To anyone interested in furthering the discussion of Free Darko's unique aesthetics of sports, I recommend you take a look at David Foster Wallace's cover story on Roger Federer in this past Sunday's PLAY, the New York Times sports magazine. An accomplished youth tennis player himself, Wallace expounds on the beauty, or even the sprituality, of Federer's game. While Rafael Nadal seems to me to be a more "freedarko" player, I was struck by Wallace's focus on the aesthetic quality of Federer's game: "Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty." That sentiment seems not so dissimilar from Shoals's comment yesterday that basketball players' expression of style reaches its highest form in winning. Although basketball is different from tennis in many ways, most saliently that it's a team sport, the fact remains that, especially in today's NBA, if one's game is tight enough (in Wallace's language, so transcendently beautiful) the victories will come.
And while I'm directing your attention elsewhere on these internets, do peep Free Darko's first contribution to the esteemed Chicago Sports Review, with Dr. Lawyer IndianChief writing under an alias. After all, DLIC is to basketball what DFW is to tennis.