So now that we are in the stretch run of the NBA Regular Season it doesn’t seem like things are mapping out the way all the experts and pundits swore they would. There is no unicorn flying high above downtown Miami waving a victory flag that symbolized an 82-0 season. No, not close.
All the way up in New York City MSG is not turning around as quick as everyone hoped. Carmelo has not been the savior. No Cinderella story there. Instead Carmelo is more like the jealous sister who couldn’t get the slipper to fit rather than Cinderella. Alas, no fairy tales in the big city. Shucks.
Instead we are reminded ,perhaps when we needed it the most, that basketball is (thankfully) still a team game. It is not a galaxy where we can move stars into an alignment of our choosing. No, this is still a team game.
Just as Tom Hanks famously said “there’s no crying in baseball” in the movie “A League of Their Own” the basketball Gods have let reality tell Lebron “There’s no shortcuts in basketball”.
So as all the tie-toting reporters at the networks continue to parade the Heat and Knicks in front of us like a Pageant Mother with her 9 year old “superstar”, we are reminded; What Often Glimmers is Rarely Gold”
For those of you who may be scratching your heads wondering what the reasoning behind that analogy is allow me to explain.
As an under-achieving student (at least I was consistent) I always did best when I could make visual connections. So, I’ll describe to you as I would describe it to someone such as myself.
Glimmer: The Miami Heat
Oh Can you feel the love? Oh yes let the heavens rejoice. Who knew that pairing a grossly overrated Power Forward who would make Gumby look like a bad-ass in the post with his “BFF” (not Pokey) who made Quitting into a NIKE slogan and Giving Up sound as cool as a new fragrance from AXE wouldn’t be the Cat’s Meow in Miami?
Oh D-Wade is this not the 3-way you had hoped for? Instead of a 3-way dance on center court holding NBA Gold you look more like a 3-way between Kirstie Alley, Kermit the frog and Snooki. Which means you look like a trainwreck (Kirstie Alley), your gameplay is sometimes more comical than impressive (Kermit) and we are STILL wondering why anyone is still making a big deal about you (Snooki).
In fact Ranterz, let’s change the Big 3 photo officially.
Ahh, yes that’s much better. That looks more like a team grasping the jewel that is the 4th or 5th seed than a Championship juggernaut
Now are we still confused? Don’t worry we have another fine example for all you NBA Ranterz. So if you are still a bit stumped, don’t worry this next example of “Glimmer” will bring it all together. Let’s get ready to connect the dots yes?
New York Knicks
Amare’s buddy was here to help him save Gotham. But Carmelo bringing a laughable 7-9 record in his first 16 games to MSG, they have been more of Joker and The Riddler than any heroes.
When we all forecasted the Knicks would bring a Top seed to New York we are now all wondering if they will finish above .500.
Carmelo must have brought a giant #2 pencil with him to New York. He not only erased all of the Big City’s title dreams in 2011 (and perhaps in the near future) he also erased an MVP Season from Amare Stoudemire.
So now that we have a good perception of Glimmer, let’s compare it to Gold ehh? So get out your #2 pencils (Carmelo doesn’t share, his 2.8 assists per game prove it) and take some notes!
So while Carmelo was shipped out with his #2 pencil and TMZ-like Coverage in tow, The Nuggets brought in Felton who gladly brought a sense of “winning” to Denver and assured they wouldn’t be “Lebroned” (sorry Cleveland)
San Antonio Spurs: Do you Ranterz know how hard this is? I’m a die hard Suns fan and for me to defend myself with the Spurs,ugh, I may have died a tiny bit inside.
But there is NO denying the best team in the NBA. They are the definition of team. No individual stars, no headlines and hard-working on their craft. No South Beach and NYC Clubs, just the Top 3 point shooting team in the league with a balanced point guard, a deep bench, sound coaching and a Hall of Fame Power Forward.
Philadelphia 76ers: If any of you have been reading any of my past Rantz you would know my disdain for SportsCenter.
The fact is I would enjoy SportsCenter if it actually delivered Sports News on a daily basis and not an agenda with shtick. But before Deanna slaps the back of my head for going on another anti-SC Rant I’ll conclude with this. If you want a GOOD story and a bright future look at the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers have been a dismal organization since the last few years of the Allen Iverson-era. That’s all changing nowadays.
A team that was fighting for the worst record in the league in the past few seasons is now fighting for a playoff spot ahead of the Knicks with an impressive 37-34 record as of March 23rd.
So as I conclude this article Ranterz I hope we all learned a bit about Glimmer and a tad about Gold. The perception that is guaranteed before the season is never the reality when it comes Playoff time.
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Sports Reporter Suing Kings’ Luke Walton for Sexual Assault Allegations
Sacramento Kings new head coach Luke Walton is already in the news, but for all the wrong reasons, and he has hired attorney Mark Baute to defend him against the allegations of sexual battery made by sports reporter Kelly Tennant, who is suing Walton.
According to TMZ Sports, Walton and his legal team are blasting the accuser, and Baute issued the following statement;
“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute said.
“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, & her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
According to the suit, Tennant, who worked as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA, claims that while Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, he asked her to come and meet him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, to drop off a book she had published.
Tennant says that she asked Walton to write the forward in her book due to a business relationship that the two had had for several years.
Upon arriving at Walton’s hote, he conviced her to come up to his room so that the two could “catch up” and upon arriving in his room Walton pinned her to the bed and placed his hips and legs over her body, forcing kisses on her neck, face, and chest.
Tennant claims that she screamed for him to stop and attempted to break free, but Walton held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.
Tennant claims she was “in shock and fear. She was afraid she was about to be raped,” the suit states.
Additionally, Tennant claims that when Walton finally stopped and released her he escorted her out of the hotel room as if nothing ever happened and she claims that “He smiled, laughed again and made the disturbing statement, ‘Good to see you,'”
The disturbing behavior allegedly continued while Walton was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers back in May 2017, and Tennant claims that Walton once greeted her by uttering “vulgar, guttural sounds at her” and said, “mmmm … you’re killing me in that dress.”
The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Sacramento Kings all stated that they had no knowledge of the alleged incident during Walton’s tenure.
NBA 2K League Announces Livestreaming Partnership with Twitch
Last week, the NBA 2K League officially announced a partnership with Twitch that makes the popular streaming platform the exclusive broadcaster for all league games.
Twitch now will be listed as the official livestreaming partner of the NBA 2K League, as well as one of the league’s founding partners, via the new deal.
Earlier in April, the NBA 2K League broadcasted it’s inaugural draft live on Twitch streams, an indicator that the two sides were working towards a more permanent working relationship.
The multi-year partnership deal includes all 199 potential games in the NBA 2K League season and the format includes weekly head to head matches, 3 regular season tournaments, a playoff bracket, and the finals.
Additionally, Twitch will assist in developing interactive custom overlays for use in the NBA 2K League broadcast, including other fan engagement initiatives and projects.
“This is a groundbreaking partnership for the NBA 2K League” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said.
“Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first, and is the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA, and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season.”
Twith has been in the business of partnerships such as these, as they reportedly paid $90 million for the exclusive broadcast rights to the Overwatch League back in January of this year.
It also continues their separation from competitors such as Mixer streams, YouTube gaming, Facebook gaming, Caffeine Streams, and DLive streams, which is being aggressive to become more competitive in the streaming industry.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
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