The NBA use to allow high school players to declare for the draft straight out of high school during my generation. During the 2006 (year I graduated high school) NBA Draft they reverted back to the old rule without the stipulation that was once allowed before. Before 1971 a player had to be one year removed from his graduating class before he was eligible for the NBA draft. Which is essentially the rule now with the added requirement in today’s NBA that the player be at least 19 years of age. In 1971 things altered a bit thanks to the US Supreme Court decision in Haywood v. National Basketball Association. They ruled 7-2 against the NBA stating that a player can be drafted into the league out of high school if the prospect presented evidence of hardship. During this era in the NBA all players went through four years of college before entering the NBA Draft.
A week ago we blogged about how LeBron James was overcoming the curse of Lil B. Game 3 had just ended, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were up 2-1 in the series. With LeBron averaging a 40 point triple double the curse seemed all but broken. I mean honestly… what could possibly go wrong?
Then in game 4 the evil magic came storming into the series. The Cavs would go on to get blown out at home, and LeBron James would go on to have arguably the worst day of his career.
How Bad Was IT???
LeBron had his head busted wide open by the same cameras that exposed his penis on National Tv….
Talk about an embarrassing ending for the “Best Player on the Planet”. The internet memes will be cruel all summer as LeBron James has now suffered back to back losses in the NBA Finals. However, I think its fair to mention that no player in the modern era has ever looked so good in a losing effort. I know it hurts LeBron, but keep your chin up, the best is yet to come.
The Golden State Warriors last chance to win the NBA finals may rest in the hands of hip-hop celebrity Lil B. After hexing Kevin Durant with mean tweets about his lack of swag and giving James Harden the “cookin’ curse”, Lil B has now set his sights on LeBron James, but unfortunately for Warrior fans the evil power of ‘BasedGod’ seems to be having a reverse affect in the NBA finals.
2015 is the year of the super team: a collection of talent and star players that should dominate the competition. The NBA doesn’t have a high volume of superstars anymore and the few superstars remaining can no longer elevate their team to a chip by themselves so they must band together to get it done. Man I miss the 90s…… Anyway what is supposed to happen when these super teams come together and have things blow up in their face? I mean I can’t even tell if the two guys above are on the same team.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor threw some shade on Kevin Love during a radio interview…
“I think maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure that’s how it’s going to work in Cleveland,” … “I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense, and he’s foul-prone.”
“I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him, because I think he’s going to be the third player on the team,” … “I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get blame if they don’t do well. He’s around a couple guys that are awful good.”
As I sat in my hotel room watching sports center I saw breaking news come across the ticker that Kevin Love had been officially traded to Cleveland. This bit of news came as no shock to me as this was the worst kept secret in all of sports. The deal had been done weeks ago and agreed upon in principle. The only reason it took this long was the NBA’s rule you can’t trade a draft pick for 30 days following the signing of his rookie contract. Day 31 was today and at about noon I saw the trade that I expected the collective sports world to yawn about. That was until the full details scrolled across my screen in a graphic fitting for a multi-billion dollar company.
In the trade Philly gets Alexey Shved a competent 3rd guard from Russia, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a future 1st round pick. Cleveland of course got the big prize in the Rebound (and Love) Machine. The most pausing thing I noticed though was Minnesota’s haul of Canadian top draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to go along with Thaddeus Young AND a 6.3 million dollar trade exception. Going into a trade teams normally have a planned trajectory; they say with this trade we want to “Win Now”, “Build assets for the future”, or “Create some money”. Somehow the Wolves managed to do all three!
The Father, The Brother, The Super Hero, LeBron James is all of That and More.
” I understand to these kids I’m more than a role model. I’m a superhero to them. I’m a father to them. I’m a brother to them, whatever the case they want me to be on that particular day.”
Today August 8th In North Eastern Ohio LeBron James held his annual LeBron James Family Foundation Press conference. LeBron expressed how important the foundation is to him and how the condions of his upbringing influenced him to give back. Continue reading LeBron James Family Foundation August 8th 2014