Love is Love

I am just coming back from a 74-hour trip to London, and I must say that--with all due respect to our British viewers--London, and perhaps England more generally, is the least Freedarko locale on Earth. The only symbol of hoops' existence I witnessed was a lone Iverson jersey in Niketown. All the kebab spots had signs with this really ill depiction of like an arm's worth of fried chicken wrapped around a gyro spit. Kind of killed me. Other than that, it was a great time. I get back to the States and hear that USA has lost, and now eight teams are trying to sign Greek 7-footers named Heracles.

Since it's Thursday, we might as well hit you with some music: Our homie, Noz, of the world-famous Cocaine Blunts, put us up on this insane Hakeem Etonic promo, on which Dream does ad-libs while the rapper gives him a thorough biographing. Full story, from over a year ago on Just For Today and the song, entitled "The Unbeatable Dream," can be d/l'ed here.

In other news, an amazing shipment arrived yesterday at FD headquarters. The good folks at PlayAir Systems hit us with a couple of the "Inflatable Defender" doll, pictured below, which is essentially a life-sized Ben Wallace doll complete with "FEAR THE FRO" headband and number 3 jersey. The doll can be used as a great decoy/stand-in for practicing post moves by oneself, and is also kind of comforting to keep around the apartment, especially if you live alone. Check out www.inflatabledefender.com.

Where did the offseason go? Is Bonzi Wells even alive? Somehow, I think all this offseason quiet is the true calm before the storm. I anticipate the upcoming season to the most intriguing of the past five years. There are NO clear-cut title favorites for the first time in a while. The Knicks will be good. The Suns will be amazing. All of this will be ruminated on for the next month or so. Things are good.


At 9/07/2006 6:23 PM, Anonymous Jeff Reguilon said...

After rejecting an initial offer from the Kings and discovering ain't nobody else was about to match that offer, let alone top it, Bonzi recently decided he'd be willing to come back to Sacramento for less money. God Geoff Petrie gave that a "nah, brah," and Bonzi looks to be, to use scientific terms, shit out of luck. He may take a Spree this year. I wouldn't be surprised.

At 9/08/2006 12:44 AM, Blogger T. said...

DLIC - did this place suddenly become YAYSports? Anyways, there's lots of streetball in London - you just have to know where to find it (Brixton).

And the British team in 2012 might not be that terrible: Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Robert Archibald(is he eligible for a British team? he's scottish), Andrew Betts (who plays in Greece), Richard Midgley (who played at Cal), that kid who just got drafted ...

The other place to find basketball culture in the UK is in the sneakers culture (trainers).

At 9/08/2006 12:49 AM, Blogger T. said...

Oh, I like the choice of "Heracles" over the more well-known "Hercules" - it's like underground Greek Mythology. Mixtape stuff.

At 9/08/2006 1:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

i guess next time i decide to make a shitty half-ass post, i won't publish it. i don't really know shit about london and also, most of my time over there was spent tagging along for dress and belt shopping. i did check out the ill sneaker store (size?), but that was pretty much the only time i got down with the "kulcha."

i assume the yay sports thing was in reference to the ben wallace doll. i know they shouted it out first, but the PlayAir Systems folks are good people, they sent us the dolls, the dolls are ill, so I'm certainly gonna plug them.

At 9/08/2006 4:32 AM, Anonymous Bluebeard Curry said...

The Knicks will be good relative to the 97-98 Nuggets, I suppose. At this point, they're like your buddy from high school who was always whip-smart and talented at everything he did, but somehow got off track. No job, a drinking problem, and is starting to dabble in heroin. That's the Knicks.

I'd like to point out this:

"Thomas' sometimes clumsy, monotone vocal delivery eventually led NBC to add Bill Walton as a secondary analyst to help compensate for Isiah's deficiencies as a commentator during game broadcasts."

That's from Wikipedia's Zeke entry. He couldn't even motivate audiences to care about a game. What chance does he have with his posse of talented yet questionably devoted players?

Speaking of London, I just saw Jump Britain... pretty FD stuff.


At 9/08/2006 5:41 AM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

I realize this link belongs in the comments section of one of the earlier posts. But for the fear of it not being read, I thought I'd stick it here and see what you all have to say about Chuck Klosterman's Team USA solution:


At 9/08/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

apologies for the snippiness of my response before. i was pissed off about the twins and bad italian food.

re:klosterman, that's probably my favorite thing i've ever read of his. nonetheless, whenever his name comes up, i feel compelled to point everyone towards this immortal I Love Music thread

At 9/08/2006 10:39 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

klosterman's major problem is his reductionism, as evidenced by completely ridiculous sentences like this: "These are the same reasons America won the Revolutionary War but lost in Vietnam -- motivation matters." right! if only the u.s. had been more motivated!! it's so simple!!!

anyway, his team usa idea is mildly interesting, except if he's targeting players who don't want to go to college, they're not going to want to practice for six hours a day for "enough spending money to buy PlayStations and Blizzards, but not enough to buy handguns or Escalades." besides the not-so-subtle racism of that quip (and the fact that handguns don't cost more than playstations), escalade money is EXACTLY what it would take for that idea to work. when i first started reading the column, i was intrigued by the idea of oj mayo and derrick rose throwing oops to bill walker for team usa to the tune of half a mil a year. THAT would be interesting.

At 9/09/2006 1:04 PM, Blogger Sparkles*_* said...

Keith Murray is sooooo Free Darko.

Whether that's a good or bad thing is left up to the individual.

At 9/11/2006 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just walk Oxford St. from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a hilariously ill-dressed Brit rocking a Penny Hardaway Orlando jersey.


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