Mark Cuban speaks his mind, Serge Ibaka all of a sudden feels great, the NBA continues to feel bad for Cleveland, and Jurgen Klinsmann makes a statement. This is “Frankly Frankel”, coming to you on this May 24, 2014.
- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was interviewed Wednesday by “Inc. Magazine” where he spoke about some of the prejudice’s he lives by. The reactions to this were highly fascinating. You had people rip Cuban to shreds, and others praise him for his honesty. When I listened to Cuban make these comments, I basically heard him say that if he’s walking around at night and he sees someone he believes to be threatening his safety, he’ll cross the street. Who wouldn’t?
- The one thing that made me cringe a bit was when Cuban said, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street.” Even Cuban acknowledged he should have used a better example after the Trayvon Martin case.
P/1: In hindsight I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 22, 2014
- The one person I blame for all of this is the money hungry, gold-digging V. Stiviano. I honestly have no idea why anyone gives her the time of day to speak, especially Dr. Phil who had her on as a guest this week. The media should ignore her existence, because she is irrelevant. She’s the sole reason Donald Sterling is now the most hated man in America after she used him for all he’s worth. This is how Stiviano walks around in public… Who does she think she is? A mad scientist?
- Donald Sterling is reportedly giving in by allowing his estranged wife Shelly to negotiate a sell of the Los Angeles Clippers. I was so ready for this to go to court, and for Sterling to fight ’til the death’. But it looks like he’s getting some good legal advice from his attorney’s. He should absolutely just give the team up, pocket the likely $1.5 billion, and hide away from the public eye forever. That way, everyone could move on with their lives.
- What do you know? The Oklahoma City Thunder were embarrassed in the first 2 games of the Western Conference Finals. Now, all of a sudden the swelling in Serge Ibaka’s calf has gone down substantially and there’s a chance he plays in Sunday’s game 3. I couldn’t see this coming from a mile away…
- The NBA Draft Lottery was held on Tuesday night. For the 2nd year in a row, and for the 3rd time in the last 4 years, the Cleveland Cavaliers secured the top pick. Entering Tuesday, Cleveland had a 1.5 percent chance of getting the number 1 pick. We get it. The NBA continues to feel bad for Cleveland after LeBron took his talents to South Beach.
- The bottom line is the Cavaliers can’t afford to mess this one up after what happened with Anthony Bennett last season. Andrew Wiggins needs to be the pick here, and not Joel Embiid. Embiid hasn’t played a second in the NBA and is already dealing with back problems. That should signal a red flag. Wiggins on the other hand, far and away has the highest ceiling of anyone in this draft. He’s got all-time great potential. In case anyone forgot, defense wins championships, and Wiggins is the best defender in this draft. His offensive game needs a lot of work, but once he develops, watch out.
- An anonymous NBA general manager said that no one wanted to play in Milwaukee, the team that ended up with the 2nd pick in the NBA Draft. This is just a sad reality of the NBA. I don’t see either Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, or Joel Embiid spending their entire careers, or any significant length of time for that matter with the Bucks…
- The Brooklyn Nets announced this week that Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both of his ankles. After his performance this season, one had to assume Williams was no where close to 100 percent. Taking this surgery out of the equation, it seems he’s done everything in his power to get his ankles healthy, yet he continues to look worse and worse. As a Nets fan, I’m torn. Do I believe that Williams is going to turn back the clock when he returns? Or are his days as an elite player all but over? Much to my dismay, I’d probably give this whole championship run and Deron Williams tenure with the Nets one more year.
- Reports surfaced this week that all signs point to Kevin Garnett returning to the Nets next season. That means with Brook Lopez coming back, the Nets are going to give it another shot at a championship with this group of players. If Deron’s surgery works, Lopez comes back and dominates, then the Nets could very well be in some serious business next season.
- I gotta give it up for Michael Vick. Ever since he signed on with the Jets, he’s said all the right things, and he even knows where he stands. Vick told the New York media that he thinks Geno will be the starter, and that he will continue working his tail off while he’s the back-up. I could not ask for anything more.
- United States men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the soccer world by leaving 32-year-old Landon Donovan off the 23-man World Cup roster. To the average American, Donovan could be the only player they know, which is why there was such a shocking reaction to this news. Donovan is the all-time leading scorer in this country’s history. I just hope this move wasn’t made just to send a message that no one’s job is safe over taking the 23 best players. For Klinsmann though, the pressure is on. If the US fails to make it out of their group, he will certainly fall under heavy fire with Donovan not on the roster.
- The Yankees, like every team in the AL East, is sliding hard right now, in large part because of the offense. Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting just .195 in May, Alfonso Soriano is hitting .227, Yangervis Solarte’s honey moon appears to be over, and Brian McCann is hitting just .222 this season. It’s also only a matter of time before Carlos Beltran undergoes elbow surgery and doesn’t come back until August at the earliest.
- Good for the Seattle Seahawks. Garrett Scott was a 6th round pick by Seattle out of Marshall in the NFL Draft, and it was discovered during a routine physical that he had a rare heart condition that would prevent him from playing football in the future. Before cutting him, the Seahawks signed Scott to a contract so he gets to pocket around $555,000. That was not required, but an all-time great gesture from a classy organization.
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