The Story of MartintheDragon

They say that what you do on the Internet will come back. The Internet never forgets. Employers will look at your online footprint. And anything else that I’m missing. So, that’s what prompted me to make this blog post. You see, when I was in high school, I  decided to make the decision to enter the massive pool of social media. While Facebook was straightforward, on Twitter and Instagram I found everyone was using some sort of handle/alias. And I did it too.

That resulted in MartintheDragon.

The reason I did this particular one was simple: the school I was going to attend, Drexel University, had the Dragons as their mascot. I thought nothing of it. Then, as my college career moved on and I developed new interests, and I decided to join websites (though I wouldn’t pay for them mainly because I was unemployed and couldn’t pay the fees on a regular basis. That money had to go to books and software). For starters, I brought back the Tumblr account that I created the summer before my freshman year of college because I had a reason to use it. Again I used the name MartintheDragon. Nothing horrible right?  Now begins the weird path.

First off, I lost my cell phone, which was the only way I could access Twitter. It took a few years for me to think about going back to Twitter, but I did again, and you can find me @MartinWhite78.

In my sophomore year, I REALLY got into Death Battle!, a web show that analyzes two fictional characters to determine which one would win a fight to the death. On DeviantArt, I found out that people were making their own fan battles in what I felt was mainly in an attempt to fill the void I felt: wanting to see battles the show hadn’t done. And some of them were REALLY good. Unfortunately, some of these were stuck behind a wall of “mature content that required an account to access, mainly because some characters featured are what you’d consider infamous for brutality and on some occasions, Mortal Kombat characters were featured and they’d bring out their fatalities. So I made the account to access these awesome battles, and later on, I’d make fan title cards that were like the thumbnails for the actual show that’d you click on if you were on YouTube. It was pretty fun and it let some things gnawing at my mind released on the Internet.

I’d also use MartintheDragon for a account where I’d write fanfiction for the anime I had watched, but that’s a story for another day. If you’d like to hear it, that is.

Then my junior year happened. Tumblr starts to play an important part in this story. This is when things like Black Lives Matter start to begin in earnest. Additionally, Elliot Rodger had shot up a sorority and Sandy Hook happened my freshman year and then there was the Boston Marathon Bombing so there was a lot of politics to go around all of social media. It was pretty crazy. And do you know how people say how college is where you find yourself? Well, that’s what happened here, mainly because I saw the things being said and watched the news as they happened and something happened, especially with Michael Brown: the court of public opinion was overtaking the court of law and the idea of “innocent until proven guilty”. Combine that with the feeling that the liberal Facebook pages I had followed just looking down on Republicans and people that didn’t think like them as if they were all racist hicks that screw their cousins and a bunch of other stuff that makes me think the GOP and anyone who sympathizes with them are lesser people. I hate that in people, and it makes me not want to like you. So, I started finding my political leaning, which I’d call “middle of the road if slightly left.” I’m not much of a politics guy. I’d be much more willing to talk more about anime, if I had watched it that is. Here’s my profile on MyAnimeList.

Now to the meat of this story, Reddit. One of the things of this time was a thing called Gamergate. Gamergate is hard to explain, but the easiest way I can describe it is, “Game journalists were found being very intimate with a developer they were not only covering in their articles but was also supporting financially, was their friend or being intimate. And when they were found with the egg on their face, they decided to cover their asses by censoring and removing discussion and shitting on their consumer base.”  One of the places I’d end up frequenting was the subreddit KotakuInAction, and this began in my senior year. The mission of Kotaku In Action is copied below directly from the subreddit (which I do because if you want to hear what someone stands/fights for, or their reasoning for doing something, my best advice is to ask them directly or get as direct to them as possible):

KotakuInAction is a platform for open discussion of the issues where gaming, nerd culture, the Internet, and media collide.

