The World Cup post is till active, I’ll save any match activity comments for over there, but I did want to include this separately;
I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone. The rest of the world needs a direct introduction to the recent phenomenon of #metoo. Sure, most of this will be dismissed as fan revelry, a communal celebration of shared exuberance, a party where overt testosterone fed enthusiasm must be overlooked or at least mitigated for the good of the cause. OK, we get it, but pretend like your mom is watching and act like a mensch. Acting appropriately is the best way to celebrate your team’s achievements.
They had the NBA draft last week; I didn’t watch it, never watch any drafts live, but take a peek the next day. Nothing is ever guaranteed, one pick will not make any team demonstrably better, especially fresh out of college, and unlike the NFL, kids coming into the NBA are less ready both mentally and physically. The one and done’s who draft high can buy mom that nice house she always wanted, but more times than not struggle with the brutal physicality that is the NBA. Not only is everyone big and strong (6-8 guards, really?) but any minimal deficiency will limit playing time and be exploited by the opposing team.
The biggest (and most exciting) wildcard for me is Luka Doncic. Luka is this European phenom who it is said will cause people to say ,”Dirk who?”. I admit that I know nothing about this kid outside of his stat sheet. Supposedly he has a good attitude and wants to learn, he will need both, the Euroleague is double A compared to the NBA. I can’t help it but the Ricky Rubio comparisons are unavoidable.
Another wild card, Trey Young. I did watch a few of his games, streaky, and very small. He set the Big Eight Conference on fire the first half of the season, then came back down to earth. I see him getting pick and rolled to death, literally getting swatted by bigger guards. A few more pounds wouldn’t hurt either.
Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III are ready right out of the gate, they will help their teams bag at least 10 more games a season.
Good news for Santino and Kevin, The Pistons secured Dwane Casey as their head coach, no doubt he and the rest of the team are hoping Lebron goes to L.A.
We can talk Lebron if you want. As mentioned before in an earlier post, I hope he stays in Cleveland. I hear there is a disgruntled guard in San Antonio that is looking for a new home. Adding Kawhi to the roster would go a long way in having Lebron stay put.
So if not Cleveland, where? He ain’t going to Houston. Philly is very intriguing, they are ready to win now, something on Lebron’s must have list. I see James, Embiid, and Simmons just as deadly as James, Wade, and Bosh, maybe more so.
There is also rumblings about L.A., Lebron already owns a few houses there, has the acting bug, and would fit in nicely with that lifestyle. But he is not coming without some carpool buddies. There are lots to choose from and Magic is not shy about opening up his wallet. Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomes, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan, Demarcus Cousins, any two of these dangled in front of Lebron with even just a matching Cleveland offer would probably be enough.
We can talk NFL if so inclined, although I am so far from even thinking about football now.. Edleman is fighting his 4 game PED suspension and wants it reduced; given how much Goodell hates the Patriots, not a chance.
Is Andrew Luck finally going to throw a football in practice?
Will Drew Brees break the all time passing yardage mark by Halloween?
Will Julio Jones (the best WR in the NFL) end his holdout with Atlanta, who will blink first?
Anything else sports related, let’s here it.