There's really no negotiating with a player such as Durant. As for the front office, it's solid. Sam Presti, the general manager, has managed to keep quality parts around Westbrook and Durant even in the wake of losing James Harden four years ago. Durant has a reliable two-headed center in Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, and a developing two-guard in Andre Roberson, and a bench that's helpful most of the time.
He has a coach, Billy Donovan, who earned his stripes and the respect of the league this postseason. The way Donovan adjusted after a Game 1 blowout against the Spurs and Gregg Popovich in the second round proved that Presti hired the right coach to replace Scott Brooks.
And finally, Durant has Westbrook. There are times when Westbrook can get reckless and shoot too often, and this was the case Monday when he shot 2-for-7 in the second half and vaporized in the fourth quarter for the second time in as many games. Yet there's no one Durant trusts more than Westbrook, and that could be worth another season in OKC, at least.
"I'm so proud of our team, our players and everybody that takes a part in the Thunder. It was a tremendous effort," said Presti. "I've watched Kevin and Russell put the foundation of the organization together, an organization that was virtually nothing. The fundamental aspect of the Thunder is what those guys are about. They're great competitors, incredible workers, tremendous people and they've got a lot of grit."
It hurts losing. It sucks to lose.
– Kevin Durant
They went the limit in the West finals and there's certainly no shame in losing to the Warriors, even after holding a 3-1 lead. Durant and his team didn't collapse; Golden State was just better. The Warriors also had what Durant so desperately wants: The experience of a champion.
He tried, though. He put a lump in the throats of a sold-out building by dragging OKC back into the game, scoring seven of his 27 points during a dominant stretch of the final few minutes, pumping life back into his deflated team. It was a ballistic moment that reminded everyone how special Durant is, and how he's one of the few human beings who can determine the outcome of games.
Not this one, though. And as championships go, not this year. The Warriors had too many shots that fell from deep in this series, and just enough poise when it counted.
"There's no moral victories," he said. "We're all upset. We wanted to get the chance to be in the Finals, so that hurts. But when you sit down and look at what happened throughout the season, you can be proud of not just the players but everyone in the organization form the top to the bottom. That's just pride, effort, passion, love for the game. Pure love for the game ... we all stuck together and sacrificed for each other. That's what makes this game so special."
For yet another year in which he was an All-Star, made the All-NBA team and game a game away from the NBA Finals, we learned plenty more from Durant. And he learned something himself.
"It hurts losing," he said. "It sucks to lose."
But he was familiar with the level of that pain already, unfortunately. Kevin Durant will not enter next season knowing what it feels like to be a champion, yet again.
He will, however, enter next season as the centerpiece of his team and the main reason why such team will be in the hunt, once again. But which team? As he begins to tackle this issue, this is one challenge in which Durant will have complete control of the outcome.

Ibrahimovic hints at Malmo return

Ibrahimovic hints at Malmo return 
The Sweden international striker has given fans hope he could return to his old stomping ground sooner rather than later as speculation over his future continues
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested he could make a surprise return to his boyhood club Malmo amid reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.
The evergreen Sweden striker is available on a free transfer after deciding to end his stay at Paris Saint-Germain following the expiry of his contract at the end of a season that saw him plunder 50 goals in all competitions.
Ibrahimovic, 34, has subsequently been linked with a move to the Premier League and United where he would be reunited with new manager Jose Mourinho, who he worked with during his time at Inter.
However, Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola recently downplayed claims his client is set to move to Old Trafford, stressing his next club will come as a surprise to many.
Ibrahimovic returned to his city of birth on Monday for Sweden's friendly against Slovenia which he was forced to sit out with a calf problem, but the former Barcelona forward hinted fans could soon see him in action again at the Swedbank Stadion.
"I love Malmo and I wish I could play," Ibrahimovic said in an address to fans before kick-off.
"I apologise for that, but I will [play here again], I will. Just wait for me."
Ibrahimovic started his professional career with Malmo, before leaving the Allsvenskan side for Ajax in 2001.

