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10 Thoughts On The NBA Soap Opera, Starring Lebron, Steph, Ayesha, And Kyrie

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1. Saying Lebron James is the best basketball player in the world feels like such a matter-of-fact and unnecessary assertion that saying it aloud makes me feel dumber. Like saying “Hey, that dog over there is a mammal.” Or perhaps “That Kappa over there is wearing a sweater vest. In July. While playing flag football.” But apparently it’s necessary, because there are otherwise sane people who believed he is not. And yes, I used the past tense of believe intentionally. Because regardless of what happens Sunday night, anyone who has watched these games and can still come away believing Steph Curry has replaced Lebron as the NBA’s best is either not sane anymore or a member of the Curry family.

2. I am not mad at Ayesha Curry, whose series of tweets last night helped her morph from “The World’s Most Controversial Couscous-Recipe-Tweeting Demi-Celebrity” to literally every 32-to-55-year-old Black man in a barbershop today. She is just very passionate (for obvious reasons) and very wrong; traits she just happens to share with most sports fans and Stephen A. Smith.

3. Every foul called on Steph last night was a foul. And at least four of those fouls were dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb-ass fouls that a person like him should know better than committing in a game like that. They were the type of fouls I’d bench 8th graders for when I was coaching a 13 and under AAU team.

That last foul on Lebron — where he fouled him three times before anything was called — was the worst. They (the Warriors) had some momentum, and then he goes and tries to make a steal he had 0000007% chance of making, and fouls Lebron 80 feet from the basket. I’m kinda surprised he lost his composure like that.

4. Speaking of Steph, a significant part of the Cavs’ offensive strategy over the last four games seems to be “find whoever Steph is guarding, and give him the ball.” This has been especially advantageous for them when he’s guarding Lebron or Kyrie.

That Steph would have trouble controlling Lebron is understandable and expected. But I’m not sure if very many people — well, very many people aside from the person writing this right now — expected Steph to have so much trouble with Kyrie. There was a point during last night’s game when the unanimous MVP was switched on to the four years younger and similarly-sized Irving, and could be seen screaming “Help!”

This is also what Oklahoma City attempted to do. But it’s been a bit more successful for the Cavs because Lebron is stronger, savvier, and better than Kevin Durant. And while Russell Westbrook is a force of nature, he’s (mostly) bursts of explosive energy; a 6’4 squirrel after seven Jagerbombs. Kyrie, on the other hand, is a bit trickier and craftier and harder to predict. And, with Kobe retiring, is perhaps the league’s most versatile shot-maker. (“Most versatile” doesn’t mean “the best.” Just the most versatile.) He’s also deceptively big (6’3.5 and 200 pounds) and powerful enough to bully past Steph and even Klay Thompson sometimes.

Anyway, this seems to have taken a toll on Steph, who now has to expend energy actually guarding people instead of being stashed on non-threats. It’s also mentally taxing to have to settle and compose yourself after a guy just made a Vine out of you on national TV.

5. In no way would the results of Sunday night change the fact that the Warriors had the best regular season of all-time. Win or lose, I would however refrain from placing them in any conversations about the “Best Team of All-Time.” They’re still the favorites and they still should win. But neither the Thunder nor the Cavs are on anyone’s list of the top teams ever, but the Thunder should have beat them and the Cavs still can.

6. After all of this ends, Kevin Love and Harrison Barnes should probably go somewhere and get a beer together and just talk about, like, life and stuff. That would be nice for both of them.

7. Tristan Thompson is a financial paradox. Against the 28 other NBA teams, he seems vastly overpaid. Insultingly overpaid, actually. Against the Warriors, he seems vastly underpaid.

8. It’s kinda of amusing watching people adopt a football-watching and assessing dynamic to NBA basketball. You just can not make any grand proclamations after one (or two) games of a seven game series. Especially when accounting for variables like injuries. Yet people still continue to do it. And I get why, because its fun. But you end up having to eat crow like 24 hours later. And I’ve always hated the taste of crow. So I don’t say shit that’ll need to be unsaid.

9. I’ve said nothing about the refereeing, because complaining about the refereeing, blaming it for a team’s misfortunes, and even crafting conspiracies is dumb. And it’s a great way of announcing “Hey, everyone. I’ve never played a sport on a high level before! And I regularly blame my failures on other people!

10. VSB-favorite Dahntay Jones scored five points last night. A few months ago, I was on a panel at Google with his wife. (Who’s very nice!)

This has no real relevance or connection to anything else. I just wanted to share.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Other_guy13
    • My favorite coaching move of all time!

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        that was delightful.

        AND then my man held up two front offices to get paid.

        no such thing as halfway crooks.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          “my man held up two front offices to get paid”

          You see the way his alimony and child support is set up….

          • mr. steal your costco samples

            that dude been getting ufufu’ed since like 95

    • miss t-lee

      This was sooooo terrrible.

  • mr. steal your costco samples

    I was shocked at Steph’s lack of composure. Like, the dumb fouls THEN cussing out the ref THEN nailing the fan taunting you with a mouthpiece (ed note: that isht was GROSS).

    #humble
    #icandoallthings
    #underdog

    I’d be shocked if we won Game 7, despite all the momentum and having generally figured out the matchups. Just the Cleveland in me.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      He’s proof now people been imposing their opinion of him to the world instead really paying attention to how he actually gets down

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        yeah he rich boy gully like Cobra Kai

        • Okitech623

          Been saying for months that he’s not #humble. At least not on the court he isn’t.

  • RewindingtonMaximus

    I don’t really care for the results of Sunday but I have to say…when was the last time the NBA had this much drama affliated to it?

