It seems like the LeBron James vs. Charles Barkley feud has picked up some steam this week. The ESPN story is linked here but basically after years of being criticized by Barkley, LeBron is finally responding with some hate of his own. I'll let you read the article on your own because I can't do the quotes justice by paraphrasing but I agree with both guys.
Charles Barkley gets paid for his opinion and has always given fair criticism of LeBron James, in my opinion. I've never taken it as a jealous ex-player attacking a current star. Just a man giving his opinion on what he is watching. Most of the interviews I've seen Barkley criticize LeBron in Charles does praise him in it as well, but Chuck just doesn't sugarcoat many of his thoughts. I could see how that would upset LeBron but I always felt Barkley was doing it to push LeBron.
On the other hand, good on LeBron for stepping up and firing back on his own. I respect LeBron for taking the high road on this for so many years but finally saying "enough is enough". James came back with some solid retorts on his own. Being on the LeBron side of the "LeBron vs. MJ" debate, I've seen how much unwarranted hate this guy gets just because he's not Jordan. Even if you don't think he's as good as Jordan, I'm not sure we as a society are appreciating how great of a player LeBron has become. And for how long he's done it. No real injuries and playing at the level he's played for almost 15 years now.....and people would rather bash on him than appreciate him? I'd be pissed too.
So I love where both guys are coming from. I hope they keep going at each other, I love a great feud. I'm afraid they just meet up at All-Star weekend and shake it out though. Keep it up guys!
Only two weeks into President Trump's presidency and it seems like there is a protest over something going on somewhere about every day. I get the feeling President Trump's philosophy on governing is like Tom Izzo's philosophy on playing defense. Izzo has his guys just maul the heck out of you for 40 minutes because he knows the refs can't keep that pace up for the entire game so eventually he'll get away with more as time passes. Same with Trump's governing apparently. People aren't going to be able to protest everything forever.
I'm all for people peacefully protesting though and standing up for what they believe in. Unpeaceful protests and riots are a completing different issue that I won't get into. But protest all you want for all I care, I support you. Here's the problem I've been seeing with some of these protests the past couple weeks though that really has rubbed me the wrong way. Keep your children out of it.
I'm seeing all over social media people protesting and then posting pictures of children holding signs and protesting along with them. Stop it. I'm talking 4-6 year old kids that I see out protesting and picketing.
If you want to bring your children along with you because you want to spend time with them, or can't find a babysitter, or want to give them a chance to "witness history" or make a memory I'm OK with that. They are your kids now mine. But please don't make a anti-Trump sign and have your cute little kid hold it just so you can put it on social media.
It makes me sick when I see a picture of a little kid holding a fancy sign some adult made. Don't use your kids as props. I know the likelihood of a picture going viral on the internet is better with a cute kid holding it rather than an 40 year old, but please think better of this. I find it really hard to believe that any kindergartener is really up in arms about any of President Trump's political policies. I can't see many five year olds saying they'd rather leave their cartoons on Saturday morning to protest the President's immigration policies. "Man I could watch SpongeBob and drink my Hi-C cooler but I'd rather go grab the markers and make a protest sign".
Don't use your kids as a political prop, please.
Thought I'd continue to keep everyone up to date on my injury progress. As you know last week I hurt my foot playing on a 4-on-4 co-ed basketball tournament at school. Initially thought it was broken but went to the doctor later in the week to find out that it was just a sprain. Still hurting over the weekend into Monday.
I decided to try working out a Farrell's last night to test out the foot. Made it through the entire workout but struggled. One minute into the workout, my foot basically gives out. We do jumping jacks to get our body warm at the beginning every kickboxing class. First jumping jack I was putting all the weight on my right foot to take it easy but then I decided I can't do that all workout so it was either sink or swim time. The second jumping jack I just did a regular one and landed evenly on both feet and my left foot just folded, I almost fell to the ground...which would have been really embarrassing taking a fall during the first ten seconds of jumping jacks.
But I survived and just did jumping jacks with all the weight on my right side. Rest of the workout went ok, just slower than normal. Only thing I wasn't really able to do was my kicks on the bag with my left foot. You know me, normally I really lay my kicks in strong. I get a nice plant foot, pivot, really get my hips turned and attack the bag with my foot. Was still able to do that with my right foot but basically had to just touch the bag with my left foot. Not great.
Pretty sore after the workout and it feels like I have a high ankle sprain now. Probably overcompensating when I walk or move since my foot isn't right. Might be just one of those things I have to tough out over the next couple weeks. Jordan had his Flu Game, #FeenyMode might just have to have his Ankle Month.