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Who the F*ck is Airplane James?


Mainly known around these parts for his work alongside Problem, Diamond Lane artist Airplane James is making his formal introduction with the release of his new EP, Who the F*ck is Airplane James?.

Locked and loaded with seven tracks, equipped with a pair of features from Problem and Sham1016, the EP can be heard below. Press play.

Who the F*ck is Airplane James? was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Shake





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Football

Cut eight times! Jets’ James Burgess: Busted helmet, unbroken dream – NFL Nation


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The first time it happened was Sept. 3, 2016. James Burgess Jr. was cut by his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins. So began his remarkable journey on the margins of the NFL, a four-year whirlwind of practice squads, free-agent workouts, canceled flights, short hotel stays, cold shoulders and seemingly constant rejection.

Burgess, now a starting inside linebacker for the New York Jets, has been released eight times by six teams. Imagine being told that many times by an employer that you aren’t good enough. Would you pack it in? Would you look for another line of work? Burgess, 25, never thought that way because his only dream was to be like his father, James Burgess Sr., who played linebacker for the San Diego Chargers (1997-98).

On he went, waiting for the next call, much like an aspiring actor between auditions.

“It’s the ugly side of the NFL that people don’t really know about,” the younger Burgess said. “Everybody sees the glamour and everybody on film, but there’s also an ugly side, too.”

Say this for Burgess: He might be undersized at 6-foot, 230 pounds, but he can take a hit.

After his initial release from the Miami roster, he played musical practice squads, going from the Dolphins (nine days) to the Chargers (13 days) to the Baltimore Ravens (six days) to the Jacksonville Jaguars (nine days) to the Cleveland Browns, who eventually promoted him to the 53-man roster. He lasted nearly two years in Cleveland, where he got hurt and was waived in 2018.

From there, it was back to the Dolphins (six months) and then to the Jets, who waived him at the end of the preseason and re-signed him to the practice squad two weeks later. He got a call-up on Oct. 20, and over the past four games, he’s the Jets’ leading tackler — and one of the few feel-good stories in a lost season.

“How many times has he been cut?” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams marveled. “Those are fun guys to coach.”

One day in the spring, Williams pulled a picture off the wall in his office and brought it to a meeting. He told the players about Burgess and his story of perseverance. In the photo was a cracked Browns helmet, worn by Burgess on Nov. 19, 2017, the day he recorded 15 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack against the Jaguars. Mind you, this show-and-tell session took place before Burgess was on the Jets.

“His helmet looked like back when I played. It was crushed and broken,” said Williams, so moved by the performance — and the fractured artifacts — that he made sure it was photographed and saved.

Perhaps fatefully, the Jets claimed Burgess on waivers from the Dolphins about a week later. Burgess played so well in the preseason that some players were disappointed that he didn’t make the team, but he was invited back after injuries to C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson. He hopes to make this team his home because he’s tired of being an NFL nomad.

“It’s tough,” he said. “Every man can’t deal with it. Basically, you’re living out of a suitcase. Every week or two, I was getting cut. It’s tough. I wish that on no one. It’s a lonely stage, but I kept fighting and kept going.”

It was a crazy lifestyle. One day, he was in the Miami airport, waiting to fly out for a workout with the Indianapolis Colts. That was a few days after he was released by the Ravens. His agent called with the news that the Jaguars, who worked him out previously, wanted to sign him to the practice squad. He made a quick travel change and flew to Jacksonville. That turned out to be a short and bitter experience.



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Basketball

LeBron James Defends Celebration in Socks During Win vs Jazz


LeBron James responded to salty Utah Jazz TV announcers’ criticism of his celebration—”that’s some disrespect right there,” they moaned—during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 121-96 blowout road victory Wednesday night.

James kicked off his Nikes and gifted them to two young fans, and could be seen sliding on the court near his team’s bench while cheering on teammates.

LeBron finished with 20 points and 12 assists in the win.