We believe that the current standards of ethics in the media have alienated the artists, developers, and creators who perpetuate the things we love, enjoy, and enthusiastically build communities around. We have observed numerous incidents involving conflicts of interest and agenda-pushing within media which we feel are damaging to the credibility of the medium and harm the community at large. We believe much of the current media is complicit in the proliferation of an ideology that squashes individuality, divides along political lines, and is stifling to the freedom of creativity that is the foundation of human expression.

KotakuInAction is a community that condemns willful censorship, exclusion, harassment, and abuse. It is a community that organizes to hold the media accountable to the concept of artistic freedom by standing up for the artist, the developer, the writer, the filmmaker, and all who enjoy the freedom to create, explore, and expand. It is a community that allows the exchange of information, supports the ongoing discussion of media ethics, and protects the right of the individual to embrace their personal interests in entertainment and fandom.

KotakuInAction is built around a core focus on reasonable, friendly discussion of the issues related to gaming culture, and those involved in it. That is not all we are about, but it’s where we began and will remain our core. We hold ourselves to be politically neutral ground, not forcing anyone to conform in their opinions, and permitting a wide variety of viewpoints to express themselves in a civil manner.

Additionally, here’s some reading about Gamergate if you need a crash course. I decided to start a Reddit account because I’ve been reading it for months and I decided that it’d be better if I joined the action and conversation myself, whether it’s bringing up points or commenting. As for why I used MartintheDragon on Reddit, I’d chalk that up to a combination of not thinking of another username, and some frustration that the usernames I wanted to use were taken. It is what it is, and I’d join a lot more subreddits based on my interests.

The last thing that I’d say is worth mentioning is the subreddit r/uncensorednews. I found this through Kotaku In Action, but they’re not related in any way. Here’s what this subreddit is about:

/r/uncensorednews was born on June 12, 2016, the night of the Orlando nightclub shooting. The event was quickly reported on /r/news, reddit’s main news subreddit, but, as soon as it emerged that the culprit was an Islamist terrorist, the moderators of /r/newsbegan removing comments and then whole threads, leading to a complete information blackout, in an effort to stop what they perceived as ‘islamophobia’ . Outraged at this behavior, tens of thousands of redditors unsubscribed from /r/news and flocked to /r/uncensorednews.

This subreddit thus exists to fill the information and discussion gap that ideological censorship creates on reddit, hence the moniker “uncensored”. This does not mean that we have no rules, but rather that our rules are explicitly designed as technical requirements that never impose or leave room for ideological censorship of any kind.

More specifically, the things that were censored were that the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, called 911 either before or during the shooting (I don’t remember which one) and pledged allegiance to ISIS. Additionally, news about how to donate blood to victims was censored as well. It’s not my main way to get news, but it helps to give that perspective from the other side which I consider helpful for a Democrat like me. The only thing I’ll say is that r/uncensored news is VERY politically incorrect, more politically incorrect than Kotaku In Action could ever be. To me, it comes from the idea that it’s the anti-establishment place to get news, and while I don’t carry that mindset, I will say that it’s one of the few places where you won’t see Donald Trump painted as Hitler reincarnated, which is probably why I got attracted to that in the 2016 election cycle, even though I wouldn’t call myself a fan of his (personally, as long as we’re not in war and we’re not at risk of the planet turning into a nuclear wasteland, I’m happy, though I’ll probably say if something is really fishy or villainy, probably on Twitter). I’m not much of a political guy, okay?

Why do I write this? As I said in the beginning, I imagine that at some point, some of these things will probably end up coming to the forefront again, and I’m hoping that with this blog post, the matter will be released on something resembling my own terms.

Will I get rid of my Reddit account? As of the time of my writing this (Febreuary 2018), I’d say…nah. As much as I find as my opinion is just a drop in the ocean in many of the subreddits I’m subscribed to,

I enjoy the conversations and sometimes debates. I hope that any superiors or employers that read this understand something from my college days that influence how I see the world…or something that I can’t really put into words in this situation.

And if there’s one thing that I’d like to end on, it’s this: freedom of speech, even if the speech is something horrible, is absolutely worth defending. Everyone has the right to state their opinion in a safe way, and let the horrible opinions die as a result of being ridiculed to Hell and back. Freedom of speech will be a great hill to die on if I can figure out a way to fight in the event I’m forced to do that.

Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful day.


EDIT 2/20/2018: I realized that my YouTube channel is worth mentioning as well. I started it in my sophomore year in a combination of starting it so I could get a Dungeons & Dragons character sheer from my roommates at the time because it struck my interest to a thought of making YouTube videos. Nowadays, I don’t make videos anymore and all I did was upload some of my old videos I made for classes, mainly final projects. The main reason I still have it is my liked videos, resulting in having my favorite stuff being in one place in case I want to watch them while doing laundry or something. And now you can know my weird taste from the Eric Cartman of music named Rucka Rucka Ali to anime to way back when I watched CollegeHumor videos and everything in between.

That is all.


UPDATE: 3/13/2018: It turns out that r/uncensorednews has been banned by Reddit for failing to police its subscrsubscribers. While it went a bit too far sometimes, I’m kind of sad to see it go.


Hiatus Time

So, a lot of shows that I enjoy have gone into their “winter finales” last week or 2 weeks ago. While The Good Doctor is slated to come back in January, shows I follow such as Designated SurvivorEmpire, and Star will be coming back in March. I have no idea when this thing started where shows are split into what are essentially two seasons in one separated by the months on the calendar. It may make sense with how much TV goes on and having to make room, but it’s still baffling.

There’s a problem with this in my opinion: It’s going to just go crazier and crazier in terms of shows. I won’t go through spoilers, or at least I’ll try to be as vague as possible when I go through my grievances.

Empire started off as Game of Thrones for music, and the story of the Lyon family and their record label was a pretty cutthroat one with Lucious and Cookie seemingly being at odds more often than not. But when an antagonist outside the family started to emerge, it got crazy. A bit too crazy for me. I still watch from time to time but I’m not religiously watching as much as I did when Empire first began. And when they should what’s coming in March, I thought, “Ugh.”

Star, the story of three girls who head to Atlanta to make it big in music was pretty level headed for the time I was watching, while having a subplot that made sense. However, the fact of the matter is that with the recent fall finale, it’s gonna get pretty crazy, and I’m a bit worried about the future.

And then there’s Designated Survivor. My show. My jam along with The Good Doctor. The story of how Tom Kirkman became the leader of the free world is making me nervous thanks to the last fall finale. This is because the super intricate and complex workings of the subplot is making things kind of crazy. And given what happened, the subplot and the main plot is starting to be on a collision course. I think that this show has the potential to weather this storm, but it can get violent very easily.

And if you’re wondering  why I’m not including The Good Doctor, it’s the first season, so we’re still trying to figure out what’s making this show tick.

My main concern is that as a result of the constant season splitting isn’t that shows will jump the shark to stay relevant. My fear is that shows will do nothing but go crazier and crazier as if it’s trying to one up itself to the point where I have no idea what the show was originally about. I’m scared.

Here’s hoping every TV show I get involved with in the future doesn’t suffer this fate.

Hack Writing

As someone who tries to think of himself as something resembling a writer, I have a lot of things going around in my head. And one of them was Wrath. As my mom talked to me about changes I made regarding my story before we went to go see The Last Jedi, a thought came to me: I’m in over my head, and once I’m exposed, I’ll be known as the hack writer I am. My mom immediately said that I should be more confident in myself in my work and myself and stop being negative. Here’s the thing though: I’m not being negative. I’m being honest with myself. The reason being is that when it comes to writing, you’re not just making a story. You’re creating a world out of basically nothing. And then you’ll get questions about things about your world. And here’s the thing about questions as a creator: You have to have answers because you’re going to be pushed and pushed and pushed. And if you hesitate, you’re fucked because you’ve just exposed yourself as someone who has no idea what they’re writing. Congratulations, you’re a hack just like me. I can show you some places where we can get some great pizza.

