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Knowing When It Is Time To Say Goodbye


By Opinionated Reezy (Ronald Stovall)

Every athlete in professional sports faces some degree of hatred from fans. A lot of it is well deserved as they lay waste to opposing teams while attaining greatness. One thing that has always been true is that there is one moment that transcends the athlete past the hate. The moment where you would say, “I don’t like the player, but in this moment, I respect what you did.”

That moment for Michael Jordan was when he led the Bulls to a third championship in a row, the coveted three-peat. Taking a franchise that never seen the door to the finals previously and cementing them to greatness. I have my reservations for MJ, but in that moment, I had to give him respect.

It was championship number four for Kobe. It wasn’t pretty or memorable from a performance standpoint, but the fact that it was accomplished without Shaq, I had to give him respect.

You would think the moment for LeBron would be the third championship and first for Cleveland. Yes, Kyrie took the final shot that sealed the deal, but LeBron led the Cavaliers to that moment being statistically better than anyone on the floor and serving as the general the team needed then. No, that wasn’t it. Surely it would be the moment LeBron became the youngest player to hit 30,000 points. Nope! Because Lebron decided to take a moment on Instagram to reflect on what he has achieved people now feel they have the right to continue the hate. Why?! No one deserves this level of hate, but it may be signaling the inevitable truth. It may be time to say goodbye.

This one probably shouldn’t bother me as much, but it does. I am fully aware that through the message LeBron is speaking to the reality that he should have been a statistic. A kid raised by a single mother in Akron who used Basketball as his escape. A kid who had to learn to be a man among men who proclaim to not be role models. A kid who should have been begging for scraps is the one who is now providing that chance to succeed for others.

30,021 pts, 7,860 assts, and 8,067 rebs is merely the icing on the cake to what will go down as a legendary career for kid coming out of High School, which only a mere handful can also claim. No one should be able to find a way to hate on this, and yet people find a way. Nothing is good enough. Longevity, not talent, is the reason. The true reality is that we no longer appreciate the game anymore.

Alas, it pains me to type this, but the writing is on the wall. It may be truly time to hang up the shorts after 15 strong years and tons of memories. Maybe the Instagram post was a prelude to concluding chapter. As they say, you don’t appreciate what you have until its gone. Maybe it is time to truly realize what we will miss.

MoneYBaLL Episode 6 NBA Podcast

 

Episode 6 with Opinionated MJ & NilClassic

 

 

LeBron, Kyrie, Celtics and more!

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Terror James (LeBron) Will Win the 2018 MVP Award

By: Opinionated MJ

2018 could be havoc for the NBA, especially the Eastern Conference. I want to start by predicting that LeBron James will win the 2018 NBA MVP award. I also want to add that I handed LeBron the nickname “Terror” while watching him play against the Indiana Pacers during the 2017 playoffs. He’s very imposing to those who easily fold. We seen the teams falter and fold that stands in his way. Only two or three teams out east will be able to compete with him and his Cleveland Cavaliers. Those teams include Boston, Washington and Miami. I don’t think anyone else stands a chance.

Getting back to the MVP talk, let’s take a look at who may stand in his way.

Kevin Durant

I had him as my MVP last year until he got injured. He had fixed all of the shortcomings that were expected of the Golden State Warriors. Everyone expected them to fall apart on the defensive end and for their bench to not be as potent as usual. They expected him to bump heads with Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson on the way to hijacking the team from them. He did the exact opposite and also became a more efficient player on both sides of the floor. This year, I expect the Warriors will play an even more balanced style and this alone will eliminate him from beating LeBron for the MVP award.

Kawhi Leonard

We all expect Kawhi to continue to do what he does on both ends of the floor. He’s already been a defensive player of the year multiple times and has been the engine, body, and wheels for the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have added Rudy Gay and I anticipate that this may cause a decrease in scoring for Kawhi, although, it may actually give him easier opportunities on the floor and allow him to be more efficient. What’s truly stopping him from winning. You’ll see why when I get to explaining why LeBron will.

Russell Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired Paul George and many expect that Russell’s numbers will take a dip. I actually expect him to maintain his numbers. He’ll be able to be more efficient and rely on someone to pick up the load when he burns out as we finally seen in the playoffs. This also gives Russell another player to facilitate to cause this is clearly Russell’s team. I’m still anticipating 30, 8, and 11 assists this year from Russell. Still great nonetheless. Again, I’ll explain how LeBron still still overcome another great year from Russell as well.

James Harden

Two words, Chris Paul. Enough said.

Why LeBron will win

LeBron has new teammates, has a few challenges to face in order to keep Cleveland afloat. They’ll be awaiting Isaiah Thomas to be at full health. They’ll have the injury prone Derrick Rose on the floor alongside him and he’ll most likely start at point guard to begin the season. Both not Kyrie Irving, which adds to how LeBron will be able to win the award.

