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Cavaliers win the draft lottery; Lebron whispers continue

Against seemingly impossible odds, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery for the second straight time & third time in four years. According to new GM David Griffin, the phone calls have already started rolling in for possible trades for that number one pick. As lucky as the Cavs have been, winning the lottery hasn’t resulted in much team success. Last year’s #1 pick Anthony Bennett looked terrible for a majority of the season before finally looking serviceable  toward the end. 2011’s first overall selection Kyrie Irving is uncertain of his future with the team. Not only has this team fired two coaches(one for the second time) and a GM within a year, they’ve been proven to be poorly managed for the past ten years. Who knows what the new regime will do but their outlook is not good with a team in disarray. With all of these facts against the Cavs, can you guess what has Cavs fans excited?

 

 

 

If you guessed the possibility of the best player in the world and current Miami Heat do-everything forward, returning to his “beloved” Cleveland area and winning a championship, you’re correct.

Lebron hasn’t closed the door on the chance and that’s been enough to cause a certain section of Cavalier fans to even cheer for James when he plays in the city. My only question is, why?

Why would he want to play for Cleveland? It all sounds like a fairy tale to me. Lebron leaving Miami in the summer or in 2015 and choosing to return to a young Cavs team still building and not competing for the title. James would be out of his 20s and looking to add more championships to his resume. How anyone thinks he would have a better chance at doing this in Cleveland versus a confirmed great organization in Miami is beyond me. Charles Barkley came out on “SVP & Russilo” and said he hopes that Lebron returns to Cleveland because their fans are “real fans.”

While the Cavs fanbase does seem more dedicated than Miami, these are also the same fans who burned his jersey and called him a “sell-out” and even worse. This team is owned by Dan Gilbert, the same owner who I can’t look at as any more than a child for writing a letter to the fans where he made comments such as:

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

 

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE. You can take it to the bank.

I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma. Just watch.”

If any of that was ever said about me, there is no way I’d want to voluntarily work for the owner of that statement.  People are underestimating the value of character in this situation. Lebron has shown himself to be a very responsible and mature individual, I’m sure character matters to him.

It has also been suggested that the Cavs go after Kevin Love to help convince Lebron to come back next year. This makes even less sense. So Love is just going to leave one bad situation for another, in hopes that Lebron comes and saves the organization. After losing so much in Minnesota, Kevin Love wants a chance to win NOW or at least join a team with some kind of tangible future in front of them. The best advice for the Cavaliers is hire a new coach, draft Joel Embiid and work on creating and growing a team that compete for a title. Not hoping and wishing for a dream that may never be realized.

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Fact: I need an ego check from time-to-time

Let’s be real, it’s not that tough being a guy.

If I want to go to the mall, I don’t stop and put on my makeup. I pick up my gym shorts, throw on some Sperry’s and glide right out my front door. Bad hair days(at least what women experience) are non-existent. I’ve never once thought about pregnancy but believe me, I’m counting my blessings every 17 minutes that I don’t have to go through with it. The only time of the month I’m thinking about is which weekend I’m going to spend $15+ at Popeye’s Chicken.

The long-debated double standard does exist. Amongst other men, a guy who can bed different women on a frequent basis is looked at as the man. Vice-versa, a woman who does the same gets the Scarlet Letter treatment. A man can go single for years and he’s “just looking for the right one.” A woman who can’t keep/attract a man probably has a terminal disease.
The one area where we men seem to have more problems with? Our egos.

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If a guy tells you he doesn’t have an ego, he’s a liar. We all do. The biggest test most men face is whenever our manhood is challenged.  I once saw a confrontation in high school where a guy was threatened by a much bigger guy. Knowing he was outmatched, but not wanting to look weak, he attempted some verbal abuse. Paul Bunyan Jr wasn’t having it. He shoved the smaller guy to the ground….where he immediately began screaming in the highest pitch possible. It was like watching Problem Child 2 all over again. The crazy thing is, you see examples everywhere.

Ever met the guy who won’t shut up about his accomplishments in meaningless contests? I know guys who have attended parties and spent an hour arguing their proficiency in playing video games with his hand behind his back. As if that’s tough to do. One of my best friends recently showed me a bruise that looked as if he lost a fight with a hedgehog. How’d he get it? By playing intramural softball on the bruise for three weeks and refusing to treat it. I lost a piece of my pinkie toe trying to show a Michael Jackson dance move to a roommate and refused to sit out an intramural football contest three hours later. If you haven’t gotten the point yet, we can be idiots.

