My kingdom for an indefinite amount of lesser things

Back to business here at FreeDarko. Hopefully we've managed to retain some of the extra thousands that clicked over here to get the lowdown on J.J., but don't go expecting that kind of bombshell on any regular basis. That kind of interaction with the outside world seems pretty counter to the professed FD goal of making the NBA, a public sports league, as esoteric, coded, cultish, subjective, and introspective as possible.

Speaking of which, over at McSweeney's today I explain the real reason I don't like seeing the Heat in the Finals. And no, saying that I have a perverse attachment to false glory is not the same thing as liking players who never get out on the floor. Let's just say that some athletes are meant to enjoy their own kind of winning, and watching the strive toward that is about as much as we can reasonably expect out of them. In fact, it's the exact opposite of the obsession with potential and imagination; it's inherently self-limiting and succumbs to a poor mockery of a real man's destiny. I would even go so far as to say that it should be more depressing than a player who idles forever, unless you switch up your perspective and accept that kooky actualization is its own reward.

Soaring potential can sustain itself until it's either definitively failed (Tim Thomas pre-now, Stromile Swift) or enjoyed some modicum of success. I guess I'd like to think that, rather than look at half-assed accomplishment as marking the end of fascination's road, it can be the start of a new, no less bombastic journey.


At 6/15/2006 1:32 PM, Anonymous Red Snapper said...

They should rename the T-Wolves "KG and the Failed Soaring Potentials", like some defunct 90s grunge band that barely got a song in the top 10. I can say this as a devoted T-wolves fan who has watched countless failed potentials come and go, the only common denominator being they played with one of the best.

God I hope Marcus Banks lives up to his potential.

At 6/15/2006 1:48 PM, Blogger OG said...

that was a fun read, but what the hell does that last paragraph mean? can you please translate for those of us who read at a fifth grade level?

i tried to offer comments on last week's mcsweeney's as well (they were the same; great post, but not feeling the conclusion) but blogger ate them. i also had an anecdote about hearing dave eggers mispronouncing manu ginobili's name wrong, twice. oh well.

i have an anecdote for this week too, but it's not really an anecdote, just a statement of fact: antoine walker attended my prom.

At 6/15/2006 1:56 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

falling in love with a model is lame

At 6/15/2006 1:56 PM, Anonymous cephalapod said...

I am still rooting for Olowakandi's rebirth.

At 6/15/2006 3:35 PM, Blogger Talented Mr Hathaway said...

You know this might be crazy but I was thinking that the T wolves should go after Wade. He is a free agent after this year right, or does he have another year. I would leave shaq because he's old and there team is old. Really after this year where are they going to go. Can you imagine if the wolves had Wade, they would be nice. Maybe Im way out of line, I get a little crazy sometimes.

At 6/15/2006 3:52 PM, Blogger Talented Mr Hathaway said...

I might be out of line, but imagine Wade and KG together. Wades up for a new contract this year or next, and the wolves could give away everything they have and just run KG and wade together and I bet you they would make the play offs.

At 6/15/2006 5:54 PM, Anonymous Kevin Mchale said...

I can't even sign a good big man, you think I'm going to get Wade?

At 6/15/2006 6:05 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

a thought: if one single member of the class of 2003 bolts, it's going to set off a domino effect and, obviously, a ripple effect.

At 6/15/2006 7:10 PM, Anonymous Mr. Six said...

I've been holding off, but I'll go ahead and share the dark thought that's been scratching at the floorboards of my imagination for the last week: LBJ and D-Wade both decline extensions, wait for 2008, and then sign with the same team because, fuck it, why not take the opportunity to create both leviathan and juggernaut.

And is FD really not going to talk about groupies getting into the Mavs locker room while dudes are showering?

At 6/15/2006 8:38 PM, Blogger Snicker-snack said...

You seem a little tongue-in-cheek when you say that "under a series of hard-nosed coaches, [Williams] was whipped into proper point guard shape." This sarcasm seems to suggest that J-Dub aka White Chocolate had the potential to be a new, hip-hop Bob Cousy, and one has to imagine that freedarko would have found him to be very freedarko indeed, back in the day.

However, while I concede his behind-the-back-off-the-elbow pass in the Rookie-Soph game as one of my best ever, White Chocolate has turned out to actually be White Bread. You seem to place the blame for this on WB's under a series of ex-TNT analysts, but I would like to say that Williams' game and very substance has always been specious and shallow. We can see this in his numerous ill-advised 35 foot bombs (in multiple senses) for the Kings and his inability to grasp the proper balance of risky, safe, and awesome passes. Yes, his time in Memphis killed this soul/fire, and in Miami he has turned into nothing but a fairly reliable jumpshooting point guard. But don't blame the coaches, the game, or the right way(wing) conspiracy, Jason didn't care enough and let himself be marginalized.

At 6/16/2006 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Returns said...

I'm not right nearly enough to miss an opportunity to say i told you so, so, i told you so.

now, there was nothing conclusive about the first two games, and there was nothing conclusive about this game. game one of a three game series is sunday night -- theres no reason to think it wont be good. i feel you re: hating the heat -- dallas is head-to-toe more virtuous (a rare moment where simmons was speaking some truth), sans dwyane, who even got you a couple 3's tonight.

that hasselhoff shit was not unamusing.


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