LeBron does not have another superstar next to him and could actually help every player increase their efficiency and numbers this year playing alongside him. I think Isaiah will take a scoring hit but will still be more efficient with LeBron having most of the attention from opponents to free him up offensively. I’ll also add that LeBron will have to be a defensive anchor for this team now. I know they added Jae Crowder, but he actually declined a bit on defense last year.

The Cavs will now be able to feature Kevin Love in a more prominent role with Kyrie gone and Isaiah out early on. Expect a rise in his numbers courtesy of LeBron. I also believe that LeBron still be hyper motivated considering how Kyrie left, how much social media hate he’s been receiving, how much criticism he’s been receiving from sports analysts, and simply because now, not only do the Warriors stand in his way, but another true rival has arrived. His old rival, the Boston Celtics who now host Kyrie Irving. Hypothetically, LeBron is also in a contract year. He will deliver. You can bet on that.

All factors considered, I expect “Terror” James to land the MVP award for this upcoming season for all the reasons above. I also believe that he will have to be more of a coach on the floor with this new team while developing new chemistry and keeping his team ahead in the win column. Coach Lue will finally be exposed. He’s either a good coach or a LeBron figurehead. LeBron’s numbers should be similar to last year but it’ll be the storyline and the seeding that’ll determine rather he receives the award or not. What better story could there be for this year? My early prediction is that LeBron will win this MVP.

Kyrie Irving Traded: MoneYBaLL episode 4

By: Opinionated MJ

 

 

Kyrie Irving finally gets his wish!

Expectations of the new look Celtics & Cavs

Isaiah jerseys being burned. Why

LeBron and his new look Cavs.

How both new teams match-up to GS.

Will LeBron still leave if Cavs come up short?

Stephen A. Smith, please stop giving passes…

NBA Overload (Stats VS Effect): MoneYBaLL Episode 3

By: Opinionated MJ & NilClassic

Stats vs Effect

LeBron vs Kobe

Tim Duncan

And everything NBA!

Enjoy and thank you for the support!

KD, Warriors Win 2016-17 NBA Championship

 

By: Opinionated MJ 




It was all on you KD.

Congratulations to Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors! They are your 2016-17 NBA Champions! Redemption, revenge, and recovery all wrapped in one! Kevin Durant has endured a high level of scrutiny and came out on top. He faced a lot of friction from the media, especially from a few high-level media types right before Game 5. Debate that! If it were not for his injury, I don’t think this Warriors team would’ve had the bench ready to go to war with Cleveland. They didn’t band together until KD went down. Steph didn’t find himself until KD went down. Draymond Green didn’t tap into another level again until KD Went down. Let’s not mention the fact that even I believed Golden State would fall off defensively. They posted league highs in efficiency this year, not only on offense but defense as well. How? KD.

Coming into the year, KD was hated for going to the team that ousted him. Now that he’s got the title and he will have a ring, let me break this down for you. If KD opted to stay in OKC, he would’ve had to deal with finding out who was the #1 option with Russell Westbrook. He would’ve been without Serge Ibaka who I though enabled them to take down the Warriors and Spurs. With that said, had he stayed in OKC, he would’ve still had to see both the Warriors and Spurs in the playoffs on the way to seeing LeBron in Cleveland. What would’ve been his odds? Be honest. NO ONE THINKS KD COULD’VE BEATEN LEBRON WITH OKC! That’s a fact. Doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

 

He coasted most of the year, trying to fit in early and not be imposing. Steph, Klay Thompson, Dray, everybody took a backseat to making him feel comfortable. Steve Kerr did a good job in putting a roster together after losing so many pieces to obtain Kevin Durant. Got to tip our hats to the Golden State Warriors organization. They brought in a few journeymen in David West, Matt Barnes late, Zaza Pachulia (the Kawhi killer), and even Javale McGee. McGee had a hard time staying on any teams’ roster since he and George Karl were split apart. This is the best I’ve seen him play since then. There’s no other team that would gamble on him. It paid dividends, especially in the first 2 games of this final.

 

No one is talking about how Andre Iguodala stepped up in KD’s absence either. We must, MUST, give this man respect for being willing to take a bench role for the better of the team overall. No one mentioned the Warriors depth as being a threat. Come on now. Livingston, Iggy, Barnes, West, McGhee? Throw Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw in there and you’ve got something that you can develop into something special indeed.

