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I Am ‘Not’ Legend

In Sports on June 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Anyone who has ever read anything that I’ve written about Kobe Bryant knows that I have been a huge fan of his…and I still am.

Kobe has treated us to some of the most memorable moments the NBA has seen in the post Jordan era.

Unfortunately he has also given his fans some disappointment to go along with his hoops greatness.

While his infidelity, smugness and often abrasive personality has given rise to quite a bit of unnecessary venom from sportswriters and NBA fans, his basketball skill has usually been unchallenged.

This season had been a sort of coronation of Bryant as he finally seemed to come from under the shadow of the baggage he had accumulated over the years; The Shaquille O’Neal trade, the Eagle Colorado sexual assault trial, the so called selfish on-court play as well as his willingness to throw his teammates and management under the bus.

He won his first NBA MVP award and he finally led his team back to the NBA Finals in a season that began with his tenure as a Laker in serious doubt.

Bryant and the Lakers’ blitzkrieg of the Western Conference in this year’s post season had many basketball pundits etching L.A.’s name on the Larry O’Brien trophy before they had even stepped on the floor for Game 1 against the Celtics, present company included.

Even after the Lakers went down two games to zero, most people thought that once Kobe went home to play in front of his Hollywood pals, the series would dramatically alter course.
It almost did.

After wining an ugly Game 3 at home, the Lakers started Game 4 playing as if the Boston Celtics didn’t even belong in the same league as them. Then came the biggest collapse in Finals history and the writing was on the wall. Surely Number 23 would never have given up a 24 point lead at home.

Like the guy in the GMC commercials that saturated the Finals coverage said;
Kids in America don’t walk around with shirts that say “I almost won.

This was supposed to be Kobe’s year. It was all laid out for him. The stars appeared to be aligned in just the correct sequence for us to witness another Jordanesqe moment of KB 24 as we all prepared for the inevitable tears and champagne that would finally solidify Bryant as being truly “like Mike”.

But alas, there will be no cheers in Tinseltown. No parades down Rodeo Drive. No I told you so from Kobe or his legion of fans.

After Game 4’s meltdown, the Lakers managed to win an even uglier Game 5 to send the series back to Boston with a chance to make history. More importantly a chance for Kobe to make his own history.

No team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals. Surely if there was a player who could pull off the impossible, it was the guy who once scored 81 points in a single game. The guy who once outscored the Western Conference Champions by himself over three quarters. The guy who once scored over 50 points in four straight games.

The moment was there for Kobe to seize and KB24 fans waited with baited breath to say to the world we told you so. But the moment never came.

Bryant nailed three shots from the behind the arc in the early moments of the first quarter in Game 6 and I thought to myself, those shots were pure liquid.

I had flashbacks of Jordan dropping 63 on Bird and Co. in 1986.

But that was it. The highlights were over as Boston’s suffocating defense and spirited bench play eventually ran the Lakers out of the gym by halftime.

Forget the controversy surrounding the officiating. Forget the fact that the Celtics did in fact play superior defense than Lakers, (who looked like they were studying the George Karl defensive play book). Forget the fact that Doc Rivers was schooling Phil Jackson on the bench. Forget even the fact that Kobe’s supporting cast never really showed up for the Finals.

I, we, were waiting for the moment when Bryant said forget this, it’s time for me to take charge.

The moment(s) never came. The victory by sheer willpower never materialized. In these Finals, Kobe played a little too much team ball and too little ‘Black Mamba’ ball.

Kobe may very well be the most talented player to ever lace ’em up, he certainly has the statistics to argue the point.

But unless he rattles off about three titles in a row, these Finals will be the blemish that all of his detractors will point to as the moment we all had to face the fact that maybe Kobe really isn’t like Mike.

Bryant still has a lot of basketball left in his tank, but with younger players like LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant hot on his tail, his window is closing sooner rather than later.

Maybe Kobe fans should just take the 81 point game, the scoring titles, the three rings with Shaq, the MVP award and enjoy it, because maybe we won’t get much else.

All in all a superb, Hall-of_fame career without question.

But when Kobe had a chance to become a legend, well, he just didn’t make it happen.

Not yet anyway, maybe not ever.


Hillary Clinton is right…about something

In Politics on June 12, 2008 at 12:09 am

Fortune teller?

Two years ago I wrote a column that pretty much echoed the sentiments of many Americans where I stated unequivocally that Hillary Clinton was going to be the next President of the United States. Then her campaign managers loused up the Democratic Primaries and the lock became the locked out.

Although Illinois Senator Barak Obama has been slated as the presumptive nominee (I never heard that term until this campaign) for the Democratic party, he still has two huge hurdles to climb before he can make history as this republic’s first black President.

The first hurdle is John McCain. While it’s true that McCain is this election’s version of Bob Dole, the sacrificial lamb thrown out by the Republicans in the face of an almost inevitable slaughter come November, the fact that he is running against a minority candidate will make this race closer than it really should be.

Obama’s second and most pressing concern however is actually making it to Election Tuesday…alive.

I find it eerie that during the Democratic Party’s primary campaign there were two references to assassination or at the very least shooting and guns. The first by former GOP Presidential candidate, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, which was actually a supposed stab at humor directed at the Illinois Senator, at a National Rifle Association meeting no less. Talk about feeding a bunch of Bubbas some incentive! Why didn’t he just hand out shooting range targets with Obama’s picture on it while he was at it!?

The next reference to assassination came from Hillary Clinton while in South Dakota, defending her decision to remain in the primary race despite what appeared to be an insurmountable lead by Obama. At least Clinton didn’t direct her insinuation at Obama…directly.

