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In January 2017 Lonzo Ball was positioned well within the NBA lottery on multiple Draft-centered websites. DraftExpress.com had Ball going fourth overall, and the website had Ball ranked fourth among its top 100 Draft-eligible prospects. NBADraft.net had Ball as its first overall pick, and Aran Smith ranked Ball fourth on his list of the top 100 Draft-eligible prospects. Chad Ford of ESPN.com ranks Ball second on his list of the top 100 Draft-eligible prospects.

All of these website also had UCLA, Lonzo Ball’s team making the Final Four. The top 12 NBA prospects moved up the draft board, except for markelle fultz, due to their NCAA performance. Dennis Smith moved down the draft board, but he tore his ACL in August 2016.
Lonzo Ball had a weak NCAA performance scoring 10 points, being outplayed in every way by Kentunky’s De’Arron Fox, 39 points, but Lonzo still moved up the draft board. Lonzo was going to be drafted and he is a big time talent. Some people were concerned about his awkward shot and his horrible 65 free throw shooting percentage but on top of those concerns came the horrible NCAA tournament, yet he still moved up the draft board.
Why?
In The Gym Range had Lonzo Ball going 5th overall just before the March NCAA tournament and strangely enough that is when Lonzo’s father, the outspoken Lavar Ball began making regular appearances on well-known sports talk shows like ESPN’s First Take and Fox’s Undisputed.

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In March 2017, LaVar Ball remarked that Lonzo was a better player than current NBA MVP Stephen Curry. By mid-March he was asserting that Lonzo was better than Jason Kidd,  LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. The memes and videos of Lavar’s appearances spiraled out of control. By the start of the NCAA tournament some draft boards had Lonzo as the #1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Meanwhile Lavar said that his son Lonzo was going to be a Los Angeles Laker, the Lakers had the #2 pick.
UCLA fell to Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA Division I Tournament, Lonzo Ball had two uninspiring performances in each game. Before the tournament T.J. Leaf UCLA’s Power Forward was projected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. After UCLA’s tournament performance some sites dropped Leaf to the 28th pick.
LaVar Ball said, “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow.” After this causal sport fans began to question Lavar’s parenting skill and techniques. However, Lavar Ball was ratings gold and and must-see tv for morning sports shows. See the sports gods know that Lavar as two more very good basketball playing sons coming through pipeline. They were using him for ratings, but he was going to be around for awhile.

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LaVar was ready to handle any backlash thrown his way. Lavar knew that this promotion was tied to college basketball, so Lavar expanded his on-air boasting to include himself. “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one. He’s too light in the ass.” This boast prompted Charles Barkley to challenged LaVar to play one-on-one. With each appearance LaVar’s statements grew bolder, he said that he believed his three sons would be worth $1 billion for a shoe deal.
LaVar compared Lonzo to Magic Johnson and said his boy would bring showtime back to LA. There were circulating rumors that the L.A. Lakers wanted Lonzo and that Lonzo was a game changer. Most shows, articles and social medianites mused that Lavar had put too much pressure on his son and hurt his sons draft stock. In the tournament Lonzo Ball was outplayed in both of his match ups with top five picks at his position. Naturally, you would assume that draft boards would charted Lonzo (who was 5th) as losing ground to other top guards.

Lavar Savage
The big picture was that the NBA, the fans and the media want a light-skin toned ball player to promote. Lavar Ball was smart enough to realize that he was now part of the machine and his next moves proves it. In April, Lavar shifted from basketball and said that his family’s Big Baller Brand apparel company, would compete with Nike. The following week, Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas declined to sign an endorsement deal with Lonzo, according to LaVar.

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On May 4, 2017, Big Baller Brand announced its first signature shoes, the ZO2, with a retail price of $495 to be shipped on November 24. Shaquille O’Neal criticized Ball for overpricing the shoes. Dick Vitale took aim at the price by citing Lonzo’s performance against Kentucky at the NCAA Tournament. Social Media and sports talks shows were highly critical. Ball answered critics by posting on Twitter, “If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!”
By now surely people had forgotten any remnants of NCAA tournament and Lonzo’s poor performances, but how could the man with the megaphone be sure…A week later he tweeted, “LaVar Ball: Lonzo Ball ‘Only Working Out’ For Lakers; Predicts Playoff Drought Ends With Son In L.A.”

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And on draft night the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the 2nd overall pick, and the fans rejoiced saying Lonzo Ball is the perfect fit. If Lonzo had fallen like he normally would have the Lakers could have traded down, gained additional picks and still drafted Ball. Lavar’s hype and the NBA’s need to have a lighter-skin tone person to train camera’s on prevented the Lakers from making additional moves.
After the playoff it was clear that the Celtics didn’t need a point guard and the other top point guards had outperformed Lonzo.

Lavar Is Trying To Get Off The Plantation

The Celtics traded the #1 pick. Magic Johnson said “Lonzo is the new face of the Lakers.” and then he signed him to a 4 year $33 million dollar contact. If Ball had fallen to #10 and the Lakers could have traded down, Lonzo’s contract would have been 4 year $14 million dollars…So Thank Dad.

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All of LaVar Ball statements and boasting elevated his son’s draft stock, an basically doubled his contract. The boasting also increased the spotlight on Lonzo Ball, increased the expectations and of course it has brought out the racist. I am sure that was a calculation by Lavar, get the psychos to hate him and not his son. Almost every negative commentary on LaVar Ball is about his parenting skills, his mouth almost of the comments are sprinkled with overtly or coded racist language.

The elder Ball has become one of the most visible figures in basketball due to his tireless promotion of his talented brood and his seemingly magnetic attraction to any microphone or camera pointed his way. The audacious absurdity of Lavar’s decades-long plan to get all three of his three boys to the NBA is exceeded only by the increasingly bold, eye-roll-inducing boasts that made him a one-man 24-hour news cycle.
Lavar raises the bar and his sons keep sailing over it, checking boxes, and stuffing their resumes with head-scratching feats, like LiAngelo 72 points and LaMelo 92 point games. Yes, all three brothers played on the Chino Hills high school national championship team, systematically destroying every scoring records they could find.

