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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

LeBron: What "It" Means

For those of you that don't go over to Page 2 on ESPN.com much anymore (and let's face it, other than the frat boys going to read Simmons and those that want to be informed going read Scoop, not many visit), we wanted to point something out.

Scoop's latest column, "The Meaning of LeBron", is must read material.

The column highlights the many levels of significance of LeBron's imposition of his will on the game. From the importance to the city of Cleveland to resurgence of the NBA itself.

"It means there's hope. Like an India.Arie song. There's hope for the game. Hope there will be a future as long as he plays, that all is not lost. There's hope that NASCAR, the PGA, Ultimate Fighting, the X Games and all the other sports that seem to have passed the NBA in popularity might have to start paying attention. Because the days of old, the game Jordan built, may be coming back."

Scoop poetically paints the canvas with the complete picture of the importance of what transpired in the Cleveland-Detroit series. Eloquently, he addressed the sports, pop culture, civic and personal significance of what blossomed before our very eyes.

But what else does it mean?

It means that, in spite of the NBA pushing Steve Nash, Dirk and their "suspect" MVP trophies down our throats, the fans want LeBron as the face of the NBA.

It means that the most important, most followed, most necessary players aren't necessarily the one's the league would prefer us to swallow.

It means that those big companies that dole out lucrative endorsement deals and tie their own identity to the identity of the players fans most relate to, care about and want to emulate have researched the market. And Steve and Dirk aren't who the fans want to witness.

It means that Scoop is correct. That if the NBA "hopes" to stay relevant in the face of all the entities he mentioned; then a face like LeBron's is the only hope the league has.

It means a face like LeBron's is the only face capable of replacing a face like Michael's.

It means that LeBron's is the face of "our" league.

It means the NBA might be in trouble.

52 comments:

scoop the deuce said...

and to think we came from the same test tube...

brings a tear to the eye.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"brings a tear to the eye. "

Sir, print out "anonymous"'s comments and use them as tissue...

Anonymous said...

scoop the deuce said...


deuce is a perfect name for you.

you need flushed.

as you can plainly see said...

anonymouse's comments are worthy of tissue

but not the kind that I will rub in my eye

you can do better said...

"you need flushed."


this is the best you can come up with for 'scoop the deuce'?

i'll admit it's not as good as ASBH's display name, but it's got more potential than this

marco polo said...

"ASBH's"

translation?

Al_Sharpton's_Banana_Hammock said...

ME!

don't say it's name aloud! said...

Al Sharpton's Banana Hammock

I prefer not to speak of such things

Anonymous said...

why exactly would you classify the MVP awards given to Nash and Nowitzki as "suspect"? Could it be because...let me see...they are white??

Anonymous said...

But what else does it mean?

It means that, in spite of the NBA pushing Steve Nash, Dirk and their "suspect" MVP trophies down our throats, the fans want LeBron as the face of the NBA.

It means that the most important, most followed, most necessary players aren't necessarily the one's the league would prefer us to swallow.

who is the one that poses opinions as fact..hmmm...i know i know go ahead call me a racist.

Anonymous said...

And finally, In my opinion I dont think it is best for the NBA to use as their poster boy someone who has such low moral fiber as to have children out of wedlock...at least Jordan had the know-how to hide his illegitimate kid from the media.

way to go pinocchio! said...

"who is the one that poses opinions as fact..hmmm..."

OK

we've taught him that there's a distinction between fact and opinion.

what next

maybe, how to apply that distinction;
properly using and understanding phrases such as 'not necessarily' might help.

next week: Shoe-Tying, You Can Do It, Too!

Anonymous said...

wait till duncan and parker put their rival american born negro into his place.

marco polo said...

"who is the one that poses opinions as fact..hmmm...i know i know go ahead call me a racist"

wow.

you really are a lost cause. did you read the link in the post?

if you did, you would have read Scoops column. Which was his opinion of LeBron's significance.

and if you read that, you would have realized that NOIS continued on, playing off Scoops' format with NOIS' opinion.

Only the mentalist of midgets would read that post and think it was anything BUT someone's personal take on things.

wow. i'm just amazed at you.

Al_Sharpton's_Banana_Hammock said...

"And finally, In my opinion I dont think it is best for the NBA"

super. and it sure seems like the NBA and all the companies lining up to pay LeBron to endorse their products are concerned about your opinion and appealling to that all important KKK demographic.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"why exactly would you classify the MVP awards given to Nash and Nowitzki as "suspect"? Could it be because...let me see...they are white?? "

Sir,it's perfectly expected for YOU to jump to the racial side of things.

We simply listed the last few winners of the award who weren't LeBron. Or the face of basketball.

Your conclusion has a higher verticle leap than Dr. J did in his prime.

supersteve said...

