Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:50 pm

LeFavre James

We now have a winner for Greatest Ego of All Time.

There's only one choice. There will always be only one choice.

LeFavre James.

LeFavre is apparently holding a primetime news conference on ESPN on Thursday night. We'll put aside for a moment that a news organization is allowing itself to be pimped out by LeFavre.

We'll instead focus on the grand, gigantic, Jupiter-sized ego of James. This is one of the most ridiculous things ever done by a professional athlete and that's saying something.

I'm on record stating it's a good thing for James and the other free agents to make as much money as possible. But this is going too far.

James isn't in high school announcing he's going to Florida State. He's a professional athlete, a grown man, and this reeks of horrid ego and childish insecurities.

James is out of control. He will lose the support of a great many people for this and across the NBA players will laugh at him. They'll shake their heads and laugh at him.

All this for a guy who is ringless.

Good luck, LeFavre.

Should we get you some makeup for your primetime appearance?

Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
Posted on: June 30, 2010 3:18 pm

Who would Cleveland hate more: LeBron or Modell?

Art Modell may deny this now but he once told me this story and I don't believe he was joking.

He talked about a bad dream he once had where everywhere he went -- the kitchen, the office, the bathroom -- there were Cleveland Browns fans scolding him for moving the Browns to Baltimore.

He laughed after telling me this story but it didn't sound like he was kidding.

Modell became one of the most hated -- if not the most hated -- man in that city's history. Modell had the right to move his team. It was his team, after all. He could do what he wanted but Modell knew he'd also have to live with the consequences of such a dire action.

Now, LeBron James is considering leaving Cleveland. In a way, James is his own franchise. He is the Cleveland Cavaliers. So ostensibly if he bolted it'd be like Cleveland losing another team.

And who'd be more despised, Modell or James? It's a good question.

It seems like Modell, easily, and maybe that's correct. I've never seen a sports figure more hated by an entire city than Modell except for possibly Steve Bartman by Chicago.

Yet the hatred of Modell has slightly ebbed. Emphasis on slightly. Cleveland lost a team but it has one now.

James leaving would be an open wound. It would be viewed as a second betrayal and because it'd be so recent the sting might hurt even more.

If he leaves James had better be prepared for some heavy, unmitigated scorn. It'll be something like he's never seen or experienced in his life.

There may also be a few bad dreams, too.

Category: NBA
Tags: Browns
Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:46 pm

Izzo did right thing

Tom Izzo is staying at Michigan State and that's a good thing. Good for the Spartans and good for Izzo.

Really good for Izzo because had he gone to Cleveland he'd have ended up fired within three to four years.

That's what happens to college coaches. There's a reason so few of them survive in the NBA. The players don't respect them. They don't listen to them. The players barely respect lifer professional NBA coaches.

The situation in Cleveland was also a trap for Izzo. If LeBron James did return -- which remains more likely than not -- anything short of a title for Izzo would have meant failure. That's what happened to former coach Mike Brown. He took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, was coach of the year and won almost 300 games in Cleveland. Still, he was fired.

Was Izzo going to do better than that? No.

Izzo would've made more money in Cleveland but he'd have been looking for work again just a few years later.

So Izzo did the right thing. This is one of those rare situations where everyone wins.

The move will look especially brilliant when Michigan State wins the title next year.
Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
Posted on: June 13, 2010 11:02 pm

Celtics in control

BOSTON -- The Celtics are winning because they're a team. The Lakers are on their way to losing this series because it's Kobe Bryant versus the world.

Boston beat Los Angeles 92-86 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead as the Celtics again showed that simple math does indeed work. Five beats one every time.

Bryant was the only consistent Lakers threat and despite a heartfelt and brilliant effort from him no other Laker -- including Phil Jackson -- showed Bryant's smarts and resolve.

In fact, it would be nice if the old Zen Master earned his paycheck.

This is now the Celtics' series to lose. The series may not be over but the Lakers have yet to show they can beat this Boston team two straight times. SuperKobe or not the chances of that happening against a Boston team that has figured out the Lakers are slim.

No, it's not over but that noise you hear in the background is champagne chilling in the Boston locker room.

Bryant scored 38 points. The other four Lakers starters had 34 points combined.

That's how a team loses a series.

