We get it, LaVar.

This is the only time I’ll address this because I don’t like giving attention to people who aren’t worthy of giving my attention to which is why on Facebook at least, I don’t start these wars about the Twitter eggs who are in federal office (OOF).

The LaVar Ball train has now peaked. It probably peaked last month. Or maybe two months ago. I don’t know. At first, I was cool with LaVar. To some degree, I still am. I’m cool with a father instilling confidence in all of his kids to be the best of their ability, although I would think his style and methods in doing so are unconventional. I can’t relate to how Lonzo and the other two sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo feel about it so I’ll try not to.

Creating your own brand and attempting to do things differently is great. If I had the time, the resources, and the money to do so, I would do it myself.  I support anyone going out there and dreaming about taking on any of the major companies to “change the culture,” as Lonzo Ball himself said in the video yesterday.

Initially, I was gonna write about LaVar Ball and his family this week because I saw a headline about how Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour each turned down an offer to endorse Lonzo, ala sign him to a contract that would allow him to have millions before he signs his first rookie deal this summer. I was gonna write about how ridiculous and stupid LaVar (or the Ball family for that matter) was for trying to make his brand, the Big Baller Brand incorporate with one of those three companies. Then yesterday happened.

I said above that I’m all for creating opportunities, and pushing things forward and being your own entrepreneur. That’s how Nike and Under Armour were created. This… I don’t think this is it, man.

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these look like my Kobe 10s I got for $80 at the Nike outlet

Is the shoe terrible looking? It really isn’t honestly. It’s an off-brand version of the Kobe 10s. It also looks better than the shoes that Stephen Curry wears so, BBB has done something right here. However, the price? $495 for that? That’s not changing the culture. Your brand is not that important to charge a shoe that much.

In the group chat I have with a set of homies, Micah, Shaad, and Kyle, we roasted these shoes for a good bit. Then we realized the fact that we don’t have the slightest clue on who is making their shoes, if the shoe is even comfortable to wear at that price, and the technology on the shoe. It’s just here in the public eye to be laughed at.

This shoe created a stir on my Twitter timeline from people creating memes from the photo above to others defending the price of the shoe stating how regardless, we need to support because we’d buy a pair of Nike basketball shoes at that price. That “it’s okay” for Lonzo to have his own shoe because other athletes, such as Lebron James, and Michael Jordan did.

I rolled my eyes at that. I can’t speak on Jordan because I wasn’t alive and wasn’t thought about in 84,  but I’d bet that lots of people figured he’d be a great NBA player considering he was a known commodity as he left Carolina as a national champion, 2-time All-American, and was the National Player of the Year as a Junior. Nike itself signed him when they were known but still small. We knew of Lebron James since 2002-03 because ESPN showed his High School games and they were glorious.

The last time we saw Lonzo Ball play a basketball game, De’Aaron Fox had Lonzo doing the electric slide on route to a 39 pt game and a Kentucky win over UCLA in the sweet 16. Yes, Lonzo was a player of the year candidate and a 1st team All-American in his lone season at UCLA but he wasn’t on their level as a player.

Also, I’m pretty sure Nike and even Jordan Brand for that matter haven’t charged close to $500 for a pair of basketball shoes, but I digress.

LaVar then tweeted (I didn’t know he had a twitter account) this:

 

I… I…. yeah. If I buy a pair of shoes for $495, I better be hooping like I’m related to Jesus.

 

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This is where we’re at now. We’re at a point where LaVar took advantage of how the media because of their desire to see the “most ridiculous quotes” and giving that media attention all day. Is it LaVar’s fault that programs such as First Take and Undisputed had him & Lonzo on the air three days after UCLA got bounced in the NCAA Tournament? Absolutely not. Lonzo’s the biggest name in the NBA Draft (I personally don’t even think he’s even close to the best player in the draft). Not because of his play but because of how he’s received media attention.

There was a point where LaVar was on ESPN’s SportsNation every single day for one week in April. That’s not on them. That’s on us for giving his pops all the attention, thus taking it away from Lonzo, the athlete.