The castle Jose is looking to buy

Mourinho Castle Wales

Goal readers name Ronaldo the Champions League's best player

Goal readers name Ronaldo the Champions League's best player

The Real Madrid forward has been overwhelmingly recognised by responders to our poll after an electrifying European campaign in which he scored 16 goals on his way to the trophy
Goal readers have voted Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player of the Champions League season by an overwhelming margin.
The Real Madrid star was victorious again on Saturday, scoring the winning penalty in the shooutout as they defeated bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in a repeat of the 2014 final.
It capped another incredible year for Ronaldo, who scored 16 goals in the Champions League alone,
and 60.8 per cent of readers were agreed that he was the competition's biggest standout.

His closest rival was a long way behind but Atleti's Antoine Griezmann had a fine campaign himself, his goals against the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich convincing 16.6% of voters to back him for the crown.
Two more Madrid players were also in the running, with veteran defender Sergio Ramos backed by 9.5% and emerging star Casemiro receiving 5.1% of the vote.
Diego Godin was unfortunate to be on the losing side in the final and picked up 4.5% of the vote, while a further 3.5% thought that Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski was the best on show.

Higuain and Nainggolan in, Falcao and Remy out: Chelsea's summer transfer plans

Higuain and Nainggolan in, Falcao and Remy out: Chelsea's summer transfer plans

New manager Antonio Conte is yet to arrive at Stamford Bridge but key targets have already been identified as the Blues seek to recover from a dismal season in 2015-16
Chelsea recorded the worst title defence in Premier League history in 2015-16, with manager Jose Mourinho, now, of course, at Manchester United, sacked in December. The club eventually finished 31 points behind champions Leicester City, as they missed out on European qualification and, despite Guus Hiddink steadying the ship, Antonio Conte must overhaul an ageing squad.
Last season's transfer window was a disaster for the club, following the signings of Pedro, Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao but the club will again look to splash the cash; Conte is set to be given around £75 million and more funds could be raised from player sales.

There are no current confirmed transfers at Stamford Bridge, but John Terry's contract renewal has dominated discussion around the club. The centre-back accepted a reported pay cut of £150,000-per-week, accepting a weekly deal worth £60,000, and also rejected a huge offer from the Chinese Premier League.
Conte was consulted before Terry penned his new deal, and will continue to be kept in the loop from afar prior to his arrival following Euro 2016.
Chelsea met with Roma officials on April 8 and finalised the sale of Mohamed Salah for a fee of £11.25m, and also reportedly discussed signing midfielder Radja Nainggolan and centre-back Kostas Manolas.
Meanwhile, the Blues will not exercise their option to purchase Monaco forward Radamel Falcao after an unsuccessful loan spell at the club that saw him score just one Premier League goal.

Goal understands Chelsea are also in the process of analysing their huge list of loan players, meaning the likes of Juan Cuadrado, Lewis Baker and Nathan Ake could return to Stamford Bridge for the 2016-17 season.

Roma's Nainggolan is understood to be in talks with Chelsea officials, despite his public claims that he does not want to leave the Serie A club, and the Blues are determined to push the deal through.
The Belgium international will first focus on his side's Euro 2016 campaign, but his transfer fee is likely to exceed £30m, and any move would give him a huge pay rise.
Goal understands that Conte is keen to sign a striker this summer and has given the club a shortlist of potential acquisitions, including Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus's Alvaro Morata and Everton's Romelu Lukaku.
Edinson Cavani, of PSG, was also previously a target, but the Uruguay international is unlikely to leave the French treble winners with Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirming his departure.
Chelsea sold Lukaku to Everton for a fee of £28m in 2014 but he wants to leave Goodison Park after the club's poor season - they finished 11th in the Premier League - though Everton will want a significantly higher fee than what they paid for him.
Meanwhile, Morata's Juventus future is in doubt with Real Madrid ready to exercise their buy-back clause of £23.6m and immediately sell him on for a profit, with Chelsea one of many Premier League clubs interested in securing the Spaniard's signature.
Juve have also expressed their desire to keep the 23-year-old in Turin, but Real hold the key to his future.
Napoli's Higuain has a £74m release clause in his contract and Conte is understood to have made him his primary target, though the Italian club have asked for a British record sum for his signature.
Chelsea will also look to reinforce their defence and are leading the race to sign Manolas from Roma, while they have also been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly and Leonardo Bonucci. The club may also wish to reignite their interest in Everton's John Stones, Mourinho's primary target last summer.

