Monday's HOT MIC
What's happening to LeBron and the Cavaliers? Last night they were blown out—again—by the Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, 113-132. Fox Sports' Chris Broussard had this to say about LeBron:
LeBron’s played well. I mean, triple-double. He didn’t settle for the jump shot, he only took three 3-pointers. He attacked the rim. We know he had 14 assists, but he set guys up for open looks that they missed.
"If you want to say he wore down toward the end, I can get that. He’s used to playing big minutes, but not at this pace. And he’s used to playing big minutes, but if you notice during the regular season and the playoffs, he doesn’t usually guard the best perimeter player. That allows him to roam and coast and pace yourself. He has to guard [Durant] for the most part full-time, and then have it on the offensive end. So I do think he wore down.”
It seems like an accurate assessment. The three-time MVP from Akron began to look ragged by the end of the third quarter, overwhelmed by the swarming Warriors defense. Could fatigue be a problem? In an April article at ESPN Henry Abbott speculates that LeBron has been pushing the boundaries of human endurance for years. Brian Windhorst, who has been covering LeBron since he played high school ball, explained:
It's a nearly annual event for him to come into training camp with the goal of reducing his minutes. And sure enough, after he looked exhausted in the 2011 Finals and the Heat lost to the Mavs, his minutes per game declined from 38.8 in 2011 to 35.6 in 2016.
That trend has reversed this season. He's on pace to play the most minutes since 2013-14. LeBron and the Cavs have said this was by design, that James believed it would benefit him by playing more minutes to get into premium condition before tapering later in the season. But that hasn't happened -- as the Cavs faltered he's averaged more minutes in March than November.
Abbott notes that in 2010, the year LeBron suffered what some have speculated was an episode of "general lameness," he was perhaps pushing himself to unheard of levels:
James was wrapping up seven seasons in which he'd played 25,197 total minutes. It's been nearly 20 years since any other player has done the same. By the 2015 playoffs, one of the high priests of biometric science, Athletic Lab's Michael Young, would declare James' workload "unfathomable," perhaps greater than any other athlete in any other sport.
That said, LeBron goes to extraordinary lengths to take care of his body:
"When LeBron was a springy 18-year-old, he didn't even tape his ankles regularly," [Windhorst] says. "But now he invests hundreds of thousands per year on his body." Windhorst reveals this fun tidbit: James has his own system of liquid nitrogen tanks to apply supercool cryotherapy to inflamed joints, and a black Mercedes Sprinter van with custom white leather lounger seats, in part to allow him to receive treatments on the go.
Don't count LeBron out. The series could totally flip once the Cavs come home to Cleveland. But other players (I'm looking at you, J.R. and Tristan Thompson) will need to step up and get back into their pre-Finals groove. And it wouldn't hurt to have a few calls go the Cavs' way. The officiating was terrible last night. Calling 3-point fouls on desperation tosses from half-court needs to stop immediately. And would it kill them to call a travel on Curry once in a while?
I suspect she's about to learn more about reality than she expected.
The left out "Furries Justice" and probably a few others. (Also, what's the IA+ after LGBTQ? I'm almost afraid to ask.)
Trump targets ... air traffic control?
Yes, and it's an important move. Here's NTK Network:
“We will launch this air travel revolution by modernizing the outdated system of air traffic control,” Trump said. “It’s about time!”
“Our plan will get you where you need to go more quickly, more reliably, more affordably, and yes, for the first time in a long time, on time,” the president promised.
Trump said that his administration’s air traffic reforms will bring the system “into the future.”
“For too many years, our country has tolerated unacceptable delays at the airport, long wait times on the tarmac, and a slowing of commerce and travel that costs us billions and billions of dollars in lost hours and lost dollars themselves,” he said.
Trump’s proposal is a part of an infrastructure plan that he has seeks to kick off this week. The president promised on the campaign trail to modernize U.S. infrastructure.
I see Tyler's been watching Apple's WWDC 2017 too. I'm not the only one to be embarrassed frittering away my time. But here's an observation -- I think we may be reaching tech overload. I'm not sure there's much Apple can do to wow me -- or any of us -- anymore. (As a stockholder, this is worrisome.)
Do we need AR -- Augmented Reality? Maybe. I'm willing to give it a shot, ditto VR. But I wonder.
UPDATE: Have to say the HomePod looks pretty good. I've got an Alexa on my desk and the only thing I don't like about it is the music sound quality is mediocre. This looks to have solved that but for more $.
It's official. Trump is our campaigner in chief. A group called America First Policies is launching a television ad highlighting President Donald Trump's first trip abroad, and putting $400,000 behind it. The 2020 presidential campaign has begun. (Or maybe it's just an attempt to counter all the negative "press" against him.)
From NTK Network:
The ad starts off by touting all the countries that Trump visited during his first foreign trip and shows a montage of images of Trump meeting with foreign leaders.
“A bold vision, uniting forces for good against evil, embarking on a mission to drive out terrorists from every corner of the globe,” the ad’s narrator states.
“Reestablishing American leadership. Strengthening ties with foreign allies. Taking on ISIS. You won’t hear this from the media: President Trump is making us safe again by putting America first,” the ad’s narrator concludes.
Apple's new technology to enable payment via iPhone is now going person-to-person. Will this destroy Venmo?
Today just got a little bit more interestinger.
(That's a word; my six-year-old used it.)
You probably saw this tweet from oh-dark-thirty this morning.
The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017
But did you catch this one?
These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won't help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad. https://t.co/zVhcyfm8Hr— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 5, 2017
What's so interesting about somebody critiquing a Trump tweet?
That somebody just happens to be the husband of Trump's own White House Chief Strategist, Kellyanne Conway.
Yes. @mattzap emailed him at his firm email address and he confirmed the tweet was his.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 5, 2017
You can leave your theories in the comments. I have a couple of my own, but for now they're nothing but conjecture.
We already knew that one of the London Bridge terrorists was a "known wolf," as PJ Media's Patrick Poole reported yesterday.
How known was this known wolf? According to the latest reports, the terrorist was actually featured in a British documentary called "The Jihadi Next Door" praying to an ISIS flag.
The attacker, whom police have requested not be named apart from his nickname ‘Abz’, appeared to pray to a black flag associated with Islamist groups in a London park in a Channel 4 documentary about the behaviour and motivations of British extremists.
Abz had been reported to police at least twice according to reports.
The terrorist had been radicalised watching extremist videos online, he said, adding: “We spoke about a particular attack that happened and like most radicals he had a justification for anything and everything and that day I realised I needed to contact the authorities.”
However, the attacker was not arrested and no further action taken, he says. “I did my bit, I know a lot of other people did their bit, but the authorities did not do their bit,” he said.
A scene in The Jihadis Next Door shows a group of extremists, one of whom is believed to be 'Abz', appearing to pray to the flag as it is unfurled in a London park.
The cautionary advice, "if you see something, say something," doesn't amount to a hill of beans if authorities keep ignoring the information concerned citizens give them.
Capt. Angelo Nieves with the Orange County Sheriff's Office told reporters that the Orlando shooter was a 45-year-old disgruntled former employee who was fired in April. He showed up this morning at Fiamma Inc., which makes awnings for campers and other recreational vehicles. armed with a handgun and a knife. He shot five people and then turned the gun on himself. Investigators have "no information that he was involved in any kind of terror organization," the sheriff said. Four people, in addition to the shooter, died at the scene. A fifth victim died at the hospital.