The Blog About Nothing 6/10 Edition

Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s the 10th of June, and once again it’s Friday. It’s time for me to do my thing and that is to craft some excellent words for you. As I sit here listening to one of my favorite artists, SZA, I’ll be giving my thoughts on the NBA Finals, why a member of Cleveland’s Big Three should be elsewhere next season, and I’ll close out with a few words on a creep who disgusts me and a quick farewell to The Greatest. Let’s do this!

Starting off with the NBA Finals, am I the only one praying that one of these games will be competitive? We’re three games into the Finals, with Game Four coming up tonight, and so far all three games have been blowouts. The Golden State Warriors lead 2-1 and despite not getting any real productivity from Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, better known as the Splash Brothers, the Warriors took the first two games in Oakland in spectacular fashion. The Warriors bench outworked and out-hustled the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the overwhelming thought was that this series will end in a sweep.

NBA Schedule2Well LeBron, and the Cavs had other ideas and Game Three was decidedly in the Cavaliers favor. Coming back to Cleveland down two games, and knowing that Game Three was a must win was something that lit a fire under their backsides. LeBron James went back to playing hero ball, and he got some help from Kyrie Irving and company. Speaking of and company, Richard Jefferson had a big Game Three starting in the absence of Kevin Love. Love, the more maligned member of the Big Three, missed the game due to a concussion and the Cavaliers played well without him.

So well, that I propose the Cavaliers should entertain thoughts of trading Love this offseason. Why? For as long as they keep this unit together the Cavs will forever be in luxury tax territory and despite Dan Gilbert’s deep pockets, trading Love and getting back some cheaper pieces might be more productive for the cap and this team. The Cavs as built were meant to counteract the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. LeBron, as de-facto General Manager, never saw this Warriors team coming, and the small ball defenders as well as mobile big men that can shoot, which are pieces that give the Warriors the most trouble, are needed for this Cavs team.

That’s why I propose a Kevin Love to the Boston Celtics trade. Why? Boston is starved for a star player, and while Love is not on the level of a LeBron or a Kevin Durant, he is a player that was an All-Star in Minnesota, and was used to carrying a franchise on his back. He would be the centerpiece in Boston and would still be surrounded by some decent players once this deal goes down. Also, Boston has a treasure trove of draft picks, thanks to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets which brought back first round picks that should be high in the next few years due to the Nets imploding these past few seasons.

LoveTrading a couple of those picks, along with either Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk (since I would imagine Love would not want to play alongside the man who tore his shoulder in last year’s playoffs) would be a fair deal for both franchises. The Cavs get the small ball defender in either Bradley or Crowder, and they would get an actual stretch four in Olynyk instead of what they have now in Love. However, in Love the Celtics get the star carrying big man they need and with their remaining picks they can still flesh out their roster. I’d imagine that Love and Isiah Thomas would be a fine duo in the East. They would still be a playoff team, and still a team capable of winning the Atlantic Division and finishing with a high seed.

I’d imagine this deal, if it were to go down, would happen in mid-July. After this year’s draft and after the Celtics take a swing at Kevin Durant. Although I fully expect Durant to stay in Oklahoma City, it is of course good business sense for General Manager Danny Ainge to take a crack at him in free agency. Keeping your cap space open until you finish that deal is smart, but it is still possible to acquire Durant, and do a Kevin Love deal. Durant, Love, and Thomas isn’t a bad big three in itself, isn’t it? A pipe dream, I’m sure, but a dream worth having if I am a fan of Celtic green.

Finally, I have to admit that I do not do the best job of keeping up with current events. During the day, I’ll read articles from my favorite websites, and I spend a little time each day reading digital editions of certain newspapers, but I have to admit that when I first started hearing about Brock Turner I had no idea who he was. However, after I kept hearing the name Brock Turner, and seeing his name on my Twitter timeline, I decided to see what this was all about.

Brock TurnerAfter swearing, and near throwing up from disgust, let’s just say I learned all I needed to know about Brock Turner, this waste of human life. The former All-American swimmer, and Stanford University student was recently sentenced to six months in prison for a brutal sexual assault that he claims will ruin his life. His life? He sodomized some innocent young woman whose life IS ruined, yet he worries about his life? Tragic. I’m crying for him on the inside.

On the outside, however, my face is full of rage. The fact that this young man only received a six month sentence, and by accounts he will be released in September, due to time off for good behavior is sickening. Brock and his father, claim that he is a good boy that only came under the influence of alcohol while in college, due to the “partying culture” (a horrible cop out by the way), but according to the San Jose Mercury News there is evidence that Turner experimented with alcohol and drugs well before attending college.

Which isn’t the point by the way. Plenty of people in this World have used drugs and alcohol and despite it all still remain good citizens. Turner clearly has demons and a sickness that has nothing to do with what he drank or smoked. No, his abuses go far beyond that. Going back to my feelings after reading about Turner, my first thoughts were that he would hopefully receive some good prison justice since prisoners tend to be very harsh towards sexual abuse criminals, but this excuse of an individual will probably be in protective custody. Better for him anyway, since we don’t want to ruin his life. Don’t we?

Before closing out this blog I would like to say Rest In Peace to Muhammad Ali. The pugilist who passed away recently at the age of 74 will be missed. He was more than a boxer. He was a social icon, he might have been the first rapper due to his poetic rhymes, but most of all he was a Champion in and out of the ring. He floated like a butterfly, he stung like a bee, and he rumbled. Oh boy did he rumble. Take a bow, Muhammad. Thank you for all you have done, and thank you for the many men and women you have inspired. There will never be another one like you, but at least you left an impression on many that can carry your legacy forward.

Thank you for reading, and supporting all we do here at 7Poundbag. Until next time: Peace.

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About Earl (EJ) Brewster 284 Articles
Born, raised, and still reside in Brooklyn, New York. I'm in my mid 30's, and I love sports, music, politics, and blogging about real life. You can find me on Twitter at @EJ_Brooklyn_Own

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  1. I agree that there will never be another Muhammad Ali. He was superior in the ring and in life — even to the point of apologizing later in life for his earlier criticism of Malcolm X.

    Without taking anything away from Ali, I would like to mention another one who shared professional and personal excellence. That was Gordie Howe who died today (June 10, 2016) at the age of 88. There were many tributes to him, but the one that stands out in my mind was from another great hockey player: Wayne Gretzky. He said he learned from Howe the way to be truly humble.

    I grew up watching Ali box and Howe play hockey. Part of who I am today is what I learned from these two about being human.

  2. Well said Appleseed. I posted this before Howe’s passing and while I’m admittedly not much of a hockey fan, as a 17 year old kid I had an opportunity to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame and there were a lot of Howe memories in there. I remember them now as I sit here wishing that 2016 will stop taking our legends.

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