Archive for June, 2016

“The Big Four” in Golden State?

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2016 by kaleelweatherly

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The Golden State Warriors already have two phenomenal sharpshooters like point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson. Shouldn’t that be enough? Don’t forget to add in power forward Draymond Green, one of the best two-way players in the NBA. Sure, the Warriors suffered a heartbreaking NBA Finals defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that’s all in the past. Golden State is looking forward to making a huge splash in free-agency by luring in Oklahoma City Thunder’s small forward Kevin Durant.

According to cbssports.com’s Ananth Pandian, the “Warriors’ front office is planning on sitting down once free agency starts with Durant to discuss the opportunity in Golden State.” Golden State, along with other suitors, are scheduled to meet with him when free-agency starts on July 1. Durant is one of the best players in the NBA, and he is a lethal scorer. He stands at 6-foot-9 and weighs 240 pounds. Durant is a threat from beyond the arc and in the paint.

He can shoot 3-pointers as well as anyone in the NBA, and he is fearless when driving to the hoop. Durant’s playing style is reminiscent of George Gervin because he is smooth and patient with the ball in his hands. Last season, he averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and five assists per game.

You are probably asking yourself this question right now: Why should the Warriors pursue Durant in free-agency when the team does not need any more scorers? If you were watching the NBA Finals, then you saw the Cavaliers play tight defense on Curry, Thompson, and Green and left players like small forward Harrison Barnes open from beyond the arc. While Cleveland allowed him to take uncontested shots, he kept missing. He shot 35 percent from the field in the Finals, according to desmoinesregister.com’s Tommy Birch.

Imagine if Durant was the one attempting all of those open shots. He would have made most of them. Barnes’ abysmal shooting percentage in the Finals is one of the reasons why Cleveland forced a Game 7 and avoided losing the series 4-1.

If Durant does sign with the Warriors, he would bolster their starting lineup and take a lot of pressure off of Curry. Besides, Barnes is scheduled to become a free-agent, and the Warriors are not interested in re-signing him.

Durant would give the Warriors another lethal scoring option, and a player who attracts double-teams. Some fans do not want to see Durant play for the Warriors because they believe the team already has a lot of talent.

Those fans are correct, but great teams are always looking for ways to improve. It’s clear that Durant wants to play on a team that has the talent to win multiple championships. Is there a better team to sign with than Golden State? No.

Sfgate.com’s Rusty Simmons said, “Thompson and Curry will be part of the Warriors’ full-court press to reach an agreement with Durant when free-agency opens this week.”

The Splash Brothers are trying to help the Warriors’ front office make a splash in free-agency. Will it work? Golden State better hope so. If it does, folks, say hello to “The Big Four.”

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Palmer Alexander III: A Life Saturated With Sports

Posted in Special with tags , , , on June 28, 2016 by kaleelweatherly

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55633a60effe4.imageHe is what he is. His voice is the one you hear in the barbershop; a one long-time colleague says. He does not use foul language in his writings. He writes the way that he talks, with directness, aggression, and passion.

Palmer Alexander III, 40, does not write to please readers. He coalesces his own thoughts about sports and puts them on paper to be published. Alexander is a sports columnist for the St. Louis American newspaper, a weekly paper that’s been serving the African-American community for 87 years.

“He’s definitely not the norm,” said Chip Smith, Alexander’s cousin. “He puts his soul and twist on everything. … He’s going to tell you what he thinks [whether] it’s good or bad.”

Alexander is outspoken about topics concerning sports in the St. Louis area. He does not try to get “cute” with his content. Alexander believes in being authentic. “Deliver the message straight right between the eyes. No chaser,” he said.

He is a sports fanatic. His whole life has been centered around it. Instead of writing, he had aspirations of becoming a basketball player growing up in North St. Louis, Mo. His passion for sports was evident at a young age. In high school, he used to read the newspaper to look up his opponents’ stats. He never imagined that he would one day work in sports media.

Alexander played basketball for Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis, from his freshman to junior year. After getting cut from Riverview Gardens in 1992, he transferred to North Technical High School in Florissant, to play basketball in his senior year.

