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jasoncollinsNBA player, Jason Collins, has come out as the first openly gay player in any of the big four professional American sports.

When I first heard the news of Collins coming out my first reaction wasn’t, “This is a great day for tolerance in sport and America,” nor was it, “Oh my god, this is going to bring down American and decent society as we know it.” My first reaction was, “Who the hell is Jason Collins?”

If you had the same reaction here is Jason Collins. He has played for the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and most recently, the Washington Wizards. This may be the reason that most people have never hear of him.

He is 34-years old and is currently a free agent. It is being reported that he is an “active NBA player” but in reality he has no team to play for. Thirty-four is pretty old by NBA standards and being a free agent probably makes it easier for Collins to come out. To me it seems like Collins is announcing this because he is about to retire.

Even though he says he wants to continue playing his age makes it very unlikely that any team will pick him up. Plus there will probably be some outcry from religious nuts towards any team that even considers signing Collins. There will probably be some very ignorant comments coming from players as well.

I think what Jason Collins has done is a great thing. I have always said that there are gay players in every professional sport. They have just been too afraid to come out for fear of reprisals and a fear that they may be committing career suicide.

It’s tough being the first person to do anything and Jason Collins has paved the way for other gay athletes.  Hopefully, the reaction to Collins’ announcement will be positive. I’m sure there will be some negative, hurtful comments coming from the usual suspects but overall I think America is ready for this.

I had no idea who Jason Collins was before today but I am positive that I will remember who he is for the rest of my life. Good luck, Jason, and thank you.

The Miami Heat are in big trouble. Not only are they on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics but they are on the verge of being dismantled.

After losing Game 5 at home last night, the Heat have been subject to even more scrutiny than usual. And no one is safe.

Most of the criticism has been aimed at head coach Erik Spoelstra. There is no doubt that he has made mistakes and has been out coached. Not playing Chris Bosh down the stretch in the fourth quarter might have sealed his fate. Even if Bosh wasn’t 100% you still have to put him out there to give yourself a chance to win. Like most of his team, he seems to fold under pressure. I can’t tell if he is infecting the team or they are infecting him. No matter what happens, Coach Spo will probably not be back next season. But you can’t blame everything on him.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade deserve some blame, too. Both of them will disappear for stretches at a time. LeBron has always had a weak psyche. When the team is winning he is the first one out there posing and preening for the cameras but when they are losing he sulks and seemingly gives up. He’s like the bully who finally gets punched in the mouth and runs off crying. The whole team is like that.

Charles Barkley was right when he called them a “whiny bunch.” They are. The fact that LeBron and Wade didn’t show up for the post-game press conference last night proves it. They were sulking in the locker room instead of facing the press. If Kobe Bryant had done that he would have been savaged in the press. When the Heat win they can’t wait to tell everyone about it. When the lose they pout like petulant little children.

And that is what the Heat are missing. They lack the maturity to deal with the ups and downs of professional sports and the mental toughness to needed to compete for a championship. The head coach can’t instill it in the team. LeBron James never had it. And Dwyane Wade is losing it with each passing game.

If the Heat lose Game 6 in Boston (and they probably will) you can expect to see some major changes in the Heat organization. You will also see the end to the failed experiment of stacking a team full of superstars in an attempt to win a championship.

The Heat Era is about to end and the Team Era will return to the NBA. And that’s what we’ve all been missing.

The NBA Playoffs start tomorrow and I am very happy. The Eastern Conference seems pretty cut and dry. Chicago, Miami and Boston are the cream of the crop.

Here are my predictions:

Bulls/Pacers: Bulls in 4.

Heat/Sixers: Heat in 5

Celtics/Knicks: Celtics in 4

Magic/Hawks: Magic in 6

Second Round:

Bulls/Magic: Bulls in 5

Celtics/Heat: Celtics in 6

Eastern Conference Finals:

Bulls/Celtics: Bulls in 6

The answer to the above question is: Of course he is. Paul Pierce is the biggest front-running douchebag in the NBA. He talks shit with every win and sulks off the court after every loss. (Think back to Game 7 of last year’s NBA Finals). The question really is rhetorical. Paul Pierce is the NBA equivalent of the Studio Gangster. But that’s not the important part of the story.

