Louisville Proclaims NBHHCM 2K11 with UK's Final Four Big Dance
The City of Louisville became the first major Southern US city to proclaim this upcoming June as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month) 2K11.
NBHHCM was first proclaimed by the City of Baltimore, MD. in June 2009. There were 15 major US cities and one state (Maryland) that proclaimed June 2010 as NBHHCM.
Louisville, KY the home to the Kentucky Derby, University of Louisville college basketball, and the "Greatest" himself Muhammad Ali is now down with the hoops and hip-hop culture time-period born in 1984 that is known today as The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America.
NBHHCM 2K11 during the month of June will honor the 65th Anniversary (6-6-46 to 6-6-11) date of the NBA being founded, and the 35th Anniversary (6-17-76 to 6-17-11) date of the NBA/ABA merger of 1976.
The NBA was founded as the BAA (Basketball Association of America) in New York City on June 6, 1946.
These two historic events happened 11-days apart as we celebrate them in the year 2011. The NBA had 11-teams in 1946 when the league was formed.
The Kentucky Colonels of the original ABA were one of the 2 franchises (Spirit of St. Louis) that were not included in the 4-team NBA/ABA merger.
Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z along with rising rap-star Drake have shown their love for the University of Kentucky basketball program. LeBron James is also a fan of Kentucky basketball and a friend to Kentucky head-coach John Calipari.
Jay-Z visited the Kentucky locker-room after they defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 76-69 in the Elite 8 game held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The UK players were surprised to see the hip-hop legend. He congratulated them on winning the game and advancing to the Final Four.
The City of Newark and Mayor Corey Booker were one the 15 major US cities to proclaim June 2010 as NBHHCM.
Coach Calipari has made the Kentucky program the first-team of "College Basketball and Hip-Hop" just in same fashion that made the Georgetown Hoyas of the early-to-mid 1980's, the UNLV Rebels of 1989-91, and the Fab 5 of Michigan 1991-93 cultural icons that remain in the minds of fans 20-to-25 years later.
Players on those teams came and left. Calipari is the Sean "Diddy" Combs when it comes to coaching or being the A&R Producer of his teams. He can collect a group of young blue chip stars each year that enter his program and work out a new hit CD or Top 10 team. He has the ability to take the album to multi-platinum status or in basketball terms to the Final Four and possibly an NCAA championship.
If Kentucky wins the NCAA Championship and his former star point-guard Derrick Rose is selected as this years NBA MVP Calipari will have his pick of the best high school stars for the next 4-5 years.
We'll then see if he can win multiple championships with Jay-Z singing "Can't Knock the Hustle" for a coach who knows how to make repeated hits out of one-hit wonders.