Josh Howard and racism

19 09 2008

I am a huge Dallas Mavericks fan.  But, I have about had it with Josh Howard.  I’ve known for a while now that he is completely brainless.  But, gee wizz Josh, can you please lock yourself in a gym somewhere?  Please?

For those of you that don’t know what I am talking about here is a list of Josh Howard stunts pulled in the last 5 months (really in 3 months if you consider this latest antic was pulled back in July and is just now coming to the attention of the public).

  1. April 25 – Josh decided that the day of Game 3 in the Mavs first round playoff series with New Orleans Hornets that it would be a perfect time to call up a local radio station and proclaim himself as an avid marijuana smoker.
  2. April 27 – During that same series, coach Avery Johnson found out that Josh was planning a birthday bash for himself on the same night as game 4 of the series.  In no uncertain terms, he specifically instructed everyone on the team to not attend any parties during the playoff run.  So, Josh responded by handing out flyers in the locker room and going forward with his party as planned.  In disgust, Avery cancelled practice the next day after several Mavs were out late at the party.  (Guess who got fired…Avery)
  3. July 31 – Josh got arrested for drag racing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  4. This week news got out that back in July Josh had disrespected the Star Spangled Banner during a charity event back in July.  On tape, Josh is heard saying “The Star Spangled Banner’s going on right now and I don’t celebrate that s***. I’m black.”  Here is the clip for your viewing pleasure (warning – the language may not be suitable for younger viewers…parental discretion is advised).

I think each of those events in and of themselves are forgivable.  Together they have taken Josh Howard from fan favorite to fan goat.  (That and the fact that he seems to have slowly and completely disappeared on the basketball court after signing his big $40 million dollar contract – but that’s for a different post).

So, I have been sitting back and absorbing all of these incidents and fairly quickly going from a Josh lover to a Josh hater along with all the other Mavs fans in these parts.  And, then I saw Mark Cuban’s latest post at his blog, and I was struck by something else altogether.  (Edit – Since this post, Mark has removed his original post and replaced it with this one).

There are a lot of racist people in this world.  How people can email Mark with some of this trash is completely beyond me.  Granted, not everyone in his compilation of “Josh advice” emails is racist, but a large percentage of them are.  I know what Josh said in regards to the Star Spangled Banner is appalling and a slap in the face to all the people who died to make it possible for him to earn his $10 million a year, but, come on, people.  I am not comfortable living in a world where there are so many people willing to call him a ni**** just because he said something stupid.

Good grief, people.  It’s not ok to think that way or say things like that.  It’s wrong.  Quit it…for God’s sakes…Stop.

So, to summarize, Josh, please seek help.  And, to you idiot racists out there, enough is enough…dig a hole and jump in.





Greatest moment in Mavs history

5 05 2008

What is the greatest moment in Dallas Mavericks history?  Well, it is pictured to the right.

When that moment happened 2 years ago, I thought the Mavs were on their way to winning a championship.  Honestly, I thought that they would be contenders for a title for several years to come.  For those of you non-sportsnuts like myself, Dirk made a 3-point play (See Ginoble’s foul there?) to push Game 7 to OverTime and an eventual win going away on the Spurs homecourt.

Boy, how times change.  They end up beating Phoenix that year in the conference championship series and then go up 2-0 in the Finals to Miami.  Then, they choke it all away.

Then they fool us all again, winning 67 games in the regular season the next season and locking up the #1 overall seed in the playoffs.  Then comes Golden State.  Another huge embarrassing collapse.

I remember reading Jerry Stackhouse’s quote at the beginning of this year.  To paraphrase, “Either going to the finals was a fluke or getting knocked out in the first round was a fluke, this year we will find out”.  Well, I think he was right.  We all found out. 

Dirk said last week, “For me, personally, I feel like it’s another wasted year”.  I feel exactly the same way as Dirk.

As a die-hard Mavs fan, I don’t have a lot to put my hope in either.  I think they do have some flexibility in their roster that might give them the ability to make a deal or two in the off-season.  But, I am not sure I see anything that can put them back to an elite contender status right away.  Maybe I am just a glass is half empty kind of guy, but I definitely need something big to happen to renew my excitement and get me out of this funk. 

And, hiring Rick Carlisle is not exactly what I am talking about.  I think he will be fine, but he doesn’t make me excited again.  I need to see something big.  And, I just don’t see what it could be.  But, I hope that Cuban and Little Nellie can come up with something to renew my excitement in a team that had me so caught up in excitement this time two years ago that I could hardly stand it.

Please, Sports Gods, please make things right for the Mavs.  They were the worst franchise in all of sports in the 90s and they got exactly zero #1 overall picks to show for it and only one in the top 3.  Meanwhile, the Spurs got two #1 overall picks exactly ten years apart (David Robinson and Tim Duncan).  They have 4 titles to show for that.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Which brings me back to the greatest moment in Mavs history.  When that moment happened, I thought for sure, it wouldn’t be their greatest moment for very long.  Now, it really looks like I am going to have to wait awhile for something better.  As a Mavs fan, I guess I should be getting good at waiting…