So today, I was going to get allergy tested to purchase a new dog [yes, this ties in]. For people with severe pet allergies, there is a breed of dog called the American Hairless Terrier which many find tolerable. However, the breed is pretty rare, and to test, you basically just play with one for five hours.
Well the nearest person to test with was about a three hour drive away, so I spent six hours in the car. Three in the morning, three in the afternoon/early evening. Over that time period, I listened to ESPN's national radio for about six hours which encompassed maybe five different shows. Everyone was talking about LeBron and the Heat.
Most of the conversation struck me as completely asinine.
Winner of the dumbest thing said in six hours was Brian Kenny
This guy seriously said the Heat have to trade LeBron. Look, the assertion that any team would have to trade LeBron while he's locked in for another four or five years because they lost in game six of the NBA finals in the first year he was on the team has to be one of the dumbest thoughts ever thunk.
This doesn't mean they can't trade LeBron, or that under the right circumstances, it might help them to trade LeBron, but to think they have to trade him is patently ridiculous.
The Miami Heat are the favorites to win the title next year. Seriously, outside of the Bulls, I doubt there is a team in the NBA that has a chance to stop them. The East looks far weaker as there is no juggernaut on the rise, and most of the powers outside of Chicago are falling.
The Thunder are the only up and coming team out west. The Lakers lost a bunch of times with Shaq and Kobe before breaking through and winning three. The Bulls lost with Jordan and Pippen plenty before winning a title. There's no need for the Heat to do anything except realize they still have the most talent in the NBA and almost won the championship this year.
However, I haven't even touched on what made his comment so stupid. The stupidity came around the packages he came up with to trade LeBron for. His killer deal for the Heat? Raymond Felton + Nene in a sign and trade.
Really? You're trading LeBron for two guys who might not be in the top 50 players in the NBA? That's the best you can get? And you say this over and over and over again as if repeating it will somehow make it make any sense?
Seriously, you're Orlando. Dwight Howard basically says win the title next season or I'm out of here. You can Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson for Mike Miller and LeBron James. Would you possibly say no to that? LeBron is locked up for three more seasons, so you know you have someone to put butts in seats for at least that long.
Plus, you have the best player in the league, which isn't so bad. For Miami, you now have the most fearsome team in the NBA, and your parts mesh 10x as well as last season. Dwight Howard gets to win his ring, and stay in a warm weather climate. Win for everyone except LeBron who's now pissed off that he's in Orlando not winning rings again.
Still, if you're going to trade LeBron, which you probably aren't going to do, because you probably win the title next year anyway, Dwight Howard is the floor of what you ask for, because there's no player in the league that's untouchable for straight up trade for LeBron James.
LeBron's quote about people going back to their lives and being happy he lost makes me bipolar
Ultimately, LeBron was basically just saying "Nyah Nyah Nyah, my life is all bad ass compared to your crappy life anyway" towards the people who hate him. Honestly, I'd hate to be LeBron, so I don't even agree with his sentiment.
However, it's fairly symbolic of why we think the guy's an asshat, even if I can't blame him for wanting to thumb his nose up at a bunch of people who hate his guys anyway.. I'm not going out of my way to compliment a ton of people who want to do nothing but rip on me either.
So in that sense I get it, and while I don't think it was a particularly bright thing to say. I think it was an honest thing, and I hate the fact we rip on guys for being honest just because the honesty shows them off as selfish pricks. We hate the cliches but can't handle truth.
The LeBron stinks stuff, really going too far
I don't like the guy, and he just wet the bed in the finals, but he's still one of the greatest players of all time. He's still absurdly likely to win multiple championships, and despite coming up small in these finals, he helped carry the team through the first three rounds.
LeBron may or may not ever add a post game. He may or may not ever get considerably better at shooting, but he's still one fo the most elite players ever. We're all drooling over Dirk Nowitzki right now, and Dirk's reputation of choking prior to this moment vastly exceeds where LeBron is right now.
It's fun to pile on right now, because we don't like the guy and he just lost. However, make no mistake that LeBron is probably going to get a title soon and probably more than one.
I'm as psyched as the next guy that he lost, but I'll still be more scared of the Heat than any other team in the league next season.
Is Dirk the greatest Power Forward of all time?
On the surface, the question sounds ridiculous. However, bring up the top PFs of all time list, and you'll quickly find that it's not so ridiculous.
If we count Tim Duncan as a PF, then he wins easily, but let's for a moment count Tim Duncan as a center where he played for much of his career. If you do that, then who's left?
Karl Malone? Couldn't win a ring as the best player on his team.
Charles Barkley? Ditto.
Kevin McHale? Always a second fiddle to Bird in that pecking order.
Kevin Garnett? He needed teammates to carry the clutch load for him.
He's now won a finals MVP by bringing home the championship on a team who's second best offensive player is Jason Terry. To do so, he led his team through the 2nd best team not seeded in the top four, a sweep over the two time defending championship Lakers, one of the best up and coming teams in the Thunder, and the most stacked team in terms of individual talent in the league (and perhaps a generation).
Not only did the Mavs just slice through one of the toughest brackets ever to be sliced through, but they did so with one superstar and a supporting cast. He Hakeem'd it. Dirk with quality role players won the title.
The difficulty of the task is so immense that it simply catapults him up the all-time greats list very quickly.
Duncan is still ahead if he counts as a PF, but I don't know that ringless Barkley or Malone can be without winning a ring and playing with considerable talent. Dirk's individual accolades have been high enough to put him up with those guys for awhile.
Now he has the hardware they lack.
Why does everyone keep saying Dirk will be in his prime a few more season?
Really? He's 33 in six days. I'm not saying the guy is done, but he's clearly on the way down in terms of physical abilities. It doesn't mean he can't have a few more great seasons, but he's definitely already peaked in terms of what he can do individually.
Or maybe I'm just nuts in thinking that. I would never look at a guy who's 33 in the NBA and go "he's in his prime" though. Dirk's style of play should hold up well unless he gets back problems or some other issue that forces his play down.
He relies less on athleticism than just about any star in the league though, so he should play well for another three or four seasons.
A great year in the NBA, one of my favorites in a long, long time. Both for the outcome and the revival of the Chicago Bulls.
I think the league needs to be careful now, they gained a lot of momentum with this season, and the lockout could take it all away.