And if you have answers, you’re not out of the hack woods yet. If you go ahead and give an answer, only for the person to

  1. Say, “that makes absolutely no sense”
  2. Ask what drugs were you on when you wrote whatever it is you wrote
  3. Asks a shitload more questions upon your answer

Congratulations, you’ve achieved hack writing skills. Again, I know some great places for pizza. At the very least, I can Yelp very well.

You’re probably asking why I’m going in something regarding depth about this? Well, I wrote a movie script, and I think that may be the ultimate destination of my work in some way. And the fact that I’m a hack that doesn’t write about big things or write scripts that can be handed to a director and make it fit into that director’s style and have it look amazing and be thought-provoking and  captivating and in a way where each and every shot is taught in a cinematography class means one thing: I am a hack that shouldn’t be in the business. Sure, directors are the ones that people care about, but I think it could also apply to screenwriters if you’re in tune enough with movies.

If you go into film circle, especially on the Internet, you’ll find that they don’t have very nice things about Michael Bay. The reason being is that he doesn’t make movies that make you think or have you appreciate the art of movie making, Instead, you get hot girls and explosions and over the top action for the sake of having those things without any thought. And that’s what pisses off film critics and filmgoers alike. And that’s what people hope guys like Michael Bay end up having no influence in the long run. Think about The Fast and the Furious movies. Do people remember it for how it shows how the power of friendship can withstand any test and friends can be like a family…or do they remember it for in Vin Diesel, The Rock, and their friends, allies, and enemies doing impossibly and crazily stupid stuff in cars? Same principle: The fact that people will pay money to see these stupid, IQ-draining films instead of something profound like Baby Driver or Get Out or whatever’s gushed about any given week on r/movies shows that I am in a company that every filmgoer loathes.

And that is where I am with Wrath and perhaps the stuff I’m going to write. When you approach me and ask about what my inspiration was or what’s the takeaway, and I struggle for an answer you’ll feel I pulled out of my ass, you’ll know the truth that any writer, director, or anyone who watches movies regularly and know what goes into making a movie knows: a hack writer is just writing what they think would look cool on camera without thinking about anything resembling story structure or plot or themes or character development or character motivation, and I’m part of the plague ruining the film industry.

So, I say: Hello, fellow hacks. I want to make sure you know that everything I write I wrote while clean and sober.

Crash Landing back to Earth

So, I finally got to read some feedback on Wrath, months after I got it. It was pretty good feedback, and I hope to revisit it soon. The main thing was that I had something going in terms of ideas, and all I need to do is develop the world and characters.

And with that, I was exposed. It made me realize that putting it up for sale on Amazon, even for a contest, was a stupid idea. It was, to them, something that read as an undeveloped, hastily made mess. And developing my characters is going to be a challenge and a half because I can’t develop characters if my life depended on it because I barely know anything about relationships, if at all.

Let me explain. I spent a lot of time by myself growing up. Didn’t hang out with friends, didn’t invite anyone to the house, never really went out with anyone, never had a girlfriend…and even when I was with a group, never ate with anyone during lunch, I just felt like the odd man out, like I was hastily taped to a picture as an afterthought. And now, choosing to be something resembling a recluse for pretty much my entire life has come back to bite me in the ass.  How can I be able to make characters like actual people and give them depth if everything I’ve done makes me come across as an antisocial loner?

Oh sure, I could go out and try to make friends and try to connect with people…if I wanted you to feel bad for me with how pathetic I am with trying to connect with people. Let me explain.

When I was in college, and I saw all my classmates with their friends working like teams to make their senior projects and hanging out together like a little family, I started to contemplate and worry about what I was doing with my life, and one of the things I contemplated over was why I didn’t have those connections. Then it clicked to me: They have something I don’t. I firmly believe that when it comes to being social butterflies and easily making friends and being really good roommates to the point where the dwelling runs like a well-oiled machine with amazing efficiency and developing relationships that last, there’s a kind of gene that you’re either born with or you aren’t.

