According to ESPN, THE BIGGEST TRADE IN NBA HISTORY just went down. Though from where I'm sitting, all it looks like is the Heat fucking themselves and a bunch of people I remember from drafts past getting shifted around.

In the NBA as I know it, Shaq and Wade exist on a different wavelength than Toine and White Chocolate; that's the only way I can justify being a fan of the latter two, when by any remotely competitive, HOC standards, they're both clowns. You can skewer me all you want for worshipping an off-kilter talent like Arenas, but even I know that, at best, Williams and Walker are pure personality.

There are two kinds (maybe "poles" instead) of NBA player identity: those that you could imagine either settling into a team situation like the Spurs, Pistons or last year's Suns, or taking on the truly heroic individualism that Iverson and LeBron each do in their own way (not Kobe, not T-Mac) and those that could never, under any circumstances, do either. I don't know much about how to contend (frankly, it doesn't interest me all that much), but it can't be smart to put this past season's patron saints of basketball greatness out on the floor with two of the leading ambassadors from THAT Association. The league of Ricky Davis, Baron Davis, the Knicks, Corey Maggette, Larry Hughes, Ben Gordon, pro Melo. . . you know, the itch that gets a blog like this going in the first place. Certainly, we do not rise in the morn to earnestly debate and praise accomplishment in motion.

I know I've christened 2005-2006 the year of the Big Redemption, but these things should be a last resort for players and team. It's like a father throwing his own daughter down a well, then rescuing her, then living off of the "my story" money.

The Heat had better hope she's got plenty to drink. Though if there's too much to drink down there—that is, if Miami is all too comfortable with the "difficult" players they've acquired and think they're above those kind of problems—the whole thing will backfire from the beginning. At very least, they need to admit, from the drop, that they're going out on a limb.


At 8/03/2005 9:22 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

great analysis, but i can't believe you didn't mention that now qyntel woods and ricky davis are on the same team!!!!!

i really think this makes the heat the clear favorite to win the east. antoine walker played with pierce, but he's never played with guys like shaq and d-wade. i have to think they can rein in his selfish tendencies. walker is a good passer when he wants to be, as is white choc, obviously.

they can also play walker at the 4 and posey at the 3, which gives them a lot more flexibility than they had last year. posey's basically a taller, younger eddie jones, so that's a win/win for miami.

andreo, where are you?

At 8/03/2005 9:31 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

Seriously, with Indiana, New Jersey, and Cleveland better, plus Detroit retaining its core, I have no idea what Pat Riley was thinking. Marc Stein got it right (for once). Toine and J-Will are HUGE question-marks with regard to chemistry, ball-hogging, defense, and attitudes. Plus, the Heat let key roleplayers Keyon Dooling and Rasual Butler get away...all of this has me scratching my head.

At 8/03/2005 9:39 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

like i said, what you're missing is that this is shaq's team. NO ONE in the association gets the respect shaq does from players. that's the key. he will not tolerate any nonsense from walker and williams. riley also got walker insurance in james posey. if walker can't play disciplined ball, they can bring in a guy who would start for most teams at the 3.

they do need a solid back up for williams, though.

At 8/03/2005 9:43 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

boston herald is saying qyntel will be waived. probably a good thing he and ricky davis never got to play together.

At 8/03/2005 10:44 AM, Blogger Ken said...

So does the Heat getting Jason Williams mean they are prepared to let Damon Jones sign elsewhere?

I think Antoine Walker is a good signing, he has heart and is really versatile, I don't think he has a negative personality he just does some bonehead stuff on the court. I just don't believe the Boston press when it comes to player's personalities.

At 8/03/2005 10:58 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i agree that walker is a decent guy who wants to win and has a good understanding of the game. .. which makes his on-court retardation all the more inexcusable! at least in j-will's case it's pretty much what you'd expect of a wigger redneck hothead who could have been the second coming of pistol pete.

At 8/03/2005 11:30 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

Patiently, patiently waiting...Randy Moss/White Chocolate courtside antics!!!

In other news DAMON JONES IS A PERFECT FIT FOR THE HEAT. With Bron as the main distributor, they dont need a true point guard/great passer...just a guy to hit the open J. Damon is your MAN.

At 8/03/2005 11:37 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

i meant DJones is a PERFECT FIT FOR THE CAVS. average fit for the heat.

At 8/03/2005 12:04 PM, Blogger Ken said...

I agree Damon Jones would be great for the Cavs, great assist/turnover ratio and he's ferocious from deep. He's just what they need at point.

How is Jason Williams going to work out with the Heat? I can already see him doing stupid shit to outshine Wade. There should be some great alley-oops out of this team though.

Did anyone see the special on NBA player's tattoos a few years ago? I think it was on FoxSports. Anyway, players like Doug Christie were explaining the significance of their tats. Jason Williams comes on and starts to explain his the goes "ahh shit my tatoos don't mean nothin'". It was hilarious.

At 8/03/2005 2:57 PM, Blogger El Huracan Andreo said...

Damon Jones won't resign with the Heat.

Honestly, I'm sad to see how *cough* conservative *cough* you guys are all being about this.

Its absolutely beautiful. They gave up SHIT. And don't tell me that Rasual Butler and Dooling were "key role players". Look at the roster, its much deeper.

And they got some baggage but with the potential for gold. Brown Recluse hit it on the head. This is Shaq's team, and shit won't be tolerated.

Count the reclamation projects that have worked in Miami since Riley came down here. Count them.

At 8/03/2005 2:59 PM, Blogger El Huracan Andreo said...


Marc Stein is a complete, fat idiot. THC you'll eat crow when you realize you backed him up.

Maybe what Stephen A. has to say will convince you guys?

Honestly, take a break from the rhetoric and step out and realize how brilliant this is.

Maybe i'm a cheerleader, but this is something I expected you all to root for.

Would you want this to be YOUR team?


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