Another Collection of Random Thoughts: Donald Sterling, Jhene Aiko & Russell Westbrook

Donald Sterling

Prepare for a brain dump, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s get right into it.

1. This whole thing about Donald Sterling is the topic du jour. If you haven’t heard anything about it, then you live under a rock. Google it. I could get you a link, but that takes so much more effort than I feel like giving right now.

The four of us here at ThaWell have talked about this at some length, so I won’t go into it here. You can look forward to that post soon. In short, I’m glad the NBA is doing what it can to get rid of this dude. But I wish they’d have done it a long time ago. For someone to have such an infamous past when it comes to race and be able to slip by for so long unquestioned, only to be brought down by his angry side piece is unbelievable. I just hope he goes away without kicking and screaming.

As far as his racism goes, are we really surprised? It would be ignorant of any of us to assume that all old white people are racist but when one pops up, it’s not exactly breaking news. I mean, the 60s weren’t that long ago. Everybody from that era hasn’t just grown past that kind of hate. Donald Sterling was probably that dude pouring a milkshake on the head of some black girl at a sit-in! Get him outta here.

2. Spotify is great to me. It gives me the chance to try a variety of music that I wouldn’t normally buy and make all sorts of playlists. Last week I decided I’d check out that new album by August Alsina. There are about 20986723059687 tracks on that album, and every single last one of them sound exactly the same. He’s like the male version of Ciara. It’s not that he’s a terrible singer, it’s that his range seems crazy limited. He just sings the same notes over and over again, song after song. I wasn’t expecting to love the album, just decided to give it a try.

Next, I gave Jhene Aiko’s album a try. Same thing! Every song sounds like she sang it while also taking a nap. I suppose I’d like her album if I also enjoyed smoking blunts and listening to bad music while I was still high. She’s fine on features, but a whole album of her gets old fast.

I quickly came to the conclusion that I’m just too old for some music. I’d imagine that if I were 10 years younger, I’d like both of these albums. For the first time in my life, I realized that I’m just around the corner from being that dude that tells the kids that their music sucks… It’s a sad, sad day, man. In a year or two, I’ll be telling kids to get off my lawn… I’m old, b.

3. Russell Westbrook is my dude, and I’m going to ride for him no matter what. Last week, I posted to Facebook that I’m tired of people blaming the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard every time they lose a game. Immediately, I started getting feedback that Russ doesn’t pass, he shoots too much, he can’t work with Kevin Durant, he needs to be traded, the Thunder are much better without him, blah, blah, blah.

I did all I could to refute those claims. For one thing, Russ finished the regular season in the top 10 in assists per game. This idea that he doesn’t pass is a myth. There are only a handful of players in the league who pass better than Russ. Not to mention that the guy that everyone seems to want Russ to pass the ball to has scored more points per game than anyone else in the league four of the last five years. I think he’s doing just fine with Russ’s passing.

To claim that the Thunder are better without him is a myth too. Yes, their winning percentage was higher in the regular season this year without him, but what about the playoffs last year? Who cares about the regular season? The Thunder aren’t winning anything without him in the playoffs. KD needs another scoring threat.

I’ll admit that I’m not always happy with all of Westbrook’s shots, but that’s life. That’s the game. That’s his game. And given that the Thunder are coached by one of the worst offensive minds in the NBA, what choice does he have than to take some errant shots? Scott Brook’s entire offense consists of two plays: 1) Get KD the ball, get out of the way, let him score. 2) Get Russ the ball, get out of the way, let him score.

I’d appreciate it if people got off Westbrook’s back, but we all know that ain’t happening. It’s become so much of an issue in sports talk that people complain about his shot selection without even seeing the game! I see it happen among my friends on Twitter and Facebook after every game… *sigh* Stuff’s frustrating, man.

That’s it for now. I’ll catch you next time…

-Erik (@WalkSays)

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