If anyone thought the NBA MVP race was over in January, Lebron James wants to remind you that he is the reigning MVP and challengers must rip the trophy from his cold fingers. Continue reading
The Miami Dolphins have some good news, and it’s about damn time (Lebron James voice)
Brent Grimes avoided the franchise tag, like it was a plague, and got a brand new four year deal valued at $32 milli but he’ll get $16 milli in guaranteed money.
I thought this move made so much sense from the Dolphins p.o.v. , because they keep one of their best assets on defense in house. Last year Grimes contributed with 60 tackles, 4 interceptions and 1 td, to a defense that for the most part was pedestrian at best but had their moments.
With Grimes being a cornerback in this pass happy league, presence and expertise was even more warranted and needed.
Of course Brent’s wife Miko was understandably happy about the new deal. So happy that she decided to give stuff away!
— Miko Grimes (@iHeartMiko) March 3, 2014
Congrats to Houston’s Kevin Mchale for being named Western Conference Coach of the Month.
Now onto the real news.
SPOELSTRA NAMED COACH OF THE MONTH
MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February. This marks the sixth time Spoelstra has earned the monthly honor, the most in team history, and the 14th time a HEAT coach has won the award.
Spoelstra earned the accolades after guiding the HEAT to a league-best 9-1 (.900) record during February, winning five of those games by double-figures, including the last three-straight all by double-digits. Their 9-1 February record marked Miami’s 26th consecutive winning month, the longest such streak in franchise history. Despite having a franchise-low three home games during a full calendar month and a franchise-longest 19 days between home games, Spoelstra led the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 home record and a 6-1 road record in February, with five of those road wins against current Western Conference playoff teams. Spoelstra’s defense held the opposition to under 50 percent shooting from the field in each of the 10 games in February, including under 40 percent in four of those contests. Over the last three seasons, he has led the HEAT to a 32-4 record during the month of February, including a perfect 15-0 at home.
Spoelstra recorded his 300th career coaching victory on February 23 vs. Chicago and in just his 448th career game, becoming the sixth-fastest head coach to earn his 300th victory in NBA history. He has now compiled a .671 (302-148) winning percentage, the highest in HEAT history, and his 302 career wins are the second-most in franchise history. Additionally, his .671 winning percentage ranks fifth all-time in NBA history with the league minimum 400 games coached during the regular season. Spoelstra has led Miami to a 42-14 record this season, tying for the franchise’s best record thru the first 56 games of a season, including a current league-longest seven-game winning streak.
Among league leaders, Miami currently ranks first in field goal percentage (.511), first in forced turnovers per game (17.2), second in steals per game (9.18), seventh in points allowed per game (98.1), eighth in points per game (104.4) and ninth in assists per game (23.3).
It has been quite an interesting past few weeks in sports as talk of banning the “N’ word has made headlines. Primarily a movement led by John Wooten an African American ex NFL player and head of the NFL’s Fritz Pollard Alliance has spearheaded a recent effort to have the NFL ban the word from its stadiums and the game period. The major debate now centers on whether the NFL should start penalizing teams 15 yards for a player’s use of the N word on the field. It is a noble, ambitious plan and the NFL should be commended for it as well as Mr Wooten. Let us be on the record that we oppose the use of the “N’ word in any way shape or form. It is disgusting. A vile, hurtful word that should never be used in any capacity. This topic has dominated sports in recent weeks. The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh has suggested that the NBA follow suit with the NFL’s initiative to eradicate the word from it’s playing fields. This will be a difficult task though it is not impossible and here is why.
The bottom line here while the NFL tries to clean up it’s workplace, is a whole lot has changed over the last 75 years or so. The NFL right now is dominated by predominantly young, black athletes who, as we have seen time and time again, have no problem using the word. They are quite comfortable using it. The “N’ word may have a racist origin created by bigots, used to demean and belittle and humiliate but somewhere something changed. The convenient excuse it seems is to blame the hip hop culture but I say don’t go there. Black people suddenly embraced the “N” word long before the birth of hip hop. Somewhere there was a disconnect and everything changed. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon a recent guest on our radio show says he is comfortable using it and traces that back to his childhood when his father constantly used it. We also spoke with John Wooten and we heard the pain in his voice when discussing this topic with him. Turn on radio stations all over this country, you will hear poorly edited versions of the “N” word on song after song. Go to any urban club, playground, park or even in some professional team’s locker rooms. It is not uncommon to hear one black player greet another with the “N” word. Until black people collectively in one loud, unified voice denounce the “N” word it will not go away.
I don’t quite understand why some black people choose to hold on to this word. This topic can be quite emotional as well as confusing to some. Many black folks feel it is okay for blacks to use the word but a white man who chooses to use the word in the exact same context as the black man did is way off base and could be subject to a beat down. So the NFL made up of predominantly white owners wants to police the use of this vile word which was created by white slave owners to dehumanize black people after black folks according to some made the word a term of endearment. Hypocrisy some say. There they go minus the whip trying to tell us what to do again. Maybe, ultimately I say this is not the white man’s decision but rather it is the black man’s decision to make. So the next time you think of using the “N” word, think of Dr Martin Luther King , Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron just to name a few. Think of the three civil rights workers who were murdered in Mississippi back in the 60′s , think of a kid named Emmitt Till, think of three little girls bombed in an Alabama church. At the end of the day after thinking of all of those who fought and died to resist being labeled as “N” words if you are still comfortable making that word a huge part of your vocabulary, that is on you. I cannot do it.
Show of hands, who is ready for another season of Marlins baseball? Ok, don’t everyone throw their hands up at once. I’ll be honest I forgot all about the Marlins because they’re buried behind the Florida Panthers on the sports section of the paper because the Heat and the Dolphins are getting all the headlines. I didn’t even realize the Marlins were playing spring training games. I’m excited for Marlins baseball can’t you tell? Continue reading →
Wilbon is always articulate and well spoken on anything sports related and not related to sports. I think you’ll enjoy this interview.
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Steve Kerr joined us to talk about college kids leaving early and tonight’s Knicks/Heat game on TNT.
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Earlier this morning when news broke that Richie Incognito’s new Ferrari had a run in with a bat, speculation started to swirl as to who could have taken a Louisville Slugger to the hood of a very expensive car.
Was it Jonathan Martin? Or maybe Jeff Ireland? Or better yet, Ted Wells. How about none of the above.
Here’s the latest
In a follow-up, TMZ reported that Incognito spoke with police on Thursday morning and told them he vandalized the car in a fit of rage. It is unclear what set him off or if he is telling the truth.
“(The neighbors) provided us with a photo of a damaged car and reported it to belong to Mr. Incognito, and they gave us an address,” Scottsdale Police Sergeant Mark Clark said, via USA Today Sports. “We went out there and checked to see if there was a damaged car there. There was no car and no one answered the door.
“We went out there again this morning and we were able to contact Mr. Incognito and he reported that he damaged his own car and didn’t need any police help or report.”
This is not a good look for Richie. Teams are already reluctant to sign him to a new deal this offseason because of the locker room scandal involving Jonathan Martin. But add this to the shirtless rant in a Ft. Lauderdale bar, a twitter rant and an incident at a team golfing incident, teams are going to be running away instead of lining up for his services.