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LaVar toned it down during the NBA Finals, he even wore suits to his on-air segments while promoting his son’s $1,000 shoe (which are signed and come in a lighted case). He also claimed that he can’t play Jordan or Barkley one-on-one anymore due to he fact that he’s is ‘retired and now a CEO.’

People don’t even like Lavar due to his constant bombastic nature. He talks the way he talks to everyone, but when a women, especially a white woman is involved they call him sexist only because that’s the agenda Ace card to put him in his place. That’s how you turn all women against him, and that’s how you get his supporters to discredit him. You see the media used him as they elevated him, and they will use him as they lower him. At the end of the day Lavar is a Black man and Black men can’t behave as if they have no master, as if they set the rules, and they can’t talk anyway they want to white women…that’s a definite no-no.

Being sexist is easy for people to fathom, but believing that the NBA wants to promote lighter skin tone Black players isn’t. Although, fans do seem to accept that to sports shows must have two or three black athletes/ex-coachs/ex-presidents and one white person as the slave-mast, err moderator and that somehow little blonde hair, blue-eyed white women keep getting sports show gigs and side-line reporter jobs. not to mention how if you look really carefully that white sportscasters have their chair elevated, making the black ex-player commentator seem shorter…in hierarchy.

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Fans doesn’t want to believe that they just witnessed the NBA and sports media orchestrate colorism. We want to believe that these players marketability have nothing to do with it skin tone. To accept this we would have to also accept that we, the fan, the poster, the commentator, are apart of elevating lighter skin tone Blacks over darker ones, even if we didn’t notice.

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Instead of the NBA being concerned with the imbalance in conferences they are worried about racial politics. Here are some headlines from this years articles: “LeBron versus #TeamLightBright.”, “The Golden Skinned Warriors.” “the Splash Brothers look like they maybe have a splash of coffee in their cream.”, “Too Pretty to Play”
Sports Racial Politics

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“When i first met Curry, I thought he was white,” Kevin Durant said. He was the only one who said it out loud.
“I’ve never seen anything like that light-skinned dude,” Allen Iverson said.
“Steph is light-skinned, so they want to make him out to be soft.”- Draymond Green, Steph Curry’s teammate
“The Light-Skin Movement is very strong, “It’s Light Time,” Austin Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers

NBA players, including LeBron James have taken note of this ‘light privilege’ and have questioned the sports media and the NBA’s quick promotion of Stephen Curry, all the way down to his little daughter Riley. Klay Thompson can play and Curry had a great year, but soon LeBron James was taking a backseat to Curry.
Exploiting people’s internal biases is a marketing mainstay, before Curry it was the Los Angeles Clipper’s Blake Griffin, who because of his skin tone had a ‘broad cultural appeal’, he was advertiser’s golden boy.
Griffin NBA’s Golden Boy

After Stephen Curry won the NBA’s 2016 MVP Award Lebron James said “If you do it by a year-to-year basis, I think sometimes the word ‘valuable’ or best player of the year, you can have different results.” Curry ignored LeBron’s chaffing and most people chalked it up to jealousy, but LeBron, like Kanye at the MTV Awards, saw what was happening and wasn’t going to let it go down without saying something.
LeBron Doesn’t Like Steph…

Over the last three seasons the Golden State Warrior have won more games than any other team. The Golden State Warriors are fronted by Curry and Thompson, dubbed the Splash Brothers and both are light skin toned men who can shoot. They have won two out of the last three NBA titles, but in the off-season everyone talks about the Lakers, but now the Lakers has its own light-skin tone to promote.

Shot mechanics…suspect, ball handling…suspect, passing…pretty good but don’t worry because of course Lonzo Ball will have a little help to make sure he does well. NBA Summer League games are packed and Facebook is producing a Ball Family reality show, maybe this Ball hype and the NBA seems to be more alive than ever, so maybe hype is all the fans really want or need. Los Angeles is a major market, this historic team returning to greatest will be a big benefit to the NBA, fans and the Los Angeles Lakers will lead a lot of story lines, and don’t forget that Lavar Ball will be along for the ride.

 

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There are no accidents

The NBA likes to populate the good white players to play in Indiana, Utah and Boston. Right now the NBA is planning to separate Klay Thompson to another team, so this promotion will spread, rumors are already circulating.

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In 2009 Kevin Love was taken fifth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies, on draft night he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the third overall selection O.J. Mayo. That draft night trade is one of the worst trades in NBA history. Mayo is arrogant, flashy and pretty much uncoachable. Kevin Love just may be the best Power Forward of all time. So why doesn’t anyone know who Kevin Love is?

1. Hes’ White:

Love wont say it, the media wont say it…so I will. In his rookie season he was not selected to the NBA All Star Weekend Rookie Challenge. Though he finished his rookie the season ninth in the league in rebounding, first among rookies, and third in total offensive rebounds. He led all rookies with 29 double-doubles, the most by a Timberwolves rookie in franchise history. He was first in offensive rebound percentage. He was the first rookie to lead the league since Hakeem Olajuwon did it in 1984 Somehow he was only named to the 2009 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and finished a distant sixth in Rookie of the Year voting, O.J. Mayo was second.

The following season he finished the season ranked as the NBA’s best rebounder per 48 minutes (18.4), besting Dwight Howard (18.3)…But he has no flashy nickname. He became the 19th player to record a “30–30” game, when he recorded 31 points along with a career-high 31 rebounds, a franchise record and were also the most by a player in an NBA game since Charles Barkley’s 33 rebounds in a game in 1996. He scored a career-high 43 points and had 17 rebounds in December. Kevin Love had 34 straight double-doubles, averaging 21.4 points and a league best 15.5 rebounds per game and shooting 44% from 3 point range, yet with these numbers he was not voted to the All-Star game nor was he selected as an All-Star reserve, he had to be selected by Commissioner David Stern as a replacement for the injured Yao Ming. He achieved four 30-point, 20-rebound games in the season, and tied Minnesota’s team records for made and attempted free throws. In March Love’s consecutive double-double streak ended at 53 games. It was the longest streak since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, surpassing Malone’s 51-game streak from 1979 to 1980,  yet he is not signed to Air Jordan.