    It’s been a minute. In one season we had:
    – The GSW 73-9 record
    – Constant memes of Chef Curry shooting lights out
    – Ayesha’s name being put everywhere you find women
    – Lebron’s hairline winning the “Closest Fail to Crying Jordan Face According To the Internet” award for like the 8th year in a row
    – Roni Rose and her fast self
    – Clay Thompson bringing Jon B back for the chilren
    – JR Smith’s daughter straight delivering the best post-Father’s Day quote I ever heard
    – Riley Curry just winning at Riley Curry
    – Draymond Green using every oppurtunity on the court to apply for the WWE

    This list keeps going. Please add to it.

    • The way Black Twitter went in on Steph’s shoes.

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        lol the “All Lives Matter” 7s

      • brothaskeeper

        The “Some Of My Best Friends Are Blacks” 11’s

    • rlgreen91

      Don’t forget the saga of Deandre Jordan and the Mavs to start it off. And whatever is going on between Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes’s ex-wife.

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        oh man the DAJ stuff was the best

        • rlgreen91

          Especially those ESPN commercials at the beginning of the season

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        There we go, forgot all about this silliness. Derek big head a$$ posing with her and her kids

      • brothaskeeper

        They were clowning Mark Cuban SO hard on sports radio last summer. Foo was literally driving around Houston looking for DeAndre. White tears were probably streaming while he was behind the wheel.

    • Junegirl627

      Crazy shouts for Jon B because I didn’t realize it til you said it lol

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        You need to look up the memes AND Jon B’s own tweets. Hilarious.

    • Andie

      This is hilarious. Roni Rose and her fast self..hahhaha

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        I wonder what she will do now that the Warriors have lost.

  • Val

    Champ, you are so wrong about Ayesha. She is ALWAYS right! And I’m not just saying that because she’s cute. We was robbed last night!

    Go Dubs! Go Riley’s mom!

    https://31.media.tumblr.com/17c3de258bbfcb0b1911a9502787cec0/tumblr_mt3kso4OeH1srua3po3_250.gif

    • mr. steal your costco samples

      y’all got WRECKED. Refs didn’t make you miss 21 / 25 in that first quarter and after that, straight curtains.

    • Young Riley is going to be America’s darling for a looooong time.

    • Other_guy13

      Ref’s didn’t make Harrison Barnes a sudden not be able to find the hole like a he was a virgin again either. Dude been killing Dub nation the past two games…Wide open like http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RIPSdLMBB10/UKYrwE9tCVI/AAAAAAAAAy4/zubD1cdMKI4/s1600/T5ISqg.gif

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        he bout to get PAID and his best game is like a 14/8. dude still riding a great HS rep tbh

        • Other_guy13

          I hope the Hawks don’t pay him.

          • mr. steal your costco samples

            oooooh that’s a good spot for him as young DeMarre

            • Other_guy13

              Nope

      • I’ve already said the Warriors need to try and sign Batum and Noah in the offseason. And they can get both of those guys for a fraction of the cost for keeping Barnes, who’s probably going to get near max.

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          Isn’t there something with bird rights where they can sign their own but not others?

          Batum would be nice. What can I say about Noah that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan?

          • I think Bird Rights just allow your team to pay their own a lot more money, regardless of the cap.

            Noah fits their system and is an upgrade over Bogut. Don’t really care for him too, to be honest.

            • mr. steal your costco samples

              Bogut is huge and strong and dirty. Noah is a broken-down twig. I think Bogut’s screening is hard to replace with a dude 60 pounds lighter

              • Okitech623

                Warriors are better with minutes management and seemingly injury mitigation (except for Bogut strangely)than the Bulls while Thibs was there. Perhaps Noah could go there and experience a renaissance.

        • Other_guy13

          He not worth it though

          • He’s one level lower, imo.

            I think he has all-star talent, but it’s like Harden, he needs his own team to show it. He’s never going to reach full potential as a Warrior, and honestly, there’s a limit to how much talent a team aught to have, before it becomes counterproductive.

            • Other_guy13

              All Harden can do is score….I don’t want the hawks to have that same fate. If Harrison could make his own shot I would be okay with him being a max player…he is a system player to me. Nothing more.

  • Never sure where to stand on liking or disliking Ayesha… I really don’t pay enough attention to sports to know much about her, so I’ll just jump on board with wherever the general VSB court of opinion stands. I know there was a post about her recently, but it left me with residual preguntas.

    Is it that we don’t like her cooking but like her as a person?

    • mr. steal your costco samples

      she’s basically the girl Steph. excellent and cool but with a rep that outstrips her actual skill / talent and totally entitledrich

      • So… we tolerate her but don’t like her?

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          I like her a lot. She just went a little far. To be fair re: Steph and his rep, you can only hear “he’s changing basketball forever” so often and not believe it. I think they are entitled but generally good-natured.

          • Yeah, they seem (as someone who knows next to nothing about them) super wholesome. So much so that I wasn’t sure what to feel. Thanks for the insights.

    • Val

      It all started with her expressing her opinion about modesty. After she did a bunch of Hotep like dudes started not only cosigning her statement but using it as an opportunity to talk ish about women in general. To wit some folks began to take their frustration with the Hotep talk out on her.

      Poor Ayesha didn’t deserve the shade she got and still gets.

      https://igcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t51.2885-15/10831811_918490318169445_780340431_n.jpg

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        she deserved shade for yesterday’s comment but apologized so all good.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        You’re just blinded by the package. Savannah leaves the ball related issues to Bron Bron.

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          OMG if Savannah came out like that…I mean, the Dubs dinged Bron for “snitching” about something that happened in front of a national TV audience!

          • miss t-lee

            That would never happen though…lol

            • Sigma_Since 93

              “That would never happen though..”

              #stayclassySavannah

              • Val

                So, for a woman and a wife, being classy is being quiet?

                • DBoySlim

                  As an athletes wife, yes. The dudes can get fined for a tweet.

                  • mr. steal your costco samples

                    LeBron shook up the Warriors AND their wives AND their dads just because Klay said he had hurt feelings.

