As I pull up at the light at 10th and Ocean Drive on South Beach, I see these cats at the Clevelander playing cards by the pool. Then all of a sudden they start arguing over a boy trying to bluff. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famous author, said, “When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.” Marcus Garvey put his drink down slowly and said, “The whole world is run on bluff.” Then David Seabury, the famous psychologist, turned the table over when he said, “Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man’s bluff. You must corner the inner facts.”
Here are the facts playboy, the NBA isn’t happy about LeBron James wearing the black mask so they’ve merely suggested that he change to a clear one. The fact is, it isn’t an official rule that a player cannot wear a black mask. The NBA’s official reasoning for not wanting a player to wear one is because they say that it blocks the opponent from seeing the player’s eyes.
Now let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! The mask isn’t glasses or goggles if you will; it doesn’t cover the eyes at all. So how can you tell a boy that he can’t wear it because it covers his eyes? That’s asinine bruh!
The fact that he’s black allows the mask to some degree camouflage his face but not his eyes. It would be different if ole boy didn’t have the sclera, which is the white part of the eye or if his sclera were black. But because he’s a normal human being that doesn’t have a deformity or a disease of the eye, his joints are white. So get out of here with that foolishness.
It would also be different if he was a white cat with a white mask and he didn’t have iris’. That’s the colored part of the eye for all of you simple minded individuals. Then I’d go along with that logic but he wouldn’t be playing in the freakin’ NBA because he wouldn’t have the ability to control light! Therefore, he couldn’t see no darn way! And that’s the edited version playboy! Then the dun would have to wear shades and now we’re back to freakin’ square one.
Don’t screw around with it. Either make it an official policy or not! But don’t tell a boy that your rational is that it covers his eyes when that’s all you can see is his eyes!
That’s like telling a boy that he can’t put some new 24’s on the whip because they cover up the front window. Or better yet, that he can’t drive with a stylish seat belt on because it covers up his eyes therefore making it difficult for oncoming traffic to see his eyes. Wheredeydodatat?
Just come out and say it bruh! You don’t want the image of a villain in the NBA because it scares folks. And y’all know want kind of folks I’m talking about. When he puts the joint on he suddenly becomes Darth Vader, the Phantom of the Opera or Hannibal Lecter. But the crazy thing is playboy, he’s been the villain in the league for the past four years and they didn’t have a problem with it. The mask just made it more marketable and for those folks I was just talking about, it made it real!
Now granted, LeBron isn’t the first cat to get the breaks put on him for wearing the black joint. Kobe wore one for a half of a game when he broke his nose but switched and then Uncle Drew rocked one last season and was asked to switch.
Here’s the deal, nobody paid any attention to those cats wearing them because most folks didn’t even realize that they had worn them until I just told you. Why? Because they didn’t fit the image of a villain so it didn’t make any noise! However, when LeBron put the joint on he became the Dark Knight or the Beast that boyz love to hate!
Now the question is, will ole boy power move these duns, call their bluff and make them officially ban the mask? Don’t tell me that you would like for me to switch it. Don’t even tell me that you would suggest that I switch it! Tell me that it’s against NBA policy for me to wear it and then I won’t wear it. But in order to get that policy approved you gotta come better than I can’t see your eyes pimpin’!
On some ole gangsta stuff, and that’s the edited version, I would wear it until they make it official in order to play right into the image of the Beast because the fans love it and the haters can’t stand it. And I wouldn’t be trippin’ on the suburban housewife sittin’ courtside that’s terrified of the huge black guy running past her in the black mask. Stop me when I start lyin’!
The caption under the photo isn’t real but its REAL talk!