Falcao's exit has been confirmed but Goal understands that Alexandre Pato is still in the dark on his future after only two appearances and one goal for Chelsea.
Pato's deal expires on June 30 and he has a buyout clause in his contract, with only a further six months left on his contract with Brazilian club Corinthians.
Loic Remy suffered an injury against Aston Villa and started only five games in 2015-16, with his future in serious doubt due to Conte's wish to sign a new striker.
Diego Costa has been linked with a big money move to the Chinese Premier League, and is also reportedly wanted by former club Atletico Madrid, but Goal understands he is happy at Chelsea, with the club keen to retain his services.
Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Oscar all underwhelmed throughout the season but they are all set to remain at the club, though Nemanja Matic has yet to pledge his future to the club and has been linked with a move to Juventus.
Elsewhere, John Obi Mikel performed admirably under Hiddink, and he will seek assurances from Conte with regards to his position in the squad.
Academy player Kyle Scott has handed in a transfer request after growing satisfied with his current contract - ultimately being dropped from the FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City - while 18-year-old Dominic Solanke has asked for a £50,000-per-week contract as his current deal nears expiration.
Tomas Kalas, John Swift and Lucas Piazon all spent time on loan in the Championship in 2015-16 - with Middlesbrough, Brentford and Reading respectively - and will likely leave as free agents when their contracts expire on June 30.

Man Utd to sell Mata & Blind this summer

RUMOURS: Man Utd to sell Mata & Blind this summer
The two players will be allowed to leave the Red Devils before the start of the new campaign after being deemed surplus to requirements by the club's new manager

Manchester United will sell Juan Mata and Daley Blind this summer, following the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports.

The two players are not expected to feature in the Portuguese's plans for the new campaign and will be allowed to leave, if acceptable bids are made.

Barcelona appears a possible destination for Mata, who was sold by Mourinho to Manchester United in 2014 with the new Red Devils boss still not convinced by the Spaniard's suitability to his system.

Blind, meanwhile, is also set to leave with Mourinho believed to prefer tall, fast central defenders while the Netherlands international has also been critical of Louis van Gaal's departure.

The Haunting Faces Of Afghanistan

Faces Of Afghanistan Chris Macgregor
Private Chris MacGregor, 24
For many, the Afghanistan War has been a thirteen-year quagmire; an ill-advised, reactionary invasion by the American government immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks. In modern memory, though, Afghanistan has been plagued with all sorts of political unrest beginning soon after World War II. Rejecting Western influence following years of British colonial rule, Afghanistan soon allied itself with its neighbor, the USSR, in the form of its receiving financial and political aid. An early 1970s famine that claimed the lives of over 500,000 civilians popularized the communist party in the eyes of many Afghans, as they viewed the party’s new platform as a sign of hope in an otherwise devastated state.
However, as Afghanistan’s new president brought with him social reforms deemed too liberal–and Western–for traditional Islamic practices, Afghanistan’s decisive rejections and reactions led the Soviet Union to intervene once more. Some are sure to remember the prophetic military failure of the Soviet-led Afghan Communists throughout the 1980’s, when the United States supported and supplied the very militants they would depose a little over a decade later. Amid a state destroyed, cultural institutions in ruins, and countless lives tragically lost–and all due to the intervention of a foreign power–many Afghans sought a return to what they knew, thus giving way to Taliban rule that would eventually support Osama Bin Laden’s vendetta against the United States. The rest, as they say, is history.

