Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Staff Reporter

We commend the Republican Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley and the legislators of Mississippi and Alabama for making a motion in their state houses and senates to take down the Confederate Flag but the struggle must continue. The National Conversation on Race must take place or America will not be at peace.

Southern States want to relive the Civil War with this recent conversation and it’s not beneficial to the United States, it is not beneficial to its residents nor its political leaders. These Southern States (5) have the Stars and Bars as part of their state flag.

Question: Is this praising white culture and its heritage or a back door to racism, that is in the eye of the beholder?

Southern white Christians used the Confederate Flag and the church to suppress African Americans; they are trying to do it again. White Christians have some questions that have to be answered.


“We are in no position to judge the souls of hundreds of thousands of men long dead. But to judge their cause is a simple matter, and their cause was monstrous. And whatever the anguish of white Southerners over this re-evaluation of the past, it pales in comparison to the trauma wrought by the lionization of the Confederacy.

“We are sometimes asked, in the name of patriotism,” said Frederick Douglass in 1871, “to forget the merits of this fearful struggle, and to remember with equal admiration those who struck at the nation’s life and those who struck to save it, those who fought for slavery and those who fought for liberty and justice.”

Once we chose to forget. We are now choosing to remember”.

“The North’s acquiescence to this purging of historical memory is an essential part of this story. It is not only the sins of the South that must be reckoned with. The Unionist coalition was bigger than the secessionist coalition, but the white supremacist coalition, North and South, dwarfed both of them until the middle of the 20th century.”

The issue must come back to the National Conversation on Race we must not get sidetracked by the confedreate flag controversy we must keep America’s feet to the fire and deal with the racial divide in this great nation. Keep your eyes on the prize.

The United States of America can achieve the heights of greatness when needed, can achieve this greatness in a time of victory. This country has become lazy and thoughtless when it comes to race relations the past 40-50 years.  The question needs to be asked will this country strive for that greatness AGAIN, will this country strive for victory in this battle against racism. America tried fixing the problem in 2008 by electing its first known African American president. Most Americans thought that the race problem would be solved by this electoral achievement. It was not, and from 2008 to 2015 racial incidents have increased. The problems between cultures have doubled.

The United States government has failed people of color time and time again which has created this cavernous racial divide in 2015. 1.) Our Native American brothers and sisters were pushed west on reservations and forgotten. 2.) Our Japanese-American brothers and sisters were put in internment camps during World War II as a non combatant enemy. 3.) Thousands and thousands of African men, women, and children were forced to come to the United States into servitude for life.

For African Americans, the playing field is still not level in 2015. This is the racial legacy of the United States of America. Minorities are told everyday to forget about these historical events and move on with their lives. How can this happen when it is part of African American culture? It is our heritage to survive

Americans are told NEVER to forget September 11, 2001. Americans are told NEVER to forget the Holocaust, and the American Civil War.

Blacks are told to get over the history of slavery and move on but these horrible events are part of our culture. American schools are not teaching our children the following events and if this continues Black history will disappear. African Americans are told to forget this date and the institution of slavery.

                                  Date: Tuesday August 20, 1619                                                                                                        It was on this date in 1619 that 20 Africans arrive at Hampton, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They were the first Africans on record to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies.

2) Forget Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma which burned to the ground on May 31, 1921 and killed over 300 African American men, women, and children. Over 1,000 Black owned business lost and over 3,000 people homeless. There has never been another Black Wall Street in the United States.

3) Forget horseback riders in the night looking for Black political community leaders to hang from a covenient tree. For those who think those days are over then explain what happened in Charleston, South Carolina last week. That was a lynching only with the modern convenience of a gun.

4)  Forget about what happened to 14 year old Emmett Till who just looked at a cute Caucasian woman the wrong way and died on August 28, 1955. Young Till was just flirting as young men will but he picked a woman of another color. This young boy was beaten to death by an unruly mob.

5) Forget about the 1930-1950 Jim Crow Laws with separate and unequal services.