Love’s 51 point game broke Kevin Garnett’s franchise high of 47 points, shooting 7 of 11 from three-point range and 16 of 27 from the field, 14 rebounds, a steal and a block in only 49 minutes and became the first player to score 51+ points and grab 14+ boards since Dirk Nowitizki in 2004 yet he is not a household name.

2011-2012: Love began the season with 15 double double, the first player to do so since 1992. To further punctuate this Kevin Love participated 2012 NBA All Star Three-Point Shootout and defeated Kevin Durant in the final tie-breaking round to win the contest. Now, Kevin Love is also the NBA three-Point Champion, yet he is not a video game cover athlete. He became the first player in NBA history to record 35 points, 10 rebounds and hit five three-pointers in consecutive games. He is the first player to average at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a season since Malone in 1982. I don’t see these firsts or records breaking following Lebron James or Derek Rose. Even more telling is that best player in the NBA  does Not have a million dollar shoe contract with Nike, Adidas, Rebox and other companies with which the lesser talented and darker background players have signed with, Love has contract with China’s 361 Degrees.

2. He’s in Minnesota

Minnesota’s media market is about the size of Memphis’ and Milwaukee’s. Granted that Minnesote isn’t exactly the hottest vacation spot, but Kevin Love isn’t getting love on Fox Sports, NBA network or ESPN sport center highlights, even though they refer to him as “relentless” and “the most dominate rebounder” in the NBA. Once relegated to footnotes on the sports ticker, soon the media will latch on to him as his numbers become harder and harder to ignore, they will start to praise his game, his efficiency, yet never acknowledging their slowness was due to his race. Is Minnesota a small NBA market? Maybe, but it is also the same market that made Latrell Sprewell, Sam Cassell and Kevin Garnett (KG) famous. It is the same market where Garnett earned his MVP award. Kevin Love is putting up far better numbers than Kevin Garnett ever did. Kevin Garnett is revered for his blue collar worker ethic, consistency and hard work, in the same mold of Moses Malone. Moses Malone is heralded as not only the most dominant player of his era, but of all time. At present time Kevin Love best both of these players, so why doesn’t Kevin Love get a nod as being a hard worker in the midst of his season for the ages?

3. He’s not flashy:

Neither was Mark Price or John Stockton. Kevin Love doesn’t have an entourage. He doesn’t have an edge. He doesn’t have a sad or tragic backstory. He is not from a European or Asian country. He isn’t shooting threes and giving thanks to his god. He isn’t power dunking and yelling. He isn’t throwing no-look passes. He isn’t trying to break someone ankles…Everything he is doing, he is doing to win. Does this mean that his stats, points and rebounds are to be viewed as useless, empty?  He is also a Christian….why no Love…see #1

Americans don’t root for the underdog and sports commentators aren’t honest. Those with media credentials should be called to answer as to why not a single one of them gave him a MVP vote in 2011. His record breaking, record setting double-double streak in the 2011 season alone warranted MVP votes. His stats this season demand the MVP award, regardless of record. Why should Kobe, Durant, Lebron or Wade get the MVP Award? Kobe has Gasol and Bynum, Durant has Westbrook, Wade has Lebron. Each of the MVP favorites have an advertising campaign supported by the NBA to push these players to  the forefront. Why not Love?

The NBA is constantly pushing the much overrated Carmelo Anthony and underachieving Blake Griffin. Griffin is a spectacular dunker, but his game hasn’t improved in his time with the L.A. Clippers. Griffin should be leading the team, but he isn’t. Blake has zero low post moves, refuses to develop a mid-range jumper and when the pressure is on he shoots air-balls from the free throw line. Kevin Love has dropped 32 and 21 on Anthony, 38 and 17 on Griffin and this season through seven games he’s averaging 22 and 13 against Griffin. 42 and 10 against Dirk. 27 and 15 against Kobe, Bynum and Gasol. 51 and 14 against Durant and Westbrook. 42 and 10 against Portland’s Lamarcus Aldridge. As for the playing defense question neither Nowitski nor Durant play much defense and neither put up the kind of numbers Love has.

4. Losing record:

Each year with Kevin Love the Minnesota Timberwolves have improved their record. His numbers show that he wants to win. His overall game growth shows that he wants to win. And don’t say that he doesn’t make others better…because he does, he makes his team better, he makes the league better. Don’t say his team has a losing record…The NBA has given the MVP award to players on losing teams before. So why does the media keep overlooking Kevin Love?

Kevin Love isn’t staking a claim to the title of Best Power Forward and He isn’t the best power forward today. He has been the best power forward for awhile. Kevin Love has broken or tied records that have stood for more than three decades. He has created a need for geeks and commentators to track rebound percentages per minute and shot efficiency charts. If the media and NBA would acknowledge these debilitation racial blinders, they could focus on him, it would change the culture of basketball, especially the Power Forward position. Kevin Love has not been in any NBA television promotional commercials this year. Give these kind of stats to Lebron,Wade… hell if you give these kind of stats to Arizza and he would be regarded as the best to ever play the sport. It is deeply sad that the NBA has a legitimate basketball star, who plays the right way, who plays hard every night, a player who just happens to be white, they don’t know where he fits or how to market him.

Witness the fever over the New York Knicks Jeremy Lin. When Lin plays, the television broadcast  show China town, when Lin is not Chinese. ‘I get called everything you can imagine,’ said Jeremy Lin ‘Racial slurs, racial jokes, all having to do with being Asian.’  On the other end of the spectrum is Kevin Love, who has been called “The Best White Player in the NBA”, “His Whiteness” and “Great White Hype”… No this isn’t love. Sport, the NBA and the country has a race problem. The problem isn’t Kevin Love…the problem is us.

