What up world? It’s EJ and I’m back with another edition of The Blog About Nothing. I’m going to keep it real with y’all: I almost named this blog Drinking Alize With My Cereal For Breakfast. Why? Well The Morning by The Weeknd is a song I play at least once a day to get my mind right, and in a nod to the dude I almost named my blog that. So why The Blog About Nothing? It’s because the blog lacks focus, and doesn’t concentrate on one particular thing. Kind of like a Seinfeld episode. See, what I just did? Anyway, let me get into it. I’m about to bust the door down Kramer style on you fools.
Dwight Howard is a Houston Rocket! Last week I predicted Dwight would go to Golden State because of the addition of Iguodala but the Rockets were my #2 choice. Dwight pairing with James Harden should make the Rockets better but they still aren’t a title contender. However, GM Daryl Morey has some interesting trade chips in Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. If he can flip those guys into players that can support Howard and Harden then the Rockets will be a step closer to the ring. As of right now I see the Rockets as a 4th or 5th seed in the West and exiting in the 2nd round. Dwight should have chosen the Warriors though. Why? A team with Steph Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala, a sharpshooter in Klay Thompson and a good Harrison Barnes as a 6th man has some serious potential. Assuming Curry, Lee, and center Andrew Bogut stays healthy I really like what the Warriors have brewing in Oakland. They’ve made some shrewd additions and I think the Warriors could challenge the Clippers for the Pacific Divison title and at worst be like the Rockets a 4th or 5th seed. Imagine a Rockets-Warriors 1st round playoff matchup. Would you not watch? I know I would!
In other NBA free agency news I like what the Cavs are doing by taking a risk on Andrew Bynum. Yes, Bynum did not play last season in Philadelphia, and he only practiced once the entire season but if his knee is somewhat close to 100% he can be the addition that pushes the Cavs towards the playoffs. Cleveland has a potential star in Kyrie Irving at the point, and some young talent in Dion Waiters, Tristain Thompson and number 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. The key will be Bynum. If he can give them 60 to 70 games then I think the Cavs can make a serious run at the 8th seed in the East. Another team I think will give them a fight for the playoffs and the Central Division is the Detroit Pistons. As much as I like the Cavs, I think the Pistons have the better shot at the playoffs and it’s because of one player: Andre Drummond. The 2nd year center out of Connecticut came on at the end of last season, and at the moment he is tearing up the Orlando Summer League. He’s a big kid and paired with Greg Monroe at power forward and newly signed Josh Smith at small forward the Pistons have a big and athletic front line. I also like the Pistons adding Chauncey Billups to serve as a mentor to point guard Brandon Knight. Joe Dumars looks like he’s making all the right moves and the Central Division should be pretty intriguing with the Pacers, Bulls, Pistons, Cavs and Bucks.
No more Peace in Los Angeles. Yup, Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest (the name I still call him) was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers. As a Lakers fan all I have to say is it’s about damn time. I follow Kobe Bryant, and a handful of Lakers fans on Twitter and every last one of them was begging for Ron to stay (they also were throwing some hissy fits at Dwight leaving, and I had to check a few of them because they wouldn’t shut their young asses up) but Ron doesn’t fit what the Lakers should be doing by getting younger and acquiring players that can spread the floor. Adding Nick Young on a one year veteran minimum deal should be an upgrade since he’s 27, a decent 3 point shooter, and can run up and down the court. Now, Ron isn’t done. Not by a long shot. It’s time for him to come home. He and his defensive intensity would be great fits for the Knicks or Nets. So the Peace might be out in Los Angeles but Peace should come on home to the Big Apple. We’re waiting Ron-Ron.
7Poundbag is currently doing a ManMovie Tournament. There is a sports category, a crime category and a couple others that are coming soon. However, there is a movie in the sports category I want to show a little love to. White Men Can’t Jump. Yup, I love that movie. Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes make me laugh like crazy in that as Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane. Now, Rosie Perez and her nasal voice gets on my nerves (if only they could have played alongside J. Lo in this movie instead of Money Train, damn! damn!! damn!!! *Florida Evans voice*) but overall the story of two basketball hustlers entertains me. It’s got mobsters, gangsters, gambling problems, but overall it has good old race baiting comedy. Who doesn’t like tired ass assumptions about blacks and whites? I know I do!! It might have been the 16th highest grossing movie of 1992 but where else you can find out about foods that start with the letter Q? Or attempt an impossible skyhook into Sudan? If you watch White Men Can’t Jump and you don’t laugh at least once then your momma is an astronaut!
A few blogs ago I touched on rapper Jay-Z and his moving into the sports world with Roc Nation sports. The Jigga man recently put out the album Magna Carta Holy Grail that’s already gone platinum and on the song Crown he takes a shot at MLB mega agent Scott Boras. J. Hova takes aim at Boras with the following line: “Scott Boras, you over baby / Robinson Cano, you coming with me”. It’s not exactly ground breaking, or that lyrical (it’s pretty damn lazy to tell you the truth) but Jay knew by throwing out that quick jab he was going to get more attention placed on him and his moves. He is a businessman, right? Now, Hov is being linked with Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. Yup, Puig might want to align himself with the man who just wants to Picasso. Shawn Carter, yup I’ma use his government name, has painted plenty of pictures in the rap game and now he’s painting greenbacks for himself and his clients. That’s the power of icon status. He’s not a sports agent. Jay-Z is using the power of his influence to build not only his profile but the commercial viability of his clientele. Everyone wins.
Finally, I want to show some respect to former New Jersey Devil Ilya Kovalchuk in his abrupt retirement from the NHL at the age of 30. I, like everyone else, have a hard time with him leaving $77 million of his $100 million dollar contract on the table, but if he wasn’t happy in New Jersey and he wants to take his family back to his native Russia then it’s his right. Seeing him get slaughtered on Twitter for his decision was a bit upsetting for me. I always believe a man should do what he wants, as long as it’s right and just, by himself and his family. So, happy trails Ilya and Udači! (cheers in Russian or so Google told me it was so if I’m wrong correct me in the comments).
That’s it for this week. I’m still not sure anyone actually reads this blog, but if you do spread the words to your friends and families. I’m a bit of an attention whore so show me that my work actually counts for something! Nah, I’m just playing. Thanks for reading, please support 7poundbag.com and until next week: peace.
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