                    DON’T BARK UP THAT TREE, etc…

                  • Val

                    Fined for their wife’s tweet? That’s happened?

                    • miss t-lee

                      Val google Miko and Brent Grimes.

                    • Val

                      T! That chick was literally fighting people though. Lol Like getting arrested and all that. Are you seriously putting Ayesha and that chick in the same category?

                    • miss t-lee

                      She was also fighting with folks via twitter about her husband. That’s the part I wanted you to see. Possibly cost him a contract.

                    • miss t-lee
                    • Val

                      Wow. I don’t think Ayesha is in that chick’s league though. She’s out there. Lol

                • mr. steal your costco samples

                  Being like THE GAME CHEATING! MY CONTROLLER’S BROKEN is unclassy from anyone.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Very.
                    Take that L, and sit down.

                • miss t-lee

                  I don’t think it’s being quiet. Speak your mind, yes. But not to the detriment of your S.O.
                  Especially not in the public eye.

                  • Val

                    How have her tweets harmed Steph though?

                    • miss t-lee

                      Insinuating that the league that your husband plays for is rigged? Your husband, who won the MVP back to back? You want to plant the seed that the fix is in? For professional sports…even hints of that is bad for business.

                      Plus, rule#1 don’t f*ck up the money. Making statements like that–could, will and quite possibly f*ck up the money, and that’s shooting yourself in the foot.
                      Always.

                    • Val

                      Yeah, I hear you but it’s not like she is the only person speculating about that.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Thing is, Val–we don’t care about those other people, they don’t have a platform.
                      They’re not the wife of NBA superstar.

                    • Val

                      Yeah, I suppose. Anyway, my job as an Ayesha stan is over for the day. :-)

                      *goes to get some peppermint tea*

                    • miss t-lee

                      LOL!!!
                      Don’t quit so soon, Val
                      Stan for ya girl.

                    • Val

                      It’s lunchtime. Lol I’m hungry. Ayesha is on her own for now.

                    • miss t-lee

                      HAHAHA

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      rule#1 don’t f*ck up the money.

                      Especially when you are in the commercials promoting the brand!

                    • miss t-lee

                      Exactly.

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  Wingwoman,

                  You never want to give your opponent fodder to be used against you as a player.

                  You never want to be placed in a compromising position with your employer or tangent employer affiliates based upon comments from your clan.

                  Refs, coaches, and the organization are off limits to talk about publicly.

                  Savannah is the perfect example; you best believe she was in Bron’s ear about getting back home to Cleveland. The pillow talk that moved thousands to tears….that’s power!

                  • Val

                    ” you best believe she was in Bron’s ear about getting back home to
                    Cleveland. The pillow talk that moved thousands to tears….that’s
                    power!”

                    You’re speculating though, Sig. You don’t know if that is the case.

                    • mr. steal your costco samples

                      There was definitely some chatter about wanting the boys in school in Ohio that summer or she registered in some school district in Bath.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Noap.

                      Savannah tolerated Miami. As soon as the season was over, they were back in Akron despite having the fly crib. You factor in the tax friendly nature of Florida, saying would be a no brainier from a money standpoint. If you go back and look at her tweets, she was the first to say it was good to be home. Hours later, the news of Bron Bron coming back went public.

                    • Val

                      Okay, well, I’m still uncomfortable wit the good wife/ bad wife thing. I’m not even sure why anyone would compare their behaviors. Two different people.

              • miss t-lee

                Just saying. You’ve never seen her do that kind of thing. Gloria yes. Savannah–nah.

          • mr. steal your costco samples

            “how you gonna snitch?”
            “i was just saying that the sun rose…”
            “but nyuka why you have to TELL people? you got hurt feelings?”

      • Oh okay… so, we do like her? Y’all are sending me mixed messages. I’m starting to lean towards she’s overrated and can’t sit with us at the Spades table.

        • I never agree with her but she’s just ratchet enough to be fun. I’ll allow it.

        • Val

          Repeat after me, Sawyer; Yes. WE do like her. She is not overrated. She is a wonderful person and Riley’s mom.

          • lol I feel like you might be a little biased on account of them special circumstance eyes she’s got goin on. I’m not hatin, I’m just speculatin.

            • Val

              There might be a lot of truth in your speculation. Lol

        • HouseOfBonnets

          She aight

        • Brandon Allen

          Verdict: We ain’t mad at her hustle but she can go sit down somewhere.

          • -bangs gavel-

            lol Thank you, my position on Ayesha is now decided… and a bit more informed than before.

        • Kas

          She can sit as long she know we gonna still curse around her.

      • God Shammgod

        Val, come on. Her original modesty comment was shade. I didn’t care one way or the other but it absolutely was. Her being put on a hotep pedestal wasn’t her fault though.

        • Val

          Why was it shade? Because it was a minority opinion? She didn’t call anyone out. She only stated what worked for her.

          • God Shammgod

            naw she didnt just state what worked for her, she commented what “everyone else” was doing first and then implied that her approach was classy.

            • Glo

              “I like to keep it covered up for the one that matters” followed by the laughing emoji is 100% shade.

              • miss t-lee

                1000% shade.

            • Val

              “Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I
              like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters”

              I don’t know, Sham. I can see how it could be seen that way but I don’t think that was her main point. And, I definitely don’t think she was throwing shade.

              • God Shammgod

                Second tweet: “I’ll take classy over trendy any day of the week.”

                You really can’t catch that?

                • Glo

                  Exactly. She’s implying that trendy is not classy.

                  She wasn’t just stating a personal preference. She was throwing shade at women that wear revealing clothes. She did backtrack later, lol, but we need to stop pretending that her tweet wasn’t the passive aggressive semi-slut shame that it really was.

                  • God Shammgod

                    and the thing is i really didn’t care; I mean we live different lives, i prefer to lipsync to rihanna…and not with my bae to disney movies and put it on the gram lmao #trendynotclassy

                    • miss t-lee

                      *cackling*

                    • Glo

                      Same, lol.

