Somewhere Timofey Mozgov is shaking his head.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Looks like someone wants a do over.
According to New York's Power 105.1 FM radio personality Angela Yee's rumor report, King James wants out of Miami as soon as he can opt out in 2014. James is said to not be happy with the style of coach Erik Spoelstra.
Really? Cue the violins....
And wait, it gets better. Guess where LeBron wants to go if he leaves Miami?
Wait for it...
Back to Cleveland! (Cue laugh track)
You read that right. Rumor has it LeBron wants to go back to Cleveland as soon as it is possible for him to leave Miami. If this is remotely true....
This is the ultimate case of the grass is greener syndrome. He had his legacy set in Cleveland. He already made an appearance in the NBA Finals with no one of note to play with in 2007. All he had to do was say "I'm staying in Cleveland. I'm going to finish what I started". He would have a bronze statue erected. You had Byron Scott coming in as coach, a GM and owner that brought in any and anybody to help get you over the playoff hump...
LeBron was arguably the most coveted free agent in NBA history two years ago. With one "Decision" James changed the entire landscape of the NBA and unfortunately made it popular to stockpile All-star players on one team in the process. When James infamously took his "talents to South Beach" before the 2010-2011 season he officially turned his back on the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers team that drafted him first overall in 2003.
It is common knowledge now what happened next: critics came from far and wide that LeBron could never be Michael Jordan (the player he idolized and whose number 23 he wore during his time in Cleveland), he was selfish, he was chasing a ring, etc. For all the reasons LeBron gave that July 8th 2010 to Jim Gray for why he bolted to Miami and the ensuing pat-on-the-back pre-season welcome celebration where he promised "not 5, not 6, not 7" championships for Miami, now he wants to leave before winning 1 ring?
Cleveland fans burned his jersey on live television, they cried in their beer with the hot lights of television cameras in their faces. Do you really think they would take LeBron back???
In a heartbeat they would! Ain't that much pride in the world! LeBron remains Clevelnad's best chance to win a title in any sport. But hey, 2014 is still two years away. It may be Kyrie Irving's team by then. That would be awesome if Cleveland told LeBron thanks, but no thanks.....
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Happy 2012 to all loyal readers, passersby, et al.
Thank you for taking the time out to stop by my blog to read my "Thoughts of the Day". I am well aware that I have not posted a thought in almost a month and I apologize for my extended absence. And, no I am not losing my mind in the above photo (taken during the fall of 2011), I was just wishing I was in a year-round warm weather climate to avoid this season called Winter (actually, it is an outtake from the cover of my book of short stories to be released this spring simply titled "Shorts").
2012 is a year of new beginnings for me and my family and it has started off great with a new move, new vehicle, new refreshing start, just NEW!
Thank God for the gift of life, my lovely wife, son, immediate and extended family, true friends and YOU (people I have never met) for checking in to see my ramblings everyday. With the new move came loss of wireless internet access, thus part of the reason I went on the milk carton for 28 days.
Well blog friends, I am still getting settled in to my new surroundings, but I am back online and "Pass The Torch" is still available:
at Createspace.com www.createspace.com/3566686 Amazon.com, Amazon kindle, and other retailers. I want to thank everyone who has purchased a copy and given feedback. Reviews have been very good (and I didn't have to pay anyone to get them)! Don't believe?
I have people asking for my second book (I am truly humbled) - not completed, for the record, people telling me they watch movies like "Boyz N' Da Hood" and "Menace II Society" in a different way because of my analysis. Very encouraging.
Understatement of the year so far: A lot has happened in the world of entertainment in the past 28 days which I would have had a field day with on this platform of free speech, but instead I will attempt to summarize the stories I would have touched on.
The New York Knicks stink. Head coach Mike D'Antoni must go! I am sure Tyson Chandler wishes he was still in Dallas right about now. Knicks need to get point guard Deron Williams (and his sick crossover) from the swamp asap! Forget about Chris Paul.
Since my last blog entry where I shared New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' phenomenal passing yards record achievement, his team was unceremoniously bounced from the NFL playoffs in stunning fashion by the San Francisco 49ers and their QB Alex Smith who matched Brees score for score including the game winning strike to tight end Vernon Davis who channeled his inner Terrell Owens after the catch by balling like a newborn as he walked off the field and into his coach's arms (Owens, a member of the 49ers at the time, also sobbed wildly after a playoff game in 1998 where he was plagued by dropped passes, but caught the one that mattered to win the game against Green Bay).
