This is all I have to say.

This is all I have to say.

#END THE LOCKOUT!


I honestly don’t have much to say about basketball right now. This lockout is draining all of my creative juices…I have like a mini-water bottle of creative juices left.  If this lockout doesn’t end soon, I’m going to go dry. DANGIT I HATE THIS SO MUCH

peace, cold fronts & I’m only surviving on SLAM,

Lo

Silly Kobe, Virtus Bologna is for Italians!

I almost called this in my head, but the most recent news is that Bologna is ending negotiations with Kobe.  Allegedly, his terms & conditions- aka WANTS not needs- were getting a little too up there.

But let’s be honest here- is this a surprise with the Black Mamba? No, it is not.

Anywhoozle, on even better news, the lockout still isn’t going anywhere. I’mma punch someone soon.

Well, I’m sick so I’m going to go be sick some more. Hopefully better days are coming soon, eh?

 

peace, aspirin, & baloney,

Lo

My Plea to David Stern.

Mr Stern,

I can not take this any longer. I just can’t. I have dealt with so much of this lockout junk that I can’t even look you in the eyes -well, the screen- anymore.

Let’s just be honest here- it’s evident that you could care less about how long getting this together will take. As long as you’re being paid to do your job (which you are not doing incredibly well),  this doesn’t really matter much to you, does it?

But that’s fine, whatever. The real kicker here is how you have not shown our millions and millions of fans an ounce of respect, and the respect that we wholeheartedly deserve. It’s not funny to play with someone’s mind like this and we all know that you’re going to continue without a care, mainly because you’re still going home to sit your butt on your golden throne every night.

I understand that perhaps this isn’t all your fault, and it’s not time to play the blame game (as much as I would love to); the problem is you could be a vital part in this process, but it seems like your passion for basketball is non existent. Every time you speak regarding the lockout all I hear is “Blah blah blah, ehhh whatever.” I don’t want an apology, I want action.

I’m taking this very personally. Basketball, specifically the NBA, is a huge part of my 17 year old life. Ever since we moved back to America where I could watch games at reasonable times, I’ve been desperately trying to get my hands on everything basketball that I can. But without having games to watch it makes it so much harder to fill my basketball wants. No, needs.

Plenty of my friends are recognizing my distress and have tried to comfort me with “Don’t worry, Lauren! There’s always college ball!” Yes, this is a true statement however it doesn’t even relate. Yes, the same sport is played. But no, one cannot and WILL not replace the other.  The NBA is so much more than college ball with so much more at stake, with better players, better coaches, trades, arenas, and more die-hard fans. It’s a completely different atmosphere.

And I love it.

So I’m begging you Mr. Stern, absolutely begging you, to put your heart and soul into uniting the owners and players to save my season. You know what’s interesting about this? I’m not the only one out there who needs this season. I guarantee that.

 

peace, ballin’ & can you please figure this out?

Lo

 

The Big Three Love Affair- Preparing for the Messy Breakup

We all know that it’s just a matter of time before the Celtic’s Big Three- Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett- part ways. Watching the heart and soul of Boston disintegrate will be tough, but perhaps there are a few players who can help pick up the pieces.

Let’s take a look at a couple of candidates that we could swing in.

1. Dwight Howard. (aka, PERFECTION)

Coming from the Magic, Howard is perhaps the best center in the NBA right now, and the C’s definitely need a strong center to keep them rivaling with everyone else. He’s tall and big, swift and incredibly athletic, smart and clean. Not to mention he averages 18.2 PPG and that’s not far from Pierce or Allen.

But let’s be honest here- this may be a bit too far fetched. We don’t know if C’s aren’t Howard’s first choice- in fact there could very well be many other teams that come way before us. Maybe we could pull off some crazy trade or whip out some dough? Eh…


2. Monta Ellis

As you know, we’re looking to renew and regenerate the team. The Celtics are getting old, y’all. It’s time to bring in the youngens like Monta Ellis (25) who we know that a) can be with us for years to come and b) continue to improve over the years. Yes, he is fairly small in comparison to the rest of the players we could choose from (plus his tats are just plain ugly), but his PPG is JUST what we need- last season he avg 24.1 which is ten points over Rondo. Oh yeah baby, oh yeah.

3. Andrew Bynum

I’m not too hot on this choice, but I do have hope that it could work considering he’s a free agent in 2012 (IF THIS LOCKOUT EVER ENDS UGHHH).

He’s definitely advanced in regards to his coordination and physical abilities, that’s a given. He averages just a little over Rondo’s PPG at 14.4, so he could be there to cover Rondo’s weak spots when needed. Not to mention he avg almost 10 RPG which is about twice as much as any of the big three last season, and if you haven’t heard, the C’s are the WORST in the league when it comes to rebounds. Isn’t that disgusting?! Considering how good we are with the worst rank of rebound avgs, if we focused on getting those rebounds we could be dangerous.  D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S. In that sense we definitely need a guy like him.

There’s a plethora of choices. It just takes time, skill, smarts, and quite possibly a big fat stack of cash to get what we want.

The Big Three’s run has been a grand one, but if we want to keep the Celtics towards the top of the game, we’re going to have to make some changes. But you know what? I trust Danny Ainge.

peace, support our troops & why are the lakers’ jerseys so cool?

