Kaepernick vs the NFL. How the NFL revealed its true colors

The NFL is no stranger to controversy. Over the past several years the NFL has faced issues with concussions, domestic violence, child abuse, and the overall safety of the game. CTE has now become a common word for both football players and fans.

Now the NFL faces a new threat with the ongoing Colin Kaepernick saga. Last year, the biggest storyline in the NFL was players protesting; spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick who kneeled down during the national anthem to protest police brutality. That storyline continues this offseason as Kaepernick still remains unsigned.

Kaepernick unemployment has brought up talks of collusion, and blackballing by the NFL and its owners. Giants owner, John Mara talked about how he received tons of emotional mail from Giants fans who threatened to never come to games again if an Giants players protested the National Anthem. In his own words, he's never seen anything like it.

Then the Baltimore Ravens were interested in signing Kaepernick, with GM Newsome and HC Harbaugh both on board with the move, but were blocked by team owner Biscotti. In a nutshell NFL owners want nothing to do with Kaepernick.

There are two philosophies about the Colin Kaepernick protest. Some people feel he disrespected the American Flag and American soldiers, the ultimate crime. Others like Kaepernick fellow NFL brothers, athletes in others sports, and African Americans all over, understand this protest was never about disrespect the flag.

This protest was about police brutality against African Americans in this country. "Black Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers." In 2016, the year Kaepernick started his protest, 266 Black Americans were killed by police officers.

This is a painful struggle that African Americans face on daily basis. Kaepernick used his platform as a football player to shed light and bring awareness to this ugly issue that more often than not gets swept up the rung. For exercising his right of freedom of speech, Kaepernick is being punished by NFL owners

NFL owners are making an example out of Kaepernick. There basically saying if you go against us in any way this is what will happen to you. The NFL's handling of Colin Kaepernick has exposed there true colors. They employ African Americans players (almost 70% percent of players are black), but they don't understand or care about the struggles we face.

What makes the Colin Kaepernick ordeal so hard to understand is that the NFL has given second chances to players who committed murder, and abuse woman and children. Yet, Kaepernick can't get signed by a team because of a peaceful protest.

With each passing day that Kaepernick remains unsigned the NFL's image continues to take a hit. It's become blatantly obvious that the NFL doesn't care about the wellbeing of African Americans in this county even though Africans Americans make up most of the league.

How can we support a league that doesn't support us?

How the Warriors have changed the NBA landscape

The NBA offseason has been shocking and surprising to say the least. Chris Paul was traded the Rockets. Paul George was traded to the Thunder. New super teams are being formed, while other teams are blowing it all up and embracing rebuilding.

The biggest shocker of all has to be state of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There coming off three straight finals appearances and an NBA Championship against the Warriors. If it's one team that had a legitimate shot at stopping the Warriors dynasty, the Cavs would be the first choice.

LeBron is upset the Cavs haven't done enough this offseason to compete with the Warriors. There is talks that he might leave Cleveland after next year. Now kyrie Irving apparently wants out of Cleveland as well. Not to mention the Cavs still don't have a GM after parting ways with David Griffin.

There is one team to thank for all of this chaos and madness. That team is the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have flipped the entire NBA landscape upside down. They got even better this offseason and teams are realizing they can't compete with the Warriors.

Winning two championships in a three span, an NBA record 73 games, and having a young core locked up for the future, will do that to most teams. It's the Warriors world and we're all just living in it. A dynasty is unfolding right before our very eyes.

Knicks and Phil Jackson mutually agree to part ways.

The Basketball Gods have smiled upon the city of New York. The Knicks and Phil Jackson have agreed to part ways. Ask and you shall receive. This is a move Knicks fan and NBA fans have been begging for three years now. 

Phil Jackson was hired by the Knicks as President of Basketball Operations, to restore credibility to a once proud franchise, and attract big name free agents. To say he didn’t accomplish this feat would be an understatement. 

The only thing Phil Jackson brought to the Knicks was turmoil, dysfunction, Triangles, and lots and lots of losing. The Knicks are 80-166 since Phil took over. That includes the single worst season in Knicks history where they won 23 games. 