 

 

Well, well, in 2012 MVP voting Kevin Love received 58 MVP votes. Glad to know that my articles actually have some reach…even though uncredited.

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Note: Kevin Love is not Shawn Bradley, Eric Montross, Bryant Reeves, Todd Fuller, Keith Van Horn, Raef Lafrentz, Wally Szerbiack, Mike Miller, Chris Mihm, Joel Prizibilla, Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Hinrich, Fredette, Chris Kaman, Robert Swift, Andrew Bogut, Adam Morrison, Spencer Hawes, Tyler Hansbroughk or even Cole Adrich. Kevin Love has seven 30-20 games so far.

There have been many discussions about who the top players are and who the best NBA players ever were. There is always the question of how does one compose a list, do you list them by emotion, stats, position, championships, impact or all of the categories. I am going to list my Starting 5. This list  should put the Top All-Time Players in perspective. (In their prime, all things being equal and with a minimum of  10 years in the league)

My Starting Five

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Wilt Chamberlain  7’1″ 280 lbs

I know people would like to go with Bill Russell, or Shaq here, but honestly Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain was the original “Freak of Nature”.  Yes he scored 100 points in a game, but Wilt, the player, forced the NBA to change so many rules its absurd and he also caused the NBA to widen the lane. Aside from his numerous records and awards he is the only player in NBA history to average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. In case you didn’t know Wilt Chamberlain played for the Harlem Globetrotters and he was the 1st athlete of note to bring volleyball out of the gymnasiums and onto the sand. He may not get the credit, but it was Wilt who gave birth to beach volleyball, it was he who made it popular. He also led the NBA in rebounds for 11 seasons and average of 23 rebounds per game and had 227 consecutive double-doubles.

Power Forward-

Dennis Rodman 6’7″  230 Lbs

I know, most people would have selected Tim Duncan, or Charles Barkley. Rodman at 6’7″ with a wingspan of 7’7″  led the league in rebounds for 7 straight years, including 19 rebounds per game during the 1991-1992 season. What he may lack in height he more than makes up for in pure tenacity. Rodman was  known as a rebounding machine, but even more so for his defensive toughness. Unpredictable, hardworking and unselfish that is what a great teammates are made of . Rodman’s defensive play was the stuff of legend. He made Scottie Pippen cry during the playoff no less. He took his counterparts completely out of the game, he did the dirty work, something that is beneath a lot of players these days. 1989-90, 1990-91 Defensive Player of the Year awards.

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Elgin Baylor 6’6″  225 Lbs

Most of the time I see Larry Bird in this spot, which is mostly due to the 80’s Celtics/Lakers champions games. Elgin was every bit a pure shooter as Bird was, but the key here is that Baylor could actually defend. You don’t get a career average of 28 points and 14 rebounds for nothing. Baylor a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, known for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court. The No. 1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, and an 11-time NBA All-Star.

Shooting Guard

Michael Jordan 6’6″ 220 Lbs.

Often referred to as the best NBA player that has ever lived, but that distinction goes to Wilt Chamberlain. Also known as MJ, or just Jordan. He has five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team selections, nine All-Defensive First Team selections, fourteen NBA All-Star game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steal titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award to top it all off. Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN. His tenacity on both end of the court was unmatched, his selection is a no brainer.

Point Guard

Magic Johnson 6’9″  250 Lbs

At 6′ 9″ the man redefined the point guard position. Magic earned twelve All-Star appearances, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists per game, with an average of 11.2. He is a member of the 700 club,  assists, rebounds, and points in the same season. Three NBA, MVP Awards, nine time NBA Finals appearances.  Johnson was a member of the “Dream Ream”, which is a nickname for the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold in 1992.

 

Bench (13 man  playoff roster)

 

Allen Iverson 6′ 0″ 170 Lbs  (Guard)

Kareem Abdul Jabbar 7′ 1″  250 Lbs. (Center)

 

Kobe Bryant 6′ 7″  210 Lbs. (Shooting Guard)

Tim Duncan 6′ 11″ 260 Lbs (Power Forward)

Shaquille O’Neal 7′ 2″ 325 Lbs. (Center)

Ray Allen 6′ 6″  210 Lbs. (Shooting Guard)

Larry Bird 6′ 9″  220 Lbs. (Small Forward)

 

Oscar Robinson 6′ 5″  220 Lbs (Point Guard)

 

Can your Starting 5 take mine?   

Michael Vick has paid his debt to society. So why is PETA, other organizations and dog lovers still on his case? No one is condoning what he did in killing dogs, when he was the star Quarterbak for the Atlanta Falcons, no one is trying to minimize his actions in that regard.  The fact is that many people believe he was excessively charged and over-sentenced, which was only due to public outcry. Vick got caught doing what he did and while the media eye was on him PETA and the Humane Society pushed their agenda hard, emploring people to go to shelters and get a dog. Being the sensitive human beings that many people claim to be (including then President George Bush) we went out and picked up millions of abandoned dogs from shelters. This mass rescuing of dogs at the time was so prevalent that the pet dog population overtook the pet cat population for the first time in a decades. Then guess what happened? The bottom fell out of the housing market and the recession took hold of the country. People were losing their jobs and homes left and right, they could barely feed their children and now they have to decide whether to feed a dog as well. So those same caring sensitive human beings did what any reasonable dog lover would do, they abandoned their new pets by the thousands…thanks PETA.

This is not to bash PETA because both PETA and I believe in non-captivity. I do not support the enslavement of any animal as does PETA. I believe that enslavement of an animal makes it easier for human beings, us, to accept the mistreatment of people. I had hoped that the outrage expressed towards Michael Vick was not racial in nature (They went after Pedro Martinez as well), but where is this outrage when it does not involve minorities? I have never heard PETA calling to shut down racetracks, or ask for the head of any racehorse owner. These Dog Lovers have never called for kennel club participants to have their Brain Scanned as they did with Mr. Vick. Dog Shows, Dog and Horse Racing means taxes, which means cities and governments profit. The fact is that Las Vegas odds makers will still take bets on Vick’s games even if they are card carrying PETA Members. NFL Defensive Backs won’t tackle him any harder because they have pets. Wide Receivers won’t drop his passes because they are dog lovers. Remember that just because you like dogs doesn’t necessarily mean that you like cats. For all of you who don’t like where this article is headed, here is the question?  How is spaying, neutering, declawing and imprisoning an animal for your entertainment purposes not enslavement?

What about those breeders that strap female dogs to metal devices and then let the male dogs repeatedly mate with them? Where is PETA when these Kennel clubs who are altering the dogs and then trotting them around for people to celebrate? My guess is that they are perhaps, in the stands drinking gourmet coffee. PETA stands for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. Supposedly they care more about the treatment of animals than they do the treatment of people. Don’t ask them to donate to help a homeless child because they will say “if it were a dog, I would gladly give.” And whose “Humane” and “Ethics” are these organizations really talking about because in todays world everything is up for interpretation. As far as Animal cruelty goes aren’t we all complicit and completely hypocritical when we complain about what Vick did, and at the same time lounge on a leather couch eating chicken wings watching the players throw around the old pigskin. And let’s not forget the chickens cut up for our Superbowl parties and cows slaughtered for our leatherwares, you may want to check your closet. Say what you will about the companionship of dogs and cats, all pets are only around for our pleasure.

Horses racing is ‘sport’ where the horses are starved, beaten, altered, killed, given steriods and hormones. Horses are commonly known to have their spirits broken. In Hollywood movies we see that happening by a good rider not being thrown from the animals back. However, in real life a horse’s spirit is broken when it is hit with electric prods, thrown to the ground while running at full speed and having its genitals crushed. In some circuses, animals have been beaten, whipped, and prodded how do you think they get them to perform those amazingly unnatural acts. Some of these animals are poorly feed and kept chained night and day in small cages. Zoos are not much better when it comes to animal treatment. Many of those animal have been stolen from their natural habitats and that couldn’t have been pleasant. In our own homes pets are enslaved, punished, beaten, mistreated, starved, declawed among other things. So before you animal lovers start dictating measures perhaps you should adhere to some of your own. PETA and the Humane Society kill Millions and Millions of Dogs, Cats and Chickens each year, they say they do it because “they care more”.

Many people believe in standing up for the defenseless, helpless, homeless animals, but are we, as a society, really civilized and compassionate enough to do that? Aren’t we the people who torture, and hold people without rights, and believe me we are using those tactics and worse? Aren’t we the people who urinate on dead Afghans? Aren’t we the ones who blind-fold and stack up naked foreign prisoners in a pyramid. Isn’t America the place where our judicial system boast a wrongly incarcerated rate of 10%? Are we not holding people in detention camps, just so they can’t sue us? Are we not a society of racist, fanatical, sexist, bloodthirsty individuals? We have become professionals at “Looking The Other Way”, so much in fact that maybe we can label the “unethical” treatment of animals as Enhanced Training Techniques.

Michael Vick’s debt to society has been paid, to the tune of 2 years in prison, 20 million dollars and all of his dignity. So who do those “heartfelt” apologies go to? Because you sleep with a dog in your bed, adopted a pet, or kiss dogs in the mouth, he owes you an apology? I don’t think so. If I were told 10 times “No” and “Back Up” by bodyguards it seems to me that a journalist continuing to confront Micahel Vick after that, is going too far, but not according to Richard Hunter because he has a dog. This is not all about the Media, PETA, The ASPCA, The Humane Society or other dog cuddlers. This is about our society. When Michael Vick was released from prision, no team would sign him, because activist organizations pressured them not to. But 10 year veteran Quarterback Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles put his neck out for Michael Vick.

McNabb forced the Philadelphia Eagles owner to sign him and the coach used Vick as a trick playmaker in 2009-2010. Vick did everything he was ask to and obligated to do. Privately the Eagles brass simmered at McNabb. The following season the Eagles traded McNabb, their all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, to the lowly Washington Redskins, where was disrespected and mistreated all season, so much for a black man putting his neck out for another black man. The Eagles named Kevin Kolb their new starter, Vick never said a word. Kolb got hurt and Vick led the Eagles to impressive victory after victory, in press conference after press conference the coach said that Kolb is still the starter, Vick never complained. Kolb’s injuries and the obvious leadership qualities of Michael Vick forced the coach to start Vick. Michael Vick had an amazing almost storybook season. Vick left the announcers and crowds speechless even in defeat. In during the 2011 season, he had the Eagles believing, leading the division and in serious Superbowl contention. He had other teams devising methods to stop his pass and run attack. He went 6 games without an interception. He was their leading rusher. He was the leading vote getting for the pro bowl. He was in MVP contention with the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Payton Manning, but he is also Black and that’s the problem not one really wants to tackle.

In the midst of the huddles, the confeiti, slow-mo hits, advertisments, one handed catches, celebrations and trophy kisses the NFL is and has been the most racially bias of all professional sports. So racial was the NFL’s inception that they actually had “No Niggas” in their bi-laws. Yes on the field you see Blacks and Hispanics, but that’s only because they needed the market appeal and talent to have a sucessful product. The NFL, in full acknowledgement of America’s racial division, felt that people would not accept America’s sport being black dominated, so they strickly enforced unsportsmanlike conduct penalties such as enzone celebrations and helmet removal in the 1980’s, the players of that era said as much. You can see a racial tint in how they film the players, how long the camera is on a player and especially in the complete lack of Black History month in Superbowl advertisements and promos, the Superbowl was moved into the month of February.

