The People’s Book

by Mack Williams
12 May 2014

I. Finally…

In my best The Rock voice, Finally…the new memoir by my mother, Winnie Williams….WWII Diary…is available for Kindle (as well as paperback). Only $2.99 on Kindle!

II. Two and a Half Man

I once heard a minister say that one might be in the position but it took up to seven years for a minister to be really recognized as the pastor, the leader by the congregation.

In the NBA case of Adam Silver, it took but two and a half months (with a big assist from Donald Sterling).

III. What Would FOX Say?

Unemployment is up over the last few weeks…therefore it must be Obama’s fault.

Maybe not…since we’re referring to coaches Mike Woodson, Mike Brown, and Mark Jackson. Okay, we’ll leave Woodson out, since the worst-kept secret in the world was that he wanted to bring Steve Kerr in to coach the Knicks. But was it Brown’s fault that he can only get 33 wins out of the Cavaliers? Do they really think they had a playoff-caliber team now? Kyrie Irving is a great young player, but they aren’t ready yet, even in the weaker Eastern Conference.

But in the case of Mark Jackson, what is the deal? Really, Warriors? After Mark Jackson led the Warriors best two years since forever, his reward was a pink slip? Makes no sense.

IV. San Antonio Tigers

If you’ve never seen the Princeton University basketball team play, try to catch them next season to see a team, lacking in talent in comparison to the big time Division I programs, still being able to compete nonetheless through execution and team play.

Watching the Spurs slice up the Trail Blazers, I’m thinking that this is what Princeton would look like if they got the Duncans, Leonards, and Jabari Parkers.

V. Tip Your Hat

Was it fitting that, on the day when Adam Silver spoke on the Sterling situation and the nation’s attention – for a day, at least – was focused on racial attitudes, Wayne Simmonds (a Black player on the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers) had a hat trick (scored 3 goals) to keep the Flyers alive?

VI. America’s Team

Thanks again to Donald Sterling, the LA Clippers had become somewhat of America’s Team, a sentimental favorite to win the championship….but then came Kevin Durant’s MVP acceptance speech which wowed Madison Avenue and brought some sentiment back to them in their heated playoff battle. All in all, the tremendous competition in the playoffs so far has help shift some of the focus away from the off-court issues, which is a good thing, at least short-term.

VII. The Heat Is Not On

The championship trophy is not returning to Miami this year. You read it here first. Not to be a hater, but I’m just saying.

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