-Here’s the transcript of LeBron and Maverick Carter on CNN. Enjoy. Included: LeBron saying there’s a race factor to the antipathy directed at him. Yes, this was something Barry Bonds leaned on as well. I’ll just say two things:
1. Race is a factor in a lot of things, regardless of whether we’re aware of it or not.
2. Like Bethlehem Shoals said on twitter earlier, the fact that LeBron is actually saying something “controversial” is almost as important as whether or not you agree with what he said.
-And here’s an article on J.J. Hickson being ready to emerge as a leader. He certainly seemed ready to go when I talked to him in Vegas. Good night.
PS — RIP Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino’s longtime editor and a major force behind Pulp Fiction, one of my five favorite movies ever and other great works, and a victim of the recent LA heatwave. This goes out to all the Tex Winters, Tom Thibodeaus, Michael Pietsches, great role plays, and whoever else worked behind the scenes of greatness. Without people like you, genius would just be another six-letter word. As someone who’s had the privilege of having the best editors on the planet over the course of my brief and relatively insignificant “career,” I know something about just how crucial you were to the art you helped make. Wherever you are now, I hope you’re getting the credit and praise you deserve.