LaVar Ball – Basketball Media Craze

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LaVar Ball has made some outlandish statements about his son, Lonzo, being better than Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, or Jason Kidd. He went on say, “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” For context, LaVar played basketball at Washington State where he averaged 2 points per game before transferring to Cal State – Los Angeles, a Division II program. He was an All-Conference player there in 1990. Not sure, but I think Jordan’s resume reads a bit better than LaVar’s…

LaVar has been involved in war of words with the likes of Stephen A. Smith, Charles Barkley, and LeBron James to mention a few and there is no sign that his lips will stop moving as he still has two more sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, who play for Chino Hills High School. In one game, while LiAngelo was out, LaMelo scored 92 points.

Now that UCLA has been ousted by Kentucky in the March Madness tournament and Freshman De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky outscored Lonzo, 39 to 10, his whole family will suffer major backlash.

My take on LaVar is that he is a brilliant marketer of his sons. They will be NBA level players and while we won’t know how good they will be at the highest level, we do know that they will mostly likely be set financially for life.

Having said that, I don’t know how his sons and his wife, Tina, feel about LaVar’s big mouth. There are reports out there indicating that Tina suffered a major stroke in February, 2017 and that LaVar has not allowed his sons to visit her due to the media attention it would draw. During a life threatening skull surgery on Tina to reduce pressure, LaVar chose to watch his sons play at Chino Hills High School instead of being with his wife.

If there is harmony within the Ball family, I’m fine with LaVar’s marketing strategy. If the reports of Tina’s health and actions that LaVar has taken are true, then it appears on the surface that there some serious family issues that LaVar needs to prioritize. After all, sports is entertainment, family is life… While I don’t know them, my prayers go out to Tina and the Ball family.

My advice to LaVar is to relax, support his family and let his son’s actions and play on the court speak for themselves. But most importantly, TAKE CARE OF YOUR WIFE !!!

Past NBA stars don’t respect Steph Curry and the Warriors

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Oscar Robertson, Phil Jackson and Charles Barkley don’t respect Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors success. Oscar believes that Curry is good only because today’s NBA coaches don’t know how to defend shooters. Oscar further states that his teammate Adrian Smith was a better shooter than Steph (huh?). Phil believes that Steph Curry reminds him of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA (Huh?). Charles said last year that the Warriors couldn’t win an NBA title because they are a bunch of midgets who only shoot 3-pointers. This year, Charles is guaranteeing that the Warriors won’t repeat for the same reason.

I understand that these are high profile great old timers whose voices should be heard.

My take on it is that what the Warriors are doing is not only revolutionary, it is totally FUN. This is what sports is meant to be. Sometimes, it is wiser to just chill out and enjoy greatness in the making.

Bryce Harper – Baseball is tired

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Bryce Harper, the young sensation from the Washington Nationals came out in March 2016 and declared “Baseball’s tired. It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself,” Harper began. “You can’t do what people in other sports do.”

I happen to agree with him. MLB has way too many “unwritten rules” to indicate that you must respect the game and never show up an opponent whether you hit a home run, strike out a great hitter, steal a base when you have a large lead, etc. These rules are all old school and no longer apply to modern day baseball players who want to express their successes. Sometimes, change is good and in this case, I say let the players celebrate their successes as they do in the NFL or NBA.

Old Timer’s like Goose Goosage, on the other hand, truly believe that the young stars of today are total disgraces to the game. His quotes:

“[Jose] Bautista is a f—ing disgrace to the game,” Gossage said at Yankees spring training. “He’s embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing.”

Well, I guess we all know how Goose Gossage feels about this topic.

He continued…

“The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it. I’ll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f–k they went and they thought they figured the f–king game out. They don’t know shit.”

Baseball was invented as a pleasure sport to relax and have FUN, not to always follow outdated starchy rules that aren’t even written down.

So which side of the aisle are you on?