Updated: November 26, 2015

PHILLY, HOUSTON, SAN FRAN, and LOS ANG., Follow the Yellow Brick Road

By:- Gary Norris Gray-BASN- Staff Reporter

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OAKLAND, CA.-(BASN) The National Basketball League Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets along with the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles are trying to find the Yellow Brick Road and The Land of OZ in the Emerald City. All four teams are stumbling, bumbling, and crumbling through their 2015 season. All four teams are looking for wisdom from the wizard. The Clippers, Rockets, Eagles, and 49ers are all struggling to gain respect in their leagues. All four should make that visit to the WIZARD OF OZ in Munchkin Land. These four teams are in need of a heart, a brain, and courage.

The respective fans of these teams are just going along for the ride, just as Dorothy and Toto experienced spinning around in a tornado landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East (OWNERSHIP). The 49ers, Eagles, Clippers, and Rockets need help from the Great OZ to escape their losing doldrums.

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The San Francisco 49ers-(BRAIN), The Niners parted ways with their all pro starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Number seven did everything the organization asked him to do. The two time Super Bowl quarterback was placed on the injured reserve list. Kaepernick had surgery on his non-throwing arm and will most likely not be wearing the cherry red and gold next year. The Niners are 3-7 and are going nowhere in the Western Division. San Francisco cannot find ways to score touchdowns and it has hurt the 49ers.

The ownership also released one of best head coaches in college history, Jim Harbaugh. Mr. Harbaugh will lead the Maize and Blue to a major bowl game this year. Jim Harbaugh and Michigan played the Buckeyes of Ohio State this weekend in another Big 10 Classic. Mr. Harbaugh put the fight back in the Wolves while the Niners struggle.

The San Francisco ownership let this team fall into the abyss of meritocracy and the lack of talent. They did not plain or ignored the future of an aging team.

The Niners lost 12 linemen through retirement and trades at the start of the 2015 season and their star running back Frank Gore packed his bags and headed for Indianapolis and the Colts. All of these players must have known something because the 49ers are a shell of themselves.

The San Francisco 49ers should be traveling to the Emerald City in search of a BRAIN.


The Philadelphia Eagles(BRAIN) This organization’s administration must have forgotten how they got to the playoffs. Owner Jeffery Lurie this summer gave the car keys to Chip Kelly and he does not know how to drive.

The Eagles are into the third year of the Chip Kelly era and sliding quickly out of the playoff picture in 2015. This Green Bird is headed for a massive disaster losing back to back home games against the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lincoln Financial Center was empty in the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay game and we all know Philly fans are diehards and do not like losing consistently. The Eagles are doing that now.

The Kelly era thrived in his first two years by using the players of former head coach Andy Reid (now in Kansas City), getting the Green Birds to the playoffs. Kelly proceeded to dismantle the team piece by piece, trading star wide out DeSean Jackson to the Washington Football Club, running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Jeremy Macklin to the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive corner Brandon Boykin who voiced his opinion about Kelly and last sending starting quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams. The Philadelphia Eagles will not start BLACK quarterback Thaddeus Lewis who warms the bench, again Chip Kelly wants a team in his own image.

There was and is an underlying racial tone to the Kelly era with the head coach supporting his tight end Riely (I’LL FIGHT ALL YOU N*****S) Cooper instead of releasing the average player to promote calmness and harmony.  Under Kelly’s direction and by design The Philadelphia Eagles released strong willed and opinionated African American players. This set the tone for a divided  clubhouse, a divided team, and a divided fan base. This will not be solved until Mr. Kelly leaves South Philadelphia.

The question needs to be asked how do you win games trading away 50% of your offense? Only Chip Kelly and Jeffery Lurie know the answer.

The Philadelphia Eagles also might want to visit the wizard of OZ to find a BRAIN.

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The Los Angeles Clippers-(HEART) were picked last year to win the Pacific Division and were picked again this year to win the Western Conference. Two years ago was the turning point on the Staples Center Floor. The Clippers as a team before the game started with the Golden State Warriors turned their uniforms inside out in protest of their racist owner Donald Sterling. It was not enough!!!! The Clippers had moral support thousands of miles away in Portland with the TrailBlazers, who were going to follow their lead.  Many African Americans along with the Portland TrailBlazers were very disappointed by the Clippers half-hearted act, half-hearted protest.

Their three leaders, point guard Chris Paul, center Blake Griffin, along with head coach Doc Rivers, do not have the HEART to lead this team to the NBA Title, nor did they have the HEART to lead a Black political protest. All three men would rather complain and moan about calls the referees make instead of winning games. Paul and Griffin took advantage of being in Hollywood making commercials instead of concentrating on playing basketball. These two players have not won a championship.

This team uses the excuses of the historical past instead of making their own Clipper history.-NO HEART

The Clippers might want to see to the wizard in search of that HEART.

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The Houston Rockets-(COURAGE) fired their coach Kevin McHale after 12 games of the season and tied for last place of the Southwest Division. McHale guided this team to the Western Conference Finals in 2015. It seemed as if head coach Kevin McHale lost the team in training camp because they did not look like the team of 2014-15. The Rockets were not listening to what the Boston Celtic Hall of Fame forward’s instructions

The Rockets have one of the greatest shooting guards of our time; they are also one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA. James Harden and the most mis-understood dominant center Dwight Howard. They are the keys to the success or failure of this Texas team.

Mr. Howard cannot find a home and it has affected his performance on the court. The one year Los Angeles Laker experience damaged Dwight’s thought process on the floor. It also damaged his psyche and killed his courage. In Orlando Dwight was the leading man until contract talks started in 2011. Superman could not get off the ground in Central Florida because of his injuries and the Orlando Magic fans never let him forget it, neither did the Los Angeles Laker fan base.

In L.A. Howard had to compete against the Laker ghosts at center-Shaq O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlin of which Howard will never be like and then there was the Black Mamba-Kobe Bryant, who many players cannot please. Howard could not win.

The Rockets were picked to win their division this year but it will take a monumental effort and a mental adjustment to achieve that goal in 2015. The Rockets are the Cowardly Lion heading to the Land of Oz searching for COURAGE. Courage to inform James Harden that there are four other players wearing the same uniform on the floor and that it is a team sport.. Courage to change the offensive philosophy in Houston, the Rockets need to have quicker ball movement and less isolation to compete in the NBA.

Courage, Mr. Howard has to man up and play center every game. Howard has to dominate the mid-court and that takes courage.

The Cowardly Lion needs to visit Munchkin Land to have a conversation with the wizard about COURAGE.

So the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Clippers are off on a faraway journey to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of OZ.

At the end of the season the Eagles, Niners, Rockets, and Clippers hope to find that COURAGE, that HEART and that BRAIN to improve themselves in 2016.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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