I’m not knocking the ideas. I think it’s cool to see something different. However, LaVar could have waited years to launch this, thus waiting for his youngest son to at least attempt a pro career. But he put himself and their family brand in front of the ability that his oldest son was about to receive endorsement money from any company of his choosing.

Unlike others, I do want Lonzo and the other kids to succeed. I want them to achieve their goals of being in the NBA. A lot of people have that dream and that vision to get there. Only a select few are able to accomplish it. That being said, forcing an opportunity and attempting to cash a check early often doesn’t end well. Let’s hope LaVar doesn’t blow it here. The Ball family calls themselves “Big Ballers.” Good luck at your prices trying to convince the rest of us that we are also Big Ballers.

 

Hate #Draymond all you want, but…. he’s kinda good

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 #Draymond

A lot of people hate Golden State Warriors Forward, #Draymond (If you’re wondering why I just put a hashtag in front of his name, that has been a long standing thing on Twitter from like 2011.) Green.

I understand the aspect of why #Draymond Green has haters while he’s on the basketball court. #Draymond Green is the NBA’s biggest villain on the team that has been proclaimed as “villains.” #Draymond kicks people in the genitals. He verbally went at Lebron James last year in the NBA finals, then got suspended, which changed the course of NBA history (although he had 32/15/9 in game 7 while the rest of his teammates… nevermind). #Draymond’s emotional state is a gift and curse. Green’s antics last year did him in which makes sense.

Personally, I’ve been one of his biggest supporters since he was at Michigan State. #Draymond Green is one of three players to have two triple doubles in the NCAA Tournament. The other two? Magic and Oscar. Elite company. Plus, I’m cool with guys who talk on the court and back it up to a significant amount against the best.

For most, people believe that #Draymond would not be a quality role player without the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and that guy with the last name Durant. In a generation that loves stats and numbers, obviously #Draymond doesn’t have the 25 ppg numbers, and when he’s on the highlights, it’s normally assisting to those three guys above or arguing with an official. However, when you watch the Warriors play, #Draymond is the most important piece to their engine, especially defensively. Some will read that statement and ask, “how can a guy that averages 10/7/7 be that important for a team that has three other all-stars?”

Green impacts the game in ways that in most nights, the box score doesn’t show it. The ability to be a defensive anchor and leader of the 2nd best defense in the NBA (San Antonio is #1) is very important.  The ability to grab boards and push the ball up the court to start their break is important.

In game 1’s victory against Portland on Easter Sunday, #Draymond’s defensive efforts and two blocks in the 2nd half were incredible, especially the one on Damian Lillard.

Green should win Defensive Player of the Year. Not because of these blocks but because in the regular season, he was making plays defensively for Golden State all season long, guiding them to their 3rd straight season with over 65 wins. Green’s final stat line on Sunday was 19/12/9/5/3 was something for the ages.

You can hate #Draymond how you want to. I’m sure he doesn’t mind. However, don’t like your hate blind the facts that #Draymond Green is the heartbeat, the most important player for the NBA’s best team, and a really good NBA player. Flex on, #Draymond.

Enough about conference pride & other things

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what do you mean the jig is up?

The NCAA Tournament is starting back up as the sweet 16 kicks off tonight. As a Carolina fan, this week has been hilarious to hear the importance about conferences and the extra importance for a conference to show their dominance in the NCAA Tournament. The ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) was the best conference this year in college basketball in my personal and experts opinions.

The best conference in college basketball has 1 team left in the NCAAs, which happens to be…. North Carolina. Last year around this time, the ACC had their own version of the elite 8, and placed two teams in the Final Four who happened to play each other (North Carolina and Syracuse) in the national semi-final.

The ACC’s “failure” in this years NCAA tournament has been mocked by fans from other conferences which has been funny. I’m all about jokes and memes. That’s what keeps myself going. Is it a good look that 8 other teams from the best conference in college basketball got eliminated on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament? Of course it’s not. Was the ACC probably a little overrated, but still better than let’s say….. the Pac-12 conference as a whole? Absolutely (I’m a west coaster at heart but the three teams left from the P12 that were highly ranked from late January to March couldn’t save how mediocre it was).

