10.06.2005

Thursdays with Thurl: Aznavour in Sneakers


Thurl and I cannot take credit for this one. Brickowski outdid us once and for all by directing our attention to the inconceivable collaboration between Tony Parker, Fabolous, and French Rapper Booba (Shoals assures me that there is a shout-out to Tim Duncan somewhere in this song)...

Listen to "Top of the Game" here

First of all, this COMPLETELY raises the stakes on strange collaborations. It used to be, "Wow, that's odd KRS ONE and Puffy did a song together" or "Gee whiz, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow made a ballad!" Soon it's gonna be, "that new Matthew Barney collaboration with Warren Sapp, Debra Winger and Beenie Man is GULLY." The LEAST strange aspect of this song is that Mr. Longoria is rapping. The most strange, potentially what was FAB-O doing with these Parisian cats?

Equally strange--although I can't tell what he's saying--is that Parker sounds really fucking good. Like way better than any athlete attempting to rap. Ever. Seriously. Like, dude is way more intelligent than Kobe or Cedric Ceballos, so he probably actually rehearsed and practiced his craft for a while before taking to the studio.

Which all brings me to the fact that I can't really hate on the Spurs anymore. Maybe I never did. Maybe I just hated on Sean Elliot and Steve Kerr as homer-tastic commentators (you'd think Kerr was never a member of those MJ-Bulls teams!), the praise for Ginobili's recklessness that the equally wacky 2002-2003 Troy Hudson never received (Black people "loot" and play "out of control;" Argentinians "find"....and play "fearlessly"), and the idolizing of Duncan merely because (gassssssssssssssssp) he graduated college.

...which transitions nicely into: I am also finding it terribly difficult to hate on Carmelo anymore. It's fucking passe. Like, he was publicly and internationally recognized as a fuckup and a slacker; and it got old quickly. Now on the other hand, I would like to annoyedly predict that the two statements "Carmelo has really matured" and "Carmelo really got into shape" (both fucking false) will become the mantra of Stein, SI, Walton, and all others riding the Nuggets bandwagon this year. You gotta let Lil'Dog be Lil'Dog (pudgy and immature), but also acknowledge that his game is way more versatile and intricate than the good-on-offense-bad-on-defense simplified category we all placed him into. Plus, dude is way less boring than LeBron or D-Wade, and in this LEAGUE OF STYLE, that type of character goes a long way.


19 Comments:

At 10/06/2005 2:00 PM, Blogger Ken said...

Troy Hudson got plenty of praise when he came alive in the playoffs that year the Wolves made it out of the first round. Who was saying he looted the ball? Give me a break.

I know he's been hurt, but he really never did it before or since. It was a surprise, Ginobli has been making things happen consistently for several seasons now and has a ring.

 
At 10/06/2005 2:06 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

Let's get one thing straight. Troy Hudson is my least favorite Timberwolves player. Maybe second to Laettner as least favorite all time.

He got his props for that ONE series against the Lakers, but his herky-jerky fun-style of balling that he played that season was often dubbed "out of control."

and if you dont get the "looting" reference, well....then you simply dont spend enough time on the internet.

 
At 10/06/2005 2:51 PM, Anonymous illwafer said...

Ceballos is still an MC....

FOR THE PHOENIX SUNS HALFTIME SHOW!

 
At 10/06/2005 3:08 PM, Anonymous brickowski said...

I'm responsible for mailing this MPfree to the Masters. I guess I forgot to sign it with Brickowski.

Would you mind editing my name out of the post? I probably don't need to explain this to a guy known as TrentonHasslesCarmelo, but I try to keep my name off the internet when I can.

 
At 10/06/2005 3:18 PM, Blogger El Huracan Andreo said...

I took care of ya Brick.

 
At 10/06/2005 3:21 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

whoa...my bad. GOVERNMENT NAMES.
incredible work finding this.

 
At 10/06/2005 3:34 PM, Blogger Ken said...

I get the looting reference, but really how much did racial stereotypes have to do with Manu getting more props then Troy Hudson. I agree that Manu is kind of overrated because of race, but he was an important part of a championship team. Troy, not so much. Regardless of popularity with announcers and fans Troy Hudson just isn't as good of a player as Manu.