 

I want to give LeBron and Kyrie their due respect for carrying their team this far. They put it all on the line. I personally think they should’ve obtained some different pieces and I can imagine that half of this roster will be completely different going into the 2017 season. Maybe Carmelo, maybe Paul George, maybe Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, even DeMarcus Cousins could end up here. They’re all in the rumors. My sleeper here is Blake Griffin. LeBron and Kyrie were scoring at will but did tire out and their team, their bench, just couldn’t give them enough of a cushion. I think Bogut would’ve paid dividends and may have been enough for Cleveland to win this series. The Cavs aren’t as far away from being as talented as this Warriors team. Don’t forget that. Be humble with this Championship, Warriors fans. Congratulations on another great season. I’m sure we’ll see you here next year. Currently, the only threat out west is Kawhi Leonard. The basketball gods shined down on you!

This Is All On Kevin Durant

 

 

By: Opinionated MJ

 

Hey Kevin, it’s your time to put up or shut up!

The Warriors are currently seeing a growing lead in the first quarter against the Spurs, game 4. Klay Thompson is the only player who is experiencing some inconsistency but maybe the incoming rest will help him adjust to the physical nature and intensity that the Cavaliers will bring once they stop messing around with the Celtics. Adam Silver must’ve told them to chill and let the Celts get a game. Steph Curry has been taking the ball to the hole and he’s been having good looks from midrange than usual. He’s moving his feet well on the defensive end as well, although, he still endured some shaky foul calls in Game 3. Reminded me of the 2016 NBA Finals. I won’t forget Iman Shumpert running into him and the refs calling a foul on Steph who was already stationary in his position on the floor. Bets must have been placed, eh?

 

Steve Kerr is out and everyone is concerned about the progression of his health. He’s been traveling with the team and I’m sure that behind the scenes he’s doing what he must to keep this team rolling so they can win another championship. I didn’t mention that Draymond Green is looking like the greatest glue guy every assembled and placed on an NBA roster. Potential Defensive Player of the Year. He has my vote with Kawhi as a close second if I incorporate the playoffs into my vote. If I didn’t, then he’d be a distant second. I currently think highly of Kawhi right now. He’s not here to put a stop to any of this madness. LeBron is up next, so this leads me to what I really want to touch on. The finals will be about two men: LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

 

Can Durant elevate his game to another level? Will he be able to attain the eye of the tiger? I’m sure LeBron will matchup with Kevin, and this is where he will be depended upon to still perform and put up his usual stats and more. I have very high expectations of him if the Warriors want to have any chance to beat the Cavs. That’s the reason he came on board, right? To be able to get back at LeBron. What better way to win your first championship than to do it over LeBron? His own fans call him the Greatest of All Time. There’s no better way to win a ring than to add a win over LeBron onto your resume. Regardless of who you’re teamed with. They said LeBron would be better than Jordan if he beat this jump shooting Warriors team. Let’s not mention the league caters to an up-tempo game with much less physical play and he’s 6’9 250-260. Football! Elevate your game Kevin!

 

LeBron is bringing his well-oiled Cleveland Cavs machine to the war and he’s looking to repeat. Can you stop him on his way to creating a dynasty? Can you etch your name above those who should’ve won a championship but they seen the great Michael Jordan? Can you get that elusive ring that Barkley, Miller, Malone & Stockton, Payton & Kemp, Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson, and many others don’t have? Should we add Carmelo Anthony to that bunch right now? Can you be the difference maker in this series? Can you take over the game when you need to and not be a spectator to the Steph Curry show? Will you be what this team was missing last year when they gave up a 3-1 lead? Ironically, the same lead you forfeited to the same team you now are a part of. Are you here just to get Golden State to the promised land and shockingly sabotage their plans and laugh in their faces when you go back to Russell Westbrook and OKC with all their plays, knowledge, and execution plans as you disappear in the Finals on purpose? That’s a conspiracy but I wouldn’t put it past you until you prove me wrong. This year it’s all about you, Kevin Durant. It’s time to put up or shut up. Period. Barring injuries or deficiency in team health, you have no excuses. Deliver!

“3 In The Key” Podcast Episode 5: The Becoming (Kawhi Leonard)


By: Opinionated MJ, S Dot Legend, and Crispy Chris


 

Has Kawhi Leonard become the best player in the NBA??

Also, a look into the 2017 NBA Conference Finals.

The NBA draft lottery.

Lonzo Ball, the Celtics, Lakers, Philadelphia, and more!

Real Quick: Once a Big Warrior Fan… Admitted LeBron Respecter, but Hater…

By: Opinionated MJ

I, waffle. 

