FreeDrafto Astounding Sidebar: Brace It!!!!!!

By all means, scroll down and read this potent thing I whipped up while waiting for my hosts to awaken this morning. Especially since it contains the key to appreciating whatever mayhem ensues on Wednesday. But like I'm going to downplay my latest collabo with FOX's Peter Schrager, in which we team up for a truly botanical conversation on the screwy nature of Draft '06. Should be something fresh in there even for those of you who have battled through each and every FreeDarko post.

In case you're wondering, there's absolutely no threat of contradiction here. I promise, you figure it out.


At 6/26/2006 5:21 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i can only take it personally that the draft is two days away, and i pour my heart and soul out on the topic, only to find that no one has anything to say back.

At 6/26/2006 6:18 PM, Blogger Captain Caveman said...

Shoals, it just reaffirms your point that this draft class leaves little room to be enthusiastic.

The silence is everyone agreeing.

WV: htkkqyeo -- Howard, Terry, and Kerry Kittles had a quickie with Yao? Why is that the first thing my brain considered?

At 6/26/2006 6:46 PM, Anonymous Mr. Six said...

The draft is Wednesday?

At 6/26/2006 7:40 PM, Anonymous JrsEastBayFunk said...

I just realized that Miami does not have a draft pick. Maybe Mourning will stick around (thanks to word verification for reminding me.)

WV: zozumad

At 6/26/2006 8:14 PM, Blogger there is no you or me without Suomi said...

The Free Drafto post I want to see is y'all sucking it up and going ahead and naming your #1 picks, but sheerly for the purpose of seeing what can be inferred about the chooser by his choice. I think you've done something like this before, but with established players?
Also, Adam Morrison = Kelly Tripucka. How did he miss THAT 'white gunner' stereotype? Makes the Bird comparisons seem lazier than ever, as if VHWA* weren't apt enough...

*Van Horn With Attitude

At 6/26/2006 10:17 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i'm pulling for aldridge, only because i helped him with a paper on the dress code last year and found him exceedingly down-to-earth, smart, friendly, engaged, and respectful of the game and all it stands for. plus i got to drop this one toward the end of the afternoon: "i think we both know you'll be dealing with this issue first-hand at some point."

he's really into bosh, which struck me as weird and kind of geeky until the recluse reminded me that they're from the same area.

(it's in keeping with this draft that i couldn't bring myself to actually turn this into a full-fledged post.)

i am also pulling for rudy to the bobcats. you simply cannot fuck with a starting five of wallace, felton, omeka, may, and gay.

At 6/26/2006 10:44 PM, Anonymous Aaron said...

Running out to the Garden tomorrow morning bright and early to try and get tickets for the Draft.

Despite this, I can't summon much interest at all in the intrigues of the draft. Much of this has to do with being a Knicks fan and knowing exactly the kind of intrigues Isiah is up to.

And much of it has to do with the intrigues surrounding this draft just sounding so damn stupid. Marty Burns' SI column was all about KG to the Bulls and stupid shit like that. There aren't any rumors out there that are actually believable and/or interesting. Even the hints of a Jermaine O'Neal trade sound too fishy to be interesting.

At 6/27/2006 12:08 AM, Anonymous spider said...

There's too much name-dropping on this blog. Well, my mom met Dennis Rodman at her sports club once! (True)

More seriously: What happened to Hobbes and Kant? The college kids these days are writing papers about the NBA dress code?! I can see how the code could be mined for all sorts of "cultural studies" implications (as Shoals has ably done on this blog), but can college kids hit that level of subtlety?

At 6/27/2006 1:07 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

that's the first name i've ever dropped on here, and i'm responsible for roughly 74% of all text on here. and it was done mostly to prove a point about the draft--otherwise, i would've told this story months ago.

this was for this rhetoric course that everyone has to take. they read mill as an example of a certain kind of argument, but the final papers are all about taking some issue or other and breaking them down according to what they've learned about how rhetoric works.

actually, there's a huge difference between name-dropping and revealing anecdotes. i know what it's like to work on a term paper with one of the top three picks this year; i'm assuming that most of our readers would find similar information about most nba players pretty fascinating. name dropping would be if i gave you nothing with the fact, or had nothing but a technicality.

wv: pbzail ("when you want to buy some diamonds but can only afford peanut butter")

At 6/27/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

i saw dikembe mutombo at the airport on friday.

At 6/27/2006 10:05 AM, Blogger Captain Caveman said...


At 6/27/2006 10:28 AM, Anonymous throwawayidentity said...

I think the problem with this (and ever other) draft is,
not enough gambling.
If only I could place bets on which players would ever average more than 10 points, 7 rebounds, or last longer than 3 years in the league...
Every thing is more interesting with a pecuniary interest involved.

nojaze = a disturbing lack of the hizzo

At 6/27/2006 11:16 AM, Anonymous spider said...

I've been trying to figure out your identity based on the clues you've dropped (UTexas, american studies, rhetoric class, jewish) but you seem quite webbily elusive.

Perhaps this is best -- I want to maintain some distance between I and my sages. I too am a teacher of undergrads...

At 6/27/2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Ragtime said...

The most intriguing draft rumor that I have heard of yet is Marquis Daniels to Utah for the #14 pick. Trying to imagine the motley crew of Daniels, AK, Okur, Harpring, Deron Williams, and whoever they can get for Boozer has my head spinning. Having "right way" proponent Jerry Sloan in charge of a squad like that would be an injustice.

At 6/27/2006 2:47 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

there is some goodness in this universe. just as j.r. smith wasn't ever headed to san antonio, no way marquis lands in utah. i think he would actually have a basis for legal action were this injustice to take place.

At 6/27/2006 11:57 PM, Anonymous aug said...

I'm excited and enjoying the prehype. Always the optimist of course, but i've been swamped lately. As a magic fan, i know they need a 2 guard really bad, but please lord don't let us get redick. It's not worth it. Most other people have them taking ronnie brewer who is going to be a solid rich man's julius hodge(i really hope hodge pans out, i love the man). But once again, he's not going to be much of a star and has limited potential. I always am a fan of drafting guys who could be stars or at least semistars down the line. There are more in this draft than people think. It could end up being a lot like the 99 draft. A lot of semi stars and 1 or 2 time all stars but no kobes or garnetts.

there are a few guys in the draft potential to be stars in the league:

and then a couple really raw projects that always end up being role players. That's what i never liked about the whole take a huge project thing. Most all of them become either nothing or desagana diops. Sene is the next desagan diop if i've ever seen one. One of them will pan out every other year it seems. Except in 2000. Good lord, mike miller went #5 people!

The raw projects soon to be role players:

thomas(yes, i'm not that high on him)

The only guys who i'm really intrigued about because i'm not sure where to put them are:

al johnson

I'm not sure, but i feel one of these guys will be big. It's gonna happen, i just don't know which one. I'll talk more about the draft when i have more time. I'm still reading and enjoying though. Loved the interview.


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