 
At 10/06/2005 3:51 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

(a) Contrary to what my posts show, I have a TON of respect for Manu, and obviously think Manu 1000x the player Troy Hudson is.

(b) I dont always take myself so seriously when I post. Car Window Sociology is all I know.

 
At 10/06/2005 4:32 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

here's some serious freedarko pre-history that will mean nothing to almost who will ever read this but will forever color the way i see troy hudson.

like five years ago, big baby and i lived in these apartments near campus during the summer. we played one-on-one every single day, despite the fact that it was hundreds of degrees every day, neither of us was good or got any better (in fact, you get more and more limited when you deal with the exact same opponent day after day), and each game followed a pretty predictable script. at one point we fantasized about making it into a public acccess show, which would eventually give rise to pay-per-view spectacles where the likes of kobe and kg went at it on those same shitty suburban courts, with the same production values as this hypothetical, single fixed-camera show would have had.

one of the more notable things to come out of this truly mythical experiment was our invention of a vastly unattainable move called "the up and down," which involved a missed shot bouncing off the ground, being caught off the bounce, in mid-air, by a player also in flight, who would then, before he hit the ground, fire off a reasonably credible jumper.

a few years later, when hudson was still on the magic and they were making a fairly entertaining first round showing in the playoffs, TNT was saturating their coverage with ads for that movie "executive decision." i don't for the life of me remember what the movie was, but in the middle of one game (that i hadn't been watching, i guess) BB sent me an email entitled "TROY HUDSON-EXECUTIVE DECISION" that tried, in a handful of sentences, to remind me what an "up and down" was and alert me to the fact that hudson, miraculously, had just pullled on off in the heat of pitched playoff battle.

that and this kid in my program played again hudson in high school. he said troy torched them for like fifty points, launching three's the whole day from wherever.

But come to think of it, hudson’s always pissed me off, the same way boykins does. Small-ish, scorers with no attitude and a weird, businessman-like (not: NOT WORKMAN-LIKE) approach to what should be the most self-conscious, outlandish, and self-indulgent job in the nba, make absolutely no sense to me.

 
At 10/06/2005 4:44 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

no attitude?

What are you talking about?

 
At 10/06/2005 4:56 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

first: i wrote that entire comment in one three-minute sitting with someone yelling at me to do my job the whole fucking time. so i'm sorry for the ambiguiety.

i meant on the court personality. i was dimly aware that hudson was a funny human being, but he's so impenetrably dull to me as a player that i can't bring myself to make it matter.

maybe i meant style but am just sick of saying it. because like boykins, his only style traits are "fast," "small" and "streaky."

those playoffs where he almost beat the lakers were funny, i guess, but for someone that scores as much as he does--esp. as much as he did that series--he sure does so in an unremarkable fashion. it's like you're forced to like it because of the small, fast , streaky stuff. fuck that.

hey, i never purport to know anything about the nba--only a lot about the players i give a fuck about it.

 
At 10/06/2005 5:09 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

i think it's hilarious that you had someone yelling at you to do your job while you were telling the world about "the up and down move." i mean, that's important shit. ha ha.

 
At 10/06/2005 5:16 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

that's pretty indicative of my priorities at this point.

 
At 10/06/2005 7:33 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

speaking of the new melo. . .

i just saw a scraggly white bum with long hair and the beard of a banshee, panhandling right by UT's campus with a "snop snitching" shirt on. black tee, three bullet-through-glass holes in white, STOP SNITCHING! in big white letters in between them

SNOP STITCHING!!!!!

 
At 10/06/2005 9:14 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

to clarify, it said "STOP SNITCHING" but i really like the way that misspelling sounds

 
At 10/06/2005 10:48 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Yo, I thought Lil' Dog was Luol Deng!

 
At 10/06/2005 11:10 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

is that true? well carmelo is actually "stop snitching." and in reference to glenn robinson, he is probably better suited as "little big dog"

 
At 10/07/2005 10:56 AM, Anonymous brickowski said...

More from Tony Parker, Internationl Baller. These are the shoes he wore during the Euro Championships:

http://www.nike.com/nikebasketball/usa/v4/features/rosario_room/features/downloads/huarache2k5_parker_laser.jpg

 
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