Habitual line stepping

As I watched The Thunders versus the Golden State Warriors this past Saturday night, Carmelo Anthony threw down his headband violently in anger after getting hit by Draymond Green, who acted like nothing happened, like usual.

At that moment, I was thinking that at some point, someone will have to set Draymond Green straight with physical force.

The same way CHARLIE MURPHY (may he rest in peace), the brother of the great Eddie Murphy, had to beat the hell out of Rick James repeatedly for messing with Eddie Murphy’s couch on purpose, for tattooing the word “Unity” on Charlie’s forehead at Club 54 and for slapping Charlie in the face at the China Club.

To be fair, Rick James had a legitimate excuse for his constant line crossing habits: heavy cocaine use.

Draymond Green has a valid excuse to some extent too. His competitiveness, combined with his high IQ for the game of Basketball and let’s be honest – his ability to get under his opponent’s skin with his trash talk, make him an indispensable player for the Golden State Warriors.

But too many times, like Rick James, Draymond will go too far and do something nonsensical like kicking opponents in the groin. His multiple flagrant fouls during the 2016 playoffs got him suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That’s when the Cavs began their comeback, upsetting the Warriors after trailing the series 3 games to 1.

I am surprised that Draymond has not caused a major brawl yet. But another habitual line-crosser, who happens to be a well known hockey player in Montreal and the province of Quebec, certainly did.

For those who don’t know, Dale Hunter was one heck of a hockey player. He was also the personification of a habitual line-crosser.

He played for the Quebec Nordiques from 1980 to 1987.

Then, he spent the next 12 years with the Washington Capitals. He then came back to the organization that had originally drafted him, the Colorado Avalanches, who were the Quebec Nordiques.

He is currently the co-owner, president and head coach of the London Knights of the Ontario Junior League. Let me say this: this fool was unreal!

He was a crazier, old school, white version of Draymond Green (I love cross-racial comparisons by the way). As a young Habs fan, I loved to hate this man. If you have any time to waste, I suggest to you all to go on Youtube and type in the search space: Dale Hunter, cheap shots. If you like chaos as I do, Dale Hunter won’t disappoint. Enjoy!

He was the instigator of the brawl of all brawls between the Montreal Canadiens and the Quebec Nordiques, the famous Good Friday Massacre (La Bataille du Vendredi Saint, in French) on April 20, 1984. He kept taking runs at the goalie, Steve Penney, after the whistle was blown. At the end of the second period, he even fought his own brother, Mark Hunter who played for the Habs.

Imagine that!

Who can forget, in 1993, Game 6 of the first round series between the Capitals and the New York Islanders when Dale Hunter went absolutely insane.

He hit an unsuspecting Pierre Turgeon to the board after Turgeon had scored a goal and was celebrating.

You can see afterward, several Islanders going after Dale Hunter and pummelling him.

Charlie Murphy would have been proud of those guys.

Look, I do not condone the use of violence, but like Charlie Murphy educated us in the Charlie Murphy – True Hollywood Story segment from the Chappelle Show, a habitual line-crosser needs to be checked so that the line-crossing can stop.

I used those two athletes, in a way, to relive one of the greatest Dave Chappelle sketches ever: Charlie Murphy – True Hollywood Stories featuring Rick James, 14 years ago.

But, we need Draymond Green in our lives. He makes the game of basketball fun, the same way Dale Hunter made the game of hockey fun in the past, with their unique, habitual line-crossing way.

Again, Rest in Peace to you, Charlie Murphy and Rick James.

For some comic relief:

ETrue Hollywood Story Rick James and Charlie Murphy

Written by Donald Demosthenes (aka The Educated Fool and The Other Donald)

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March madness

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For the basketball lovers all around the world, March madness is the most wonderful time of the year.

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It’s crazy! The final four is dominating our weekends (in my case if I don’t fight with the hubby yeahh I know … It should be the other way around) and the start of the NBA playoffs.

I’m a Raptors fan all the way (Canucks for life). But I do enjoy the drama regarding the GS, Miami Heat and The Cavs.

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But what is happening with the Lakers. But I do believe next year, they will be a stronger team. I just hope they won’t bring Kobey back as an adviser ( I am not a Kobey fan). Enjoy your retirement man Mamba.

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The Final Four as entertaining to watch as the NBA during the playoffs. I’m hook big time like it was cocaine (I do not use any drugs except my hot chocolate every morning) . Tell it Ric James!

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Baylor vs USC was such an entertaining game.

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Guess what I will watch on TV next weekend during the evening. It will be the battle of the control of the Tv. Will I win this one? Plan B, watching it on my computer.

Let’s continue our madness. Oh yeahhhhh.

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The magic is still around

As I was chilling last night and I was catching up with my ESPN podcasts and my sports news moment of the day, I nearly fall over my bed with my computer when I heard Magic Johnson is back to his home!

But not as an adviser for the team or the coach. He came back as father superior meaning in my Chronicle language as the big boss of the Lakers. He keep surprising us this Mister Johnson.

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Holy macaroni! That what I said with a big smile.

I never been a big Lakers fan especially in the Kobe Bryant era. Yes, I have big issues with Mr. Bryant. Never been a fan but I do respect that he is one of the greatest. See I can be nice and polite.

But Magic, my oh my, I’m a 80’s kid growing up with a big brother with my brothers best friends (Chabot park kids for life) that they know who you are were avid basketball fan. I do remember the numerous debate between Pascal, Roots, Alain, Steph, Jean-Marc about who’s the greatest basketball player of all time. And our favorite baseball player Pat was probably saying oh boy again guys. Rick and me listening our big brothers debating with fire in their eyes. Wow.

The Bird and The Magic rivalry was a real soap opera . Until now, we are still talking about, we are still reminiscing about it and we are still in awe about those two giants.

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I won’t talk about Magic tweets and the fact that some journalists are questioning if Magic is the right guy to run this team. But I will say that I think it is and we must give him a chance. All we are saying is give Magic a chance. And I’m singing in my best John Lennon voice.

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It seem I am not the only one having this opinion. Rob Tornoe of Forbes magazine is basically saying the same thing.

Magic Johnson article on Forbes

Magic want to fix the Lakers. That is his main goal. And like every big leader, people will like for your decision and people will hate for your decision.

Earvin Magic Johnson.

But you have to accept it and still going forward. I have no doubt about Magic strength of character and yes, he will make mistakes but he is the best guy for this team.

The Magic is still around.

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Peace