WOW, HE MIGHT BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, BUT HUMBLE HE AIN’T …
Last night following Game 5 of the NBA Finals that saw the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavs 104-91, LeBron James was asked in the post game presser, whether James was feeling more free because there’s less pressure due to the team being undermanned? His response was, “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple.” Seriously, that may be true, and may be not … but I am not sure if you say it. Being stated that you are the best player in the world should probably be left for others to say. It comes off as a bit arrogant and self-centered to say when you are losing the series.
It is obvious that LeBron James feels he has to do everything because on injuries he has nothing around him. The reason why he has a stat line with 40 points and a triple double is because there is no one else on the team. But dude stay classy, learn to be a bit humble. Just a reminder to LeBron when he starts putting out there “best player in the world,” two words … Michael Jordan. Two more words for LeBron … 6 NBA Championships.
LeBron: ‘I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world’
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was asked about his confidence and comfort level in the NBA Finals after Sunday’s Game 5, a 104-91 Golden State Warriors victory. A reporter suggested that perhaps James was feeling more free because there’s less pressure due to the team being undermanned, referencing the deep 3s he made in the fourth quarter.
“Nah,” James responded. “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple.”
The reporter pressed on, asking if there’s less pressure with this particular Finals team.
“Nah,” James said again. “It’s the Finals. It’s something you dream of when you’re a kid. And for me, I put the work in. I put the work in every single day, either when you guys are there, when you guys are not there. Some of our beat writers see me, they know how much work I put into it. And I give everything to my teammates. And when you’re true to the game, it doesn’t matter if it’s a regular-season game or a Finals game, you just go out and trust what you put into the game and you live with the results.
Response from the sports world regarding LeBron’s comments … If this team was constructed without Irving or Love, they wouldn’t win 20 games let alone make the Finals. On a side note, the Golden State Warriors should not be all that ecstatic either. They are being forced to the limit by one player. What would Golden State look like if all they had was Stephen Curry and no Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala? The minute Kyrie Irving went down with the injury in game 1, the Warriors should have swept this series.
Black UK Basketball Player Andrew Harrison Says Racial Slur to White Wisconsin Player Frank Kaminsky after Kentucky’s Loss to Wisconsin … “F*CK that N*GGA” (Unedited VIDEO)
DOUBLE STANDARD … YA THINK!!!
If you missed the press conference following the University of Kentucky’s loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four semi’s Saturday night, you most likely then missed one of the greatest double standard ow well’s ever in sports. Especially in today’s PC sports where people’s words are used against them to label them racists. Watch the VIDEO below and you will hear UK’s Andrew Harrison say under his breath, caught on a hot mic, when a question is asked about how difficult it is to stop Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky. Andrew Harrison mutters a racial slur saying, “F*ck that Ni**a”. But it is OK, cuz Harrison is black and Kaminsky is white.
What do we think the reaction would have been if the roles were revered?
VIDEO – Andrew Harrison Caught on hot Mic saying ”F*ck That Ni**a” following question about Frank Kaminsky (Unedited)
A reporter asked Karl-Anthony Towns a question about Frank Kaminsky during Kentucky’s press conference after its Final Four loss to Wisconsin, and Andrew Harrison appeared to mutter a snide remark under his breath.
He’s frustrated, he’s heartbroken, and he probably never would’ve said this if he thought anybody could hear him. But still. Those mics are very, very sensitive!
Harrison apologized on Twitter early Sunday morning and said he called Kaminsky to wish him luck in the final.
Andrew Harrison would later Tweet an apology saying that it was said in jest. PLUEEZE … there was nothing in jest of what you said. Had the roles been reversed, the NCAA, the MSM and black America would have exploded and asked that the white player be banned from playing in the National championship game. Frank Kaminsky took the high road and accepted the apology and said its over and nothing more needs to be said. Its just too bad they are not teaching class at UK.
Not only are they not teaching class at the men’s NCAA basketball program, Kentucky coach John Calipari is not even going to use the incident as a teaching moment and Harrison will face no discipline for the remark. What a joke. I just wonder when a white boy says the same thing one day if all will say, its just kids saying dumb things? Just another reason, other than his past cheating, why John Calipari does not belong in the Hall of Fame.