I experienced an ego-check about a month ago when I was challenged to a duel to the death. It was only a basketball game but when you get approached by two 17-year-old kids threatening to destroy you, you’re going to take offense.  I gave my buddy Joe the nod and let him know that I was about to put on my Michael Jordan cape. Here’s the thing though, I don’t have a Michael Jordan cape. In my own mind, I’m all-world on the basketball court and could have been the next Moochie Norris had someone worked on fundamentals when I was a young pup. In reality, I’m a rangy, athletic guy with a mean jump shot who can’t seem to drive the basketball. And while these kids, were no Lebron James & Mo Williams….one of the kids was really good. And a tad to quick for me to care to chase around all day.

After winning the first contest and losing the second, a turning point came in the third game when I realized something: I was counting my stats. Not just making mental notes. Actually counting and playing towards certain stats. The worst level of douchery you could ever hope to achieve as a basketball player.

I had risen the level of such legendary basketball players such as Javale McGee & Andray Blatche.
And of course because I was acting like a loser, Joe and I ended up losing the game and I learned a couple of hard lessons that day.

1.) I learned I’m not a professional basketball player, nor am I getting paid like one.

2.) I can be a selfish asshole sometimes.

As much as guys hate losing, we all need these ego checks. Getting snapped back into reality is how we stay grounded as men. The best move is to accept praise, but never think too deeply about it. Now if we could just figure out women and responsibility….

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I Hate Sensitive Rappers

 

I hate sensitive rappers. As a fan of rap music ever since I can remember, I can say with full confidence that I like my rappers tough. You don’t need to be the toughest Joe Schmo on the block, you just need to seem like every statement you spit on the microphone could be true. I don’t find people like J. Cole sensitive because he doesn’t rap over hard-hitting Mike Will/Lex Luger/Young Chop beats. Yet I find Kanye West sensitive for crying over MTV’s Hottest Emcee’s list and bringing up how he gave Sway a TV back in the day. :facepalm:

Sad thing is, it took me 10 years to realize that this is what I like most about rappers. I had always thought it was just mainstream radio that bothered me but it turns out I’d just rather not hear Drake talking about “busting a gun out” or “catching a body.”

Which brings me to the topic at hand today..your favorite rapper is sensitive. Super sensitive. A few weeks ago, Lil’ Wayne, upset that while sitting court side at Miami Heat games the players don’t acknowledge him, decided to go postal and dismiss Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He saved his harshest words for Bosh, claiming he slept with Chris’ wife…before they were married.

Now Lil Wayne being sensitive is no surprise. Who cares if you slept with her, you’re a superstar. For someone who claims to be a G, that was definitely not a gangster move.

The bad thing about liking my rappers tough, is that they realize that most people do. And because of this, they feel a need to over-exaggerate their personality. Remember Bow Wow’s “I might be from Atlanta, I might be from Ohio” stage? Chris Brown working hard each and every day to make me like him even less?  Rappers want attention and fame so they act tough, simple as that.

Once you realize this, you’ll be much better off as a rap fan 🙂

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Why I’m rooting for the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals

I don’t have a favorite NBA team. Haven’t for about 10 years now. My aunt(who got me into sports), was a fan of the Orlando Magic, led by point guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway & center Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq became my favorite player and through the years I would follow his career up until his final championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

The last team I would say I was a fan of? The Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. Since then, I’ve become an NBA observer, more fascinated with the journeys of individual players rather than teams.

This year brings an interesting dynamic to the NBA finals as the two current best players that the league has to offer battle it out for the crown of NBA champion and best player in basketball.

Lebron James vs. Kevin Durant. The Miami Heat vs. The Oklahoma City Thunder.
The quiet, but deadly assassin versus the pompous, self-proclaimed “King” James.

Kevin Durant has been quietly building a reputation as the most dangerous scorer the NBA has to offer. His jump shot and overall basketball game has been referred to as beautiful while some fans consider Lebron’s game to be ugly and clunky, without any sort of finesse. The man who coined the expression “taking my talents to South Beach” is considered the villain in this NBA finals whereas Kevin Durant is looked at as a savior to some. The last hope of preventing Lebron from winning that elusive first championship.

