Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Durant’

wbcNBABy now the whole world knows that NBA player, Jason Collins, has come out of the closet. His announcement has been met with mostly positive comments. It has appeared that America has turned a very important corner in tolerance and acceptance. Of course, you knew it couldn’t last long.

Enter the Westboro Baptist Church. You know them, they’re the “God Hates Fags” people. And they really do not like Jason Collins or the NBA, for that matter.

They have decided that since the NBA is now rampant with homosexuals the are going to protest the playoff games of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets and The Chicago Bulls vs. New Jersey Nets. Here is their tweet announcing a new sign made especially for the NBA:

I’m not sure why they have to pick on poor Kevin Durant but I guess they really don’t need a reason. It should be pointed out that this “church” is basically made up of the family of the Reverend Fred Phelps (no relation to Michael Phelps). So it is kind of hard to take them seriously. But they do seem to get a hell of a lot of media coverage. I guess I’m guilty of enabling them, too.

They may hate Jason Collins, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and David Stern but there is one sports personality they like; Chris Broussard:

This is probably not the endorsement that Broussard wanted but I guess you have to take what you can get.

Oklahoma City and Chicago better get ready for an onslaught of literally 8-10 protesters descending on the arenas.

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The annual NBA passion play is about to start. I’m talking, of course, about the NBA Finals. This years version has the Miami Heat reprising their role as villain and the OKC Thunder will step in as the basketball savior.

The story goes something like this: the Heat are the basketball equivalent of the Death Star, wreaking havoc throughout the NBA Universe. If they are allowed to win an NBA title all hell will break loose and their reign of terror will last forever. Everything that is good and holy is at stake.

The Miami Heat has assembled a team of mercenaries with a singular focus: bring a title home to the Evil Empire…I mean South Beach. They have stockpiled a team of supreme talent fragile egos that has been the scourge of the NBA. The OKC Thunder, on the other hand, has quietly built a championship-caliber the old fashioned way, through the draft and nurturing young talent.

Its a classic tale of good and evil, right and wrong.

Kevin Durant has to step in as hero and destroy the Heat. Sure, he is young and this is his first Finals and its not fair to put the fate of the entire basketball universe on his shoulders but that’s what makes for great drama. Luckily, he has help. Russell Westbrook and James Harden (along with the bench) will put their stamp on this series but it will be Durant who will lead the Thunder to the championship.

Make no mistake, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Dark Side will not go down easily. They will fight till the end. Unless LeBron has another 4th quarter disappearing act like last year this series could easily go seven games. And that would be some great drama.

I just hope that one game we can see the Thunder in their white uniforms and the Heat in their all black ones. That would let even the most casual fan know who is who.

I am looking forward to watching this drama unfold before me and I’m pulling for the good guys to win. That’s why I’m picking the Rebel Alliance…err…the OKC Thunder to win in 6 games.

May the Force be with us.

ESPN came out with their rankings of all the NBA players yesterday and promptly set the Twitterverse on fire. It seemed like everybody hated their list. Including me.

It comes as no surprise that they listed LeBron James as #1. ESPN will do anything to heap praise on LBJ even if it means destroying what little credibility they have left. LeBron Apologists were happy but real fans knew that the list was flawed. With Kobe Bryant at #7 and Carmelo Anthony not even in the Top Ten, you know something is amiss.

So if ESPN can just randomly throw names in numerical order I figured I could do the same thing. Only my list makes a lot more sense.

So here is The REAL Top 5 NBA Players.

1. Dwyane Wade. He has a boatload of skills and more heart than LBJ could ever hope to have. He is the undisputed leader of the Miami Heat.

2. Kobe Bryant. Still one of the most clutch players in the league. Has the heart of a Champion and the will to win. Has slowed down a bit but still one of the best ever.

3. Kevin Durant. Possibly the best All-Around game in the league right now. Could be the next Magic Johnson. And he’s only going to get better.

4. Dirk Nowitzki. Greatest shooting big man in the NBA. Ever. Has finally shaken off the “soft” label. A threat from anywhere on the court.

5. LeBron James. I’m not a hater. The guy is a freak of nature but still has the 4th quarter collapse stink on him from last year’s NBA Finals. He can move up the list but has to prove himself.

So there is my list. Let the debate begin.

The Los Angeles Clippers may have lost out on the LeBron Sweepstakes last summer but I think they wound up with something even better; Blake Griffin.

After he missed all of last season after blowing out his knee in the final pre-season game, but now he is back with a vengeance. The fact that he has survived the Clipper Curse is reason enough to give him the MVP right now. I know there are some of you out there that do not believe in the Clipper Curse but I am here to tell you that it is real. Just ask Norm Nixon, Derek Smith, Marques Johnson, and Danny Manning.

Blake is doing the things on the court that LeBron does. Only better. And he is also not doing the things that LeBron does off the court. There is no runaway ego in Blake Griffin. He is the Anti-LeBron. He is never going to appoint himself The King, or throw eleven birthday parties for himself or even have a horrible one-hour show on ESPN announcing where he is going the play next. I think he and Kevin Durant are the future of the NBA. They play the game with joy and passion and leave all the ego stuff to others.

I think Blake has a legitimate shot to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season. How great would that be?

Let’s look at the stats Mr. Griffin has put together so far this season: 21.7 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game and he’s shooting 66% from the three point line! (That last stat is a little misleading since he has only attempted like nine 3-pointers so far. But that percentage is still impressive!) He is putting up all these great numbers but he is also doing one other thing; shaking every arena to its foundation with his monster dunks! You can see some of his handy work here.

Plus he’s doing all of this while playing for the worst owner in professional sports; Donald Sterling. This is a guy who literally heckles his players during a game from his court-side seats. You don’t see the owner of the Miami Heat telling LeBron he needs to work on his jump shot or bringing up Delonte West’s name, do you?

Blake Griffin is the only bright spot in yet another dismal Clipper season (they are currently 10-24). He is the only reason to go watch a Clipper game. Unless they are playing the Lakers or the Heat. How he gets psyched up to play every night for that team and that owner is beyond me. But he does it. And any player like that is extremely valuable.

So all of you can have your fashionable picks for MVP the year; your LeBron’s and Durant’s and even Amare Stoudemire (good luck with that one) but I’m going with Blake Griffin. How can you not? His uniform is red, white and blue.