Cavs/Nets Redux, Racial Semiotics pt. 493372, Clubbin with Chris
I couldn't be happier to see the Cavs fade into Bolivia. There, I said it. Regardless of the fact that Lebron has slightly worn out his Sportscenter welcome and regardless that there could not be a more exciting player in the NBA than Angry Vince, I am just sick of Cleveland. Sick of them losing. Sick of their sulking faces. And for one simple reason: They have become Timberwolves East. One guy, saying all the right things to the media, playing his heart out every night in attempts to make everyone better mixed up with a bunch of lowlifes. I can't take it. It hits me too close to home.
In other news, Bulls vs. Wiz is happening: LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD. The NBA Gods have truly blessed me. I will accept The T-Wolves drafting Johan Petro in the first round this year as a gesture of balanced karma.
And, in the news:
From ESPN.com (Marc Stein):
"With Ginobili and Tony Parker constantly progressing and two dangerous shooters off the bench (Brent Barry and recent signee Glenn Robinson) the new Spurs are equipped to win with offense as well as defense"
KILL THAT SPURS BIAS. Bigging up B-Barry (who is averaging near career lows on FG% and 3PT% despite averaging career highs on open looks) and Big Dog (no discussion necessary) as "dangerous?" I swear, every time the Spurs acquire a new player Stein treats it like the messiah has arrived. If the Spurs picked up Shawn Kemp right now, he would probably be referred to as a "veteran presence." Sprewell would be referred to as "gritty" and "intense." Ok, obsession over.
From St. Paul Pioneer Press:
In an interview on KFAN radio Wednesday morning, host Paul Allen hypothesized that Szczerbiak is shifted around by the Wolves because it's the most "low-maintenance" avenue for the team. Then Allen asked Szczerbiak if he felt that way.
"No question," Szczerbiak replied. "I've heard that ever since Flip (Saunders) was coach, he said you're a white guy, you have a target on your chest, it's going to be harder for you to succeed in this league. Flip told me that my first two years in the league. He said people are going to try to keep you down.
Hold up. This HAPPENS???!! Flip said this? Wally repeated this? OK, answer me this. Sheed says the NBA is exploiting blacks. JO'Neal says that the fact that the league is mostly black factors into the age limit discussion. Woody Paige, Stephen A. et al. have a FIELD DAY. But this comment gets no press? Something just isn't right. This comment has ten times the firepower of the KG-Guns quote of playoffs past.
From NY Daily News Gossip section:
Sports gods Charles Oakley and Terrell Owens partied till the wee hours at Glo - even though neither of them was drinking booze. Also there was NBA great Chris Mullin, whose gold Rolls-Royce Phantom was idling outside...
In my head, when I think of who would complete the in da club trinity of OAK-T.O.-? , Chris Mullin falls just between Mario Lemieux and Mia Hamm on the most likely list. And the gold Rolls-Royce? This is fugking ridiculous....