The shock-and-awe news came thundering out of Brooklyn like a rocket hitched to a meteor. It broke the sound barrier on the Gowanus and stopped traffic on the Belt. Those hearing the news on radio gnashed their teeth in anguish, rubbed their hands raw in concern.
This week, Kyrie Irving, a first-class pain in the NBA’s keister the past few seasons, had declared that this season, when he is due to be paid $33 million, he will not — repeat, not — speak with or to the media until he sees fit.
One small problem for Irving: Who gives a damn?
In a further insult to the good senses, the NBA fined Irving $25,000 for his unavailability. But if he doesn’t want to speak with us, why should we care?
Most don’t give rat’s retina if he speaks to the media or to the nearest wall. Last year, with player misconduct, selfishness and antisocial behavior again in full flower — but this in the throes of a pandemic that cost tens of thousands their lives or jobs — produced the least fan interest in the NBA since the Lakers were named for environs of Minneapolis.
Has Irving no sense of the world beyond himself?
If there’s one thing we learned this year, it’s how to live without. No Kyrie quotes? It’ll be a burden, sure, but we’ll struggle through it. It’s not like we’ve again run out of toilet paper.
So many of these guys just don’t get it. Perhaps Adam Silver can explain it to them.
Silver and team owners found out the hard way that pandering and selling out to a sweet-sounding socio-political Marxist, democracy-destructive con such as Black Lives Matter was a case of blind, wishful, reckless trust. And if you don’t know by now that BLM is and was a massive, media-reliant con it’s because you don’t want to know.
The Black Lives Matter movement, as demonstrated by its steady refusal, among other mindlessly destructive acts, to repudiate the slaughter of young black urban males by young black urban men — by the thousands — served conspicuous daily notice that black lives, like looted and burned black businesses, don’t matter.
And Silver and the NBA’s team owners now recognize that it threw in with a con, as top to bottom, beginning to end, the NBA told all non-black viewers that they’re racists — and had better mend their evil ways.
Now Silver wants to get back to basketball and with complaining players changing places in exchange for added tens of millions of dollars at a time when so many have, one way or another, tapped out, it may be too late. The NBA laid its cards on the table and now it wants a new deal?
One could see where the NBA was headed 13 months ago, after former Rockets GM and current 76ers president Daryl Morey openly expressed his support for pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, then, as now, under the totalitarian rule of Communist China.
The NBA, with hundreds of millions at stake in China — much of it dependent on the toil of slave-wagers — freaked out, made it known that Morey spoke only for himself.
So if you’re scoring at home, the NBA had made it conspicuously clear that it threw its full support behind a rabidly anti-American American Marxist movement but assiduously avoided any support for a pro-democracy NBA GM.
And so it came as a great calamity that Irving, from life on his one-way street including millions in Nike made-in-China endorsements, has determined not to speak to the media until further notice. Apparently he believes all fans are unconditional NBA fans despite recent ample proof to the contrary.
Great! I can hardly wait to hear what he doesn’t have to say.
Jets, Giants broadcasts unfunny comedy of errors
The start of CBS’s Raiders-Jets game Sunday made a great bookend to its impossible ending.
At the start, analyst Adam Archuleta’s “Keys” to a Raiders’ win included. “No penalties or turnovers.” Why that was peculiar to the Raiders, but not the Jets and 30 other teams never came up.
Early, a graphic showed that although 0-11, the Jets had scored in their last five first possessions. That became six when Sam Darnold threw a TD pass.
Archuleta: “The Jets needed that. They’ve had a slow-starting offense.” Good grief!
The ending, of course, was from Planet Preposterous. My lingering question is why didn’t all Jets DBs play far enough behind all receivers to at least commit intentional pass interference?
Next, Giants-Seahawks on Fox. After Fox showed a sideline shot of Giants’ QB Daniel Jones, out with an injury, analyst and MJT (Moose Johnston Tech) grad Mark Schlereth: “Yeah, they need him down the stretch.”
What stretch? The Giants were 4-7, playing their 12th game. This was the stretch!
Late in the third quarter, Russell Wilson was sacked. Schlereth said it was caused by the Giants’ zone defense, which had every receiver blanketed. The replay, however, showed at least one receiver wide open, but Russell fell before a strong rush.
But, again, these are experts, so believe what you’re told, ignore what you see.
OBJ plays the blame game
AT 3-5 and near the end of a season of disorder, LSU has “voluntarily” removed itself from any bowl consideration to try to preempt NCAA charges of payola to players and other violations. Oh, how noble! Look, sins all cleansed in concert with a rotten season!
Meanwhile, a proud son of LSU football, Odell Beckham Jr., is now blaming former Giants coach Pat Shurmur for his what-took-them-so-long departure from the Giants.
It’s never Beckham’s fault that he’s an attention-hogging fool, as if he dyed his hair, spoke fluent crazy and revealed his new full-body tattoos to ensure privacy and modesty. He once complained that playing in New York is like “playing in a fishbowl,” as if he didn’t crave the glare.
And his civil comportment following LSU’s national championship this past January — Beckham made two ugly scenes — must be why LSU has unfairly banned him from being anywhere near the team.
And how is it the Browns are thriving since he was injured? Pat Shurmur?
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost to Penn State on Saturday wearing black uniforms — RU’s third ensemble worn this season on behalf of a public, taxpayer-supported college going broke to fund its football team.
By the way, Penn State may have come in 1-5, but its players had their intricate jazzed up handshakes down perfectly!
Frank Isola, ESPN regular, will be seen and heard more often — up to 40 games — on YES’s pre- and post-Nets shows.
George Nock, a star RB at Morgan St. who played three seasons — 1969-71 — with the Jets before becoming a noted sculptor, has died at 74.
The ABC “Monday Night Football” game on the night when John Lennon was murdered in Manhattan, Dec. 8, 1980, was Pats-Dolphins. Howard Cosell broke the news. The next night at the Garden, the Knicks beat, of all teams, the Bullets — yet to be renamed.