                  • IsitFridayyet?

                    No, to me, she was commenting about women who dress revealingly and talk to/about Steph. The tweet sounded like an insecure women who saw something that made her mad and she reacted to the situation. I did not stretch her comments further than that.

                • Val

                  But wasn’t that after folks started attacking her? I’m really asking, I’m not sure.

                  • God Shammgod

                    nope, she tweeted it one right after the other. i didn’t feel away about it because i take no offense to being a bird, but she definitely was being shady and it is what it is, lol. I certainly didn’t feel the need to attack her for it.

                  • miss t-lee

                    No, it wasn’t. She just came out the blue with that…lol

                • ChokeOnThisTea

                  Yeah, it was shady and elitist. But I’m really not here for “ho e defense” either, so….eh. Good for her.

              • Kas

                It was shade.

                • Val

                  *thought he’d have my back*

                  Smh

                  • Kas

                    I can’t dispute flat out facts. For instance, the only time I tell anyone how I carry myself on social media is to call out those who don’t act like me.

                  • Kas

                    BTW: is this how I looked when I took on the board about Nia? If so, I apologize. It is not a good look.

                    • Val

                      Nah, Bruh, don’t try to put me in that category you put yourself in with that Nia debacle. Nice try but nope. Lol You’re still on your own out there on the tiny limb. :-)

                    • Kas

                      Oh I’m cool on the limb all by my dayum self. I’m just saying even when you know in your heart you are correct (not your heart specifically cuz you wrong), sometimes it’s still best to let the battle go.

                    • Val

                      Whatever, Man. I’m going to let you work out your residual angst about the Nia incident on your own because you are obviously taking all of this way too seriously.

                    • Kas

                      You know I don’t have a serious bone in my body. But 48 hours ahead of father’s day perhaps I should reflect on how to be a better man . . . Done. I feel much better now.

                    • Cheech

                      Sawing away, behind him ….

              • HouseOfBonnets

                It was shade… Light suburban church shade at best but still shade.

                • Val

                  Lol

      • I like Ayesha, but she’s social media famous…which is different from mainstream fame. She’s mixing up the two, that’s why she gets into trouble. In social media you’re famous because people have strong feelings towards you: likes or dislikes. Mainstream famous means you’re a celebrity; people celebrate your existence, and look to you as an ideal. That’s not what she is.

        • Val

          I don’t think she’s mixing up anything. People are projecting a whole lot onto what she says and does based upon their biases.

          • There’s definitely a lot of projection. But she’s also a lot more embracing of the spotlight, than she was last year, which is why she’s having a lot of problems.

            • Val

              She definitely is. But it’s by design. She has her own cooking show now.

      • Other_guy13

        Son- “dad…when I grow up…I want one of those”
        Dad- “me too son…me too…don’t tell your mom”

    • Damon Young
      • Hehe, you called her a “hummus-making rose emerging from the concrete thots.” You crazy.

        So, now I’m gathering it’s more so her name that is getting tied up in troubling discussions and it has less to do with actual things she’s done. Okay, cool. Also gathering she has a brown sugar bacon I need to try. Did not see that coming, but good to know.

    • miss t-lee

      Who is we? I don’t know that girl…lol

  • Other_guy13

    Kappa’s after reading “That Kappa over there is wearing a sweater vest. In July. While playing flag football.” http://www.ohio.com/polopoly_fs/1.557845.1421113141!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_500/osunotes13-02.jpg

  • I knew you wouldn’t let me down, Damon. I reveled in the lightskint implosion last night. Klay heading to the tunnel looking like his grandmama gave him that chain, Steph pelting some rich person with a mouthpiece, Ayesha hollering C-O-N, spiracy and light skint twitter trying to get their backs. Ugh, it was as enjoyable as the first time I got a bra off by myself. Can’t wait to Sunday.

    • Niecy

      “Klay heading to the tunnel looking like his grandmama gave him that chain”
      This right here tho. I told my mom he gon cry in the car.

    • Kas

      If you think I’m not only stealing that bra line, but claiming it as my own invention, you are sorely mistaken.

      • brothaskeeper

        Please sublet that phrase to me, posthaste.

      • Mortal Man

        Word. Son got bars.

    • Wise Old Owl

      Brother, I know that I am going to be called a Hotep, however, it is 2016 and we still have light skint vs dark skint…twitter. I know it may seem funny, but as the late great Smokin Joe Fraizer would tell you, ain’t nothing funny about being called an ugly Gorilla by another Black Man. We will continue to be divided as a community, because we laugh color jokes and preferences off as an inside thing, when in fact, they are products of Self Hate and White Supremacy. And yes, I love lamp and all Black Folks, regardless of shade.

      • Okay. Sit back and watch the dynamic play between Lebron (the villain) and Steph (the light skint savior) and tell me I’m wrong for the shadenfreude. Also, I have love for all humans but it won’t stop me from laughing at our frailties; especially win my side wins.

        • Wise Old Owl

          Bro, I agree with you about Steph being cast by the mainstream media and Disney as the Golden Child with the perfect Negro Family and non threatening background and Bron as the big mean dark tattooed Villian from the scary inner-city with a loud single mom. However, we as Black folks, who see through this simple Disney Fairytale, shouldn’t fall for their plot. I am a Dark Skin Brother and although Jemele Hill thinks I hate him, I like Steph and I respect his game. LeBron is LeBron, a top 5 all time great and I respect and admire him as a Black Man. And as a proud MJ stan/fan….the one who brought Dark Skin Brothers in style in the 90’s, I am going to be happy either way Sunday night. My hater logic is simple, either the Dubs lose after breaking the Bulls regular season all time win record or LeBron falls to 2-5 in the Finals. I am sure MJ will be somewhere lighting a victory cigar after the game…

          • I just want to know how Mike feels about the crying Jordan meme.