6) Forget about February 1, 1960 The lunch counter sit-ins were African American citizens who were spit on, kicked, and liquids poured on them for just wanting equal service at the counter of Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina.

7) Forget about African Americans not being able to play professional baseball, football, or basketball 1947-1962.

8) Forget how the Black Panthers were systematically destroyed while helping the minority community of Oakland, California to defend itself in 1968-75

This is the racial legacy of the United States of America.


Now moving forward to 2015 when a young 21 year old tried to play God, shooting down nine faithful African American Christians. This lost young soul walked into the sacred ground of the Black historical church in the south. Church members should have felt safe in Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal AME at bible study. This is a non-verbal no fly zone for violence. The members of Mother Emanuel AME were not safe.

White America has to start answering some pointed questions about privilege and the lack of respect toward minorities.


1) How can the North Carolina police force of Shelby treat a man that had just killed nine people with kindness to the point of buying a hamburger at Burger King before sending him to jail? Do they give African American killers this treatment?

2) Officers gently and politely escort him to the police car from jail and protecting his head from hitting the roof of the cruiser. HMMM, never seen this with African Americans prisioners.

3) Why did they put on bullet proof vest before transporting the alleged killer to the country airport? Do they give African Americans this protection?

4) The judge spoke about giving sympathy to the young man’s family in front of the victims’ families who had just lost their loved ones. It was neither the time nor the place to do or say this.

These are all remnants of white male privilege even after this young male had broken the law and destroyed families. This young man lives to tell the story while young Black males never get that chance.

This was not afforded to Freddie Gray-Baltimore, Michael Brown-St. Louis, Eric Gardner-New York, Oscar Grant-Oakland, Trayvon Martin-Florida, Walter Scott-South Carolina, and Tamir Rice-Cleveland. African American males who needed to speak and cannot. We have to do it for them, all races and all cultures have to speak for them. Once again a lynching, this time by public authority

What happened in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday June 17, 2015 should never happen again.

We commend the Republican Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley and the legislators of Mississippi and Alabama for making a motion in their state houses and senates to take down the Confederate Flag but the struggle must continue. The National Conversation on Race must take place or America will not be at peace.


We have work to do my fellow Americans.

Notes; – buzzfeed.com

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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thoughts on charleston and justice

thoughts on charleston and justice
I recently visited a facility in our area that rescues marine mammal life. Volunteers in the hundreds literally come 24 hours a day to care for these animals. Thousands and thousands of private donation dollars each year are poured into this facility to rescue and rehabilitate these animals. As I walked away from seeing these rehabilitated seals and sea lions, I honestly just got kind of angry. Our African American brothers and sisters are dying. Our Native American brothers and sisters are dying. Our Latino American brothers and sisters are dying. And no one seems to care, but these little cute sea lions are rescued and sent back into the ocean – so all is well with the world???!!! (I’m not trying to say I don’t care about the environment, but come on guys, something is really wrong here with our distribution of resources). I heard a powerful sermon on justice a few years ago at church and my take away was that Justice IS caring for my fellow human as if they were your biological brother and sister – seeing them as human and as your family. Granted You and I alone cannot save the world. But, together we can do something. I was thinking today and grieving for Charleston. This isn’t just about 9 people in a church killed for the color of their skin. I was thinking, it’s about decades, centuries actually of hatred and killing and slavery. It’s about police profiling and white privilege. and many other issues that I can’t get into in one blog post.. But to add to the list It’s ALSO about chronic grief. Because of the color the skin you were born with. I know I don’t really get it because I come from a privileged ethnicity and class. But I want to try to get it. We have a responsibility to GET IT. I have only experienced a touch of chronic grief. Most parents with children with medical or developmental conditions can attest to the chronic grief and stress of raising a child with disabilities. Most caretakers of the elderly or health care workers or policemen or social workers can attest to what chronic grief feels like. Most people suffering from cancer or chronic illness can also relate to chronic grief. It’s sad things happening to you over and over and over and over. But today I realized that my brothers and sisters of color are basically living lives BEYOND chronic grief. They are living lives equivalent to those in WAR TORN nations. They experience the stress and grief of seeing family and friends die tragically day after day, the injustice of people in power persecuting them for the color of their skin, the hopelessness of seeing their children be born to a world that tells them that they have a high probability of dying or being incarcrated before they turn 18, the reality of DAILY hunger and poverty and crime and hatred. And no one seems to care or even acknowledge that the problem is there. People actually blame them for their problems. They blame them for being born with a skin color other than their own. Ok Enough of the soap box. What can I do? What can YOU do? Be Aware, Grieve, and stop talking and debating about it and go DO. Become a Big brother or Big sister. Financially sponsor a child’s school expenses, for the next year, or better yet, through graduation. Buy that family dinner or groceries, for a week, for a month, for a year. Pay that family’s rent check, for 6 months.. Volunteer in the community, once a month, and not just on Christmas. Reach out to a local school with a low API score. Offer snacks, your time, computer help to the teachers. Donate to causes doing direct work in the community, such as the Salvation Army Volunteer at the local hospital that serves people who are uninsured Look at your Money, your Schedule, your Emotional bandwidth – then go out – Go to the “other side of the tracks” Talk to pastors and community workers who are on the ground in the trenches and ask them what you can do to help them! Pray generally and specifically Make a difference in the life of ONE person, One Family, One CHILD. Do what you can, but please do something…. Because if we do nothing, we are perpetuating the problem. That is justice. Now GO.




