It never ceases to amaze
Another political news’ cycle and the apathy and stupidity of the nation’s electorate, remains . As an expat Brit,now residing and working here in the US , I have to admit coming across of the posturing self-righteous group of inviduals is no longer a surprise . The political establishment of Democrats and Republicans, in reality, are no different from one another. But, for the levels of their depths and depravity , the singular thing which clearly defines the two parties, has been how much they can do to ” pull the wool “ over the eyes of the electorate without them catching unto their levels of greed. After the Democrats’ hammering in the midterm elections, where they lost control of the Senate along with several seats in the House and numerous gubernatorial races. They now seem to be lost for words as to the reasons why they suffered such horrendous defeats. Look no further than to the leadership of Barack Obama, who is proving to be just as un-inspirational in his second term as President as he was during his first. There are very few positives the President can point to during his administration’s tenure and his mishandling of so many foreign policy initiatives have become bewildering. Say nothing of which , his domestic policies s have proven to be either ‘hit ‘ or ‘ miss’ , dependent upon one’s views.
With his recent announcement that he would use his ‘executive powers’ to bring about changes in the country’s immigration policy and certain reforms . The question must ask of those questioning the President’s actions has to be why all of the furor , when previous administrations and the Congress have failed repeatedly to enact any meaningful reform, never-mind this idiocy of upholding the laws of the land , when in many respects it is not just the illegal immigrants who are said to be breaking the laws, but the employers who see fit to hire them , without any real fear of punishment whatsoever. No one seems to be overly concerned specifically on the issue , yet I am suppose to believe the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants have become a burden upon this country ?
The US Congress has been more of a burden on the nation , than the individuals now being thrust into the news cycle because the Neanderthal idiot political hacks on both sides of the aisle have nothing better to disgust or seethe over in anger. You would certainly be hard pressed to find Conservative much less a Liberal actually acknowledge that fact , instead it has been the constant diatribe of name calling and finger pointing from both sides of the political aisle without the idiocy of the political hacks intent on their rancor . I guess once you have published a book , sat on the sidelines, while providing nonsensical analysis , makes one an expert without ever really experiencing the real world issues ? How the fu#k can the likes of Anne Coulter , Mark Levin , Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, James Carville , Joe Sarborough , David Axelrod and Chris Matthews actually relate with the public at large ?
On the sporting landscape it is not entirely different to what we have been witnessing on the political front. In the NBA , fans have become so distraught concerning the ills that currently effect affect the Los Angeles Lakers(3-10) , New York Knicks(4-10) and the Philadelphia 76ers (0-13). These three NBA franchises have gone 7-33 through their first fourteen games of the season . The very fact that all three teams have been playing badly belies the fact their fans continue to postulate and speculate what the real issues are said to be concerning all three franchises.
Byron Scott and the Los Angeles Lakers’ fans are going through the ignominy of seeing this team remain uncompetitive without delving into the fact we have yet to witness Kobe Bryant berate his teammates or the Lakers’ organization , led by team owner Jim Buss and general manager MitchKupchak . Injuries might well be plaguing the Lakers but this should not hide the fact the team has no real depth or character , without pointing to the coaching staff of the head and their not being able to show any coaching acumen. Los Angeles have lost seven of their last ten games and the team’s defense now seems to be in complete apoplexy showing very little by way any type of capability in stopping an opponent’s offensive prowess. In the Lakers’ 140-106 loss to the Dallas Mavericks was the team’s most humiliating defeat of the season, with no one member on the roster showing any type of resilience throughout this contest . These traits have certainly embodied the ongoing hypocrisy witnessed with the team and the lack real competitiveness shown by the Los Angeles Lakers . Yet, somehow the Lakers’ fans are trying to point to what they see as positives. Next up for the franchise will be a home game against the equally abysmal Denver Nuggets coached by former Lakers’ assistant head coach Brian Shaw .