            • Wise Old Owl

              Hates it…see School Boy Q, who thought he was going to use it on his album cover, before his management team wised him to MJ court tactics. I see it as a way for Kobe and LeBron fans to attempt to Ghost the GOAT…but what MJ did on the court and for the NBA and basketball in general can never be erased.

              • Yeah, they aren’t playing around with ppl making money off of it. Jordan’s religious about his brand.

                • Wise Old Owl

                  I know and I don’t blame MJ…Ali protected his brand and commercial image as well. However, Jordan will be called greedy if and when he decides to sue a few individuals for misappropriation of his image for commercial gain.

                  • I think a lot of people liked MJ more before they realized he was serious about being a successful business man. Reminds me of what happened back in the day when my mother opened up a clothing store and the black folks use to come in and always try to negotiate out a deal; whereas everyone else came in and paid full price. Lots of black people don’t get business logic.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      Yes, the hate increased even more, when he became a Billionaire. Thus, boycott overpriced J’s, but continue to buy IPhones, Gucci Belts, Louis Vuitton bags, Louboutin, and $750 dollar backpacks, but for God’s sake, don’t give greedy @$$ MJ another dime…drop $120 on the Currys 2 if needed or $200 on LeBron shoes, just don’t buy J’s…..SMDH.

                    • I get people not wanting to mess with Jordan because they hate his politics, or that he’s just a jerk. But this desire to talk about him like he’s some mix of the original Rick Ross and Donald Sterling has less to do with pro-blackness and everything to do with envy.

                    • Kas

                      Put me down in the jerk camp. I’m all for him making as much loot as he can.

                    • thank you very much and it is sad when we value someone words that might make us feel good over the fact that MJ success enable him to hire and employ many many blacks and pay them competitive salaries as I said before I am told if you go to his office in Charlotte black people are well represented in good paying jobs. perhaps that’s MJs role in doing his part in uplifting black people and what is better?

                    • Kas

                      Way too many Black people (add friends in as well) call themselves supporting Black businesses by looking for a discount/hook up.

              • I’m still amazed at some of his old videos. He will always be the GOAT.

            • MJ is notoriously thin skinned. He probably hates it.

              • Betty’s Babygirl

                Not only is he extremely thin skinned he ain’t trying touch nothing that has even a whiff of controversy. He gotta keep getting them coins. Taking a stand for something you believe in is not in his DNA.

                • I don’t think that’s entirely true.

                  MJ has a record of supporting political causes as well as politicians, but he didn’t and doesn’t do it the way, it was expected of him… even though it’s pretty easy to find out what he actually does support.

                  That’s kind of counter-productive, it’s a similar reason why most black people haven’t heard of A.G. Gatson, even though he played a significant role in the civil rights movement. There’s a tendency to associate blackness with or as synonymous to activism, as though a nation isn’t built and rooted in a diversification of skills, talents and political views.

                  It’s kind of sad how many people are so dismissive of all the success that MJ has had in business, because he’s not what they envisioned he should be, so much wisdom and experience completely overlooked.

                  • Betty’s Babygirl

                    I know who A.G. Gaston was and the role he played in Birmingham and I don’t begrudge nor overlook M.J’s business acumen. Who I do throw shade at are those to who much is given and they stay completely quiet on issues they have a duty to address. Chicago is where M.J. made his name but he has made no public statements that i am aware of regarding the epidemic of violence occurring in that city.

                    I’m all about diversification of skills, talents and political views. But they are not effective if the ones who need to see evidence of them don’t. As an athlete M.J. is near the top. As a an humanitarian he’s sorely lacking.

                    • I’m not saying you don’t know A.G. Gaston, I’m saying most people don’t, precisely because he didn’t speak openly about issues, a lot of times, due to his business responsibilities – which he openly admitted to. It still doesn’t discount the value he brought to the movement, though most people aren’t really aware of it. That’s my point, M.J. has provided a lot of value, people just don’t know it, because he doesn’t speak on it.

                      I mean even in Chicago, he built and funds a Boys and Girls Club; he donates tons of his money to Chicago as, you can see here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-michael-jordan-charity-1216-biz-20151215-story.html. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

                      The fact is people feel the evidence of what he does, the problem is that people want to “hear it.” They want quotes, memes, motivational posters they can attach words too – the crying meme, but you know, something serious. The actual acts itself aren’t seen as valuable as the words associated with them, which goes back to the activism-bias we have.

                      I just don’t think we value business as a community, and a lot of the shade Jordan gets is part of that. Like Business can be respected, but it’s not seen as an act of empowerment or wealth, unless of course, it’s marketed as such. Thus, why it’s so easy to overlook that Jordan has probably put on more rich black folks in the sports world in business, than any other owner in sports. We have a limited view of what we deem as valuable, and it almost always rotates around political activism.

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      I know you weren’t implying I didn’t know who A.G. Gazton was. No offense taken. There are tens of thousands of people who have positively changed the course of history. Who’s names we’ll never know.

                      Being vocal doesn’t necessarily equal political or social activism. I disagree that Resilients don’t value business leadership and acumen. On the contrary many aspire to achieve it.

                      Adults can avail themselves of M.J.’s philanthropic work. However, many who rock his kicks especially youngsters could benefit from some encouraging words from him. Such as “Not everyone is going to become a professional athlete education is the sure bet.” Anything to that effect imop is preferable to complete silence. His admirers are all over the world not just Chicago.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      Obviously, you have a deep seated dislike of MJ. I wonder what you think about Ali calling his former friend, Joe Fraizer an ugly Gorilla and Animal in order to promote a fight for commercial profit…

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      It’s not that deep. I don’t have a “deep seated dislike for M.J.” and I’m not a fan of Kobe either. They’re cut from the same cloth. What do you professional athletes whisper in each other’s ears while playing? I like your cologne? I doubt it. They talk about your momma, wife, girlfriend, children and/or how you look. Anything to take you off your game.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      They don’t call each other ugly Gorillas and Animals on camera to promote a fight for commercial profit during the height of the Black and Proud 1970’s. And it is that deep, we just make excuses for our heroes.