My mom was born with it, my sister was born with it, my grandmother was born with it, and I wasn’t born with it. My psychologist had to tell me that the skills necessary to form relationships and make friends can be learned and just need to be worked on to be both maintained and developed. And to that, I say this: even if I can learn how to develop relationships, it is a pathetic imitation that’s just painful an awkward to see in action. That’s why I say this “social gene” is something you’re born with or aren’t born with. And honestly, I feel like it’d be a better way if you just have to deal, kind of like that time when I was contemplating that first time. You’re either born with the ability to be social and make friends and make lasting relationships or you aren’t. And if you aren’t, you have to deal with that for the rest of your life and your best course of action is to embrace being a loner, not giving a damn if you come across as antisocial, crazy, or whatever. Just be wary that being with people for extended periods of time in a situation like being roommates can cause you trouble, up to and including being classified as “does not work well with others” or “dangerous to self or others”.

And that is why the biggest problem is character development, and that is why this method of improvement petrifies me. I have no basis on which to develop characters and establish relationship dynamics that are based on anything resembling real life, mainly because of trying to avoid anything resembling human to human interaction for years. And that’s not the only fear I have, nor it is the only problem that I received feedback on, but the way I develop actually has the potential to make my stories worse because it’ll only further give an impression that I have no idea what I’m doing.

To any aspiring writers, I have this advice: Make friends. Be social. And hope to God you were born with a social gene. It’ll help you a lot.

Writing About Copyright

Copyright is kind of interesting. I’m pretty sure everyone knows about it even if you don’t give the slightest crap. It’s the thing that gives a creator the legal right to use and distribute it however they wish and shows that they have the legal rights to it and that they own…whatever it is they made. And I could talk about copyright infringement and all that fun stuff, but I’m not a lawyer and it’ll kind of bore me and you.

So let’s talk about my experiences. When I first got into the creative writing mood, I think my mom would say I would have what you could call a bad habit of sharing my ideas and work willy-nilly. And that if I were to share it, and somebody were to make a buttload of money on what I had planned, I had nobody to blame but myself. But in school, I took a class on legal basics for filmmakers, and then I looked online a bit, and I discovered something mind-blowing:

In the United States, once you have the work in a fixed medium, such as written on paper or typed into a word processor, the copyright is yours. And you don’t even need to put a copyright symbol or an All Rights Reserved spiel on the thing. Isn’t that amazing?

The only thing is that you can’t copyright ideas or plans out outlines. And you actually have to register formally if you want to take somebody to court for copyright infringement. Those things I understand, mainly because it’s evidence of authorship that goes beyond family and friends.

So what does this mean for someone like me? Well, I have some short stories on an external hard drive, a screenplay that’s been published but hasn’t gone anywhere near someone that make it an actual movie, and some chapters of a book going for me, so there’s that. And if I ever do get to a point where I can do something, it’s off to registering. And registering. Aregisteringing.

Though the big thing that’ll determine the effictiveness of my copyright navigation is if what I make is even worth stealing.

Some Views on Adaptation

I’m Going to write about a TV show I don’t watch. In particular, I’m going to write about Game of Thrones. Why? Because I feel that I can get something out of it in terms of writing if I look deeper.

I don’t need to tell you how big a deal Game of Thrones is. It’s THE biggest show of this decade, if not this generation. Even as somebody who doesn’t watch this show, I can see how loved it is and how the stereotypical idea of “shut up the talk about it because I haven’t seen the latest episode” can actually be true here. However, I don’t watch this show because I’m not really that big of a fan of the fantasy genre. I just missed that boat when Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy were the biggest things on the planet seemingly simultaneously, so when I heard of Game of Thrones, I thought nothing of it. Another thing I have no interest in is the book series Game of Thrones is based on, A Song of Ice and Fire. The only interest I’ve had in this franchise has gone as far as to look up its author George R. R. Martin and his writing process, and I can say that he’s a pretty interesting guy.

The thing that’s interesting about Game of Thrones to me is how it’s been adapting A Song of Ice and Fire. As of the time you read this, Game of Thrones has finished seven seasons and is preparing to air its final season. Meanwhile, the last two books in the Ice and Fire series haven’t been published and are nowhere close to being ready for the hype train that comes with a release date. From what I’ve heard, Game of Thrones knows the ending of the saga, so if you read the books, the show’s got you covered…and it’ll spoil the ending.

