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 courtside.
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 liberation. 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 this:
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