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Notes From Your Favorite Super Villian: Your Justice is SHIT!

Let’s get our minds right and set the mood really quick. Pick your poison folks

 

You pick up what I’m laying down? Good Let’s go.

 

This JD behind my name doesn’t stop me from saying these words. Your justice is SHIT! You’ve been fed lies from everyone who says the system works. It doesn’t Never really has if you think about it. Rich white landowners have never wanted to pay taxes and so they decided to send poor folks to die fighting England to make America. Prohibition proved that any crisis can let a government seize far more power than it has ever had. And that however controls the channels of influence controls what is and is not justice.

Every gangster, bootlegger, bank robber, and speakeasy owner(racist or inclusive) was a hero to the common every day person. Because they were sticking it to who they felt might be in bed with the people who caused the problem in the first place. But banks, and the 1% are best left to another piece or one of my guest bloggers.

I say your justice is shit because your very perception of what is just is shit. Why? Because you have stood by and let the military offload their hardware onto police departments across the US. effectively making them as less effective troops. What’s that? Cops are brave? They are as important as soldiers? Not even close. There was a time in America where everyone understood that military hardware was for them. I’ll grant you some semi-automatic weapons and shotguns are needed for cops on swat teams. But ask that idiot brain of yours a question. If the normal average beat cop is here to handle situations in a non-violent manner, why are they dressed like a strike team, and have weapons fresh out of Call of Duty?

I’m not waiting, because your answers are shit too. You’ve been told crime is everywhere and every cop is in mortal danger at all times. Numbers don’t normally lie so here’s the FBI

According to statistics collected by the FBI, 95 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2012. Of these, 48 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 47 officers died in accidents. In addition, 52,901 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. Comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks are included in the 2012 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, released today.

FeloniousDeaths

The 48 felonious deaths occurred in 26 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2012 decreased by 24 when compared with the 72 officers who died in 2011. The five- and 10-year comparisons show an increase of seven felonious deaths compared with the 2008 figure (41 officers) and a decrease of four deaths compared with 2003 data (52 officers). Source: FBI Press Release

That’s right sports fans, you, your parents, and 5 of your closest friends have a better chance of hitting consecutive jackpots with the lottery than a cop does of being killed. I know I know, you’re saying, but what about the injuried? And I have a friend who is a cop do you want him to be in more danger? I’ll ignore the second since it means you actually think I advocate wanton lawlessness and murder. have you not seen my posts people? I’m for less sharing of authority, not less authority. But you want a free, open, democratic republic style society. That means someone has to handle police work.

cause Sheriffs need this right?

cause Sheriffs need this right?

And hey most cops aren’t bad folks right? Of course. But I didn’t say all cops need to be fired. I said your concept of justice is shit. And then I tricked you into thinking this would be a pro cop killer article using the same tactics that other folks use to keep you thinking like them. But that new motto of ours is more than just a simple point. Let’s toss the niceties aside folks. While you weren’t paying any attention to the system you call justice when it works in your favor the federal government passed legislation in 1994 allowing the Pentagon to donate surplus military equipment from the Cold War to local police departments. And since then multiple bills have allowed more donations, and general low-cost pricing for police departments. It’s why small town sheriffs have tanks, and a police department with fewer officers than my blog has writers have rocket-propelled grenades.

This is Colorado, not Chicago, where you might have had a point.

This is Colorado, not Chicago, where you might have had a point.

 

 

 

Take a good look at this picture. You aren’t seeing an army unit handling unruly crowds, this is the gear for Sheriffs. That’s right, Andy Griffith is no longer the model look for Sheriffs. These are not Peace officers protecting and serving. This is tactical assault gear on the local boys to enforce a particular brand of law.

And you pay for it.

Let that sink in for a moment or two. When you see protestors like Occupy beaten and pepper sprayed… we all paid for that.

When a 87 year old grandmother is slammed to the pavement… we paid for it.

 

When a man is killed because the police decide to use a chokehold on an unarmed man who had just stopped a fight under the guise of him allegedly at some point in the past selling untaxed cigarettes… You guessed it kids, we paid for that to happen. And it disgusts me. And you don’t get to leave without having the video of it presented to you. But first I want you to see his face as they applied it. how his hands are clearly up and not resisting.

