LeBron James signs four year deal with the Lakers

LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent for the second time in his career and signed a four year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Will fans in Cleveland burn his jerseys for the second time? I hope not. The fumes from a burning polyester jersey can’t be good for the respiratory system. Who knows what carcinogens are released into the atmosphere when flame takes to an NBA jersey.

Let’s hope Cleaveland fans aren’t as mad at LeBron this time as they were last time. He did come back and took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the last four years, winning a championship in 2016. Burning a jersey is silly, Nike will only make more.

Speaking of Nike, can you imagine how many JeBron James Los Angeles Lakers jerseys they will be selling over the next few months? Personally, I want a purple one.

LeBron James signs four year deal with the Lakers - Bent Corner
The Lakers official store is already selling LeBron jerseys.

Once in a generation

LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of his generation. It’s not even close. He brings a lot to the Lakers. This includes:

  • 7th scoring: 3,1038
  • 11th in assists: 8,208
  • 59th in rebounds: 8,415
  • 16th in steals: 1,865
  • 14-time All-Star
  • 4-time MVP
  •  3-time NBA Champ

To me, the most remarkable thing about LeBron James is that he’s been to eight straight NBA Finals. The last time LeBron was not at the NBA Finals? In 2010 when the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics. No other player in NBA history has been to eight straight NBA Finals. Can he make it nine in a row?

That’s what Lakers fan want to find out.

I feel sorry for Los Angeles Clippers fans who live in Los Angeles. All six of them. It must suck to see the greatest player in the NBA sign with the team everyone else in Los Angeles roots for but you.

I would say I feel sorry for Cleveland fans, but that wouldn’t be true. Cleveland fans are used to disappointment and despair. Then again, they did win the NBA Championship in 2016. The Cleveland Browns also won two Super Bowls, the first in 2001 and then again in 2013. They did have to move to Baltimore and change the name from the Browns to the Ravens to make that happen. A small price to pay to be a champion.

 

Clippers whine about not having a home court advantage

The Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers last night 110-106 last night in Los Angeles. After the game, many of the Clippers players and coaches complained about how the crowed seemed to be rooting for the visiting Warriors and not the Clippers, technically the home team.

This from Clippers forward and Kia pitchman Blake Griffin:

“Home-court advantage is just not there for us. If that’s how it feels in the playoffs, it’s not looking good. I don’t know what we could do, but it would be great if it wasn’t that way. It’s kind of like when we play the Lakers. I don’t know, maybe worse. It’s one of those things where it would be great if it wasn’t like that.”

I know what they can do. If the Clippers want a true home-court advantage, they need to get their own home court.

The Los Angeles Clippers are the only team in the NBA without their own stadium. They play in the Staples Center, home of the Lakers and in hockey, the Kings. It’s why the seats are purple and there are championship banners belonging to the Lakers and Kings hanging from the rafters. Surrounding the Staples Center are statues of former Lakers greats. There’s even a statue for Wayne Gretzky, honoring the time he played hockey in Los Angeles.

There are no Clippers greats in statue form surrounding the Staples Center. Mostly it’s because it’s not their home, but also it’s because there has never been a Clippers great.

Technically, the Clippers play their home games in Los Angeles, but I’ve never known anyone from southern California who claimed to be a Clippers fan. Not really. In fact, it could be argued that they are the third most popular basketball team in Los Angeles: the Lakers are first, the UCLA Bruins are second, and the Clippers are a very distant third.

Clippers Number One Fan, Shelly Sterling
Clippers Number One Fan, Shelly Sterling

Why would anyone want to be a Clippers fan? Look at who’s legally the Clipper’s number one fan. It’s none other than Shelly Sterling, wife of racist scumbag Donald Sterling. In fact, if the Clippers ever win a championship, it’s in Shelly Sterling’s contract with the NBA that she receive three championship rings.

If that’s not enough to always root against the Clippers, then I don’t know what is.

Steve Nash: 'I don't want my kids to grow up in L.A.'

Steve Nash, the aged and oft injured point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, is going through a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife Alejandra Nash. At issue is where their three children will live. Alejandra wants to move to Los Angeles with the children, Nash wants her and the children to stay in Phoenix. The reason? The court ordered child support in Arizona is a lot less than it would be in California.

The two went to court back in May where Nash told the judge hearing the case, under oath, that he didn’t want his kids to grow up in L.A.

What a piece of garbage. Nash makes his money in Los Angeles. He’s making $9,300,500 this year. He made $8,900,000 last year, in Los Angeles. For his NBA career, Steve Nash has earned $137,235,620.

With that kind of money, Nash has more than enough money to allow his children to live in the same city as he does without worrying about his child support obligation going up. Some fathers have to get second jobs just to pay their child support. Nash will never have to do that.

What kind of father would rather have his children live hundreds of miles away if given the choice? Nash is actually fighting to keep his kids in another state, only because it would cost him less money.

Money is something Steve Nash never should have to worry about. If he was a decent human being and a father, he wouldn’t be fighting in court to keep his children out of the state he lives in.