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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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2013…What I’ve liked and disliked (so far)

Personally, 2013 has been a wonderful year for me. New relationships, good times, decent money, new ideas….I can’t complain. So far this year, we’ve seen the Golden Globes, new hip-hop albums from A$ap Rocky and Joe Budden, the National Championship and the Super Bowl.

The news hasn’t disappointed either with interesting and sometimes sad stories filling our television screens.Here’s what I’ve liked so far:

 


 

Artists I support racking up Grammys:
Watching the 2013 Grammy Awards was like one triumphant fist bump after another for me. After an entire year of singing the praises of Frank Ocean, Miguel & The Black Keys, all three collected awards at this year’s show.

 

The actual Super Bowl game:
Although I could care less about either team, I was surprised to see a competitive and hard-fought game. I found myself leaning towards the Ravens but being non-committed to either team, my emotions wavered the entire game. Did Joe Flacco take that invisible next step this game?

 

Beyonce Halftime Performance:
Not the biggest fan of her music as it seems to not be catered towards my demo….but….she killed it. I even enjoyed the Destiny’s Child mini-reunion. If you hate Beyonce at this point, accept your invitation to next year’s Playa Hater’s Ball.

 

ASAP Rocky’s First Week sales:
Normally having your album leak a month before it’s due would be a death curse….not for one of Harlem’s own. Rocky sold around 140k his first week. I even bought the deluxe best buy copy as I’m a sucker for t-shirts.

 

Season Four of Justified:


One of the best shows on television continued it’s fourth season this year. If early action of the first half of the season continue, this could be the best season of the series yet. The acting is as good as you’ll see on television.

 

Watching Sloane Stephens defeat Serena Williams in the Australian Open:
As much as I support Serena, it was good to see her eventual successor as best American female tennis player get her first big victory over such a polarizing figure. More wins will come Sloane.

 

The Silver Linings Playbook; A Haunted House:
I was pleasantly surprised by the The Silver Linings Playbook; great cast, interesting story and even slight and not overbearing humor. I’ll listen more often to movies a special person recommends to me from now on. Meanwhile A Haunted House was exactly what I expected it to be: not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination but gets the job done by making me laugh. That’s all I ask from the Wayans Brothers.

 

Mixtapes keep getting better:
We are all spoiled by the hip-hop mixtape game. Rappers are putting out album quality tapes and because of the quantity of music released in this day and age, most of the music only has replay value for a week or less. Gucci Mane kept pushing with Trap God 2, Pusha T might have reignited his buzz with Wrath of Caine and Kevin Gates threw his name into the Newcomer of the Year hat with the Luca Brasi story.

 

Mike Will Made It Breakfast Club Interview:

 

This interview not only let me get a look into the mind of one of the hottest producers out at the moment, but also showed me that Mike just sees music in a different light than anyone else doing it in hip-hop.

 

JT is back:
When Justin Timberlake announced he was returning to music, I had no idea he meant so soon. He dropped “Suit & Tie” to rave reviews before releasing “Mirrors.” With artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel & The Weeknd, maybe this will be what R&B needs to return to relevance. At best, maybe it will help Trey Songz put more thought and emotion into his music.

 

 

Chris Brown:
Just when you think it’s safe to like Chris Brown, he does something to make you remember why you don’t care for him in the first place. Until further notice, Chris Brown will be referred to as “Chris Shakur” since he seems to think he’s thugging. This year so far has seen Chris Brown get into a fight with Frank Ocean over a parking spot(allegedly) and injure his hand. We don’t know who started the fight but I think I’d rather spew my venom to the woman-beating, gay-slur screaming psycho Chris Shakur.

 

Lupe Fiasco kicked off stage at an Inauguration Party for anti-Obama remarks:
Now even though the real loser in this situation is whoever invited Lupe, Lupe is going to take the blame here. Whether you like President Obama or not, the event was in support of the President. Instead, this idiot comes on stage and starts to preach his alien nonsense before being thrown off stage. Are you really going to trust a man who dressed as Whoopi Goldberg for the Grammy’s?

 

Beef in Hip-Hop:
What a sad day we live in when 2013 beef consists of Meek Mill vs. Cassidy & Drake vs. Chris Brown. Does anyone care about Meek & Cassidy? Instead of focusing so much of his attention on Cassidy, Meek Mill should focus on making a better second album after setting a new standard for mediocrity with Dreams and Nightmares. 

And I can’t be the only one who feels as if Drake vs. Chris Brown is equivalent to Letoya Luckett vs. Kelly Rowland? These are two guys arguing over the affection of Rihanna. RIHANNA. Not a good look for either of them.

 

Steve Francis sneaking into All-Star Weekend looking fresh off a 30-year bid:

 

Let’s see….we’ve got up-and-coming rapper French Montana. NBA Legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving. And what looks like Dr J’s cracked-out older brother…oh wait…that’s just Steve Francis.

I have no desire to see any of my favorite players after a certain age. After watching Mitch Richmond in the celebrity all star game last year,  I was scared for life. Steve Francis is only 35 years old.  And he already resembles a junkie. The years have not been good to Stevie Franchise.

 

Manti Teo: A Catfish Story
Whether Teo was really Catfish’d or not, one thing is clear: the guy has the IQ of a potato. How do you get duped for three years? The worst part of all this? I was all in on Teo winning the Heisman and a big reason for this was what he had to overcome during the season.

 

The Lakers sink to new lows:


Here’s your starting five: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. How can you be so bad? Old, yes. Slow, definitely. Injury-ridden, of course. But a team with three MVPs and too many all-star appearances to count shouldn’t be this terrible.

 

People complaining and arguing Kaleidoscope Dream over Channel Orange:
Do I prefer MIguel’s album to Frank’s? I do. But do I feel it was a big urban misjustice to see Frank nomimated? Not at all. Both great albums with their  individual flaws, but Frank winning more isn’t a slight to Miguel. It’s a sign of more good things to come from music.

 

Lil’ Wayne finding new lows for lyricism:
“Beat that p**** up like Emmett Till”
This is an actual line from the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop,” an otherwise great, high-energy song featuring Lil’ Wayne. This is the problem with music: too many yes men. I’m sure during the process of recording, someone  heard this lyric and hated it. Yet no one said anything because he’s Lil’ Wayne. Even Stevie Wonder had a problem with this.

 

The existence of Azealia Banks:


She makes headlines for her controversies more so than her music. You forget the chick can actually spit because she just doesn’t know when to shut up. I can’t support artists like this. If you’re going to constantly let trolls such as Perez Hilton continue to bait you, you’re never going to get anywhere.

 

Lost rappers remain lost:
Who told Master P it was a good idea to keep rapping? Oh yeah, someone with an ice cream cone on their face. Master P,trying to rekindle magic from the mid-90’s recruits Alley Boy & Fat Trel for a mixtape titled, “Louie V Mob” and no one checked for it. Kris Kross is apparently considering a comeback. For the last time, would someone let lost rappers know the truth! I’m more surprised Kris Kross are even still in contact with each other, much less considering a comeback.

 

Stay tuned for my next blog post concerning the next artists to blow….

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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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