7.14.2006

Properties of the steel get revealed



McSweeney's piece today on the mystical sheen of the summer leagues. Much as that Gerald Green dunk was bound to occur at some point, it was only a matter of time before someone dropped the line I really needed to make my point: witness Dorrell Wright, 20/8/8/7 steals. No, this doesn't really mean much of anything, except for telling you that Wright is equipped to do all of these things in bunches. Whether he'll ever do so at the pro level is secondary to the knowledge that under ideal conditions, he will make you pay in the following manner.

I'm as fascinated by the summer leagues as anyone, but it's sort of difficult for me to offer a rational account of why someone else should be. They've seemed to me like some far-off paradise where these hypothetical players are able to run free, once and for all vindicating FreeDarko and a lot of the more frivolous things we stand for. Unfortunately, it's hard to make this point to a non-believer without a Green dunk or a Wright stat line to hold up against the sky. These emblematic performances make the summer about much more than guys half-heartedly running past each other, and split open the acorn of pro truth far more profoundly than workout rumors or NCAA ish ever could. I can also swear upon vests that's it's not an exhibition game, and that something like the Got Milk! promisory just isn't mundane enough to have an impact on my league-wide perspective.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled SUMMER OF MJ. By that I mean Mike James changing the balance of the league. And by changing the balance of the league, I mean leading a starting five of KG, Ricky, Foye, Troubled Griffin, and himself into the playoffs, with McCants resurrected at the All-Star break to average twenty off the bench.

8 Comments:

At 7/14/2006 2:35 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

Has anybody seen Travis Diener play? Any chance that his performance will somehow translate to the regular season with Nelson and Arroyo as his competitors for minutes?

Also (from the Dime mag homepage):

Amare Stoudemire will be the subject of a documentary that will focus on his recovery and comeback from microfracture knee surgery, according to the Orlando Sentinel …

 
At 7/14/2006 3:20 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

if some medical expert were to start an amare comeback page, that monitors his progress and tells us heathen exactly what all signs point to based on that day's events. . . he would be the unquestioned center of the NBA universe

WV: rpdyra (a mythical many-headed beast made from the cells of kelly ripa)

 
At 7/14/2006 4:47 PM, Anonymous PeteJayhawk said...

Andres Bargiani?

 
At 7/14/2006 5:04 PM, Blogger there is no you or me without Suomi said...

Can FDness be conferred sheerly on the merits of defensive prowess? I think my Rockets are probably the least Darko team in the league and I'm hoping the Kirk Snyder trade can change that. He's at the very least a semi-unknown quantity and he beat JRR Smithkien out for p.t., that's gotta be worth something or the complete reverse of it.

wv: xrdisgn- sports coupe

 
At 7/14/2006 5:09 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

like most seven footers who come to these shors heralded as capabale of everything and slated to do nothing in particular, just the fact that AB seems to have some definite way of fitting in and producing means a lot

 
At 7/15/2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous db said...

yeah i'm really eager to see amare play again. from what i've read he's looking okay but still isn't quite the amare of old. i hate to even speculate, but what's the worst case scenario here? that he's just never the same, ends up having to revert to a face-up game, can't overpower everyone in the league like he used to ... i mean where would that rank among basketball tragedies?

 
At 7/16/2006 1:31 AM, Blogger pat buchanitar said...

I imagine it'd be similar to what happened to Gale Sayers with the Bears in the day. Young player, showing the potential to be the greatest, taken down by an amalgam of knee injuries in (before?) his prime.

 
At 7/16/2006 3:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Amare is done, then who do we look to as our PF of the future?

He was it.

 

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