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      I don’t have heroes (except for my deceased parents.) I have people who I respect. I don’t put much stock in scholars and studies. They can be biased and skewed. I am an independent thinker. I investigate several sources and draw my own conclusions. And I have raised my children to do the same. Even if it is something that I’ve said.

                      It’s only as deep as one chooses to make it. I don’t make excuses when someone is wrong or when I am wrong. I’ll take the loss because that’s what a self aware person does. I don’t know you but I know people who have been deeply hurt. I suspect you may be one of them. I sincerely wish you healing and peace.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      I wish you nothing but peace, love and happiness. Personally, after years of self study and reflection, I am fine, just an Awoke & Aware Brother…some will say Hotep, who truly cares about the entire community. It hurts me to see team light skinned versus team dark skinned in 2016, because I am aware that we as a community will never heal our my wounds inflicted by white Supremacy and Slavery. Two of my heroes, Malcolm X and Jackie Robinson had heated disagreements in the 60’s on how to uplift the Race. I respect both of them as Black Men and their ideas and contributions on how to better serve and uplift the Community. It is not a monolith or only one way to give back and assist the Community. We will stay divided as long as we continue to call those we disagree with Uncle Toms, Sellouts and Coons.

                    • exactly!

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      Bro, please don’t waste your time giving facts to the Jordan haters. Most are Kobe/Laker fans and LeBron stans…who hate MJ, because he is the GOAT. They claim they hate him because he is an apolitical arrogant jerk…Remember, these are Kobe and LeBron fans calling MJ and arrogant jerk…the irony. When you point out Jordan’s charitable and political contributions, they are just going to dismiss them as public relations and tax write offs.

                    • thank you, you are exactly right.

                    • Mary Burrell

                      Well you schooled me today.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      It is sad that Black Folks demand more from MJ the most famous Man in the world than BO, the most powerful Man I’m the world. We expect athletes to save the Black Community, but give elected officials such as BO a pass, because he is too busy saving the world and not the Black Community. Let me know when MJ publicly calls another Black Man an ugly Gorilla on television for commercial profit….

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      I am not expecting any ONE person to say us from ourselves. Collectively, we’re responsible for helping one another. However, imop to whom much is given, much is expected. How we view a person is completely subjective. It’s based on our frame of reference.

                      If anyone thought the 1st Resilient president was going to wave a magic wand and all would be right with the our world was delusional. He could of and should’ve done more specifically for Resilients. He was unable to do many things for the country as a whole. Obstructionism is the euphemism for racist.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      When MJ publicly calls another Black Man an ugly Gorilla and Animal and turns his back on Malcolm X, let me know…As a Dark Skin Black Man, MJ’s presence, success, good looks, intelligence and status was enough to change the way Dark Skin Men were viewed in the 80’s and 90’s not only in America, but globally. As a child of the 70’s and 80’s, who dealt with Colorism everyday, I personally witnessed and experienced the Jordan Effect. Because of MJ, Dark Skin Brothers were more than just Ugly Gorillas cast as Villians to the beloved light skin pretty hero champ…

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      Muhammad Ali did not turn his back on Malcolm X. He decided to follow true Islam and it’s five pillars the same way Malcolm did. If I use your logic hit me up when M.J. puts his entire career on the line taking an unpopular position on a matter and loses his prime playing years. Welp that didn’t happen and wouldn’t have happened.

                      As I’ve stated before in comments of other articles I am no stan of any human being. I will admire a person for their accomplishments or contributions to humanity. Muhammad made amends and apologized to Mr. Frazier. He publicly stated many times he was wrong for having called him that. There’s no excuse for what he said.

                      The Jordan effect for dark skin brothers is questionable. I was attending Howard in the ’80’s and they were getting as much play as the light brights. I don’t believe an celebrity in any arena has that much power over people except for the sheep.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      In my opinion and the opinion of many scholars, he turnt his back on Malcolm to stay in the NOI, the same way he later turnt his back on the NOI to follow so called true Islam.

                      Mr. Fraizer did not accept the so called apologies, because Mr. Fraizer a former friend, personally gave Ali money and advocated for the reinstatement of his boxing license. His repayment was being called an Uncle Tom, Gorilla, Ugly and an Animal all to promote a fight for commercial profit.

                      The Jordan Effect is quantitative and has been proven. However, to this day, dark-skinned Brothers Still earn less than equally educated light skin Brothers and are sentenced to longer prison sentences than light skin brothers for similar crimes. In addition, a recent study of HBCU students showed that light skin Brothers and Sisters are preferred over dark skin Brothers and Sisters as potential mates.

                      My heroes are Malcolm, Martin, Medgar and Fred….they put more than an athletic career on the line.

                    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                      Fred Hampton was a great leader. He publicly spoke truth to power and made gang truces, organized programs, and made many contributions in Chicago.

                    • Mary Burrell

                      Glad to know Ali apologized to Frazier.

                    • but they tell me if you go thru his office in Charlotte it is chocked full of black people, meaning MJ is hiring, employing black people paying them good salaries enabling them to support their families and send their children to college, what more can we ask of him?

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      “..what more can we ask of him?”

                      “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” …

                      Downstream or up (not sure) I replied to Negro Libre that a public statement geared toward the young people who drop their parent’s money on his sneakers. Something attuned to the fact that education is the key because not everyone is going to become a professional athlete. I applaud his employment of Resilients.

