Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Mac, Mug, Killa Kyleon, TroubleSum, Propain, hasHBrown, Yung Truth, O.N.E., Chingo Bling, more.
Not Invited: Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley
This Week's Prompt: Well, here it is. The NBA Finals start tonight. Predictions: Who wins? How many games will it take? Which player wins MVP? And what is the most startling LeBron story line to develop over the course of the series?
Mac: OKC in 7, only if Miami role players like Battier and Miller* don't step up.
*I searched and searched and searched. Still, I couldn't find any reports to confirm that Mike Miller had died in a car accident two years ago and that his ghost has been playing in the playoffs.
C. Stone: I've had my money on OKC since the All-Star break. Kevin Durant wins MVP, of course. And I say it goes 4-2, in favor of OKC in close games.
Mug: I say OKC, but it might go the whole seven games. Durant [wins] MVP and LeBron's hairline will stay a topic of discussion.
Yung Truth: OKC in six games, Durant is the MVP and the storyline is that Bron Bron STILL ain't got a ring.
Renzo: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan. Music is my sport. I don't care about basketball.
Chingo Bling: The Rockets will sweep them all with Olajuwon's help.
Show: OKC in five. MVP: Durant. LeBron story: How much of a bald spot can a headband conceal?
Propain: I seriously can't predict a winner. If I HAD to pick, I'm going with OKC in seven. Durant [wins] MVP. It's all on LeBron though. He dictates it all.
Mic Skills: OKC wins in six. Durant is the MVP. Upon losing, LeBron reminds us that the Heat are back to back Eastern Conference champs.
O.N.E.: Well, now I know OKC is in the mix -I don't know. I'll say OKC in six, MVP is Durant. Storyline: Will Spoelstra stay in Miami*?
*If Miami loses, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has a better chance growing a tail than he does keeping his job.
TroubleSum: Predictions: Win: Thunder [in] four. MVP: Kevin Durant. Most startling LeBron storyline: LeBron James is still ringless.
hasHBrown: OKC in six, Durant Finals MVP, LeBron runs off the court in shame to go cry in the car.
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D-Risha: Heat in six. I think LeBron will "will" the Heat to victory and hit clutch shots.
Killa Kyleon: Heat, 4-2. LeBron [is] Finals MVP. And I'm betting whatever.