F*CK RACISM! Let me take the edits off for once. And this time I’m not sorry. And if you don’t agree or like my or Russell Westbrook’s reaction then this is a product of the hate you give.
Racism has no place in this game. It has no place in this world. It has no place anywhere.
After the storm and with the Thunder back in his Oklahoma home, Russell Westbrook launched a pair of his Air Jordan’s into the crowd following his home-stand. And catching them with grateful glee was a young kid decked out in the OKC City Edition jersey now with a new pair of Nike’s to lace up and match. The look on his face was as priceless as those game work drops by the O.K. God himself. So much joy he could cry as he took them in wide eyed, before his mum caught it all on smartphone cell camera for a different kind of permanence of this once in a lifetime moment courtside. All complete with auxiliary charge cable in her handbag…you have to love that as they hugged with lottery like winning celebration. Nice arm Russ. Great catch kid.
Now this is why we play.
Not to be heckled, harassed, abused, attacked, antagonized. Or called “boy”. It doesn’t matter which State you are up in. Or if you think your Trump privilege, or season ticket with the best seat in the house allows you to act out like you’re part of this game and not just receiving the privilege of being able to watch it…whilst you still can.
Are you listening those in Utah? A big and beautiful city full of kind-hearted and lovely people. Except…like anywhere those racist, ignorant individuals who think in stereotypes and believe in discrimination like everyone else does equality, peace, liberty and justice for all. You are not respecting the flag with this kind of bulls### behaviour. This is why people are taking a knee.
Because two nights before last Russell Westbrook got into a verbal altercation with a fan after receiving that very same abuse unprovoked by him. And check the tapes. Or the Twitter timelines. Because this isn’t the first time this sort of cruel, derogatory behaviour has been put on this singled out, singular talent of NBA. Much more to this game, association and country than the fat fans spitting abuse through alcohol and corn dogs, drunk off privilege perceived power. The fan in question despite his Donald like interview postgame and a MAGA timeline to match was said to have told Westbrook to “get down on his knees like you’re used to”. To which Russ-who this man in pathetic attempted rebuttal called “one of the greats, but classless” (very poor choice of words)-replied in kind telling the man with restrained, enraged Michael Beasley passion that he was “going to f### him up, swearing on everything he loves. But then losing his nerve and control he also added, “you and your wife”.
Which was too far but in defence, he was only defending himself by any words necessary. He later took it back stating that he “would never lay a hand on a woman”. And we believe him. Who we don’t believe is that coward courtside who should be more like that young grateful man last night and not like a child. Westbrook’s comments in this Wild West clash cost him 25 grand. But he still left the game under pressure with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and on reflection a 98-89 win. The Utah fan on the other hand of this exchange left the game unable to return to the Jazz arena ever again.
A lifetime ban. Justice served like the drop of a gavel.
“If I had it to do over again, I would say the exact same thing. I truly will stand up for myself and my family.” Russ told press postgame after years of telling Utah crowds “I’m not a boy”, or batting away stray hand and offensive gestures whilst just trying to play this game here.
Athletes may entertain us and we may pay the price to see them play. But they shouldn’t have to. They aren’t merely here to entertain us or bend to our whim, abusive comment or gesture, or not. They are here for something more. To compete for something we aren’t as half as invested in as we think we are sat on our seat. They are not here to dance. They are not here to perform. They are here to play for something that holds so much more importance than our own ignorance. We are living in a time where racism is still so alive and they ain’t even concealing it anymore. Word to the old Kanye…but it ain’t a choice Mr. West. We are living in a time where only this week in this writers home country a fan ran on a Premier League pitch and attacked a player during an Aston Villa game. What gives them the gall or the balls to think they even have the right?
And back in Utah in this post Hayward era with the new Donovan Mitchell age of star power and future, the fans aren’t only hurting their opposition but their own too. “Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena. The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fanbase,” Spida says. And if some select few fans ruin this for all of Utah then the Jazz stand to lose more than their star out in the desserted dessert. This legendary, golden era franchise known for Karl Malone just as much as John Stockton could end up being pick and roll delivered elsewhere outside Salt Lake City if they’re not careful. Think that’s merely a threat. Remember where we had the All Star Game this year? How about what happened to the great North Carolina city of Charlotte when they tried to play host two years prior all whilst barring the LBGT community from the basic rights of their city? I promise this could be it if a stop isn’t put to this s###.
The Jazz fan who has already been named and shamed but doesn’t even really deserve our or anybodies (let alone a superstar role models) time, tweeted in October that Westbrook “should go back home where he came from”. Well now this real zero can watch this hero play his Jazz and rub salt into Utah’s racist fans (not the decent, beautiful like the game ones) wounds game after game, season after season.
From the comfort of his own home.
Because when it comes to an arena full of cheers to the greats in their own class, you ain’t going nowhere buddy boy.
Because Russell Westbrook stood up for what he believed in, instead of falling on his knees…like he never does. Or ever will.
The King’s Garden Bites Forbidden Fruit In The Big Apple
Super Mario smashed ‘Bron.
On a Sunday afternoon in New York’s Madison Square Garden this St Patrick’s Day (side note: Nike need to bring back those great green Paddy’s Day NBA uniforms), the Lakers where in their East Coast equivalent big city to pay a visit to the Knickerbockers Mecca.
