The World According to Keitho

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

Durant to the Warriors

Posted by keithosaunders on July 4, 2016

Maybe the Warriors can get LeBron too. Why stop at Kevin Durant? All the stars should congeal on one team which will save us the time of having to watch regular season games. We’ll tune in during June for the Dream Team exhibition Finals while the one per centers enjoy their corporate luxury suites.

I’m just about at the end of my rope with sports which has turned into a corporate, joyless cesspool full of overpriced arenas, arrogant, over-paid athletes, and tedious replay reviews. The only thing that keeps me going is inertia – I’ve been watching practically my entire life and old habits are difficult to break.  That, and I’d like to see the Mets win one more time.

The toughest thing will be what to talk about in social situations and on gigs.  I’m going to have to come up with an entire new set of topics.  Comic books anyone?  How about basket weaving instead of basketball.

Posted in basketball, sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Warriors no more

Posted by keithosaunders on June 21, 2016

The Golden State Warriors won a record 73 games in the 2015-16 season but will be remembered for being the first team to blow a 3-1 lead in games in the NBA finals.  That’s the way it goes in sports.  The Cleveland Cavaliers were the better team and deserve the title.  A spate of injuries, Steph Curry’s shooting slump,  LeBron James’ greatness, and the one game Draymond Green suspension were fatal to the Warriors.

All that said, LeBron is hard to take.  What is he, faking an injury in the last minute of game 7?  With seconds to go in the game he’s writhing around on the floor seemingly in pain, yet after the game buzzer sounded  he’s pounding the ground in joy with the same hand!  Then he’s crying tears of joy?  For the city of Cleveland?  That’s the same city he said screw you to 6 years ago when he took his talents to South Beach.  And it’s the same city he’s libel to say screw you to this off season.

In his post game comments James didn’t even bother to mention the Warriors.  You would think he would note the fact that they were a great team, or congratulate them on a great season, but no.  Everything was self-directed:  “I competed, I looked inside of myself, I did this, I did that…”  Enough already.  We don’t need LeBron to tell us he’s great –  we know that already.  And if that wasn’t enough, James rubbed salt in the wound by wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt as he disembarked from the team plane in Cleveland.  Stay classy.

But that is the society we live in now.  This is a cynical, dog eat dog, Darwinian world.  Athletes, as well as media stars and politicians have taken their cue from the nasty, smarmy tone of reality TV.  The age of classy winners is in the rear view mirror.

We turn the page.  Time for the baseball season and a little team called The New York Mets!   On the other hand, maybe I’ll read a book instead.

 

Posted in basketball, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

This NBA finals stinks on ice

Posted by keithosaunders on June 17, 2016

You have to love sports.  And hate them.  This year’s NBA finals, which once looked like a cake walk for the Golden State Warriors, has taken on the feeling of a disaster waiting to happen. The Warriors, in the span of 5 days, have gone from a record-setting 73 win team, to possibly committing one of the all time playoff chokes.  No team in the NBA Finals has blown a 3-1 lead in games.  32 times a team has gone up 3-1 and 32 times that same team won the championship.

It is this hater’s opinion that the Warriors were screwed by the NBA when it took the league two days to call a flagrant foul on Draymond Green.  You either call it when it happens or you don’t call it.  If they don’t trust the refs they’ve hired then why use them in the first place?  Call everything by computer.  Green’s subsequent suspension cost the Warriors game 5, and the Dubs, with Draymond back on the court for game 6 in Cleveland, were simply steamrolled.

To make matters worse they’re losing terribly with petulant tantrums and uncharacteristic whining.  Steph Curry throwing his mouthpiece at a [admittedly douchey] fan was a terrible look.  It’s true that they’re not getting calls but can they make a shot?  Does everything have to be a low percentage three chucked with abandon?

And that’s why sports is humbling.  Life is humbling. Just three days ago the Warriors fans were making fun of LeBron for being a baby.  Now they look like the sp oiled brats. Up until this point in the season have had everything go their way. Now, at the first sign of adversity, they’re coming unglued.

Sunday is high noon.  Either they’re a team for the ages, or they can take their place alongside the 1986 Redsox, the 2004 Yankees, and insert your Greg Norman grand slam choke here.  [           ]

Folks, it’s crunch time.

 

 

Posted in basketball, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The NBA Finals and the Warriors quest for greatness

Posted by keithosaunders on June 14, 2016

It’s been a monumental season for the Golden State Warriors.  They won a record-setting 73 and proceeded to plow through the first two rounds of the playoffs.  They won an epic 7 game conference final series against an outstanding Thunder team and they now find themselves one win away from their second straight championship.

Tonight’s game 5 featured epic performances by the Cleveland Cavalier’s LeBron James – (41 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists + 3 steals and 2 blocks!) and Kyrie Irving  (41 points, 6 rebounds,  3 assists, and 2 steals.)  Yet it seemed like something was missing from the Warriors offense and defense.  Oh yeah…Draymond Green missed the game after being suspended for a specious flagrant foul committed in game 4.

