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Glimmer Isn't Always Gold

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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).

Lebron, Wade and Bosh

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

Just as Lebron would make the unicorn fly over the city of Miami, Carmelo Anthony came from Denver with a cape and a super hero persona. A Batman who finally would unite with a Robin.

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!

Gold

Since Raymond Felton was thrown away as Knicks Garbage he has been a Golden Nugget in DenverDenver Nuggets: While the Knicks have gone 7-9 since acquiring Carmelo, the Nuggets have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since the trade.

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)

Dear Miami & New York : This is what a TEAM looks like

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.

Hey! Hey! Look at Us!

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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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested

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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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Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Accused of Rape in New York

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Dallas Mavericks big man and former New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated back New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place sometime last year, according to the New York Post.

The woman, who informed police about the alleged rape on Thursday, says that she waited more than a year to come forward regarding the incident because she had discussed receiving $68,000 from Porzingis to keep quiet.

Roland G. Riopelle, the attorney for Porzingis, has since denied the allegations and has said they had previously referred the case to federal authorities due to the “accuser’s extortionate demands.”

“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle said. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser’s extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago, and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”

The woman alleges that the incident took place on February 7th, 2018, at the Sky building in New York, where Porzingis lived, just hours following Porzingis suffering a torn ACL, the injury that has kept him off the court for more than a year.

An NBA spokesman said the league is aware of the situation while the Knicks’ team spokesperson said; “This is Kristaps’ personal matter and not related to the Knicks.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated that the team is aware of the situation but “we have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks had informed the Mavericks of the pending Porzingis rape allegations during a trade call with NBA headquarters, that took place on January 31st,  that finalized the deal that sent Porzingis to the Mavericks.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department issued the following: “The NYPD takes sexual assault and all rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”

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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League

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Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.

Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:

“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”

While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.

“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”

While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.

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