CBSSports- James blocked it out, ignored it, but make no mistake: Others didn't. Privately, Cavaliers officials wondered how Thompson can complain about a Timofey Mozgov screen one day and declare the NBA to be a "man's league" on another, how the toughness, mental or otherwise, of a star player who has yet to see the benefit of many whistles can be so openly questioned.
"If it's a man's game, shut up about the [illegal screen]," Jefferson told The Vertical. "Or don't say anything about LeBron. Klay, he's like my little brother. But we can't contradict ourselves."
I guess this is the nature of the beast with the current media landscape, but the NBA Finals - with 5 games played in what has felt like a month and a half - has been such a mind numbing bitchfest that it almost makes you yearn to sit at the lunch table with the 'Mean Girls'. It may not seem like it's been that bad, but let's break it down whine by whine to get a better idea of just how catty this basketball equivalent of a PTA meeting has been...
First you have Klay Thompson bitching about an illegal screen when his team has basically made them famous. Then you have Draymond Green actually calling LeBron a bitch which in turn triggered LeBron to immediately act like a bitch. Then Klay came back in hot to bitch about how LeBron was being a bitch after getting nut-tapped by a player whose made bitching a bi-quarterly occurrence. Then everyone who has ever even visited the Bay Area bitched about a suspension that was given to a player that became a repeat offender of acting bitch-made. Now you have Richard Jefferson bitching about the dude that has come out of nowhere to be the Warriors hypocritical lead bitcher. And it doesn't even end there, because Steph Curry's wife refused to be outbitched by a bunch of grown men so she bitched about the refs who had already bitched about the league bitching them out to the fans.
It's been a never ending (literally, I think I have aged 6 months this series began) cycle of bellyaching, moaning, and protesting. A series we have all looked forward to since the season tipped off appears to be as competitive as ever, and - save a step over, a crotch shot, and a couple of 41 point performances - the most noteworthy shit has happened when these idiots have opened their mouthes. I am usually far from the first person to go to the "shut up and play" route, but for Christ's sake...shut the fuck up and play, because before the NBA intervened this series was only historical in the sense that it was the first time a bunch of professional athletes menstrual cycles became synchronized.