It’s bad enough that the refs have to review every hard foul but to have to wait two days for the league officials to pour over evidence as if it was the Zapruder film adds insult to injury. Am I the only person in the world who hates replay in all sports?  Folks, enough is enough.  This childish obsession with getting it right is killing the game’s momentum.  If the evidence has to be incontrovertible how can a play that takes two days to review be overturned?  It’s even worse in baseball, a sport that is slow enough on its own.

The Warriors were jobbed.  I’m not saying that they would have won game 5 — Curry and Barnes had sub par games and LeBron and Irving were unstoppable.  But wouldn’t it have been nice to see how that game would have played out with the teams at full strength?

Posted in basketball, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Damn Heat

Posted by keithosaunders on June 1, 2011

What has annoyed me the most about the Miami Heat post-season, is the way they celebrated after the Boston series.  To look at the histrionics — the hugging, the carrying on, Lebron crying — you would have thought they had won it all, instead of a second round series against an aging, injury-rattled team.  I mean, act like you’ve been there before.

But that’s just it.  This team, outside of Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem, hasn’t been there before.  They are a made-for-TV, thrown together bunch, that just happens to have three of the best players in the game.  With each passing game their aura of inevitibility grows stronger, and I am having a hard time envisioning a scenario in which this series goes more than five games. 

It is possible, albeit just barely, to shut down Lebron or Wade, but then what do you do with Bosh?  After an up and down season, he has been close to unstoppable all playoffs long.  You forget what a powerful presence he is in the paint — there have been no easy shots in the lane for Heat opponents, and he has been able to control the offensive boards, as well as score at will.

I have to admit that the more the Heat win, the more my disdain grows to Yankee proportions.  It wasn’t just that Lebron decided to leave Cleveland.  It was the dog and pony show that accompanied it.  It was as if we, the NBA fans, were supposed to applaud the triumvirate of Bosh, James, and Wade, simply for deigning to play on the same court. 

There is something karmically wrong with this team.  I have a problem with a team being put together in a single offseason to instantly win a championship.  The Pistons of the early 90s played together for years before finally beating the Celtics and winning the title.  The Bulls, even with the mighty Jordan, had to pay their dues at the hands of said Pistons.  The Spurs of recent history had a core that played together for years, but they didn’t magically emerge from a hyped up cloud of free agent signings.

There’s only been one game; anything can happen.  Dallas is plenty good, but they will need more from their supporting cast — Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler, I’m looking at youse —  if they hope to make this a series. 

In the meantime, here’s hoping we will at least get a competitive six game series.  If there is any justice, the Heat will lose and the Cavaliers, with the 2nd and 4th pick in the draft, will become good and  take next year’s title. 

 Right.  a bridge to sell me?

 

Posted in basketball | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Clusterfuck of the stars

Posted by keithosaunders on February 23, 2011

I remember when sports used to be fun.  You rooted for your team year in and year out and for the most part it had the same cast of characters — turnover was gradual.  Growing up in Los Angeles, come spring we could count on the Dodgers fielding an infield of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey.  In the fall we would look forward to seeing Jack and Jim Youngblood anchoring the Rams defense; a few years before that it was Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen.

These days it is rare to have a core group of players playing for the same team for a sustained period of time.  Recently we’re seeing a trend of high-profile players, who through collusion, or the desire to play for a championship team, have managed to find a way to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap and play for the same team. 

We’ve seen this for years with the New York Yankees and Boston Redsox.  Players such as Roger Clemens or David Cone would come to New York after denying trades to other teams in order to pick up their ring.  (the Yankees didn’t win a Series with Johnson, largely because he was terrible in the playoffs)

Last year, when Lebron James announced he was leaving Cleveland for South Beach, and Chris Bosh followed suit from Toronto, I said to myself, “this stinks on ice.”  How great would it have been had Lebron stayed in Cleveland and brought them to the promised land?  He would have been an all time hero.  Instead his ring will be reduced to the staus of foregone conclusion.

With yesterday’s blockbuster trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks we have a grouping of stars that is as puzzling as it is annoying.  Why would a team that is second in the league in scoring trade for another offensive player?  The Knicks can’t rebound and play defense — now they have mortgaged their future for a one-dimensional player who is anything but a proven winner. 

It turns out that last summer, at Anthony’s wedding, New Orleans Hornets point guard, Chris Paul, made a toast in which he suggested that he, Amare Stoudemire, and Anthony team up in New York.  Two thirds of that ring-seeking triumvirate are in place.   

Carmelo Anthony

Posted in sports | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

The Phillies, Heat, Celtics, Wall Street, and the consolidation of power.