In recent years the NFL has taken to creating rules and fines to protect the (primarily white dominated) quarterback position. No matter how much you don’t want to believe, or how difficulty a thing is to accept, sometimes you have to look at a things the way they are and not how you want them to be. In America most minorities never get tried by a jury of their peers, which is why minorities take so many plea deals. Michael Vick knew this, which is why he took a plea deal. He was facing a 20 years sentence and a jury of his peers would have understood that his environment and perhaps his upbringing led to his involvement in dog-fighting non-sense. To Vick’s peers Dog Fighting is wrong, but it not worthy of Levenworth. Anyone that was raised in the any white middle class or inner-city in the 80’s, or 90’s had to kick the shit out of a dog or two, there were no leash laws and dogs bite, this is something that Vick’s “peers” would have been aware of.

Media portrayal and societal anger towards most African-American athletes is often racially coded and emoted. Look at the situations of James Lebron, James Harrison, Donovan McNabb and Vince Young, then look at Brett Farve, Tim Tebow and Cliff Lee and how they are treated and discussed. Look at the many chances Tim Tebow has been given and he can’t throw the ball, Brett Favre is elderly and is sending people text messages of his crank, Cliff Lee is just white and the last time I checked steroids were illegal. Society is always look for and clinging to the next great white hype at the expense of better talent in minorities. Were it not for McNabb, Vick would not have had a sliver of opportunity.

Were it not for Vick’s value through his physical attributes and ability to entertain he would not have been allowed to play. Although he is entertaining and using his ability to make the corporation money, look at how he is treated, talked about and disregarded. He has been involved involved in programs to help children and education program and in many ways he has been heroic, yet he is the constant example of how the black man once released from prison is not really free and how they are in many ways still imprisoned. Did Michael Vick deserve the NFL MVP award?  Did he deserve the comeback player of the year award?  However, what he deserves most the the opportunity to have his second chance. This golden second chance ticket of an opportunity that is readily afforded many Whites, but sadly absent when it comes to minorities. Michael Vick was forced to look himself in the mirror and he has changed. He is better for it. What is unfortunate is that when it is time for Society to look itself in the mirror it, chooses the option to look the other way.

Food for thought: Throwing things on people and destroying their clothing that they worked hard for doesn’t help make your case… it pisses people off. Wouldn’t the horses run faster if they didn’t have someone on their backs? Why do they call things inhumane when it involves animals? Do we only like dogs more than humans because they don’t tell us where to get off?  On Fox News Tucker Carlson said “Vick…should have been executed, for killing dogs”.  Do you think Mr. Carlson would have said that if Michael Vick were white? If I were Vick I would get a big contract and then begin the slow road to retirement.

Think for yourself.

On December 2, 2010 Lebron James, now a member of the Miami Heat, returned to the Cleveland Cavilers and swiftly dropped 38 points on them. After the games Lebron James was asked for the 30,172 time if he wanted to apologize to the Cleveland Caviler fans by a Mustard Wine Jacket clad Craig Segar, a side line commentator for TNT. James quickly responded “I don’t want to apologize.”

Upon hearing these comments the sporting news world, including TNT’ commentator and NBA great Reggie Miller, quickly surmised that Lebron was only stroking the fire, but he wasn’t because he was right. Before the season began, a Free-Agent, Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, took less money and joined the Miami Heat, in a move that the entire sporting world has widely condemned. Apparently the fans and commentators are unaware that the NBA needs villians. The NBA needed a Bad Boy team. The NBA makes rules and penalties as if they don’t but they want controversy. All you have to do is look at the games and how they are promoted and the ratings that follow.  Post “The Decision” the game ratings and game intensity are way up. So it’s not personal, it’s business, for this and many other reasons fans owe Lebron an apology.

Multiple sporting venues from ESPN to the Sporting News to Yahoo Sports have written many articles on why Lebron’s move to Miami was a bad move for Lebron. The fans were livid, and called Lebron’s choice arrogant and these sport information entities echoed the same popular opinion. Now I will echo the Truth, regardless of whether or not Lebron and the Miami Heat win a title they all owe Lebron James an apology. Recently Baseball number 1 pitcher, Cliff Lee chose the chance to win and less money to join the Philadelphia Phillies and was celebrated, but Lebron is being vilified. Lebron James suggested that much of the venom towards him has a racial component to it, yet his feelings were quickly dismissed, look at the Cliff Lee situation and we’ll wait on the apology for that.

  • The Cleveland Cavalier fans owe Lebron an apology.
  • Charles Barkley owes Lebron James an apology. Charles has always had a big mouth, but calling the Miami Heat Big 3 “punks” is classless.

  • The fans who spent their hard earned money to buy Lebron James jerseys only to burn them in effigy owe all of us an apology, after all it is a recession.
  •  Radio station 100.7 WMMS, which brought in a witch doctor to cast an “injury” spell owe James an apology.

  • Dan Gilbert, the Cavs owner, owes the Cavalier fans an apology for his online rant and continuing to complain, even though he actually traded Lebron James to the Heat.
  • Dan Gilbert owes James another apology for trying to pressure the NBA to look into whether or not Miami tampered with James before “The Decision”.
  • Dan Gilbert owes the Cleveland Calvalier fans a very big apology, for not ever surrounding Lebron James with enough talent to win a title. Before Mr. James made “The Decision” what big free agent moves had Gilbert made to enhance the roster had Lebron stayed? Who did he sign to enticed Lebron to stay? What was his backup plan? If you look at the current Cavs roster, you will see that his back-up plan was the same as it was in previous years- “Ride Lebron until you can’t ride him anymore”. Dan Gilbert and the Cavalier fans should thank Lebron for his years of dragging their sorry teams through the playoffs.

  • The fans who printed up shirts calling him “Queen”and “Quitness”, the vendors selling them and the people who wear them owe James an apology.
  • The people who make videos that call James a quitter owe him an apology.
  • Countless radio station hosts, newspapers, magazine writers and bloggers all owe Lebron James an apology.

It was offensive after the second time Lebron James was asked to, or if he wanted to apologize for 7 years, 5 playoff appearances, 28 ppg, 17,000 points and 2 MVP awards.

