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New superstars are already on the rise under the names James and Wade

The revolution has begun. Forget about Miami Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, two of the biggest names of basketball’s last decade and established NBA legends. Those guys are old news.

The new wave of superstars is upon us in the form of 11-year-old Zaire Wade and 9-year-old LeBron James Jr.

The elder James recently posted an Instagram video of the third-grade “Prince James” balling his way to 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, a stat line that bears a striking resemblance to one you would see next to his dad’s name. James Sr. noted his son’s Wade-like euro step next to the hashtags #HeGotNext and #StriveForGreatness.

James Jr. may be two years younger, but you can already predict a future rivalry with Wade’s son, fifth-grader Zaire. Judging by this highlight tape, Zaire Wade may already have a better shooting stroke than Dwyane Wade, and he definitely has the confident attitude.

Zaire Wade shows off some ankle-breaking dribble moves and flashy passing skills, and based on his minute and a half video, he takes an early upper hand on James Jr.  However, that two-year age difference is important, and we have a much smaller sample size to compare them. Plus, James Sr. was a later bloomer than Dwyane Wade — the elder James didn’t win his first title until season nine, while Dwyane Wade won his in year three.

One thing is for sure — if these youngsters develop into nearly the players their fathers are, we could have a pretty incredible rivalry on our hands for the next few decades.

In other recent sports pop culture news:

•    Rapper Dr. Dre spoke to the USC football team the night before their game against Stanford before the Trojans gained a huge upset win no one saw coming. The only plausible explanation is that Dr. Dre is the secret weapon for USC. If only Lane Kiffin had learned this earlier.

•    Colts quarterback Andrew Luck took the stage at an Indianapolis MGMT concert last Friday night, manning the critical cowbell instrument, erupting the crowd into a frenzy. It’s always great to see an audience that can appreciate a good cowbell.

•    J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks is contemplating deleting his Twitter account after a recent tweet-battle with Pistons guard Brandon Jennings. In response, the entire Twitter population screams “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”

Work Out

Janise Lee, 5, plays with an exercise machine while her brother James, 4, tries to get his turn on the machine at a garage sale on Lancaster Court Saturday afternoon.

The Garage Sale Review: The Legend of the Double Garage Sale

Books for sale at a garage sale.
Books for sale at a garage sale.

Editor's note: All photos taken by Gillian Rhodes, Daily Texan Staff.

Hi, you lovely garage sale connoisseurs!

This weekend was a big one for The Garage Sale Review. I guess it was just something in the air. I caught Gillian's eye when were getting in her car and we both immediately sensed it — there was an electric energy flowing all around us, guiding us in our quest to garage sale nirvana. Or maybe the feeling was just the comforting embrace of Gillian's garage sale iPhone app, iGarageSale. I'm telling you, if you want to get into garage selling, having a garage sale phone app is the way to go. Seriously, the thing is the bee's knees, the cat's meow, or, if you prefer a Spanish translation of that particular idiom: la mamá de Tarzán, which according to wiktionary.com means the same thing as the bee's knees. I don't know if I buy that or not, though.

Anyhow, there are a few yard sale apps to choose from so make sure to poke around before you settle. Find the one that's the right fit for you! It's like having a tiny, sleek, downloadable Magellan in your pocket when it comes to navigating garage sales in Austin (or wherever you are). Those random neighborhood streets can be labyrinth-esque, and if you're not properly equipped you might not make it back to the familiar. Ever. Well, at least not for a little bit, which can be annoying.

OK, let's "git 'r done," shall we?


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3613 Winfield Cove

Our first garage sale was being operated by Toy, who until recently was a teacher. She told us that she was interested in getting rid of some of her junk, which I've realized is like some kind of Newtonian law of garage sale physics. It's like answering "food" when someone asks you "why are you eating that?"

So, Toy said that she decided to stop teaching in order to bartend full time because she doesn't want life to pass her by — a noble desire if I've ever heard one. As such, she was getting rid of a lot of teaching materials, like twenty copies of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, for example. I was tempted to buy every single one of them, but no, that would mean I'm crazy, so I resisted. Also, there was some inexpensive-ish sound equipment ($30 for a pretty cool record player, $30 for a respectable looking sound receiver) and a couple of funky loveseats for $40 each.

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The next garage sale was a total fail in that the garage seller had no desire to be in a garage sale-focused blog. We didn't resent the seller's resistance, however, as being featured in a weekly column that talks about the junk people sell from their yards isn't for everyone. I bought a pack of Seinfeld playing cards for $2 (way overpriced, but I'm a sucker for Larry David) and we went on our way.

