Category Archives: basketball

Laker Lebron

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LeBron James has taken his talents to Hollywood. But fans aren’t burning his jersey this time around. After all, he’s the greatest athlete who ever lived.

He brought Cleveland its first major professional championship since Jim Brown did the same in 1964. (The previous greatest athlete who ever lived.)

Laker LeBron

LeBron accepted a four year offer from the Lakers for $153 million. And he turned down a five year deal from the Cavs for $205 million. He had his reasons.

When LeBron took his talents to South Beach there was bitterness. There were petty complaints. Some even said he was a cheap tipper. But he just now left $53 million on the table.

The Real NCAA Basketball Scandal

real NCAA basketball scandal

LeBron James says the NCAA is corrupt.

I’ve always heard the narrative that they get a free education, but you guys are not bringing me on campus to get an education, you guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship…the NCAA is corrupt, we know that. Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.

Of course LeBron avoided corruption by ascending into the NBA straight out of high school.

Here’s The Real NCAA Basketball Scandal

The players are the only ones who don’t get paid. Legally.

Kentucky coach John Calipari thinks players should be able to get loans using their pro potential as collateral. Kind of like an advance to an author from a publisher. But what if you’re not a pro prospect? Too bad. You’re lucky to get a scholarship.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the Scandal according ESPN.

 

Fellow Traveler Dennis Rodman

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Dennis Rodman flew under the radar on his recent trip to North Korea. He arrived the same day Otto Warmbier was released from prison there. Otto soon died from brain injuries sustained during his 17 months of incarceration.

Rodman was uninjured on his trip. Guess he didn’t steal any souvenirs.

Dennis Rodman

A USA Today story says Rodman seems to be taking credit for Otto’s release. “I was just so happy to see the kid released,”  “Later that day, that’s when we found out he was ill, no one knew that. We jumped up and down … Some good things came of this trip.”

The State Department and Otto’s father say Rodman “had nothing to do with his release.”

The Block

The BlockBefore game three of the NBA final series against Golden State, Number 23 noticed old Number 32 in the stands. LeBron James trotted over and bowed to Jim Brown. Brown was pleased. He called the salute, “one of my greatest sports moments.”

One of his other great moments was The NFL Championship in 1964. It was Cleveland’s last major sports title, until LeBron and his co-workers ended 52 years of frustration Sunday night.

The Block

Brown and James bookended five decades of sports despair. Hope was crushed during those years by “The Drive“, “The Fumble“, and “The Shot.”

But now we have “The Block.”

LeBron used speed, grace, and power, to chase down Andre Iguodala and smash his layup into the glass.  At Deadspin Chris Thompson called it, “the greatest individual athletic feat in a game of basketball that I have ever seen.”

It reminded me of Jim Brown’s second, third, and fourth efforts half a century ago.

I’m still watching The Block – over and over. You can too, herehere, here, and here.

LeBron the jerk

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Go here to see some of  my less gushing LeBron cartoons through the years.

 

 

 

 

Cruz in Suspected Basketball Ring

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In case you haven’t seen the Cruz Basketball Ring Speech, SB Nation has video here.