                    • agreed I have been a Tar Heel fan since the days of Larry Miller and Larry Brown and have follow all of the black Tar Heel since Charlie Scott and since the Jesse helm days a lot of black people always say what Mike hasn’t done but they fail to mention how he has uplifted his family, the many black people he has hired and employed in his many enterprises as if speaking out is more important to them than giving black people opportunities, providing black people with well paying jobs. I just don’t get it! I think we better think this one over.

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      It’s all good. There’s always room at the table for everyone’s opinion.

                    • yep! that’s right, we don’t have to agree on everything to be able to respect and appreciate each other.

                  • Mary Burrell

                    Thanks for introducing A.G. Gatson had to Google him. Learned something new today.

                  • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                    A G Gatson A Birmingham Banker and Hotel owner, like MJ business people like Mr Gatson understood in order to survive and be able to assist and help in their own way, they had to keep their head down.

                • Wise Old Owl

                  He took a stand during the 1998 NBA lockout for players and told NBA owners such as Abe Pollum, to sell his team if he could not afford to pay players. In 1992 he donated his own money to Spike Lee to ensure that X was finished and he wore the X cap during the 1992 Olympics, which was controversial. In 1992 he gave an interview with Playboy magazine and discussed Racism in North Carolina and how he hated white folks after watching Roots. In 2012 he held a public fundraiser for the President and raised more than $3 million dollars.

                  • Betty’s Babygirl

                    Obviously, you’re a stan of M.J. to which you are entitled. I’m aware of the financial contributions and other things you’ve listed. None of which changes the fact that imop he could drop a statement of encouragement to the young people who stand in line and drop serious coin for his gear.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      Obviously, you are a hater of MJ. As I stated, let me know when he calls another Black Man an ugly Gorilla and an Animal on camera for commercial profit! Ali endorsed $750 Louis Vuitton tennis shoes and $3,000 Louis Vuitton bags…let me know when Steph Curry gives words of encouragement because youth are spending their coins on his overpriced ugly Under Armour gear…

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      Again, I have no hate in my heart for anyone let alone a person who I don’t know and has no affect on how I live my life. I apologize that someone may have made you feel less than because of your skin tone. You nor does any Resilient deserve to be persecuted by their own.

                      As grown ups we have to know when to let go of things that hurt us to allow room for those things that fulfill us. Trust and believe light skins got our share of disparaging remarks too. A person can only make you feel less than if you willingly give power to their words. And that’s something my departed, raised in the segregated south parents would not allow my siblings and I to do.

                    • Mary Burrell

                      Forgive my ignorance but you use the word “Resilient ” quite frequently in your post, I know what the word resilient means but I guess I am confused with your use of the word. I would be most grateful for an explanation.

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      Resilient – (of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

                      There are a myriad of positive words that can be used to describe us. I CHOOSE Resilient.

                    • Mary Burrell

                      Thank you for responding and resilient is an apt word for describing black people from 200 years of oppression to modern times. We are a resilient people for sure.

                    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                      thank you I also was raise in the Jim Crow segregated south North Carolina to be exact.
                      PS: and the word Resilient is most appropriate when describing black America.

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      Yes it is!

                    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                      and you are Betty”s Babygirl and I am trueletter only son and bush boy hahahaha……………

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      You know we country! My mother was youngest of 15. I was raised in the north but spent my summers in NC.

                    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                      yep I remember when I was young I use to dream about living in the North, now I love, appreciate and embrace being born and raised in the south.

                    • Betty’s Babygirl

                      As you should! My two oldest sisters moved to NC almost 20yrs ago. The mass migration north began in reverse around that time and is continuing. It’s expensive living north of the Mason Dixon line.

                    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

                      exactly!

                    • Mary Burrell

                      I liked Ali but when he used to call Frazier an ugly black gorilla I thought that was pretty horrible for another black man to say about another black man especially during those times when our country race relations were tense.

                    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                      I agree. No one should disrespect the phenotype or the physical appearance of any black person in an offensive way. White racists mock black people constantly and we will never follow the agenda of racist bigots.

                    • I agree, as bad as it was that was gamesmanship for the public, they were actually friends, Joe loan Ali money when he couldn’t fight.

            • Conrad Bess

              Some rumour out there that the minute someone tries to cake up off it, he’s gonna release the lawyers like the Kraken.

              • I don’t doubt it. Mike can’t resist a good game.

            • Betty’s Babygirl

              He cries….literally.

              • I seriously hope that is not true… but I can see it.

          • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            LeBron also won multiple Olympic Gold Medals and made tons of records.

          • sasha

            Not sure how valid this is since Ayesha opened her mouth and now SAVANNAH is toted as the good wife #teamjames

  • A couple things:

    – Last year, the Cavs used the same strategy that they are currently using against the Warriors: forcing them to finish at the basket. The reason they were able to overcome this problem last year, wasn’t due to anybody on their team, but low and behold, David Lee. The Warriors don’t have any guy who finishes strong at the basket, and they’re more comfortable shooting from 3 than trying to finish and risk contact with Thompson bodying them. This is why Thompson is earning money here.

    – I said this before, I’ll say it again: Ayesha needs a PR agent. She’s reckless and she’s passive aggressive; she’s the kind of chick that if she was in the hood, would be in at least one Worldstar viral clip a year.

    – LeBron’s acceptance that he shouldn’t try to beat Iguodola 1-on-1 is one of the reasons he’s playing so well. LeBron’s been so busy trying to prove that Iguodola couldn’t guard him, that he forgot the fact that no one on the Warriors has a shot against him. Winning > Ego.

    – Win or Lose, GSW needs to upgrade that center spot and try to sign Joakim Noah, he can pretty much do everything Bogut can do, and he’s better at it, plus he’s not as slow.

    – Kevin Love high-five fail was embarrassing; more embarrassing than getting dunked on and blocked in the same game by Nate Robinson.

