Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hypocrites Be Gone

This message is for every blogger, TV, print media, or radio personality who decided today that they wanted to grandstand over Josh Smith. Now, normally I say my piece and move on, but today - it was important for me to show just how ridiculous this issue is and how much the hate is in the air on this thing.

Here are two scenarios that occurred in the playoffs:

Scenario 1: Game 4, Quarter 1, Time: 7:34 remaining, Score 10-8...Player A goes on a breakaway and while in the clear goes for a windmill jam. Player A plays for a team that is much better than its opponent. At the end of the game, Player A's team wins by 20+ pts. No outrage for an attempt to bring the house down (or to quiet the crowd in this case). No one is insulted other than by their inability to do anything with Player A and Player A's team.

Scenario 2: Game 5, Quarter 4, Time: 4:16 remaining, Score 102-82...Player B goes on a breakaway and while in the clear goes for a through the legs jam. Player A plays for a team that is much better than its opponent. At the end of the game, Player A's team wins by 15 pts. All is wrong with the NBA, Player B, and the opposing team's best player and coach are insulted.

Now, by now we should know who Player B is, but who is Player A...none other than LeBron James. Now, as we mentioned earlier, the only outrage that should have come from Josh Smith's play was from Mike Woodson who should have said two things:

1. If you are going to make a spectacular dunk, make sure you make it.
2. If you are going to try to embarrass them tonight, you better be ready for the consequences on the court next game and that you must play even HARDER as a result.

That's it. Everyone else needs to kick rocks. The man did this at the ONLY time it's acceptable. Up by 20, time running out, other team has given up, a chance for one last highlight since no one from the Heat decided to pick up their feet and defend the play. In my book, that's the perfect time for a former slam dunk champ to bring the house down. How many times did MJ, Nique, Dr. J, etc do that? So, save me the moral outrage.... I don't have a problem with LeBron's windmill, but if that was Josh and he missed a chance to score points up only 2 in the first quarter, I'd be livid. But he didn't...and neither did LeBron. So, stop the madness, people and save your bitchin' about Josh's game, maturity, and the like for things that actually matter. No one has been harder on a guy I love than this here #1 fan, but that's why this is Str8 Talk, so I can dish it and I certainly will defend Josh against things that don't matter.

If we're being real, the outrage should be over that last 3pter he took and NOT a meaningless, fun jam. A jam that is completely out of his character if you have watched Josh over the years - he normally does NOT do anything more than a ferious yet normal jam when on the breakaway (to my chagrin, mostly). So, enough all ready...let's get to Game 6, so we can vanquish these fools and move on the bigger mountains to climb.

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