In this week’s Pulse Report, we’re going to stop the bickering and admit LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan past and present, watch how disrespected Rick Rubin was this week, keep it 100 about Kanye West‘s return and oh SOHH much more.
1. Vice City
I hate to admit it to y’all, but CONGRATULATIONS TO LEBRON JAMES AND THE MIAMI HEAT FOR TURNING ME INTO A BELIEVER. There’s something I need to be quite honest to y’all about. I’ve been a New York Knicks fan all of my life and never once have I seen the Knicks play with as much heart and passion as the Heat did both in Game 6 and Game 7 of this NBA Finals. I’ve hated on LeBron well before his days of wearing sandals in South Beach and I’m likely going to still scream, “JAMES SUCKS” at Knicks games, but you have to give it up to the doggy. He’s got game. And as I watched the glitz and glamour of the celebration last night, I couldn’t help but think something I’ve always been told not to: Could LeBron James really be better than Michael Jordan in his prime? Those thoughts normally get shut down by “MJ never lost an NBA Finals” or “MJ was the heart of the team” yada yada yada. And so I dismissed the idea until Friday when I read a really good article:
With the Miami Heat’s Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James earned his second career NBA title. He now has four MVPs, two rings and two Finals MVPs. And he’s only 28 years old. As a point of reference, Michael Jordan had two MVPs, one title and one Finals MVP by the time he was 28. James entered the NBA directly from high school, so he got a jump on Jordan. LeBron just finished his 10th season, while Jordan had only been in the league for eight years by the time he was 28. Jordan finished his career with six NBA titles, winning in 1991, 92, 93 96, 97 and 98. Nate Silver of The New York Times takes an interesting look at LeBron’s chances of winning as many titles as Jordan. Looking at other players who have won a title and MVP by the time they were 28, Silver concludes that it’ll be difficult for James to win six championships. (USA Today)
Make sure y’all go and check out that USA Today article, it has some pretty cool visuals that I know you doggies will appreciate. Think about it. LeBron has been to the NBA Finals four times, won two, lost two. He’s been named an NBA MVP four times already. He’s shattered records in scoring and pretty much all categories you can think of. Is it time that we swallow the truth and admit LBJ is better than MJ was back in the day? And oh yeah, let’s also remember LeBron won these two NBA championships BY HIMSELF compared to Michael who had Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr and a bunch of other Hall of Fame players. Hard facts but we’re all going to have to let our guards down and keep it real.
Look, I really don’t try to sound like a geezer or even a hip-hop nerd on here but some of y’all are out of your damn minds for not knowing who Rick Rubin is. It’s one thing if this were “Wizard of Oz” and no one ever saw the man behind the screen but we’re talking about a doggy that single-handedly (sorry Russell) put all of your favorite rappers on the map by starting off Def Jam. SMH. But, without idiots the world just wouldn’t be as funny. I gotta give props to Smoking Section for putting me up on this. There’s a few more, but these are just some of the hilarious “WHO THE HELL” tweets about Rick Rubin appearing in that Samsung/Jay-Z commercial last weekend. LOL.
LMFAO!!! No further comments! LOL. But, C’MON!
3. Moment of the Week: The Return of Yeezus
Yeezus sucks. I’m sorry, it hurts me to write that but it does. I know there are a lot of positive reviews of it but I just can’t co-sign that as what is going to be the album of the summer. I look at a lot of things about it. I wanted to know more about his relationship with Kim Kardashian. Got nothing. I wanted to get an idea of what he was thinking of becoming a father, let’s remember he announced Kim’s pregnancy back in December and had time to address it. Got nothing. What I feel happened is Kanye wanted to experiment and draw attention and it just didn’t work for me, at least. I’m not going to get into the whole discussion about the religious title and the Jesus Christ discussion, but sticking to the music, I just could not rock with it.
Yeezus is a typical whirlwind of contradictions (Kanye the sex-crazed psycho, Kanye the racially profiled, Kanye the God), but we exit gaining little insight about Kanye West as a man (the expectant father, the Kim Kardashian boyfriend, the Rick Rubin side-kick). The album closes with “Bound 2,” an old-school College Dropout throwback–built on a warped soul sample, crammed full of classic Kanye observations. “One good girl is worth a thousand bitches,” he notes, between sink-top sex and Fight Club references. “You remember where we first met? / OK, I don’t remember where we first met / But admitting is the first step.” Perhaps more of these layers will unravel in time–if there’s one artist who’s earned our dedicated spins, it’s this guy. In the meantime, it’s a beautiful blast of humanity on an album–a perplexing, fascinating, absorbing album–that often feels outside normal human grasp. (Paste Magazine)
4. Mrs. Butterworth: Nicki Minaj
I don’t care what anyone says or how many times I’ve featured Nicki Minaj on here, she’s getting Mrs. Butterworth of the Year respect now. This needs no lead-in, doggies:
5. Rappers Say The Darndest Things: Rest In Peace James Gandolfini
Aight, y’all know how I am when it comes to putting your favorite rappers on blast but I’d rather give a pass to that this week and pay homage to one of the best on-screen television actors I’ve ever watched. I’ve never liked New Jersey for anything more than the fact my New York Jets play there on Sundays until I started watching “The Sopranos” back in the early 2000’s. Even as a kid, I couldn’t get enough of seeing this big, fat but lovable mob boss deal with real-life situations and do things that most of us doggies would do. Well, minus all the crime and shooting, his movements, actions and even the dialogue was entertaining. I ended up purchasing the entire box set when the series ended in 2007 and make it a point to watch an episode a few times a week. Hearing and reading about James Gandolfini’s passing hurt a doggy for real and it’s almost like losing someone your really knew, even though that wasn’t the case. If I had it my way, this entire day’s Pulse Report would have been dedicated to “Tony” but that wasn’t possible.
***Aight doggies, keep in mind, I’m a diehard Knicks fan so everyone who wants to say I’m on that Miami Heat bandwagon, later with that ‘isn. The NBA season is over and at the very least I can hope the Knicks were motivated. Now it’s about trying to patch up the New York Yankees and the New York Jets. If y’all haven’t seen it, mess with Man of Steel this weekend! I’ll catch y’all on Tuesday! –BB***