And... I think he was 100% correct... but I'll get to that later.
First things first...
One of the things sports fans consider when determining a player's greatness is how many titles they've won. Barkley, Ewing, Malone, Miller, Stockton, Wilkins... the list goes on and on. Well now... you can scratch two names off of that list.
Congratulations to Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks organization and fans on winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history.
Ever since the Lakers were knocked out of the playoffs... I have been pulling for anyone except Miami. Not because I hate the Heat. I actually like a few of their players... but one player I just don't like is King James. And just when I thought things couldn't get worse... he goes and opens his mouth... again.
Now you can take video and spin it anyway you want. But here's my take. Lebron James might not have an NBA title, but he's rich... and I don't have an NBA title... nor do I have a lot money... but one thing I do have... is problems.
Well Lebron... you're right. And I honestly don't have any issues with you saying what you said... because... it is what it is. But my question is... why do you have to say these things at a press conference?
It's like the whole thing about joking around about Nowitzki's cold. I realize people make fun of each other... and there's not a day that goes by in my life that isn't filled with at least a little banter with friends, family, or students.
But... why do you have to be a jerk about it?
I get it... you're okay with people not liking you. I'm actually the same way... and realize I'm never going to please everyone. But what I don't get... is why do you want people to dislike you? It's almost to the point where I feel bad for you.
I just wish we could go back to last year... when you were not only the best player in the league... but you were also loyal... positive... and well liked by both the fans and the media.
If you ever decide to go back to the way things were... I still have my 6 foot tall Fathead of you... just waiting to be hung up on my classroom wall. Until then... Yoda's not a bad replacement.
That's it... I just wanted to get that off of my chest. No more negativity for me today... it's all about the "positive".
So... let's move on to the contest. In a few minutes... I'll be shutting down the contest entries for yesterday's post. But here's today's Question of the Day:
As a fan... how much emphasis do you place on the number of championships a player has won in terms of their overall "greatness"?
Personally... I think a player can still be great without a ring. However... I can't deny that it does take a little "something" off of their luster. The best example I can think of is Dan Marino. I apologize in advance for changing sports... but he's the first guy who popped into my head (& Tony Gwynn was the second). Marino is no doubt one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. But the fact is... he never won the Super Bowl. But if you were like me and watched Dan Marino participate in the NFL QB Challenge during the early 90's... there's no denying... this guy was amazing.
Well... you know the routine. Answer the question... earn a point. Thanks for participating.
I hope to update the contest totals in the next hour or so. You can check it here and it should have yesterday's comments added (if not... wait a few minutes and it'll be there).
By the way... if you guessed 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear... you were right. I love how it's hard to tell whether or not they're using photos or painting... and although it's far from being great... I think the design is pretty damn good compared to most of their product designs.
Have a great day everyone... and until the next post... Sayonara!