Protecting themselves by serving as your murderer.

Protecting themselves by serving as your murderer.

Now as I was saying there is video of it all. And this isn’t from 2 years ago, 2 months ago, or even 2 weeks ago. This is 2 DAYS before I’m writing this post on Saturday. This is July 17th of this year(2014) in New York. This video clearly shows he was not resisting, he was not in the process of selling cigarettes untaxed or otherwise. And he clearly tells them he cannot breathe as they pile on top of him, slamming him to the pavement and repeatedly keep him from catching his breath.

Disturbing footage right? And that is in New York. And you heard him and the crowd. He was the one BREAKING UP the fight that got them called. And you heard the excuses before and after. But that de-escalation training is clearly working right? The NYPD announced tonight that Officer Daniel Pantaleo(The one who did the actual chokehold itself), an 8-year veteran, has been placed on “modified assignment,” pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. If you’re starting to think this looks less and less like the America you want don’t worry. And if you are concerned I’m about to say let’s institute the Purge don’t worry.

Afterall, you can live comfortably knowing this wasn’t you. That the cops you know are good guys. That in fact you hang with lots of great law enforcement officers of all races and genders and they would never be like this with anyone. Hell you’ll remember that even Ruthless himself has friends and family in law enforcement. So they can’t be all bad.

But I told you.

Your justice is shit. Because any human being that can look at what you’ve seen today and say to themselves that’s alright because it isn’t me and/or my family, …you’re the real monster here. When asked why I call myself a villain and a monster from time to time and seem to revel in it, I often say I am a monster because I do not deny the pleasures I wish to partake in, nor the methods it requires to have them. And I am a villain because I put a mirror up to our so-called society to remind it of what it really is.

And today that’s you. You who feel comfortable with a constant internal refrain of it wasn’t me and mine so what. Your idea of justice is favoritism and you don’t even have the courage to admit it. I hate what these cops did. I love that I have family I have never heard of having done anything like this. I respect the courage of them, I respect the courage of the men and women in the armed services branches. But I cannot exist without the thought that we have escalated our local police departments and sheriffs departments into miniature strike forces without all that additional breeding out of psychological issues, massive prejudices, and without any regard for what constant escalation might be doing to us all.

I hear tin foil, tea party, hippie, anarchist, and libertarian folks talk about the police state. But it is already here, because you see justice as a concept concerning everyone but yourself. And those in power hope you keep thinking that way. And if you can go through all of this and not think there needs to be serious thought given to non-lethal weapons, and other training for officers. You better hope the next cop you deal with thinks of justice the exact same way you do, and doesn’t decide to make you the one they decide to protect and serve by protecting themself from you while they serve as your murderer. Wake up folks. Wake up. Your “Justice” is SHIT!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Green Grass and Bright Lights – Lucrémo Episode 3: Wunderkind?

Coach’s office

Lucrémo!

Yes coach?

While Julian is out I want you to really focus. You told me you’re healed up so I expect to see you take it to the next level. These next few matches aren’t all important so I’m going to save you for the cup matches mostly, but tomorrow I need you for as long as you can keep standing.

Yes sir.

I mean it.

Sir.

Yes Matt?

If we’re up heavy will I get to stay in?

Of course. I want you really stretch into a late game. It’ll build your stamina.

Thanks coach. See you out there.

wunderkind paper

 

“Okay after a piece like that I’m never getting another red card man. Who the hell are we now? Shinji’s attendants? They were praising you last week. And they still aren’t mentioning how badass Terrence is.”

“Don’t worry guys, I’m a defenseman, that I’m not in the paper says more.”

“Better than all the promises about cards man, come help me beat Spain again. You got the letter. I know Klinsmann called again. Put on the colors man.”

“Matt has a point. Not to mention it could make you a lot of money and we could get out of this place into a better living arrangement.”

