10.31.2006

A Few Pennies More Steamy



Heard it or not, the season starts tonight. FreeDarko will continue to steadfastly avoid ever writing an honest preview; today, our guest reign over at Deadspin continues, while DLIC and the Recluse lend some consultant work to Peter Schrager's two part global bonanza. And unless you've been residing in hell you've probably already read this Gilbert epic, and should be thusly moved to cop our new cloth product.

Also, Joey's look forward into this bright sport is better than I could've done.

About those national games tonight: I nearly agreed to go out for a special dinner with my girl, so unmoved am I by Heat/Bulls. It's likely an Eastern Conference Finals preview, and watching a bigger, slightly hobbled, less hungry Wade might ease my mind. And I got to admit, I am intrigued by the ghost of Thabo that aug has so heavily touted. Don't be surprised, though, if I put up tons of little tiny droplet posts while this thing is unfolding.

(Has anyone else noticed how impossible it is to watch basketball and do anything else? As alienated as I am from football, at least you can write, be around others, or eat during even the most pitched contest)

On the later side of things, two of my favorite players in uncertain condition, certain to unleash an island's worth of naysaying. Say what you will about Kobe, but it should be tense and clinical to watch him improvise an effective version of himself; as much as is made of his athleticism, he's also easily the most resourceful technician this side of T-Dunk. Oddly, Duncan has never seemed capable of adjusting to injury, whereas Kobe is just insane enough to try and reinvent himself on the spot.



Amare. . .well, I'll finally get out my bloody peace on Deadspin tomorrow, but know that if I see one hopeful dunk I'll be happy. Remember, the key fear is not that he'll be an inconsistent wreck for months, but that we've lost him forever. I heard he went for a breakaway the other day; if I see a glimmer of his former freakish authority, I'll be able to go to sleep like a drowning toddler.

21 Comments:

At 10/31/2006 12:18 PM, Blogger salt_bagel said...

I'm as intrigued by Thabo as I am by Thomas right now. (Once Thomas gets going, "T-Time" will not do as a nickname, but that's for later.)

Thabo is a straight-up steal machine with zesty passing and handling skills. The fact that he looks like a taller Jeremy Pargo with Marcus Camby's arms somehow does not seem so absurd once you see him play. The guy is Bearnaise sauce to Iguodala's steak fajita.

 
At 10/31/2006 1:56 PM, Anonymous chad ford and the mormon wailers said...

I'm not sure if my comment in the previous post got eaten up, but here I'll have to repost it:

Yes or no: with the recent attention given to Gilbert, the 06/07 season should be called "Year Zero".

 
At 10/31/2006 2:24 PM, Anonymous J.E. Skeets said...

“Has anyone else noticed how impossible it is to watch basketball and do anything else? As alienated as I am from football, at least you can write, be around others, or eat during even the most pitched contest.”

Unless the viewing posse’s die-hard, I couldn’t agree more...

 
At 10/31/2006 5:45 PM, Blogger The Electric Zarko said...

"T-time" sounds like an alternate nickname for Constable Jarvis Hayes.

 
At 10/31/2006 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Ben Gordon flex his crazy work ethic on "Inside Stuff" today, so I'm looking forward to at least listening to the stream of Bulls/Heat on the web at work tonight, just to hear the Ben/Dwyane saga unfold. Any drops of sweet Ty or Thabo goodness would be gravy.

 
At 10/31/2006 8:32 PM, Anonymous faux_rillz said...

Perhaps it has already come to your attention, but there is a worthwhile piece on Amare in today's Times that contains this tantalizing nugget:

'In a spiral notebook, he wrote six poems about faith, truth and African-American women raising children on their own. “I’ve got that in a closed book,” he said two weeks ago of the poem about the women, which he entitled “Special.” When asked when he would display his poetry, he said shyly, “When I’m ready to reveal it.”'