Posted by keithosaunders on December 14, 2010

The Yankee fans won’t admit it but they are stunned and shattered by the Phillie’s drive-by signing of Cliff Lee.  They did not see this one coming.  In October, after the Texas Rangers eliminated the Yankees in the ALCS, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were rife with comments such as, “Cliff Lee will look great in pinstripes!”  It was as if the only way the fans could process the ignominy of losing to the small-market Rangers was with the comforting knowledge that they would soon usurp their best player.   They thought it was a foregone conclusion, and they thought so up until 9pm Monday night. 

Have you noticed this recent trend of super-teams?  A few years ago the Celtics somehow  finagled their way into a lineup that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.   More recently we saw the Miami Heat’s twin signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to compliment their resident star, Dwyane Wade.   Now the Phillies will possess what is possibly the greatest pitching staff since the 1970 Baltimore Orioles and the Koufax/Drysdale Dodger teams of the mid-60s. 

In the past great players were content to have teams built around them.  Lately we see them willing to share the spotlight — to coalesce.  They eschew the individual spotlight for the greater glory that comes with championships.  Some would call it selfless. I call it greed.  They are already rich beyond their wildest fantasies — the only thing left for them is a championship ring. 

While I’m glad that Lee didn’t end up on the Yankees, I’m not enamored with him.  I have no use for the type of player who is essentially a hired gun.  That’s why I never liked David Cone or Roidger Clemens.  They would go to a team, collect their ring, and move on.  Lee could have stayed in Texas and become a real hero.  Instead he chose the easy way:  to go a team of superstars and collect his ring a la LeBron.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he went to Philly instead of the Yankees.  At least Philly has only won a couple of times

I think you can draw a line from these powerful sports franchises to the way the American economy has seen its wealth consolidated among the top 1%.   Players are merging to form super-teams, much the way banks were merged to form mega-corporations.   

Hopefully this is just a trend.  Otherwise the Mets are screwed.

Posted in baseball | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Breaking news: Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to miss the 2010-2011 season!

Posted by keithosaunders on July 9, 2010

The Associated press reports:

The Miami Heat announced this morning that Chris Bosh & Dwyane Wade may miss the 2010 -2011 season when they were discovered early this morning dazed and confused with multiple leg fractures crawling along a drainage ditch adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike.  In an unrelated matter, Lebron James announced that he will host a one hour special on ESPN next Thursday night at 9 ET entitled “What’s Next?” It will be broadcast live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  For those who can’t get to Newark, it will also be shown on a 500 foot Diamondvision that will be set up on the construction site of the Nets’ new arena in Brooklyn. 

 In yet another odd companion story, Russian billionaire, Nikolai Prokhorov announced one of the biggest real estate deals in modern times with the revelation that he has purchased Akron, Ohio.  The mayor could not be reached for comment.  In fact, the mayor could not be reached at all. 

 Coincidentally, the deputy mayor was found this morning floating face down in the Ohio River.  The governor immediately appointed a new deputy mayor, Svetlana Prokhorov.  When reached for comment, Ms. Prokhorov would only say, “I am da winnah”. 

 Later this morning, the New Jersey Nets announced that tickets for the upcoming NBA season would go on sale sooner than had been expected——tomorrow.  Tickets can be purchased at the Prudential Center box office or by going online and visiting their brand new web site:  www.itaintovernyet.org

J. Mazzeikov

Posted in basketball | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

I’ve got LeBron fatigue

Posted by keithosaunders on July 8, 2010

ESPN’s all-LeBron-all-the-time coverage has me pining for a simpler era.  One in which the coverage was more understated.  Like the O.J. trial.  The sports network talking heads have been dissecting every rumor out of Cleveland as if they were rabbis parsing Talmud.  At this point I am exhausted with the hype and will almost certainly be rooting against whichever team he signs for.  
  

I realize that summer is a slow time for television but this is ridiculous.  I’d rather watch reruns of The Brady Bunch.  You know the one:  Joe Namath guest stars and throws a touchdown pass to Bobby.  Now that was riveting drama.

Can anyone even recall Magic Johnson and Larry Bird ever having being free agents?  There certainly wasn’t Academy Awards style TV specials back then to mark the event.  Nobody would have watched.  What, miss Hill Street Blues and Cheers to see Bird re-sign with Boston?  You’ve gotta be kidding! 

The thing is that Magic, Bird, Kareem, and Julius Erving were, at the very least, the equal of LeBron.  Hell, Kobe is better than LeBron and he didn’t get a made for TV special.  I’ll tell you what, he never got a dinner!  Not to take anything away from Akron’s finest but who would you rather build your team around?  I’ll take any of the aforementioned. 

So what if James signs with Miami along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and goes on to win four titles?  Ho hum.  It won’t be news if he goes to the up and coming Bulls and joins Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose and the rest of that fine squad and tries to equal Jordan’s feat of six titles.  Big deal. 

Now if he stays with Cleveland and helps that city to its first professional title in 46 years, that’s a different story.  I will tip my cap to him.  But if he really wants a challenge he should consider donning the blue and orange of a little team called the New York Knickerbockers.  Then, and only then, will he be worthy of the moniker of King.

Posted in basketball | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »