If You Were Lebron James – How Would You Feel

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LeBron James playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Michael Jackson, Willow Smith, Michali Caulkin, and… LeBron James. What do they all have in common? They were all famous before the age of 16. LeBron James has been cultured by the United States media and fans, and by the age of 16 he had no choice; He was going to be an NBA basketball player, and he was going to be compared to Michael Jordan for the rest of his life.

LeBron James is coming off of one the worst NBA performances of his career, and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time. He only scored 8 points in game 4 of the NBA finals and Deshawn Stevenson of the Mavs said that LeBron James “checked out” of the game.

This is not the first time this year’s NBA villain has been put under the microscope and has had his heart questioned. But really, would you be mad at LeBron James if his heart wasn’t in it? Maybe “mad” is the not right word, but I surely wouldn’t blame him. Since the 8th grade the man has all sorts of outsiders abuse him, use him for his talents, and take advantage of the dollars that his ‘seemed to be genetically engineered for professional basketball’ body can make the poeple that are around him.

If LeBron James heart isn’t basketball – who can really blame him? Just like all the 7 footers out there that only play basketball because the ceilings at the corporate office are just too low, LeBron James was going to be an NBA player from the 8th grade.

That all being said LeBron needs to step up his game, if not for himself, for his teammates. He needs to find a way to come alive, and needs to make the best out of his situation and everything will start to come to him. It starts with the willingness to give up the villain role, and just like many things in life, if he wants to make the changes on the court than he is going to make some attitude changes off the court first. If he wants everyone from home that are watching on their Vizio TV, judging him every second, to shut up for two seconds, or to not misunderstand him – he needs to put his guard down and just start playing for the right reasons. If you want to get results on the court, you have to start off it, and it begins with realizing that the media will never stop hounding him to be the best he can be – which isn’t really a bad thing. No, not a bad thing at all.

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Mavs Owner Mark Cuban is looking into starting a REAL NCAA Championship Playoff system for College Football.

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Mark Cuban has always been one of the most outspoken proponents of marketing in the NBA. But he has interests far beyond that sport. He attempted to buy the Chicago Cubs but was rebuffed by the Old Boys Club known as Major League Baseball. Now he has another idea and this one is something I can really get behind–He wants to finance a true NCAA Playoff system. He told ESPNDallas.com: “The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team. You can do something the whole country wants done.”

There are precedents for starting a true playoff. Pryor to the first NCAA Basketball National Championship Tournament, the National Invitational Tournament was the “unofficial” championship. It took a few years before the NIT became a footnote and the NCAA Tournament became the central focus as the “real” championship.

Cuban wants to replace the BcS and most of the football world (except the pinhead ivy covered college presidents) agrees it should go. Cuban is totally correct that there would be a lot more money generated by a national playoff than by the 34 bowl games plus the BcS Championship game.

There are some that complain “we can not lose the tradition of the Bowl games in college football!” Who will ever recover from the loss of the Poulan Weed-eater bowl? I know I cried for weeks! There are 14 teams in bowl games with a 6-6 record. What Drama! What excitement to proudly claim “We’re number 33!”

There are 3 key questions. Question 1-Would TV pay BIG BUCKS to broadcast a true playoff? Oh, YES THEY WOULD. Today for example on the local ABC affiliate at 2PM opposite the ESPN coverage of the New Mexico Bowl is showing “Paid Programming.”

Question 2– Would the really good teams sign up to play vs going to a BcS bowl?

I will leave it to you. Do you think the undefeated TCU would rather play in an 8 team playoff for a national title rather than playing a one loss Wisconsin for all the roses in the Rose Bowl? I think so. Would Ohio State rather play Arkansas in the Sugar bowl or have a shot to win a national championship? No, they would rather have a shot at the big game.

Now an even harder question. If you were undefeated Oregon or Auburn, would you rather receive a crystal football from the BcS or win a true playoff? If the other top teams were going to the playoff, I think both would opt out of a fictional championship for a real playoff. That is particularly true of Auburn who could lose their BcS championship if QB Newton is eventually found to have been ineligible. When you win a playoff similar to that in the NFL, you have much more credibility.

Question 3-Will the schools go along with the idea? In terms of the Cuban plan to get the playoff started, here is what he said, “Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option. Say, ‘Look I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.”

The only thing that is more important to college presidents than their dedication to a far left agenda is their greed. Pay them and they will come. The TV rights to an 8 team playoff has been estimated to be worth 2 billion dollars. That is where the playoff would probably start.

If it started this season, here is what the playoff would look like.

8 Arkansas v 1 Auburn

5 Wisconsin v 4 Stanford – Winner plays the winner above

6 Ohio State v 3 TCU

7 Oklahoma v 2 Oregon – Winner plays the winner above.

The first round would be played today and tomorrow. The second round would be played the following Saturday and the finals would be played on Jan 1.

The rest of the bowls could go on as usual. There would be 4 fewer bowls. The ones to go first would most likely be the New Mexico Bowl, the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the hardest to give up–the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl. Somehow, I can face another day without those great games if there was a real playoff at the end of the season.

So, that is the plan. Do you think that would be a better system than the BS–I mean BcS?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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Mavericks' Owner Mark Cuban is a punk!

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Mark Cuban was mad after the Mavs blew a playoff game against the Denver Nuggets and proved what a wimpy punk he is. Did he go up to the 6-9 240 pound PF Kenyon Martin and say something? No.

What he did was to insult the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the visiting Nuggets players calling the team thugs. But that was not enough for the emotionally underdeveloped punk Cuban. He then pointed at the mother of Martin and reportedly said “Your son is a punk.”

For those that have forgotten, this pinhead is the same guy that financed the alkida propaganda film Redacted in which US soldiers commit horrible crimes against innocent civilians in Iraq. While it totally bombed here, it is still being shown in the Middle East and according to several intelligence reports has become a recruiting film for our enemy. He is helping to recruit people to kill US soldiers during a war. If that had happened during the Civil War, Pres. Lincoln would have had Cuban’s butt in jail for the duration of the conflict.

Cuban is a constant humiliation to the NBA. When he attempted to buy his way into baseball by bidding on the Chicago Cubs, the MLB fathers showed sense in selecting another bidder to approve for league membership.

But back to his latest exhibit of stupidity under pressure. Martin said that he would not address the insult to his family in the press but would take it up with Cuban face to face. With some players, I would pay good money (even in this economy) to see that. Martin is a very physical player because that is his role on the team. But Martin was not going to physically confront Cuban. He spoke to Cuban after game 4 but would not comment on the exchange.

Cuban apologized in the press for his actions and offered to take the Martin family out to dinner this summer. Given the experience of team mate Chris Andersen’s apparent food poisoning at the team hotel the night of game 4, that might be an invitation that the Martins would want to pass on.

Here is the real problem with Cuban and the Cubanista thugs that come into the American Airlines Center—because the head punk gets away with insulting the opposing team with no repercussions from the NBA, the follower punks think they have the right to do whatever they want to visitor fans as well. In game 4, the families of Denver players were given extra security. Even so, a couple of them had to be escorted out of the arena “for their own safety” according to Center officials.

There have been multiple reports of fans of Dallas opponents being drenched with beer, having opponent jerseys stained and torn by Cubanista thugs as well.

Cuban has the emotional development of a 6 year old. He should be put on a 0 tolerance policy by the NBA. One more incident like this latest and he should be banned from the arena for a period of 1 season. If it happens a second time, he should be forced to sell the team. MLB got rid of Reds’ owner Marge Schott didn’t they?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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