Sorry it's been so long since I last blogged. This has definitely been a crazy month. The NBA Finals pretty much captivated my time last week. I was at Game 1 in LA and Games 3, 4, and 5 in Orlando -- and I have to say it was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Kobe Bryant is a great friend of mine, and to witness your boy go out and do what he did was nothing short of amazing. Before the last game I texted him with "4-1" because that's how I wanted him to end it. He replied with something like "I'm gonna get 'em." After the game I hit him back with "You did it. You make hard work look fun." And he said something like "This s--t feeling amazing."
Kobe is phenomenal. He has cemented himself in history as one of the best -- if not THE best. And the crazy thing is he is nowhere near finished. This was only his first ring without Shaq, and I guarantee he'll win a couple more, especially if they keep the core of this team around him. Shoutout to Derek Fisher for playing out of his mind. And shoutout to the Candy Man Lamar Odom for picking the finals to play hard. Trevor Ariza, you could be the second best player on anybody's team. With that said, I think he's going to get big money to go somewhere else. And it pains me to say that as a Laker fan, because of course I want him back in purple and gold next season. But I think the Lakers are going to have to choose between Odom and Ariza and they're going to stick with Odom because the dude is 6'10 and can play three positions. If I were the GM I'd probably do the same thing because he can bring the ball up the court and he can play for Andrew Bynum when he gets hurt. It sucks though because we're definitely gonna hear about Ariza doing well for another team for a long time.
Today I'm going out to LA to perform "He Can't Guard Me" -- the song I recorded for Kobe -- at a party for the Lakers and their family and friends. It's the biggest song in LA right now which is why I gotta perform it. Kanye is also going to perform at the party.
I've been thinking a lot about it and even though I still think LeBron is the best player in the NBA skill-wise and in terms of physicality, he's still gotta develop a mid-range shot and I don't see him winning the finals any time soon. Therefore, Kobe is really the king right now. The way he won this championship -- if he does it in this fashion a couple more times then I think we can say that no one better has ever touched a basketball, period.
Shoutout to Phil Jackson. If I had a basketball coach Mount Rushmore it'd be him, Wooden, Auerbach, and Coach K. But I consider Phil Jackson to be the greatest coach in the history of the game, period. And shoutout to everyone I saw down in Orlando. Steven A Smith hollered at me and James Goldstein -- that's my dude. Shoutout to Nick Anderson, Bo Outlaw, and to Bill Russell. When I was walking through a tunnel I saw someone tell him who I was. I didn't get a chance to talk to him, but that was definitely a moment. Shoutout to Magic Johnson, too. I was sitting down on the floor at the game and he sent a woman down to tell me to look up to the press box and wave at him. Except the first woman he sent down had no idea who he was so she just ran up to me and was like "Lil Wayne! Lil Wayne! There's a man up there in a blue shirt who wants you to wave at him." Well, we were in Orlando so everyone was in a blue shirt. I look up and there are 50 guys in blue shirts. So he had to send another girl down there and she was like, "Magic Johnson says look up." I couldn't believe the first girl had no clue who he was.That was definitely a moment, too.
Wayne on Sammy Sosa
Don't tell me you were surprised to hear Sammy Sosa took steroids. It's hard to believe that's even news. This whole thing is getting a bit ridiculous. Either come out with all the names on that list or stop telling us who tested positive one name at a time. It's totally unfair to call out a couple of guys on the list but protect the others. So I think they should just release the whole list. And as far as the Hall of Fame goes, I really don't think any of those guys belong in it. People may bite my head off for this in the comments, but I don't think it's a good idea. You know why? Because it may be one of the only things major league baseball can do to convince players not to do it. It would send a firm, strong message that it don't matter how many home runs you hit. If you get caught juicing you ain't never making it into the Hall of Fame. I can live with that.
Wayne on Manny and the rest of MLB
Of course I can't wait to see Manny Ramirez back on the field. He's the most focused baseball players on the planet, so I expect him to come back and do big things. I'm sad that Juan Pierre is going to get traded, though. I don't like it. He's a great player but Manny is Manny. And Manny with something to prove is frightening. He lost a lot of money and his reputation is on the line. He might go out and hit 40 homeruns from July on, so they have to move Pierre. I guess it's good he's gonna get a shot to start somewhere else than ride the bench, though.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers can hold on and make it to the World Series. I'm not really sure who is going to make it from the National League, but I expect that whoever it is will play the Red Sox. By the way I'd like to thank the Red Sox for sweeping the Yankees so far this year.
I actually kind of like the Giants to win the wild card because they've got Randy Johnson and Lincecum the Freak. Their pitching is really good so they might surprise some people -- especially now that something seems wrong with Johan Santana. The Mets aren't gonna be able to make it without him. I also like the Brewers, and shoutout to Prince Fielder because chicks dig the long ball.
Wayne on Brett Favre
Another thing that's as shocking as Sammy Sosa getting busted for steroids is Brett Favre coming out of retirement again. If anybody can do it, Brett can. This is America, and America loves a comeback. Brett knows that offense like the back of his hand, and the Vikings don't have any quarterbacks who are as good as he is, so why not? I guess the main thing right now is that he says his arm isn't right, and he doesn't mess around with stuff like that. If he says his arm's not there then it's not there. But if his arm is right, he will be starting for the Vikings this season and he will rip the Packers' hearts out.
On Ocho Cinco
Ocho Cinco just texted me 15 minutes ago to tell me that yes, he is really moving in with Carson Palmer and his family. I told him it reminds me of Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux. Ocho seems very focused on being good this year and proving people wrong. He's got a very positive outlook on this season, and I believe he's going to do very well.