Paul Pierce - Inglewood High School 1995
Remember the Jonathan Toews-LeBron James meme that arose after their respective championships last season? It was a Twitter picture of a handwritten sheet that claimed Toews said “we” 14 times and never said “I” in his post-championship-winning press conference, while LeBron said “I” 18 times and never said “we.” It was gleefully re-tweeted by hockey fans, by hockey broadcasters, by hockey players, by thousands and thousands.
Funny thing: in LeBron’s post-game transcript he said “we” 16 times, by my count; in his on-ice interview on the CBC right after winning Toews said “I” five times. And neither number meant anything.
So why do hockey fans do this? Why does basketball, a sport in which Canada is surging, need to be torn down to lift up hockey? There’s a racial component underlying some of it, which is sad and ignorant, but why? Is it insecurity? A need to create and fend off an other? Hockey is built on an incredibly strong sense of community, on a powerful sense of team versus individual, and those are part of what makes it great. And whenever this debate rises up, a part of hockey decides that hockey’s greatness alone isn’t enough.
I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
Its a pattern that is forming in this World Cup Knock out Stage, the smaller teams tend to impress but are unlucky.
- Chile oppressed Brazil like there is no tomorrow Lost in the end
- Mexico put Netherlands in their place but Lost in the End
- Nigeria Scared the fuck out of France but Lost in the End
- Algeria being amazing pushed Germany till the last minute but lost in the End