Lakers: Mark Jackson Built the House the Warriors Win In: Hire Him

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With all of the NBA teams in need of coaches, why isn’t Mark Jackson’s name at the top of the list?  The Warriors would not be the Warriors “but for” Mark Jackson.  However, for some reason there is an eerie silence around the league when sportscasters and the like are referencing who the next coach should be for teams in dire need of a coach.

Since I’m a “die hard” Lakers fan, it is my recommendation that the Lakers hire Mark Jackson at all cost. I wrote a blog when the season began and without any hesitation stated that Bryon Scott was a bad hire from day one.  Now that Bryon Scott has been terminated, it’s time to for the Lakers to select the right coach for the role and IT’S NOT LUKE WALTON.

Come on people, I can coach the Warriors with the amount of talent on that team. All Luke Walton had to do was be a cheerleader on the sideline when he took over for Steve Kerr.  All he needed was one of my old high school cheerleader uniforms and he would have been set.  The Lakers don’t need a cheerleader, they need a real coach that has the ability to lead, build and get the players to buy into his strategic vision for the team.  There are enough coaches in the league that lack the qualities, I just listed.  Under the leadership of Mark Jackson, the Warriors players were taught the value of teamwork, disciple, ball movement, the importance of working together for the greater good of the team and he gave them confidence.

When there is not a team in the League mentioning hiring Mark Jackson as their next head coach, there is a dead cat on the line somewhere out there. People can pretend until the cows come home but it was Mark Jackson who built the house the Warriors win in.

The Lakers desperately need to hire Mark Jackson because the management needs guidance for the upcoming draft and that certainly can’t be left up to Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss because the two of them share the same brain. 

I can’t sit back and watch the Lakers continue down this road of abyss without pointing out that, whatever negative comments Golden State’s management has made about Mark Jackson is just smoke and mirrors and the Lakers organization should not be fooled by the hype of Luke Walton. 


I wonder what Luke Walton’s record would be if he was coaching the 76ers today, it probably would be the same if not worst, boom!!!  Guys my nieces and nephews can coach Golden State.

Hey by the way, Patrick Ewing has proven that he will be a great head coach as well. Not only for the Lakers, Knicks, 76ers but for any other team looking for a good head coach, please wise up to what’s really going on.


Death of a Saint: Will Smith


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Will Smith was a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints from 2004 – 2013. He was a member of the Saints Super Bowl winning team and selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006.  Unfortunately, he  was shot several  times and killed by Cardell Hayes in New Orleans after the Hummer Hayes was driving rear ended the Mercedes Smith was driving.  There are a number of stories coming out and there is a video being shown where Smith may or may not have bumped Haynes first and left the scene, which caused Haynes to follow him in hot pursuit to obtain Smith’s license plate.  There are so many conflicting stories at this point no one knows what really happened and want know until the police investigation has been completed and Haynes is tried for his crime.

At the end of the day, a man is dead, leaving behind a wife and three (3) children. Another man is probably facing 25 years to life in prison.  Will Smith was only 34 years old and Hayes is only 28 years old.  It’s as if the NFL is cursed, players on and off the field, retired or not, just seem to struggle with addiction, violence, financial woes etc.  However, what happened to Will Smith was random and could have been prevented if cooler heads had prevailed.  I wasn’t there so I can only speculate like everyone else that this minor accident turned violent because words were exchanged and Hayes had a gun, which made him feel powerful.  Clearly, his instinct was to shoot and ask questions later.  The attorney for Hayes is spinning the story that Smith had a gun in his car, so what?  Smith didn’t brandish a gun, Hayes is the person that shot and killed an unarmed man.  How did Hayes feel threatened by an unarmed man?

Hayes’ father was killed by the New Orleans police department, the family sued and won a $200,000 settlement.  Instead of learning from happened to his father, he continues the cycle of violence, really?  It’s possible because of what happened to Hayes’ father he is distrustful of them so instead of calling the police, he made the unwise decision to follow the car that bumped him, which ultimately resulted in a violent confrontation and him being booked on charges of murder or he’s just an idiot who pulled the trigger without thinking.

