A New Hope Emerges
It's now buried on ESPN.com's NBA page, but yesterday afternoon B.J. Armstrong, who I previously knew primarily as the baby-faced point guard during the first Bulls dynasty, conducted a chat in which he proved himself to be the leading candidate to succeed Bill Walton as the game's most bombastic and brilliantly incoherent commentator. It's clear that he studied at the feet of Phil Jackson, and not because he claims P-Jax should have won Coach of the Year and gives Kobe not only this season's MVP, but also Top 5 all-time status. It's Armstrong's faux zen koans like, "Every team has the same exact problems." (on the difference between the Nuggets and the Pistons) and "He's wise and lazy. He understands there's nothing to do and something to do." (on Jackson himself) that reveal the depth of "the Zenmaster's" influence. By the end of the transcript, I wasn't sure whether he was a genius or totally full of shit. I'm leaning toward the latter, but read it and decide for yourself!
Also, if you haven't peeped it yet, make sure you read Shoals' latest McSweeney's post and today's companion piece. Essential reading for the start of your weekend.