Finally, there’s a bit of comic relief to go alongside widespread speculation the fix was in during the ’02 Western Conference Finals. To wit, self prescribed vindication for MVN.com‘s Mr. Jackie Christie.
A champion is treated in a whole different light. They are valued in the locker room and commercially on a whole different level. For years, my wife and I have been ridiculed and talked about like we are weird, all because we did not fit the œmold of what the culture breeds in the NBA. It got to the point that these stories would precede us to the point that teams thought that I (i.e. we) would be a problem. That is bogus!!!! Respecting yourself, your family and being a team player is a problem? The point being that if the series would have went the way we all know that it should have, as a champion my relationship would have been praised because the œchamps are always shown in a good light. Just like now, you see Kobe and many players with their wives and kids right there hugging and kissing, now it™s œchic¦And not to knock any of the players, I am very pleased and proud that now all of them can feel ok about showing how they feel about their families in public. After my family and I took all of the bullets and were put through hell, our businesses suffered and ultimately the profession that I love so dearly has been taken away with lies and propaganda, just as that series was.
Are you kidding me? Last season (˜07/™08), I go in the gym with the Sonics and Trail Blazers (not to mention the GMs that I spoke to personally) and outplayed 90% of their guys. The only thing my agent told me they were interested in was my relationship with my wife, what happened before, or why did I leave the Clippers??? Truth be told, my family and I were dealing with the same old lies and workers starting trouble with us. I™m not willing to deal with that!
I just want to go and play the game that I love. So, that makes me weird, huh?!? Maybe if I was fighting with my wife and flirting with people, I would still be playing or at least going out on my own terms!
Doug’s got quite a point. Latrell Sprewell won a conference title with New York, and look how the media and GM’s alike hold him in such high regard. Once you’ve won a conference title, you’re pretty much set for life, right?