“Deal, but you’re buying the steaks this weekend T. We have to celebrate the new era in International futbol…”

 

Well folks it is that time again. And I get to break some news. Go buy your USA jerseys for my newest teammate…JULIAN GREEN!

Who cares about my various goals, or any of the other fun happenings here in Exeter. You heard it here first. Julian Green is joining the US men’s national team. Now let’s see if the manager picks him for the Spain match. I’d stay to talk more but that’s big news and Words Don’t Do It Justice. So I’m out for now. Peace Love and Lucrémo!

Saturday Night at The Arena

“So you guys are those footballers with the videos?”

“Yeah he is, we just like making fun of him while he does it, and he hates editing us out.”

“So forget all that, why don’t you come back to our place let’s keep the party going.”

“Can my other girls come with us?”

“How many of you all came along?”

“6”

“I like that number.”

“Why’s that?”

“That’s TJ’s number.”

“The Dutch Devil will be glad to say yes now.”

“Only if it is okay with you King Lucrémo”

“HAHAHA Ladies lets get out of here and party.”

 

November 23, 2013 – New York City, New York, USA

“So do you like being called Matt or Lucrémo?”

“Hahaha are you serious Zusi? I don’t know that I’ve earned the right to be called that by you guys.”

“After the last match you played in I’m sure the next group will be calling you captain.”

“Oh no, you’re Captain America Tim, I’m just the kid you guys help look like less of a schmuck. For confusion sake use it or I guess my middle name, Since there are two Matthews playing now.”

“So I have to ask. How did you convince Julian to switch?”

“We’re flatmates, we talked about it all the time. Finally it just seemed like a good idea to him. Now I may have made all the US squads on FIFA have him, and keep switching his wallpapers to an American flag but that’s it.”

“And I was tired of him getting free flights while I was stuck eating take-away in Exeter.”

“HAHAHA. Exactly.”

“FELLAS, Let’s focus!”

Klinsmann walks in like he might turn into an acoustic guitar player or yell at us angrily in German any second. He’s cool but intense, and today I’m not certain he isn’t going to do a bit of both. We’re riding high after the last time we trained and had a match together. Spain wanted a rematch, and we are about to see if lightning can strike twice. And I get to team up with Julian and Jozy Altidore. Graham Zusi wants to chat about something after dinner tonight so it might be about things from back home in Kansas City. Maybe Sporting KC is going to put a bid in? Man I gotta calm down and get into the zone. Where’s my Tech N9ne playlist?

 

Skype Call to TJ

“So we all start going out the exit to go to dinner and Graham is like “I think I’m buying this one for both of you, and in walks, swear to God Almighty himself, Thierry Henry.”

“And of course Matt turns into a hero-worshiping child before my eyes. Turns out he was there watching the match because of the last time when we played in Spain.”

“He motions to the 3 of us to come with him. and he’s got a car outside waiting. We finally stop and get out. Its Peter Luger‘s.”

“Turns out it is like half happy for you meal, and half checking up on this kid.”

“Whatever, we got to beat Spain again, get some crazy number of assists and goals and then free steak dinner with one of the best to put cleats on.”

Like I said hero-worship.

“So what was scoreline? The manager isn’t letting us watch it while we warm up for our friendly with Japan.”

“I got 2, Zusi got 1, Jozy got 2, and “The King” got a hat trick. And we basically split on the assists for all those goals, he got the assists for mine and Zusi, and I got them for one of his and both of Jozy’s. Another Spanish Shutout.”

“SHIT! I gotta go, Robin wants to address everybody before the Manager comes down. See you guys back at the flat.”

“Good luck bro!”

 

Dec. 8, 2013

Folks I have to tell you I am so glad that I play for an english team in this part of the country when winter really gets going. Nothing against the North, but I got a lot of cold winters as a kid back home in Missouri, and Spain did spoil me a bit on that. I know I’ve skipped a few games again, but I didn’t have a lot to tell you since I didn’t play until the Capital One Cup match Wednesday with Watford and the FA Cup match with Wolverhampton yesterday. You I’m sure saw the stats somewhere so I won’t go into them again. Plus it sounds really arrogant to talk about how I got two more hat tricks and 3 more assists while we beat both teams 5 nil. But I wanted tell you guys about all the rumors you are reading. 