Watching Louisville lose to Michigan (I predicted this on my bracket), and witnessing Grayson Allen shoot brick after brick on Sunday made me smile. Seeing Florida take out Virginia’s ridiculous brand of basketball was beautiful. Watching Florida State get blown out against Xavier (Another upset I picked) cracked me up.

Conference pride is overrated. Those same teams’ fanbases that I just clowned were rooting against Carolina against Arkansas, which would have left zero teams from the best conference in the tournament. I saw Duke fans on my Twitter Timeline openly rooting for Arkansas, posting pictures and getting the crying faces ready until the 12-0 (with a little luck and blessings) over 3 minutes happened. If you want to root for your teams’ conference, have fun with it. I won’t judge you. Okay, that’s a lie. I will judge you just a tad. However, you damn sure know that you wouldn’t do that in the regular season, and deep down, you know damn well you only want your team to win.

It’s the NCAA tournament. It’s a single elimination tournament where the wackiest things are possible. That’s why it’s March Madness.

Other things & Predictions;

If your East region is close to perfect, you need to play the lottery immediately. Go run to the nearest 7-11 and buy a lottery ticket. Now. Villanova broke everybody’s brackets yet again (depending on how far you had them this year or last year). Duke was never really back although Gary Parrish, Seth Davis, Jay Bilas, and Jay Williams were BEGGING for the committee to give them a 1 seed after a 4 game stretch (it was impressive) instead of looking at how up and down their season was.

UCLA/Kentucky will be the game of the weekend no matter what happens during the regional finals. Think about this. Two of college basketball’s historical programs. Lonzo Ball. Aaron Fox. Malik Monk. Aaron Holiday. BRYCE!! Alford. Isaiah Briscoe. BAM! Tj Leaf. Remember those names until that random white kid for Kentucky who plays the stretch 4 has 35 pts and goes 10/15 from three.

Which Joel Berry II will Carolina see? The good Joel where I yell around rooms screaming “That’s my lightskin ______ (you can guess what word goes there)!” or the one where I sit and cringe at how poorly he’s playing? We’ll find out tomorrow night.

Will Purdue’s size give Kansas problems? Will it matter since Kansas has the best guards in the country? Tonight’s game will be interesting. Mismatches everywhere. Watch out for Purdue.

The Northwestern kid who was crying over and over on national TV is one shining moment material. We all know it. Bless up to his new internet fame. I hope he capitalizes on it and Ellen has him on soon.

East “this bracket is yolo” regional prediction:

Wisconsin is somehow gonna find itself in Phoenix, huh?

West “WE IN THE YAY AREA” regional prediction:

Either Gonzaga loses today, or gets to the final four for the first time ever in program history. I’ll say they reach Phoenix over Arizona although my bracket has Arizona, and that West Virginia press is tough.

Midwest “the Kansas Jayhawks home games” regional prediction:

Rock Chalk, right? Or will Swanigan/Brooks/Walton lead the upset over the new Vegas favorites?

South “RINGZZZZZZZZZZZZZ & HELLO FRIENDS” regional prediction:

EIther the ceiling will be the roof or the jig will be higher than the ceiling and I might go MIA for a couple of days. I’m kidding (I’m really not kidding).

That’s that. Watch these games. Root for whoever. Who cares about your conference. College Basketball is ending soon.

… and you can tell everybody

Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of jokes over the years by the homies and myself for a number of reasons.

  1. In his peak as a quarterback in the NFL, we clowned this dude because we said he  looks like Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants.
  2. He’s always on instagram talking about how the “7torms are coming,” replacing the s with a 7. Dude, no.
  3. His ability to play quarterback has been on the same path like Aubrey Graham’s ability to finally make a quality album. It’s done. Over.

In the midst of the jokes that we’ve had about Kaepernick over the years, I can’t deny that in his absolute peak as a NFL player under Khaki god Jim Harbaugh he was really, really good but polarizing. Some for his ability on the field and his lack of going through progressions which is normal, I guess. Lots of it stemmed from people who couldn’t stand the fact that he wasn’t your “typical” quarterback in the league. People saw this guy as a thug and called him a douchebag because he wouldn’t wear a suit to press conferences, instead going with a sweater and beats by dre because that was comfortable for him.  Continue reading