Thursday, November 23, 2017
The Spit Bucket: Close to the Edge
By Kenneth D. Miller, Assisting Managing Editor
Published July 31, 2014

Upon examining the sports landscape, I recall one of my throwback songs by Grandmaster Flash—The Message-, “Don’t push me, cause I’m close to the edge…it’s like a jungle sometime it makes me wonder how I keep from going under…”

The Message reflected upon the dire plight of the ghetto or the urban community if you will, describing the conditions of poverty, drug abuse and pimping. It was a big hit.


Lakers fans held fleeting hope that one of the big name free agents would join forces with Kobe Bryant in one final two year push at the coveted NBA championship.


The attraction or centerpiece was Bryant, the cornerstone of a Lakers franchise that has been left in the dark corner of the NBA’s under belly teams.


Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak met with LeBron James agent, they met with Carmelo Anthony in person. James bolted Miami and went back home to Cleveland. Anthony shunned the Lakers for the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson.


Bryant, who only played in six games last season, applauded the Lakers front office effort. A far cry from when the late Dr. Jerry Buss was alive and he threatened to leave the Lakers for the Clippers if they didn’t improve the roster.


In the end the Lakers settled for the return of flashy albeit inconsistent scorer Nick Young from Cleveland High School in Reseda, oft injured power rebounder Jordan Hill,  promising Xavier  Henry, Amnestied Carlos Boozer from the Chicago Bulls and raw youngster Ed Davis acquired as a free agent from Memphis.


Add to that group Jeremy Lin, the electric Asian point guard from Houston and lottery pick Julius Randle and there you have it, you 2014-’15 Los Angeles Lakers.


For this outfit, I need to barrow a phrase from NFL Hall of Famer and former 49ers coach Mike Singletary. “I need WINNERS!” 


I would not blame Byron Scot if he told the Lakers thanks, but no thanks. This is not a team that you can even build for the future with. Young is what he is, a shoot first pass later two-guard. Boozer is a solid effort guy, fine rebounder who is prone to not stay healthy the entire season. Henry is a flash and dash sort still wet behind the ears. Davis probably has the best upside than any of them, including Randle. He may not become a star, but he could become scary good.


By the time any of this comes together, Bryant will be gone…Not likely from the game of basketball, but perhaps to New York to join Phil for one more title run.


While the Lakers know what their future will hold, the Clippers with all the talent to contend for an NBA title and more, do not know what the future holds.


Donald Sterling is crazy. Let us just admit that much. He calls his wife of 59 years a pig, when in fact he is the one snorkeling around with underage groupies in public.


Sterling is suing his wife, the NBA and essentially himself in the recent fight to void the sell of the team for  $2 billion in probate court.

President and head coach Doc Rivers has vowed to leave if Sterling remains as owner. Chances are the players will also be tested to either leave sit out in protest, none of which is good for the Clippers or the NBA.


It is one hot mess.


Finally! Hall of Fame NFL Coach Tony Dungy recently said that he would not have drafted Gay player Michael Sam.


Dungy said that he would not have wanted all of the distractions that accompany Sam, who was picked in the last round by the St. Louis Rams.

The first and only Black coach to win a Super Bowl is a devout Christian whose belief system is not in support of same sex marriages or relationships.


There are many people who feel the same way as Dungy, but they are not afforded the enormous public platform to say it.

It’s not politically correct to say it.


In one sense, America is the home of the free, land of the brave, so as long as you don’t bravely speak freely about the subject matter.






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