7.02.2006

Joy et pain



From Dave D'Alessandro's Inside Dish today:

Timberwolves SG Rashad McCants had nobody to take care of him after his microfracture surgery, so PF Kevin Garnett took him in. McCants called it "heartwarming" before noting that K.G. "kicked me out after a couple of days." . . .

The rehab phase of Suns PR Amare Stoudemire's comeback is done, and he's playing five-on-five again. You'll see him at the Vegas Summer League and then at USA Basketball camp later this month.


Milk and cookies, metal crashing to the ground; FreeDarko watches over it all, and smiles approvingly. Yes, a resounding Amare return is high on our list of priorities, and would seem the most obvious vindication of FD qua philosophy of basketball. Don't for a second think, though, that we're not equally concerned with the saga of a forgotten first-rounder recovering, whether or not he ever starts in this league. Even if it's only us and the Ticket himself pulling for him.

Call us bards of the microfracture, and these our tale's two most radiant threads for all days after this one. Their divergance is but a test of their ultimate unity, and our commitment simply follows from the strength that binds them.

15 Comments:

At 7/03/2006 11:39 AM, Anonymous TZ said...

White Socks McCants is the most intriguing story in the league without doubt.

 
At 7/03/2006 12:45 PM, Blogger Rocco Chappelle said...

Does being FreeDarko predispose one to be more likely to need M-F surgery?

 
At 7/03/2006 1:05 PM, Anonymous spider said...

Sorry to speak in symbols, but this is the easiest way to say my point:

Prob(microfracture | freedarko) < Prob(microfracture | !freedarko)

Who are the most famous microfracture victims? Allan Houston, Jason Kidd, Chris Webber, Kenyon Martin, Jamal Mashburn. All mainstream soldiers with fully realized potential. I don't know if Webber's occasional puff of marijuana or his art collection makes him "freedarko"; I would think not.

Unrelated point: Nobody else on this site has commented on the revelation that Amaré is taking Spanish lessons! Very legit.

 
At 7/03/2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would argue Allan Houston and JMash are FD but I can't say for sure.

 
At 7/03/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

C-Webb is proto FD, kind of like this

 
At 7/03/2006 2:34 PM, Blogger Kirk Krack said...

I am curious where Jay Williams, and his comeback, also discussed, falls with the FD philosophes. Prob outside their radar, but I am dying hard waiting for you guys to discuss it. St. Josephs (Met.) repr.

 
At 7/03/2006 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please dont compare Chris Webber to my favorite dinosaur of all time.

 
At 7/03/2006 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/50097?issue=4227&special=1996

 
At 7/03/2006 3:19 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

anon #1:

NOT A DINOSAUR

 
At 7/03/2006 3:42 PM, Anonymous spider said...

Of course, if there's only a small handful of truly freedarko players, and two of them (Amaré and McCants) have undergone microfracture, then maybe my probability statement above is wrong.

 
At 7/03/2006 5:52 PM, Blogger bobduck said...

How does Lamar Odom rank on the FD scale?
I would say pretty damn high, but I'm no authority.

 
At 7/03/2006 7:47 PM, Blogger T. said...

i propose that the masters of style codify freedarkoness. maybe it'll end up showing up on 82games.com

wv: onmgxdh
oh no my god, xavier mcDaniel hates

 
At 7/03/2006 9:41 PM, Blogger there is no you or me without Suomi said...

Yeah, I wanna see a decision tree for conferring freedarkoness. Who's the most FD of the Seattle Seven Three (Swift/Petro/Sene)? If Skita and Zhi-Zhi's FDness were on a teeter-totter, who'd go higher?

wv: yhlifze- young hebrews love interesting FIBA zoetropes entirely

 
At 7/03/2006 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold on a second. Perhaps off topic, but perhaps not. Seems like we often talk about the Myth of the Next, even when we don't want to. But isn't the context of that discussion almost entirely the Myth of the Next MJ? Why is that? Is it because we are so desperate to experience the second coming? (The resurrection, of course, wore 45). Or, is it because MJ wasn't all that unique? Sure, he was the greatest of all time. But the greatest at what?

I don't think I've ever heard a player legitimately hyped as the next Hakeem, or the next Barkley (Clarence Weatherspoon doesn't count). Are these players so unique that they transcend the Myth of the Next? Is that FD? Or, perhaps, bigger than FD? (Can I say that here?) Or, better yet, are we overdue for another Magic, Bird, Kemp, or the above named? But maybe that would be worse. Maybe the whole point is that the most interesting players are the most unimitable. We could, of course, try to identify a typology of player that could adequately describe Rodman, Artest, and Wallace (the new Bull). But we would be full of shit.

 
At 7/03/2006 10:37 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

all: one of silverbird's summer projects is to come up with exactly this algorithim of which you all so desiriously speak. stay tuned.

anon: jordan's myth defined the game as a whole and a certain historical epoch. it's bigger than one single player and what he could/did do on the court. even bird and magic aren't on that level. as far as "next's" who aren't jordan, there's certainly a difference between comparison scouting and comparisons that also appeal to our collective desire to again feel what said player made us feel.

none of those, though, are nearly as instrumental in the course of basketball history as jordan was, and therefore as loaded as "next jordan"

WV: durel (some black dude's name)

 

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