Thursday, September 10, 2009
God.. and "Lies"
I love how Allen Iverson has invoked "God" as the reason he has meekly accepted a 1 year, $3.5 million deal with woeful and irrelevant Memphis Grizzlies. Iverson "Tweeted" the following...
"God Chose Memphis as the place that I will continue my career."
Or, maybe your inability to share the basketball had something to do with that. Just sayin...
The fact that no NBA team other than this laughinstock would want a 34 year old still-lightning-quick "superstar" is telling. It confirms once and for all what many Iverson agnostics (note: I did not say haters, or critics) have said for years.
He simply doesn't make teams better.
Aside from the Dikembe Mutumbo year in Philly where they went the Finals (with some of the shadiest refereeing this side of Tim Donaghy, well documented here my Bucks faithful), Iverson has had virtually no impact on a team being truly good or great.
Oh sure, he scores like the devil. He makes insanely pretty highlight plays. But that's about it.
Had Iverson seen this coming, he could have pivoted his game the last few years into becoming a true point guard. A 12 dime, 8 shot a night guy. But what fun would that be?
If so, he could have been a key starter/backup at the #1 position in the NBA for a dozen teams. I still think nobody is quick enough to stay with him.
But at least "God" has a plan for him. I hope God also doesn't believe in practice.
A few thoughts on what constitutes a "lie."
As you probably know, a Republican Congressman by the name of Joe Wilson blurted out rudely to Obama during his address "You lie!"
Out of form, no doubt. Untrue? Not hardly.
The issue was Obama insisting that his "plan" does not allow for illegal immigrants to be covered under his "universal" health insurance plan. I know, there is specific languange in the bill saying just that.
But at the same time, Obama does not say that there is precisely NO MEANS TO ENFORCE this in the plan. In fact, a Republican proposal to require citizens to prove their legal status before entering the plan was defeated by Democrats in committee.
So at best, Obama is uttering very nice sounding half-truths.
It would be like you promising your mom: "I promise I will not drive to the mall tonite to hang out with my friends smoke pot."
And then instead, you simply WALKED to the mall and did the same thing.
Everybody with half a brain knows that illegals WILL be getting coverage they are "supposedly" not entitled to under this plan. If a police department decides not to buy ANY radar detectors, then you can guarantee that there will be speeding.
So I suppose it would have been more accurate to shout: "You are spewing half-truths!"
But I also suppose that comment would have packed less sting. It would still have been rude. Presidents who choose to abuse the truth, do so at their own peril, and will have to answer for it in due time.