7.24.2006

Sleep has its brambles



Some commentors have pointed to last summer as the point when FreeDarko veered off into infinity. Amazingly, I now find myself tormented by incredibly prosaic NBA matters, the type best addressed by motley committee.

-Al Harrington's Fevered Existence: Harrington and, to some degree, Rashard Lewis have always fascinated me for their cloudy reps. High schoolers who neither flopped nor soared, but are seemingly undervalued because they're still saddled with that "possibly so talented that they should make that jump" label. Harrington went to Atlanta expected to star, and it's still not clear to me that he was ever given the chance. Now, though, he supposedly headed back to Indiana to either stand in line on the wing or spell O'Neal. It's like he's being punished for being neither Kobe nor a Kwame-like endless project.

-Yuta Tabuse's blog: Pichi Campana Aguanta called this to my attention, and I then sat staring at it for about fifteen minutes before accepting that it would remain forever encoded to these eyes. While I stand by the cosmic signifiance of KG's blog ("I have to say, I was feeling like Rod Stewart"), Yuta's probably has a far more practical function: he's a much-beloved fan favorite with style to burn and a lively impetus to show up proper in exhibiton games. In short, he's the anti-Paul Shirley, and I'd dare speculate that his summer league diary might offer a lighter, more uplifting take on the experience.



-On the other hand, Fred Jones into the wind could not be less important to me. Hitting three's will be important there, I guess. And dude can finish. Weird that a talented but unsatisfying two can come to Colangelo-ville and is immediately get recast as a monster component. That, people, is why the point guard position matters; NOOCH is doing some similar things in the way they conceive of players, and the Conference Finals Nets were all about this kind of slightly insulting maximalization.

15 Comments:

At 7/24/2006 4:52 PM, Anonymous Pichi Campana Aguanta said...

I think a little time should also be spent on the Official Yuta Tabuse site:

http://www.tabuseyuta.com/main.htm

And the entry called "smoothie" on his blog begs a million questions. Why is there a video camera focused on his blender?

 
At 7/24/2006 5:15 PM, Anonymous El Dorado Sunrise said...

Three days ago, I whimsically bought a pack of Upper Deck "R-Class" basketball cards and received a Yuta rookie card. I had never heard of him, but knew it was a keeper when I saw that he hailed from the hardwood of Brigham Young-Hawaii.

Also, I'm pretty sure the basketball he's spinning on his finger in the picture is photoshopped in.

 
At 7/24/2006 6:03 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

Couldn't come to a proper conclusion when pondering whether this fact is a sign of good business sense or just lame:

"Did you know Vince Carter and Shaquille O'Neal have a secret gentlemen's agreement that when one goes into the lane for a dunk, the other will get out of the way?"
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

I'm leaning toward lame.

 
At 7/24/2006 6:21 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

sort of one-sided, isn't it?

 
At 7/24/2006 6:48 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

Maybe it's Shaq's way of making sure that he doesn't end up on some bedroom wall right next to Shawn Bradley and Yao?

 
At 7/24/2006 7:45 PM, Blogger T. said...

it's even more delightful via babelfish:

It persevered together directly, therefore it is! "It was no lever, it is! - how delightful thing! Being kind truly, they are the truly good people! !

I was going to send it to a Japanese friend of mine, but then I don't think she'd understand why I wanted to read it.

 
At 7/24/2006 8:09 PM, Anonymous mr exposition said...

"We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it"

 
At 7/24/2006 8:16 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

are you saying i suck?

 
At 7/24/2006 9:11 PM, Anonymous mr exposition said...

"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite"

 
At 7/24/2006 9:59 PM, Anonymous aug said...

I guess you should get a new mower or something. Or at least find a quote with a veiled response.

I'm very happy with Tabuse's sight. A very photogenic young man. I miss seeing him everyday on side of the blog back when he was relevent.

I think everyone knows that the raptors are going to run a pretty wide open offense with lots of drive pass/bosh post up and pass. It seems there will be plenty of shots to go around since they really don't have a dominating offensive force(bosh is still more of a unassuming offensive player it seems). I'm assuming he's coming off the bench and if that's the case, then he's a great sparkplug for an offense. The raptors could really use some depth right now, so it's a solid move.

I just pray to god that he doesn't interfere with joey grahmm getting minutes. I'm all aboard his bandwagon whenever it takes off.

 
At 7/24/2006 11:15 PM, Blogger spinachdip said...

The Tabuse blog is a good read if you can read Japanese. There's a post in there from last year where he's blasting the professionalism of NBDL ballers who don't show up ready to practice.

Oh, and there's this from last year: limited edition Japan-only box for NBA Live 06

As for the Raps, Tabuse could be a decent fit but they already have TJ, Fred Jones and Jose Calderon (they still have Alvin Williams too, right?). Even if they run a Phoenix-style positons-be-damned offense, I'm not sure how Tabuse would work. I'd love to see him make it though.

 
At 7/25/2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous J.E. Skeets said...

Just so you know …

My FD shirt arrived on Friday so I wore it around the Toronto 3-on-3-basketball tournament this past weekend. It garnered multiple head-nods and even a few “great fuckin' shirt/site” comments.

And oh, we finished in second.

 
At 7/25/2006 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that nba live box is sweet

WV: xpyyf- a toke of indeterminate size

 
At 7/25/2006 11:15 AM, Anonymous hyena said...

calderon is out for the year

 
At 7/25/2006 12:44 PM, Anonymous artbreaker said...

I'm sure everyone's seen this but...

http://www.jackiechristie.com/

 

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