So why am I rooting for Lebron James & the Miami Heat?

The answer is more complex than you may believe. To put it simply, I’m tired of the hate. There is a difference between dislike for a player and hatred. This is one of the most scrutinized athletes of all time. Lebron entered the league during a time when social media was taking off. Myspace. A few years later, Facebook. Followed by Twitter. Every single move that Lebron makes is documented and judged by the fans.

I used to be one of these haters. It took a Game 7 45-point outburst in a losing effort against the Boston Celtics before I realized I was a hater. If you asked me in 2009 why I hated Lebron I’d tell you one or more of these three things:

1. He’s a crybaby.
2. He’s overrated.
3. I just don’t like him.

Now tell me, which of these three reasons carry weight?

None of them.

For the same reasons I stopped hating Kobe Bryant, I stopped hating Lebron James. We’re privileged as NBA fans to watch one of the greatest NBA players of all-time as he continues his career and we as fans are content on criticizing him every step of the way.

So why do we hate Lebron James so much? Ask any fan and I’m sure they’ll say something similar to these reasons:

1. He quit on Cleveland.
2. He’s not clutch.
3. He’s a crybaby.
4. He had to join up with other great players in order to win.
5. He doesn’t live his life how we want him to.

According to , a “quitter” is a person who gives up easily. At one point in his career did he “give up easily?” Couldn’t have been in Cleveland. Lebron carried the city of Cleveland on his back for 7 long years. SEVEN YEARS. And the best help you got him was an over-the-hill Shaquille O’Neal and ANTWAN JAMISON?? Think about this, this man brought the Cavs to the finals with Mo Williams in a starring role. Mo Williams. Just keep repeating that to yourself. Cleveland fans should appreciate what Lebron brought to the city and not laugh as owner Dan Gilbert acts like a 14-year-old in a written letter.

He’s not clutch? Sure, he had a dramatic meltdown versus the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Since everyone seems to use this Game 6 as the sole reason Lebron isn’t clutch, have we forgotten about the 2007 Eastern Conference finals?

Did this just never happen?

In a potential closeout game for the Boston Celtics during this year’s Eastern Conference finals, I guess Lebron didn’t completely dominate the game at Boston. I guess this just never happened.

He’s a crybaby? What NBA star do you know that doesn’t whine after every foul call? Is Lebron James really the only NBA player who flops?

Argument #4 is the worst. Let me ask the haters this, have you ever been to Miami? If I had a choice between Cleveland & South Beach, I’d have informed Dan Gilbert before the 2009-10 season ever ended that I’d be leaving. So what if he went and played with one great player and another pretty good player.

Did Michael not play with Scottie?
Kobe and Shaq never happened?
Magic, Kareem & Worthy was a dream?
Hakeem didn’t play with Clyde Drexler???
And don’t even get me started on the starting fives of the 80’s Pistons & Celtics.

If Lebron figured out that the best way to win that ring was to align himself with D Wade & Chris Bosh, then so be it. At the end of your career, all that really matters is if you won or not. I’d rather play 15 years for Miami and win two championships than 15 years for Cleveland and never win anything.

But you know why I think people hate Lebron deep down inside? People don’t like it when an athlete divulges from the norm. Lebron & Chris Bosh took destiny in their own hands and joined forces, doing something fans aren’t used to seeing. People don’t know how to handle themselves when a player makes a move for himself. Lebron’s press conference comments reminding fans that at the end of the day, they still have to wake up to their jobs while he wakes up to his own was one of the realest things an athlete has ever said. You get mad at athletes for being fake, but when they say some real shit, they’re out of line.

Let this man live. Stop getting caught up in the hyperbole that the media creates and form your own opinion. The haters have become so ridiculous that I’m switching sides and rooting for Lebron James to rise above the hate. I’m rooting for Lebron James to win his first championship over the likable Kevin Durant because I realize we may not see another complete player like him for years and it would be a shame for him to not win a ring.

And if you must hate on the guy, hate him for a valid reason. He raises millions for charity while taking less money for a better chance to win. Don’t hate him for controlling his own destiny.

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