If Dan Gibert had announced that he was trading Lebron James, would people be this upset? Nope. Think about that.

I know much of this ‘what he should have done’ commentary will die down as the wins mount, but will the apologies? This is not the first time these sports entities have got it wrong, remember Lebron’s 1st MVP award an award that should have went to Dwayne Wade, but sports writers didn’t have the guts to give it to Wade. Lebron James knew where that award belonged. Wade is Lebron’s MVP and that’s what really matters. I am sure that had plenty to do with “His Decision”. Lebron James knows to apologize when someone he cares about is slighted, he also knows that those who owe him an apology don’t care about him and probably never did. Now while you are thinking these things over, apologize to Chris Bosh also.

“It’s not Lebron’s team, It’s not Dwayne’s team. The Miami Heat is their team.”- MG

There have been some in the media and even in the blogs who have had Lebron James’ name of the tip of their fingers ever since the season started. They are even those who feel that Lebron might be the first could be the NBA’s first unanimous pick for MVP.  Aside from Lebron James there has been almost no mention of another other candidate for MVP  that could possibly win the award this year.  The fans don’t get to vote, well the NBA has come up with this gimmick, presented by Kia, which allows fans to vote, with the combined fans’ choice counting for one vote on the official ballot, when Shaquille O’Neal received 1207 votes in 2000, that one vote that the millions of fans cast really doesn’t amount to much. Will Lebron James win the award for a second time, or will someone else steal his thunder?

The results are in…

Lebron James: The Cleveland Cavaliers have the most wins. He is having a dominating season. He is a living breathing highlight. He has been dominate and he captivates every single night.

Knock:  For all of his dominance Lebron is not making his teammates better especially All-Star veterans like Antonie Jamison, and Shaq.  He is doing himself a disservice by the nightly high fly highlights.  It will just make it that much easier to notice when he has lost a step.

Kobe Bryant: The Los Angeles Lakers have the most wins in the west and at times they have looked unbeatable and for those other times there is Number 24 saving the game yet again.

Knock: He can shoot his team into a game just as quickly as he can shoot them out of it. When he is not happy he tends not to pass to wide open teammates.

Dwight Howard: For the Orlando Magic he has been unstoppable in the paint, whether he is throwing down dunks or blocking shots.

Knock: Push him out past 6 or 7 feet and he’s just body count. Shot arsenal and block shot control are his kryptonite.

Kevin Durant: He is a scoring machine and has not been contained in a game yet. He has challenged Lebron all year for the scoring title and he does whatever the team needs to win even if that means not scoring 3o points a night.  He has all of the younger players following his lead.

Knock:  No edge. How will he respond to the pressure of the big stage?

Stephen Jackson: Not a joke, but because of the famous “Brawl”  he may never get an award, but the fact remains that he is equally solid on both ends of the court. In the half court he will guard the smallest guard to the tallest foward equally effectively.  He is the glue and the sole reason the Charlotte Bobcats are in the playoffs this year.

Knock:  Needs a better publicist.

All of these player deserve the award, but only one will win it. Now remember before you cast your vote, that the MVP award is awarded to the player who is the Most Valuable Player, not the most popular, not the home town favorite. It is awarded to the player that makes his teammates better.

Surprising Results:

Stephen Jackson wins with 43%

Kevin Durant 21%

Lebron James 14%

These results are very interesting indeed. Now I am glad I included Stephen Jackson in this poll.  He does deserve more credit than he has been given maybe this little poll might help.


We liked Michael Jordan, although he gambled, fought other players, cheated on his wife, and was at times classless. We liked Shaq, although at times the big fella was just too sensitive. And despite all of Magic’s faults we still like him. We like Lebron, even though he jilted Cleveland.  We Like Dwayne Wade and we like a whole lot of other players, but why don’t people like Kobe? Even though he takes the team on his back and saves the game, still a majority of  league players  say that they don’t want to play with him. The guy has six rings for goodness sake, but when your own teammates say that you should opt-out at the end of the season,  it’s time that we examine why people don’t like Kobe. This list is in no particular order.

1. He was very selfish when he came in the league and he still is.- go to the tape
2. When Magic suggested that he spend some time with his teammates his response was “For What?” – go to the tape
3. He slapped Samaki Walker in the back of the head on the team bus. Samaki got up and started to choke Kobe. When Kobe asked for assistance… His teammates kept looking out the window.- I just threw this in because it is mildly humorous.
4. He originally said that growing up he never paid Michael Jordan much attention.-That is the biggest lie I’ve ever heard!
5. He cussed out Tex Winter. -Tex is like 7,000 years old, I mean really.

6. He called Karl Malone old, and then told him “I don’t need yo pick”.
7. He also ruined the last year of The Mailman’s playing career. -This you can debate.
8. If there is a Man Code he became the top violator when he ratted out Shaq.- Some things you just don’t do.
9. In game seven of the crucial 2006 playoffs Vs. Phoenix, Kobe let it be known that he quit on the team, by standing 6 feet above the three point line watching and waving to his teammates for much of the second half. You saw him do it, you just didn’t know what he was doing, so Charles Barkley called him out on air by saying “Kobe quit that night, plain and simple”.- go to the tape.
10. He’s a whiner- go to the tape(s).


11. He forced L.A.’s mayor to get off the parade bus. That day Kobe could be heard saying “I’m being infringed upon”. – Personally I might have done the same thing, but the mayor was crucial in helping the Lakers have a Parade in the first place.
12. He is Defensively Overrated. Back in the day Shaq was frowning on everybody that got past Kobe… and they did get past him. Now he has three seven footer behind him.

13. He made Filmmaker Spike Lee stand at his private gated community for an hour and still didn’t buzz him in, or come out to talk with him. -I would say watch “Kobe Doing Work”, but do so at your own risk not because I suggested it.
14. His feud with Phil Jackson.- The Zen Master
15. His Trade *explicative* Bynum, or I’ll be in Chicago Talk.
16. One minute before Lebron James was the Cleveland Cavaliers Number One Overall draft pick. Kobe chose to announced that we was opting out of his Lakers’ contract, effectively stealing Lebron’s spotlight.

