Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States. This is a special time for the USA. Barack will be the first black President ever in the USA. This not only shows how far we (blacks) have come as a race but also how talented, intelligent, gifted and qualified we are to fit any position we put our minds and hearts to obtain. I am not saying there is now no racism in the States. That would be a lie. I am not saying that every person that is qualified for a certain job gets it. What I am saying is that in this situation, the Presidency of the United States, the best and most qualified man for the job, won, earned and deserved the position. What I love about Obama is that he is not a black person’s President. He is the people’s President. He is not bias to only helping blacks, he is trying to help all the unfortunate, all the citizens that have the fortitude to work their a** off for a better life. I can truly appreciate that outlook.
Many have wondered about the import of more quality NBA players coming to Europe to play basketball – for instance, the talk of LeBron James or Kobe Bryant coming to Europe to play basketball. I would say this will not happen. These guys already have millions of dollars. LeBron signed with Nike for around $90 million before he even played a game in the NBA. Those guys are playing basketball to play and win championships at the highest level in the world. I do think it would be interesting if a megastar did come over to Europe. My reason is the BS salary cap they have in the NBA. I don’t know if there are other professional sports with a salary cap but I look at baseball and futbol and say Kobe, LeBron and any other superstar should have the opportunity to make as much money as they possibly can. Baseball salaries are outrageous. Futbol players make astronomical money as well. I don’t think the NFL has a salary cap either.
If a player can get 50 million, why shouldn’t he? Don’t get me wrong. I do believe most athletes are over-paid. That is another discussion. However, why limit basketball players from making the same money as baseball players or any other sport for that matter? If the owners don’t have it, they won’t pay it. Just my opinion. The NBA players coming to Europe right now are good NBA players no doubt about that. But they are not superstars. LeBron and Kobe stay at home my brothers. I am sure you are well compensated between your salary, endorsements and whatever else you have going on. You are playing in the best league in the world and playing at home. Home is where the heart is and you have the money and resources to truly enjoy the amenities of being there now and in the future.
The Houston Rockets look like a potential threat to win the West. But who cares? Tracy McGrady has much game, so many skills it’s crazy but he has never been out of the first round of the play-offs. Talk to me come play-off time. If he doesn’t get out the first round this year, I might officially say he doesn’t have the swagger to lead a team to brighter days. The Portland Trail Blazers could be a surprise, but I am not sold on them. They have a lot of talent but they are missing something. Will Greg Oden ever live up to his potential as a #1 draft pick? I say yes, and Portland made the right choice by taking Oden over Kevin Durant. But Portland is 2 or 3 years away from something special.
Chris Paul is a beast. He is playing at such a high level that there is no talk of who is the best point guard in the NBA. It’s hand down Chris Paul. Dude is on another level for real. He has a chance to go down as one of the best to ever play the point guard position. He is truly a special player. However, I don’t know if his team, the New Orleans Hornets, have enough to win the West. The Lakers still look like the best in the West so far. With Andrew Bynum back, Jordan Farmar a year older, Trevor Ariza being that do it all role player, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Kobe being Kobe, they really look strong. Furthermore, with San Antonio and Dallas looking a lot weaker than usual it seems like a 3 or 4 team race in the West.
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