Bonnie Bernstein of Campus Insiders talked to Kentucky coach John Calipari on Sunday morning and reported that Harrison will face no discipline for the remark.
“The biggest thing I want to tell you, these are great kids,” Calipari said to Bernstein. “They’ll do dumb things at times. They’ll say dumb things, like we all do. Things you regret later and they apologize for it. These are young kids, they’re 19 years old. In that moment of trying to make a historic thing, probably did some things. But I love these guys and I know what they’re about.”
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said the incident could be viewed as a teaching moment.
Saturday Night Live Mocks NCAA Basketball Final and the Student Athlete Hypocrisy … “It’s like I tell all my players, college is the most important year of your life.”
CLASSIC SARCASM FROM SNL ON NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL.
Saturday Night Live nailed last night’s cold opening … as SNL not only mocks NCAA college basketball and the notion of the student athlete, but gets it 100% correct. Just minutes after the second game of the NCAA Final 4 ended that saw the previously undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats fall to the Wisconsin Badgers, 71-64, SNL began their cold open with a complete mockery of the NCAA’s so-called “student-athlete”. The best line of the skit was when Taran Killam, playing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “It’s like I tell all my players: college is the most important year of your life.” The premise of the sarcastic skit was that Duke was holding out freshman center Jahlil Okafor from Monday night’s NCAA College basketball game, not because he was hurt, sick or tore an ACL, but because he has a big Biology test on Tuesday to study for. Ha, ha, ha … that is just too funny.
When asked whether Mike Krzyzewski/Taran Killa was relly going to hold Okafor out of the Championship game because of a Biology exam he said, “Of course I am, guys these are student-athletes [emphasis on student]. Students! If they only came to college to play basketball, then we all would look pretty silly”.
The only thing that would have made this funnier and even more truthful was if they used Kentucky head coach John “one and done” Calipari instead of Mike Krzyzewski, but UK lost, so that ended that.
WINNING!!! YOU KNOW ITS BAD WHEN CHARLIE SHEEN CRITICIZES BARACK OBAMA ..
You know Barack Obama is a total political screw-up and joke f a president when Charlie Sheen become the voice of reason. Charlie Sheen sent this tweet on Thursday asking why Obama didn’t attend a funeral for soldiers but he could fill out a bracket. The tweet was in Ebonics of which as predictable as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Sheen was called a racist. The economy still stinks in the US, record number of people are on food stamps, record number of Americans have left the work force, the Middle East is on fire, ISIS is growing and attacking innocents everywhere, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq are falling to terrorists … but Barack Obama has the time for bracketology.
Although, if it meant the difference between Barack Obama spending time on this terrible and foolish nuclear deal with Iran and the NCAA College Basketball brackets, I say let Obama pick as many brackets as he can until he gets it right.
Former University of North Carolina Tar Heels Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dean Smith Died Saturday Night in Chapel Hill, NC at Age 83 (VIDEO Tribute to Coach Smith)(Update: Michael Jordan, “”He was My Mentor, my Teacher, my Cecond Father.”"
COLLEGE BASKETBALL HAS LOST A LEGEND, DEAN SMITH PASSES AWAY …
Dean Smith, the former legendary head men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina died Saturday night at the age of 83. Dean Smith passed away “peacefully” at his home in Chapel Hill surrounded by his wife and five children. Smith’s family said in the statement, “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.” It is just amazing how many people’s lives this man touched, how innovative he was within the game and just how many of the greatest players this man coached in his career. Dean Smith was a phenomenal coach, a tremendous competitor and a humble man of such incredible character. College basketball has lost a legend.
Dean Smith, Rest in Peace
Former University of North Carolina head men’s basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday night in Chapel Hill, according to the university. He was 83 years old.
“Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.”
Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in college basketball. He led the Tar Heels to national championships in 1982 (VIDEO – UNC vs. Georgetown) and 1993 (VIDEO – NC vs. Michigan) , to 13 ACC Tournament titles, 11 Final Fours, and an NIT championship, and directed the United States Olympic Team to a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Games.