Gary Norris Gray – BASN – Staff Reporter

On Tuesday, June 16, the nation joined together to watch the conclusion of the (NBA) National Basketball Association Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. All races joined together in competition and celebration in compiling the highest television ratings for the Finals in history. The next night, this appearance of racial harmony was destroyed by the shooting of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, allegedly by a young white male fueled by racial hate. The undercurrent of racial tension in this country can no longer be concealed, and must be confronted. America needs a National Discussion on Race and Violence.

The Charleston Church murders have prompted the usual arguments assigning blame to failure to control guns; liberals vs. conservatives; drugs; parenting; declining values; lack of respect for life; the Confederate stars and bars still represented in the flags of several states, and flown over the South Carolina State House; and whatever other themes politicians and partisans may seize upon. These are all parts of the picture, but to seize only upon just one or a few of them is to miss the over-arching problem. The problem is Race and Violence in the United States.

President Barack Obama stated the killings occurred in part because the shooter had no trouble acquiring a gun. Critics have characterized this as a political play for gun control. But the President went on to state that “we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”

We must see that we are a violent country, internally, and that this violence now, in 2015, not 1860, is too easily and too frequently imposed on people of color. A church shooting in 2015 is too reminiscent of the Birmingham church bombing of 1963, 52 years ago, in which four Black girls were killed as they changed into their choir robes. The bombing had occurred a week after the Birmingham School District were ordered to integrated, and just more than two weeks after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. How far have we not come?

The bombers were members of the Ku Klux Klan. One was prosecuted and convicted in 1977; two others were convicted in 2001 and 2002, and one had grown senile over time and was incompetent for trial. The prosecutions had been delayed for years because of local resistance to bringing the cases to trial and later difficulty in obtaining evidence from (FBI) Federal Bureau of Investigation files in the federal investigation of the bombing.

In an interview with New Yorker writer David Remnick, President Obama has said he was hesitant to answer questions about race more fully or with less caution because a harsh or intemperate word about race could affect the political temper of the country. Thus, the President acknowledges that race is a powder keg, which could be set off by the slightest of sparks, but about which he, the leader of the Free World and the Commander in Chief of the most powerful nation on the planet, cannot speak freely. He, who can order deaths in foreign countries, is not at liberty to speak about deaths at home, for fear of setting off an explosion here.

If the President will not speak, we must. The powder keg is in fact being set off, bullet by bullet, death by death. The silence is killing. The President’s fear of an explosion speaks to the urgency of having a national discussion on race. If we are that close to a blow up, and shots are already being fired, we must talk about it.