That’s kind of interesting to me.

Take the Harry Potter series, a phenomenon I can say I lived through, or at least a good chunk of it. Four books had already been published before the first film came out in 2001. This may not seem like much when you see that Game of Thrones premiered in 2011, and the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series was released that very same year. I will say that the deviation comes from the medium and the pacing for both of these.

Harry Potter has each of the installments in one movie (or movies in the case of Deathly Hallows), while Game of Thrones had to deal with the fact that the series they were adapting was both incomplete and had a lot of plotlines and intricacies going on. The interesting thing is that George R.R. Martin would only have a channel like HBO tackle his series because he didn’t want things like budget or censorship compromising his vision, which is what led him to write his Song of Ice and Fire series in the first place. Meanwhile, Harry Potter isn’t aimed at adults, so it doesn’t have that burden. Also, the story of Harry Potter could be told more easily, so when the final book came out in 2007, the fifth book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was in theaters and it was pretty smooth sailing from that point.

I think the thing I get from this is this: Pacing can be a bitch. How you pace can be a bitch. The fact that you hear so much about book and adaptation can speak volumes. Game of Thrones chose to adapt pretty much everything George R.R. Martin put on the page, and now that they’re out of adapting material, they’re on their own save an outline and the final plot points of the saga and fate of the characters. Harry Potter had their plot all done for the most part, and they could just crank out the movies to an adoring public in what you could call a simpler time for the Internet.

As you can see, the way of adapting a book series can be kind of baffling. It can also be a daunting task. And if I ever get in this world, I hope to be the one whose work is being adapted instead of the one who has the task of adapting.


Thinking too much about LeBron’s Finals Performance

To some basketball fans, there’s a thought that the league is rigged to benefit the league and the owners so they can line up their pockets with all the cash that comes in from great TV ratings that come from the success of the teams in their biggest media markets and their biggest stars killing it in the playoffs. To supporters of this theory, they point toward the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals where the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Milwaukee Bucks, the 2002 Western Conference Finals where the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings (ESPECIALLY Game 6), and the testimony of Tim Donaghy. As a result, the NBA Draft Lottery has become the sports equivalent of the Kennedy Assassination, with everyone looking forward to seeing how the lottery proves the conspiracy, particularly the 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2012 editions.

Do I think the league is rigged? No, I don’t. Every time I hear about this, I feel like I’m listening to an angry fan bitching that their team lost. Being around sports my entire life at various levels have rendered me unable to see a fix without hard evidence. And no, shitty refs don’t count.

But the idea is too fun to just leave alone. There’s a guy I follow on Twitter named Chris Lee Moore. He has a show called TV Trash where he reviews bad TV shows and he sometimes talks about sports. Like me, he doesn’t believe that the NBA (or any type of sport) is rigged or booked like pro wrestling, though he’ll admit that boxing doesn’t help his argument, and that the 2011 NBA Finals which saw the Dallas Mavericks beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat is Exhibit A because there would be no way at that time that anyone other than LeBron would be organized to win the title if fixers had their way. I want to take that line of thinking further using LeBron’s Finals appearances this decade, because if there’s any proof that the dynamics and forecast for the NBA can change with one player and his offseason moves and where he plays, it’s LeBron James.