Dean Smith taught team work, he taught that no one person was bigger than the team. Sounds profound and easy, right? But try doing it when you have the likes of James Worthy, James Perkins, Michael Jordan and a who’s who of Carolina Blue greats. I can remember the joke of the time when Michael Jordan was at Chapel Hill, of Dean Smith’s coaching career: Who was the only person ever to hold Michael Jordan under 20 points a game. Of course the answer is, Dean Smith. Some would use this as a punch line or something to hold against Smith, I, personally think it is the sign of remarkable character and coaching. The reason was because team meant more than an individual. Passing the ball and playing defense was just as important as scoring. As Smith once told Jordan during his freshman year at UNC, if you cannot pass the ball, you cannot play. Try attempting to do that in today’s college game. Maybe that is what is wrong with college basketball today.
Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, going 879-254 and retiring as the winningest coach (VIDEO) in college basketball history. North Carolina won NCAA championships in 1982 and 1993 and reached the Final Four 11 times under Smith.
“It’s such a great loss for North Carolina — our state, the University, of course the Tar Heel basketball program, but really the entire basketball world,” said current Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, who spent 10 years as an assistant under Smith. “We lost one of our greatest ambassadors for college basketball for the way in which a program should be run. We lost a man of the highest integrity who did so many things off the court to help make the world a better place to live in.
“He set the standard for loyalty and concern for every one of his players, not just the games won or lost.”
Smith coached Hall of Fame players Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo and Billy Cunningham, won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles and coached the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal in 1976.
“He was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people,” Williams said. “His concern for people will be the legacy I will remember most.
Coach Dean Smith Tribute Video
Following the announcement of his passing, several of his former players, friends, colleagues and even current players weighed in with their support and memories of the great coach.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams released a statement on the passing of Smith.
“It’s such a great loss for North Carolina – our state, the University, of course the Tar Heel basketball program, but really the entire basketball world. We lost one of our greatest ambassadors for college basketball for the way in which a program should be run. We lost a man of the highest integrity who did so many things off the court to help make the world a better place to live in.
“He set the standard for loyalty and concern for every one of his players, not just the games won or lost.
“He was the greatest there ever was on the court but far, far better off the court with people. His concern for people will be the legacy I will remember most.
“He was a mentor to so many people; he was my mentor. He gave me a chance but, more importantly, he shared with me his knowledge, which is the greatest gift you can give someone.
“I’m 64 years old and everything I do with our basketball program and the way I deal with the University is driven by my desire to make Coach Smith proud. When I came back to Carolina, the driving force was to make him proud and I still think that today.
“I’d like to say on behalf of all our players and coaches, past and present, that Dean Smith was the perfect picture of what a college basketball coach should have been. We love him and we will miss him.”
Dean Smith – Sports Century
UPDATE III: North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith passes away at 83 … If there’s a Mount Rushmore of basketball, Dean Smith is on it.”
In recent years, Smith had rarely made public appearances as he battled a progressive neurocognitive disorder that affected his memory. The last time fans saw him in the building that bears his name was during a reunion for the program’s 100th anniversary in 2010. Three years earlier, UNC alum Michael Jordan memorably kissed Smith’s head during a celebration of the school’s 1957 and 1982 national championships.
“Dean Smith is one of the great coaches in the history of sport, not just basketball,” ESPN analyst and Duke alum Jay Bilas told The Fayetteville Observer recently. “I think his legacy goes beyond just the wins and losses. He built the program there and a culture. There’s only been a few programs that have been in that rarefied air, and he set a standard that few have been able to reach, not just on the floor, with basketball, but he showed such a social conscience when it wasn’t easy to do so.
“That’s why his legacy is doing the right thing and standing for something, both in basketball and outside of that. If there’s a Mount Rushmore of basketball, Dean Smith is on it.”
“He was more than a coach,” Jordan said in a statement. “He was my mentor, my teacher, my second father.”