It has been reported that the Charleston shooter asserted to his victims “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” Is this the belief of one deranged killer, or a group to which he belongs, or a more widespread hostility? Why is there such hate and fear? What is the basis for it? What is the response? What to do about white guilt and black anger over the remnants of slavery? What is the antidote? To get the answers, we need to ask the questions. We must discuss this.

Why do we have police who are members of white supremacy groups? Why do we have an inordinate and more frequent occurrence of shootings of Black citizens by that same police force? Remember that it is only the one percent of rogue policeman who are creating this problem. 99 percent are heroes and work hard every day. Yet it was in North Charleston, S.C., where an officer was charged with murder in April for the shooting of an unarmed black man fleeing from what began as a traffic stop.

Why are citizens afraid? Why are police afraid? Of what and of who? Are citizens defiant and disrespectful? Are police hostile and reactive? We must talk about it.

The discussion is greater than Us vs. Them. It is greater than the prison-industrial complex and its need to fill prison cells. It is greater than the gun lobby and its desire to hold and sell guns. It is greater than the military-industrial complex and its desire to fund a never-ending passion for international violence on people of color. These are all aspects of the problem, but they are not THE problem. THE problem is race. We must talk about it. We need a National Discussion on Race in the United States and we need it TODAY.

The United States government has failed people of color time and time again which has created this problem. 1.) Native Americans were pushed west on reservations and forgotten. 2.) Japanese-Americans were put in internment camps during World War II and never given their property back 3.) Thousands of African men, women, and children were forced to come to the United States and into servitude for life. For African Americans the playing field is still not level. This is the racial legacy of the United States of America and we have to discuss this.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod



Los Angeles Clippers Not Standing for Justice

Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, CA. – The recent conclusion of the NBA Finals, followed by the church shooting the next day in Charleston, S.C., recalls the previous basketball season and what the Los Angeles Clippers could have done then for racial justice and equality, but did not. The issue then was the Clippers past owner Donald Sterling making recorded racial statements to his gal-pal V. Stiviano. The team that wears red, white, and blue could have been in the historical record books fighting against racism and bigotry. Instead, personal finances became more important than civil rights. Money became more important than racial justice. The modern athlete carefully picks his/her words and his/her actions because it could affect his/her sports career.

On April 27, 2014 the team made a political and social decision. The Los Angeles Clippers could have made a powerful political statement to America that night, The battle for racial justice sometimes requires making critical sacrifices. This organization was not willing to make those sacrifices.

The Clippers gathered at center court before a 118-97 Game 4 loss in their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors and took off their Clippers warm-up shirts and left them there. They then warmed up wearing inside-out red shooting shirts that did not display the Clippers name or logo. During the game, players wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks. But they continued to play the game. They could have, and should have, walked off the court, refusing to play for Sterling, perhaps forfeiting the game, forfeiting a pay check, sending shock waves through the economics of the NBA and its commercial sponsors, but sending a message.

In 1968 John Carlos and Tommy Smith lead the way with their fist in the air and no shoes on the podium. The Black Power Salute sent shock waves at the 68′ Mexico Summer Games. Carlos and Smith made that sacrifice to tell the world about the poor conditions of Black people in the United States.

African Americans would have honored this team in Hollywood 40, 50, or 60 years from now if they too made that sacrifice. Instead this team will be just a footnote in National Basketball history.

The firebrand athlete of the 1960’s and 1970’s are gone but not forgotten. Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar pulled no punches. As the late sportscaster Howard Cosell stated many times “Tell it like it is”.

The Los Angeles Clippers could have boycotted game four in Oakland, California. They had the support of the Golden State Warriors players and staff along with the Portland Trailblazers organization who were playing another game in Oregon. The Los Angeles Clippers could have walked off the court to send a message to (ABC) The American Broadcasting Company and (ESPN) The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. It did not happen and ABC, ESPN, and their advertisers went on their merry way, cashing in on their profits.