Category: NBA
Tags: Celtics
Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:00 am
Edited on: June 13, 2010 11:03 pm

Celtics 92 Lakers 86

BOSTON -- The blame for the Los Angeles Lakers throwing away Game 4 -- yes, tossing it into the garbage -- along with a chance to put a stranglehold on this series comes down to two men: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

In 82 minutes the two bigs combined for two offensive rebounds. If that doesn't get a team beat, nothing will.

Gasol and Odom were symbolic of the Lakers' 96-89 loss to Boston. The Lakers looked soft and at times uninterested in matching the Celtics' fourth quarter intensity especially on the critical offensive boards. Boston had 20 second chance points to the Lakers' 10.

Gasol and Odom may have been effective scorers but with Andrew Bynum clearly hurting they needed to be more physical inside particularly since Big Baby Davis was putting a clown suit on them.

As a result the series is tied at two games. It's certainly not time for Los Angeles to panic but the pressure, squarely on Boston before this game, now shifts back to Los Angeles.

Category: NBA
Tags: NBA Finals
Posted on: January 20, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 3:48 pm

The All-White basketball league

Saw this story on the Internet and, well, what the hell can you say.

It's about the start-up of an all-white basketball league. The story and link are going a tad viral.

The core part of the league's charter is this: "Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league."

Well, alrighty.

The only thing you can do is laugh at a story like this so I decided to do the top 10 things about the All-White basketball league using solely my sick and twisted mind and friends on Twitter:

10. Warm-up drill music will be provided by John Tesh.

9. Halftime show features cross burning.

8. Vinny Del Negro is banned from the league. (Twitter, JimSparkles)

7. "We would like to announce Larry Bird as the president of our league."

6. Chest passes resulting in baskets are worth 10 points.

5. JJ Redick is the first overall draft pick. (JimSparkles)

4. Introducing the four and five point lines. (Hailtotheorange)

3. Any player wearing dreadlocks is automatically suspended for 30 days.

2. Glenn Beck does the play-by-play. (Mise)

1. The Slam Dunk Contest will be replaced by the Air Guitar Festival. (BothTeamsPlayed)

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2010 4:34 pm

Gilbert Arenas got what he deserved

Because he mocked the entire situation.

Because he made fun of a serious thing.

Because he didn't seem to think he did anything wrong.

Because he thumbed his nose at David Stern.

A yearlong suspension seemed like silly talk initially. Then, Gilbert Arenas acted the fool, and showed no true remorse for bringing in the gangster starter kit into an NBA locker room.

Then Gunsmoke Arenas mocked Stern and a serious legal investigation into his actions by acting out gunplay during pre-game drills on Tuesday night. Arenas didn't give a damn. He never did.

Let's be clear. Arenas isn't a thug. Arenas is about as gangsta as Carlton from "The Fresh Prince." He's a fake tough guy. Cardigan sweaters have more roughage than Arenas.

But he is a fool for his actions and an even bigger one for mocking a serious thing.

Arenas showed not just a lack of class or respect for gun control laws but he also ignored the area he plays in has traditionally been devastated by gun violence which is the reason for D.C.'s strict gun control laws. It's why the Bullets changed their name to the Wizards, Gilbert.

Arenas is likely gone for the season and this isn't Stern's fault.

This is all on Arenas.


Category: NBA
Tags: Wizards
Posted on: January 1, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2010 2:26 pm

This is a horrific joke, right?

Please, in the name of all things holy, don't let this be true. I'm begging the basketball gods.

Teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, according to the New York Post , allegedly drew guns on each other in the locker room.

We knew Arenas was a deadly accurate shooter but this is ridiculous.

And it was allegedly over a gambling debt. What kind of gambling debt causes guns to be allegedly drawn? What in the name of Tim Donaghy is that about?

If this report is true it would be unprecedented in sports and would again cause all the people who hate the NBA to once again call it Thugnificent. Some really enjoy pointing to the NBA as a symbol for what's wrong in sports when the truth is the league has mostly cleaned up its act.

This isn't what the NBA needs right now. It's just recovering from the Donaghy debacle and now come reports about a possible gun fight.

Pulp Fiction , NBA style.

If only Samuel L. Jackson was on the team.

Category: NBA
Tags: Wizards
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