CBS Sports Basketball Analyst Greg Anthony Arrested on Solicitation of Prostitution Charge (Update: Anthony Suspended Indefinitely)
CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony has been arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute in the District of Columbia. According to reports, Anthony was arrested at 5:47 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Greg Anthony faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that’s punishable by up to 180 days in jail. He was released from jail on Friday night, but this is only the beginning of Antony’s problems. The story was originally broke by ABC 7/WJLA.
Lt. Kelvin Cusick tells The Associated Press that Anthony was arrested at 5:46 p.m. on Friday. He said Saturday that Anthony faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that’s punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
Cusick says the 47-year-old Anthony was released Friday evening. No further details were available.
According to the NCAA website, Anthony was scheduled to announce the Michigan State-Maryland men’s basketball game Saturday in nearby College Park, Maryland.
UPDATE I: Greg Anthony suspended indefinitely by CBS.
CBS announced Saturday morning that Anthony has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest on solicitation charges.
A CBS spokeswoman says “Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season.”
Turner Sports also suspended the TV commentator and says it “will have no further comment.”
How could some one just piss away their entire career like this? He has ruined his entire life over sex with a prostitute. UNREAL. Most likely this is the cockroach principle, for ever one you see, there are hundreds you do not.
“With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself,” he said. “I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.”
TOP 10 AP Sports Stories of 2014 … NFL Domestic Violence #1 … However, They Missed a Few, Including #22 Lauren Hill
AP has released their TOP 10 stories of 2014. Some I would agree with; however, I think they missed a few glaring oversights, in favor of the cause-celeb issues of the day. At least in the mind of the media and not the common sports fan. AP made the NFL domestic violence issues their top story, which sadly, I do agree with. Although, it is not like domestic violence is something new to the NFL. It has been around for decades, it has just been swept under the carpet, much like the steroids and concussion issues.
Does anyone notice a glaring omission from AP’s stories below? With all the clamor about the Washington Redskin’s and their offense name, how come that one was no where to be found?
1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.
But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely. And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar. [editors note: looks like AP forgot Carolina Panther's DE Greg Hardy, Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer, and San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald who was just released by the 49ers after another allegation of domestic violence.
The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players' union is balking at Goodell's role in the disciplinary process.
2. CLIPPERS' STERLING BANNED
3. LEBRON GOES HOME:
4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES - [editors note: not sure if this story gets top 10, not because of not being important, more so because Michael Sam never made a starting roster and was eventually cut from the Ram's practice squad and never resigned by another team].
5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES
6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF – [editors note: This was a huge story for college football; however, it will soon be changed to 8 teams and not 4.]
7. TONY STEWART:
8. WORLD CUP:
9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL – [editors note: Once again QB Peyton Manning choked in the big game as the Legion of Boom and Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos 43-8. I am not even sure if the game was that close. The score was 36-0 before Broncos decided to score a meaningless TD.]
10. SOCHI OLYMPICS:
Many of the above stories were covered by Scared Monkeys, I think a couple should be added that are glaring commissions from AP’s top 10.
All my life I have been a Boston Red Sox fan and have hated the vile NY Yankees, but I will be the first to admit that the retirement of Derek Jeter should have easily been in the top 10. What about the NCAA College basketball center of the universe being located in Storrs, Connecticut? In 2014 the UCONN Huskies Men’s and Women’s teams were proved they were both “Best in Show” as they won National Championships. The men for the 4th time as the #7 seed University of Connecticut Huskies defeat the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54. Then, the following night, Geno Auriemma’s (40-0) Lady Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 for their 9th title. This accomplishment had only happened one time before in D1, by the UCONN Huskies in 2004.
Maybe the best sports story of 2014 and maybe the most inspirational of 2014, which was completely missed by all sports pundits, is the story of freshman forward Lauren Hill of the Division III Mount St. Josephs. Lauren is dying of inoperable brain cancer. It is a story that will touch your heart. I will write more about this in a separate post as it is my #1 story of 2014 in a year that had so many negative ones.
