What up world! This Earl, and well I’m back with another edition of The Blog About Nothing. Clearly I didn’t stop blogging, nor am I being sought after to be the new member of One Direction. I have nothing else to do but bless the world with my words. Not a bad gig, really. I’m feeling real mellow on this Good Friday. On a whim I downloaded 3 which is an EP from Willow Smith, the daughter of Will Smith, and I’ve been grooving on this track called 9 which features 14 year old Willow, and a singer by the name of SZA. Now, I already liked SZA after listening to her S and Z records, but young Willow has impressed me with her vocal ability.
Willow clearly has a bright future, and I got to admit the track makes me feel real peaceful and easy. So with that as the soundtrack to the The Blog About Nothing, all I have to say is let’s do this.
Good Friday. A day where Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Well that was a long long time ago, however here in New York City I’m sure there are some Knicks fans who would love nothing more than to put nails through New York Knicks owner James Dolan and crucify him in the middle of Times Square. To put it mildly this has been a season Knicks fans, players, and the organization would love to forget. The Knicks are 14-61 and have the worst record in the NBA. The Knicks are guaranteed a top 3 draft pick, and they should have plenty of cap space this offseason to try and build around a returning Carmelo Anthony.
However, after hearing about the triangle offense and all that comes with Phil Jackson, I find it pretty funny that Phil is now saying “forget the triangle offense”. I’m sorry but all we heard going into this season was how great the triangle would be, and now you’re saying forget it? Derek Fisher should punch the man in his jaw. Now I know Carmelo has been hurt, and I know the Knicks have basically been starting a D-League lineup since Christmas, but where is the hope? Phil has been back tracking and back peddling ever since the calendar hit 2015, and I can’t help but think he’s going to continue to blow it.
Who wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks end up trading that top pick? I wouldn’t be surprised. This NBA Draft doesn’t look as deep as past drafts but a player like Jahlil Okafor, or Karl-Anthony Towns would help this organization greatly. Even players like D’Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay would be great in New York, but I have no faith in Phil right now. This Knicks team won’t even win 20 games this season so how can anyone have faith? How can anyone believe that the Knicks will roll away the rock guarding the tomb and resurrect themselves on this Easter weekend? Phil Jackson was fetted like he was a returning Christ. Me? I’d rather have Barabbas … oops I meant Isiah Thomas. Sorry, for the low blow but I have no hope, faith, or whatever you want to call it for the continued mess that is the New York Knicks.
Lord have mercy on those who are fans of the team. Deliver them from their sorrows. Bring them to the promised land, I beseech you. Grant them your peace. Slay the beezelbub that is James Dolan and bring the promised one onto them in the form of the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. Deliverance!!
*The preceeding came from the warped mind of Earl. If you don’t like it, or thought it was corny, please know that he doesn’t care. You read it anyway. Goodbye.*
While I’m on the religion tip, am I the only one who thinks Kevin Durant is going to pull a Judas? You know Judas, the disciple. The one who rolled deep with the Lord and then betrayed him in his final days. Ok, where you going with this Earl? What I mean is that Kevin Durant this week stated that he would love to play his whole career in Oklahoma City and be to OKC what Tim Duncan has been to the Spurs, what Dirk Nowitzki has been to the Mavericks, and what Kobe Bryant has been to the Lakers. He wants to play his career with one team, and be remembered as a team legend. Sadly, I don’t believe him.
I’ve long defended the tandem of Durant and Russell Westbrook. While many have looked to tear them down, and divide them like the temple, I’ve long felt that the two compliment each other. Lately though, I haven’t been feeling that way. I look at Kevin Durant and I see a guy conflicted with himself, and I look at Russell Westbrook and see a player on a rise. What Westbrook has done without Durant has been phenomenal. He’s made himself into an MVP candidate and he singlehandedly has kept OKC in the playoff hunt, and to be honest I would go out on a limb and favor OKC in the playoffs as an 8 seed against Golden State.
Now part of that is that I don’t really believe in the Golden State Warriors, but it’s also a part of how good the Thunder have been without Durant. So, while I look at Durant’s comments about how he wants to stay as something noble to say, but I don’t believe him. I can’t see how he could stay in Oklahoma City and share the Thunder with Westbrook when he can easily leave for the bright lights of Los Angeles, or New York, or even back home to Washington D.C. and be the man. As much as he’d like to be the low key superstar, I don’t think that is his real identity. He strikes me as “I’m the man, I’m the star” kind of guy and I don’t know if he and Russ can be that dynamic duo again.
If I were Westbrook, I wouldn’t take that backseat anymore. Not after proving I can be the man, and if I were the G.M. of the Thunder, I’d bet on Westbrook on the long term. That might sound crazy to a lot of people, shit it sounds crazy to me too, but I really see Kevin Durant kissing the fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the cheek and then bouncing out of town. I can’t help but think he’s outgrown the place. So, enjoy him while you can Thunder fans. He won’t be there on opening night 2016. He won’t be.
Finally, as I keep drifting this Willow & SZA track, I want to leave this blog on the following note. 7Poundbag is growing every month. We’ve been getting new followers, new readers, and the work we all do here seems to be well received. I can’t help but be happy about that. I don’t know what’s to come for this site, let alone ourselves, but allow me to say thank you. Thank you to anyone who reads this. It means a lot to me that you would read this. So, you have my gratitude.
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