During a 45-minute team meeting on Saturday, Clippers player voiced their anger about the tape and discussed various options of protest, including boycotting the game.

The Clippers went on to beat the young Golden State Warriors four games to three but the die was cast that night for the Los Angeles Clippers. The hearts and minds of the Clippers Black players lay on the floor of Oracle Arena and their championship aspirations as well. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder ended the Clips season in six games.

In the 2014-2015 season the Los Angeles Clippers were the favored team to win the Western Conference. This year, the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoff in a seven game thriller but lost the next round to the undermanned Houston Rockets and James Harden. This Clipper team had no heart last season, and continued to be infected this year.

I hardly ever agree with Charles Barkley, “The Round Mound of Rebound”, but this time he was right on point: “If somebody wants to be racist, that’s all right. That’s their thing, but when you’re in a position of power and you can take jobs and economic opportunity from people that’s what crosses the line.”

Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling had the ears of young America, and the NBA along with ESPN did not mute that voice until it was too late. ESPN’s reporter Bomani Jones stated: Donald Sterling has long been a practitioner of racism and the NBA could not have cared less. Jones is rightfully apoplectic at the present response. That is because he understands that the NBA, its players and its fans, don’t so much object to Donald Sterling’s racism—they object to his want of elegance.

Sports, politics, and race will continue to cross paths as Jessie Owens proved in the Berlin Summer Games in 1936 under the banners of the Hitler Régime. Sports can be a conduit to improve race relations in the United States as men women and children work together to win championships. What happened in Los Angeles a year ago and what happened in Charleston, South Carolina last week proves that we have work to do.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod


Skip Bayless and ESPN -At It Again

Skip Bayless & ESPN-At It Again
Gary Norris Gray-BASN- Staff Reporter
Three years ago Skip Bayless tried to tear down a young man who made the biggest decision of his life. LeBron James took his basketball talent to South Beach and the Miami Heat, winning two championships. Number 23 returned to Ohio but it is not enough for the American Sports pundits. LeBron James has to win the Championship for Cleveland.
NOT RESPECTING AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES continues to shift into the sports world.
ESPN, that’s the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network reporter Skip Bayless and his side kick screaming Stephan A Smith are at it again. The more they speak the more juvenile they sound. Skip Clueless, oh I mean Bayless gave LeBron James a C + for his triple double against the Golden State Warriors in game two of the finals. REALLY, how many triple doubles have been recorded in the playoff finals? In sixty eight years only twelve players have done it. The last time was 2002 with Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets and three players have done it twice, Wilt Chamberlin, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
Let me remind Skip Clueless that Mr. James has scored more points in three games than anybody. Mr. James has played in five straight finals, for two different teams, nobody has done that not even “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. For those who don’t remember, Mr. Jordan played for the Chicago White Sox farm team before returning to the NBA championship and the Chicago Bulls.
Mr. James has played more minutes than anybody else in playoff history for three games, missing only four minutes and has played EVERY POSITION this year his Airness could not do that.
The Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson came close to Cleveland’s 23 playing shooting guard, shooting forward, and center but Ervin was not as strong or had enough muscle as Mr. James. LeBron can play power forward and power guard, meaning all five positions.
Are the reporters at Bristol, Connecticut, the reputed sports leader tired of doing this kind of reporting year after year?
After racking up 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-91 victory and a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals, LeBron James went home, turned on the television and flipped over to the Food Network.
James is averaging 41, 12 and 8.3, is playing 47 minutes a game in this series. According to Synergy Sports Tech, he either scored, assisted or created (kind of like a hockey assist) 200 of the Cavs’ 291 points thus far.
LeBron James just cannot get respect even thou he is currently the best players on the floor of the (NBA) National Basketball Association. Whether the Cavaliers win or lose in 2015 this cannot be disputed. Sports reporters still try to bring down the best Black player of each sport. Russell Wilson-football quarterback, Serena Williams-tennis, and P.K. Subban-hockey.
These same reporters revel in the demise of Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods because they (reporters) truly believe they had a hand in the downfall of one of the greatest golfers of our time. Question: since Tiger has fallen off the face of the earth where is golf now? Be very careful what you wish for.
It will be likewise for Mr. James if he cannot deliver a title to the town of Cleveland, Ohio.
Two years ago this was written and became one of the most popular articles on the Black Athlete Sports Network Web site
In one paragraph of this article Skip Bayless once again opens his mouth and inserts foot.
“One prominent ESPN reporter refused to call him by his name. Skip Bayless of the ESPN show “First Take” called LeBron James, Prince, instead of King. This is another example of an older white male disrespecting a Black man and attempting to make it a joke. IT’S NOT FUNNY!!!”
James has not caused trouble on or off the court; no flare-ups, no arrest, no baby mama’s drama, no big controversies yet the administration at ESPN continue to pound number 23. The only minor issue may have been the way he handled ‘THE DECISION’ but that was his choice.
James make other players better on the floor as stars Johnson-Lakers, Jordan-Bulls, Bryant-Lakers and Iverson-Sixers did in the past yet nobody will discuss this on television. Casting a Black male in a good light is bad business on television.
This Akron resident has taken not one, but two mediocre Cleveland Cavalier teams to the NBA Finals, a bunch of no names and malcontents. Without him they could not punch their way out of a paper bag. Both teams had no business being there in the first place.
This year’s Cleveland team also lost two propionate starters, forward Kevin Love, and guard Kyrie Irving and they still managed to win. Ladies and gentlemen that is 25% of Cavs offensive production.
LeBron James is willing this team to win.
So Skip Clueless I mean Bayless returned to his usual self, criticizing the best player in basketball.
The more things change the more they remain the same.
Also The Curse of Chief Wahoo is still looming in the winds of Cleveland, can LeBron James and the Cavaliers not only beat the Golden State Warriors but end this dreaded 60 year curse.
Let me make this clear, I am not a LeBron James fan but here at BASN we are the only network defending this brother.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com
©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod




Gary Norris Gray- BASN- Staff Reporter
OAKLAND, CA.- The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers arrived at the 2015 Championship in very similar ways through the draft, going through numerous coaching changes and blowing up their rosters. The Warriors hired Mark Jackson in 2011 after a parade of coaches. Jackson instilled the art of defending and it is now paying off for the Dubs. The Dubs are a term of endearment that Bay Area fans call them. They lead the league in team defense. Not a surprise coming from the House of the New York Knicks, Mark Jackson’s caterpillar has turned into a fierce butterfly with the help of Steve Kerr’s offense.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hired three different coaches in four years, sending mixed messages to the team. The Cavs fired Mike Brown in 2010. Then Cleveland hired Byron Scott on July 1, for the 2010-13 seasons after a complete overhaul of the front office. Scott was a strict disciplinarian and wanted to restore order on the floor. It did not happen and the team went into a complete tailspin, a nose-dive. The Cavalier organization rehired Mike Brown in 2013-14 to rebuild confidence in the players. It worked and the team seemed to be playing better but the upper management wanted to go in a different direction AGAIN!
In 2014 Cleveland hired David Blatt from the Middle East and European basketball leagues. LeBron James also came back home. James left for South Beach and two NBA Championships while the Cavs stayed mired in last place of the Central Division collecting first round draft choices.
Between 2010-2012 The Cleveland Cavaliers traded starting guards Delonte West, and Sebastian Telfair, and then released second stringers guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon.
To complete the rebuilding process the Cavs drafted Kyrie Irving in the first round in 2011, then in 2011 drafted Dion Waiters in the first round. In August 2014 they signed free agent All Star Power forward-center- Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves to lure LeBron James back to the Mid-West. It worked. Love had been the double-double man, the main offense for the Wolves. He would have to change his game playing with the King in Cleveland.
Cleveland created the new Big Three in the Eastern Conference, Love, James, and Irving.
The New York Knicks also helped Cleveland by dumping guards J.R Smith and Iman Shumpert who underachieved at Madison Square Garden for salary cap issues in the middle of the season. Knick forward-center Carmelo Anthony received a new contract and Shumpert and Smith felt neglected in New York City. Cleveland had the insight to pick up both players. Shumpert and Smith were in the middle of their basketball careers and Cleveland needed shooters to relive the pressure on James. The Cavs responded with a mini winning streak. James’s passing abilities on the floor made Smith and Shumpert better shooters on the fly. This makes Cleveland a very dangerous team in the playoffs..
For Cleveland to defeat Golden State they have to put a body on Klay Thompson and Stephan Curry at the three point line. The Cavs also have to fight through the many screens and double screens set by Warrior center Andrew Bogut, forward Draymond Green, and forward Harrison Barnes to free guards Curry and Thompson.
The Cavs have to stay with their assigned man, keeping their man in front of them fighting through screen. The assignment is not letting their man go backdoor for a layup.
Cleveland’s secret weapon is starting center-forward Tristan Thompson the first round draft choice from the University of Texas in 2011. Thompson can score in bunches. He assists James in rebounds, hitting the backboards he is being called the Cavs double-double man with 36 this year. That is hard to do with teammate LeBron James rebounding too.