  • 2011: LeBron joins the Miami Heat with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in an introduction that would make Gene Simmons proud if he played basketball. This only serves to make people hate him even more following The Decision, and following his finals loss, LeBron James is cemented as the league’s villain. An arrogant prick that everyone wants to see fail at everything he does.
  • 2012: LeBron beats Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder for his first title. Over this year, the hate died down over admiration for his skills, and the narrative is that LeBron has FINALLY won his title. The fact that 2011 happened, along with the chemistry that Lebron has with the rest of the Heat roster makes me feel like this wasn’t the coronation you’d think of it to be. How would you fix this to make it feel like a coronation? I can’t see the fix here.
  • 2013: The Heat are in a league of their own. They go on a 27 game winning streak and they beat the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. The sky is the limit for the Heat, and we’re not just talking about a 3-peat, we’re talking about a dynasty like the Bulls of the 1990s and maybe even the Celtics of the 1950s and 1960s. You just feel you’re looking at something historic. Also, that Ray Allen three. 
  • 2014: The Heat and the Spurs make it back to the Finals. However, the Spurs win it in 5 and LeBron opts out of his contract. If there was a plan to fix the league for a Heat dynasty, the plan has officially blown up and is in tatters. And isn’t it fitting that it was the Spurs that ended the Heat’s run? I’m not sure how big of a market San Antonio is, but the 5-time champion Spurs are the antithesis of the NBA trend of individual popularity and the building the team around one guy. Watching the Spurs, you really see how Gregg Popovich has managed to get every player to buy into a “Team First” mentality you probably learned playing for a rec team or for your high school which may lead some to not recognize individual greatness. I mean look at Tim Duncan. Dude’s said to be one of the best at his position ever, and one of the best players of the 2000s, but I never thought of that because he played in the same time as Kobe Bryant…and LeBron.
  • 2015: LeBron James has returned to Cleveland and promises to deliver a championship to the part of America that runs in his blood. And he makes the finals. One thing though: he loses to the Golden State Warriors who are led by this guy who’s really good at shooting 3-pointers named Stephen Curry. No storybook ending for you, LeBron. And once again, if you were a fixing guy, you look at this and see another golden opportunity to line your pockets and kill it in ratings and create another moment that’ll go down in basketball history…wasted.
  • 2016: He did it! LeBron brings a title to Cleveland, and he beats the Warriors. And he comes back from 3-1 down which will bring about the most overused Twitter joke in sports. Now the Warriors had won 73 games in the regular season, breaking the once thought to be unbreakable record held by the ’95-’96 Bulls. And with this Finals loss, this Warriors team lose their chance to be called “the greatest team in NBA history”. Now, there were claims that the Finals were rigged to go seven games after Draymond Green’s flagrant foul suspension. I just say that you have to learn how to close the deal. And that Draymond Green needs to stop hitting people in the nuts.
  • 2017: The Warriors beat the Cavs in five games, and LeBron isn’t the best player in the series. And neither is Stephen Curry. Nope, it’s Kevin Durant, who made his way to Northern California and spent this season proving why he should be called the basketball player in the world.

So, where does this leave Lebron? And where does this leave the hypothetical fixers? Well, sometime after Lebron returned to Cleveland, the comparisons to Michael Jordan came in and people got into heated debates about who’s the better debate and who’s the one that’s truly worthy to sit on the throne of “greatest player in NBA History”. I’ve heard that with the 2017 Finals, LeBron’s resume is pretty much complete. So now you see the Cavs going all in this year to get LeBron another ring, mainly because most people won’t look past how many Larry O’Brien Trophies you’ve won. Along with this, you can see the rumors that he’s going to Los Angeles to win a ring with the Lakers next year alongside Paul George and Lonzo Ball.

On the other hand, you have something special with the Warriors. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant are like the 2013 Heat. Nobody can touch them, and Kevin Durant is making his claim for best in the world, and I don’t see him stopping anytime soon.

I think that these two conflicting narratives will go down as my reasoning as to why the NBA is not fixed. You have two different directions, and people will say that the league is rigged against whatever direction you want to see happen, depending on what team you’re a fan of.

So, what’s going to happen? Will the Warriors continue to rack up the titles throughout the latter half of the 2010s? Will LeBron reach six rings, and where will those victories happen? All I know is, the league isn’t fixed to make any one thing happen, because I think the unpredictability of sports makes it fun.

Besides, if the league was rigged in some way, Lavar Ball would have probably blabbed about it by now because I don’t think he can keep his mouth shut for five minutes. Something about being a Lakers fan seems to suck me into these kinds of conversations.