4810 Avenue H

The third garage sale we checked out was a real gem, not necessarily because of the quality of the stuff for sale, but because it was a double garage sale — truly legendary! Like a star system where two burning suns orbit around a common system of mass (that's called a binary star, just FYI), the double garage sale consisted of two garage selling parties, James and his wife, Laura, and their next door neighbor Marisa. The garage selling folks had decided to combine because, as James put it, "if it was just us it would be kind of lame," which I have to admit, is a true statement. The items were just standard garage sale fare.

There were DVDs for one dollar apiece, a hammock that a dog chewed on for $30, a rug, and some other knickknacks and electronics. However, Gillian and I insisted that, like an ugly duckling or a kid that no one likes, every garage sale has some intrinsic worth, so we kept digging around until we found a bouquet of James and Laura's wedding flowers for sale. That's just sweet, I don't care who you are. You might think that a couple selling off their wedding decor is a little sad, but James assured us that they were only doing it because "we're not planning on using them again." Ah, youthful garage sale romance — warm, tender and only $3! What a bargain.

3800 Avenue H

Charlie, the spiffy garage seller pictured above, was the host of the fourth garage sale. He told us the story behind the garage sale and the house where it was taking place. The house, which had been built in 1936, had been Charlie's home all his life and he knew a lot about the history of the area. He described the changes that he'd seen in the city and even in 48th Street, which runs in front of the house, and has become a pretty heavily-trafficked road.

Charlie said that a lot of the items in the garage sale had belonged to his brother, who had recently moved to a nursing home. There were lots of books and clothes ("he was a pretty large fella', all the pants are 42 waist, the shirts are extra large") and even some artwork that Charlie's daughter had painted like the painting of Bevo that he's holding up there. We chatted with Charlie a bit more and then went on our way.

3501 Greenway Street

Our final stop of the day was described as a "designer garage sale" by the garage seller, because she "wanted people to know that it wasn't a lot of crap." She said she was having the garage sale because she's putting her house (designed by Lake Flato, the architects responsible for Hotel San Jose on South Congress) on the market soon and wanted to clear some stuff out.

Anyway, Julie was right, there wasn't a lot of crap at this garage sale. There were some really nice couches and fancy stereo equipment — a lot of it already gone — but, being poor and cheap, the high-end items weren't really what stood out to Gillian and I. We were immediately drawn to the robot that Julie had for sale. She told us that it dances and picks stuff up and that she "bought it when it came out, but now she's done with it." Love 'em and leave 'em when it comes to robots, that's what I always say. Also, notice the oversized light bulb to Julie's left there. That, my friends, is a big light bulb lamp. "It's a light bulb and it's a lamp," Julie said. Accurately stated. And guess what? She bought it at a yard sale! Whenever I see a killer deal a little siren inside my head starts going off and when Julie told me the light bulb lamp cost $5 my brain nearly exploded. I bought it and now it's in my room, illuminating my things like only a big light bulb can.

Welp, that's all, you guys. Join Gillian and I next week for more garage sale action or you'll be sorry. Just kidding, it's OK if you don't, but you really should. Really.

On one side of the boxing ring is Dani Perez, waiting to tap gloves with her opponent James, who waits anxiously on the opposing side, each hoping for the final knockout. They are about to fight in one of the biggest matches of their lives so far, and audience members at the premiere of the new UT production “Fight” will be there to watch as they duke it out on stage.

“Fight” tells the story of a young girl named Dani Perez, who is abandoned by her mother and moves to Brooklyn to begin training as a boxer at the same gym her father fought at. Through her rigorous training, Perez struggles to make connections with those around her and finally discovers a place where she feels that she belongs.

Kimberly Lee, an MFA play-writing candidate at UT, who wrote and directed “Fight,” was inspired to create the show after she took up boxing herself.

“I really developed a great love for the sport and the history of it,” Lee said. “It’s a world that is populated with a lot of characters.”

To prepare for “Fight,” the actors portraying boxers have been training at a local gym since June. Lee, who is a certified boxing coach, worked together with local boxer Ray Perez to get the actors in top shape for the show. The actors trained and now fight in accordance with the amateur USA boxing rules.

“It’s been pretty intense,” said Matrex Kilgore, the actor portraying the boxer James. “We’ve been training with one of the best trainers in Austin. We’ve been sparring almost every day and training like a real boxer would.”

All of this training will be put to use when Kilgore and another character have an actual boxing match on stage each night.

“It’s three rounds of two minutes that will be fought in real time,” Lee said.

In addition to the excitement of the on-stage boxing, Lee is excited just to see her play come to life.