    • Damon Young

      “LeBron’s acceptance that he shouldn’t try to beat Iguodola 1-on-1 is one of the reasons he’s playing so well”

      good point. instead of isolating against him, he’s just waiting until someone else switches on them. basically, the cavs strategy should be “if steph is guarding you, shoot! but, if dre is guarding you, don’t!”

      • mr. steal your costco samples

        Dre gimped up yesterday and Bron was like THAT’S FOOD.

        not sure his back gets right in two days. They’ll test him.

        • If his back is out, they are DONE.

    • miss t-lee

      “I’ll say it again: Ayesha needs a PR agent. ”

      Agreed. Definitely couldn’t hurt.

      • Val

        Why though? A PR person is hired to get you press attention, right? She seems to be doing pretty well on her own. And, she knows the brand she want to create. It’s obviously not for everyone and I’m sure she knows that.

        • miss t-lee

          This is the type of attention you would want for your wholesome brand?

          • Val

            Actually, I think so. I think she has her sights on, how to put this, a higher value type brand. Like a Martha Stewart, before the arrest, type brand. And part of creating a brand like that is setting yourself apart from the crowd.

            • miss t-lee

              Every time she’s in the news, it’s not for what she actually does.
              I don’t see how that’s a plus.

              • Janelle Doe

                Has she been in any of the basketball wives or real house wives shows? I am curious about how she’d fare in reality TV

                • Mary Burrell

                  She would tell them they were dressed inappropriate and how they need to be more modest.

        • Not necessarily, PR’s there to control how your image gets translated. In case you eff up, they spin it into a positive or something.

          • Blueberry01

            So, she needs Olivia Pope…

    • Dougie

      Awesome breakdown.

    • Val

      Reckless? I think you overstate, NL.

      • Nah, I think it’s accurate. She doesn’t have that thing in her, that says, “If I post this, people are going to go for my jugular lol. Seen way too many examples of it, not just in social media.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      As a mourner of the departing mystical tiger (my pet name for my baby Noah) I hope he can land a deal with a great team since that always seems to work out for a lot of former Chicago players (I bet Forte is about to have a killer season this fall) Chicago sports teams seem to not really value your work unless you’re in hockey and even then you’re rolling the dice. All this chitown promise with no results.

  • AnswerMe

    Haven’t had much contact with Kappas, just Alphas and Ques…with some Sigmas sprinkled here and there. Must be living my life right.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      “Must be living my life right.”

      That’s Right!!!!

    • DBoySlim

      I approve this message.

      ’06

    • Other_guy13

      “some Sigmas sprinkled here and there. “…..I don’t know where to start on this…I’ll just stay out of it.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Paraphrasing Flo from Progressive:

        “Sigma sprinkles are for winners!”

        • Other_guy13

          I’m going to sleep now.

      • AnswerMe

        The Sigmas I know are love or wanna be love interests of friends…I won’t go into detail but will say I won’t let those two ruin it for all the others.

        • Other_guy13

          I’m kidding….I know a few…mainly through some zeta’s I met at work…very welcoming group last time we hung out.

    • You are correct.

    • Julian Green

      They’re really not so bad.

      • JennyJazzhands

        Pssshhh!

    • Medium Meech

      There’s a difference between being alive and living though. YMMV

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Meech don’t be salty we in here throwing sprinkles like E-40!

        • Medium Meech

          Salty? I’m just trying to expand horizons and what not, as Nupes do.

  • God Shammgod

    I’m just glad everyone is realizing just how annoying “Young Eesh” is. How are you so ride-or-die that now your husband is gonna get a call from his boss??? lmao.

    She seems like a perfectly decent person. Just you know…corny and annoying.

    • miss t-lee

      She was so outta pocket with that tweet last night. That was a terrible look.

      • God Shammgod

        Absolutely out of pocket. And that’s not the first time. I don’t know how many wine coolers she had yesterday but she needed to put her phone down

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          lol at her being like THEY GOT OUR FAMILY TRAPPED ON THE BUS

          • Damon Young

            “lol at her being like THEY GOT OUR FAMILY TRAPPED ON THE BUS”

            i just cackled

          • God Shammgod

            you know she’s rage baking a frittata this morning

            • mr. steal your costco samples

              RAGE BAKING

              …I’m here for it.

            • Cleojonz

              CACKLING!

            • Mary Burrell

              lol that would be a funny comedy sketch.

        • miss t-lee

          Someone has to hid her phone from now on. I get being upset about your dude getting ejected, losing the game and all, but to call out his employer as “rigged”?
          So, so terrible.

          • If this one is rigged she is indirectly implying the the OKC series was rigged.

            • miss t-lee

              Listen.
              It implies so, so much.

        • TheCollinB

          Those Seagrams will sneak up on you.

          • Kas

            Like kool aid going down. You forget.

          • brothaskeeper

            If they were the golden wine coolers.

        • HouseOfBonnets

          She must have had at least 4 E&J’s

        • Mary Burrell

          She said she was upset her father was racially profiled. So that made her upset.

      • Stay in the truck.

        • miss t-lee

          Mayne!

      • Mary Burrell

        I was on another social media site where one poster said she needs a diary or a journal. I agree she needs to journal instead of always being on social media every time she wants to vent.

        • miss t-lee

          Indeed.

    • Cleojonz

      Seriously, like really the game is rigged? Come one. She needs all the seats in the arena. When he is actually wronged she can defend Steph all day, this privileged guy does not need her to cape for him.

    • Brandon Allen

      She came at Stephen A Smith this morning lol So Steph hasn’t quite had a talk with her yet.

      • brothaskeeper

        That’s when you gotta pull your lady over to the cut by her upper arm and speak low and firmly with your lips tucked in. You ain’t finna mess up both our monies.

    • Sometimes as a spouse you have to give and receive the “Stay in the truck” speech.

      • brothaskeeper

        Can’t even leave the truck running, either. Gotta Crack the windows and take the keys.

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