He remembers his basketball playing days vividly. Alexander reminisces about the times where he scored baskets for his team to propel them to victories. And he remembers throwing jaw-dropping, no-look passes to teammates to cause the crowd’s noise level to crescendo. He enjoyed the pandemonium.    

After graduating from high school, Alexander enrolled in the Naval Station Great Lakes, a naval boot camp located in North Chicago, Ill. He says his time at the Naval Station Great Lakes “just wasn’t the right fit from [the] jump…I was in Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois aka [the] Great Mistake.” He then returned to St. Louis and started working out. 

He then noticed that the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) office was downtown. So, he decided inquire about the CBA because he wanted to continue playing basketball.

“I was only 18. And the commissioner of the league was Mark Lamping, who is now in the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars. [He] told me to think about what I’m doing because I signed a waiver giving up my college eligibility if I entered the CBA Draft in 1994,” Alexander said. 

Of course, he didn’t get drafted. He did receive a letter from the Quad City Thunder and was invited for a tryout. Alexander needed permission from his parents to sign the waiver. He never tried out for the team because his father would not sign the consent form to allow him to participate.

His father was upset that he signed his college eligibility away. As a result, his father said he needed to get a job since he didn’t want to enroll into a college. Alexander stopped playing basketball in 1995 while playing in the Midnight League in St. Louis.

“I played against some of the greats like Demetrius Alexander, a 6’8 big man who was smooth. And I knew the game very well. I played the game on the court with my mind, and I felt that I would make a great commentator because of the way I saw the game,” Alexander said.

Alexander’s career in sports media started off on a locally produced show called “Chalk Talk” that was hosted by Randy Karraker on Charter Communications in St. Louis. He was also on a show called “Primetime Sports” with Randy Gardner on News 20 in Black Jack, Missouri. Alexander then decided to go look for a job at the St. Louis American newspaper. He wanted to write about football.

“I noticed that the St. Louis American really didn’t have anyone doing football, so I approached them. And the rest was history,” Alexander said. He has been a columnist for the St. Louis American newspaper since Aug. 2004.

As a columnist, his job is to insert his own opinions about sports, but he still has to do some research on whatever topic he is writing about. Alexander “stack thoughts” and retrieve them in his mind when preparing sports stories.

Not only is Alexander a columnist, but he is also an on-air talent for “N The Zone Show.” Alexander describes the podcast as a “mixed bag of some of everything.” He enjoys doing the podcast with executive producer Arlington Lane.

“I’m not the easiest person to work with. And he has done a great job of making the ideas in my head come to life. He’s shown the ability to make it sound the exact way I envisioned it. The show is hard-hitting. We push the limits and people like it,” Alexander explained. 

Lane said that Alexander is the same off the air as he is on it. Sometimes he can be serious, and sometimes he can laugh and joke. They talk to each other twice a day, and Lane said he is his “go-to for advice.”

Lane likes Alexander’s passion for sports. “He’s aggressive. But that’s good for me. I need that aggression. It truly helps me to become the best producer that I can be,” Lane said. He also thinks of Alexander as an “older brother.”

Aside from their podcast, Lane believes Alexander is very important to the St. Louis American sports section.

Surge Knock Off Elite

Posted in Basketball, Sports, St. Louis Surge with tags , , , , , on June 28, 2016 by thelegendkil

 

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ST. LOUIS, MO

Last Saturday the St. Louis Surge took on the Flyers Elite and won 93-88. This was as electric of a basketball atmosphere you could ask for. The game featured hard fouls, long icy glares, technical fouls, and plenty of back in forth on the scoreboard. Before the game I caught up with Surge head coach Tony Condra and asked him what I should expect to see and a big grin came across Condra’s face and he paused for a second and said, “This is going to be a very competitive game. They don’t like us too much. It’s going to be like the Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks in the 90’s.” Then Condra channeled his inner Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, when I followed up about what the Surge needs to do. “Play D,” said Condra then there was a pause and he walked off. Now I know how TNT sideline reporter David Aldridge feels.