Faces Afghanistan Mujahideen
The Mujahideen
Such intense trauma over such a sustained period of time has turned Afghanistan into an earthly perdition, fifth-to-last in mortality world-wide with no promises of improvement. Always under the thumb of foreign occupiers, frustrated citizens are hostile to the continued intervention by NATO Coalition forces. Even the Afghan soldiers that the Coalition trains and trusts are liable to attack them on patrol or back at base. Documentaries like Restrepo and Armadillo have offered terrifying glimpses of life for Coalition soldiers on deployment, recreating the paranoia, anxiety, and despair that soldiers must control to stay alive.
Faces Afghanistan Straun Cunningha\
Second Lieutenant Struan Cunningham, 24
Lalage Snow’s collection We Are The Not Dead captures this transformation in frightening detail, exposing the effects of fighting in an active war zone over a mere eight months. Based in Afghanistan, Snow photographed Scottish soldiers before, during, and after their deployment. The soldiers’ youth withers away before our eyes, their cheeks starved and sunken, their faces chiseled with wrinkles, their skin made leathery by the oppressive Asian mountain sun. Most compelling of all is the noticeable dilation of their pupils, as if permanently engaged in fight-or-flight mode.
Faces Afghanistan Sean Tennant
Lance Corporal Sean Tennant, 29
Faces Afghanistan Sean Patterson
Private Sean Patterson, 19
As striking as the time travel the youngest soldiers endure is the blunted-effect of the older soldiers. Frowns forever etched on their subtly warped faces, they seem to express a doubt that cannot emerge under layers of despair. Doubts about why they went and why their government stays, despair about the endlessness of this war and the inevitability of others.

Faces Afghanistan Michael Swan
Private Michael Swan, 20
Faces Of Afghanistan Martyn Rankin
Lance Corporal Martyn Rankin, 23
The title’s atypical wording is a subtle indicator of the mental twisting that war can do. A few publications incorrectly list the exhibit as “We Are Not the Dead,” a denial of what the experience has done similar to the difficulty of reconciling one’s morals with one’s participation in war. But the correct wording is an affirmative statement, “Not Dead” invoking the zombie-describing “undead” and implying the sort of emotional erosion war does to a person.
Faces Afghanistan Fraiser Pairman
Private Fraiser Pairman, 21
Faces Afghanistan Ben Frater
Private Ben Frater, 21
Interestingly, Snow’s initial attempts to get the photos published were met with disinterest, and it was a year before she managed to print them in the press. Not surprisingly, the immediate reaction included accusations of propagandizing against the war. Snow has said that she tries to be neutral in all of her projects, but that she did become very close with her subjects. “It was a very personal project,” she said, “and stemmed from having embedded with the military on and off for 4 years in Iraq and Afghanistan and bearing witness to how many young men return as shadows of their former selves and, in many cases, with deep, psychological scars.”
Faces Afghanistan Becky Hitchcock
Private Becky Hitchcock, 23
Faces Of Afghanistan Adam Petzsch
Second Lieutenant Adam Petzsch, 25
To date, Operation Enduring Freedom has killed over 3000 Coalition soldiers and a very conservative estimate of twenty thousand civilians. This past June saw the transfer of defense from NATO to Afghan soldiers, but total troop withdrawal remains unlikely. Until then, war will continue to devastate all who cross Afghanistan’s borders.

