Enough of this Hero Ball

I was reading a post on facebook and a brother named MJ Gabriel posted this…

“Steven A. Smith: Warning to Kevin McHale. McHale isn’t calling plays, James Harden is calling his own number and come playoff time you are going to have to start calling plays. (THIS HAS BEEN SOME OF OUR CRITICISMS FOR THE LONGEST). Discuss”

I posted my 2 cents, but I had much more to say about than I did.  I didn’t want to flood his post with my Rockets dissertation.  So I had to take a trip to thr corner store and finally get this out.  Here was my response to his post….

“I noticed that last year. Parsons was hot one playoff game and the beard was bricking. They went away from Chandler and Harden became a black hole. Started jackin up shots and they lost. McHale did nothing about it”

Don’t get me wrong man, I love seeing a superior athlete doing his or her thing and making the competition look unworthy, but I hate this notion that the superstar comes before the team. After that particular game that I referenced commentators Clyde Drexler and Bill Worell were discussing why they took the ball out of Parsons’ hands and The Glyde was defending McHale’s decision to force the issue with getting Harden going.  After the loss Drexler disagreed with Worell and said, “Well, he’s(Harden) your superstar and you have to go with him win or lose.”

I couldn’t disagree more.  Basketball is a team sport.  It’s not a superstar and some guys sport. It’s not a “just put a bunch of big names together” sport either. Ask the Piston squad that whooped up on the Lakers team that had Kobe, Shaq, The Mail Man, and The Glove. Ask Tim Duncan will he demand the ball if he’s having an off night, but Manu is lightning it up from the field.  No chance of that happening and that’s why The Big Fundamental has enough rings to fill up a fully developed human hand. 5! Michael Jordan has 6 but he didn’t win one until he learned how to use his teammates and understand that they wouldn’t have made it to the nba if they didn’t have a specific skill that made them worth signing.

Either way, McHale needs to learn how to stop the bleeding.  Just calling timeouts wont get it done. You have to be able to adjust and not just lean on your “superstar” to bail you out or hope that your 3s magically start falling.

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Historically Great Defense in Houston

This time of year drives me crazy as a Texans fan. Most of the free agency frenzy is over and the draft is a month away. I don’t get much time to check out the draft prospects so I decided to tweet draft diamonds and ask them if they thought a top quality edge rusher would be there when the Texans pick at 16 on April 30th. They tweeted back 2 words… Bud Dupree. So I checked him out on youtube. The U of Kentucky Kid has a nice burst off of the line. He always seems to be untouched on his way to the QB and he finishes with well. Of course youtube only shows his strengths. So I asked draft diamonds about weaknesses. Here’s what they said…
@DavidShaSports he is a stud a top tier rusher”
If Dupree is drafted by the Texans and he’s as good as his highlights suggest, then my squad will have 2 bookend QB seeking missiles in JD Clowney and Bud Dupree. This is a big if but…. If Clowney and Louis Nix III are healthy and Pagan develops then the Texans will have a young stud filled defensive side of the ball for years to come. Mix the youngsters with vets like the Minotaur JJ Watt, Jared Crick, newly aquired NT Vince Wilfork, Cushing, Kareem, J Jo, Swag Swearinger, and former Bronco Safety Rahim Moore and the Bulls might be parading their way right into some deep playoff runs. I’m hoping Max Bullough becomes a solid ILB next to Cush. Romeo Crenell should keep his eye out for an anchor at ILB in the draft just in case. Either way this time of year is all speculation and hope. So I’m hoping that I speculated correctly and we draft a monster like Dupree so that we can have a defense that gives offensive coordinators anxiety attacks,makes offensive lines turn on each other for giving up sacks, and make qbs fake injuries so that they don’t have to see us on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays.

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Men and Their Sports Gods

Welcome to the Corner Store.  It’s been a while since we rapped.  Let’s get right to it.  The Houston Texans recently released their all-time leader in the major receiving statistics, Andre Johnson.  This made me think about his legacy in Houston sports history.  #80’s legacy was called into question about 3 months before his release was made official.   Really it wasn’t even about him, the conversation was about his all world teammate JJ Watt.  The question was, is JJ Watt the most beloved Texan, and how long before he becomes the most beloved figure in Houston sports history?  I was thinking that he hasn’t even surpassed Dre in career accomplishments so how in the hell can he be put in the same breath as Hakeem Olajuwon?  I had to question why was his star being pushed so hard?  My answer was simple, the white dominated sports media in Houston wants a white face to worship.  I am not insinuating racism in this case.  Before the sparks start flying, let me explain myself.

Athletes are modern day Gods in today’s society.  Many of the Gods of the world’s myths that we know about today were based on real people that made such an impression that later generations deified them.  The same thing is true of our favorite jocks.  In saying that, human nature makes most people create their Gods in their image, instead of the other way around like the Abrahamic faiths teach.  I believe that this is due to the fact that people can relate to images that remind them of their culture.  The first example that came to my mind was how the Buddha, who was born in India with kinky hair, became a fat bald Chinese man?  Buddhism spread from India to east Asia(China, Japan, etc.) and the image of the figurehead changed to fit the image that represented the people of the region.  The same thing happened to the image of Jesus.  Early paintings of Jesus show him and his mother as darker people.  The Bible describes him as a brown skinned man with woolly hair. History, and geography prove that the ancient Hebrews were a darker people.  So why has Jesus been presented to us as a white man?  It’s because the Jesus we see is the Jesus of Europe.  Michelangelo’s Jesus.  America is a European colony and so the image of God reflects the European culture over here.  In many African-American homes there are pictures of a Black Jesus.  Some of them even have a hair relaxer.

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Ancient Egyptians are often depicted as white.  This pic of Liz Taylor could be historically accurate since Cleopatra was of Macedonian origin and reigned during the Ptolemy era, but I see the Egyptians painted as white more often than not.  I looked on Israelite.net and saw this quote.

“Herodotus, an ancient historian, described exactly what the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews looked like, which he witnessed with his own eyes. Herodotus, who visited Egypt about 457 BC, says in Book II:

[The Nubians, the Egyptians, and the Ethiopians have broad noses, thick lips, woolly hair, and they are burnt of skin.]”

As you can see, this is a common practice among human populations throughout history.  I believe that this is what motivated the modern sports media in Houston to be so eager to place a young star, who is quite possibly on his way to all-time greatness but hasn’t won anything, above a black man like Olajuwon who has achieved all-time greatness and brought championships to our city.  Like I said, I don’t think that it’s racially motivated in the common sense but more so subconsciously culturally motivated.

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