Skita I vs. The Black Skita

...and other tales of summer boredom...

It's official folks.
With the signing of Nikoloz Tskitishvili, the Minnesota Timberwolves have set the stage for Freedarko's dream training camp battle. Skita will face his counterpart in Ndudi Ebi from Nigeria (listed in the above photo as one of the "European Players in the NBA" because he was born in London), the player selected JUST before Josh Howard in the 2003 draft. League executives, Warriors fans, Wolves fans, and Nuggets fans, over the past three years, have been virtually incapable of uttering either Ebi or Skita's name without including "but it took Jermaine O'Neal four years to mature" in the same sentence. Yes, both have fallen victim to Myth Of the Next Jermaine O'Neal (MONJO) (copyright B.Shoals), and both will be locking horns this fall to receive the coveted position of being this man's backup:

Also, for some strange reason, the gods have summer NBA boredom have granted my television NBA TV again.

Overheard while watching the EBC Rucker Park championship, from the courtside announcer/commentator:

"Horace jenkins of the Detroit Pistons!...he gets a check!...he's in the league!...doesn't matter if he's third string, he has a butler, he has a maid..."

Overseen on 'THE ROOKIES': Marbury and Mutombo singing "I Just Wanna Love U" courtside at some NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

I for one couldn't be more excited for Stephen A. Smith's new show airing August 1. I really don't have a good feel for the Freedarko consensus on Stephen A, but this article did a lot for me.

"You want to say I'm arrogant?" says Smith, filling in the blanks from behind the town car's tinted windows. "Okay. My response is, are you called an affirmative-action hire? I am. Are you continuously questioned about everything from your morals to your skills to your upbringing to your intelligence? I am. I got two choices. I'm gonna either come across as arrogant, because I'm basically saying I don't give a fuck about what you think, or I'm gonna come across as a very weak individual, because you're insulting me and it's affecting me. I chose to fight back."


Once this stupid "moratorium" ends, you can look for more riveting news from the Freedarko camp. Transactions are about to get wild, and FD will be covering every million dollar moment. I have a feeling that similar to the cup in this man's hand, this offseason is going to be a BIGGIE.


At 7/26/2005 11:54 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

bob costas: "Bryant Gumbel has an edge, but he's more of the traditional style." BRYANT GUMBEL HAS AN EDGE? cracka please!

so glad that midget isn't doing nba games anymore.

At 7/26/2005 12:34 PM, Blogger elandfried said...

Finally...an interesting rumor:


Could Darko finally be freed?!?

At 7/26/2005 1:23 PM, Blogger emynd said...

Stephen A. Smith is my dude forever. I'd take a bullet for that man.


At 7/26/2005 3:43 PM, Blogger Ken said...

You know young Steven wore this cassette out.


At 7/27/2005 2:37 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

hands down, stephen a. is in my contemporary basketball pantheon. he was one of the few things that made me proud to rep philly during my years there, and now that he's blown up national, it's great to see that he can not give an inch without having to turn it into too much of a marketable shtick. though maybe, sadly, that will happen with this show. he also seems to inspire a particular kind of love/hate reaction that almost certainly has something to do with race: like him or not, stephen a. means something, stands for something.

fuck i'm tired

At 7/27/2005 5:38 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

and about this MONJO thing. . .o'neal got brought along slow partly because there were so many people ahead of him on the depth chart. not only were they patient with him—they could afford to, weren't secretly hoping he'd blossom immediately, and in a way kept him completely and totally insulated from the demands of being a draft pick. a similar thing happened with t-mac, al harrington and zach randolph, and it's going on now with dorrell wright and darko.

i don't care how much a team acknowledges they've drafted a "project," if they could use his help right away he's not really getting that same "time to develop," and the growth process will always be marred by immediate/long-term expectations. as long as there's that light of day peeping through, "bringing them along slow" is always a means toward an end, not the business of trying to make the prospect into a real player and THEN seeing what you can do with him.

At 7/28/2005 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stephen a smith is awful, he's a no talent jackass, plus he's from NYC, not philly

anyway, i wanted to know what team horace jenkins plays for in the rucker tournament?

At 7/28/2005 1:31 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

he's from nyc but he made his media name in philly, writing for the inquirer.


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