M.S.G. usually plays host to the greatest games from the G.O.A.T.’s over the generations out the service elevator. M.J. Kobe. And now L.A.L. legend to be L.B.J. against the N.Y.K. And LeBron James didn’t disappoint with a Kareem 33 points off devastating dunks off rampaging runs down the floor of the World’s Most Famous Arena like a raging bull. Shouting “AND ONE” on foul calls that even people with bleeding noses sitting up in the Gods could hear (and how about a couple plays before an equally as loud Caurso yelping for the lay-up as hilariously as his “what’s up man, I’m Alex” Ringer soundbite spoof? But 5 steals and 3 blocks to go with that many rebounds plus add that up “AND ONE” for 12 points in the game? Never send him down to the G again). That was until he took the final shot at the horn that blared in his face.
It’s been that kind of season for the King by royal appointment. Anthony Davis and potentially missing the playoffs and all that.
Heavy is the head in this Game of Thrones.
Like Jordan vs Kobe, the Knicks came away with the 124-123 win. And in the clutch, the King going for the games crown slipped as he ended up looking as good as one of his free throws. Driving the lane and taking it to the rack before being denied by the Knicks Mario Hezonja. Who with this big block became the Knicks new right hand man.
Off Broadway the King tried to Kong his way up the Empire State but this time the Bi-Planes normally swatted away shot him down.
‘Bron isn’t the only one who makes clutch blocks as big as a buzzer beating basket. Sometimes others hold it against him.
The Lakers 31-39 record is staring down elimination on the wrong side of .500. And with the game down the barrell L.B.J. went for the fadeaway like M.J. but couldn’t come up with ‘Space Jam’ too. As a matter of fact after a big game against the rotten 14-56 Knicks (on the free falling off the Chrysler wrong side of .500) where he also collected 8 rebounds almost on his way to a double/double, LeBron went fourth and colder in the final quarter than a text back from your significant other that just says “fine” when you ask if they’re ok and how their day was. With just four made baskets in the fourth period and the Lake Show missing their last six attempts it was all fat lady in Manhattan come the early evening afternoons end.
Right about now with most teams claiming their playoff berth, last year’s finalist and all the King’s men are just getting worse.
Even with a Garden state of mind in New York, New York, the King couldn’t keep his Empire going like Jussie Smollett.
Now there are only a few more notes before she sings again, but this time for the last time.
And that will be all she writes.
Time for Hollywood to hit the road and flip the script.
Every good movie ends with a twist.
The Lakers Couldn’t Randle The Truth
45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
I don’t mean to go on about this but DAMN!
A career high 45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
That’s MVP numbers right there.
And that’s just the kind of king season Julius Randle is having.
I mean right now the Lakers should probably trade their whole roster for this New Orleans Pelican and not fellow Kentucky ‘cat Anthony Davis (who was out last night in the 122-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Probably with “load management”). But I know who most Lakers fans would love to trade him for just to get this guy back.
But after bringing the King to Hollywood this Summer, Magic and the Lake Show didn’t think they needed to match the restricted hustle and muscle of Randle, who they are sorely missing in their palette dry paint this season. Despite pleading from the coaching staff, President Johnson and his Hollywood agent of assistance let both Randle and big man from downtown Brook Lopez (who is really affording more with the Bucks alongside…Pau Gasol of all underrated and underappreciated Laker greats) walk. All because the thought the former Heat talents of Michael Beasley was enough on a team of McGee, Stephenson and Rondo vets behind the young core that really are now turning into a meme.
Remember this is the same Magic man who traded All-Star…ALL STAR D’Angelo Russell because he didn’t think he was a leader. As the purple and gold Lakers faithful now have no sleep watching him in Brooklyn as he LEADS the Nets.
This is the same Magic man who after offering his whole future to the Pelicans for a free agent to be with desires to come here for nothing (at least before all this drama and disloyalty really showed him something), will soon surely watch the legendary likes of Lonzo, Ingram and maybe even Kuzma and Josh Hart walk when they’re free to go, after the way they have treated them. Because like it’s been shown before time and time again in Laker history (I would name every example, but then I would be naming every other player not called Kobe), there is no price on loyalty. But there is one to pay when you treat these teammates like a commodity and not the individual assets that they are.
There’s only so long someone treated as bait will let you off the hook.
Magic Johnson may be the greatest player of all-time in my opinion. In some ways even more gifted than the other M.J. He could effect a whole game and result without even scoring a basket. But now he’s really playing. Effecting the whole team and franchise whilst trying to make a point. Just how long will he last running this s### show. Remember how long he lasted when he was actually a coach?
And he wants to fire Walton?!
And soon the likes of Ball and his boys will end up All Stars like Randle will too. The Lakers need to make sure that they do this in purple before the Lake Show turns into the ‘Lame Show’. As once the gold goes out the crown, the Lakers legacy will be down to the hands of more than one legend.
A legend they could have had in Russell and Randle. With guys like they have now and the ones they also shouldn’t have let go. Like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac. Paul George would have been a better fit with all these core guys. But the Lakers didn’t even really need him either. With all due respect to the King and the next chapter in storied Lakers/Celtics history the NBA tried to build, both these iconic franchises and their great expectations have imploded this season. Ones of win big now or else, manifest destiny over pure personnel development. The real rivalry of the future would have been the lottery pick rebuilds of the old young Laker and the history making right now Philadelphia 76ers. Look at the stakes they have now. There’s a reason they call it a process.
Still the Lakers loss is the flying Pelicans gain. And even if they do lose Davis they have a big future in the big man Julius. And if New Orleans do end up taking half the Laker team for him, maybe along with Julius Randle it will all end up being the Basketball Gods master plan in the karma (it all goes around like a basketball spinning on your finger) of showing the Lakers what they could have had and won in the end.
How many stars of future fame will Magic’s Hollywood let walk?
45 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
Sometimes you can’t handle the truth Jack.
And that is Julius Randle.
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