Somewhere along the line, all the rules changed for one person. Somewhere along the line a 16-year-old kid seemingly everyone loved became the scapegoat for anything remotely attached to him. America is obsessed with reality television, so why not mix it with one of its other addictions, sports? Ask ten people about the Kardashians, then go check the TV ratings. We live in a society where people love to hate things – and when we find a common target to hate, it makes it that much better. The saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" doesn't mention anything about LeBron James, but it should. James has become the enemy in the NBA, in turn making him the easiest way to make a friend. In this case, enemy number one James made for a perfect segue into asking Kendrick Perkins about his thoughts on the world's reaction to getting dunked on by Blake Griffin.
Last week Blake Griffin made a play your Grandma would recognize as special. It wasn't a normal basketball play; hell, people aren't even sure what to call it. On YouTube alone it has already been seen 10 million-plus times. No, we aren't talking about a Justin Bieber video – we are talking about one play in a Clippers-Thunder game. Social media exploded, ESPN unleashed the Sports Science guy to find out the "angular velocity" of the dunk, bloggers went all bloggy - basically imagine the excitement if Tim Tebow and Kate Upton were to release a sex tape. Everyone had something to say about it, including lots of NBA players on Twitter. The unfortunate victim of all this was Kendrick Perkins. While we are not privy to the entire context of the question/conversation, magically James' reaction to the play was brought to Perkins attention, and the rest was history. To be clear, Warriors forward Al Thorton proclaimed Kendrick Perkins' career finished on said play due to facialization, but the question was asked about James’ harmless in comparison response – you follow?
Perkins went on to say you don’t see Kobe or Michael Jordan tweeting because he hates puppies, or something to that effect. Oh, then some people demanded an apology from LeBron – or he’ll be sorry (old man finger wag). LeBron didn’t apologize for the tweet, and in related news – refused to take blame for Whoopi Goldberg’s fart on the set of "The View" a few weeks back, or Wes Welker’s dropped pass in the Super Bowl last Sunday. Dude is certified ruthless in his bridge burning behavior.
These teams meet March 25th in Oklahoma City where the people of Oklahoma are sure to cup their mouths and make a "booing" sound in the general direction of the Miami Heat’s #6. The joke will be on Perkins again however, because due to no one’s doing but his own, Blake Griffin giving him the business end of his off-hand elbow will be played countless times for all to see. I'd like to apologize on behalf of James if you did not enjoy reading this article.