Why hasn't anyone noticed that Jokic is a cheap-shot artist?


PAUL’S TAKE:TELLING NEWS

SO MANY THINGS WORTHY OF COMMENT IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK, IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO START.

THE PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS PLAYOFF BATTLE WITH THE DENVER NUGGETS TAKES THE LEAD IF FOR KNOW OTHER REASON THAN SPORT IN GENERAL TAKES US TO THE LIGHTER SIDE AND AWAY FROM MORE DEPRESSING SUBJECTS, LIKE ANYTHING POLITICAL THESE DAYS.

AND THE BLAZERS DELIVER SO MANY STORY LINES – FROM “THE” SHOT, THE LONG GAME WINNER PUT UP BY DAMION LILLARD FROM THE MODA CENTER PARKING LOT, TO BACKUP CENTER ENES KANTER FIGHTING MIGHTILY AT BOTH ENDS OF THE COURT, DESPITE PLAYING WITH A SEPARATED SHOULDER.

I’M NOT SURE WHY SPORTS WRITERS -- SO ENAMORED WITH THE PLAY OF THE 7-FOOT, MOUNTAIN OF A CENTER KANTER IS GUARDING – HAVE FAILED TO WRITE THAT THE DENVER PLAYER CALLED “THE JOKER” IS ALSO A CHEAP-SHOT ARTIST, ESPECIALLY AFTER HE WAS SEEN TO DELIVER A BLOW TO KANTER’S DAMAGED SHOULDER FOR NO GOOD REASON AFTER A TEAMMATE’S FREE-THROW ATTEMPT.

BUT, NEVER MIND.MAYBE THE BEST THING ABOUT THE TRAILBLAZER STORY IS THAT IT REMINDS US NOTHING GOOD COMES EASY, AND SERVES TO BRING US TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY, EVEN NON-SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT AND SUPPORTING… “OUR TEAM”!

THE SAME COULD BE SAID ABOUT ANOTHER STORY THIS WEEK – THE THOUSANDS OF OREGON TEACHERS WHO WALKED OUT OF THEIR CLASSROOMS IN PROTEST AND IN SUPPORT OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS,

I WONDER IF ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THE IRONY – THAT ON THE SAME DAY OF THE TEACHER WALK-OUT, REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE OREGON LEGISLATURE WENT INTO HIDING SO AS TO AVOID PROVIDING THE QUOROM NEEDED TO PASS A NEW CORPORATE TAX PACKAGE WHICH WOULD HAVE SENT ALMOST 2-BILLION DOLLARS INTO EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN.

THE REPUBLICANS SAID THEIR DISAPPEARING ACT WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T CERTAIN THE BILL’S LANGUAGE GUARANTEED ALL OF THE MONEY WOULD GO TO EDUCATION.THEY WEREN’T AS QUICK TO ADMIT THEY ALSO DEMANDED THAT SEVERAL OTHER NON-EDUCATION BILLS BE KILLED BEFORE THEY’D COME OUT OF HIDING.DOES ANYONE RECALL ANY OF THOSE REPUBLICANS PROMISING VOTERS IN THEIR CAMPAIGNS THAT IF MAJORITY DEMOCRATS PUSHED LEGISLATION THEY DIDN’T LIKE, THEY RUN AWAY?

I WAS ENCOURAGED, THOUGH, EVEN IF INITIALLY SHOCKED, BY ONE PIECE OF BUSINESS OUT OF SALEM THIS WEEK, ALSO INVOLVING EDUCATION.A HEARING ON WHAT WAS CONSIDERED A NON-CONTROVERSIAL BILL REQUIRING HOLOCAUST EDUCATION IN OREGON SCHOOLS TURNED UGLY WHEN SOME CITIZENS TESTIFYING AGAINST THE BILL DOWNPLAYED OR DENIED THE HOLOCAUST.

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE, SAID TO BE VISIBLY SHAKEN BY THE TESTIMONY, VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO SEND THE BILL FORWARD.ONE COMMITTEE MEMBER SAID THE TESTIMONY MORE THAN ANYTHING MADE HER WAND TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, IN HER WORDS, “TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT AND THE FACTS STRAIGHT.”SHOCKING, THAT WE STILL NEED TO DO THAT.

FINALLY, I CAN’T IGNORE THE CONTINUING STORY OF WHAT SOME ARE NOW CALLING A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS – THE FIGHT OVER THE MUELLER REPORT.DEMOCRATS SAY IT’S ABOUT THE CONGRESS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSIGHT, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS SUPPORTERS SAYING IT’S THE JUST DEMOCRAT “HATERS” OUT TO GET HIM AGAIN.

LISTEN.I KNOW HOW THIS THING COULD BE OVER IN A NEW YORK MINUTE.

THE PRESIDENT HAS INSISTED REPEATEDLY THAT HE’S INNOCENT OF EVERYTHING.HE SHOULD THEREFORE GO DIRECTLY TO CAPITOL HILL, OPENLY TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS, ALLOW HIS STAFF MEMBERS, PAST AND PRESENT, TO DO THE SAME, WHILE GRANTING CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF THE FULL, UN-REDACTED MUELLER REPORT.

IF HE’S INNOCENT AS CLAIMED, HE CAN THEN TELL HIS OPPONENTS TO SHUT UP, AND GET BACK TO RUNNING THE COUNTRY.

SERIOUSLY.ASK YOURSELF -- WHY DOESN’T HE JUST DO THAT?

I’M PAUL LINNMAN, AND THAT’S MY TAKE.