Wiz and Cavs Wage Destiny's Child War
As it has become increasingly clear that Wizards-Cavs III is ordained by fate and cannot be stopped by mere humans or Jose Calderon, the early chatter made this a hip-hop feud: LeBron playing Jay-Z to DeShawn's Soulja Boy. Which is a fine theme, and if it results in Soulja Boy and G-Wiz doing the Soulja Boy together, will have fulfilled its historical role.
But the far greater theme is the full-scale Destiny's Child Civil War that might be waged should this matchup come to pass. As reported yesterday by wonderful Cavs beat guy Brian Windhorst:
Stevenson and James might indeed have some personal stuff behind the scenes. Stevenson has dated LeToya Luckett and Farrah Franklin, both of whom were members of R&B group Destiny's Child. Of course, James is very close to former Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles, who is engaged to close friend Jay-Z. James' friend and manager, Maverick Carter, also dated Kelly Rowland, another former Destiny's Child member.
Zoinks. That would be the same Kelly Rowland who sang the National Anthem at this year's Wiz home opener. All of this "personal stuff" talk, of course, came from Drew Gooden, the man with the $20,000 beard bet with Stevenson, making this feud even more of a three-way. The Chicago Sun-Times is calling Gooden's look "the most distinctive beard in Illinois since Abraham Lincoln," which I guess could also be said for D.C. and Stevenson, excepting Chester A. Arthur. But anyhow, Gilbert, of course, has also had his Destiny's Child moment, when Beyonce came to D.C. this summer:
For all the Beyonce' fans out there, I went to her concert. You know, you see her on TV and you think, 'Oh man, does she really look that pretty in person?' Yes. She does. I never realized what makes her so different until I saw her live. She's an entertainer. She has everything. She entertained me. I gladly spent money on a suite to see her. I invited a couple of my teammates too. DeShawn Stevenson came, Caron came.'...
At the end, I got back stage. Come on, it was at the Verizon Center. The security guards know whose picture is on the building. I got all access. She gave me a hug and I had her autograph my Wizards No. 1 jersey with 'B-E-Y-O-N-C-E' on the back. There's no scandal behind the hug. Me and Jay-Z are good. We're good peoples.
Yeah, and Drew Gooden and LeBron James used to be teammates. Discussion question: could this be the best playoff series in Washington sports history?
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