What Just Happened – NBA Trade Deadline

The NBA is a business, it is ruthless and hypocritical. 

Players are expected to be “loyal” and stay with the team that’s drafted them but this generation is smarter with the two best players, LeBron controlling his destiny and Kevin Durant validating his move to Golden State with a Finals MVP and a championship. 

 

This particular shake up by the Cleveland Cavaliers shows the front office isn’t going to be held hostage and paralyzed by LeBron James’ moves.

It gives flexibility to look to the future, possibly without James, and also the chance to compete for a championship this season.

Why I Love Return Of The King – LeBron James, The Cavs & The Greatest Comeback In NBA History

Now that I feel this era of LeBron James dominance and the Cavs winning championships is in danger, from losing in the last Finals decisively to Kyrie Irving leaving to a conference rival, it’s great to look back.

I love documentaries and though there’s Believeland and even the Cavs Championship documentary itself I feel this is the best resource to look back and remember that incredible run from initially showing an amazing resolve after losing both Kyrie and Kevin Love to injuries all the way to coming from the brink of elimination and becoming the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a NBA championship.

LOYALTY – The lie of sports leagues

If there was any example that the call for loyalty goes both ways it would’ve been in this opportunity.

Isaiah did everything right. The fans loved him, he played hurt both emotionally and physically.

He played through a hip injury only after leading his team to not only a series win against the Chicago Bulls but also the Washington Wizards this was after he lost his sister in a car accident.

YZY SZN: Adidas’ rise in Hip Hop Culture

He has brought his influence to adidas with stars like Future, Weeknd & Taylor Swift donning his styles.

Label mates & fellow adidas’ team 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T during Summer Jam all advertised the newly released gum sole 750s.

 

With this announcement Adidas has essentially made West their Jordan, a face synonymous to the brand. 

Billion Dollar Slaves

Back in the 2000s Ohio State was, with the Youngstown Boys Maurice Clarrett & later Terrelle Pyror, building a football powerhouse culminating in the 2002 upset of the undefeated University of Miami.

Then under the Urban Meyer era OSU in 2014 won the CFP National Championship.

After suspending players for ‘improper benefits’ like tattoos the university still earned millions. 

Ohio State officially became the first billion dollar football program back in 2015.

Unapologetically Black: The Persona. The Man. The G.O.A.T. Muhammad Ali

When speaking about the impact Malcolm X had, Ossie Davis explained he was our manhood. Though Davis’ remark was for Malcolm it’s still relevant for another man, Muhammad Ali.

When he criticized for his association with the black Muslims and was denied his name he fought Floyd Patterson to prove his worth. Beating his opponent throughly within the fight before knocking him out in the 12th round. In 1967 after being internationally loved he rejected the draft for the Vietnam War and his heavy championship was taken from his. Banned for years, in his prime he still didn’t back down.

Muhammad Ali was unapologetically black. Like Jack Johnson’s ‘unforgivable blackness’ he was brash, speaking his mind and not compromising to any one’s standards.

The Sheriff & The King: Can LeBron join Manning in winning titles for two different franchises?

After losing fellow stars Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving to injuries during the road to the Finals LeBron James gave a historic performance putting The Land within 2 wins of breaking the 50+ year championship drought before running out of steam. 

This time seems different. 

With first year head coach, Tyronn Lue, a healthy squad and valuable rest after a historic 10-0 start they are revitalized and looking for revenge.

 

Peyton Manning ended his career after 18 years at Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos shocking the 15-1 Carolina Panthers.