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.