Per The AP:

“We knew we had to bring energy,” James said. “Even with a back-to-back, we still got to have energy and we got to push the pace. We’re very good when we get stops and we run. … It’s very important for us to push the pace, but it starts with our defense and we got defensive stops.”

Anthony Davis scored 26 points, LeBron James added 20 points and 12 assists for his 17th double-double in 22 games, and the Lakers dominated on both ends of the court in a 121-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

“We’ve got a good team,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We have high aspirations. We’re trying to keep a game-to-game, stay-in-the-moment focus throughout the year.”

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Rockets GM Daryl Morey Comes o James Harden’s Defense


James Harden‘s singular, ball-dominant offensive brilliance—historic as it may be—has spawned a legion of critics.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, though, mostly sees hypocrisy when it comes to the naysayers: after all, no one seemed to mind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s unstoppable presence in the paint during his Hall of Fame career.

Houston will continue to ride their offensive supernova as far as he can take them, haters be damned.

Per ESPN:

“Nobody was mad when Kareem was getting it dozens of times per game,” Morey told ESPN.

When you ask Morey why he thinks Harden is the greatest scorer of this era, his answer — just like the Rockets’ offense — is simple: “James is generating more points per possession than pretty much anyone in history.”

He also believes that some critics are tougher on Harden because he’s doing this as a guard and not as a big.

“There’s a long-held basketball perception that the guy who holds the ball initially shouldn’t shoot,” [Morey] said. “Even when you play pickup, there’s a rule that the guy who checks it in can’t shoot.”

Related DeMar DeRozan: James Harden ‘Could Score 100’





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LeBron James Lauds Anthony Davis’ Performance


A flu-ridden Anthony Davis helped the Los Angeles Lakers earn a 105-96 road win Tuesday night against Denver, earning plaudits from his grateful teammates.

LeBron James called him the “defensive player of the year,” while Rajon Rondo added that Davis should also win MVP while he’s at it.

AD held Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to 13 points in the victory.

Per The LA Times:

“Hey sick man!” LeBron James hollered across the locker room. “You all right? Ready? You waiting for me?”

Even being sick is more fun coming off a win.

“He’s been doing it all year,” James said of Davis. “Playing through injuries, playing through illness like he did tonight. Defensive player of the year and he showed tonight once again playing one on one versus Joker in the post. When there were switches going on with Jamal Murray, playing one on one versus a small. Got stop after stop after stop. Just a monster game for him.”

As he came off the court during a timeout in the fourth quarter, Davis was crowing about his expectation that he would be first-team all-defense this year. His teammates respectfully disagreed.

“I got him as MVP and defensive player of the year,” Rondo said. “So, if he only gets one, I’ll be [angry]. My expectations are really high for him, so we have to continue to win as a team and hopefully the rest of the world will understand and see that he’s a really big part of why we are who we are.”

Related LeBron James: Anthony Davis ‘Right There’ as Defensive Player of the Year





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James Bond returns to action in the first trailer for No Time to Die


James Bond may have disappeared at the end of Sam Mendes’ Spectre in 2015, but Daniel Craig’s British secret agent is back to take on a new enemy (played by Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek) in No Time to Die.

The first trailer for No Time to Die focuses on the changes that have happened both at MI6 and around the world since Bond’s decision to leave active service. It’s only when his pal Felix Leiter reaches out to ask Bond for a favor in locating a missing scientist that 007 returns to the world he once ruled. Partnered with a new 00 agent and reunited with old colleagues, it’s up to Bond to take on a new enemy the world has never seen.

That’s where Malek comes in. Although he’s absent for most of the trailer, the brief glimpse we get of his character — Safin — is enough to prove that Malek was born to play a Bond villain. He’s not the only bad guy, though; the trailer also shows Christoph Waltz’ Blofeld making his return to the James Bond franchise following his role in Spectre.

No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) and partially written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), the second-ever female co-writer on a Bond film. The movie will be released on April 8th, 2020.