As great a coach as Phil Jackson was said to be , his acumen as an assessor of NBA talent can be described as marginal at best . Jackson’s trait beyond the “Triangle Offense” has been his being able to motivate players to succeed , specifically when he has a complement of superstars to coach. Clearly the case , when you have such players as Michael Jordan , Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Jackson , now assuming the role as Head of Basketball Operations with the New York Knicks, is now being looked upon with a great deal of incredulity and in many circles for its comedic value, with the team now being so incompetent on the court.
The Knicks currently lie third within the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference above the win-less Philadelphia 76ers. Derek Fisher as a rookie head coach along with his coaching staff have not only struggled but this idiocy where it will take some time instill the Triangle Offense as a successful strategy , has to be lost on a roster of players who basketball acumen and IQ would barely qualify for them for admittance into a DIII Level NCAA program much less MENSA . At 2-8 in their last ten games , consistency has not been the norm for the Knicks much less the belief Carmelo Anthony can lead the team all by himself without any able support from his “overrated “ teammates .The New York Knicks’ 91-83 victory over the 76ers has typified what has become so wrong with the Conference and why it has been continually seen as a conference lacking in stature in terms of the level of play.
New York and the 76ers will meet again during the course of this season and I seriously doubt Brett Brown and his Sixers’ playing staff will be ready for their next meeting never mind the previous thirteen contests which have made up their schedule at this point of the the season. The 76ers chose ” to tank” the latter half of their schedule in 2013 , seeking to obtain a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft . Adam Silver as the NBA Commissioner might not have seen anything wrong in the organization’s actions, but clearly the fans are being sold a “bill of good” , if there’s said to be any ambition the part of team owner Josh Harris much less any from any of the executives within the front office.
There has been absolutely nothing to suggest the Philadelphia are capable of turning their season around based solely upon their play and the evidence of last season .Josh Harris has turned out to be a monumental fraud much as in the same way are his promises of establishing competitive franchise which the fans would be prepared to follow. Dwindling attendance this year and last season beyond the fact of a mediocre product on the court have played a part in what the fans are being forced to witness this season has led to the change in identity of this franchise. If a Sixers’ great such as Allen Iverson can now become critical of the 76ers , then it should tell you great deal, not only about this club’s fall from grace, but also their continued failure to be productive.
With the NBA still trying to find a rhythm to its season, we cannot escape the fact the league is still mired in controversy. The announcement of his retirement by Jason Collins has done nothing to stymie the fact that league still remains homophobic and racially divisive among the league hierarchy and a number of the team owners . With league stating Jeff Taylor of the Charlotte Bobcats would be suspended for domestic assault and that his punishment would be a twenty-four games suspension, it seems rather perplexing the NBPA (Players’ Union) and their new Executive Director Michele Roberts would go so far to state the league’s suspension was drastic and an overreach of its boundaries , while also contravening the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). One would have thought with all of the adverse publicity received by the NFL on this issue , the union league hierarchy would seek to be on the same on this most acute of issues. Somehow this seems to be the farthest thing on the mind of Roberts , the first female Executive Director the Players’ Union and now one of the most powerful women in all of professional sports.
At a time when sports’ fans in general are getting sick and tired of the bombastic and repeated lax actions of the athletes at the professional and collegiate level, there is a great cause for concern when a female executive, albeit , she believes as the NBPA’s Executive Director she is acting in the best interests of her members , it does beg the question would Roberts have taken the same stance had Taylor killed his victim? Michele Roberts with her statement has not only served her union poorly but it creates the perception is not all overly concerned with the issue of domestic violence of the misconduct of her members. Much as in the same way DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA seems intent to point the finger of blame at the NFL for his members ongoing stupidity . I have to wonder what is it , that both of these executives cannot understand about this issue and how it is actually viewed by the public in general ! Absolute stupidity on the part of both Michele Roberts and DeMaurice Smith remains a constant , as it has been within their respective sports and the unwillingness of both the NBA and NFL tackling a grave social issue head on .
An appeal of Taylor’s suspension is likely to take place , but at the same time clearly the Bobcats’ owner , Michael Jordan would rather see this matter dealt with expeditiously given his team’s innocuous start to the season in year where the Hornets are likely to struggle, even if though they were able to raise the hopes of their fans with a spirited finish to 2013, having made the NBA Playoffs where they would fall in the first round of the Eastern Conference postseason . It will be interesting too see if the Hornets can improve upon last season’s display.
