Sunday, May 27, 2007


After losing two heartbreakers on the road (a hell of a lot better than the Bulls slaughters in Games 1 and 2 in their series), the Cavaliers get to come home to the friendly confines of The Coliseum the Quicken Loans Arena for two at home.  People have been dissing the Cavs, saying they don't belong but they gave the number one seed in the Eastern Conference all they could handle, holding them to 79 points (twice) and losing by a total of 6 points. 

Now it's time to come home and even the score.  Should the Cavs hold home court, it's a 3-game series. No need to think about the closeness of Games 1 and 2.

I still think that LeBron did the right thing in Game 1 because he trusts his
teammates.  I always thought of him being more of a Magic Johnson than
a Michael Jordan.  Magic came in the league thinking team ball. He was
fortunate enough to have two clutch guys in James Worthy and Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar and contributors like Byron Scott and AC Green to dish to.

I think that Michael Jordan poisoned team basketball because his
success led owners to think that the could pay one superstar and a
bunch of role players.  It's better to pay a few really, really good
players and have them build some chemistry.  This is why the Cavs let
Carlos Boozer go...and this is why Jim Paxson is no longer the GM. 
Drew Gooden is solid but imagine a Carlos Boozer given a looser rein to
score as he has shown he is capable of in Utah?  He could have been the
"Big Game James" to LeBron's "Magic" .  Larry Hughes was supposed to be
that....Hughes isn't bad, just inconsistent.

The Cavs aren't pretty.  LeBron isn't even pretty as much as the media would like.  He likes team ball.  He likes getting others involved.  He cares about substance more than style.  He and Mike Brown might have disagreements about that but they agree that winning ugly is more preferable than losing. Period.

Should the Cavs mount 8 more wins...nothing else will matter.  The Larry O'Brien trophy will be here.  No one can argue with that.  I think they have a chance.  Should the Cavs face San Antonio, we will see the Eastern Conference win the title for the third time in four years.  Mike Brown knows Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and those guys (he used to work under Popovich).  What Popovich doesn't know is LeBron and the hodge-podge that is the Cavaliers.  Cavs in 5 in the Finals.  You saw it here first...

...that is if we can make it through the D.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Chuck D comes to Akron

Chuck D comes to Akron
Originally uploaded by theunseen
My friends Sean (far left), Lorans (far right) and I (second from right) got to meet a legend in Hip-Hop, Chuck D (second from left), frontman from the seminal hip-hop group, Public Enemy.

It was amazing. I had heard him speak as a senior in high school at Cleveland State back in 1994. As a man, I have a stronger appreciation for his art and his viewpoints. I bought a couple of his books: Fight the Power:Rap, Race and Reality and Chuck D: Lyrics of a Rap Revolutionary.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Grey's Anatomy and Women...

I haven't watched much of Grey's Anatomy (I might have to do so online on ABC) especially since I read this review from the New York Times about how much the show (and its' upcoming spinoff) denigrates that Ally McBeal sort of way.

"People complain that hip-hop stars use obscene lyrics and lewd music videos to demean women. Sometimes, so do even the most bourgeois women’s television shows."

Any comments?