It doesn’t matter if Smith had a gun in his car, Haynes shot and killed an unarmed man and shot Smith’s wife.  No manner of posturing by his attorney or stories being spun with change those facts.

When I look at pictures of Smith’s beautiful smile, I can’t help but get sad and say, wow, another African-American man gone to soon as a result of unnecessary violence.




The Cleveland Cavaliers: What’s Really Going On? Is LeBron in or Out?

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The Cavaliers management thought changing coaches would positively impact the Cavaliers ability to win a championship.  Coach Lue and David Griffin, the Cavaliers GM had a meeting with LeBron about his behavior with Dwayne Wade during halftime at the Miami game in March, which the Cavs lost by the way. Apparently, LeBron’s behavior was inappropriate and totally unprofessional.  Instead of warming up, he was chatting it up with D. Wade.  After his meeting with Coach Lue and David Griffin, he apologized and said that he needs to do more as the team goes into the post season, DAH!!!!

By chatting it up with Wade when he should have been warming up reflects that he’s not truly committed to the Cavs. It is saying that he doesn’t have to be in Cleveland next season and that he can go and play somewhere else, which is true.  However, a real leader shows that he’s 100% “all-in” for the team and nothing and nobody can change that.  He uses his abilities to hold the team and Cavs management hostage and it’s detrimental to the team.  His behavior is very nomadic, which has a negative impact on the entire organization.

Fast forward to the Cavs loss to Chicago on Saturday, April 10th.  There is no way the Cavs should have lost to Chicago.  My expectation for LeBron is that as the leader of the team, he should be able to lift his teammates to higher heights and win games against a team like Chicago.  Let’s dial back the hands of time for just a moment, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird etc. would not have allowed the Cavs to lose to the Bulls if they were the leaders of the Cavs.  The mere fact that LeBron was more interested in chatting it up with D. Wade instead of warming up in Miami, speaks volumes to his lack of leadership.  The players that I just mentioned would NEVER have displayed that kind of behavior during a game.

I like LeBron and would love to see him win a championship with the Cavs but unless he develops a leadership mentality that his teammates can buy into, the Cavs will not win a championship with him as the “quasi” leader of the team.   Based on how Coach Lue handled him after the Miami incident, it is clear that the teamed needed someone who is not afraid to tell LeBron to get his act together.   There is an old saying that LeBron should heed and it is: “you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar” because right now his behavior is all vinegar.  Kudos to Coach Lue.

Since he enjoys fraternizing with D. Wade so much, D. Wade should tell him the story about the time, Shaq and Alonzo Mourning picked him up and drove him around and talked to him about the importance of taking a leadership role on the floor so that Miami could win a championship. As a result of that talk, D. Wade developed into a leader on the floor and helped lead Miami to its first championship.  If this is lie, Shaq, D. Wade and Zo told it.  I’m merely recalling an interview I saw after Miami won the championship.

Food for Thought LeBron:  Your marketing firm dropped Johnny Manziel because it was determined that his behavior was not good for your “brand.”  Ask yourself if your behavior is good for the team.  You have got to learn how to be a leader that motivates your teammates to win at all cost.  You possess a lot of great qualities but you need to strengthen your leadership skills.  It can’t always be about you “baby boy.”  LeBron stop using your talent as a way of keeping your teammates and management guessing as to whether you’re truly committed to the team.

It is time for LeBron to be 100% all-in and step up to the plate and display real leadership skills. #1raregrljustsaying




Greg Hardy: All That’s Wrong with not being Taught Accountability

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There are articles and commentaries all over the news about Greg Hardy’s recent disastrous ESPN interview, which was done to try and improve his image after being found guilty for domestic violence. It’s my assumption that the interview was an opportunity for him to clear the air so that teams would consider taking a chance on him. Instead of Hardy using the forum as a platform to take accountability for his role in the incident, he responded by not owning the fact that he was found guilty of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.   Who does that?

