Thursday, April 15, 2010

There Can Be Only One...23

Michael Jordan is unquestionably the greatest player to wear an NBA jersey. Twice he led the Chicago Bulls to 3 peat as NBA champions, multiple MVP honors as well as Olympic gold. The statue, the billboards, and the majestic number 23 jersey hanging high in the rafters in Chicago, has he not been given his due? No one will question his greatness, talent or what he did not only for basketball but sports the world over.

With his recent Hall of Fame induction you would think the circle was complete on honoring MJ...but Mr. James begs to differ. Lebron James recently stated that as of next season he will no longer wear the number 23 (He's changing to the number 6) and that no other player should wear it either. He sees it as paying homage to Jordan and as a sign of respect all other players in the NBA should follow suit. Currently there are 13, 23's floating around the NBA and James feels as none are worthy.

Changing jersey numbers is not so uncommon, Jordan himself tried it. (We all remember the brief appearance of 45) as well as Kobe, Shaq, Malone, Rodman, Wallace, and a list of others. But to insist for the entire league to forfeit the number 23 is a little, well insulting. If Lebron decides he just can't do it MJ anymore than fine. It's the idea that the other 12 guys aren't fit to dawn those digits where the problem lies.

So where do we go from here? Is this the start of league wide retirements? Is that much respect due? I can't even see Michael accepting this, and what true competitor would? Does Lebron think for a second that MJ would concede to a number being off limits because the guy before him was "just too good"?

Teams respect their franchises major contributors, that's why "they" retire numbers. The Chicago Bulls have more than shown Jordan love. With his induction into the Hall of Fame as well as every credit you can give the man, the NBA has done their part. Michael Jordan is and forever will be respected, loved, admired and cherished for what he did on the court and for the game of basketball.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not even making the argument against a lead-wide number retirement...I just wish Lebron would keep it real. The fact is, since his change from 8 to 24 Kobe Bryant has dominated as the highest selling jersey in the NBA. Leaving Lebron a distant second. This number change helped launch the reinvention of the Shaq-less, Laker leading, Black Mamba.

Kobe used the opportunity to start over and dawn a new age as a more mature, team orientated, even funny guy. With the help of Spike Lee filming the documentary, "Kobe Doin Work" and Nike's MVP puppet, Kobe almost seems, "normal". But this was all part of a well orchestrated PR campaign by Mr. Bryant. Seems like the Chosen One was taking notes.

Lebron is staring at free agency and potentially a new team, and what better way to start fresh then by switching numbers and embracing change. Obama would be proud. Lebron wants out of Cleveland, and it just seems like the wheels on the PR machine are spinning again. With a new city and a new number, Lebron can also work on HIS reinvention with a new start. As he matures, and forges his own path, the world will be introduced to the REAL Lebron. So go ahead and give props to MJ, but if you think #6 isn't attached to a legend, don't be surprised if you get a call...this guy named Julius Erving might want to talk to you.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Real Parents

Now you may have read, "My little tangent", regarding my perception of the state of affairs of men and women these days...still valid. But this one is a little different.

First of all, to all of the real parents out there, I salute you. The ones who work hard to provide for, teach, and train their young ones to be productive contributing members of society, thank you for doing your job. I know some of you have sacrificed; your time, money, relationships, and even happiness to make sure your children are alright...that being said, this ain't for you.

This is for you other individuals...the ones who feel they are parents because they procreated. Now according to Webster, you are, but in the real world, we know different. Yes YOU! Raising the future felons of tomorrow. Yes YOU! Making sure Too $hort will never have a shortage of hoes for the video. I'm talking to YOU! If your heart is beating a little faster right now...i'm talking to YOU!

I'm not talking about your children, as disrespectful, ignorant and untrained as they might be, no, no, no, i'm talking to YOU! The surprising thing i've found out, there are a lot of you that don't know it's YOU! So to eliminate confusion and question I have put together a checklist to let YOU know if you are in deed f*cking up as a parent.

1. If you have ever used the phrase, "I have to 'babysit' my kids"- you're f*cking up.
2. If you think children only cost $200 a month.- you're f*cking up
3. If 'you're' children call their grandparents mommy/daddy and you by your first name...- you're f*cking up
4. If you have ever been asked, "you gonna come see these kids?"- you're f*cking up
5. And finally...If when you tell your kids, "I'll be right back", they roll their eyes...-you're f*cking up

I was told that because I don't have kids, I don't know what i'm talking about. My reply, I don't have a pilot's license either, but if the plane crashes I know there was a f*ck up somewhere.

This is not designed to be mean, but enough of the part time parents. Gentlemen, kids are not a bill that you pay or don't pay once a month. They require your time, attention and guidance. And ladies, children are not bargaining chips or relationship ransom. They need nurturing, love, and support. So let's step up and be REAL PARENTS, it's not about YOU, and if you can't stay together...at least be adults.

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Men (Formerly "My Little Tangent")

This is just my own personal little rant. Maybe i'm just getting old, because some things don't make sense to me. For every guy out there who thinks it's okay to be lazy, uneducated, unfocused, honestly...to just be worthless, sorry to break it to you, but it's not alright. I was raised that a man, by definition, is to be strong, smart, dedicated, and honest.

I understand that no one is perfect, but that's the goal. To be the kind of person that can be counted on, and your word to truly mean something. That being a man is a standard, not an excuse. That the gauge of a man has nothing to do with the size of his house, the car he drives, or who designs his clothes. It's not about how many women he's slept with or how many fist fights he's been in.

I was taught that the measure of a man is in the words spoken of him not by him. My family's country and I learned from my grandmother, "if you have to convince somebody, that you are somebody, you ain't nobody."

There is this movement of unambitious, non-working, non-child raising, sorry individuals. Fathers are few and far between, "baby's daddies", everywhere like roaches. Which brings me to you women... Women who will take the weakest excuse for a man over having no man at all. It's okay to have standards, it's okay to raise the bar. Have the strength to stand on your own until something better comes along.

When searching for a mate sometimes you have to cast out a little bit deeper, quit settling for the shallow merky part of the pond. Men don't rule the world, we never have. We do however rise to the level of what's necessary. Though some of us are driven to excel, most are just trying to squeak by. I only say this because if the quality of man is to improve, thus raising better children to then become better men, women we need your help.

I had positive male role models growing up, but it took the strong women in my life to make it important. I needed both. So for all of you guys rolling your 600's on 22's, with 3 kids by 2 women, staying in your 2 bedroom apartment with 3 roomates...get it. And for you ladies with 2 kids by 2 guys, but go out 3 nights a week on a mission for a third because your kids are with grandma...you need your asses kicked too...I'm better now.

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