"There's hope that NASCAR, the PGA, Ultimate Fighting, the X Games"

shocking that Scoop even lists sports that draw predominantly white audiences as the things that the NBA "hopes" do overcome.


does scoop write this blog too?

Anonymous said...

"why exactly would you classify the MVP awards given to Nash and Nowitzki as "suspect"? Could it be because...let me see...they are white?? "

Sir,it's perfectly expected for YOU to jump to the racial side of things.

We simply listed the last few winners of the award who weren't LeBron. Or the face of basketball.

Again, why did you label them as "suspect"...the MVP award is based on regular season performance..why werent nash and nowitzki deserving? The NBA tried to make guys like Kobe and Iverson the face of the league and you know how well that turned out.

Anonymous said...

We simply listed the last few winners of the award who weren't LeBron. Or the face of basketball.

Why not include Garnett in the list of "suspect" winners.

Anonymous said...

It seems like there is alot of hope for everyone except for whomever is covering what is sure to be one of the lowest rated NBA Finals on TV.

where have I heard this b4? said...

It means the NBA might be in trouble.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Again, why did you label them as "suspect"..."

Sir, there was much debate about who should win.

"The NBA tried to make guys like Kobe and Iverson the face of the league and you know how well that turned out."

What are you implying?


"Why not include Garnett in the list of "suspect" winners. "

We only went back three years. Didn't feel like going back further.

"It seems like there is alot of hope for everyone except for whomever is covering what is sure to be one of the lowest rated NBA Finals on TV"

Covering, or broadcasting?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"where have I heard this b4? said...
It means the NBA might be in trouble."


Sir, we heard it right after we got back from All Star weekend in Vegas.

marco polo said...

""why exactly would you classify the MVP awards given to Nash and Nowitzki as "suspect"? Could it be because...let me see...they are white?? "

LOL.

NOIS had suspect in quotes.

And right away, you take it as him saying that the awards were suspect.

I took it the opposite way.

But whatever.

true dat... said...

"Sir, we heard it right after we got back from All Star weekend in Vegas."

I was harkening back to a more recent time

like

lemme hit this 'back' button and see if it's still there

Anonymous said...

"Again, why did you label them as "suspect"..."

Sir, there was much debate about who should win.

there was...wasnt Nash a unanimous choice?

"Why not include Garnett in the list of "suspect" winners. "

We only went back three years. Didn't feel like going back further.

I understand you didnt want to go back further because it started getting dark.

"The NBA tried to make guys like Kobe and Iverson the face of the league and you know how well that turned out."

What are you implying?
implying nothing..just like you.

"It seems like there is alot of hope for everyone except for whomever is covering what is sure to be one of the lowest rated NBA Finals on TV"

Covering, or broadcasting?

You can refer to an event on TV as television coverage...at least for once you didnt turn something into a racial issue....you tool.

Al Sharpton's hair relaxer said...

Does Tony Parker count as a Negro? Light skinned and French for Christ's sake! I believe the Negroes must support LeBron in his quest to become a global icon.

rstiles said...

Right now LeBron is better than Kobe!!!

But let's not forget that last year at this time, D-Wade was "the new Jordan" and the "face of the league"

Unsilent Majority said...

NOIS comment section is the MVP fo' realz!

Martin said...

Brother NOISb, I, nay, WE, await your commentary on why Brother Johnson was subject to an extensive jail term for probation violation and Ms. Hilton was let out early for her similar violation today.

FREE PACMAN!

Anonymous said...

WE, await your commentary on why Brother Johnson was subject to an extensive jail term for probation violation and Ms. Hilton was let out early for her similar violation today.

because guns are more dangerous than drunk drivers...look at the numbers...you people will never get anywhere if you don't take personal responsibility and give up your guns...don't you know that only white people are protected by the Second Amendment?

Anonymous said...

Brother NOISb, I, nay, WE, await your commentary on why Brother Johnson was subject to an extensive jail term for probation violation and Ms. Hilton was let out early for her similar violation today.

cause she's rich biatch.

Martin said...

"because guns are more dangerous than drunk drivers"

Sir, again, I learn something new every day from your illogical posts. I, sir, was mistaken in my thinking that you can kill someone by drinking and driving AND with a gun. Apparently, having a gun in the safety and confines of your own home and not among the public is more dangerous than drinking and driving in public?

So, the next black NFL player that gets a DUI should be let off the hook? I await that day, sir, I await that day.

d. ebersol said...

"You can refer to an event on TV as television coverage...at least for once you didnt turn something into a racial issue....you tool."

you can. but the implication wouldn't be the same in regards to ratings.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"But let's not forget that last year at this time, D-Wade was "the new Jordan" and the "face of the league"

Sir, good point.

And, again. He has a "face" like Jordan. Not "Nash".

The fans have spoken.

Anonymous said...

