So good, so good.
This is why sports are awesome. Just drink in all of this emotion.
It’s called Jala Neti and is a method to clean your nose. Just watch.
It has since been taken down, but the Internet outrage will be a major topic of discussion for the next 24 hours. I can’t believe they actually created the picture. It was a part of an upcoming Mag piece written by Toure which you can read here. No word yet if Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless were the brainchild’s of this ridiculous idea.
The best part is that they’re teammates, likely fighting over who lost in a better fashion.
This is why the internet exists. Share this with everyone you know.
Jason Whitlock does the usual Whitlock thing but brings up a good point, “In an attempt to justify his asinine statement and gain favor with The King, LeBron’s enablers launched a counter offensive. Rather than deal with the real catalyst for the LeBron backlash – The Decision – we heard talk about how troubled some white folks were by LeBron deciding on his own to take his talents to South Beach. Are you kidding me? Shaquille O’Neal has played for damn near half the NBA. Shaq bolted Orlando and took his talents to Hollywood without turning off most of America.” [Fox Sports]
Mike Freeman points out James’ hypocrisy, “LeBron James never stood for anything and now he suddenly wants to talk race? Tell me James is clowning us all. He has previously avoided controversial topics. He has rarely — if ever — made any statement of significance about anything. James has gone out of his way to see no evil, hear no evil. Just play ball, make money. That’s been James’ mission. There’s nothing wrong with that. Making money is the American way. It’s just that now, James is trying to have it both ways. He has catered to corporate America, mostly ignored issues that affect people of color, and then when so many people turned on James, he’s now suddenly seeing the racial light. [CBS Sports]
Simmons contrasts LeBron’s situation to what happened with Michael Vick…errr…what?! “The difference between Vick and LeBron James — another superstar who hailed from a rough background and tarnished his image, only unlike Vick, he did so without intentionally hurting anyone or breaking the law — is that LeBron steadfastly refuses to admit his “Decision” was ruinously handled from start to finish. If he had a do-over, he would ram that butcher’s knife into Cleveland’s back all over again. How do I know this? Because LeBron never jettisoned the sycophants and opportunists who walked him into July’s public relations disaster. And because he still doesn’t seem to comprehend why so many found ‘The Decision’ so revolting, as evidenced by LeBron playing the race card this week. You know, because we’ve been so kind to Brett Favre these past two years.” [ESPN]
Bethlehem Shoals of Fanhouse’s “The Works” feels that LeBron’s not a drone but that he just doesn’t understand timing yet when it comes to public comments, “My reformulation: LeBron isn’t brainwashed, he just can’t figure out that whole timing thing. Bringing out this side of the discussion at this point makes it into an afterthought, and yes, cheapens the entire discourse of racial discrimination. If James really felt strongly about the role race played in the public outcry against him, he could have said so at any number of other crucial junctures. Instead, it’s like a last resort. Once again, LeBron daring for once to try the unfamiliar is canceled out by poor execution.” [Fanhouse]
And JA Adande pretty much knocked it out of the park and we should end all the debate after reading his column. “Now James has entered the fray himself, simply by acknowledging the presence of something we’re never comfortable talking about. It came to his porch and he finally opened the door. The counterargument is that James never felt compelled to address the league’s racial element when everybody was an ally. No one wondered about the racial motivations of reporters and fans when they were writing praise and buying jerseys. That’s because race doesn’t affect acceptance, it affects tolerance. When people behave in a manner accepted by society at large they are easy for everyone to embrace. It’s who chooses to align with the outcasts that is telling. LeBron quickly evaporated his reservoir of goodwill with the self-serving ‘Decision.’ His own actions were responsible for the ignition and the acceleration of the vitriol. Where race comes in is the continuation. The racial element won’t be measured in the condemnation, which came from all corners. It will be measured in the willingness to forgive. [ESPN]
Adrian Wojnarowski is a little late to the party, but still manages to find a good angle, “James was moving past the summer in a natural way, and somehow his handlers have gone and made a mess of everything again. With James, less is more. With Carter, less is too much. Carter ought to stop crowding James on a stage where’s there’s no room for him, no good use. After all, this wasn’t about a belated damage control for LeBron, but for Maverick. Carter crafted a hit-and-run that would work to restore his crumbled standing in the marketing world. Carter wanted to change the dialogue on ‘The Decision’ for his own good, not James’.” [Yahoo! Sports]
More to come, I’m sure…