Histrionics asides, the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling this early in the season should come as no surprise . Yet many were ready to anoint this LeBron James’ led team as the next coming of another NBA dynasty in the making . Pardon me for saying this, but how the fu#k is a rookie head coach , his staff and this team are going to create a symbiotic and synergistic relationship when James has never played with either Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love prior to this season ? The only player of on this Cavaliers’ team where LeBron is known to have played alongside and have any type of relationship with is the Brazilian center Anderson Varejao .
Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert and his fellow executives were extremely delighted with the return of their Prodigal Son , and the fact James did everything to make the Cavaliers’ fans forget their anger after his departure in , 2010, with the franchise now seeing a tremendous spike in their home attendance as well as on the road means a great deal to Gilbert economically. Four straight losses has emphatically shown why the Cleveland Cavaliers remain a work in progress, along with the team’s rookie head coach David Blatt. Idiocy among fans and analysts alike, who tend to overlook what is plainly in front of their very eyes , but no one willingly wants to admit they can make a mistake . Posturing and lame ass machismo tends to be the norm among the dumb ass morons with no real insight or knowledge at all. Cleveland’s next game will be a home contest at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, against the Orlando Magic in a game which will tell us a great deal about both teams as they each seek to move forward .
If Cleveland should fail to make the NBA Playoff this season, I would not see it as a great surprise ! The fans yearn to see what they believe to be elite teams rise to the top , yet in reality there are but a few teams in the league that can now be considered great, much less among the elite. The defending champions the San Antonio Spurs are the yardstick against which every other NBA franchise ought to be measured against , but neither the league or the fans are prepared to pay the team their due respect , simply because they are not seen as glamorous or the fact their stars are not considered to be among the top players currently playing in the league. The hard sell for the NBA has always been their teams when the fans are just gravitating towards the marquee players .
The NBA has yet to actually capitulate to the NBPA , a union still trying to get to grips with their own internal issues and legal woes concerning their previous Executive Director Billy Hunter , who seeks to sue the his former employer for wrongful dismissal , defamation of character , slander and libel. Something I believe Michele Roberts should be more concerned with rather than her idiocy in believing Jeff Taylor should be treated with ” kid gloves” and not made an example of . Great just what the fans want to see from a league executive or a union leader . WTF!
With the NBA season still in its infancy what do you believe has been the biggest surprise of the season ? Also which player or team has proved to be the biggest disappointment so far ? Your comments are more than welcome and thanks as always for the continued support !
Picture and slideshow gallery details.
(1) President Barack Obama addresses the nation on his wish to use executive privilege initiate immigration reform , something that has drawn the ire of members of his own party , the Democrats as well the Republican Party and majority of members within Congress. The members there have been ambivalent as to the reasons why they have themselves failed to formulate a comprehensive immigration policy and reform in general. AP Photo / Michael Carbonell ..
(2) Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sits on the floor after being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 136-115 . AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill … ….
(3) Nov 22, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire (1) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 91-83. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports ….
(4) Joshua Harris owner of the Philadelphia 76ers. For two straight years , Harris has presided over a franchise which is not only bereft of talent but also leadership within its front office and on the court.. The Sixers are off to a thirteen game losing streak with a defense which ranks as the worst within the NBA in points allowed and points’ differential . Clearly head coach Brett Brown and his coaching staff have no idea how to right team’s issues on the court. Getty Images / Paul Wyatt ..
(5) Jeff Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets is seen here in a courtroom in East Lansing , Michigan, where he plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic abuse , property damage and an employee of the Marriott Hotel where the incident took place . The player has been given a twenty-four game suspension by the NBA . AP Photo/ Mark Jones …
(6) NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts is seen here with her NFL counterpart DeMaurice Smith as the two took part in a discussion concerning athlete misconduct and how their respective leagues can best deal with such issues. Getty Images/ Tony Moore ….
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