Big secret it seems, but we read and hear that all the time. Super T is wondering if he’s going to get sold first with all of his clean sheets and tackles. I guess I should be worried, but I never get to spend a whole game on the pitch so I don’t think I’m going anywhere. Though I did love all the Please don’t sell my Lu Cre Mo, chants. And the amount of teasing in the locker room you caused will probably never go away. All of us except big bro Matt Oakley seem to be headed elsewhere now. He says he’ll probably retire at the end of the year, but for now no midfield worries. But yeah keep the cheering up for all of us, especially the Fraternal Order of Fly Fellas: Super T, Lil Green(DBZ Abridged is hilarious), and Peace Love and Lucrémo!

 

December 15, 2013

“You wanted to see me sir?”

“Yes Lucrémo, First I wanted to tell you we loved that last performance. You and Juilian and Shinji really worked them over, and your assist work has been stellar lately. What I wanted to talk to you about is the video blogging you are doing on youtube.”

“What about it?”

“Well the bosses and I are fine with it, but with the transfer window coming we’d like you to avoid talking about anything you hear and of course rumors in our locker room. It is okay to poke a bit of fun at the papers, but some things are strategic, even the rumors themselves.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well like yesterday’s J Paint Trophy match with Crewe Alexandra. Do you understand why there was a compliment about you from their manager?”

“To throw me off my game?”

“Yes, possibly, but also to see if you make yourself available. If you take the compliment, have a great game like you did. seriously, I don’t know where you find these goals let alone those 4 from yesterday. but anyway. If you do that and respond on your vlog about how nice it was to talk to him, maybe you ask for a transfer, and they can use that as leverage to get you away from us.”

“So you don’t want me to talk at all anymore?”

“No no no, keep going with it. My daughter’s love it. But just don’t give anymore official word.”

“You mean like when I got to announce that Julian was coming to the USMNT?”

“Not like it, but because of it. See now that you’ve done that you are probably being watched by all the sports news folks to see what else you let out. They may even start trying to pay you guys money for leads. And that can cause problems.”

“So you’re going to pay me to not talk basically?”

“Well don’t think of your goal bonuses as hush money. Think of them as a constant reminder that we know how amazingly special you are, and how important you are to not just the team, but to Exeter itself.”

Jan. 7, 2014 after the Bristol Rovers match

“Guys what the fuck?”

“Can it kid.”

“No fuck that. I’m dead tired because we had to play with 8 men for 40 minutes. I get it, you thought he red on Shinji was crap. I thought it was crap to, but you two knew this ref was being a prick and you still took guys down from behind. Its Bristol fucking ROVERS, there was never a question of if we were going to win. All you did today was make us look like bullies.”

“You’re not the fucking captain Matt.”

“Yeah and you barely deserve to be called that after that game, Coles. Unless you are going to tell me you have some long-standing beef with that guy, it was uncalled for and you fucking know it.

“What are you worried about? They’re going to sell you and your friend Julian to some big league club now that the window is open. Don’t act like you’ve been here since we got out of Conference Premier play.”

“If they sell me it won’t be because I put a request in.” 

“Yeah yeah, we’ll fucking see won’t we.”

“Another bullshit payback move that gets a red like that Parkin and you won’t be seeing for a while.”

“Did the teenager just threaten me?”

“I’m not afraid of guys taller and bigger than me, what makes you think I’d be afraid of you? Cut the crap so we can win, or YOU put in the transfer request.”

“Yeah Parkin. We’re with the kid.”

“You’re with the kid? Shinji’s going to PSG or Man City according to the papers, TJ to Bayern Munich, Julian to Monaco, and this kid you all are backing is going to have Manchester United Red on before this month is over. Don’t come crying to me when your temporary leader leaves you all behind. EVERYBODY leaves this team at first chance. He’s no different.”

