**While we all marvel at pictures like the one above of the eclipse on Sunday, and remember a terrific sports weekend (Rangers win, a hugely exciting Preakness Stakes, and great NBA playoff action), a few words today about Mr. LeBron James…
Every once in a while, LeBron James has a game for the ages, one that reminds you that he has the ability to become the greatest basketball player of all time.
I don’t think he’ll ever get there, because I think he lacks that indescribable killer instinct that Michael Jordan had, but Sunday he showed just how special he can be.
In a game the Miami Heat had to win, LBJ scored 40 points, pulled down 18 rebounds, and dished out nine assists. It’s the kind of game you just shake your head at, that one person could be that good.
And it all speaks to the frustration those of us who love basketball, played purely and brilliantly, have with LeBron: If he could do all that, at such a clutch time in the playoffs, why can’t he do it all time? Why does he disappear so often in the biggest moments?
This season is a referendum on him as a player, and as a leader, and as an all-time great. It’s fascinating to see what the next chapter will be.
**Here’s something you don’t see every day: A man opening up a bottle of beer with a chainsaw.
As the great Andrew Sullivan said about this, it’s probably best to try this before you start drinking for the day.
**Finally, I’ve always admired the courage of Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, not just for being an openly gay man in politics, not because he calls out Tea Party lunatics at times, hilariously, but because he always says and does exactly what he thinks.
Frank is retiring this year, but more interestingly today is the fact that he’s marrying his longtime partner this summer.
When asked recently by C-Span whether President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama would be invited to his shindig, he replied,
“If he and Michelle wanted to come, I would be delighted and honored to have him, but he will bring the Secret Service. I would be flattered to have the president do that, but it would ruin the party to have the Secret Service. I’m not critical of them, but they can go take their layered protection of the president somewhere else. Not to my party.”
I love it. Barney wants to get married and doesn’t want his guests hassled. Good for him. The President has other things to do, I’m sure.