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.

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.

No, Kevin Durant’s legacy will still be intact + Indiana Pacers + Lakers

Tell us how you really feel?

Tell us how you really feel, Oklahoman?

It’s May 1st, which is the best day of the year because one, my birthday is in 24 days (THE PLUG), two, I’m finally about to be done with school for the year after just attending one semester, and three, we’re in the mist of the NBA Playoffs where a lot of things are heating up. The 2014 NBA Playoffs have been crazy, and legit enough to the point where I’m ready to claim it as the best first round EVER.

Tonight, there are three game 6’s, and two teams that are heavy in the spotlight are the Indiana Pacers (more on them later), and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder came in as a heavy title favorites (I picked them to win it all, honestly), and now, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and a lot of ridiculousness being said about the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. Here are 4 things that need to be addressed.

1. Kevin Durant’s legacy is still going to be intact regardless of what happens tonight.

Remember back in 2012 when EVERYONE (myself included, which was dumb of me) when we were saying how Lebron James’ legacy was at stake in a game 6 in the middle of the Eastern Conference Finals when the Miami Heat were down 3-2 in a series? Remember the aftermath of that? The 45 points, and the death stare that he was giving all night?

Either that’s gonna happen with Kevin Durant, or the Oklahoma City Thunder will be eliminated tonight, and the jokes will being flying faster than a Kardashian being on a black guy with money. Is his legacy on the line, here? Not even close. Durant is only 25 years old, and has a lot of time left in this NBA.

Is it a scary thought that the MVP of the league (this won’t change anything unless you’re a hardcore Lebron James fan who’s probably a little jealous of the attention that Durant is getting this year, which reminds me of the NBA Playoffs in 2009 where it was getting tiring hearing about a guy who hadn’t really won anything and I knew that his time was coming) might not get out the first round? Sure. Let’s ask Dirk about this in 2007. But here’s the thing everyone, let a career breathe before we define legacies. Jordan lost in the 80s before winning in 91. Sometimes, you gotta lose before climbing the top of the mountain. Ask Lebron about that.

2. Scott Brooks is an awful head coach.

drawing up a 35 footer when down 1?

drawing up a 35 footer when down 1?

I’ve said this with my homies for the last 3 years about Brooks, and the fact was….. it was evident last year against Memphis in the playoffs that Brooks didn’t run an offense, and that he relied on Durant’s and Westbrook’s talent to carry them. How has Brooks NOT adjusted his offensive system after he lost Westbrook last year in the playoffs? Better yet, is it that hard to have an offense when you have 1B in the NBA and a top 5 PG?

Sometimes, it’s good for both parties to split. If OKC wants to take the next step, it might be time to get rid of Brooks to get over the top.

3. You know what? Maybe Memphis is ACTUALLY better than Oklahoma City.

The NBA is all about matchups. Nobody here is talking about how in a 7 game series, Memphis might be better than Oklahoma City. Over the past 4 years, Memphis is 11-7 against Oklahoma City, and that’s including the playoffs. Regardless of the head coach, Memphis’ might have the formula, which is having two guys on the block to go to (Gasol & Z-Bo), an elite defender to stick on Durant in the 4th quarter (Tony Allen), a quality point guard who can bother Westbrook (Conley), and a guy off the bench who’s made big shots before (Mike Miller).

4. The Oklahoman doesn’t deserve Kevin Durant.

One bad series, and they wanna run him outta town. Just come back to Seattle, KD.

Oh.

Oh.

A thought on the Indiana Pacers/Atlanta Hawks series:

Indiana is gonna lose tonight. I’m purely convinced that they were done mentally now, and it’s a sad sight to see a team that had title aspirations fall apart in the span of 2 months. When the Pacers dropped the picture above, I knew it was over. Done. I was purely convinced back in February that the Miami Heat would win the east and have NO problems doing so.  All-Star Paul George has been playing great in the playoffs, but at the same time, he hasn’t been right since he got a stripper pregnant, then the whole thing where he was catfished on kik (If you’re in the NBA, why are you on kik?). Then, here’s a question: What’s wrong with Roy Hibbert? If you’re 7’2, and you have 0 points, and 0 rebounds in a game………….. yeah bruh, you gotta got home and be a family man. Is this the Hibbert we’re gonna see from now on? The one that we all expected him to be when he came out of Georgetown?