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Basketball

LeBron James & Anthony Davis Combine for 50 Points to Defeat Denver 🤫


Magic 127 (9-11), Wizards 120 (6-13)

Evan Fournier put up 31 points in DC. Markelle Fultz had a career-high 20 points and D.J. Augustin had 24 bench points.

Pistons 127 (8-13), Cavaliers 94 (5-15)

Blake Griffin scored a point for each minute he played, finishing the night with 24 points, including six 3-pointers. Andre Drummond posted another double-double (17 points, 14 rebounds). All five of Detroit’s starters sat the fourth quarter in the rout.

Mavericks 118 (14-6), Pelicans 97 (6-15)

Luka Doncic, the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month, had a 33-point, 18-rebound performance in the Big Easy. Seth Curry contributed 19 off the bench, and Tim Hardaway and Max Kleber finished with 12 apiece.

Heat 121 (15-5), Raptors 110 (15-5)

Jimmy Butler scored eight consecutive points in less than a minute in overtime to finish with 22 points to go with his 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Bam Adebayo scored 18 and Justise Winslow had 17 as the Heat snapped the Raptors’ seven-game winning streak and gave them their first home loss this season.

Lakers 105 (18-3), Nuggets 96 (13-5)

The Lakers started 1-0 on their three-game road trip at the Pepsi Center as LeBron James (25 points) and Anthony Davis (25 points) combined for 50 points. Dwight Howard had 13 and 6 off the bench. The Lakers face Utah tomorrow night.

Spurs 135 (8-14), Rockets 133 (13-7)

With the game on the line in double OT, DeMar DeRozan sank two free throws to give San Antonio the W at the AT&T Center. Lonnie Walker IV had a career-high 28 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to send it to overtime.

Clippers 117 (16-6), Trailblazers 97 (8-13)

Paul George scored a team-high 25 points, his 6th 25-point game this season as the Clippers have won 9 of their last 10 games. Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverly had 11 apiece.





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James Harden ‘Could Score 100’


If James Harden “put his mind to it,” he could score 100 points in a single game, according to DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan, who obviously hopes the NBA’s single-game scoring record isn’t reached against the Spurs tonight, says Harden’s mind-boggling numbers aren’t shocking, having watched his friend get buckets since they were California kids.

Harden leads the NBA in scoring with an absurd 38.9 points a night.

Per The San Antonio Express-News:

“I’m pretty sure if he put his mind to it, he could score 100,” DeRozan said.

They were high school rivals and playground friends. Over time, DeRozan has watched Harden blossom into the NBA’s most feared scorer. He is not surprised at what his buddy has become.

“Even in college (at Arizona State), he led the nation is scoring for a while,” DeRozan said. “So for me it is not surprising.”

DeRozan might even be rooting for Harden to get there. Just not Tuesday.

“Nah, hell no,” DeRozan said. “He can do it some other time.”

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Movies

James Bond character posters are here


No Time To Die might still be a few months off, but the picture for the new James Bond film is growing clearer. The first character posters have dropped, ahead of the release of the official trailer.

The new film sees Daniel Craig reprise the role of James Bond once more – but a new actor carries the 007 name. Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch will be playing the agent, who it seems would take on the job following Bond’s retirement.

Craig returns alongside other Bond regulars including Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann and Ben Whishaw as Q. But new faces are on board too: Ana De Armas, who recently starred opposite Craig in Rian Johnson’s sttar-studded whodunit Knives Out, as well as Bohemian Rhapsody‘s very own Rami Malek.

Malek takes on the role of Bond’s antagonist in No Time To Die, but made it very clear that some conditions had to be in place. “I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or religion,’” Malek told the Mirror on his position on his character.

New names abound for the upcoming film, directed by Cary Fukanaga and co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The Fleabag creator said the BBC asked for her involvement to add “little spices” to the script, hoping to edit characters and storylines that in the past may have been criticised for misogyny.

The first teaser for No Time to Die was released ahead of the full trailer, promising more guns, more Craig, more high-stakes drama for what is supposed to be Craig’s very last time in the James Bond tux.





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