Monday , Oct , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

For The Love Of Basketball 49th edition

It’s the return (triumphantly I might add)–

After taking the summer off for various reasons and due to the fact that there was nothing to write about (the off-season), I’m back in effect and so is the NBA.


For The Love Of Basketball 49th edition

Now in case you all forgot, I’m an unabashed Laker fan. So of course, the success of the Lakers is the end all be all for me when it comes to professional basketball. Nothing else really matters. However I due keep track of what goes on in the rest of the league, and I make it a point to express my opinions as honestly as possible (case in point, this column). But I will give you fair warning right now: I HATE THE MIAMI HEAT. So if you ever notice a negative bias or tinge in my writing voice when it comes to them, well now you know.
 
My reason for disliking Miami is simple–I’m anti-Shaq! 
 
I will always have beef with him for doing the Lakers dirty and then acting like a defenseless victim who was unjustly traded because Kobe didn’t like him. We all know it’s not that simple and that he played a major part (NEGATIVELY) in why my team is no longer elite. So I root against him and his new team, and due to their new additions (Jason Williams, Antoine Walker, James Posey, and the Hall of Fame player formerly known as Gary Payton) it’ll be even easier than I could possibly imagine.
 
But I digress…
 
With the eve of the regular season upon us, I’m excited. I think we’re about to experience one of the greatest NBA seasons ever. Why? It’s just a feeling (and because I think the Lakers will have a better season than most prognosticators expect). I mean it’s already off to a great start. With the country’s most popular sport football in full swing, the reemergence of pro hockey and the World Series, what is everyone talking about? The NBA dress code. I mean is David Stern a genius or what? Talking about stealing the limelight. He knew his new mandate would cause an uproar, so the timing of the announcement was brilliant.
 
And speaking of the dress code (aka The Allen Iverson Rule), I don’t have problem with it. I don’t think its racist (I’m Black) or unfair. Now I’m a liberal guy, so NBA players’ style of dress doesn’t bother me. But my opinion really doesn’t matter to David Stern. It’s all about satisfying the corporate sponsors and team owners, the people who have a true impact (FINANCIAL) on the success of the league. So being the smart businessman that he is, the Commissioner did what he felt he had to do. It’s his company, so he makes the rules. That’s the way it is in the workforce. We all understand this. So it’s simple, dress accordingly or suffer the consequences (BE JOBLESS!). Let us move on…
 
QUICK HITTERS
 
–I bet Latrell Sprewell would KILL for that 3 year-$21 million contract that he said couldn’t feed his family right about now don’t you?
 
–How smart was Amare’ Stoudemire for signing that contract extension with the Phoenix Suns instead of waiting for free agency?
 
–If Michael Jordan values his privacy so much, then why would he write a book and go on 60 Minutes? Does he need to sell his book that bad? It’s not like he needs the money. 
 
–Three things are going to happen in Miami this season: Team conflict, Stan Van Gundy’s dismissal (termination or resignation), and playoff failure.
 
–Last season Shaq came into camp weighing 330, this season he’s 350. I wish y’all could hear me laughing as I’m typing this.
 
–Larry Brown is going to hurt the Knicks just as much as he’ll help them. Young Players + A know-it-all, pain in the ass coach who NEVER takes ANY responsibility for his shortcomings = Rough times for the Knicks.
 
–When will people realize that Ron Artest is just trying to draw attention to himself? If he just kept his mouth shut and played, NO ONE WOULD CARE ABOUT HIM!!! He’s just BEGGING to be relevant.
 
–Somebody needs to do something to stop the San Antonio Spurs. They’re on the verge of going on one of the greatest runs in NBA history. Shudder the thought.
 
–In the east it’s either the Pacers or the Pistons.
 
–This is Carmelo Anthony’s make or break season. He’s either going to be a superstar player or just a good one.
 
–I’m not feelin’ Andrew Bogut.
 
–This will be Kevin Garnett’s LAST season in Minnesota, count on it!
 
–God bless Eddy Curry.
 
–Rest in Peace Jason Collier.
 
 
They officially throw the ball up in 9 days, until then.