“That’s where you are wrong, he is different. And yeah those new guys in the front office might just sell him off without him getting a say. But until that happens we are supposed to be helping build him up. We are supposed to work together. You guys could have caused us to lose out there. Down to 8 men? When he put us up 4 to nil I was still worried there might be an onslaught. Keep your heads in the game or find a new club. Or in Coles’ case, if you can’t hack that armband anymore hand it off and go find a new club.”

“Whatever.”

“Walking off in a huff just proves you’re a twat Parkin. Sorry about all that kid.”

“Sorry about how angry I was O’Flynn.”

Nah, you were right to be. This isn’t Parkin’s first time doing that after all. You okay? How’s your legs?”

“I could use a leg massage, and some ice. And probably a ride home honestly Keohane.”

“I would be happy to give the king and his roommates a ride.”

“HAHA, thanks asshole.”

“I am honored your highness.”

“HA whatever. Let’s grab some Chinese on the way. I’m insanely hungry.”

The NBA Draft, and the free agent frenzy!

Have no fear, The Ref is here, to help make things a little more clear(ish). Okay, so maybe I will not start with a limerick every article, but with the silliness that is the NBA at the moment it seemed appropriate. Some of you may or may not be aware that there was actually a draft held by the NBA just last month (June 26th to be precise). Many, and I do mean MANY, analysts were calling this draft class one of the best that has ever been seen (no, seriously… stop laughing… they really were saying that, I swear). Yet, we are hearing so very little about this astounding group of young pros about to enter the league. Why, do you ask? Well… because you have been living under a freaking rock, and clearly have not heard that the almighty King James opted out of his contract and is a free agent as of the writing of this article. So, this highly anticipated move by LeBron James had a massive impact on the draft… namely that no one or their dog cared what happened in it. But fear not good readers, for I have a quick recap of the top ten picks in the NBA Draft (along with a few other highlighted players this analyst believes will have impact). Then I will discuss how the draft and free agency will merge into this beautiful tango of an off season that makes the NBA somehow relevant even when games are not being played. So, first… TO THE BOARD (draft board of course).

1. Andrew Wiggins, SG Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Wiggins is a stud only one year out of high school. As they say on the street, “He got game.” A rare one-and-done from the University of Kansas, this kid has miles and miles of potential. We saw glimpses during the college basketball season of his ability to create his own shot, and the guy can almost literally jump out of the gym (now that is real basketball jargon folks). This all being said, perhaps the most important thing is that Wiggins is a SG (shooting guard for the uneducated), and that is NOT what LeBron James is. The Cavs only had two choices in my opinion (once Joel Embiid got hurt), and it was down to Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Parker is a SF (small forward, once again for the unlearned amongst you), and that is King James’ “technical” position (at least that was what they called him when he entered the league as an 18 year old). So, what I am saying is that the Cavs picked the guy least likely to step on LeBron’s toes… and actions speak louder than words.

2. Jabari Parker, SF Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Parker is another stud one-and-done, this time from the basketball factory known as Duke University. This guy is easily just as good as Wiggins (and that is a tough thing for this rather biased author to admit). Physically, Parker is probably the most NBA ready. He has a big frame that has already got a good amount of muscle on it, and he is just as comfortable on the perimeter as he is down on the block. However, we mentioned that he plays Small Forward, and that is the position of The King. What does this mean? Simply that the Bucks knew darn good and well they had no shot at signing on James as a free agent, so they took the best available player.

3. Joel Embiid, C Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid is a towering 7ft tall Center out of the one and only University of Kansas (and another rare one-and-done from the program). He was a slightly (but only very slightly) surprise pick this high on the board given all the concerns over his health. This simply speaks to the massive amount of potential teams saw in the young player. Hell, the kid has only been playing organized basketball for a few years. Because of that fact, there was not a ton of tape on Embiid, but his drastic improvement over the course of one season at KU was all NBA scouts needed to start calling him the next superstar big man for the league. He is rough around the edges, but I promise Philly fans will still be more pleased with anything this kid does than they were with the Andrew Bynum debacle.

