Lakers Rant

A duck is a duck

A cow is a cow

A goose is a goose

And when you’re 33 games into the season and your record is 15-18, you are what you are…mediocre.

These guys couldn’t defend Martha Stewart and Rosie O’Donnell running the pick n roll.

The Gift and Curse of Michael Jordan

I’m so tired of Lebron James being criticized every time The Heat lose a close game. Haha.

It’s just gotten to a point of absurdity.

Lebron James was triple teamed in the final play of regulation yesterday. He had no chance to get a shot off. It was a broken play. If anyone should be taking heat, it should be Coach Spoelstra. What they were running…who knows? 

Does anyone remember that Lebron hit a three to tie the game up 30 seconds prior to that play?

But ok, I guess that’s not “clutch.”

Meanwhile, there’s Kobe Bryant, who I love as a Lakers fan. He’s unafraid to take the final shot. He’s also inefficient and shoots low percentage difficult shots. All you have to do is look at the Lakers game 2 and game 4 losses against OKC to understand this. Sure, Kobe was unafraid. He was also 2/7 and 2/10 respectively in those two games in the 4th quarter. He shot the Lakers out of the game. Single-handedly. Kobe does that a lot. Haha. I love him, but let’s call it how it is.

Hero ball.

This is all the bi-product of life after Michael Jordan. Jordan may be retired but it’s almost like these superstars are running from his shadow that the media dangles over them. He set a bar so high that it’s literally impossible to meet his accomplishments. Especially in the NBA today, where teams are lucky to keep the same stars for more than 5 years.

We’re so infatuated with boxing an entire player’s performance into the final minute of a game. Like that’s all that defines their career.

It’s not enough to win anymore. You have to win with style. I remember watching game 7 of the Lakers vs. Celtics a few years ago. Kobe Bryant shot 6/24 for that game. The Lakers won the championship. But even with the win, people will point out that Kobe Bryant struggled in the biggest game of his career. It’s probably the first thing people associate with that championship.

That’s the Jordan factor. Everyone wants to see that Jazz game 6 moment. That iconic signature moment when we realize we’ve seen a once in a lifetime athlete. That’s the thing, Jordan was a once in a lifetime athlete.

Michael Jordan’s career played out like a fairytale. And I just feel bad for the guys who have had to follow that act.

I Find It Interesting…

…that in American sports, the only three leagues with a minimum age requirement are the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association), the NBA (National Basketball Association), and the NFL (National Football League).

MLB (Major League Baseball) does not have that requirement. ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) does not have it either. Neither does the PGA Tour (Professional Golf Association).

The fact that the WNBA, NBA, and NFL are dominated by African American athletes, while the latter three are not, is suspect.

What makes a baseball player more equipped than a basketball player to make the jump from high school into professional athletics?

I don’t know if this is a racial issue or not. I don’t want to cast it out there as one recklessly.

But I do know that the three most lucrative sports in college are football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

So it’s better served for the NCAA to take in these athletes, market these athletes, and profit off of them, in return for a scholarship that really does not even add up to a fraction of the money that these student athletes are generating for their respective colleges. If you add up the amount of time a student athlete practices, all the events they play in, all the promotional events they go to, then finally their school work, that scholarship equates to somewhere near minimum wage. That’s definitely not in the best interest of an athlete who is capable of making the leap from high school into a professional career, which they should have every right to do. 

So let’s stop pretending that these athletes are being done a service by attending a college first and obtaining an “education” and call it what it is. A business.

Tim Hardaway ‘In Yo Face’ to Charles Barkley

Man, I think I’ve watched this video 100 times. Hahaha, I love this.