April 26, 2010
I always kind of hated those Powerade commercials with all the fake superhuman trick shots and plays. Michael Vick throwing the ball out of the stadium like Uncle Rico clearin' them mountains? Yeah, right. Andy Roddick spiking a serve six inches into a clay court? Pfffff. LeBron James(notes) swishing 70, 80 and 90-footers like it's nothing? Whatever, bro. Can't stand these phony "highlights."
I'd much rather see real ultimate power, like James calmly draining a hand-in-his-face J from a step inside half-court as the clock winds down in the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' rout of the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of their first-round Eastern Conference Playoffs series.
Just a quick look at the clock and a half-step to the right, then rise, fire and Drano. No big deal. You've got to wonder why every other player in the NBA doesn't just shoot their three-pointers from mad far away. Apparently, it's pretty easy, especially if you do it underhand.
With insult summarily added to the injury of LeBron notching a too-easy triple-double (37 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) to key a 121-98 drubbing on their home court, the Bulls will head back to Joakim Noah's(notes) least-favorite place of all time, ever, down 3-1 for Game 5 on Tuesday. And considering they now have incontrovertible proof that James can tear out their still-beating hearts and punt 'em from wherever he chooses, you've got to figure they're not too psyched about it.