Taco Tuesday! Come fill your bellies with another tasty edition of The Drive. The Golden State Warriors have found their way into the the NBA Finals once again, Aaron Judge is now holding court in the outfield of Yankee Stadium, and they are back to celebrating good times in the NFL. Mark gives Sam a radio history lesson as we look back at WKRP in Cincinnati and plan our cheesy 80’s commercial. With Boston heading into Game 4 tonight, there is not much hope from our resident Celtics fan, but we try to change that. New Bern Sun Journal Sports Editor stops by in his wind tunnel and we get his opinion on the playoffs and some baseball stories. Plus as always, the Table Takeout Stat of the Day, What’s Up presented by Cravin-A-Cup, and more!
Hans Gruber, Justin Beiber, Martin Shkreli, Grayson Allen.
….the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers?
All are some of the most hated people in the world, and even if you don’t have a problem with the last two yet, you will. The Cavs and Warriors have not only made a mockery of the NBA as a whole, but have begun to show apathy for any integrity to the game at the lowest level.
I tried to bite my tongue for a long time. When LeBron came back to Cleveland, I tried to appreciate the story. When Kevin Durant rightfully chose to form a super team in Golden State, I did not vilify him. How could I, in an era where we strictly judge a players success on championship rings, blame Durant for sealing a title for himself? I even went so far as to find the humor in Draymond Green kicking every Dick, Bob and Tom in town right in the family jewels. This has all changed in a few short days as these entitled superstars continue to alienate themselves from the common fan.
I’m not sure why Durant thinks all of the sudden it’s Kevin Durant vs. the World right but like, it’s not. People want to like KD, and early in his career he was the tall lanky kid that helped put a small market team on the map in Oklahoma City. People found the fact that he could not bench 185 pounds at the combine charming, and gushed over his MVP speech where he put his mother on a pedestal. That was all nice guy Kevin.
Now we have this Kevin.
Kevin Durant on the amount of blowouts this postseason: "If you don't like it, don't watch it." pic.twitter.com/WaqGEt93k5
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 21, 2017
“If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.” While I get where Durant is coming from here, it’s an awfully bold statement to make to the fans. Rather than understanding the question and joining in on the national discussion of how lackluster this playoff season has been due to the top heavy nature of the league, KD goes full heel and employs a “I’m gonna take my ball and go home” strategy. Odd choice Kev, and this just furthers the trend of arrogance that has accompanied Durant as he has aged.
In fairness, he did apologize. Kinda.
“I mean, life can be simple, man, Durant said. “If you don’t like the way the game is going, just turn it off. If you’re enjoying it, just keep it on. Life is simple. I didn’t mean it to disrespect anybody, but if you felt disrespected, I’m sorry. But if you don’t enjoy the game, turn it off [and] turn something else on. If you do, enjoy the rest of it, man.”
“I thought teams would compete a little harder,” Green said. “I just watched San Antonio-(Houston). I like to watch good basketball. When you watch Cleveland play, you only watching one side of good basketball. That’s kind of weak. I like watching a good game, not even necessarily that it’s going to be a close game. I like to watch teams playing good basketball. When you watch them, you watch one team playing good basketball and everybody else just…do something. I don’t know what that something is.”
Happy Monday folks, we welcome you aboard The Drive as we recap another weekend in sports. After being brutalized Friday night, the Celtics rebounded in a big way, but does it mean anything? That, plus the Raiders may be playing with house money, literally, in their new stadium, and ECU closed its regular season on a high note. Did the Celtics win Game 3, or did LeBron and the Cavs lose it? Another award winning edition of “Can You Fill It”, and ESPN Greenville’s Kyle Gaskins joins the show to discuss ECU baseball and some Stanley Cup action. And as always, the Table Takeout Stat of the Day and What’s Up presented by Cravin A Cup, Male Rompers, Jordan Vandenberg got a ring, and more!
We wrap up another week of The Drive and get you set for your weekend of sports. Headlines include Isiah Thomas working with Markelle Fultz (they’re best friends), Conor McGregor has applied for his Nevada boxing license, and Tom Brady is the new James Bond. Recapping a few things from the week, Mark doesn’t know how to handle being a Celtics fan and inevitably losing to the Cav’s, and Sam is ecstatic about what is happening with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kinston Free Press Sports editor and Channel 12’s Brian North each stop by to catch up on their thoughts from the week. Plus, as always, the Table Takeout Stat of the Day and What’s Up presented by Cravin A Cup.
Happy Thursday folks! We welcome you aboard a jam packed edition of The Drive on this lovely day in Eastern North Carolina. We get started where else but with the headlines with Carolina, recapping last nights Game 1 in the Eastern Conference finals, Alex Smith got his feelings hurt by the Chiefs drafting Patrick Mahomes, and Joey Bats is at it again with the bat flips. News Channel 12’s Ariel Epstein stops by to talk some baseball, and why we should be selling this Yankees stock…for now. Tar Heel hoopster Michael Norwood drops by as we really delve into the NBA, and the upcoming draft. And as always, the Table Takeout Stat of the Day, What’s Up from Cravin A Cup, buffoonery, childishness, and so much more!