I have a few vlogs already prerecorded that I numbered on the video like a rookie and this one will be out of order, but with how hot these Kyrie Irving trade talks are I had to give my two cents. So check my video out and meet me in the comments if you have thoughts about Cavaliers.
With the Golden State Warriors celebrating in front of their fans in Oakland after taking care of the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in the NBA Finals, forward Draymond Green wore a shirt that said, “Quickie” with a Q that was the style as the letter in Quicken Arena, the Cavs home.
If you think it is petty? It is, but this level of petty has been 365 days in the making after coming back from a 3-1 deficit LeBron James wore a shirt that said, “Ultimate Warrior” during the parade in Cleveland, super throwback wrestler, but also a great jab at the Warriors for blowing 3-1 lead. James also used current Warriors as decoration for his Halloween party this past year.
Fast forward to Draymond wearing the shirt, LeBron clapping back twice and Draymond having choice words for the super team argument.
I wanted to make sure all the petty moments were done between the two before I posted so that is why I waited. Check out the jabs back and forth, I guess this gives more fuel to the Cavs-Warriors rivalry and gives us something to talk about.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors playing in their third straight finals and Kevin Durant now forming a super team with the Warriors a snippet of a LeBron and KD song has been released. Yes, it is a rap song and yes, they say it is from 2011, so whoever (I don’t feel like researching) released it must want some attention?
We all know what happened to LeBron James, Los Angeles home this week and it wasn’t a pretty thing, matter of fact it was a hateful thing that seems in the shadows of America. Maybe it isn’t in the shadows for some, but for those that try to mask it this situation stays in the shadows.
Jason Whitlock (whom I personally don’t like his views) had an egregious view about LeBron’s home getting vandalized and put him another others on a pedestal and pretty much tried to separate himself from other African American people, which at the end of the day is stupid. If LeBron can become victim of racial slurs and or racism what about the regular folks like me? It is a no brainer it can happen and has happened throughout my lifetime.
Fast forward to Friday and Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett who has been one to never hold his tongue lashed out on social media against Fox Sports One worker Jason Whitlock and he had a lot of great points.
It was reported that LeBron James, Los Angeles home was vandalized Tuesday and somebody had the balls to spray the N-Word on his gate (if you don’t know what the N- Word holla at me in the comments). It is sad because James is the best player in the world and he is one of the most recognizable and he just like millions of other black men still have to deal with racial situations. What did James do to deserve this? Honestly just be black, in this world we can’t pick what color skin we are, but we can control how we treat others no matter race or condition and this just proves that as a whole we have a long way to go. Nowadays racism comes from keyboards and hidden agendas, the same people that cheer for African American players on a daily basis are quick to shoot racial slurs at the same player or players if they do something they don’t approve of and it is sad. This isn’t all people, but the percentage is higher than the masses want to believe.
I love how LeBron addressed the media on Wednesday, because he could’ve acted like it wasn’t a big deal and we all know it is. Check out what James had to say and also see what hall of famer Isiah Thomas had to say about the James stepping up to the plate.
Basketball aside James has done a lot for the urban community and he needs to be applauded for that a lot of our favorite players have whiffed when put in certain situations or have been in the shadows. As a black man I admire his work especially off the court.
So at the beginning of the season everyone thought Golden State and Cleveland were on a collision course to playing in the NBA Finals for three seasons in a row. With the Cavs being in the weak Eastern Conference and being the place that LeBron James calls home you had to agree they were the favorites in the East. In the West the Warriors added Kevin Durant to the same team that has Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Seems like a video game right?
The Cavs played like crap in the second half of the season, but we all knew that was because of injury, rest and inserting new pieces to the equation. Kevin Love was out for a few months due to injury as well as J.R. Smith, they had to incorporate new members Deron Williams, Kyle Korver, Derrick Williams and Andrew Bogut (Bogut only got to play a few minutes before suffering a season ending injury). They even allowed the Celtics to claim the number one seed in the East, but it hasn’t mattered because they have swept the Pacers and Raptors. They will face the winner of the Wizards-Celtics matchup that is currently 3-2 Celtics, but will make easy work with whichever teams survives their current series. So, unless something crazy happens this season the Cavs will be going to the finals.
