Sunday, May 22, 2016

2016 NBA Final Four Power Rankings

The Final Four of the NBA Playoffs are getting exciting with the Raptors finally winning a game to make their series 2-1 against the Cavaliers and the Warriors head to Oklahoma City with the series tied at 1. I always hated on power rankings because I feel like it is a cop out when you can't think of anything to write and that is exactly what happened to me. Here is my power ranking of the remaining four teams and why they either will or won't take Larry O'Brien home come closing time.

Seriously the best player on Toronto right now

4. Toronto Raptors

NOT GON BE ABLE TO DO IT. Shout out to Jalen and Jacoby. The Raptors best player right now is Bismack Biyombo.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

Either everyone is hyping up the Cavs or I just so happen to only follow people who hype them up. Regardless, people who are hyping them up are enamored with how the Cavs are playing and are missing the point on their new philosophy. If the Cavs and Warriors meet in the finals (where's David Stern at to make sure it happens), Cleveland's strategy is to get into a 3 point shooting contest with the Warriors. Let that strategy sink in. I mean yeah, North Korea can get into a nuclear war with America...but who are you taking to come out on top. The Cavs are North Korea and the Warriors are America by the way. LeBron is more than capable of hitting 3's but every team would rather have him do that than drive to the basket by a significant margin so it isn't a pick your poison type of situation. Kyrie Irving can be dangerous when he is on a roll but the Warriors thankfully have multiple defenders to throw at him to break his rhythm. This means the Cavs are relying on Kevin Love, JR Smith, and Channing Frye to bring shoot their way to a championship. It sounds good when everything is clicking and they're shooting 25 3's on the Pistons but the Thunder and Warriors offer a slightly tougher challenge. Also their best shooter, Kyrie, apparently has some kind of chest injury. When they lose in the Finals, I'm not trying to hear injury excuses again. I love Kyrie but the dude is made of paper mache. There is going to come a point in time where you can't make that injury excuse if it happens every year. Shout out to the soon to be Back to Back NBA Junior Varsity champs. And while we're working on getting Lil B courtside seats for the Warrior-Thunder series, can we work on getting Kehlani and PartyInTheHall some seats as well.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

Whenever a team has 2 of the 5 best players in the world, they are going to have a chance to win every game. Come to think of it, the Thunder might have the most talent of anyone in the League. Their starting five consists of the #2, #4, #12, #24, and #26 picks of their respective drafts. Their main guys off the bench were the #3, #4, and #7 picks in their drafts. Shout out to Anthony Morrow too. 5 of their top 8 players were top 7 picks and the player who was selected #12 is Steven Adams so yeah, a ton of talent over there. I might be oversimplifying things here but in order to win the title, the Thunder need Westbrook and Durant to go crazy every game in addition to their role players hitting open shots. A1 analysis right there. ESPN, I'm available and I'll do it for half the price.

1. Golden State Warriors

Honestly, the purpose of this is to try and convince myself of a reason the Warriors won't win the title. That didn't work. I have never seen a team have to ability to turn the switch on/off at will. It really does seem like they play shitty sometimes because they are bored and want to see how bad they can play while still winning. The Warriors play like shit just to entertain themselves against the best competition in the world. They do, however, know when the spotlight is on and the team happily obliges to give us a show. Surprise, this is my pick to go home with Larry O'Brien but we shall see. It's still weird to me that Warriors are good. Shout out J-Rich. Peace.

1 Slam Dunk title and 1 Rookie Challenge MVP were all Warriors fans had to brag about before Steph

Friday, May 20, 2016

Post Malone - Monte

Post Malone. I, like everyone else, first heard of the dude from White Iverson. I initially thought White Iverson was Grayson Allen's nickname because I first heard of it right when Duke was making their championship run so I figured that is what everyone christened Yung Grayson. Grayson Allen has the most punchable face since Jay Cutler by the way. Anyways, once I found out White Iverson and Grayson Allen were two separate entities, I gave the track a shot. I liked it but it wasn't anything special. It was aiiigggghhht. Nothing original. Sounded like everything else at the time just from a different voice. Whenever it came on, I let it play all the way through and if someone were to play DJ and slap White Iverson, I wasn't mad at it. What I'm trying to say is that I could care less if Post Malone was going to be a one hit wonder or if he ended up winning 5 Grammys for Album of the Year.
When his new project, August 26th, came out, I still didn't care about Post Malone. I saw it there on the website but was like "maybe I'll give it a listen eventually." It came out the same day as the new Chance tape so I was on that tip for a good minute. Funny how I came across the new Post Malone project (really just the one track if I'm being honest) so I'll tell you. Like I said, I was bumping the new Chance project and I showed my homie my favorite track off of it, Mixtape. Shout out to Chance, Thugger, and Lil Yachty for that one. We started talking about Lil Yachty aka Lil Boat and the homie showed me his most recent verse. It happened to be a feature on the Post's project called Monte. I didn't think anything of it just by the track title so I said yeah bump that. Once I heard the words though I realized real quick it was about Monta Ellis.

For those that don't know how bad of a dude Monta Ellis was, people were legit outraged when the Warriors traded him instead of Steph Curry. Obviously I'm glad the team made the trade and it's ridiculous to question it looking back but there were reasons why fans were pissed. I can't put into words how bad the Warriors were but between the We Believe team and the juggernaut they have become today. Monta Ellis was the singular shining hope of Bay Area basketball in during that period. He gave everything he had every single night for a team that was guaranteed to miss the playoffs. Monta is a top 5 player to watch for me hands down. Anyways I digress...this song is dope as hell, no one is going to convince me otherwise. However...Post Malone bruh. How you going to misspell the title of the track? This is my only gripe with the track. Other than that, I think it's flawless. It's catchy, the beat is dope, and Post's flow is sick. Lil Yachty's verse was hella funny to me and straight comedy gold. In the last two days, I've had to of listened to this at least 200 times. And for those to say Post Malone and his project that "this isn't real hip-hop" go do something with your life and have some fun. This is a song about Monta Ellis by a white guy with cornrows and gold teeth from Dallas who blew up off a song called White Iverson. Don't listen to the song if you predetermined you were going to hate it. To sum it up, Monte might be my favorite song this year but don't hold me to it because I can't think right now. Definitely top 3. If you like the track spread the love. If not, don't be a hater and bash the guy. Use that time to find a song you do like. Peace