Frank Vogel might lose his job because this team is a train wreck now. I was never concerned with the Pacers because I figured that they were one of the two best teams in the east, regardless of how they were playing (Miami didn’t exactly finish the season strong neither). But now? Vogel coaching a team that could possibly lose a sub .500 team that was tanking at one point this year in the first round is sad, and pathetic on all accounts. Indiana loses tonight and the train has ran off the tracks for good.

Lakers, what direction are you going?

The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t be the only team in LA having drama issues within their organization this week as Mike D’Antoni resigned and went on a trip to find Donald Sterling for all of us. With having a lottery pick for the first time in 9 years, Kobe Bryant being old, having a crappy roster for the next year or two, and then having a fanbase that’s unrealistic, who wants to take that job? Today, it came out that they were gonna reach out to Kevin Ollie and John Calipari. I doubt both of those guys would leave their respective jobs because Ollie just WON a national title at Connecticut, and Calipari is a God-like figure in Kentucky. One guy who I think would be a good hire: Fred Hoiberg.

Those are my thoughts, and as we’re all sitting back and watching these games, remember one thing:

Prosper season is still in full effect. We out.

Why I’m indifferent about David Stern retiring.

I was born in the golden age of the NBA (May 1992), and born around the time that some guy wearing #23 in a Chicago Bulls uniform was in the mist of winning his 2nd straight championship. The NBA was also reaching it’s highest popularity as a league, and it’s because of David Stern. Stern became commissioner of the NBA on February 1st, 1984, and honestly, he got a little lucky that the league was marketable around two stars named Magic and Larry (surely, you’ve heard of them), and also got lucky that the 1984 draft class is arguably the best draft class of all-time. Sometimes you not only need a little luck, but you have to be good at your job, and for the most part, Stern was excellent at his job.

Stern not only saved the NBA, he helped the NBA reached global highs in popularity. Stern let NBA players play in the olympics, which led to the Dream Team in the summer of 1992, took games off of tape delay (My grandparents told me a story one day about how they stayed up to watch game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals), and improved the culture of the NBA in time, such as adding a draft lottery in 1985 (which might have been rigged but that’s another story for another day). So sure, David Stern has done great things for the NBA. He did save the game that some of us watch and love, and has made games broadcasted all over the world. When he started as being the commissioner, NBA games were only shown in 2 countries. Now? Over 300 countries. The league makes 1 billion dollars, and he’s made stars such as Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant household names.

But here’s why I’m indifferent about David Stern retiring.

Sure, Stern is the best commissioner in all of sports right now, and that’s only because the other commissioners are just as more meh, as Stern is. There are plenty of situations that Stern could have handled a hell of a lot better. For example, the two lockouts didn’t help his cause, having the city of Seattle lose a basketball team after 40 years, and the way he handled that was truly pathetic. Then, the infamous #BasketballReasons trade that he vetoed as he was the “acting” owner of the New Orleans Hornets. Of course, I’m nitpicking here, but these types of things that happened in the NBA over his watch make me say “meh” instead of celebrating his success and achievements, and how he’s graced the NBA with it’s expansion as a league.

Stern is great, and in fact, he’s the best Commissioner in NBA history, not to mention, one of the greatest commissioners in sports history. I, I just don’t know. After the whole #BasketballReasons fiasco, and the way he handled it, I’ve been over David Stern as a commissioner. No, it’s not because I’m a Lakers fan (it might shock you, but I’m not bitter about it), and that trade veto changed the franchise, but it’s mainly because he made up an excuse to say that it wasn’t fair, even though the Hornets were going to have a better team at that time than they do now.

Everybody makes mistakes and not everybody does their job perfectly. But when people say that he’s the greatest commissioner ever, I sit and laugh because in the front of my head, I think about his mistakes than his achievements. Yes, the NBA is as popular as ever, more and more people are watching the game, and stars are becoming more and more global. However, before we crown him as being this almighty savior, let’s see what heights the game can go with Adam Silver as the commissioner.

Stern’s contributions to the game of basketball were great. He helped change how we see the NBA, and increased it’s popularity. But at the end of the day to me, I’m indifferent to him retiring. It’ll be weird seeing another commissioner, and I thank David Stern for helping a young person like me watch basketball and making games live for my generation, but it’s time for a new commissioner in the NBA.

 

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