I also stopped and chatted with Flyers Elite coach Brittany Koch-Dowell before game, she was definitely in game mode and had this to say about the upcoming game;” They have a good team over there, but they are going to have to stop us, because we are going to run at them for 40 minutes,” said Dowell. The Elite came into the game with a 6-1 record and it showed early and often why they are a formidable opponent for the Surge.

Early in the contest the Surge had a few defensive breakdowns and head coach Tony Condra wasn’t having any of it. He pulled Michala Johnson quickly after getting back-doored for an easy lay-up. She had a quiet first half, but made up for it in the second half, and the Surge needed every single shot, she made finishing the game with double digit points. And Leah Cotton was the Surge best player on the floor going a blistering 14/15 from the free throw line totaling 19 points and played smothering defense knocking down several big free throws during that tight fourth quarter and yanked down 7 rebounds and added three steals.

That was the biggest difference in the game: free throw shooting. The Elite had plenty of chances from the charity stripe and were unable to cash in. But the Elite didn’t go down without a fight neither despite their untimely misses from the line, they at least gave themselves a chance to win, and those that were in attendance for the Surge latest promotion “Heroes’ Night” left UMSL happy, especially Surge guard Rebecca Harris. “Man this was a hard fought game and this is a team we usually see in National Championship game, and there are some former Surge associates, players, coaches, etc., and a couple people that we’ve gone back and forth with over the years so it was interesting to say the least, “said Harris. Harris also told me this team knows them best and they are just satisfied to get that victory. The Surge will be off this week next game at UMSL against the Cleveland Crush, tipoff is at 7:05. For more sports please subscribe to our YouTube page www.stlamerican/youtubevideo and you can also follow me @thelegendkil and our podcast @NTheZoneShow.

 

The View From Mt. Airy: Hockey Hall of Fame 2016 06-27-16

Posted in Hockey, NHL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2016 by MtAiryPhil
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – JUNE 15: Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

The NHL Hall Class of 2016 will be announced on Monday night June 27th and it’s not as if this one will be easy, because it features the weakest 1st-year eligible group in years. Why is that more relevant this year than most? Because the incumbents, those like Eric Lindros, an all-time hockey enigma, are amongst those on that bubble of immortality. For six years the debate has raged on as to whether 88, such a polarizing figure in his sport since he defied the ruling class of the NHL as a junior superstar and pretty much manipulated a wealthy and soft landing in Philadelphia. Injuries and drama plagued Lindros over the course of a career shortened by severe concussions and marked by the never ending feud involving Eric Lindros his parents Bonnie and Carl and Flyers GM Bobby Clarke. How much this effects his legacy and hindered production is anyone’s guess. However, Lindros has 373 goals and 492 assists so while his total of 865 points may not get him in top tens and all time lists, he accomplished those numbers in just 760 regular season games. Waiting six years I think is enough, and I believe now that he’s back in the Flyers “family” and the addition of Bob Clarke to the selection committee gets him the nod Monday.

Next up, and this gotta be a lock, is Mark Recchi. Not only did he play 22 seasons he played them at the highest level, winning three Stanley Cups as a player. He retired as the 12th all-time leading scorer and 4th in total games played. Mark Recchi is also the oldest player in NHL history to score a Cup winning goal  with Boston in 2011 after declaring his desire to skate off into the sunset. He also won the Cup three times with three different teams (Penguins, Hurricanes and Bruins) and put up 577 goals and 956 assists for 1,533 points over 22 NHL seasons. Fellow nominee Rod Brind’Amour said of Recchi: “I don’t know what more you need to do to be a Hall of Fame player.” Recchi  defined winner and tomorrow night has to be recognized by his peers for his contributions to the game. His 92 season of 52 goals and 70 assists remain one of the most remarkable I’ve seen in any sport and earns him a place in this class alongside his linemate Eric Lindros.

My 2016 Hall of Fame bubble:

SERGEI MAKAROV: His 384 NHL points and Calder Trophy season as rookie of the year must be combined with his dominant international career for the Soviet Union when Makarov averaged 1.37 points a game, won two Olympic gold medals and eight world championships.

DAVE ANDREYCHUK: The captain of the 2004 Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning put up 1,338 points in 1,639 regular-season games over 23 seasons.