“It’s all those things that you might imagine,” Lee said. “When you write something, it stays inside your head and it takes a giant step to get down to the page, and then it takes another giant step to get into the mouths and bodies of the actors and into the minds of the directors and designers, and then from those minds collaborating, it takes another big step to actually end up on a stage in front of people.”

The process has also been exciting for Kilgore, who found a lot of creative liberty in developing a character that no one else has ever played before.

“The excitement is that no one has an idea of what this character should be like because you are the first one to breathe life into it,” Kilgore said. “I am the alpha, I am the beginning of this thing.”
 

Texas squanders lead in overtime, exits in first round of tournament

NEW ORLEANS — The Longhorns’ final loss of the season, an 81-80 overtime heartbreaker to Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday, was indicative of their entire year, complete with missed free throws and missed layups.

Rebounds were an issue as well.

Wake Forest outrebounded Texas 59-34, which was uncharacteristic of a team that prides itself on defense and has the Big 12’s career-leading rebounder, Damion James (350 this season, 1,318 career). James only had six total rebounds in his final game as a Longhorn — zero coming in the first half.

“We just got pounded on the glass,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “I don’t remember us getting outrebounded ever like this. I really don’t.”

The Longhorns came back from an 11-point deficit in the first half to take a 38-37 halftime lead, but in the first five minutes of the second half, the Demon Deacons made a 17-4 run, giving them a 54-42 lead.

After scoring 16 points in the first half, freshman Jordan Hamilton was on the bench as Wake Forest went on their run. Barnes said Wake Forest had adjusted its defense accordingly at halftime, which affected Hamilton emotionally.

“You know, he just broke down a little, mentally,” Barnes said. “We had to get him calmed down before he went back in.”

Hamilton only took three shots in the second half and finished with 19 points.

With about nine minutes remaining in the game, James and Dexter Pittman came up with pivotal free throws to bring Texas within four points, 56-52.

At that point, Texas got into a groove. James responded to every Wake Forest basket with one of his own, J’Covan Brown — who only played three minutes in the first half but led his team in scoring with 20 points — made crucial shots and free throws and Avery Bradley caused Demon Deacon turnovers and made them pay with fast-break layups.

With 49.3 seconds left in regulation, Brown hit a tying trey to make the score 67-all.

At the nine-second mark, Wake Forest was up by one point and James was sent to the free-throw line. He made the first, tying the game at 68, then missed the second — a shot that might have secured a Texas win. Wake got the rebound and sprinted down the court. James hustled back on defense, got the ball back and attempted a half-court shot for the win, but it went wide right.

In overtime, Brown and Hamilton hit huge 3-pointers to give Texas an eight-point lead of 76-68 with three minutes left.

But Wake remained poised. Coach Dino Guadio reminded his players of the four other times this season — against Xavier, Richmond, Maryland and Virginia — where they won in overtime.

“When you watch overtime games, when a team gets down by four or more, they start looking at the clock, feeling sorry for themselves,” Wake Forest guard Ishmael Smith said. “Coach [Guardio] told us to keep getting stops, keep getting stops like we did in overtime games earlier this season. We did and got a big win.”

Ultimately, missed free throws down the stretch were the Longhorns’ demise. Brown missed two that would have given Texas an 80-74 edge with 49.6 seconds left, and Gary Johnson missed two that would have put Texas up 82- 79 with nine seconds left.

“I couldn’t believe that I missed them,” Brown said.

Wake Forest took advantage of the Longhorns’ mistakes by making its free throws during overtime. A huge 3-pointer by Ari Stewart, which put Wake Forest within one point before Johnson missed his free throws, helped too.

That created an ideal situation for Smith, who almost had a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. He got the ball with 1.3 seconds left and made an 18-foot pull-up jumper to win it, 81-80.

“There was no one else I’d rather take that shot,” Guadio said. “If you look at Ishmael’s stats, look at his ACC three-point shooting stats — oh, they’re not very good. When you look at his free throws, not very good. If I took him out there right now, he wouldn’t make three straight 3s if we shot 100 of them. But that kid makes big shots.”

Texas finished the season going 556-of-878 from the foul line — 63.3 percent overall. That marks Texas’ worst year from the line since the 1953-54 season, where it shot 60.4 percent.

James had one of his poorer performances of the season against Wake Forest. He scored just 16 points, going 4-of-14 from the field, 1-of-7 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the foul line. Pittman didn’t come up big in his final collegiate game, either. He scored just five points, grabbed eight rebounds and sat on the bench for the entire overtime period with four fouls.

“Everyone is disappointed, but I told them they’ve got to remember this feeling,” Barnes said. “It’s been a tough road lately, but I tell them to never look back. Never take for granted getting into this tournament.”