June 30th, 2012
By Bobby Toulaine -- There has been a few days for the ether to wear off. The lustre of an NBA Championship will not wear off for a long time
-- especially for Le Bron James. There are questions that this NBA Championship raised, though.
At one time during the play-offs, I noticed that Dwayne Wade said that he had conceded that the Miami Heat were Le Bron James' team
now. Is that true? Does he really feel that way? Wade has always seemed to be a guy that took a great deal of pride in being a star and a leader -- and he has already won one championship without Le Bron -- so will he want to go to another team sometime that is Dwayne Wade's team again. Or is he just going to enjoy the fame and notoriety -- and endorsement income -- that accompanies sequential championships?
Even though James is a formidable player -- there were times when it appeared that James was playing on shear will and determination in
the waning moments. Was that determination the result of wanting to desperately to get his first championship and get the monkey off his back -- that he doesn't show up when it counts in the big ones? If that was the case -- he certainly took care of that one this year. But does that mean that having taken care of that -- he ever have that kind of drive and determination again? Because I think it is fair to say -- that without the seeming indomitable will and determination of Le Bron James this NBA Finals -- OKC goes home champions. And next year -- the Thunder will be the guys with the hunger.
Or is this just the beginning? And it is not -- one -- not two -- not three -- not four -- not five -- not six -- not seven -- but eight NBA
Championships that await Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Le Bron James and the Miami Heat! And if that is the case -- wouldn't you just hate being the Oklahoma City Thunder for the next seven years? Be a little bit like having perhaps your best team in franchise history -- at least since 1979 -- and who do you meet at the NBA Finals but the Chicago Bulls -- with Scotty Pippen and Michael Jordan -- in their primes.
Like they say a little over west of Oklahoma City there -- out in the west Texas oil fields -- "if it weren't for bad luck -- we'd have no luck-a-tall".
June 29th, 2012
By Bobby Toulaine -- A few days have passed to let the shock of losing out in the NBA Finals -- and the reality of what needs to improve, changed, or be transformed -- headed into next year now is all -- but the ashes of the dreams for this year -- that remain.
I am hopeful that the drafting of Perry Jones III will add a Chris Bosh type performer to the OKC Thunder cast, and that his presence will pay dividends in the pressure packed minutes at the end -- when games are won. At 6-ll, quick, lean, and athletic, he has the power to post-up
and finish down low, the quickness and explosiveness to lead or trail in transition -- and can pull up and drill a 17 footer, fake and drive, or give and go. He's long enough to be a defensive presence to reckon with, can block shots, and can finish like a post-up center when called upon. Sounds like everything the current OKC "bigs" are not. And much as I like that bunch of guys -- Perry Jones III maybe one of the pieces to the puzzle of getting to the NBA Finals -- and winning it. It sure is pretty to think so, anyway, isn't is OKC fans?
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June 29th, 2012
By Frank Byronn Glenn -- In the first "burn" of the the after-math of the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, the euphoria on
the right was that now the Romney campaign for President had congealed -- that it had its "cause celebre", its "raison d'etre", and that now the GOP could go all in -- raise Obamacare as the blood red flag of treachery and the rallying call for the Republican base to storm the barricades and defeat the "infidel" -- and it's all downhill from here.
Yet the magnitude of the challenge for the Obamacare haters was slowly dawning on the Romney campaign as the day progressed.
On Friday, the Romney campaign called a conference call to talk about the tremendous opportunity -- and gift -- given them by the Supreme Court -- and how best the capitalize on their good fortune. In the conference call, however, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and the person chosen to introduce the mission at hand launch the ebullient conference call, subliminally evidenced the problem for Romney and his campaign team by introducing the discussion with a reference to ObamneyCare -- the perjoriative moniker first spoken by Rick Santorum during the GOP primary campaign -- and then almost famously followed up on the ObamneyCare reference by saying that because Romney Care for Massachussetts and ObamaCare for the nation were exactly the same.
In a moment -- an almost unconscious moment -- Mr. Jindal articulated the entire dilemma and uphill slog for Republicans -- and Romney --
who think the "red meat" of ObamaCare having been upheld by the Supreme Court is the "hands d0wn" winner and decisive gift that will result in Mr. Romney being "awarded" the Presidency. In the same moment, however, you could see the ObamaCare attack strategy begin to sputter, slow-down, and move toward "flat line".
Issuing forth out of the deafening silence of contemplating the tactics best suited to implement the Romney and GOP strategy of attacking
Obamacare as the "big government" over-reach and invasive monolith inserting itself between people seeking healthcare -- and their doctors.
Just dawning on the pundits and the Romney campaign team, however, was the slowly materializing realization that what they were really
going to be doing, in attacking Obamacare, was attacking the idea, the details, the ultimate cost and what they perceived to be the wholly unacceptably intrusive nature of the program.
And the guy they have chosen as the point of the spear of that attack -- Mitt Romney -- is a guy who has had that idea and that program --
who thought it was "marvelous" -- and who not only proposed it, introduced it, championed it -- and then subsequently bragged about it as one of his signature achievements during his term as governor of Massachussets. So -- they intend to attack it broadside -- with a guy who already did it -- did it first -- and whose law was the model for the one our Congress passed -- and which now they slander as "ObamaCare".
Seems like an uphill slog to me. But Republicans in recent years have surprised me more than once -- in terms of the ferocity with which they propose -- and then valiantly defend their own absurd and embarrassingly mendacious ideas and policy proposals.
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