ALEXANDER MOGILNY: Second only to 2015 inductee Sergei Fedorov in NHL points among Russians with 1,032, Mogilny won the Cup and was a six-time All-Star in 16 seasons.

PAUL KARIYA: Like Lindros, concussions cut Kariya’s career short, but he finished with 989 points in 989 games over 15 seasons and made the All-Star Game seven times.

JEREMY ROENICK: His 1,216 points rank him fourth among U.S. players and the top three — Brett Hull, Mike Modano and Phil Housley — are all in.

CURTIS JOSEPH: Not winning a Cup hurts a goaltender, but his 454 victories are the most of any not in the Hall.

ROD BRIND’AMOUR: Was captain of the 2006 Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, had 1,184 points and won the Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward.

THEO FLEURY: Overcame his 5-foot-6 size disadvantage to put up 1,084 points and win almost everything: the Stanley Cup, Canada Cup, Olympic gold medal and world junior gold medal.

CHRIS OSGOOD: Won the Cup twice as a starting goalie and again as a backup, but benefited from playing on talented Detroit Red Wings teams.

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The View From Mt. Airy – NBA Draft Preview 2016

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on June 23, 2016 by MtAiryPhil
Ben Simmons, potential #1 overall pick

Ben Simmons, potential #1 overall pick

@MtAiryPhil

PHILADELPHIA, PA

IT’S DRAFT NIGHT!

The most heated draft in recent NBA history is now a few hours away. If you know Phil at all, than you must know already I like it new and shiny, whether right or wrong or even in working order. This NBA draft gives me all that and more and this final few hours will be my Ritalin, my Adderall acquired suspiciously from a former BALCO operative.

What’s not to love?

You’ve got LeBron James Jr. in Ben Simmons.

The Phenom.

Questions?

Yup.

How much did he care as me-marked time at LSU waiting for his NBA destiny? Why couldn’t he accomplish at least a visit to the NCAA tournament if he’s truly the “next big thing?”

Projected at #2 is Brandon Ingram out of the storied program of the man who invented basketball, as he’d have the world believe. For me the Ingram choice goes beyond talent and directly to his alma mater. I’ll wait as you make a list of the great NBA players from Duke taken in the first round. You should be finished. However, if we assign the same quiz to the “bust” container then pack a lunch. May not scare you, but I believe an NBA GM has to have a moment of pause as he ponders precedent with the value of the 2nd overall. Ultimately the pick by the Lakers will be Mr. Ingram, barring a bone jarring trade by the 76ers.

Trade? Yup.

According to my Sixers’ source, despite their open declaration Tuesday that they would be selecting Simmons with the 1st overall pick, there is a scenario brewing where Philadelphia (who own six 1st round picks over the next 2 drafts) are being courted by multiple teams. These deals all involve the 76ers ending up with 2 of the first 5 selections tonight. Sixers will not, if they acquired the 2nd of two first fives, select Simmons. The whispers in my ear say they would select Ingram 1 and either Kris Dunn or Buddy Hield depending on how high the second pick is. The preference obviously would be Dunn and that trade partner would have to be the Celtics, who openly covet Jahlil Okafor yet seem to on the verge of sending that pick to Utah.

That enough intrigue for you? I got more. There are some x factors in the top of the draft that will make for scintillating, cell phone ringing, Twitter exploding moments. Who is really the 3rd pick? My heart screams Jaylen Brown as the default 3rd. Yet many NBA scouts believe there is not a possibility Dunn goes beyond three. Phoenix takes Brown without hesitation and tier 1 of the 2016 NBA DRAFT is complete.

Buddy Hield kicks off tier-2. After his selection you got to own a crystal ball. Exactly why today will be an amazing run of NBA TV. There will be exactly zero moments that allow for an exhale. Who drafts the man child Thon Maker? What top ten projections will slide precipitously out of the lottery and into the green room of misery? Who wears the most outlandish suit/outfit? What player will we ignore in the bottom ten of round 1 who becomes Paul George or the emergent beast for whom simplicity demands I identify simply as “the freak?” Denzel Valentine scares me and I want it on record. Taurean Prince too. Both will be drafted tonight in round 1.