4. Aaron Gordon, PF Selected by the Orlando Magic
Gordon is a FREAK coming out of Arizona. The guy is physically caught between being labeled a Small Forward and a Power Forward. What he is not, is a poor pick. Gordon is a guy that will be able to contribute almost instantly, and that is something the Magic desperately need. As another of those teams not in a race for any of the big free agents (there are actually others who do play in the NBA besides LeBron James) this pick made a ton of sense. Gordon is a playmaker that can create his shot, with the potential to be a future all-star.

5. Dante Exum, PG Selected by the Utah Jazz
Every NBA draft there are players that get picked who have been playing overseas somewhere. Very little is known about them, and often times it seems like they are busts. Exum was our first “token international guy” picked, and I have to be honest, the only things I have seen of him are you tube highlight reels. I will say this much, his ball handling skills seem second to none in this draft, and his court vision is almost like a sixth sense. He is definitely talented, but stop me if you’ve heard that before about a guy from overseas (YES I AM LOOKING AT YOU DARKO MILICIC). Maybe he turns into the Point Guard the Jazz have been missing ever since Deron Williams left (although apparently Deron Williams’ game has gone missing ever since he left).

6. Marcus Smart, PG Selected by the Boston Celtics
OH the intrigue in this pick… not really. I know what you’re thinking, “he’s a Point Guard, and don’t the Celtics have some guy named Hondo” (it’s Rondo actually, Rajon Rondo). Yes it is true Smart is listed as a PG coming out of Oklahoma State, but the guy really plays the game more like a Shooting Guard anyway. One problem, he does not have that great a shot. So, if the Celtics want to utilize Smart immediately they are looking at two guards in that back court who both have problems hitting a jumper. Now on the flip side, Smart has definitely got some game. He and Rondo can drive the lane on almost any team all day long. We’ll wait and see how this pans out.

7. Julius Randle, PF Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Randle is a beast, and the first player taken of the super freshman class that was the University of Kentucky basketball team (a group that in fact only had a couple guys drafted first round I might add). But all Louisville Alumni author biases aside, this kid is a full grown man ready to play an NBA man’s game. It is a crime he fell this far, and even more of a crime that he goes to the Lakers. You can bet big dollars the Lakers will absolutely try to land one of the massive free agents this off-season, and if Randle pans out we could be looking at Kobe Bryant passing the torch to a solid team. Randle fills a position of need for the Lakers, while at the same time not really taking up a spot for guys named James, Carmelo, or Kobe.

8. Nik Stauskas, SG Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Ah Ha, the shooting white kid has arrived… no, but seriously this kid out of Michigan can shoot lights out. First, this seemed very early to take him, and second, there is this other kid by the name of McDermott that also shoots pretty well. I am not going to say this is a bad pick, but I would have been looking for something a little better than this. He is what he is, and the potential just is not there for him to be more than a good (not great) perimeter shooter. Sometimes I wonder if a bunny rabbit is running the Kings because the team just seems to bounce in one place and never leaps forward or backward.

9. Noah Vonleh, PF Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
An interesting pick out of the historic Indiana Hoosiers basketball program. His Airness (Michael Jordan owns this team in case you were unaware) got a little lucky this kid fell all the way to 9. Not a lot of people paid attention to this kid in college, but he is a solid player on the block. A double-double machine that could absolutely have impact. The man who SHOULD be the NBA logo has yet to find that magical pick (like the Bulls found him), but it doesn’t stop him from trying year after year. This one will definitely not be a “superstar”, but the potential of an all-star is within reach.

10. Elfrid Payton, PG Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
And here we have our “token small school” guy coming from the always powerful program of Louisiana-Lafayette. This was a bit of a reach once again for the 76ers, and I have to say you expect more from a team that had two picks in the top ten! Listen, this kid could be like Damian Lillard, but I’m guessing he won’t be. Perhaps the 76ers felt it was a position of need, but I just don’t see this as a great use of the 10th overall pick (would’ve been better trading both their top ten picks to get a guy like Kevin Love).

