Around the World
SIGNING DAY. Break out the Weber grill and turn up the music. It's a celebration. During these ultra-wack offseasons, you have to appreciate the creativity with which teams go about re-vamping their rosters and making bizarre tweaks, just to provide a spark and keep the fans interested. New Orleans? You guys are nuts. Chandler, Peja, and CP3 as a big three? Such an unholy trinity of Freedarko-ness: The high-schooler, the Euro, and THE STYLISTIC ENIGMA all personified. Portland? Evidently due to the new rule barring high schoolers from the draft, they had to come up with more innovative ways to keep their mean team age to 18. New York? Let me just come out and say it right now. On some Diana Taurasi "put it in ink" shit: Isaiah will win Coach of the Year. BOLD MOVES.
And then there are your straightforward overpriced FA signings. Ben Wallace, Bonzi, Mike James...all moves that really make no sense from a basketball standpoint, but I think all work well for the Bulls, Pacers, and Wolves, respectively, because of the psychological boost they give to each of those organizations. For those who didn't hear, Mike James went a little batshit on Minnesota radio yesterday in concealing, and then unveiling the team that he would sign with. I urge you all to listen to this highly memorable interview to hear a glimpse of what ESPN and other mainstream sports outlets never give us. THIS IS TRUTH:
Mike James Part I
Mike James Part II
Elsewhere, RebuildingYear outdid us once and for all with this amazing find of THE LAWSUIT doing his best to restore the Trailblazers vile image and really put himself out there for the good of the team. Ha Seung Jin, like no other player, has truly defined what the off-season means these past few years.
[EDIT: JE Skeets was crushing on Ha since V-DAY!!!]
Additionally, I contributed a little something to Peter Schrager's very necessary roundtable on how to improve MLB All-Star Monday night. And in a wild case of mistaken identity, I was indirectly referred to as one of "the nation's leading sports minds." Freedarko is a blog of watching baseball when the NBATV subscription that accompanies League Pass doesn't roll over into summer.