Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Heat VS Celtics 2013
I want to start off saying I’m not a Celtics fan despite the pic below, I’m actually a long time Bulls fan who currently is also a fan of the OKC Thunder. I just so happened to have this hat this St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the Celtics play the Heatles at home with a 22 game win streak and bragging rights on the line tonight.
Feeling still in the St. Patty’s Day spirit I’d have some cookies with a little green in em’ I pulled these bad boys out from their hiding place. Tastes so gooood!!! Pistachio and White Chocolate!! Hawhaaat?!!!
I’m watching the first quarter of the much hyped and anticipated game of the week featuring Lebron, DWade, Bosh and Co. against a depleted Celtics team led by Pierce, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, and Brandon Bass as the core starting players tonight.
First quarter so far looks like Heat are experiencing the Celtics push being depleted and hating Ray Allen for joining the Heat. Allen needs to hit his shots and stop thinking about the fan booing him when he touches the ball. So far his shots look rushed and unconfident. Jeff Green has been balling something amazing. Second quarter the Heat are trying to play a bit better but the Jeff Green show is in full effect as he’s the leading scorer and the Celtics offense is running through him. Let’s see how this one turns out. I’ll be back later with my post game take.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Lebron aka King James and playing like it!
Written by T.D Moody
Ok, I finally give in. Not that I didn’t like Lebron, I was with him even up to his collapse against the Mavericks in the finals 2 seasons ago. It was at that point that I felt much like a certain Firsttake Commentator Skip Bayless that Lebron would never get another opportunity to again get the ring. He just collapsed when it mattered most.
I began to think that Durant would surpass him as the game’s best player. Fast forward a year later in the finals and Lebron and Miami give the young Thunder exactly what Dallas gave Miami for Nowitzski’s first and so far only championship. Durant is still deadly but has a bit more improvement to go defensively I feel but he too the sky’s the limit on his game.
I decided to ride with OKC my team to win the title especially the way handled the Lakers and came back and smashed the vaunted Spurs. Part of me still wanted Lebron to get his ring. Even in the face of unrelenting, unmerciful ridicule from fellow sports fan friends of mine about Lebron being Gollum from Lord of the Rings. There was even a caricature of Lebron as Gollum lusting and yearning for the ring while Dirk was portrayed as the Hero with the ring.
I didn’t want to laugh but I did when I saw it. That being said. What a story from his coming out of Akron to 10 seasons into his pro career. He’s a world champ and clearly the game’s best premier player today. His skill set and talents rival that of Jordan and make him in my opinion with his potential the perfect prototype player ever. I say this because in my opinion the best player would be a versatile player who could play physically all 5 positions on the floor with the skill, speed, power, athleticism and intelligence most importantly of the elitist athletes known.
It’s like create a player for virtual basketball games. Every person I know who plays video games when creating a player always tries to fill every category in the attributes section of create a player to the highest level possible. That would make the person pretty much a “God” in the game because he can do everything at the highest level. How can you stop a player like that? You can’t.
He’s not perfect (Lebron) yet but his continually improving game is scary. Clearly the maturation of Lebron’s game to all facets of the game combined with his unique physical talents and ambidextrous playing ability, make him quite simply an “unguardable” player. There are really only a handful of player’s in my opinion who dwell within this realm. Today’s game has maybe 8. Of those 8 I’d estimate maybe three are in that realm consistently. I’ll give you my three. Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony-Dwade tie at 3. Kobe has faded some but is still capable but he’s currently at number 4 on the down turn of his illustrious Hall of Fame worthy career.
Who would you put as the elite 8? Who would be your top 3 and in what order?
Welcome to THEJNSREPORTS LEBRON & NIKE OMG!! STOP THE MADNESS!!!
Todays topic addresses Capitalism and the consumer. For us here at THEJNSREPORT it is truly disgusting, to acutally be able to see how wicked and corrupt corporations can be in their highly exploitative marketing and anticipation of potential violence increases due to the high price of Lebrons latest shoe to be released this fall. At $300 a pair, news reports say the company (Nike) will have to due everything prudent to secure its locations and store personnel as well as customers when its released. I think back to my child hood where everyday robberies for name brand jackets and sneakers came due to their high prices and status associated with them.
I can envision many inner city residents who can’t afford to have the shoes doing everything possible to secure their social status by throwing more of the wealth they don’t have away for a pair of basketball shoes that most won’t wear on or near a basketball court. Those who know how exclusive the shoes are due to their price I believe will lead to a rise in robberies for the high end foot wear. Does and should Lebron and Nike care about that potential impact in communities where most of the inhabitants can’t afford to own a pair? Should that even be their problem since this is America and capitalism is King?
I guess like an anchor on the news put it Nike is a luxury brand and like any other luxury corporation charging exorbitantly high prices does so with the implied exclusive label attached by pricing their shoes at a very high purchase price. Perhaps Nike and Lebron could make more money by pricing the shoes at half that price where potentially more consumers would be able to purchase the shoe. That is if they’re thinking in terms of global appeal and wanting to be like McDonald’s which is everywhere. Nike could do the same with the LBJ brand without contributing to a rise in violence by their price point. Either way its up to the consumer to be smart or not smart enough to choose to purchase such an expensive shoe.
In the end it really comes down to a common sense approach to this. If you can afford the shoes and choose to purchase them feel free to do so. However, many who most of us would recognize as not able to afford the shoes will want them because of the status symbol recognition associated with the shoes whether they are able to afford them or not. Close your eyes and see it. Many urban residents living in projects will have a pair of LBJ X’s on with a cell phone they can’t afford and sagging expensive jeans meanwhile having no food in their refrigerators and bumming rides on public transportation while rocking a pair of LBJ X’s LMAO! Funny but not funny.
Now picture this, Michael Jordan Brand releases a limited edition Jordan shoe to rival Lebron James and a price war for luxury basketball shoes ensues where Jordan prices his next shoe at $500 a pair reclaiming his spot as number 1 on and off the court in the shoe arena he helped bring to its current popularity levels. Materialism and Capitalism hard at work.