A Game of Semantics

21 Dec

A WORD GAME . . . Watching SportsCenter this morning, I heard Allen Iverson (NBA star just traded to the Denver Nuggets) saying that he never asked to be traded from the Sixers. He went to his general manager and said “If you are not willing to make some changes for us to win, I don’t want to play for this team anymore.” So, he did NOT ask to be traded (he emphatically stated). WHAT DOES THAT MEAN THEN??? If you don’t do something, I no longer want to play for this team! Makes no sense at all unless you see it for what it is . . . a word game.

Now, technically I never said I am disgusted with the fact that ESPN editors even PLAYED that clip. I did not say that. You see what I mean?? Many people approach life with this literal attitude, this passive-aggressive approach, that gets a message through LOUD AND CLEAR without actually “saying” it. All of my life I have encountered people like this. They even rear their heads in churches. They are everywhere!

I used to be a fan of the NBA . . . When greats like Larry Bird, Dr J, Michael Jordan, and the like were playing the game . . . When they WORKED for a living. Now, the NBA seems to be a collection of all-stars with no real working men playing the game. I guess there are a few worth watching, but for the most part, I don’t enjoy it.

And the shame of that is I LOVE basketball. It was a big part of my life for YEARS.

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