The Town Where Everyone Wears A Gas Mask

Miyakejima The Gas Mask Town
Heading to the store? Don’t forget your gas mask. Despite the high level of volcanic activity that causes poisonous gas to leak from the earth and in 2000 forced 3,600 residents to evacuate the island of Miyakejima, Japan, some island denizens just can’t stay away.
The Town Where Everyone Wears A Gas Mask
Eruption of Volcano Oyama in Miyakejima Photo

Resting atop a chain of volcanoes, Miyakejima is a hub for volcanic activity. Over the past century, the volcanoes have erupted six times. The worst of these occurred in June 2000 when, after a repose of 17 years, Mount Oyama erupted. 17,500 earthquakes followed the eruption, which hit the island between June 26 and July 21.
Eruption of Mount Oyama in Miyakejima Japan Picture
During the assault of eruptions and earthquakes, ash plumes soaring 10 miles high enveloped Miyakejima, and heavy ash fell as craters collapsed. Later, high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide would regularly rise up through the ground, making 20 percent of the land uninhabitable. After three months, the government took action and forced a mass evacuation in September.
Miyakejima Panorama Photograph

Monday, May 30, 2016


     As usual I start with a scenario. A young lady in her youthful age; which is the age of elegance, purpose and beauty. It is also the age of development (if you know what I mean). She is at her prime with a lot of family and friends( male and female) around her, making her life much more beautiful. 
       One day she goes visiting her friends, her most trusted allies. Suddenly one of her male friend beckons on her to come and check out one of the projects they have been working on. He tells her the prototype is in his room. Alright! she says, she is not scared of anything since this is a place she has visited frequently. When they get there he shuts the door and when the door was opened there she laid battered and raped... Oh the shame.... Oh the disgrace, the betrayal oh you name it.
      She picks herself up and runs over to her home to see her parents for comfort, for support and for justice. As she gets home she meets them, she falls on the floor crying and then she says... "I WAS RAPED". 
      Her parents looked at her and asked her who did that to you, thinking she was going to get due justice for what happened she looks at them and utters a name..... Ahh! the name of the son of a prominent man in the society. Her parents reaction to that name wasn't pleasant at all as they retracted from her and asked her this question "WHO TOLD YOU TO GO THERE".

     These type of questions parents ask degrade a girl child who was just raped. Some funny questions most parents ask include;
1) Who sent you there?
2) What were you looking for there?

     Some people are so callous, they utter words like; 
1) Abi you go rest now?
2) Shebi na your shakara cause am?
3) Your shakara don end now abi?

      Now my question to the public and to parents as well is;
Before she came forward to tell you she was raped;
Do you think she didn't think of all this questions?
Do you think she didn't know that people would feel it's her fault?

      That's the order of the day, when a girl is raped she cannot come forward to say that she was because she feels it's all her fault, because she feels no one would believe her.

       Rather than looking for justice for the girl child you begin to batter her with your words. Trust me most girls suffer less from the trauma of the rape. The trauma of making her know it was her fault is what kills her most, the trauma of not believing her or not doing anything about it even when you know it's true is what kills her most.

     Don't get me wrong some girls wear provocative clothes to entice a man but as a real man can't you just walk up to her and ask for consensual sex? And even if she says no must you force her? 

     Guys learn to keep it in your pants. Our society today does not treat a situation where a guy is raped with the same mindset they do for when a girl is. When a guy is raped no one ask him questions like "WHAT WERE YOU DOING THERE". People only say stuff like "HOW CAN YOU LET A GIRL RAPE YOU".
       Most guys in the society are even proud to be raped by girls. People never traumatize a male child when he is raped. The society doesn't even talk about it. But when a girl is raped apart from her parents, the society helps to add to the trauma. The whole neighborhood gossips about the experience. Even girls like her treat her differently like she is an outcast. Worst of all is if she gets pregnant, she would have to carry that child to term and give birth to that child. And every time she looks at that child all she sees is a product of rape, a product of shame and disgrace.