The Golden State Warriors had to tank, (lost games on purpose), to acquire first round draft picks in 2012. Sometimes this works and sometimes it does not, just ask the New York Knicks, Philadelphia Seventy Sixers, and Minnesota Timberwolves, they still stink. The Dubs got lucky this time and with the great 2012 and 2013 draft they have improved to championship status.
The Warriors got gold, drafting Stephen Curry in 2009 and Klay Thompson in 2011. In the 2012 draft, the Warriors solidified their young base with three more picks forward Harrison Barnes, center Festus Ezeli, and forward Draymond Green.
The secret or not so secret weapon is young gun forward Harrison Barnes from the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. The Cavs have to shut him down. Not letting Barnes receive the outlet passes on fast breaks. Barnes improved his shooting skills and helped Golden State to victory in the Houston Rocket series.
Veteran center Andre Igoudola, the elder statesmen of Blue and Gold was brought over from Philadelphia; Igoudola was the star in Philadelphia he had to share the spotlight in Oakland with David Lee. Andre has the calming effect on the floor when things get crazy and the kids are running around without direction.
Shaun Livingston was a first round pick for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004 and played for the Brooklyn Nets last year, the Warriors picked him up because the scouts could see his defensive talent. They also picked him to spell Stephan Curry in the second and third quarters or when number 30 got in foul trouble.
Three point shoots have increased 55% in the NBA this year. This is the key to a Golden State victory because most of their offense revolves around shooting the trey. Cleveland uses the inside game more so Warrior small forwards Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes have to stay on the floor to guard James. Barnes, Iguodala and center-forward Marreese Speights have to push James beyond the three point line. David Lee will play more minutes and must play defense to help Draymond Green and Marreese Speights. David Lee was a star player in the New York Knick organization. Lee had to modify his game to the Golden State defensive team style unlike the New York shoot from the hip style. It’s still a work in progress. Forward-center Marreese Speights from the University of Florida was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2008. He came west from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013 after a year.
The Dubs have a daunting task to double the LeBron James pass recipients and stop the Cavs offense. This will be very difficult because James has improved his passing skills in Miami.
The Golden State Warrior guards must be aware of where Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova is on the floor because of his rough play and reputation. In other words he is a dirty player.
The Golden State Warriors made the steal of the century hiring Jerry West to the executive board and could be the silent brain behind this climbing organization.
West, 76, had recently told associates … that he was thinking about retiring for good, especially after the chaos of the Warriors’ 51-win season and subsequent firing of Coach Mark Jackson.
Mr. West did not agree with management but it all worked out with new Head Coach Steve Kerr. The NBA “Logo”, will be staying with the Golden State organization at least until the end of 2016.
This series present the different styles of basketball and the “Curse of Chief Wahoo”, is still looming in the wings.
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