Unfortunately, we are living in a time where children are not being taught accountability and to take ownership for their mistakes and misdeeds. Compound that with being a super star athlete and being told on a daily basis that you’re the greatest thing since slice bread and women throwing themselves at you every time you turn the corner and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen.  There is something to be said for the bible verse: “Train up a child in the way he should go….”  According to reports, Hardy’s “camp” thought it would be a good idea for him to be interviewed by ESPN with regard to this matter.  Clearly, no one from his “camp” prepared him for the interview.  All of the people in his “camp” should be terminated, if they haven’t already moved on because it’s clear his time in the NFL is probably over.

First of all, when Jerry Jones took a chance on him, he made inappropriate comments about Gisele Bundchen’s sister, who he doesn’t know from Adam’s house cat. It was at this point someone in his “camp” should have taken him aside and said, “You are being given the opportunity of a life time, shut your mouth and just do your job. Don’t respond to any questions that are not football related unless you run the responses by me first.” Prior to being hired by the Cowboys, he should have been coached on taking accountability and owning what happened with his ex-girlfriend by his “camp” or his parents.  This young man is only 27 years old and is one of the best pass rushers in the game so he should be able to get a job with a team in the League but his inability to take ownership for his actions has probably cost him his career.

The NFLPA is not doing enough to educate these young men on how to be professional in the workplace.  Although it’s football, it is still a job and must be treated as such.  When you have someone like Cris Carter, Hall of Fame Player, advocating getting a “fall guy” when you get into trouble, there is a ton of work that needs to be done in the League.  Dante Fowler took his new girlfriend to the home of his “baby mama” to fight her and took responsibility for this misdeed after he learned that cameras were rolling.  The problem is systemic and must be addressed on all levels.

Why did Hardy agree to the interview?  Why wasn’t he coached on how to respond to the questions?  Hardy was setup for failure and he failed miserably.  Enough with these “camps” that don’t do what they are supposed to do.  This is stupidity at the highest level.  Let’s be real, a lot of these players are not the sharpest tools in the shed so it’s important that they have someone that can give them honest feedback, which didn’t happen for Hardy.  Someone should have said, “boy shut your dam mouth.”



Cam Newton is a Sore Loser: So What!!! So Am I

I had a debate with some fans on the NFL site, primarily men, regarding an article written by Jeffri Chadiha, entitled “Carolina Panthers just enabling Cam Newton with more Excuses.”  The article is about Cam’s decision not to answer questions after the Panthers Super Bowl loss.  I am truly perplexed as to why Cam’s refusal to answer questions is still a topic of conversation and articles.  The Super Bowl happened weeks ago and Clubs are about to start OTA’s so again, why are columnists still obsessing over this?  Enough already, stop trying to shape the public’s opinion of Cam or any other player.  What happened to reporting about the sport?

When sports analysts decide to go after an athlete it is with such venom that it’s sickening.   Naturally, they find fans willing to jump on board and hurl insults at the person without giving any thought to the circumstances just typical bandwagon jumpers.  Why haven’t articles been written about Bill Belichick not responding to questions if he doesn’t feel like it?  When Bill Belichick takes the podium his posture is such that he’s daring the media to ask him a question.  In most instances, the silence is so deafening in the room that you “can hear a rat lick lard.”  When an analyst does muster up the courage to ask Belichick a question, he typically responds with a question instead of an answer or he doesn’t respond.  I’m sure all of you remember his “We’re looking forward to Cincinnati” response.  It was no different than Marshawn’s response but Marshawn was fined and ridiculed by the press.  Stop with the double standards.  That’s why I’m annoyed by the articles columnists write attacking players.

There are far more pressing issues plaguing the League that columnist should be writing about.  For example, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (i.e. CTE) or how bad NFL contracts are.  Football is the most violent of the professional sports, yet the athletes have the worst contracts.  The money in most of their contracts is not really “guaranteed.”  These men put their hearts and souls into the game but they have the worst contracts and the highest propensity for ending up with a debilitating disease of the brain and ultimately dying early.  Therefore, the constant personal attacks by the media for something as petty as Cam not being in a space mentally to answer questions after a difficult loss shows a lack of integrity and professionalism.

People move on!!!!