Can I kick it? Yes, you can. Can I kick it? Yes, you can. Can I kick it? Yes, you can. Well I’m gone. Go on then …
What up world and welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s Friday once again, and I’m sitting here listening to one of the greatest rap groups of all time: A Tribe Called Quest. I’m a pretty big Tribe fan, so it hit me like a hammer that the 5 Foot Assassin, a.k.a. the Funky Diabetic, better known as Phife Dawg passed away this week at the age of 45. Phife, who has been battling diabetes since 1990 has passed away and tributes have been pouring in from the world of music, sports, and entertainment. So as I listening to the awesomeness of Tribe, let’s get into this blog.
I need to call LeBron James to the front of the congregation because the Church would like to have a word with him. King James is a diva. I acknowledge that LeBron is one of the best players in the National Basketball Association, but the man is a diva. I have to go there. Why? I have a problem with two things he has done this past week, and both of these incidents are problems he caused for himself.
Diva move number one: unfollowing the Cavaliers from his social media platforms. This really isn’t a big deal, but it’s a move that is so noticeable that it could only fan the flames of LeBron potentially leaving the Cavaliers when this season is over. LeBron, the hometown boy from nearby Akron, leaving the Cavaliers and the City of Cleveland for the second time would be a horrible gut punch for all of Ohio, but the worries are indeed out there. Now, Bron is known for shutting down his social media platforms in order to focus on the playoff run, but he had to have known that unfollowing the Cavs were going to raise some eyebrows. He had to have known that would have drawn attention, right?
Diva move number two: bringing up that he would like to play a season or two with his best friends, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. The group that calls themselves, the Brotherhood, are pretty tight off the court and have been so for about 15 years or so. Nothing wrong with loyalty, but I got to ask LeBron, why come out with this right now? His whole season to date has been nothing more than cryptic tweets, subliminal jabs at Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and now this?
It’s why I refer to LeBron as a diva. He creates attention from himself, then acts like it’s all media overreaction when he’s called out for it. On the surface of it all, it really is much ado about nothing, but it’s also so damn unnecessary. LeBron is like the guy who hurls a rock into the crowd and then hides his damn hand. You threw the rock. You’re doing this to yourself, but to act all innocent or “no comment” when asked? Ridiculous. He’s not doing his franchise, his teammates, or his coaches any favors with his attitude. He’s 31 years old. Time to grow up and own your shit, LeBron.
It’s been a rough week when it comes to celebrities and people of note who have passed this week. Besides the aforementioned Phife Dawg, the World has lost former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, a comedian I liked when I was a young man in Garry Shandling, and a soccer legend in the great Johan Cruyff. All three have had some sort of impact on me, well enough of an impact that I felt legitimately sad when I heard of their passing.
I like a lot of people poked fun at Rob Ford. Rob launched a thousand memes and jokes due to his wild living. He basically was Chris Farley re-incarnated with his boozing, drug use, and lewd behavior. The fact that he did these things and was a public servant to boot, and a good one by most accounts, is hard to believe. He passed away from cancer at the age of 46.
Garry Shandling for me goes down as a man whose show theme song will forever be stuck in my head. His show, It’s the Garry Shandling show, originally aired on Showtime but I remember it from when it aired on Fox. I’m not going to sit here and admit that I got all of the humor, because I was a young kid when his show aired, but I am old enough to know that I do remember him and he will be missed. He passed away from a heart attack at the age of 66.
Finally, the great Johan Cruyff. The Dutch soccer legend passed away from lung cancer but his excellent play was the hallmark of two great franchises and his home nation of The Netherlands. The play of Cruyff allowed the offensive phenomenon known as Total Football to take shape, and Total Football became the hallmark of the Dutch National Team as well as his club Ajax which was based in Amsterdam. After playing and managing Ajax, he brought his style of soccer to Barcelona, where he managed the La Liga team to further glory. The elements of Cryuff’s style is still noticeable in today’s Barcelona teams. If it were not for Cruyff we may not have the joy that is Lionel Messi. Messi, the best player in the World, has a lot to owe to Cryuff as do a lot of people on this day.
I got to go. I’m still vibing out to some Tribe, but I’ve got nothing else I want to address this week. Thanks for allowing me to kick it with y’all, and I’ll see you next week.
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