As many of you know, I love the Lakers. Ever since ’96, they’ve been my favorite team in the NBA, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Lately, though, everybody’s been on the Heat’s genitalia. And for good reason. Not only did they keep Dwyane Wade, but they brought LeBron James and Chris Bosh down to South Beach, too. That’s a crazy trio. I’ve already expressed my skepticism about how well the Three Queens Kings will play with one another, but regardless, the Heat deserve all of the attention right now.
But those Lakers…
In a summer that’s been marked by player movement (LeBron, Bosh, Amar’e, Boozer, and potentially Chris Paul), the Lakers have kept Kobe, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, and Ron Artest (Queensbridge). That’s absolutely beautiful.
But wait… there’s more.
…and I still think going to the Miami Heat was a stupid move on LeBron’s part. And here’s why:
As a die-hard fan of both the Los Angeles Lakers and Twitter, I was very active on the social networking site last night, as my Lakers handed it to the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, to the tune of 102-89. It was definitely an enjoyable game to watch.
With that said, I was absolutely appalled and disgusted by the overwhelming show of support for the Celtics. Throughout the game, “#teamceltics” and “Celtics Fans” were mainstays on Twitter’s list of trending topics. And these Celtics fans were mainstays on my own Twitter feed, as well.
In all honesty, though, I don’t have a problem with Celtics fans. All I wanna know is, why does everyone hate on the Lakers so much?
In case you didn’t already know, Tiger Woods, at 11:00 AM EST this morning, made a public statement regarding his behavior, what he’s doing to fix it, and what his plans are for the future. (You know… the whole cheating scandal and whatnot, going to a sex rehab clinic, and his indefinite leave from golf… all that good stuff.)
The statement was televised by pretty much every network known to man. When surfing through all of my basic cable channels this morning, there were 13 (count ‘em: 1, 2, 3, 4… 13) networks airing the statement live: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Headline News, FOX News, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Comcast SportsNet, and The Golf Network. The only network that was messing up was C-SPAN, where the Dalai Lama was being presented with the Democracy Service Medal, from the National Endowment for Democracy. As C-SPAN.org writes, the medal was “in recognition of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and human dignity.” The site adds that, during the telecast, The Dalai Lama also “addressed the issue of human rights during his only public appearance in Washington.”
Umm… am I the only one who wishes that the news networks would’ve paid more attention to that than to Tiger’s statement?
And the Word of the Lord reads:
“Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou? This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” — John 8:1-7 (KJV)
After everything that’s come out in the news recently about Tiger Woods, it’s amazing to me how many people have jumped on him, talking about how terrible of a person he is, how he should be completely ashamed of himself, blah blah blah. I will admit that I think he did some stupid things too, such as leaving his name on that girl’s voicemail that leaked out to the media. Why you would call the girl and say, “It’s Tiger”… I don’t understand. Too much obvious evidence against you.
But let me be serious here. Although the whole infidelity issue is stupid, the fact of the matter is that we’ve all slipped up here and there and done pretty stupid things. Nobody’s perfect. I know I’m not. And that’s what made me think about that Bible verse.
What also made me think about it, however, was an article at theGrio that I recently read about a letter written to Tiger… by none other than NBA “bad-boy” Ron Artest, in which he attempts to be a positive example to Tiger. Yeah. It surprised me too.
PETA is so wrapped up in supporting the ethical treatment of animals that they’re forgetting about the ethical treatment of humans.
In case you haven’t heard already, Michael Vick signed a 1-year, $1.6 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. And I, for one, am extremely glad that he’s been offered a second chance.
His involvement in dogfighting was undeniably wrong, and I agree that he should have been punished. And he was. So I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s changed his attitude, and hopefully he won’t do something that proves otherwise.
There are still those, however, that think that Vick hasn’t been punished enough, and that he doesn’t deserve another shot. PETA is a part of this extremely hypocritical group.
That’s the title of a great article about Allen Iverson that I just finished reading in the latest issue of SLAM Magazine. In a nutshell, it talks about how Iverson’s influence has diminished.
Curious as to why? You should read the article.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a link to this article online anywhere, so I decided to type it up to share with the rest of you. Yes, I typed up the whole article. But I just think it’s that good.
If you watched all of Game 6 of this year’s Eastern Conference Finals (in the NBA Playoffs), I’m sure you remember LeBron not shaking the hands of the Orlando Magic players after the Cavaliers lost to the Magic, 103-90. According to LeBron, though, there’s nothing wrong with not shaking hands after the game.
THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS ARE THE 2009 NBA CHAMPIONS!!!!!
…that when Kobe comes through in the clutch for his team, like he did last night against Denver, it doesn’t seem to be as exciting to people as when LeBron comes through in the clutch for Cleveland?
I don’t really know.
Maybe it’s because LeBron supposedly has a better public persona? Because he’s newer to the league? Because he’s younger? Because he’s already “surpassed Kobe as a player,” according to former Lakers’ player/coach/manager Jerry West?
I don’t really know.
Even to Kobe’s fellow Lakers, it doesn’t seem to be that exciting. As teammate Lamar Odom remarked after last night’s game, “Kobe does that time and time and time and time and time again for game winners.” He then added, “It is routine–for him.”
Maybe that’s it. It’s routine, for Kobe. For LeBron… not so much.