Washington, D.C. -- My Fellow Americans, these last few days have been some of the more challenging of my presidency. With the NHL and NBA seasons concluding, and Melania officially moving into the White House, your commander-in-chief will see minimal action until football season.
As I sit in the Oval Office watching fake sports news discuss the “controversial” NBA Finals, I can’t help but foresee a continued change in the landscape of the NBA as it relates to the level of competition. The very top-heavy NBA is a complete mess. Believe me, if I were commissioner, competition would be tremendous and ratings would be through the roof.
The first order of business is repealing the idiotic salary cap which was established to create “competitive balance.” The only thing that creates COMPETITION is a free-market. Look at what a disaster Obamacare is and compare it to the healthcare act I proposed, which will be incredible.
For a superstar player like Kevin Durant, a measly $5 million pay cut means relatively nothing considering he makes $34 million in endorsements. Now that he is Finals MVP, he’ll likely make up for any salary cuts with additional endorsements.
The salary cap and these luxury taxes (like Government subsidies) are hurting the league more than ever. Let owners, like my good friend from the Nets Mikhail Prokhorov, empty their pockets and try to lure superstars in with some real money.
Now you have the issue of LOYALTY. When I ran my business, I started a saying, “You scratch my back. I’ll scratch yours”. The culture in the NBA is different. I’ve seen “secret backdoor meetings” and leaks, not to mention possible wiretapping.
Sadly, leading the way is the self-proclaimed, “King.” In 2010, a secret meeting was held in South Beach, while another took place poolside reportedly recruiting Kevin Love to stay in Cleveland. Someone also leaked information on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert flying a PRIVATE jet to Miami to meet with James prior to him bringing his “talents back to Cleveland”, possibly assuring Kyrie help is on the way before resigning.
So with fake sports news in the background yelling “dynasty”, “superteam,” and “repeat,” I’m tempted to bet on the future: Warriors win it all again in 2018.
Before I pushed the confirm button, I recalled a story I'd heard of another King. One who flew a red-eye to Washington, D.C. and showed up at the White House demanding a meeting with the President. What he “really” wanted was an “anti-drug” federal agent badge designated to him by the Department of Justice.
That King‘s name was, Elvis. He stood right here in this office, and President Nixon granted him his request. The meaning of that badge probably had nothing to do with “anti-drugs” for obvious reasons. It was a piece of hardware that represented much more: it represented POWER.
King James has been chasing Michael Jordan’s ghost since he was a rookie – really since high school. There's only one way for him to solidify himself as "The Greatest." He needs that symbolic hardware.
So whether it's private poolside meetings with Paul George, Melo, etc., LeBron has something to prove, and my bet is he puts together a team that can take down the reigning champs. He knows at the age of 32: “It’s Now or Never.”
PICK: Cleveland to win 2018 NBA title +300
Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor
The announcement of this super fight couldn’t have come at a better time. The media had nothing better to do and, let me tell you, I was feeling the heat. So what’s the pick? I won’t get into the matchup right now.
Instead, I’m going to advise on a betting strategy: if you are taking a chance on McGregor, get your bet in now. No one knows about campaigning more than me. While Mayweather is one of the best self-promoters of all time, McGregor is in a league of his own, and I guarantee he will have the public so hyped they won’t be able to help themselves looking at 7/1 odds.
On the other side, if you are going to lay some serious juice and bet Mayweather, put that money under your mattress. Expect line movement to be similar to the Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton fight. Public will pound the heavy dog and bring the line down all the way leading up to the fight, that’s when you hammer Mayweather.
PICK: McGregor (+700) or Mayweather (put money under the mattress)
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