This all started after the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat on Thursday. After the game Pierce decided to tweet the following, “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis.” Funny, to be sure but you know he wouldn’t have said jack if the Celtics had lost. Again, think back to Game 7.

What makes this even more funny is that he was taking a cheap shot at LeBron James and the Miami Heat; the Ultimate Frontrunning Douchebags in the history of the world. That’s the punchline. Its two studio gangsters having a fight. Think Soulja Boy having beef with Ja Rule. That’s how funny this is.

You know who doesn’t think it’s funny? Udonis Haslem. He was the one who called Pierce a studio gangster. The whole quote is this: “”Paul who?” he said.”Man, ain’t nobody paying them dudes no attention, man. You know what studio gangster is? Look up that; look up the definition of studio gangster. I’m here to play basketball. First of all, I don’t tweet. So I wouldn’t know what he tweeted if you guys didn’t tell me.”

Let’s just set aside the fact that LBJ has to get teammates to defend him for a second and focus on the fact that a member of the Miami Heat is calling someone else a “studio gangster.” The whole city of Miami is made up of studio gangsters. From Rick Ross to DJ Khalid. From the Jersey Shore Guidos to The Basketball Wives. South Beach is the Studio Gangster capital of the world.

As a Laker fan I love to see two pretenders to the throne fight amongst themselves but this goes beyond all my wildest dreams. It’s off the charts on the Irony Meter.

If the Celtics want to puff out their collective chests when the win a game and sulk when they lose, that’s fine with me. If the Heat want to get overly defensive every time they lose a game, that’s fine, too.

I wouldn’t expect anything less from either of them.

While ESPN is desperately waiting to give LeBron James his first championship it, is the Miami Heat fans that are injection some sense into the circus that has followed the Heat for the last month. Kind of.

In a recent open scrimmage, Heat fans burst into a “Beat L.A.!” chant. While that is extremely premature, it does prove one thing: Even front running Heat fans know the Los Angeles Lakers are the team to beat. Now if we can just get someone at ESPN to realize this because they are “All Heat, All the Time” now that the NBA season is at hand.

And let’s not forget about the other teams in the league, especially those in the Eastern Conference. I’m sure the Boston Celtics, the Orlando Magic and even the Chicago Bulls will have something to say about who faces (and loses to) the Lakers in the Finals.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for being optimistic, especially when it comes to sports. (Hell, I still believe that the Dodgers will make it back to the World Series before I die!)But there is a fine line between optimistic and delusional. The Heat fans and ESPN are right up against that line.

I know this is an old topic but it keeps coming up. People are still bitching about  Kobe getting the Finals MVP. Their argument: “He only shot 6-for-24. How is that an MVP?”  This 6-for-24 mantra is big with all the Kobe Haters out there and especially for one Boston-loving douchebag over at ESPN.

So, once and for all, let’s take a look at the “disappointing” Game 7 performance of one Kobe Bean Bryant.

While it is true that he shot 6-for24 it is also true that he scored 23 points, to lead ALL scorers. That’s right, even with that “horrible” shooting night Kobe still was the high scorer for the game.

Let that sink in for a second. The Finals MVP scores the most points in the most important game of the Finals. He also scored 10 of those points in the 4th quarter. That’s being a clutch player and dare I say, MVP-like.

Since his shot was obviously not dropping, Kobe decided to put his stamp on the game in another way: rebounding. He wound up with 15 rebounds for that game. Just to put that into perspective for you; that’s more rebounds than Kevin Garnett and Paul Peirce COMBINED! (Together they had 13.)

To put it simply, Kobe outscores every one, takes over the 4th quarter and out rebounds Boston’s top two players.

So, if all you can say is “6-for-24” that means two things; you’re a liar and you desperately don’t want people to know the truth or you’re an idiot who can’t even do a simple Google search to find the facts. If you work for ESPN I’d say it’s a little of both.