Thursday, March 24, 2011

Uncle Tom, Rebecca Black, Elizabeth Taylor (with a dash of NBA MVP talk)

I wasn’t planning to pen a blog post until the NBA playoffs started…but then when an epic two-night stretch of basketball collided with two weeks of some of the more memorable pop culture news in recent memory….well I just couldn’t resist writing about everything going on. Starting off with the NBA as the top teams start looking towards gaining an edge for what could be the greatest spring in years…

The MVP Race

Let me start by saying this has been one of the most entertaining seasons in recent memory. Between Los Angeles defending the title with a vengeance, Boston furiously chasing the championship belt that they were minutes away from grabbing, the Heatles teaming up to take the league by storm, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, and Russell Westbrook ascending to superstardom, the Spurs turning back the time machine for one last hurrah, Stat and Melo making revitalizing the Mecca of Basketball, Seattle planting the seeds for years of future contention, and Portland fighting on despite Brandon Roy’s sudden downfall, I can’t think of another season with this many juicy story lines and subplots. We’ve never had this many rivalries and elite teams; people complain about players forming superteams, but what’s wrong with having stars going to battle every single night? You’ll see once the playoffs arrive and every night is a thriller. And that was BEFORE Tuesday night’s epic night of basketball, which saw Derrick Rose singlehandedly destroy the Hawks, put his stamp on the MVP race and reignite MVP discussion throughout the blogosphere, followed by the Suns and Lakers staging the most epic clash of the season. Once the Blake Griffin and John Wall followed that up with another two overtimes, I couldn’t help but weigh in on the MVP race at the ¾ mark of the season. Without further ado…