17. In 1999 he was the only NBA player that voted to continue The Strike!
18. Lebron is fast approaching, but Kobe is the most Ref-Aided NBA Player in the game. Traveling and charging are supposed to be illegal.
19. Kobe didn’t change his jersey from eight to twenty-four for money, as Adrian Wojnaroswki has suggested, he did so that everybody would forget that he was charged with bending a young girl over a chair in Denver.

20. Kobe has a noted penchant for being sensitive, rhat’s when he won’t pass to his teammates even when they are open. See trust issues.

21. In game 5 of 2010 Western Conference Final, Kobe ruined his, Jordan to Paxon, Jordan to Kerr, Jordan to Wennington moment. Against the Phoenix  Suns in the 4th quarter with the game tied and 8 seconds left on the game clock Kobe dribbled into the right corner, double teamed.  Kobe elevated and shot an air-ball, which Ron Artest quickly grabbed  and banked in for the win.  For those that don’t know if you are double teamed that means that one of your teammates is wide open.

22. He has to be reminded every single season that he has Teammates. He usually has to be called out by team players and media.

23. An hour after Kobe and Shaq agreed with Lakers management to stop all the media bad blood between each other. Kobe called sportscaster Jim Gray to hold a private interview where he proceeded to call Shaq fat, out of shape and milking his toe injury for extra time off. Bad form Kobe, bad form.

24.  Kobe (Mr. Clutch) makes a little less than one of every three shots when The Lakers are down two points, one point, tied, or on the final ball possession, this stats actually which makes him one of the worst performers among players with at least 30 attempts in those situations.

25. After making 300 Million dollars during his career, with the NBA lock out in full swing, Kobe feels neglected. He saw how the media fawned over Lebron and his “Decision”. He chaffed at the way the media followed Carmelo’ Drama so he floated the idea of playing in the Italian league with Virtus Bologna for $300,000 to $1,000,000 per game. Great way to show solidarity and maintain the players leverage. He knew the NBA owners not only profit from not paying the players during the lockout, but they also want the players to play overseas to help grow the brand for future European expansion. Just enjoy the time off, try going back to school.

26. While in church Kobe thought that a man was taking photos of he and his wife. Kobe grabbed the man’s wrist and took his cellphone. Kobe returned the man’s cellphone after going through it to make sure that no photos of his family were on it.

27. In 2011 and 2012, The saga with center Dwight Howard played out longer than it should have for the Orlando Magic and the rest of the League, why? Because when Howard called Kobe to see what his thoughts would be on the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe said “It would be great to have you in L.A. now I don’t have to worry about defense…” Dwight Howard didn’t being told he’d be forgotten on offense, or not passed to and he began waffling back and forth on whether to stay with the Magic. To facilitate this stalemate, the L.A. Lakers when out and signed soon to be NBA Hall of famer Steve Nash to take the ball and decision making out of Kobe’s hands. After the Steve Nash signing Howard was more agreeable and was traded to the Lakers in a deal that included often-maligned, often unreliable center Andrew Bynum. (This may, or should turn out to be a great thing for the

28. While in training camp for the 2012-2013 season Kobe made a disturbing media comment. When asked whose team it was by a reportes Kobes said, “I don’t want to get into the…well we share… No, it’s my team.”

29. “In 2005, I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team! Smush Parker was is the worst. He shouldn’t have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. So we let him walk on.”-  Kobe Bryant 10-11-2012 “You can’t knock the man’s legacy…What I don’t like about him is the man that he is. His personality. How he treats people. I don’t like that side of Kobe. Half way through the season I tried to talk to Kobe…He tells me I can’t talk to him. He tells me I need more accolades under my belt before I come talk to him. He was dead serious.”- Smush Parker

30. “In 2006, I was shooting 45 times a game. What am I supposed to do? Pass it to Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown?”-Kobe Bryant 10-11-2012 So much for trying around the Kobster.

31. New York Yankees benched Alex Rodriguez and were, down 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Kobe had this to say about A-Rod, “I think that sometimes he forgets about how great he is, I don’t.” (mildly humorous)

32. In the famous 2011 Pau Gasol shooting slump, it was discovered that Gasol’s fiance broke up with him. This left Gasol an emotional wreck and rather useless in the playoff.  What does this have to do with Kobe? Apparently Kobe told his wife, Vanessa, about Gasol’s philandering.

Vanessa then became friends with Gasol’s finance, just so she could spill the beans to her. When Pau confronted Kobe about this an argument ensued and the two stopped speaking to each other. Gasol became the scapegoat for the team’s early playoff exit. –Kobe violates the man code again.

32.  His song K.O.B.E.

33. He gained the nickname Black Mamba not because he is deadly as a player. He gained his moniker because he refused to speak to his teammates on the court, instead he would make a hissing sound when he wanted the ball given to him. Naturally his teammates started called him the Black Mamba.

34. “I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team,”

35. During his Kobe and the Kids time with the Lakers, Kobe on the court the Lakers were -13.2, and +7.1 with him on the bench.

36. His refusal to say when he will actually retire, which held up the already lengthy Laker rebuilding process. Kobe and the kids lingered on for years.

37. After a story int he newspaper reported that he had tanked a game to spite Shaq. Kobe went up to each teammate with newspaper in-hand and asked, “Did you say this Motherf&^%er?… Did you say this Motherf&^%er?”

38. He once tried to beat up Tyronne Lue for blocking his shot during practice.

I could continue to list things,  but after that K.O.B.E. song I really need to stop.

Reasons Why People Like Kobe
I made this list for those that don’t care, now remember that these are in no particular order:

1. He’s Got One Hell of a Game, and he’s had One Hell of a Career and for most that is all that matters.

The Black Mamba

MG Hardie