The JumpOff weekly NBA update with Tyler Butler
The NBA has defiantly picked up some steam in the past week. Sadly, it’s for some good and bad reasons. Watching this LeBron-Barkley saga feels like I’m back at my fifth-grade lunch table.
First, Barkley gave his opinion about what he thought about LeBron James, which is what he’s paid to do as an analyst. Sir Charles was critical of James by questioning his competitiveness. LeBron however took it to a personal level by telling Barkley, “I didn’t show up late for an All-Star game, spit on someone, throw someone through a window, or not pay up on a gambling debt.”
Ouch LeBron. You would’ve thought he was on Comedy Central Roast show. LeBron went for the juggler! He set out to destroy Sir Charles.
He wasn’t alone on attacking the “Round Mound of Rebound.” TNT co-analyst Shaquille O’Neal intensified the situation a few days later by stating, “If I was LeBron, I would’ve punched you in the face!”
D-Wade and Draymond Green came out and supported LeBron, even urging him to say more! Come on fellas…this is the NBA and not the Housewives of Hollywood. Let’s cut the drama and get back to hooping. Please?!?.
Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics)
Unlike his height, Isaiah Thomas has been huge this season! For the month of January, Thomas led the NBA in scoring (32.9 ppg) and helped the Celtics to a 10-4 record for the month. He has scored 20 points in each of his last 33 games, and is currently averaging 29.7 PPG. Only Larry Bird averaged more points a game as a Celtic (29.9 ppg) for a season.
The most remarkable stat is what Thomas is doing during clutch time, leading the NBA in fourth quarter points (averaging 10.7 ppg in the fourth). The 5-foot-9 point guard is lighting up the NBA and showing big things do come in small packages. Don’t overlook him, because this tiny guard has the Celtics looking up at a 2.5 lead from first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics are going to wear General Electric sponsorship logos on their jerseys next season. Yes, that’s right! Teams will have corporate sponsors on the front of the jersey instead of the NBA logo.
The NBA logo will still be on the jersey, but it will be moved to the back like an old t-shirt. Ads are already on the All-Star uniforms. You will see Kia all over the place All-Star weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the move from business perspective. It will bring 100 million to the league. I wonder if they will sell jerseys with the sponsor logos on them.
I don’t think I could wear a Bulls jersey with a Sears or Harold’s chicken logo. Maybe an Uno’s Pizza, but not Sears. What if the Wizards had a Trump logo on it? The Jordan Jumpman would be kind of cool to see. What if New Orleans had a Zaterans, or a Chick-fil-A logo for the Atlanta Hawks? Call me old school, but I don’t want to see company logos replacing Jerry West.
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