You know, I’m a very passionate sports fan. Sports have been my refuge from reality. It’s the place I hide to escape when things get tough. The Green Bay Packers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Oklahoma Sooners are my favorite teams.
Things got tough last 4th of July when Kevin Durant left OKC to join the already champion Golden State Warriors. Fact is, if Draymond Green hadn’t gone all out stupid ass the Warriors would already be threepeat champions with two of them coming without Durant. If Durant had left to join Boston, LA, Chicago, New York or even San Antonio…I would have been okay with it. But that’s not what he did, what he did was calibrate the easiest path possible to an NBA championship. He then had the audacity to say with a straight face his decision charted him the toughest path possible to a ring. Whatever. Talk that shit to your dumbass brother Tony the ‘agent’.
I had no idea Durant was a Libra. I’m a Libra. My wife is a Libra. Most of her family are Libras and it’s an Air Force family with as much grit as you’d ever want to see. When I’m having talks with my father-in-law the guy across the table from me is a retired U.S. Air Force one star brigadier general. Thankfully—he thinks Caligula is an even bigger douchebag than I do. I have three nephews and a niece who are Libras. And here’s the thing…out of all these Libras–Kevin Durant is the weakest motherfucker in the bunch. My niece, Silvia, has some moments, but still. She’s a twelve year old girl so I’m cutting her some slack. What I’m saying is Libras are generally tough minded, fair, independent people who don’t act like the BPOAT (Biggest Pussy of All-Time).
Peyton Manning spent almost his entire pro career with the Indianapolis Colts and many of those seasons ended with the Colts losing in post season to Tom Brady and the New England Pats. Manning finally broke through, beat the Pats in an AFC Championship Game and won his Super Bowl with the Colts. Heck, he even won a second Super Bowl in Denver on his farewell tour. Dirk did something similar when he lost to the Miami Heat in 2006, but came back in 2011 and led the Dallas Mavs to their only world championship to date. Manning never hooked up with Brady and the Patriots and as we all know Dirk is still in Dallas.
So–Russell Westbrook has decided to stay and chances are he will never win an NBA Championship in Oklahoma City. But maybe, just maybe, like Dirk he’ll have that season where the stars align and he gets his ring. Odds are against it though. We live in an era of super teams with LeBron organizing in a city which fits his current needs. The Warriors are stacked. At some point a team in Los Angeles will get its shit together. It will be a narrow window for Russell Westbrook. Time will tell if he did the right thing.
But I know this for certain. Russell Westbrook in no way made a decision which will enhance his percentages in winning an NBA Championship. But he did make a decision which will endear him as the most loved Oklahoman of All-Time.
Happy birthday, Cupcake.