We're Lucky We Got Em
The kid Dr. Lawyer IndianChief aka Sam Ada is spreading Freedarko cheer into the public domain. I have authored today's FD McSweeney's installment as well as an editorial for Chicago Sports Review. Both make reference to Spike Lee, and both will hopefully signal my reentrance into the FD inner sanctum as a major contributor as bball season approaches.
I am not going to go into detail here, but the McSweeney's joint is a theological exploration of morality and humility, using the New York Knicks as a case study. On this very site, I have noted my high hopes for the NYK, yet fear 42 wins is all they can ask for....until eternity. The piece for CSR commemorates MJ's involvement in a seminal moment in television history.
I ask you kind readers to please stew upon these two pieces and ponder larger questions as the season inches closer. (A) Did Bonzi Wells ever exist? How prideful must the Sacramento Kings be to cut off talks with Bonzi, only to see him wander over to a Conference rival in the Rockets. This signing singlehandedly caused the Kings and Rockets to swap rankings/playoff spots. Say T-Mac is good for 63 games a season, say Yao is good for 72. Bonzi will CARRY them into the playoffs and beyond. (B) Are assistant coach/assistant GM positions at all meaningful? It seems to me they are based strictly on sentimentality. The hirings of such hometown heros as Moses Malone and Fred Hoiberg, both of whom are terribly underqualified for their jobs, suggests this is the case. (C) Can anyone with a solid conscience give Dwight Howard grief for his comments about the Magic "Winning a championship?" I was sickened to hear talk radio and writers slay him for his confident boasting. We are talking about a league that needs to get its swagger back, and God's son is just trying to play his role in the 21st century. We are just getting back into shape. Shoals has held you down for quite a summer....As training camps begin, these questions and others will be answered by us in full.