THE LEBRON MT RUSHMORE NARRATIVE
I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game,” James said. “For sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they better find another spot. We’ve got to bump somebody. Somebody got to get bumped. That’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects, to chisel somebody’s face out and put mine up there.”
I find those comments coming out of LeBron’s mouth refreshing. For one we are finally seeing a man who is absolutely comfortable in his own skin regardless what other’s may think about him. Let’s take a quick flashback and understand this is the same guy who probably 3 or 4 years ago wouldn’t have even facilitated a discussion regarding his standing in the sands of time of the NBA. It’s funny what winning multiple championships does to you psyche as well as you overall public confidence. And to top it off he goes and does this a mere 24 hours later.
While I may not have LeBron James on my Mt. Rushmore yet, when you do things like this, you’re only strengthening your case. In other words, what he said 24 hours before doesn’t sound so stupid now does it?
MY NBA MOUNT RUSHMORE
For anyone who cares and of course this will always be subject to change in the years to come but this is MY personal NBA Mt. Rushmore:
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Russell.
And a side note, I notice alot of people in the last 48 hours display their all time great list and constantly I see Abdul Jabbar not present on many lists. I mean it’s not like the guy is the all time leading scorer in NBA history, has won championships on EVERY level (6 NBA titles) and a slew of MVP’s. Clearly either something is wrong with that picture or people need to do more research when it comes to NBA basketball. It’s a travesty in my eyes Kareem gets disrespected in the all time greats discussion and quite frankly it disgusts me.
THE MICHAEL SAM DEBATE
First off it took alot of courage for Missouri DE Michael Sam to acknowledge publicly that he is a gay man. I commend that. Even more so I commend the fact that he may or may not have a challenging road ahead of him if and when he gets drafted in the NFL come May. But regardless of everyone’s personal feeling on the matter, the fact that this is even a news story to me is bothersome. This is in no way to take away from what Sam has done more so than why does someone’s sexual preference, religious affiliations, color, gender or anything else for that matter has to be examined under a microscope like some court case on TruTV. I like to think that in 2014 we’ve come to a point that just understanding in someone’s lifestyle is good enough. Doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Live and let live my friends.
DEREK JETER DONE AFTER ’14
I wasn’t shocked about Derek Jeter’s announcement on his Facebook that he plans to retire after the 2014 season. His last few seasons have been riddled with numerous injuries which tells you the signs of father time is upon him. But the reality of him leaving this sport still shocks me. To me Jeter is the epitome of class, especially considering the era we are now in regards to Major League Baseball. We no longer trust our baseball athletes even if they are good intentioned. We’ve all as fans been burned at the stake from Sosa, to Bonds, to Clemens and especially A-Rod. But Jeter we do trust. He’s the last true great American image of perfection and the innocence of athletic influence we truly have. He showed how to handle oneself on and off the field and was never involved in public squabbles.
So from a die hard Met fan to Jeter, you will be missed.
I won’t be hosting Earnestly Speaking today but will be making my return NEXT Friday Feb 21st. But I do want to thankAntwan Staley and Gee Steelio for holding the fort down in my absence these last 2 weeks. I should be back on air regularly in the next 5 days with both the radio show and even the Earnest Christian Podcast. Lots of stuff to talk about. Also I have a new project in the works that I will be announcing in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that.