STOCK UP: Uncle Spliffy
Former NBA All-Star forward Cliff Robinson made a career as a member of the Portland Trailblazers. He went to the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992 and won Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1993. But that’s not why his stock is up. Robinson, or “Uncle Cliffy” as he is called, likes smoking marijuana. He liked it as a player so much that he was caught and suspended for violating the league’s drug policy three times. Did that deter Robinson? No way. On the contrary, he has decided to open up his own marijuana growing operation in Portland, Oregon. What could possibly make this better? The name of the operation is “Uncle Spliffy.” With marijuana being legal in Oregon, “Spliffy” will most likely be extremely successful. Everyone is expecting him to do so well, in fact, that he is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference in February.
STOCK DOWN: David Blatt
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was fired on Saturday, Jan. 23, despite making the NBA finals last season and being the No. 1 seed in the eastern conference with a 30-11 record. To make matters worse, his replacement is his former assistant Tyronn Lue. Don’t recognize the name? Most wouldn’t, but he is known for being the Laker with cornrows that Allen Iverson embarrassed. In game one of the 2001 NBA finals, Iverson drained a long jumper in Lue’s face. Lue stumbles backwards as he’s watching the shot go in and Iverson proceeds to create one of the most infamous moments in finals history by stepping over Lue and completely embarrassing him. Lue was posturized in the most embarrassing way possible. That is Blatt’s replacement and I’m sure Blatt is not very happy about that. Bad look, sir. Bad look.
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