Tier 3 seems simple. Dragan Bender seems slightly overvalued to me. Those who profess to know have him in their first 5 but I don’t see a fit. Most likely he belongs at 8 to Sacramento and he well should. Tier three will also feature the Celtics taking over the draft with 4 of the first 31 selections barring a trade. One of those picks will be an enigmatic Skal Labissiere who seems to grow in stature despite a resume that belies this late love. Finally, what does the Hawks trade of Jeff Teague do to tier 3 as they also own pick 21 and this is why tonight will be “Must See TV.”

Finally, what makes the NBA DRAFT 2016 the spectacle I truly believe it will be is that, by the time you read this, things will have changed. Again.

N The Zone promises to have a full recap and breakdown of NBA Draft 2016 online and on air. Stay tuned.

The View From Mt. Airy: He Was The Greatest…EVER 06-04-2016

Posted in Special with tags , , on June 4, 2016 by MtAiryPhil

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

I was only ten years old but I got it. Here was Joe Frazier, who represented all that was good for colored folks. Work hard in this America, stay out of trouble, and this is what you can achieve. Olympic Gold. The undisputed World  Heavyweight Boxing Championship. The respect of the community that knew no boundaries neither black or white. His opponent was Cassius Clay, as some contemptuously continued to call him, aka Muhammad Ali, the single most polarizing human force in American  history.  The Olympic champion who has turned his back on Americans by disavowing his allegiance to this country by symbolically throwing his gold medal into the river. Who had steadfastly refused induction into the United States Army. Stripped of his championship and with incarceration pending, broke yet unrelenting, Ali represented the athletic version of the social and civil war that was sweeping across an America that would struggle mightily to get through a decade marked by political assassinations that often, somehow, took place right in our living rooms live on television. He represented those who felt oppressed, and had begun to believe they had a right to voice loudly their dissent, and lack of further capitulation to a social system which guaranteed and endorsed racism, he was the icon of the darkened souls yet enlightened minds who screamed of the need for change in America. Television had make him a hero for those who dreamed of equality, he said loudly what so many black Americans had been terrified to say. “I am here. I’m a man. I’m black and I am to be respected.” He was divisive yet compelling and a quote machine previously unseen in this new world of TV sports and social commentators and sports columnists both clung to his every word. He was unyielding. He was consistent in his message under the considerable daily barrage of death threats and pressure to perform at the highest level as he plied his craft with a target on his back no one besides Ali himself would ever bear or feel or know it’s weight.

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The Greatest vs. Superman

How I knew all this at ten you wonder. It was palpable. Ali exploded daily in our world of 1971. His impact and appeal to the black community infected our homes and familial relationships. We’ve all watched that scene in “Coming to America” where they argue fiercely  over his name alone. There is no way to minimize what his embracing of the Nation of Islam publicly in the aftermath of his KO of Sonny Liston did to black America. We stood taller. Whether Muslims or not, our backs began to straighten out and our shoulders got stronger as the toughest, most recognized black man in the world symbolically said “Fuck You” to the world.

So, on that night in New York City when Ali and Frazier faced off with two disparate worlds upon their shoulders, I was riveted like every one else whose interest was sports was periphial or addictive not at all. This was not a sporting event. This was two worlds colliding. Frazier would win. A thunderous left hook would carry him to a win, setting off a trilogy of title fights that still stand unmatched. That  would not be the story. The imprint forever left indelibly upon the world be that of Muhammad Ali and his indomitable spirit, further marked by vicious battles with Ken Norton, George Foreman and the greatest heavyweights of any era.

Divisive? I said it early on. He was the flag bearer for an emergent Black Muslim community in America that divided the black neighborhood like nothing ever before. Vilified for their separatist statements and in some homes unspeakable, the Nation of Islam was validated across America by the presence of Muhammad Ali. His greatness and unwillingness to back away from his religious belief gave credence to this “new” rebellious approach to civil reform of the black community. In 1970, my sister would marry a member of the Nation of Islam. I will never forget the level of disdain my family would voice. “Who does he think he is, Cassius Clay?” Family members would deliberately serve pork in his presence as a means of showing their contempt for the NO and this sentiment wasn’t unique to my home it was generational and in the black community a constantly simmering battle of philosophy and lifestyle. Muhammad Ali was changing the world we lived in, and he and I both knew it.