The Knicks missed the playoffs all three years under Phil’s tenure and had three different head coaches. Derek Fisher the first, and was fired after the first season because of his resistant to coach the triangle. He also got into an altercation with Matt Barnes which brought to light the dysfunction in the Knicks front office. 

Kurt Rambis took over as HC and he was worse than Fisher. Jeff Hornacek was hired this passed offseason and the Knicks finished 31-51. The Knicks made some improvements under Hornacek, but he was handicapped by Phil’s insistence on running the triangle . 

The only positive thing about Phil’s tenure in New York was that he drafted Porzingis. However, Phil being Phil; he managed to piss Porzingis off so much that he skipped his exit meeting at the end of the season. 

This lead to Phil Jackson putting Porzingis on the trading block, which then lead to outcry from NBA fans all over. 

Phil also damaged his relationship with Carmelo Anthony beyond repair. He constantly attacked Melo’s character, style of play, and overall fit with the team. It got so bad at one point that the NBA players union tried to step in and intervene. 

Phil also disrespect LeBron and his business partners by calling them his posse. Knicks Legend Charles Oakley was even thrown out of game this season. 

The Knicks and Phil Jackson parting ways was a move that had to be made. This was the only possible solution to a problem that grew completely out of control. Everything that could go wrong under Phil’s tenure, went wrong. 

Not only did Phil Jackson fail as president of basketball ops, he failed miserably. The triangle is officially dead. 

Is trouble brewing in Cleveland? Cavs part ways with GM David Griffin. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off three straight finals appearances, and the team’s first ever NBA Championship. However, there is some uncertainty in Cleveland at the moment. 

The Cavaliers decided to part ways with GM David Griffin. Sources say LeBron wasn’t consulted on the move and that it caught him off guard. Other Cavaliers players were stunned by the move as well. 

LeBron tweeted “If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what you did for the team for 3 years! We got 1🏆” 

Reports say that Griffin and Gilbert had different philosophies on the long term vision of the team. 

The Cavs have interviewed Chauncey Billups for there vacant GM position and there is mutual interest between both parties. 
Losing Griffin comes at a difficult time, as LeBron is set to become a free agent next year and there’s already talks of him leaving Cleveland for a second time. No one knows for sure what LeBron will do, but the Cavs must do all they can to keep LeBron happy. 

Cleveland is also tying to rebuild its roster after losing to the Warriors in the NBA Finals in 5 games. Rumors have been swirling around that there trying to trade for either Butler or George. 

The Cavaliers are in transition mode right now and the next few months will tell the story about the direction of the team. Griffin’s departure and LeBron’s free agency hangs a dark cloud around a team, that is looking to continue its dominance in the Eastern Conference. 

A Golden Era of Basketball. Warriors win NBA second championship in three years. 

We are witnessing the beginning of a basketball dynasty. For the second time in three years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions. The Warriors finished the playoffs 16-1. They won an NBA record 73 games last season. They won 31 of the last 33 games this season. 

They set the record for the longest postseason win streak in the four major pro sports (15). With KD, Curry, Thompson and Green this team is set up to wreck havoc on the league for years to come. 

Kevin Durant finally won his first NBA Championship and Finals MVP. Durant scored 30+ points in all five games. It was a lot of criticism regarding him leaving the Thunder for the Warriors. In this Finals series, KD reminded everyone how special of a player he is. He completed changed the landscape of this entire series. 

The scary thing about the Warriors is that they accomplished so much in the last three years and there not satisfied or complacent. This team isn’t afraid to aim high and make history. 

They play an unselfish and exciting brand of basketball that is contagious. There no egos on this team, just a bunch of guys who love playing with each other and love winning. 

Where do the Cavs go from here?

Even though the Cavs lost the NBA Finals in five games, there are still some positives to take away from this series. They avoided a sweep. They ended the Warriors run at perfection. After game 2, they actually outplayed the Warriors, even though they lost that crushing game 3. This series easily could have been 2-2, instead of 3-1, and eventually 4-1. 

The Cavs lost to all time great team in the Warriors. Everyone predicted the Warriors would win this series and they did. When you add Kevin Durant to a 73 win team this is the result you get. 

