Poor LeBron. He’s been living in Michael Jordan’s shadow ever since he entered the league. His recent “Decision” hasn’t made things any easier for his newly, blemished image.
The NBA’s newest Big Three, who Dan LeBatard cleverly referred to as the “Three My Egos,” are once again feeling the Heat, this time from the old school. Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan have all sounded off on the league’s recent power shift.
When asked about LeBron choosing to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Michael Jordan responded “There’s no way I would’ve ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team.’”
Magic agreed with Jordan’s assessment, saying he was always too busy trying to figure out “how to beat Larry Bird.” I guess ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join em’ was never a big 80s hit.
For better or worse, Michael, Magic and Larry left a nearly unattainable, NBA legacy for anybody not named Kobe Bryant. Like it or not, that’s how future generations will be judged.
With most already skeptical about LeBron James’ road less traveled, it looks like baseball won’t be the only major sport with asterisks in its record books.
Dwyane Wade on 9/11
LeBron James isn’t the only member of the Miami Heat alienating fans. Dwayne Wade was recently asked what would happen if the new and improved Heat failed to live up to expectations. He responded with…
“There’s going to be times when we might lose one, two games in a row, maybe two games, three games in a row, you never know. It’s going to seem like the world is crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade has just went down again.”
Wade quickly apologized for his insensitivity.
“In an interview yesterday, I attempted to explain how some people may view the Miami Heat losing a few basketball games in a row during the upcoming season. It appears that my reference to the World Trade Center has been either inaccurately reported or taken completely out of context. I was simply trying to say that losing a few basketball games should not be compared to a real catastrophe.”
And you thought Wade dissing the Knicks upset New Yorkers. Memo to Chris Bosh. You might want to steer clear of microphones any time soon.
Nick Saban on agents… and pimps
College football must be right around the corner because the outspoken coaches are again making their way into the limelight. At the recent Southeastern Conference Media Week, Nick Saban didn’t waste any time making himself heard. Within the first televised hour, the Alabama head coach blasted sports agents who tinker with college athletes before they’re allowed.
“Agents that do this, and I hate to say this but, how are they any better than a pimp? I have no respect for people that do that to young people.”
Saban’s tirade came in response to one of his athletes, Marcell Dareus, who is currently under NCAA investigation. Florida, Georgia and North Carolina have also recently been accused of wrongdoing.
Look, we all know sports agents are a sleazy bunch, eager to prey on unsuspecting student athletes for the promise of a quick buck. They’ve been called a lot worse than pimps over the years. Until the system is fixed, expect the corruption, and these Saban-like sound bites, to continue.
Movie critics on Inception
One of my blogroll brethren called Inception, Leonardo Dicaprio’s latest blockbuster, “meticulously crafted” and “unbelievably daring.” He also called its script “dense and layered.”
I agree with the dense part.
I saw Inception last week… and walked out of it. I’m all for heady movies about dreams, time travel and alternate realities. I just don’t like when I need an instruction manual to accompany my movie-going experience. There’s simply no room for it on my lap next to the popcorn, Reese’s Pieces and Cherry Coke.
In my opinion, if a movie feels the need to add a character or two to repeatedly ask others in the film “How is that possible?” then that kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think? These moments only served to remind me how far-fetched these ideas actually were. I’m all for suspending disbelief at the movie theater. That’s why most of us go. I just don’t need to be constantly reminded I’m doing so.
In this day and age of sequels, rehashed 80s themes and movies based on comic books and video games, it’s perfectly understandable that we’d be eager to celebrate an original thought. Unfortunately, even after Inception, I’m still waiting for one.
Bus Cook on Brett Favre
Last summer was the Summer of Favre. Since this summer has been all about LeBron James, it appears Bus Cook, Brett Favre’s agent, is suffering from a little LeBron envy.
To ensure his Mississippi meal ticket made it back into primetime, Cook came out with this gem.
“Brett talked to goddamned Ed Werder at ESPN, says he needs ankle surgery. Now why did he do that? I’ve got Childress calling. I’ve got reporters calling all damn morning. Goddammit, why does he have to be such a goddamned drama queen? Play, don’t play, goddamn, people are getting sick of it. I’m getting sick of it!
Translation: How dare LeBron James steal the headlines away from my number one client? Why isn’t anyone talking about Brett Favre? Don’t they know we have Wrangler jeans to sell?
Perhaps, Bus, it’s because we’ve seen this movie before and most of us already assume (those of us that care) that Favre’s return is a foregone conclusion.
No worries, sports fans. Football season is almost upon us, which means the unavoidable ‘will he/won’t he’ talk will soon be back in full Favre force. You might want to consider reaching for the mute button on your remote control.