In the West, the Warriors have had a good season, they dealt with Kevin Durant escaping a season ending knee injury. They struggled for a hand full of games to adapt without KD, but once they found stride it was the worst thing that could’ve happened to the league because now they remember how to play without KD on the floor. (Losing Harrison Barnes and adding Durant isn’t fair) JaVale McGee has been very solid off the bench, something before the season nobody predicted. Like the Cavs, the Warriors have swept the Trail Blazers and Jazz and are waiting on the winner of the Spurs-Rockets series that the Spurs are currently up 3-2. I personally think the Rockets would be a more interesting matchup for the Warriors because of their style of play, but even with that said I couldn’t see it going past five games.
So like most predicted before the season, the Cavs and Warriors will be facing each other for the third time in a row in the NBA Finals. The question is who gets the tie breaker? The series is knotted at one. Can the Cavs handle the all-star studded Warriors? Of is LeBron and his all-star crew kryptonite for Golden State? In June we will find out because neither the Wizards, Celtics, Spurs nor Rockets can stop this third NBA Finals matchup. The writing is on the wall pleighboi.
Everyone remembers when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed the “Big Three”. They won the NBA Championship in 2008 and made the finals in 2010, but with all the success it ended sour between Ray Allen and his teammates because he left his crew to join the Miami Heat a few years later.
On Area 21 Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo addressed the Ray Allen situation. Check out the link below.
“It was more than basketball for us… It felt like a sour breakup.”
Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took center stage in the opening portion of the ESPY’s. The four megastars used the platform to promote social change. Touching on matters such as gun violence, racial profiling, community involvement, and other prevalent issues, were brought to the forefront. Oftentimes big time athletes are afraid to touch on social issues in fear of losing fans, money, and endorsements, so this was refreshing to see.
If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below.
I haven’t pinned much on the NBA lately, being busy with my Scout duties, #GoBearcats. I’ve seen a few things I wanted to talk about, but didn’t have the time to do good research to jot down my thoughts in an educated manner. Well today I felt like putting my two cents in on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes situation.
First to get what Kevin Durant is going through we need to rewind back to win LeBron James was a free agent back in 2010. I’ll never forget where I was at when LeBron took his talents to South Beach, I was visiting my auntie Karen in San Diego planning how I was going to propose to the love of my life. July 8, 2010 will never be forgotten by me for numerous reasons, for one it’s my wife’s birthday, it the decision date and it was the day I got engaged.
Now that I’m done with my backstory, Durant’s situation is a lot different from James’ situation in 2010 mainly because James was an adopted Cleveland kid, Akron is damn near like a Cleveland suburb no matter how you cut it, so his ties to the Cavs run deep at least to a fan and geographical aspect. For Durant he doesn’t have that tie to the Thunder, but it is a mid-market team like the Cavs. He also has Russell Westbrook who is a free agent after the 2016-17 season also and they have an organization that has done a better job at getting players around KD than the Cavs did with LBJ the first time around. Durant is a Maryland kid and thoughts were that the Wizards were trying to make a push, but that seems to be a pipe dream for Wiz fans.
From the outside looking in it seems that the Warriors are major players, Spurs and of course the Thunder. I feel like the Thunder have the upper hand, with the recent trade for Victor Oladipo it makes them even more potent, but if KD knows Westbrook is leaving after the season is up then you have to think why not join the Warriors who have Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry locked up for years to come.
If Durant leaves will there be backlash? Yes, but it won’t be the same level experienced by James in 2010 so with that being said KD needs to call Bron in say thanks. No matter his decision I don’t think jerseys will be burned in OKC, but only time will tell what KD will do.