Congratulations James, Wade, Bosh: Live in The Moment and Know Your Opponent
I can’t think of anything better than when a black guy who tries to be a man gets more for the effort than just the satisfaction of knowing what he stood for.
In my fantasies, James, Wade, and Bosh announce retirement today. They won’t. They love basketball. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that. But, the current unrelenting system being what it is, playing on will just serve up new chances for the malicious white folks and the confused black people to defame them again. I’d have liked them to make a statement about what it was really all about. Playing under this historic duress and scrutiny means that winning more championships together is unlikely. I’ve been in conversations with those who cite the revenues this Miami Heat team generates as the reason the NBA is fond of these guys and wants them to keep winning. I reply to that by repeating the proven dictum that “Money NEVER trumps racism—EVER.”
That post-game conference last night looked like a news conference after a school shooting in a white neighborhood—except that the questions were so sparse and slow. And, like what happens minutes after a victory by black UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, instead of allowing James and Wade to savor the moment of victory, before their cardiac-respiratory rates even returned to baseline, they were asked to focus on the next competition. The next chance for white folks to “stop that man.” (famous words said about Anderson Silva and Tiger Woods)
“Congratulations” was not said one time by any journalist asking questions at the conference.
When James and Wade retire, like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I wager they will be offered no coaching or management jobs in the NBA or even college basketball until they are so old that some piddly adjunct offer is made to cap the effort to demean them. I don’t think James or Wade see it coming— how they will be ostracized from the game they love so much. I hope they will develop sincere avid interests outside of it so they have a chance at weathering that emotional bomb.
Per the contention that this championship served no counter-racist purpose because the trophy was handed from one white guy who owns black athletes to another? We are ALL owned by white folks. Muhammad Ali was owned. Jabbar was owned. Robert Williams (Negroes w/ Guns) was owned. Some slaves are rebellious. I applaud that and white folks mean to punish it—ALWAYS.
A pleasant addition to the upside of this event: Earvin “Magic” Johnson” was the ONLY sportscaster/analyst last night (that I saw—and I watched A LOT) that congratulated LeBron James. He did so unequivocally and boldly. One thing I’ve observed in my years on this planet is that you never know when one of the veteran pleasers of white folks will just have a seizure from decades of contortions and go Mau-Mau.