LeBron has been to seven straight finals and looks to continue to build on that legacy. He became the first players in NBA Finals to average a triple-double and did all he could for Cleveland. No one will ever forget the championship he delivered last year. 

The biggest thing Cleveland needs to do in this offseason is bolster there bench. Outside of JR Smith they didn’t get much production from there bench. Williams didn’t show up all series. Korver had his moments. Shumpert had one good game. 
The Warriors just had too much depth and firepower. 

It was a forgone conclusion that the Warriors would win the NBA Championship. If they can three peat next then the dynasty talk will start to get louder. 
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Cavs defend the land and finally win a game in the NBA Finals

In sports the hardest game is the closeout game. The pressure, adrenaline, and momentum is magnified. The team that is winning must overcome a wide range of emotions to be victorious. 

After a crushing game 3 defeat, that left the Cavs on the brink of elimination, they responded with a dominating game 4 performance. Unlike in game 3 the Cavs never let up and never surrender the lead. It was an historic offensive night for the Cavs. 

For the first time all series, all three members of the big three stepped up. Love, Irving, and Lebron combined for 94 points. They set an NBA record with 24 3 pointers. They scored the NBA Finals record for points in a quarter with 49, points in a half with 86 points, and 3 pointers made in a half with 13. 

Now the Cavs find themselves in a familiar position, down 3-1 just like last year’s NBA finals. No team has ever come back from 3-0, but all it takes is one game. Now the pressure is on the Warriors to close this series out. In the back of the Warriors mind is the fact that they can’t blow another series lead. 

The Cavs still have an uphill climb to get back in this series, but they avoided a sweep and handed the Warriors there first loss in the postseason. LeBron is a very prideful guy and you knew he wasn’t going to go out without a fight. 

In the last two games the Cavs have outplayed the Warriors even though they only have one win to show for it. This series could easily be 2-2. Game 5 is a must win for both teams. The Warriors obviously need to win in order to close this series out and win there second NBA Championship. The Cavs need a win in order to extend this series. Someone is going to lose. 

 dé·jà vu. Warriors dominate Cavs again in game 2 of NBA Finals. 

After two games in, the most anticipated NBA Finals aka ‘The Trilogy’, is morphing into a classic beat down that is shifting the paradigm in the NBA. A Golden era of basketball is upon us.  

Different game, same result. Warriors run away with game 2 of the NBA finals behind dominate performances from Curry and Durant. Curry posted his first postseason tripe-double with 32 points, 11 assist and 10 rebounds. Durant was brilliant once again, and filled up the scoresheet with 33 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assist, and 5 blocks. 

Durant and Curry are playing on a level right now that rivals some of the best duos in NBA history. The fact that there both unselfish, and can dominate without the ball makes them unstoppable. 

To make matters even more difficult for the Cavs, Klay Thompson broke of his shooting slump with 22 points. The Warriors have too many weapons on offense and there just too good defensively. The nightmare and juggernaut that everyone feared the Warriors would be when they KD signed has just come true. 

The Warriors are now (14-0) in the NBA playoffs, which is the longest streak postseason streak in NBA history. This team is clicking on all cylinders right now and there second NBA Championship in three years is looking more like a formality. 

Cleveland forced the Warriors into 20 turnovers tonight and got a triple double from LeBron, yet the still lost. The Warriors only had 4 turnovers in game 1. Every time Cleveland made a run in this game, the Warriors responded with an even bigger run. Love had another huge game with 27 points and 7 rebounds which wasn’t enough. Irving scored 19 points, but struggled all game long. No other player scored in double digits for Cleveland. In order to have a chance at beating the Warriors you need a complete team effort and Cleveland is just not getting that right now 

Cleveland has been in this position before. Down 0-2 in the finals last year, they won game 3, and went on to become the first team in NBA finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. They have the pedigree, talent, and stamina to make this finals competitive. As long as they have LeBron they at least have a chance. 

The biggest difference between this NBA Finals and last years NBA Finals is Kevin Durant. He completely shifted the power and balance in this series to favor the Warriors. He’s locked in on the defensive end and it’s not much you can do to stop the Warriors. This team is unstoppable and unbeatable.