NBA owners really have to grow up. Between Cleveland, Orlando, and New York, we have a consortium of owners who just don’t “get it.” I am completely baffled at all times by old white guys who really think they’ve bought inanimate toys. They sit around on their carpet and like marbles or pogs (yeah, I just said pogs . . . get ya Slammer game right), they watch them fight to their near death on a yearly basis, and then whether they win or lose, they prepare to pick up their toys, put them next to that old tuna sandwich in their lunchbox and walk home. If anything has been proven in this new era of the NBA, it’s that players are no longer pogs. If this was 1994, everyone would happily be re-signing with their teams as they angrily stare like wild dogs at the team across the state-lines. However, exploitation days are over.… Read More
I am saying it first! Phil Jackson to the Miami Heat!
This statement was coined by Tony Kornheiser, on Pardon the Interruption during the 2011 season. But honestly, let’s just cut through it, Erik Spoelstra is a young coach. He has no rings; Phil Jackson has eleven of them. He is outwardly disrespected by players . . . during the game (see LeBron James’ shoulder-bump and the shouting match with Dwyane Wade’s in Game 3 vs. Indiana). On the other hand, Phil Jackson punches Paul Gasol in the chest and puts Andrew Bynum (often lauded as the best center in the NBA) on his bench.… Read More
I have a 14 year-old cousin. For the purposes of this article, we’ll call him JJ. If he died today, I’m not sure what I’d do. However, I am sure of what I wouldn’t do: go to work.
Lamar Odom of the Dallas Mavericks, lost his cousin and witnessed the dying breaths of a thirteen year-old in June 2011. His reaction: not going to work. Lucky for Lamar, it was also the decision of all of his colleagues during that July Summer which saw him bury two bodies, while still grieving the infant child he lost years before. However, on a fateful Thanksgiving weekend, Lamar Odom would have to face his worst fears: an NBA season, the challenge of work.
Now, while most people would say going back to work is part of life. It’s a luxury that nearly 10% of Americans right now don’t, and wish they could, have.… Read More
LeBron James: The Prodigal Son
As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, my first thought when LeBron James left Cleveland, OH was denial. My second emotion was anger. But my third emotion, like many other Cleveland Cavaliers fans, was hope. Today, after seeing Lebron’s interview in Cleveland from yesterday, that hope is growing.
LeBron James left myself and any other Cleveland Cavaliers fan in despair two summers ago when he proclaimed his infamous Decision, to “take his talents to South Beach.” However, after watching him look like he was about to break down in tears during his interview yesterday, I can’t say enough of how strongly I want to have him back. If you haven’t seen the interview, go back to the tape. Notice, how LeBron looks like a kid who just got caught doing the wrong thing. “Lebron, now what do you say???”
LeBron like the big kid he is, apologized to his tyrant of a former boss, and basically the entire city of Cleveland, stating outright that he made a “mistake.” Now, whether that mistake was leaving Cleveland, or just the asinine (ass-a-ten, ass-a-leven, ass-a-twelve) decision to make “The Decision,” on national television in Ohio, honestly I could care less.… Read More
Here’s a look at last week’s headlines . . .
By the Numbers
1. The number of Iranian nuclear scientists killed by a bomb this week (I’ll let you figure out the irony in that one).
2. The number of years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake tore through the nation of Haiti, devastating a nation, which still sees 1 billion people displaced from the disaster.
3. The number of teenagers shot, following a series of gunshots in Southeast, Washington, DC at approximately 9AM Thursday morning . . . wait for it . . . yes, you’re correct, they should’ve been in school. Michelle Rhee just didn’t think about the possibility of gun – violence when she fired 500 teachers in less than a semester on the job.
4. The number of Top Republican Primary candidates, which have been deemed ineligible to run for the primary in the state of Virginia, due to a new Virginia law.… Read More