July 7, 2016
Kevin Durant is taking a great deal of heat for taking his talents to Golden State and leaving Oklahoma City.
Critics are saying Durant is taking the easy way out toward earning a NBA Championship. Supporters state he earned the right to make his decision.
Personally, I feel everyone has the right to seek and procure employment wherever they choose. I know I would make a job change if it would benefit me. We all do so why should Durant be held to a different standard?
The decision means Durant will be playing second fiddle to Steph Curry’s Warriors. Make no mistake, this team is built around the two-time MVP and his shooting stroke.
This is a 73-win team that has a legacy working. Durant isn’t going there because he’s the missing piece, he is going there to virtually guarantee a championship.
In one stroke of a pen on a contract, Golden State is now the villain of the NBA. I can see Warrior haters surfacing all across the country. It will be kind of like the New York Yankees back in the day. And Durant is somewhat of a villain now. He has always been popular primarily due to the loyalty he showed to a small market team. This move will be viewed as a selfish move.
What does the decision mean for Oklahoma City you ask? Russell Westbrook will average close to a triple double a game now that Durant is gone. The Thunder are still a playoff team, just not a championship one. In the long term, this means the end of OKC because it’s hard to see Westbrook sticking around with both his running mates (Durant and James Harden) gone. I can see him returning home to the Los Angeles Lakers next year to meet the challenge of rebuilding the Lakers.
I have spoken of the outlandish salary NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been pocketing in recent years. The league released his 2015 salary this week and it still astounds me.
I could say that Goodell earned an eight-figure salary. But I struggle putting the word “earn” in there. Let me say that he made an eight-figure salary in 2015. Even though he spent millions and millions of dollars in the Tom Brady and Deflategate mess, screwed up the domestic violence policy within the league, helped enact rules where we still do not know what a catch is in the NFL, and has failed to improve the league’s concussion problems.
Through all of that, Goodell earned a salary of $32 million. In all, the NFL has paid him $145.2 million over the past four years. I don’t get it.
Rio and Olympics
I have been attempting to keep you up to date on what is going on with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I am struggling to find any good news coming out of Rio.
The games have already impacted Rio in a multitude of negative ways, including its politics, economy, health, policing, housing and, perhaps above all, its environment.
All these issues will soon be issues for tourists, spectators, media and onsite sponsors to work through. We’ve already seen volleyball players potentially dealing with beached body parts. And we know that those who must enter Rio’s feces-filled Olympic waterways may be in grave danger.
The rowing teams are especially facing danger. There are not any precautions that can totally destroy certain bacteria quickly enough, and in the heat of a competition, rowers are certain to have water splashed onto their face, into their eyes, nostrils and mouth. It’s part of the sport.
Testing done by the Associated Press in a December 2015 report on the water found that raw sewage flows into Olympic waterways through infected rivers and storm drains. It’s not a small amount either. AP’s report concluded that disease-causing viruses linked to human sewage are in the water at levels 1.7 million times what would be considered “alarming” in the U.S. or Europe.
On top of the feces- and bacteria-tainted water, concerns about the strain of the Zika virus present in Brazil has caused 125 health experts to call upon the World Health Organization to push for the game’s postponement or relocation.