      My view is for us to focus mainly on getting justice for rape victims, rather than placing them in more trauma by throwing more light on whether she knew if the person was good or bad or whether she knows if the pathway to her home is safe or not or whether she wore provocative things or not, let's focus on giving comfort and support and also getting justice for the girl child that has been raped. 
        To parents and siblings, if a girl child walks up to you and says she was raped, please let's drop all the harsh comments and rather focus on her, hold her in your arms, tell her everything is going to be fine, take her to the nearest hospital and alert the nurses on duty.
        When the necessary test are done and it shows she was raped, file a case in the police station with the name of the person who did that to her and the test evidence to proof that indeed she was raped. If the victim doesn't want to go through this process all you can do as a parent or sibling it to be there for her and believe her. Do not mock her. 
      To the young girls in this situation, immediately such event occurs, do not hesitate to tell your parents or guardians. Do not keep this information  stay with you for too long. Say it immediately it happens, don't wait till after some days before you say something. "SPEAK UP"
      To the society let's stop adding to the trauma of the girl child that has been raped, rather let's give them a voice to speak when such events occur. Let us give them hope that no matter what their life is not over, let's give them a reason to smile again.

       This article was written by a close friend who felt the need for our own generation to be impacted so that we can pass something to our children and learn to be good parents. And take it from me I learn a lot from it  before posting. And I believe you can also impact your world positively with what  you know and have.


A WOMAN suffering from an extremely rare condition is desperate for doctors to help turn her life around after her right leg ballooned in size — and now weighs an astonishing 17-STONE!Mandy Sellars, 38, from Accrington in Lancashire, is believed to suffer from Proteus syndrome — a condition thought to afflict just 120 people around the world.While she has a slim size-12 body, her legs and feet are supersized.

Dubbed ‘The Giant Leg Woman’, Mandy had her left leg amputated in 2010 after it grew to 5-stone in weight and developed an infection.
But it began to grow back, faster than ever.
Now, with her right leg weighing an incredible 17-stone - more than the average man - in a new TV documentary Mandy visits doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge who diagnose her genetic condition for the first time and, she hopes, have developed medication that could prevent her rogue gene expanding her limbs.
But will it actually shrink them too?

Photos: Abraham Attah meets Akufo-Addo

Abraham Attah meets Akufo-Addo
Teenage movie star, Abraham Attah, has paid a courtesy call on Nana Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The visit was to invite Akufo-Addo to the Abraham Attah Ghana Summit, which is scheduled for July 18. The young actor was accompanied by his management team.
Sharing pictures of the meeting on Facebook, Akufo-Addo described Abraham Attah as young and talented actor.
The summit is a peace project focused on youth motivation and peace building ahead of planned November elections.
Abraham Attah meets Akufo-Addo
Abraham Attah, who shot to fame after starring in Netflix produced ‘Beasts of No Nation’, has already met the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, to seek support for the summit.
“My role as a child soldier in Beast of No Nation gave me a picture of a conflict zone. I got scared after watching the full movie and that has encouraged me to embark on the Peace and Youth focus agenda,” he was quoted as telling Mr Benjamin.
Abraham Attah and some members of his management team pose with Akufo-Addo
He also met the US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, for the same purpose.

Virginity Trade: Woman convinced teenage schoolgirls to sell their virginity for money (photos)

A Cambodian court has ordered the temporary imprisonment of a Mamasan who convinced schoolgirls to sell their virginity. According to Kampuchea Thmey Daily News, the judge of municipal court temporary imprisoned a 32-year-old woman who was accused of convincing young schoolgirls to sell their virginity. The trade normally took place at the hotel.

 Anti-human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection said that in the evening on May 26, police cracked down on virginity trading related crimes when a woman was found brining some young schoolgirls to the hotel for their virginity trade business located in Chea Sim Blvd, Phnom Penh Thmey commune, Sen Sok district, Phnom Penh. 

Police arrested Eng Bopha and saved four young schoolgirls whose age ranged from 17 to 23 years old. Police also confiscated $1,000 USD.

"The saved victims told police that they were brought to Cambodians who live abroad for the price ranging from $1,500 to $2,500. However, after they had slept with the customers, they only received $200. The suspect confessed to committing the crime of human trafficking." the police said

After questioning, the victims were sent to Social Ministry in Phnom Penh while the suspect was sent to court and later temporary imprisoned.