I’ve been rooting for the Warriors strongly since Steph got drafted. I remember watching the draft and NYC being upset they didn’t land him. I know some of their history back to Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, and C-Webb. I’ve been a Steph fan. Some have looked at me like a bandwagon fan but I’ve been there, hearing about Steph Curry becoming the next Grant Hill. I heard he wouldn’t become anything but a shooting specialist. I liked the Klay Thompson pick up. Just look at what he’s become. Let’s not mention the Iggy deal, the David Lee & Bogut pick ups that made them relevant during their rise through the abyss, and acquiring Shaun Livingston. In hindsight, these were big moves, especially for a few of them who could’ve just given up on basketball due to injury. The way Livingston broke his leg was absolutely gruesome. Same for Bogut, I remember seeing his fall on his arm on constant replay… I remember like it was the day before yesterday. They draft Draymond Green and hope that he develop into something. I support him because he’s another man that successfully made it out of Michigan. You can literally be stuck if you play it safe and not want to leave to better your life. He made it! I heard things like, “He’s the next Eddy Curry. He won’t maintain his weight. Just watch.” They had no haters. They had not competed. No one believed they would be a threat. Then they began to take on the Chris Paul Clippers and the Tim Duncan Spurs, and they became better through failure. They fought through different sets of Steph Curry branded glass ankles and kept rising slowly. Mark Jackson developed them very well but even he wouldn’t be the one who would bring them to the promised land. They hired Steve Kerr. Steve Kerr changed some of the rotation and that led to them finally winning a championship! After all the criticism, jokes, quotes about them being too young, Steph not being the real MVP, and I could go on and on. They were told that they were a fluke, then they went on to win 73 games. Made the finals, lost Draymond to a LeBron tear, yes like crying tears, especially when he didn’t actually intend to hit him before the belt. I would’ve fought LeBron. He had much more court to use to avoid walking over him. What’s done is done. Which leads me to this… I’m sick of hearing about any LeBron team, and the Warriors. Maybe I’ll be interested when playoffs come. This article makes me sound like a GS fan. I was. I am. I want Durant to win a ring. I also wouldn’t mind my Pistons, Russell Westbrook, Boston, Carmelo, and even the Clippers, winning a championship. I’m just sick of the narrative that it’s only these two. Golden State could legitimately lose in the first round. That is how strong and unpredictable the west is. LeBron will be there, easy peasy. He’s now landed Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut. This is… Wait, I need room for this statement…

THIS IS THE BEST TEAM LEBRON JAMES HAS EVER HAD!

You better not lose. Golden State better make it. Right? The NBA world will turn on its head to any other outcome. I actually prefer the other happening this time around. It’s time that a new threat arise.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Will Win The 2016 – 17 NBA Championship

By: Opinionated MJ



I have one question… Who’s stopping the Cleveland Cavaliers? I mean honestly? Who in the Eastern Conference can actually contend for a championship? The team that gave them their toughest on-court opposition isn’t in the picture. That would be my very own hometown Detroit Pistons. They’re still trying to match last year’s mentality. It’s getting late. The Chicago Bulls, the team that I considered one stretch four away from contention, isn’t in the picture. Dwayne Wade and LeBron still may NEVER meet in the playoffs in their ENTIRE career. Let that sink in… Carmelo Anthony isn’t doing enough with the New York Knicks to get them over the top and into playoff seeding. He’s only played LeBron one time as well.

At the top of the eastern mountains are the Cavs, Raptors, Celtics, and Hawks. I personally feel like you need a defensive big man to contend with any LeBron team. Dwight Howard is back out East and he has one big win against the old LeBron led Cavs from the past. He went to the big show that year as well. If any team has a chance, it’s Atlanta… But wait… They gave away Kyle Korver. Someone who actually helps the Hawks create space for Dwight to operate. Oh well.

There’s also the Celtics and Raptors. I’ll bundle them up together cause they’ve done the same thing the last 2 years: crumble when LeBron takes the floor against them. I’ve seen LeBron come in and literally CRUISE through those series without having to break a sweat. The Celtics seem to sadly, fold. The Hawks seem to implode and forget their style of play and their routine. Its very frustrating to watch. It’s like there’s no competition out east. Well, it’s not.

I think there are a number of west teams that could at least give the Cavs a good 2-3 games in a playoff series. Of course the top 3 can. I also think the Grizzlies, Jazz, Rockets and Thunder would have a decent chance, better than any east team. The west has forever been a Fight Club fight on the way to the finals. Injuries and grind show in the Western Conference playoffs. Just ask the Clippers, Warriors, and Spurs.

I picked Cleveland as the favorites for this season anyway. Now they’ve added a top shooter with this lineup and still don’t even have JR Smith back yet. This will be the year Kyrie shows his self-worth that has been overlooked since LeBron decided to go back home.
The Warriors are good but very vulnerable. They have patented their routine and they don’t know who’s going to shoot the last shot. I say Steph Curry every time.

Cavs vs Anybody in the finals. 4-1. LeBron coasts, Kyrie wins finals MVP finally, another ring for “The Land”. Comparison to Jordan ensues. Blasphemous commentary on this subject continues as LeBron gets closer to 6. He’s great, maybe he’ll wind up being second best. Maybe he’ll wind up winning the next 5 thanks to this garbage Eastern Conference. Man up Eastern Conference! Continue to slaughter them, Bron.