I’ve heard this debate for years. Do athletes deserve to be paid? I honestly think they should, but I’m not blind to the fact that only certain athletes bring in revenue to the school. I believe that if nothing else the athletes that play in the NCAA championship and tournament should receive some type of pention for their play. I say that because everybody, but the athlete gets paid. Roy Williams got a 900k dollar bonus for winning the national championship. What did the athletes receive? T-shirts, hats and memories. The NCAA makes loads of money off of these athletes and they constantly say that an athlete is a student first and athlete second. I believe that athletes are only students first when they’re in the offseason and during the summer. The ncaa treats athletes like sponges, they try to squeeze everything out of them before they leave. It’s a very unfair situation, they sell athletes jerseys and the athlete sees none of that money. There needs to be a some type of solution because I believe that the athlete could and will boycott the NCAA. Without any athletes there will be no revenue.
Over the course of this year Lonzo Ball has played basketball at a very high level. He’s developed a lot of talk, he’s even got talks of him becoming the number 1 pick in the draft, rightfully so. His father has talked very highly of him, which every father should do about their kid. At first it was, wow he has a lot of confidence in his son. Over the past few months though, his mouth is starting to become a question. Is it time for Lavar Ball to keep his mouth shut?
He’s come out and said lots of suspect things, such as his son is better than the reigning 2-time MVP Stephen Curry. Which I myself am not too big on Steph Curry so I let that go. Later on he started talking about how Lebron James’ kids won’t be as good as him. I started to pay more attention to him when he said that because I’m a huge Lebron fan. I am also a family man and you never talk about anybodies family, I believe when it comes to family if you don’t have anything nice or positive to say keep it to yourself. Finally he then said he could beat arguably the greatest basketball player ever Michael Jordan in a game of 1 on 1. That’s when I started thinking to myself is it really about his sons or is it about him? I’m all for supporting your kid and I respect that he believes in all of us kids, but it’s starting to seem like he’s trying to live his old dream through his kids. That’s what I don’t like, I don’t think it’s cool to try to live through your kids. At the end of the day its about Lonzo, Gelo, and Melo not Lavar. Now this is no knock on his parenting because he’s obviously doing a wonderful job, but don’t make it about you.
I said all that to say this Lavar should start to watch what he says because people will start to target your sons because of what you say or do. Lonzo could always not live up to expectation and then Lavar would really have his foot in his mouth. A lot that you say really could effect you in a positive or negative way.
As you all know Kevin Durant recently signed a 2 year deal with the already loaded Golden State Warriors. Here’s a little background on the Golden State Warriors. Last season they won a record breaking 73 games during the regular, capping off the greatest NBA regular season ever. They went down 3-1 against the OKC which threatened their run at a great post season. Heroics from Curry and Thompson surged them past the Thunder. The Golden State Warriors went to the NBA FINALS and went of 3-1 against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They ended up blowing the lead and cavs won their first championship in 55+ years.
The summer came and the warriors signed Kevin Durant. This was huge news around the world because the warriors were already stacked, but adding arguably the second basketball player in the world to your team is HUGE. Kevin Durant can literally average 28 points a game in his sleep. He can score 30 on any given night and watching the warriors this season he’s had one 40 point game shooting less than 20 shots, that in itself is absolutely ridiculous to me.
Adding Kevin Durant adds loads of pressure to him and the warriors. Why? Because if we’re all being honest they should’ve won last year. I’m very glad that they didn’t win, but lets face it they choked out those last 3 games. Adding Kevin Durant makes a loss in the finals this year all the summer time roster changes not worth it at all. Kevin Durant definitely took the easy way out and that’s going to taint his legacy no matter what, but losing will be a MAJOR HIT to his legacy. So, Kevin Duranr and the GS Warriors have no other option, but to win.