First sex in front of family ; what a tradition

Imagine your first sex in presence of your family ?
For most of us sex is a private experience, especially the first one. That is not what this family believes! They think the first act is special and very important. So, the whole family gathers up on the first wedding night to be present in the bedroom.
While the young couple is making love, they sit or stand there and watch them carefully. Some of the older members may even intrude into the process and guide the young and inexperienced youths through it.
The photo is real and it was taken by the uncle of the newly married boy. You can find at least 5 other people present at the scene. Here is what the uncle says:
“While most people may consider it odd, for our family there is nothing more proud than celebrating a son, brother or nephew having sex for the first time.”
“We see it as the last step on the long journey to adulthood, and it’s also a special chance to witness the moment that a new life is formed.”
They also say such an act is not the first one in their family. It has taken place before. Here is what he has to say:
“I felt nervous having my family there to accompany me, and also give me guidance on how to proceed. At first I had trouble entering my girlfriend, but my mother suggested I take things more slowly and relax, and I was able to eventually slip it in.”
The finishing phrase on this first sex will knock you off your feet!
“I snapped the photo right at the moment before he came, and it was truly a beautiful scene.”

Trey Songz Drops Original, MIKExANGEL-Assisted Track, ‘Look What I Did’


All last week, Trey Songz released a slew of remixes, now he’s released an original tune called “Look What I Did,” hopefully to build buzz regarding a new project that he’s reported to be working on.
On the rap-leaning song, Trey sings about succeeding despite the naysayers. “They said I was never gonna amount to nothing / They said I would never make it/ But guess what I did? Look what I did?,” the chorus states.
“Look What I Did”  follows the flips “All I Had,” “SKRT2“,’ “3 Times A Row“, and “Lyft.”

The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Gish' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Look Back