Huckabee apologized, of course, and said that he was just making a poor joke. So tell me this then. Why, as soon as an opportunity to make a gun joke became available, the first person he thought of was Barak Obama? Did he have that joke already prepared and was merely waiting for the off-stage-cue to interject his morbid humor into an already GOP biased event?

While Clinton’s reference to the 1968 assassination of then Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy wasn’t aimed at Obama, coming on the heels of Huckabee’s joke, Clinton’s reference only reinforced the fear that many black Americans have had ever since Obama began his ascent to the White House.

They’re gonna try to kill him.

I find it hard to believe, correct that, I find it impossible to believe that tens of millions of Americans will go to the polls in November and vote for Obama to be our nation’s next President. The concept that America has moved beyond issues of race enough to select a black man to be the face of our republic is just too much for me to swallow.

No, white America would rather lose thousands of more lives in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, start a new war with Iran, pay $6 for a gallon of gas, $5 for a gallon of milk and have their phones wiretapped before they let a black man be the president.

Don’t believe me?

This is the real heartbeat of America:

Yeah…that’s what Obama will face more than anything else in his run for the White House, the real America.

The media pundits and members of academia in our society are too smart to allow themselves to get trapped in any politically incorrect statements concerning Obama’s race, knowing full well that any such slip ups could be career suicide. But as Huckabee and Clinton showed us, just because they might not say it, doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking it.

The problem for Obama is that the majority of white America is more like West Virginia’s alien abduction candidates than Keith Olbermann. They would rather starve and/or die, than live in a country run by a black man, and in essence that’s been Clinton’s assertion all along. Unfortunately, she’s correct.

The Democrats are going to have a hard time defeating McCain come November even though this should be a landslide for them. President Bush has done so much damage to the nation and his party that anybody could win the election from the Democratic party, except a black candidate.

Even Hispanics don’t like the idea of a black president, with early polls suggesting that a majority of the Latino vote will side with McCain who offers nothing more than four more years of the same type of politics that have driven our country into the perilous conditions which we find ourselves in today. Bad economy, failed foreign policies, distrust from the international community, never ending pointless military conflicts, abuse of the Constitution from the Oval office, infringement on the privacy of American citizens: These are all aspects of the Bush regime, and McCain will certainly come in and follow suit.

Still, to most of white America even that is better than having a black President.

Maybe Obama should take heed to what Eddie Murphy had to say on the subject in 1983:

Maybe Clinton and Huckabee were just prepping us for an event that may seem ghastly, but is an American inevitability.

Oh no! Not me again!

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2008 at 4:23 am

The World According to MO

Curly Morris inhaling the world

As if I didn’t have enough blogs on the internet, I have now invaded WordPress. Thanks for having me guys/gals.

Let’s see, where should I start?

I’m neither a Republican nor am I a Democrat, in fact I’m nothing more than a Black American loudmouth (don’t believe me, check out my other blog)

I love the concept of God, but hate all religions equally for the mess they have made of civilization.

I do not understand or appreciate the concept of Kings and Queens in today’s world (idiot British and Japanese).

Shaquille O’Neal is the most overrated athlete of our era.

Any media person who hates bloggers should be kicked in their ass for presuming they have something better to say than anyone else on the web. Oh yeah I’ll do the kicking, try me.

The greatest rapper ever is named Black Thought…he’s the lead emcee of the Legendary Roots Crew from Philadelphia (and I’m from the Bronx and I know that), he’s closely followed by Can-I-Bus.

Cobain was a better songwriter than Morrison and Hendrix, but not quite as good as Elton John.

Erykah Badu is the shizznit but Jill Scott is dead on her ass.

Kobe is better than Jordan and when all the Baby-Boomers die, that fact will finally be established.

Babe Ruth couldn’t carry Barry Bond’s jockstrap.

Barry Bonds couldn’t carry Ken Griffey Jr’s jockstrap.

Roger Clemens is hilarious.

Hockey is only good during the Olympics.

George ‘Dubya’ Bush being appointed President by the Supreme Court was the final sign that the end is nigh.

Hollywood actors should never be asked their opinion about anything that doesn’t concern a script (They’re actors, get it? Actors! Do you understand what actors do for a living? They act like other people. In some circles that’s called schizophrenia.)

I still do not understand how marijuana is illegal but cigarettes aren’t? Well, I understand, but it represents the epitome of hypocrisy in out nation’s so called war on drugs (which by the way has outlasted two gulf wars and five U.S. Presidents…and we’re still losing).

Speaking of drugs…how is that we can find an ounce of cocaine on street hustler in the pitch black of night, but nobody can seem to find the billions of tons of cocaine that comes into our ports every single day of the year?

Condoleeza Rice should never be allowed into Harlem, the South Bronx, Watts, South Side Chicago, East St. Louis any ghetto, hood, projects or any black barbershop or beauty salon on the planet without somebody slapping the absolute shit out of her. Then again…she never will venture into places will she. I guess that’s the point. She thinks she was born a Bush.

Colin Powell is still cool, barely, but cool.

If we evolved from apes then why are there still apes? I know that’s not original but still, I want an answer.

If God can create or destroy any thing, any person or any place at any given time, then why is he supposedly so jealous and petty. ((Exodus 20:4-5)

It’s okay to be gay, just like it’s okay to be heterosexual. The problem is, I didn’t f**king ask you about your sexual orientation, so stop trying to shove it in my face.

History suggest that one day, the Chinese will in fact rule the world.

Since we supposedly first sent a man to the moon in 1969, how come we haven’t been able to do it since?

A black President in the United States? I’ll believe it when I see it.

I guess that’s all for now, but only for now.