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Ali vs. Foreman – 1974

Sometimes he looked tired. It was clear that he knew just who he was and what he meant to so many millions of people. But he was also Superman and could morph into his cape and costume at a moments notice. There can never be another Muhammad Ali. I knew this at ten years old and I am ever more sure today. He created pay per view. He created the fight promo. From Hulk Hogan to Floyd Mayweather Jr., when you hear a fighter talking smack into a microphone selling tickets and imploring you to buy tickets to their event they are just doing their best Ali impersonation. Every performer who cashed a check from WWE, UFC, MMA and professional boxing over the past 40 years owes the zeroes on that check to Ali. Muhammad Ali has left this world at age 74. He will never die. Legends don’t die. He was larger than life. He will grow even larger in death.  Ali will always be the only man deserving of being called “The Champ”…. I knew that at ten. I know it today. He was the Greatest of All Time. Forever undefeated. Muhammad Ali.

 

 

The View From Mt. Airy: NBA Finals Thoughts 06-02-2016

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2016 by MtAiryPhil

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

This could be the most compelling NBA Finals in recent history. It certainly sets up that way. Look at the components and you’ve got more storylines than a desperate pool reporter at a SUPER BOWL Media Day. The ARMY of King James advancing westward to finally acquire the one parcel they have not owned. Standing between them and the GRAIL they so desperately desire? Only the anointed one,  Stephen Curry, who seems to many, to have already snatched the torch and set up shop in the office of the NBA’s very best player and the most talented aggregate of players since the San Antonio Spurs of the late 90’s. Deep, smart and athletic as anyone could want this Warriors team can excel in so many facets of the game that they win when not running on “all pistons” simply because the ones are functioning to their expectations and limits are just that much more efficient and lethal than anywhere else in the National Basketball Association.

The Finals have though seemingly gone the way of the World Series and Super Bowl. It has become such a big show that the games seem tertiary to the spectacle around them….it seems that just as in Major League Baseball, the conference finals have become the battles to survive and you can almost see the two teams exhale when they accomplish their trip to the Finals.

Like it or not if you’re LeBron James and you’ve now been in the NBA Finals 6 consecutive years, win or lose, how much damage can a loss do to his legacy…..there are always going be people like me who will pile on simply any reason but NOTHING he can do will change that. We just don’t, for a myriad of reasons like LeBron James. He could fly to Mars and back we all would still have something critical to say.

Having said all of that, flip the script.

The Warrriors come into these 2016 NBA FINALS with a mandate to win. We’ve all listened (me with total disbelief) and watched as the regular season became a marchilto “all time” greatness ceremony for Curry as his team obliterated opponents with what is simply, the deepest, most talented roster in the league. After rebounding from a seemingly fatal 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals, are they emotionally prepared to hit the reset button against a healthier Cavaliers team then they’ve ever faced off against? A Cleveland squad that is most definitely on a crusade to cap and validate the return of their basketball child and savior. Do the Warriors have to win to avoid having their historic 73 win season invalidated and used as an asterisk and a tavern joke? What becomes of their legacy and is this record breaking season forever tarnished beyond repair is the question? I believe that answer is yes, yes and of course they have to win. Problem is? I don’t think they have the gas and if the Cavaliers get a split at Golden State this series is in over in 5……either way, I believe the Cavaliers win a game 7 leaving the Warriors damaged but respected for their fortitude under fire. LeBron wins. Cleveland dances. #Finally

P.S. Congratulations to my Philadelphia 76ers on the acquisition of the #1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA DRAFT. Don’t do anything silly. You have picks 1 and then both 24 and 26…..don’t screw it up. Take Ben Simmons. Combine those two late picks and move up if necessary to grab Thon Maker. Finally, the next “fan” who suggests signing Derozan to a max deal of 107 million dollars I promise you’re getting the West Philly Lariat and a BrainBuster. You’ve been warned.

THE KING HAS SPOKEN…OF MT. AIRY THAT IS.

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