11.20.2006

FreeDarko leaves you not barren



Maybe you were sad all inside when I promised the temporary cessation of the FreeDarko Pick of the Day. Well curse no more, for today demands I call your attention to one match-up on tonight's schedule. The Suns, as I've noted, are again hovering near the top of the FD Steel Index. And after watching the Warriors last Thursday, I take back everything I ever said about this season's edition. It's not so much that I think they'll be of any use to the league, or that I agree with the Recluse that they're an impeccably logical concoction. Just the opposite--they had as much sloppy, madcap chemistry as any team I've ever seen, all between players who probably couldn't run a simple half-court set together. Richardson is perfectly suited to lobs and finishes, since it's his creating that makes me snooze; Biedrins plays fast-break basketball through a faulty translation engine with a dial-up connection; the Speedy Claxton Wedge has travelled elsewhere; Monta is serious; Pietrus has realized that his length will guide him; and Baron, sweet Baron, is back to pulling off the same mayhem that made him a reckless cult hero years ago.

I personally guarantee this will be one of those 126-120 affairs, with more bombast and improbable actuality than the future life of Atlantis's Children. I also suspect I'm not the only one whose NBA-watching might be limited over the next week, and what a note to go out on. . . that or New York jaunt might devolve into myself and Silverbird hitting up the 40/40 in shorts. Note: I only mention this because Silverbird has indeed gone to the 40/40 in shorts to watch basketball. He saw Artest there.

20 Comments:

At 11/20/2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

Sorry to start off the comments section by posting a link to something different, but I thought that some of the readers were intrigued enough by Sefolosha to catch up on his story:

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-061107bulls,1,18686.story?coll=cs-bulls-headlines

 
At 11/20/2006 10:05 PM, Anonymous Pichi Campana Aguanta said...

Excellent link Kaifa. I like his idea of the game choosing him.

 
At 11/21/2006 1:13 AM, Blogger Brickowski said...

What a game! Monta is the truth.

 
At 11/21/2006 1:28 AM, Anonymous megapickles said...

Silverbird-

Please come forth with the story.

Thank you.

WV: axbuuv- new body fragrance from mugsy bogues.

 
At 11/21/2006 11:56 AM, Blogger seezmeezy said...

continuing with the theme of unrelated comments, i must ask:

was jay-z's appearance on mnf extremely freedarko in the ray allen sense, or extremely lame and contrived in the dick vitale sense?

wv iehvsa: that is, hov's aged

 
At 11/21/2006 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed a bitter loss for Dubs fans. A possible investigation into how Monta slipped to #40 last year, could be in order.

 
At 11/21/2006 3:41 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

monta was seen as a scoring point guard straight out of high school. when has a player fitting that mold ever worked out?

what's interesting is that ellis and louis williams were seen as very comparable players coming out of high school, ranked about the same by most talent evaluators, went about the same place in the draft, but louis williams has played in one game this season and scored 2 points.

 
At 11/21/2006 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey all. used to read this site a bunch. left for a bit. now coming back. anyway, it might be lame of me to ask, but what's the deal with all this "WV:" stuff. i have no idea what it means, and i feel that if i did, it would greatly enhance my enjoyment of the site. not that i don't enjoy it muchly and greatly as is.

 
At 11/21/2006 5:40 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

wv=word verification. it's either what this oracle tells you, or what you choose to see in it.

point for discussion, since i'm not going to be at my computer constantly for the next few days: are the warriors more fd without davis?

or, for those of you who find that self-reference oblique or obnoxious, are they more intriguing without him?

 
At 11/21/2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(This is somebody else)
I was going to leave a comment politely asking for further clarification and suddenly duh.

 
At 11/21/2006 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way more FD without Davis. Not even close.

wv: coslokn-- Charles O'Bannon's slow kin (ed)

 
At 11/22/2006 2:10 AM, Blogger The Electric Zarko said...

Way more interesting and fun. Dunno about intriguing.

In terms of people that Warriors fans would be excited to see on the team in 2 years, I don't know if the list extends beyond Ellis and Biedrins. Pietrus probably, except he's almost certainly gone.

 
At 11/22/2006 3:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had algebra 2 with Baron Davis... he could come and go as he pleased. he beat me in mercey...

he was my friend then.

swear to god.

 
At 11/22/2006 9:49 AM, Blogger Rocco Chappelle said...

Henceforth, whether or not you're willing to play Mercy with someone is seriously the best way to establish the quality of a relationship. Excuse me while I go and break my mother's fingers.

 
At 11/22/2006 10:09 AM, Anonymous JuneMonsoon said...

Consider that Ellis is so good because he was picked so late. Everything I read about him predraft mentioned his arrogance, immaturity, selfishness, etc.

If he was picked top 10 these traits might have been reinforced rather than humbled out of him (assuming that they have been, no one seems to have brought this up lately).

Doesn't explain why Louis is having trouble, but Ellis was definitely seen as the more talented prospect, predraft.

 
At 11/22/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Stumbleweed said...

J.R. Watch --

Career-high 36 points, including more than a few nasty dunks, 5/11 from deep, and a 33-foot three at the end of the 3rd. 'Melo was hyped the whole game watching his "son" play. J.R. wears his Melo 1.5 and everything.

 
At 11/22/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Stumbleweed said...

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At 11/22/2006 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JR had a great game last night and he's been showing up all season.

Did you see where Karl said he likes JR 60% of the time, but wants to choke him 40% of the time? I love it.

I wish the Bulls would have been a little more patient with JR. A 6'6 scoring guard is exactly what they need.

 
At 11/22/2006 1:19 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i've always believed that part of the problem was ellis, miles and williams all coming out that same year. it made it seem like pro-possible scoring point guards were a dime a dozen, and also just made it too hard for teams to decide. i really think that they were like "fuck it, these guys are unremarkable and choosing one is too much trouble."

 
At 11/22/2006 1:46 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

miles is a different situation, though, he's prototypical shooting guard sized. the problem with monta and louis is that they're point guard-sized scorers. in the nba draft, size matters.

for me, personally, it's impossible to predict how an undersized power forward or a scoring point guard will do in the nba. it's pretty much feast or famine, and there appears to be no rhyme or reason to it. um, let's see, are there any other alliterative ____ or _____ phrases i can use? no?

 

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