Welcome to the inaugural May 3rd, 2014 edition of “Frankly Frankel” where Standing O Sports writer Lucas Frankel, (me), dishes on everything that’s gone on in the week of sports.
- I’ll start with the Brooklyn Nets who did what they had to do in game six. Deron Williams responded to the critics and played great. Everyone on the Raptors besides DeMar DeRozan played like crap, especially Kyle Lowry. Game 7 comes down to one thing, and that’s the Williams Lowry match-up. Whoever plays better goes to Miami for round 2.
- I thought it was really funny that the Nets had a “White Out” for game six. The Nets dim the lights at the Barclays Center so you can’t even see what fans are wearing anyway.
- I just can’t stand Drake who is all of a sudden the Raptors #1 fan. The worst part about Drake being at the games is that he sticks out like a sore thumb. I can’t take my eyes off him, or yelling at him for that matter.
- The Memphis Grizzlies blew their best chance to eliminate the Thunder in game six at home. Now for game 7, Zach Randolph gets suspended for “punching” Thunder player Steven Adams. Mike Conley is also likely out with a hamstring injury. In other words, if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lose this game, I can’t imagine what the headline in “The Oklahoman” will be on Sunday morning.
- How about the sports editor for the paper Mike Sherman apologizing for the headline. Calling a player unreliable does not warrant an apology…in my mind. After all, Kevin Durant still doesn’t have any bling.
- It truly is crazy that 5 of the 8 NBA first round series are going 7 games. There has never been more than 5 Game 7’s in any NBA post-season…ever. It would have been 6 if it were not for Damian Lillard.
- Onto the NHL Playoffs. I’m all for Twitter, but what occurred following P.K. Subban’s double overtime winner in game 1 over the Boston Bruins is highly disturbing. There are too many idiots in this world that take advantage of Twitter and post flat-out racist nonsense. These people aren’t fans, that’s for sure.
- I understand Bruins President Cam Neely apologizing for those “people” who made those racist remarks about Subban, but I though it was unnecessary. By the way, Subban is some player.
- Donald Sterling is obviously wrong for saying what he said in that private conversation with his girlfriend. It’s a shame these views still exist in today’s society, but they do. It’s scary to think that any conversation that you have with someone who you believe to be private, could be leaked out to the media and your life could be ruined in an instant. Watch out.
- As for his life-time ban, fine, and Adam Silver doing everything in his power to force Sterling to sell the team, I’m all for it. But where’s the consistency in our society? Eagles wide-receiver Riley Cooper was seen and heard saying the n-word in public at a concert. He was excused from the team briefly, and this off-season, signed a 5-year $25 million dollar contract. All is forgiven? Cooper gets essentially nothing and Sterling is treated like the worst person on Earth? I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it.
- Sterling spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since being banned, and said he wished he had just paid his girlfriend off. Gee, you think.
- I truly believe that now former NBA Commissioner David Stern enabled Sterling when he took Chris Paul away from the Lakers and brought him to the Clippers. How does that move look now Mr. Stern?
- Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach of the Lakers on Wednesday, and you have to think, will he ever get another head coaching job? I certainly wouldn’t hire him. D’Antoni seems to have no interest in making adjustments to his system, and he’s never won anything.
- The one thing I will say in his defense is that he never had a fair chance to bring in the necessary personnel to effectively run his offense in LA. Then again, who said the world was fair?
- Magic Johnson really surprised me with the tweet he sent out about D’Antoni’s firing.
Happy days are here again! Mike D’Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn’t be happier!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 1, 2014
Happy days are here again? D’Antoni might not be a good coach, but he is a good person and Magic was wrong for taking shots like that. If I remember, I don’t think Magic had a good tenure as the Lakers coach either.
- The NFL Draft is this Thursday which reminds me…
- Let’s be real, John Idzik, as much as I would like him to, is NOT trading up for Sammy Watkins. There’s a negative percent chance of that happening. I see Idzik settling for a corner, and that’s disappointing. The Jets could have easily brought back Antonio Cromartie, but instead he’s going to spend another first round pick on a corner…smh.
- Something I would love to see is the Jets having the chance to draft Johnny Manziel with the 18th pick and Radio City Music Hall losing its mind, literally.
- In other Jets news, Michael Vick in a shocker, just changed his mind and will now wear number 1 instead of number 8. I really hope this isn’t Vick wearing number 1 as a symbol for him being the #1 quarterback on the team. I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again, Michael Vick is a losing player, and he should not be the starting quarterback when the Jets host the Oakland Raiders on September 7th. Join my campaign for Geno Smith to start by tweeting #TeamGeno. You won’t regret it.
- Jadaveon Clowney is without a doubt the best player in this draft. Any criticisms that people have of his game I truly find comical.
- The 140th Run for the Roses, the Kentucky Derby airs later today on NBC. As someone who never watches horse racing, I can’t get enough of the triple crown races. I just wish Tom Durkin was still on the call. He may have been the best announcer I’ve ever heard.
- Be sure to come back here next Saturday, same time, same place. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.