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KG: My Two Cents

Well, thank God the season is over. Now we can slowly begin our pilgrimage back to PtR to prepare for, dissect, complain, freak out, and gossip about the draft. Important stuff, that. Few things in life are as frustrating as knowing that there's a party up the street with loose hot chicks, and that you weren't invited. That's what it feels like to know your team isn't playing for the title. 

That said, I feel it necessary to raise a point about something I had noticed throughout the parts of the finals I caught. KG and his mouth. Seriously, I don't think I have ever seen someone say "fuck", "motherfucker", "what the fuck", or "WHAT THE FUCK" on live TV, ever. It was literally the case where, every time he was on TV,  you could see him saying that. He even said it during his victory "speech" when being interviewed by Michele Tafoya (or whoever it was..).  On a side note, that "speech" looked like some sort of combination of "The Crying Game", and "Don't Be A Menace"... I went to public school, and all of my ebonics training was useless against that tirade.

I don't think I'm being overly sensitive or anything here, but maybe that's because I pride myself on not saying any one of a dozen variations of the word "fuck" ALL THE TIME. I mean, it's a possibility that I've been spoiled by too many classy Tim Duncan victory speeches, but I haven't noticed too many other NBA Players (Carmelo "Hood Rat" Anthony included) talking that way on TV. 

I think, in the end, it has more to do with the fact that I'm the oldest in my family, so I was always raised to be considerate of the tikes. It's not like the swearing bothers me, because I split time watching the last game with an episode of "Deadwood", but I DO think that there's a time and a place for that kind of stuff, and a national stage with millions of kids watching isn't that time or place. 

Most of us will remember the great Charles Barkley telling us that he wasn't a role model, and that children should look to their parents for that. What Charles didn't realize at the time was that kids (as I was at the time) do look up to their parents, but not nearly the same way. We grow up being taught by our friends, TV, etc. that being "cool" is the ultimate goal, and few are as cool as our favorite pro athletes (or Sonic The Hedgehog). Charles didn't consider that kids would look up to him regardless of what he said, because he was Charles freaking Barkley, and our parents didn't hoop it up.

Kevin Garnett is in much the same boat as Charles, though he will never be as vitally important to the sport as Chuck is. He is a role model, and needs to realize that kids look up to him and emulate him simply because of who he is. In a day and age where people seem to forget that sports are just a game, I think it's completely relevant to ask for our professional athletes to behave more professionally.

SPURS '09....TJ HOUSHMAZILLY, LOCK IT UP!

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