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The Key to LeBron James' free agency was right there
on his Nike Sneaker on Sunday night. You had to get
past the out-of-place pink tone that fit neither
Cleveland Cavaliers colors scheme nor the Lakers'
purple-and-gold that shone so bright in their 127-113 win.
Ditto for the name of this particular model of the LeBron
15s "Hollywood", with a release date that just so happened
to coincide with James' only visit to the Staples Center to
face this Lakers team that he might consider joining when
July 1 rolls around.

But once you learn what the inscription on the side of the
sole means - "RWTW," as in "Roll With the Winners" - then
you start to understand why these next few months are so
crucial for the Cavs. Put simply, they're not worthy of
being deemed winners at the moment. At least not the type
that might compel James to stay put.

The loss to the Lakers was their seventh in the 15 games
since first-year general manager Koby Altman overhauled
the roster at the Feb. 8 trade deadline, and all it took
was one glance at James' frustrated face midway through
the fourth quarter to get a sense of the Cavs' quandary
right now. On one side, there was former Cavalier Isaiah
Thomas stealing the ball from James and finding Julius
Randle for a dunk that pushed the Lakers' lead to 21
points. And there was James, just a few feet behind
Randle as he hung on the rim with so much delight,
palming the ball after the whistle was blown and
looking like he was about to throw a 100-mph
fastball toward his associates who were sitting


Black Panther, the most recent entry into the
Marvel cinematic universe, has been greeted with
the breathless anticipation that its arrival will
Change Things. The movie features the leader of a
fictional African country who has enough wealth
to make Warren Buffet feel like a financial piker
and enough technological capacity to rival advanced
alien races.The change that the movie supposedly
heralds is black empowerment to effectively challenge
racist narratives. This is a tall order, especially
in the time of Trump,who insists that blacks live in
hell and wishes that (black)sons of bitches would get
fired for protesting police violence. Which makes it
a real shame Black Panther,a movie unique for its
black star power and its many thoughtful portrayals
of strong black women, depends on a shocking devaluation
of black American men.

Wakanda is a fictional nation in Africa, a marvel beyond
all marvels.Its stupendous wealth and technological
advancement reaches beyond anything the folks in MIT's
labs could dream of. The source of all this wonder is
vibranium, a substance miraculous in ways that the movie
does not bother to explain. But so far as we understand,
it is a potent energy source as well as an unmatched raw
material.A meteor rich in vibranium, which crashed ages
ago into the land that would become Wakanda, made Wakanda
so powerful that the terrors of colonialism and imperialism
passed it by. Using technology to bide its good fortune, the
country plays the part of a poor, third-world African nation.
In reality, it thrives, and its isolationist poloicies protect
it from anti-black racism. The Wakandans understand events in
the outside world and know that they are spared. This triumphant
lore-the vibranium and the Wakandans' secret history and superiority-
are more than imaginative window-dressing. They go to heart of the
mistaken perception that Black Panther is a movie about black

In Black Panther, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)has risen to the throne
of Wakanda.We know that his father, T'Chaka, the previous king,
died in a bomb attack. T'Challa worships his father for being
wise and good and wants to walk in his footsteps. But a
heartbreaking revelation will sorely challenge T'Challa's
idealized image of his father.


Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace for Real Madrid,
including an absolutely ridiculous bicycle kick
goal in the second half,and the Spanish giants ran
out 3-0 winners over Juventus at the Allianz Stadium
in Turin to take complete control of their Champions
League quarterfinal tie.

Ronaldo scored his first just three minutes into the match
thanks to a complete breakdown by Juventus' defense, who
double-marked Karim Benzema despite him moving away from
goal while Ronaldo darted up to get on the end of a fantastic
pass from Isco. Madrid threatened to score a second with the
wind temporarily taken out of Juventus' sails, but the Italians
eventually stabalized themselves and actually controlled the match
from about the 15 minute mark until just after halftime.

But as the match approached the hour mark, Madrid started to
assert themselves once more. Not saisfied with just a single
away goal, they started hunting for a second, steadily applying
more and more pressure on Juventus' defense until miscue between
Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgi Chiellini helped set up Ronaldo to do

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