The 49ers went on to lose the NFC Championship game to the NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS... sorry, got a little excited - to set up a Super Bowl XLII rematch between the Giants and the New England Patriots. The Giants took out the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers discount double checking QB Aaron Rodgers back to his sofa with a 37-20 drubbing, which could have been worse if the zebras (referees) did not miss a few calls that led to Green Bay touchdowns. Giants QB Eli Manning, who took heat for stating before the season that he was an elite NFL quarterback, proved that he belonged in the same sentence as Tom Brady and his brother Peyton Manning by throwing a record 15 4th quarter TD's during the regular season and orchestrating a league leading six game-winning drives.
In politics, the bumbling Texas govenor Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann finally took the hint and dropped out of the GOP race. The caucases got under way and after Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, there is still not a clear front runner as three different candidates won each (Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich respectively). This looks like a two man race between Gingrich and Romney with Gingrich having to answer to allegations he was a swinger while married to his second wife. His second wife, who married Gingrich after being a mistress during his first marriage, disclosed that Gingrich approached her about having an open marriage because he did not want to end the relationship with his new mistress who turned out to be his current wife. You can't make this stuff up.
Barack Obama kicked off his campaign for re-election with a State Of The Union address that called for an end to the spiteful bickering between parties and a resolution to problems that affect all Americans. The man is so charismatic (who quotes Abraham Lincoln?) and knowledgeable and has done a good job with the dump truck of manure he inherited.... FOUR MORE YEARS!
Russell Brand and Katy Perry split up after a little over a year of marriage. I'm shocked. I thought they would last forever....
Seal and Heidi Klum (seriously, I thought they would last - she was pregnant every year after all) have gone separate ways, Ashton Kutcher has driven Demi Moore to drink after screwing around with another woman on the DAY of his wedding anniversary! Can't get any more disrespectful than that, Twitter philosopher (Kutcher is known for leaving weird tweets trying to drop knowledge against tabloids who have accurately reported on his infidelities).
American Idol came back for another season to lower ratings (no surprise here with former Idol judge Simon Cowell's vehicle X-Factor and NBC's version The Voice). And let's be real, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are judging singing talent?? Did anyone hear Tyler butcher the National Anthem during the AFC Championship Game last Sunday? The Anthem is not meant to be sung in the same key as "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" (one of my favorite songs, by the way). And J-Lo we know is a studio artist.
Sadly, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer just two months after being diagnosed and lost the only job he knew amid scandal. While cancer is the official cause of death, the way Paterno's condition deteriorated so quickly after being fired from Penn State, you have to believe the man died of stress and depression about the way his career ended. Come on, the man was ready to coach the Saturday after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke. He told the school he would retire after he finished the season. You mean to tell me if Paterno would have been allowed to finish the season that at the end of December he would have left Penn State then died less than a month later? Terrible way for this coaching legend to go out. I just hope his coaching legacy as well as the good he has done for so many people during the course of his life is not completely wiped out by this dark final chapter (somewhere a writer is feverishly penning the screenplay for a Joe Paterno movie - the Greek-like tragic ending to Joe Pa's life almost demands it).
In baby news, I guess Beyonce's pregnancy was real (although people are still saying she used a surrogate) as she and hubby Jay-Z welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter on January 7th. Jay-Z and Beyonce are notoriously obsessed with the number 4 (Jay was born on December 4th and Bey on September 4th and they were married on April 4th) that I am surprised the labor wasn't induced so the baby could arrive on January 4th. But both parents took care of their "4" fetish, if you will, with the name. Blue is Jay-Z's favorite hue (read: color) and Ivy represents the Roman numeral "IV" which stands for 4. Is that all? They could have strategically flipped Blue's birthday and got 4 out of it. Take her birth date January 7th (1 plus 7 equals 8, divided by 2 parents or minus "IV" and you get 4). No? Too much time on my hands to even think about that equation, you say? I bet they thought about a way to spin that. I can see the argument:
Jay-Z: "How could you have her on the 7th, Bey? You know we're all about "4" in this family!"
Bey: I'm sorry, what do you want me to do, put both hands over my (organ) and hold her in?
Jay-Z: *u#k! What we gonna do about this? Gotta come up with something.
Bey: 1+7=8 divided by two parents born on the 4th.
Jay-Z: Nah that's weak. Blueprint 4! Blue I-V... Blue Ivy! Genius.....
LOL... Blessed 2012 to all. I'm back!!!
Just my thoughts ladies and gentlemen...