Endless Summer Wrap-up

As the summer comes to a close, there are a few things I'd like to touch upon that may have gotten lost in all the Spurs-hating, Miami-speculating, and SAS-gawking. So far, this off-season has been a drag thanks to Ray Allen and Michael Redd re-signing with their old teams, and the Cavaliers' failure to fully catapult themselves into contention (AND YOUR STARTING POINT GUARD, FROM MARYLAND, STEEEEEEEEEVE BLAKE). The biggest name to be traded was Antoine Walker and the biggest offcourt drama was Tony Allen's advising of a friend to "fuck up" a dude who he got into a heated argument with (dude, shortly after, got shot). But maybe this offseason--far from over--was not really that boring after all.

1. Gerald Green only has four fingers on his right hand. I feel like we should have talked about this. People have speculated that th
is might have even caused his descent down the draft board. I say no way, but are there any other notable basketball players with disabilities? Do I damage the entire credibility of this blog by admitting to finding it humorous that a certain Celtics message board is attempting to nickname him, "The Shocker?" FUCK GETTY IMAGES:

2. Zo's Summer Groove. I mysteriously started getting NBATV again, which, during the summer consists of the EBC Rucker Classic, games of the Wes Unseld era, The Rookies (HOLLER), and WNBA crapola. However, one day they decided to broadcast Zo's Summer Groove (Zo's annual charity game), which was incredibly boring, except for ten minutes after the game, where the cheerleaders formed a circle and Zo himself got in the middle to start freakin it. I believe Keyon Dooling and Maurice Evans got involved as well. D-Wade gave a few half-hearted shimmys, because, hey, the next MJ has to be ALL BUSINESS ALL THE TIME. I realize that I would probably pay to watch a pay-per-view hour of NBA players dancing in a circle of cheerleaders.

3. Nick Van Exel. This has been touched upon quite a bit already, but I felt he deserved his own little piece. Is there anyone more deserving (KG & AI not included) of a ring than NVE? See, THIS is where I have to respect The Spurs. I can just hear Buford: "Let's see...we're poised for another championship, but we could use someone to spell Parker when he gets erratic, who has a little bit more of a natural
knack for scoring off the bench, and might be able to hit the big shot...I sure wish there was a free agent out there who could do that...hmmmm"

4. Von Wafer evidently punched Sasha Vujacic in the stomach during an intersquad game. Not sure if this entirely 100% true, but it's relatively awesome. Sasha has been known to showboat (still love his game), and probably had it coming. Does Von Wafer have a first name, by the way? Or is that it? The Lakers' roster looks absoultely AWFUL right now. Like, besides Kobe and Odom, I have no idea who their starters are going to be. And almost everyone on their team would be second-string on last year's playoff teams. I truly do miss the old Lakers.

5. Most unfortunate sub-plot of the whole Larry Brown saga. Brown's tendency not to play younger players could mean an EXTREME lack of Nate The Great airtime. See, this is where the Suns fucked up, with the Q/N-Rob for Kurt "NOT A CENTER" Thomas. Q isnt the be-all end-all, but wasnt the reason they got rid of him so that they could free up cap space for Joe Johnson? (sidenote: why is it always the most marginally talented players that are involved in the biggest front office scandals: Joe Johnson, Joe Smith, Kwame Brown). You cannot lose Q AND JJ!!! And could you imagine N-Rob on the 04-05-style SUNS?!!!!!

6. And of mild intrigue:

When asked if he was happy to have recently been traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jaric smiled to journalists, walked onto the court and promptly buried 20 consecutive three-pointers before his first practice with the "Blues".



At 9/02/2005 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never understood the whole "Larry Brown doesn't like young players" deal.

This is a man who did start a 2nd year Tayshaun Prince over Corliss.

At 9/02/2005 4:20 PM, Blogger Ken said...

I think the Suns got rid of Q because he choked so hard in the playoffs. How could they be a force in the playoffs with him chucking up bricks? Kurt Thomas will be a nice addition. He can get some boards and Amare can drop it off to him when he draws a double team. The Suns had to change their approach anyway.

Is that Steve Blake to the Cavs item official or speculative?

So Joe Johnson's a marginal player since he left the Suns? Is he as bad as Larry Hughes is now?

At 9/02/2005 4:26 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

Steve Blake is speculative...but it's down to Blake or Pargo if DJones goes back to MIA. By the way, I think DJones makes the Cavs a contender...and there is still a chance to make a trade.

Tayshaun Prince started over Corliss because Prince was so much better than Big Nasty on Defense (i.e. Brown's type of guy). All I'm saying is, with J-Craw and Starbury already in the lineup, LB wont exactly be finding minutes for N-Rob (man...that was a lot of nicknames)

At 9/02/2005 4:28 PM, Blogger Ken said...

What's up with the Nuggets signing Earl Watson? Don't they have two decent point guards?

At 9/02/2005 4:34 PM, Blogger Ken said...

The Nuggets Dance Team has the same nickname as their backcourt:


At 9/02/2005 4:39 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

you want to talk about overpaid? jerome james JUSSSST edged out watson for this offseason's brian cardinal/adonal foyle memorial award. Nonetheless, Watson is another guy who would have been great on the cavs even though he cant shoot.

At 9/05/2005 2:55 PM, Anonymous paul said...

when are you dudes going to realize that phoenix never had anything to do with the nate robinson selection? the pick came over as part of the kurt/q deal and phx was picking for isiah the whole time. i agree that nate would have been exciting on the suns .... but that's just a fantasy. who knows who phx would have taken had they kept the pick. probably not a point guard though.

At 9/05/2005 6:01 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i think we all know that phoenix was looking to get bigger and tougher this off-season, presumably at the expense of what made them my guiding light in 2004-2005. they may never had wanted or needed robinson themselves, but the fact that they DIDN'T makes it a heavily symbolic turning point in recent suns history. it's not just that he would've been nice on the suns, it's that we wish the suns had been interested in seeing this themselves

At 9/05/2005 6:52 PM, Anonymous paul said...

that's a fair point. but that rhetoric applies to many more teams than just the suns. nate may well be the steal of the first round and a lot of GMs might be asking their scouts why they didn't take a closer look at nasty nate leading up to the draft.

i know it's fun to shit on the knicks and errything, but this is one instance in which you have to give isiah his due respect ... especially considering that he had the balls to spend a first rounder on a point guard.


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