Lo

The Big Three Love Affair: Preparing for the Messy Breakup

We all know that it’s just a matter of time before the Celtic’s Big Three- Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo- part ways. Watching the heart and soul of Boston break up will be tough, but perhaps there are a few players who can help pick up the pieces.

Let’s talk a look at a couple of candidates that we could swing in.

1. Dwight Howard. (aka, PERFECTION)

Coming from the Magic, Howard is perhaps the best center in the NBA right now, and the C’s definitely need a strong center to keep them rivaling with everyone else. He’s tall and big, swift and incredibly athletic, smart and clean. Not to mention he averages 18.2 PPG and that’s not far from Pierce or Allen.

But let’s be honest here- this may be a bit too far fetched. We don’t know if C’s aren’t Howard’s first choice- in fact there could very well be many other teams that come way before us. Maybe we could pull off some crazy trade or whip out some dough? Eh…


2. Monta Ellis

As you know, we’re looking to renew and regenerate the team. The Celtics are getting old, y’all. It’s time to bring in the youngens like Monta Ellis (25) who we know that a) can be with us for years to come and b) continue to improve over the years. Yes, he is fairly small in comparison to the rest of the players we could choose from (plus his tats are just plain ugly), but his PPG is JUST what we need- last season he avg 24.1 which is ten points over Rondo. Oh yeah baby, oh yeah.

3. Andrew Bynum

I’m not too hot on this choice, but I do have hope that it could work considering he’s a free agent in 2012 (IF THIS LOCKOUT EVER ENDS UGHHH).

He’s definitely advanced in regards to his coordination and physical abilities, that’s a given. He averages just a little over Rondo’s PPG at 14.4, so he could be there to cover Rondo’s weak spots when needed. Not to mention he avg almost 10 RPG which is about twice as much as any of the big three last season, and if you haven’t heard, the C’s are the WORST in the league when it comes to rebounds. Isn’t that disgusting?! Considering how good we are with the worst rank of rebound avgs, if we focused on getting those rebounds we could be dangerous.  D-A-N-G-E-R-O-U-S. In that sense we definitely need a guy like him.

There’s a plethora of choices. It just takes time, skill, smarts, and quite possibly a big fat stack of cash to get what we want.

The Big Three’s one has been a grand one, but if we want to keep the Celtics towards the top of the game, we’re going to have to make some changes. But you know what? I trust Danny Ainge.

 

peace, support our troops & why are the lakers’ jerseys so cool?

Lo

Hard cap, soft cap? I love frozen youghurt. Deron Williams, come back!

I sincerely apologize for the gap in posts. Senior year has definitely been crazier than expected. Elaboration:

- AP Econ, AP Calculus, and AP English are actually kinda hard. Like, really.

- Work. Booking up with shoots (to clarify, I mean photo shoots, not anything potentially criminalizing).

- A loved one passed away from cancer so that has been rough for our family.

- I’m only trying to figure out the world’s problems. Like, wuht?

Since I refused to talk about the lockout (it’s been too emotionally draining for me), I’ve realized I’ve been at a loss for words. Absolute writers block. But, today when I should have been moving my clothes from the washer to the dryer (I always forget to do that) I sat down at the kitchen table and tried to write a list of things I could chat about. Eh, we’ll see how this goes. Lockout? Yes.

I read a quote from Mr. Derek Fisher who is NBA Players Association president right now. He said something that I thought was pretty smart:

“ It is my belief that if they can get us to be short-sighted and agree to an unfair deal they won’t have to share more revenue amongst themselves. They will have gotten what they need from us. We can’t allow that to happen guys. Not under any circumstances.”

Now, I’m not going to take any sides.  I think it’s a two way street. No one is going to “win,” but if no one “wins,” no one can lose either, right? However, I do believe that team owners are getting too nit-picky about this whole ordeal. EVERYONE has to take a blow no matter what and at this point it’s inevitable. Can’t we all just get along?

As Derek Fisher (of the LA Lakers) fights for unison and patience, he has also brought up in his arguments that without the players on their side, the owners really have, well, nada… Yes, that is common sense. Who’s going to play if the players aren’t playing? But there is so, so much more to it than solely a lack of a team.

The NBA is a business- a big, fat, business. Theses franchises only work because the players are out there receiving endorsements and getting people to follow them, getting people to come to their games.  As you may or may not know, this lockout is making the move overseas a much bigger option- and people are taking it. Ex. Deron Williams to Turkey. And as of right now, he’s got 59 guys who have either joined or might be joining the “let’s jump the boat” club.

Dangit, COME BACK!

This is no fun. It’s like watching my home fall apart piece by piece, player by player, team by stupid team.

Supposedly the players’ union has offered to reduce its percentage to as much as 54%, with the condition of the agreement that a system would be put in place to reward the players if revenue increased when the season actually started. The owners agreed to try and come up with a solution to avoid a hard salary cap by the next meeting, but last year they lost about $300 million. So we’ll see how “soft” that cap can actually be.

Two weeks ago Billy Hunter cautioned players that they might have to be willing to give up half of the next season to get a deal that does not include a hard cap.  So long story short:

Things are messy.

I guess we’ll see, eh?

 

peace, blessings, & why can’t we be friends…is stuck in my head- dang lockout,

Lo

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