37 Year Old Former Harlem Globetrotter Rico Omarr Harris Missing During Road Trip from Alhambra, CA to Seattle, WA
37 year old former Harlem Globetrotter Rico Omarr Harris has been missing for several weeks. According to reports, Harris departed from his mother’s Alhambra home over a week ago to visit his girlfriend in Seattle. However, his car was discovered three days after he left, abandoned, in Yolo County in Northern California. The vehicle was discovered by the police near the Yolo County Regional State Park on Route 16. Harris’ cell phone and a backpack were also found nearby. The former Globetrotter is said to suffer from bipolar disorder.
Pic: Rico Omarr Harris – Yolo County, CA Sheriff’s Office
Rico Harris has been missing for several weeks during a trip between Alhambra and Seattle.
Harris, a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters, reportedly left his mother’s home in Southern California on Oct. 10. His car was later found abandoned at Yolo County Regional State Park on Route 16.
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department says there is no indication of anything criminal at this time. No leads were found from inspecting Harris’ car, as it looks like the car was just parked in the parking lot and had been left for two days.
Harris set out on road trip from Alhambra, California, to Seattle at 1 am on October 10, 2014. He was last heard from at 9.30am that day when he called his mother from Sacramento. According to Harris’ family, the 6-foot-9, 280-pound former Globetrotter was in the process of moving to the northwest to join his long-time girlfriend, Jennifer Song, and start a new job in sales.
About nine hours into the drive, Mr Harris called his mother from the Sacramento area, and just before 11am he called his girlfriend and left her a voice-mail. He has not been heard from since.
On October 13, a sheriff’s deputy came upon Harris’ vehicle parked at the Yolo County Regional Parks Lower Site near Cache Creek. When officials ran the Nissan’s registration, they discovered that the car belonged to the missing man.
A ground search of the surrounding area turned up Rico Harris’ cell phone and a backpack with jumper cables. Deputies informed the missing man’s family that his car battery has dead.
Daily Commentary – Friday, August 1, 2014 – The Scared Monkeys Good Guy of the Week Award Goes to Charles Barkley
- Who is offering to pay for the funeral of 3 Philadelphia children killed in a carjacking. Kudo’s Charles!
Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire at Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival in Virginia … Pilot and Two Passengers Missing (Update: Two Bodies Recovered, One Still Missing)(Update: Third Body Found)
A pilot and two passengers are missing after fiery hot air balloon crash in Virginia at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival Friday night at about 8 pm in Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Authorities are saying that the balloon’s gondola caught fire after it hit a power line. According to witnesses, after the balloon erupted into flames, there were screams for help, then explosions. Search efforts were hampered by darkness and the heavily wooded area. Two members of the University of Richmond women’s basketball staff were aboard the balloon. One victim is being identified as Natalie Lewis, the director of basketball operations for the Richmond Spiders. The balloon captain was ID’s as Dan Kirk.
Due to the terrible incident, the remainder of the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival has been cancelled.
Two members of the University of Richmond women’s basketball staff were passengers on a hot air balloon that crashed in Virginia Friday night, CBS News has confirmed.
One victim, Natalie Lewis, was the director of basketball operations for the Richmond Spiders. Her parents arrived in Richmond Saturday from their hometown of Buffalo, New York, CBS News’ Mark Albert reports.
Friends of the balloon captain, Dan Kirk, called him a true ambassador to the sport of hot air ballooning.
The balloon’s basket caught fire after touching a power line near Doswell, Virginia, north of Richmond, the state capital.
More than 100 state troopers and deputies searched for the third occupant of a hot air balloon that crashed in flames at a Virginia balloon festival, killing the other two people on board, state police said Saturday.
Witnesses captured photographs of the balloon after it drifted into power lines, burst into flames Friday night and crashed into the countryside about 25 miles north of Richmond. Some reported seeing two people either jump or fall from the basket at a dizzying height.
The bodies were found about 1,500 yards apart in a heavily wooded area, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Saturday afternoon.
UPDATE II: Third body found after hot air balloon Crash.
Authorities have found the remains of the third occupant of the hot air balloon that burst into flames at a Virginia festival, police said Sunday.
Now investigators are trying to determine what made the balloon drift into power lines, catch fire and crash, killing the pilot and two passengers.