Resting & Tanking - NBA Reaps What it Sows

Last Saturday, for the 2nd consecutive week, the best players in the NBA sat out a prime time nationally televised game. This sparked outrage from ABC, who's broadcast anchors seemed to ignore the game and spent the entirety of the broadcast whining about "stars resting."

Yesterday NBA Commissioner issued something of a statement addressing this "problem."

Also, NBA bottom dwellers continue to tank games in an effort to increase their chances of receiving the top draft pick.

Both issues are the result of the culture that has been cultivated by the NBA and sports media for decades. The NBA has emphasized individual players over teams, and playoff success as the yardstick of greatness and worth. Coaches and players are constantly reminded that if you don't perform up to expectation at playoff time - your position is at risk. For example, Lebron James has heard for years that his failure to be a consistent NBA champ (ONLY 3 times in 7 finals) was a detriment to his legacy.

When the standard is set so that even winning 3 finals in 7 appearances over 14 years is considered a NEGATIVE - How can one be surprised that coaches make decisions based on maximizing chances of playoff success?

The same motivation is what prompts lower tier teams to "tank" games. That is regular season results don't matter - only championships matter.

The solution isn't to threaten fines. It's to alter the playoff and draft format so that the regular season matters. Here's one idea.

Each conference have 5 playoff spots (not 8). The 4 and 5 spots would be "play-in" berths where teams in the 4 & 5 positions would play for the "4" spot. That would give teams 1, 2, & 3 at least a week to prepare - making it much more valuable to be in the top 3. This would make resting starters a much higher risk of playoff failure because falling from the top 3 would significantly decrease the chance of playoff success.

Similarly, the draft lottery should be modified to diminish the benefit of losing - maybe reward the teams in the 6 & 7 positions, thereby giving some incentive to win - rather than "tank".

Just some ideas, but - as long as the NBA continues to place virtually all of it's emphasis on playoff success - there's NO chance that teams will not make decisions maximizing that success.

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Mediocre Negroes?

I found Marc Lamont Hill's comment that Donald Trump is using

"a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op"

to be particularly disturbing.

That same evening, perhaps coincidentally, I watched the movie "42" - the story of Jackie Robinson.

It struck me that the people spewing hateful rhetoric at Jackie Robinson were likely mostly Democrats; and that there was very little difference between the Democrat hate filled tactics of the 40's and the Democrat hate filled tactics of  2017. They have no factual argument, they rely totally on lies, threats, and intimidation. In the 40's their target was Robinson, and all the Blacks that aligned themselves with him - today it's Trump and any American who considers Trump to be a legitimate President.

Some of the most distinguished Americans alive today (some of whom are Black) have expressed interest in working with Donald Trump to improve America. For simply suggesting the possibility of working with Trump - the left can only offer insults and intimidation.

They were wrong about Robinson, and they're wrong about Trump. Maybe someday they'll learn, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Does the Left Understand "The Electors" ?

The current frenzy to "influence the electors" seems detached from reality. The left seems to be assuming the "Electoral College" is some sort of institutional body that sits around for four years doing nothing, and then wakes up one day and tries to decide who should be President.

It's crazy. Electors are chosen in varying methods from State to State, but...

All are chosen through the Party apparatus, and all are among the most rabid supporters of their Party nominee. In many States, the people actually vote for a "Slate of Electors" that was chosen by the nominee himself. For one to be elevated to the Party status of "Elector" one must rise to the top of the Party of Candidates inner circle of the most loyal and trusted people on Earth.

With a few exceptions, GOP electors are "Sean Hannity" type Trump supporters, and Democrat electors are "James Carville" type Hilary supporters. 

When discussing the possibility of "faithless electors" one must understand they are discussing the likelihood of James Carville deciding to vote for Trump over Hillary x 38.

In other words...

Not. Gonna. Happen.

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Tweet On @realDonaldTrump !

The Democrats are in pure panic mode over the "Tweets" of President Elect, Donald J. Trump. Even many on the right have advised that Trump "must stop his twitter behavior."

Borrowing from @realDonaldTrump style, we say,

"Democrats want Trump to stop tweeting - NO WAY! Our movement goes direct to the people!"

Trump has used his twitter feed to successfully defend numerous attacks. 

Remember Alicia Machado?

She was the subject of a planned Democrat attack that was launched during the first Presidential debate. I'm convinced that the intent of the Democrat/Media machine was to run that story wall to wall right up to the next debate. Similar how the Washington post / New York Times beat the drum of George Allen's racism for days on end citing his use of the word "Machacha."

But it didn't work - Because Trump and a late night tweet storm blew it up in a single day.

After a barrage of late night tweets that were semi-offensive - but truthful; Machado caved. She wanted no more of what was coming her way and publicly cried "no mas."

Of course there were critics, even on the right - who said this was not wise - and he should "let it go - and it will disappear on its own."

How stupid is that? When did that ever happen? Ask George Allen. Ask George Bush.

When Trump turned his twitter scorn on Chuck Jones, the Union Boss that called Trumps Carrier Jobs deal "a lie" - Jones ran for the hills claiming crazy things like Trump put his life in danger. 

Currently Trump's twitter feed is almost singularly battling a preposterous Media / Government Propaganda theme that "The Russians Hacked the Election." - and he's winning.

The Media / Government types live in such a bubble, they may not even realize that most of the people are laughing at them. Nobody believes the Russians got Trump elected, and they're making fools of themselves.

Truth is, the left is completely clueless on how to battle "Trump Tweets." Trump speaks instantly to almost 20 million people, and within minutes his tweets are retweeted 10's of thousands of times. Every journalist in the world has his twitter account configured to send Trumps twitter comments instantly to his phone - and so do millions of others (like me).

Millions have read, commented and discussed Trumps position - hours (maybe days) before the "News" is reporting on a Trump tweet.

Trumps tweets have stolen the "agenda setting mechanism" from the MSM - and they don't know how to deal with it. 

So. by all means.....

Tweet On! @realDonaldTrump Tweet On!

 

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Understanding Romney as Secretary of State

Many are perplexed by Trump's consideration of Mitt Romney to head the State Department. While I'm not convinced that Mitt Romney would be the best choice to be SOS, I believe there exist some pragmatic reasons for the consideration.

The State Department exists as an organizational labyrinth that reeks of dysfunction. This is the department of Government that is simultaneously in charge of issuing passports, and directing "Global Womens issues." The organizational diagram of the State Department reads like a checklist of politically correct buzzwords. The State Department even seems to delight in it's own bureaucratic complexity by making public its organizational flow chart.

Somewhere in the above mess is the department that issues passports, (the only real contact most Americans have with the Department of State) but it seems to be lost somewhere between the Offices of Global Womens issues, or Energy Resources.

Romney, for all his faults, has a unique talent for recognizing structural organizational failures, and rebuilding them into functional entities. Yet, one must realize that the size and dysfunction of the State Department makes the 02 Winter Olympics Organization look like a cub scout meeting. It will take a Hurculean effort by Romney, Trump, and the rest of the administration to convert the U.S. Department of State into an organization that's promotes America's interests abroad - instead of promoting a laundry list of politically correct liberal issues.

Put another way, in considering Romney; Trump is likely thinking that the "Ship of State" is in less need of a "captain/pilot" - and more in need of an "engineer/designer" - to rebuild it before it once again "sets sail" onto the high seas of international diplomatic endeavors.

If that's the goal, Romney is as good a choice I can think of for Secretary of State. 

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