Sir, again, I learn something new every day from your illogical posts.

Sir, I thought any acknowledgment of the existence of the Bill of Rights would be a dead giveaway...

Anonymous said...

"You can refer to an event on TV as television coverage...at least for once you didnt turn something into a racial issue....you tool."

you can. but the implication wouldn't be the same in regards to ratings.

it would be exactly the same you putz.

Anonymous said...

But let's not forget that last year at this time, D-Wade was "the new Jordan" and the "face of the league"

Sir, good point.

And, again. He has a "face" like Jordan. Not "Nash".

The fans have spoken.

Take the time to scan the faces of those in attendance at tonites game...see who they speak for.

d. ebersol said...

"you can. but the implication wouldn't be the same in regards to ratings.

it would be exactly the same you putz. "

Firstly, why the hostility? All I did was point out that you are trying to interchange terms that aren't interchangeable.

Example: Does FOX have a contract to cover NFL games? Or is the contract to BROADCAST NFL games?

See? It's simple. No need to call people names using Yiddish slang.

That is a low class, knee jerk reaction to being proven wrong. Just accept when you are shown the correct answer and move on.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Take the time to scan the faces of those in attendance at tonites game...see who they speak for. "

Sir, who they speak for is of little consequence.

Who they root for and who companies use to market products to them is what matters.

Again the fans have spoken.

Malcom Hex said...

"Take the time to scan the faces of those in attendance at tonites game...see who they speak for.

And take the time to scan the faces of the cats on the court.

And who THEY play FOR...

you a racist to the end...LOL

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Again, why did you label them as "suspect"..."

Sir, did we label the players as suspect?

Did we label the fact that these players won the award as suspect?

Or, did we label the award itself as suspect?

Which did we do?

Anonymous said...

Did we label the fact that these players won the award as suspect?

Or, did we label the award itself as suspect?

Which did we do?

If you were labeling the award suspect you would not have had to single out only 2 white players...you arent even man enough to admit you are bigoted...you hide like a little girl.

Anonymous said...

And take the time to scan the faces of the cats on the court.

And who THEY play FOR...

you a racist to the end...LOL

The NBA is a racist league which only gives opportunity to foreign white players.... they need to set up basketball camps in orange county and develop the superior white talent that surely exists.

Anonymous said...

Example: Does FOX have a contract to cover NFL games? Or is the contract to BROADCAST NFL games?


example...a promo for the NBA Finals says COVERAGE begins at 8pm. See the word coverage can apply to both the print, television, or radio media. That is your english lesson for today.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"If you were labeling the award suspect you would not have had to single out only 2 white players..."

Sir, we made it clear, we felt no need to go back more than 3 years.

3 years was a sufficient time frame to fully frame our point.

There is NO pleasing you.

Whenever we point something out and DON'T include white players. You scream "bigot".

Now, we ONLY include white players. And you scream "bigot".

You see bigotry in everything, whether whites are included or not.

That leads us to the inarguable conclusion...

...that you are a raging rabble rouser who does nothing but play the race card in EVERY issue.

We beseach you to come to us with an intellectual argument that disputes what we profess, without dropping the race card.

Can you?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"you hide like a little girl"

Sir, you must be disappointed.

We know you prefer little boys.

dick ebersol said...

"a promo for the NBA Finals says COVERAGE begins at 8pm."

in this instance, coverage refers specifically to the act of providing commentary and information on the game.

it is not synonomous with the act of providing images over the airwaves, cable, the internet or satelite. That is called BROADCASTING.

Despite your desire to do so, you simply don't have the ability to apply words that are not congruent as synonyms. Sorry.

THAT is the lesson for today.



Fuckstick.

Anonymous said...

it is not synonomous with the act of providing images over the airwaves, cable, the internet or satelite. That is called BROADCASTING.



Although i believe you are a Dick I dont think this is Dick Ebersol.

First of all, broadcasting has nothing to do with the internet...it is clearly limited to television and radio...so you are an idiot.

Secondly:
Coverage: Radio and Television. the area within the broadcasting range of a station or network, usually calculated by the number of owners of radio or television receivers.

that is from a dictionary..buy one when you learn to read.

Also lets all hail the new face of the NBA...GINOBLI!!!!!!!

dick ebersol's dick said...

"
Although i believe you are a Dick I dont think this is Dick Ebersol.
"

you mean you HOPE i am a dick.

so you can suck me. fag.

dick ebersol said...

"within the broadcasting range of a station or network"

read that again.

and learn to spell "ginobili"

fucktard!!

dick ebersol's dick thinks you're a dick said...

did you read it again?

coverage is the AREA.

LOL.

AREA!!!!

The AREA that something is BROADCAST!!!

HAHAHAH.

You cut and pasted a definition that PROVED yourself wrong.

HOLY SHIT! What retard!