We also learn that Amare used to skateboard, which may be the root of certain elements of his fashion sense (that's me speculating, not the Times).

 
At 10/31/2006 9:09 PM, Blogger salt_bagel said...

Ty just swatted Shaq, rather nonchalantly.

Other quick impressions: Nocioni throws his hands in the air after perceived contact and gets the new "complaining technical", Wade's shoe commercial is about getting nervous under pressure, not wanting to let down your teammates.

 
At 10/31/2006 9:13 PM, Anonymous themarkpike said...

The putback by Ty was nasty.
I'm loving this Bulls squad.


WV: trqdycx- a dinosaur hybrid bird. half turkey, half duck.

 
At 10/31/2006 9:40 PM, Blogger Unsilent Majority said...

Okay, Ty's legit.

Can we just skip ahead to Gil's thrashing of that Lebron character.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:12 PM, Anonymous Rick Paulas said...

Well, this Bulls squad is going to be pretty fun to watch this year. Can the 12-man rotation get a FD seal of approval?

 
At 10/31/2006 10:14 PM, Blogger billikenbluff said...

The fact that Gilbert's grandparents' names were Hippolito and Fannie Lee is fantastic and you can't convince me otherwise..

 
At 10/31/2006 10:23 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

minus duhon and nocioni, the bulls have a pretty nice team. i have reservations about gordon, and DLIC isn't convinced on thabo.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:24 PM, Anonymous bill said...

gary payton, yikes! hinrich and duhon are shredding him

 
At 10/31/2006 10:29 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

duhon is a pussy.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:42 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

ouch, kerr said thabo looked like doug christie. i'm definitely getting a poor man's pippen. he's got the same body type, same demeanor. obviously, he's not as good, but he has a similar type of game.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:44 PM, Anonymous aug said...

To add insult to injury, the Orlando Sentinel said that the Magic staff really wanted to take Thabo, but feared fan backlash because of the Fran Vasquez problem, so they took Redick. Picking redick was a waste of a pick and ruined any chance hte magic had at a title for at least 5 years unless we get a huge free agent/draft pick slashing 2. The magic are only missing a slashing 2 guard. With thabo, they would've been a title contender in 2 years.

As far as tonight's game, wow. He showed some awesome promise for a foreign guy in his first game. The rip then dunk, the great passing and good offensive boarding. I'm geeked. He'll be stealing some PG minutes from duhon later in the season.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:48 PM, Blogger Brickowski said...

god, i hate the heat.

kerr, talking about Thabo, just said that the game in Europe is much more physical than in the NBA. really?!? this flies in the face i've everything i've ever believed about the Lig. can someone explain this to me?

and count me among those intrigued by Aug's Myth of Thabo. i know it's only garbage time, but he's looking pretty nice. a gangly kid who can stroke j's. that christie comparison was way off base. i can see pippen, but was personally thinking tay prince.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:50 PM, Anonymous aug said...

Sorry to post again, but I don't think there is anyway scott skiles can justify not packaging ben gordon with someone else and a pick later this season. Somebody please tell me how gordon is better than Daniel Gibson from this year's draft? The only difference is that Gordon was projected as a small 2 guard with a scoring mentality instead of Gibson who is the same player but the stupid texas coach tried to make him a point. They're both bad points, even though that's their size, but servicable bench scoring 2s like juan dixon without the defense.

 
At 10/31/2006 10:52 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

gordon is a lot stronger than gibson or juan dixon. dude is jacked.

 
At 11/01/2006 12:52 AM, Anonymous themarkpike said...

somebody please explain the duhon dislike in these here parts...

WV: mzpfh-marzipan when you're freakin' hungry.

 
At 11/01/2006 12:42 PM, Anonymous aug said...

I think it's because he's a overachieving grinder or a role player. He really doesn't have much potential to be great, but he is great at being what he is. A solid team operator and defensive player. There isn't anything fantastic or alluring about him. In short, he's kinda boring. I still like him though.

 

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