Kyrie’s Petty SZN.

Kyrie Irving is a petty genius.

Yes, you read that correctly. Contrary to everybody’s opinion from social media, I like Kyrie Irving. Even though he only played 3 games at Duke, he still went to Duke (smh). His shoes are dope. His one trick pony of being a consistent scorer at the NBA level is at a god-level. Irving’s ability to score the basketball and create shots for himself is at a level that not a lot of NBA players have, especially when his jersey is not tucked in (Kyrie not having his jersey tucked in is on the levels of hoodie Melo).

Is he the best point guard in the NBA? Hell nah. I don’t believe he’s in the top 5 (Curry, Paul, Westbrook, Wall, Lowry are mine. Fight me, please) at that position as his ability to impact others so far in his career is not what it should be, but that’s okay.

Kyrie Irving is absolutely fed up and I’m here for it. Irving went on First Take yesterday and had one of the most interesting interviews I’ve seen. It was like watching myself answer questions when my family members ask if I’m in a relationship. I have no idea why he went on national television to hardly talk, but trolling Stephen A. and Max Kellerman is A-OK with me. Smith asked Irving if he talked to Lebron about his trade request, and Irving said “no” in the most blunt version I’ve hear from an athlete. He then went on and controlled the entire conversation as it’s clearly obvious that Irving was tired of playing basketball with Lebron James.

After the Warriors dominated the Cavaliers in the finals (it was not as close as Richard Jefferson stated, although game 3 was a classic), a lot of news reports jumped out about Kyrie, his abilities, and his role on the Cavs. He was seen as a great number 2 guy with an all-time great and perhaps, he felt overlooked. Requesting a trade is one thing. Kyrie’s favorite player growing up was retired shooting guard #8/#24 who did this in the 2007 off-season. Doing it after 3 straight NBA finals while winning a title and hitting the biggest jumpshot in Cleveland Cavaliers history was strange to most fans. I however, understand where Kyrie Irving is coming from.

James’ uncertainty to his future in Cleveland due to him signing with the Lonzo Ball Lakers next season seems like reasons that Irving claiming that he wanted to take his “own path” and to “grow as a player,” which is understandable and agreeable. Irving yesterday seemed at peace with him being as the newest member of the Celtics.

Most sport fans hate that NBA players have control of their legacies. Most of us grew up in an era where one great player just stayed with the same team for 15 to 20 years (Kobe, Dirk, Duncan) and retired there not realizing that organizations have the ability to trade and cut whoever they want to (loyality is overrated, btw). The current trend is that some players often leave their markets to go win championships (Lebron, KD) because most of us harp on the fact that it’s all about “ringzzzz” (which is not true, btw) and legacies.

Irving DID NOT need to inform James of his decision to be traded. I bet you Lebron was not going to inform him that he would be leaving to join the Lonzo Lakers next year leaving Irving, who signed an extension days before Lebron decided to write how he was “coming home” again in 2014. Personally, I believe that people are making this a big deal because he left Lebron and most likely a trip to the NBA Finals to lose to the death star Warriors in either 4 or 5 games.

James is seen as this great teammate (and he is cause he got James Jones paid for 7 straight years to sit on the bench) but for a player like Kyrie who also needs the ball in his hands to also be productive, this makes sense. Irving said he wants to be a “point guard” again. Irving wanted a new change of scenery, which leads me to ask… “what happened between the end of the NBA Finals and before Kyrie’s china trip with Nike?” Is it a personal? Who knows.

I am 100% here for savage and condescending Kyrie Irving. Who cares about the end result of his career or legacy? He’s 25 years old, and already has a title under his belt. Will it work out in Boston? Who knows, let alone who cares? I can tell you that taking a risk and lucking up becoming a member of a legendary franchise in this trade is a win for him, and a win for the NBA’s petty warz.

Opening night. Cavs vs Celtics. PETTY IRVING. I can’t wait.

 

 

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NBA FINALS GAME 1 WINNERS AND LOSERS

The NBA Finals began last night and just like the NBA playoffs this year, it was another blowout, this time with the Golden State Warriors getting the Cleveland Cavaliers out of the paint (literally and figuratively). Game 1 was close for a bit until the Golden State (more like Stephen Curry) 3rd quarter eruption occurred, leaving folks to wonder if this will even be a series (It most definitely will) and leaving people to wonder if the Golden State Warriors have ruined the NBA with the addition of Kevin Durant (They haven’t).

Game 2 is on Sunday. The hot take machines have been rolling since the game was over on a pull-up three from 30 feet by Stephen Curry in the 3rd quarter. Here are mine, but in blog form.

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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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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.

DubSteph; Golden State wins the NBA Title

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Golden State, as expected by most (A lot of people thought Lebron was gonna carry these guys to a title) won the NBA Title last night. It wasn’t a shock for me, at least.  I was shocked that this series was actually competitive. That’s how great Lebron James is.

Also, my series prediction was sort of right:

Dubs in 5. 6 at max. And when it happens, I’ll make sure that my guy Aaron Legaspi will do pushups on camera.

And yes, Aaron will do pushups on camera. Soon. Very soon. And it’ll be on the blog.

I don’t need to really say much other than Golden State won this series because I-G-G-Y, Draymond, and Stephen Curry shoving some noise about Matthew Dellavedova being the “Curry Stopper” (People really believed that, too. Social Media is a weird thing).

It wasn’t like this was a fluke championship. Golden State won 67 games this year, and won finished the season 83-20. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think a lot of teams would have beaten them. Playing the “if” game will give you a headache. It gives me one just writing about it.

Lebron did all he could do, but clearly, when you have to rely on Earl Smith III for games in the playoffs, that’s when you know you’re in trouble. As weird as it sounds, Lebron probably helped out his legacy here. Even though Lebron chose this path for himself, he single-handily got this team to win 2 games against this squad. Impressive. Impressive to the point where people thought they would win this series after game 3.

But that’s that. The NBA Season is over (My NBA Season was over when these plays happened), and the off-season will be more funnier than we all think.

I’ll be back… sooner than later.