Of the zillions of websites on the Internet, Yardbarker is one that gives readers a plethora of information. How much of it can be believed? Their subtitle – REALTIME RUMORS, GOSSIP, OPINIONS AND HUMOR FROM THE BEST SPORTS BLOGS – tells people what they can expect.
One story that made yesterday’s “Top 10″ was LeBron James warning his Cleveland Cavs teammates. The warning? “His main message was that this (Wednesday-Sunday in Los Angeles) is a business trip,” said J.R. Smith. “Are we going to have fun?” Smith, someone knows a thing or two about partying asked, no doubt, rhetorically. “Absolutely, but . . . ” But nothing, J.R. Why do you think LeBron was talking to you guys? Could it be because he saw what the Lakers did to Golden State?
Anyone saw that game, which LA (the Lakers, not the Clippers) didn’t just beat the defending champs – and overwhelming favorite to repeat – will attest to the fact they embarrassed them. In fact, in terms of the difference between the record (from a percentage standpoint) of the losing team and the winning team, it was, ignominiously for the Warriors, the greatest upset in NBA history. “How could this have happened?” wondered hoops fans (and gamblers who dumped a load of cash on GSW).
Duh. For those folks who have never visited Los Angeles, there are a lot of distractions in the city, some real, others . . . enhanced. If everything’s bigger in Texas, everything’s cooler in LA. Other cities have waiters; in Los Angeles you get actors. In some restaurants you sometimes see real actors, especially if your income is in that upper 1% we keep hearing about in the current political campaigns (the neighborhood where NBA players reside – although, unfortunately for many, only for the length of their careers). Another plus about sunny SoCal is it’s an easy trip to pack for since the weather is always the same.
The Cavs began by beating the Lakers, 120-108, on Thursday. A more impressive win came on Sunday when they won big over the Clippers. Clearly, partying didn’t get in the way of their job. A couple of days off in Los Angeles is, often, a trap for a bunch of millionaires who live, during the season, i.e. winter, in Cleveland.
All LeBron really had to do was show video from the Warriors’ afternoon game against the Lakers. It was as if, for Golden State only, the hoop was moving (or that there were several of them), the sheets on the floor at the scorer’s table that the players use for better traction covered the entire court, the game was being played at altitude and the Dubs were using a medicine ball. A friend of mine was watching the game. He called me during the third quarter and said he empathized with the guys from Golden State – even though it was only the sixth time all season they’d lost:
“The Warriors look like a bunch of fraternity guys the morning after a rush party.”