Players to watch:
11. Doug McDermott, SF
Traded to the Chicago Bulls
Douggie McBuckets as some analysts have called him. This is an interesting move for the Bulls, and while I do not believe McDermott is going to be a superstar he is definitely capable of creating his own shot. He’s a scorer, and that can only help the insanely defensive minded Bulls.
21. Mitch McGary, PF Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Ruthless would have my head on a platter if I didn’t give a little love to his team. This was a good pick for OKC. Early on in the season McGary looked like a top ten sure thing pick, but injuries caused him to fall well below where I believe he should have been drafted. A nice compliment to an already great team.
24. Shabazz Napier, PG Traded to the Miami Heat
The hero of the NCAA tournament is a good Point Guard, and as much as it hurts me to say, that is exactly what the Miami Heat NEED (sorry Mario Chalmers, it was fun while it lasted). This trade was clearly done in the hopes that LeBron might choose to continue his reign over South Beach now that a “suitable” ball handler is on the squad.

NOW, let’s get to the fun stuff
All of this awesomeness above has been overshadowed. There could easily be several future all-stars out of this draft class, and yet all we care about is the guys already in the NBA doing work on a nightly basis. Specifically this one guy named James! There are others. Guys named Melo and Bosh are pretty good players in their own right, but c’mon, we all know we want LeBron gossip. Well here is the deal, as of the writing of this article LeBron James has personally met with Pat Riley of the Miami Heat, AND the King has stated he will NOT meet with ANY other teams in person. This would seem to point to LeBron staying in Miami, but not so fast my friends. LeBron already knows plenty about the NBA’s other franchises, and in particular about the only other team I perceive as a contender in the King James sweepstakes, the Cleveland Cavaliers! That’s right, I said it, the prodigal son could return home. Here’s why: They have locked up Kyrie Irving (an all-star PG that LeBron likes a lot) for the long term, just drafted Andrew Wiggins (and LeBron likes him too), they cleared the cap space to offer LeBron a maximum contract (and the King has NEVER been the highest paid player on any of his teams in his 11 seasons in the league thus far… no, seriously… look it up… I’ll wait), and have upwards of 3 first round picks next year to use as future trade bait. Listen, that team was capable of winning 60+ games when LeBron was there before, and the roster was not even close to as good as it looks now! What I believe is most likely to happen is LeBron only signs on for one year in Miami, then makes to move to Cleveland after the Cavs make a few more roster moves. BUT… I’m the Radical Ref, so I radically predict LeBron gets lured back to Cleveland by the ONE THING no other team in the league will ever be able to offer him: REDEMPTION! Believe it or not LeBron James is a man of high character and good moral fiber. He likes good guys, and he wants to BE a good guy. He has unfinished business in his home state, and Dan Gilbert will not deter him if he really wants to go back home. Listen, the Cavs already yanked the nasty letter Gilbert wrote about LeBron from their official team website, and LeBron has never been one to care much about ownership anyway (I mean, there aren’t pictures of him hanging out with Pat Riley and Micky Arison in South Beach). Gillbert will get on his knees, and do whatever LeBron asks if it means getting the best player in the world back in Cleveland.

Once King James decides where he is going everyone else will fall into place. The other major name on the market is Carmelo Anthony, but once it becomes clear that no matter where LeBron goes there won’t be room for Melo that will make things easier. Melo is going to either stay in New York with the Knicks, or he is going to go to LA and play for the Lakers (Personally I think he should go to LA, but I believe he will stay in New York). For a guy like Chris Bosh, if LeBron stays in Miami then so will Bosh. If the King takes his rightful throne back in Ohio, Bosh is headed to whoever pays him the most (and right now that looks like it will be the Houston Rockets).

Why is where LeBron James ends up such a big deal (besides the obvious fact that he automatically makes any team a title contender) …money. On a max contract the King is only going to make about $66mil (ONLY!?!?! God we over pay athletes, but that is another topic another day). The estimated income to the Miami Heat that the business people at ESPN conservatively estimated can be directly attributed to LeBron’s playing in Miami (we’re talking ticket sales, playoff games, increased prices for everything, etc…) is over $90mil. The greatest player in the world pays for himself, and STILL earns a team a profit. Listen, we could go on and on about how valuable LeBron James is to a franchise (both on and off the court), but let’s be brutally honest… words don’t do it justice!