Of the two alt-rock landmarks produced by Butch Vig in the first half of 1991, only one was destined to change the world. Recorded from May to June and released in September, Nirvana’s Nevermind was muddy Northwestern punk presented as pristinely as possible. Even if you didn’t know what Kurt Cobain was all about, you felt his pain and screamed along with every chorus.
Gish, The Smashing Pumpkins
It’s way harder finding a way into Gish, the debut album from The Smashing Pumpkins. Tracked just before Nevermind and released 25 years ago today (May 28, 1991), the album doesn’t have anything even close to a “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It’s filled with menacing rockers and twinkling ballads bearing the influence of '60s psychedelia, '70s arena rock, and '80s goth and shoegaze. With a voice pitched somewhere between choirboy and hellspawn, group mastermind Billy Corgan never resembles any type of weirdo you remember from high school. He’s a six-foot-three space alien whose band throws down like Guns N’ Roses on a My Bloody Valentine trip.
The sound of Gish -- textured yet super direct, with drums that wallop -- is very much a product of Vig’s approach to recording. The then-unknown Wisconsin producer would spend hours fussing with amps and drums, and Corgan would sing take after take of the same song. Before Gish hit, the Pumpkins were still a regional Chicago act used to playing for indifferent audiences on weekday nights. They didn’t yet have the luxury to try anything cute.
Smashing Pumpkins Reunite With Guitarist James Iha at L.A. Concert
“We felt that songwriting-wise, we had a long way to go,” Corgan told Uncut. “But our focus at that time was getting noticed in clubs. A lot of that music had been played for a while before it was recorded, which is why it has a sort of compact density.”
Although Corgan reportedly handled much of the guitar and bass work, Gish features what’s become known as the classic Pumpkins lineup. There was James Iha on rhythm guitar, D’arcy Wretzky on bass, and the incomparable Jimmy Chamberlain on drums. There’s virtually none of the extra instrumentation that would turn up four years later on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the ambitious double LP that established the Pumpkins as one of the decade’s most important groups. Gish is mostly raw materials, a pile of rocks waiting to become a great cathedral. There’s cryptic poetry, jarring dynamic shifts, mammoth riffs, and moments of startling beauty -- everything fans around the world would love about the Pumpkins once they grew into themselves.
Despite its visceral sound and lack of obvious singles, Gish sold more than 100,000 units within the first year, exceeding the expectation of Caroline Records, the Virgin-affiliated indie label that Corgan opted for instead of signing with a major. This music was finding an audience, and Corgan was finding himself as a songwriter. The Pumpkins would reach the Top 10 with their much-improved sophomore set, 1993’s Siamese Dream (also produced by Vig), and then explode in the second half of the decade, when the Nirvana-shaped hole in the alt-universe was very much in need of filling.
Gish is where the story begins. Before Corgan became more famous for his interview sound bites than for his music, he was a true rock 'n' roll misfit who could simultaneously melt your face, squeeze your soul, and boggle your mind. That’s what he does on the best moments of Gish.
Read on for a track-by-track review.
“I Am One”: The Pumpkins begin by taking us down to their version of “Paradise City,” where the riffs are mean and the lyrics are pretty vague. Corgan says the song, co-written by Iha, has something to do with the Holy Trinity. Whatever the theological implications, Billy deserves some worship for the screechy guitar-god solo he unleashes at 2:50. There’s no dogma about disguising your musicianship guiding this band.
“Siva”: Corgan is wounded and confused, and he’s got a couple ways of dealing with it. The first: raging, which he and Chamberlain spend most of the track doing. The hard rock subsides during the two quiet dreamy bits, which another group might have saved for a separate song. Rather than sounding like gimmicks, the Pumpkins’ loud-soft shifts feel like natural fluctuations. Corgan follows his feelings wherever they take him.
“Rhinoceros”: Billy admits he was tripping balls when he wrote this psychedelic goth ballad about a mystery girl, an ice-cream party he’s planning for June, and the “mustard lies” he wishes to reveal. “She knows, she knows, show knows,” he sings over patient jangle that gives way to otherworldly reverb. As long as someone knows what’s up.
“Bury Me”: The lyrics are definitely secondary on this blistering metal shape-shifter. It starts with slithering bass and needling guitar riffage, then goes shoegazer around 3:00. “She will bury me,” Corgan sings rather serenely toward the end, like he’s getting into the idea of being smothered by love.
“Crush”: As the bass tiptoes across the bedroom, trying not to squeak a floorboard, Corgan whispers sweet nothings to his sleeping lover. If he’s paraphrasing the Beatles and the Stones, the gorgeous pond-ripple guitar tone is all his own.
“Suffer”: Chamberlain’s jazzy rhythms combine with Corgan’s warped theremin-esque guitar and what sounds like a pan flute to create a weird lullaby about cleansing yourself to achieve peace of mind. It’s the kind of stuff cult leaders talk about, though most never have theme music this convincing.
“Snail”: On this swirly low-key psych-rock meditation, Corgan compares himself to the titular terrestrial gastropod mollusk. He’s hiding under the covers, wasting his life away. “When you wake up, you’re all weak,” Corgan sings, switching from the airy vocals of the verses to a scratchy delivery he’s dredged up from someplace very real.
“Tristessa”: The string of slow ones comes to an end with this nondescript snarler, named for a Jack Kerouac novella about a Mexican prostitute. Corgan’s hard rock here isn’t a whole lot artsier than what GNR or Motley Crue were doing around the same time, so it’s funny to think this was a Sub Pop single.
“Window Paine”: It’s Link Wray’s classic 1958 rock 'n' roll instrumental “Rumble” tricked out with a soaring guitar solo and lyrics about overcoming darkness and shame. At 4:20, everything drops out, leaving Corgan to look himself in the mirror and brace for a new day.
“Daydream”: The influence of My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins comes to the fore, and so does bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who handles lead vocals. Her flat, earnest singing is just what the song needs, and when the strings seep in beneath the acoustic guitar, the Pumpkins end on a real high note. Or do they? After 10 seconds of silence, Corgan returns with “I’m Going Crazy,” a 30-second restatement of what, by now, is pretty apparent. Fans who felt at this point that Corgan could’ve used an editor were in for years of frustration.