Bless the Child
Because linking to a video on ESPN.com is as difficult as hugging a river, and plus I don't know how to do it, for the benefit of the jury I've tried to transcribe the following interview between Stephen A. Smith and Iverson about Webber's impending sleep-over in Philadelphia, which for some reason, namely I have never, ever, ever seen Iverson this happy, I found incredibly uplifting.
SCENE: Inside Sixer's Locker Room
STEPHEN A. SMITH: You know the deal. Chris Webber's in the house. Is this the best secondary option, supplementarypart,whateveryouwannacallit-- is this the best teammate you've had?
IVERSON. (giggling) Definitely. By far, by far. (Turning rapturous) I mean, uh, I don't know how to express it right now, 'cause, it all just, uhm came to me, uhmm, it just feels good, I don't have uh, no words to explain it. But I know I have a bona fide superstar alongside to me, and I'm just looking forward to making this happen, looking forward to getting on the court with him and getting things done.
[SUBTEXT: "it all just came to me". 'All' in this case is Webber, and not just pieces of him, but the whole thing, has been delivered to Iverson alone as a sort of personal revelation that is so divine, so wonderous, it can not be expressed in human language]
STEPHEN A. SMITH: Looking at the Atlantic division and the Eastern conference as a whole, where does this put you guys right now?
IVERSON: I mean honestly, you know we're at the top of the division right now, but this definitely gives, umm, us a chance to win it. But were really not concerned about that right now, all we're trying to do is win one game at a time, and we feel if we approach it that way, everything else will take care of itself.
[SUBTEXT: "I mean honestly", Iverson is telling the truth, the Sixers are at the top of the division, no fibbing here. "One game at time", self help sports speak, employed to convey humility before the basketball gods]
STEPHEN A. SMITH: I said a big celebration took place last night, was I lying?
IVERSON: (eyes light up ecstatically) Man you was DEFINITELY not lying! And I'm glad you said it, 'cause you DEFINITELY know what I go through, both ON and OFF the court!
[SUBTEXT: I have no idea! I think the implication here is that Iverson parties so goddamn hard, that it in itself is a tribulation, and one that for some reason only Stephen A. Smith is qualified to report on,]
This video made my day. Try watching it yourself on ESPN.com, tell them Joseph sent you.