By Tim Lacy, Special to the AFRO
The world of sports turns into a BALL OF CONFUSION this time of year. There are a bunch of snaggle toothed gorillas skating up and down the ice with the intention of putting a hard piece of rubber in a net or removing a few more of an opponents’ teeth. You can see more fisticuffs during a hockey game than at the Friday Night Fights. The problem I find is the frequency of these championship seasons for the right to hold Lord Stanley’s Cup for a minute. The owner of the gym I frequent is still wearing the jersey he sported during the Caps run for the Cup.
On another front, there is the quest for gold being contested on the hardwood. The game has changed considerably since the days when I donned a pair of shorts and my sneakers and played 60 minutes of “in your face!” Basketball was where you went to impress the girls but could keep your teeth. Now the game blends a mixture of ballet and football. However, I am sure that there are more basketball fans than hockey fans.
It seems like most people I know are following LeBron James and whatever team he is currently playing on. Their hopes have been dashed this year, because the closest LeBron will get to hoisting basketball”s treasured trophy is to go out and buy a big screen TV and a large bag of popcorn. This is probably a good thing, because LeBron is acting like a guy with an itch he can’t scratch. He started out with the Cleveland Cavaliers and despite the fact he was putting up a gazillion points a night, his supporting cast was just a bunch of journeymen and he was just a spectator during playoff time. He packed his bags and headed for South Beach. The soft sand and balmy breezes beat the heck out of the snow and slush of Cleveland. He won two titles and returned to Cleveland like a conquering hero. His stint in Cleveland allowed him to collect a little more jewelry for his fingers, but it only took a few seasons for him to start looking for the door again. This time he went to the other coast for the sunshine and a shot at the brass ring. I am afraid he discovered that he spent quite a bit of time worrying about fires and rain. He also discovered that Kobe Bryant was close to applying for medicare and he was carrying another load that had no chance at a championship.
The team of choice in the Lacy household is the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry is one of Mrs. L’s adopted sons, and now that Kevin Durant has joined the team they are more than a handful.
Got to go, the game is on.