FreeDarko Pick: Life Lessons
In this installment of FreeDarko's new running feature, we suggest peering at two teams that, despite their youth and intriguing veteran swingmen, fail to completely capture our imagination. Tonight's Celtics/Magic contest causes me to think back to 2002 and its summer of hope. Paul Pierce was coming off a dominant season, in which he was named to his first All-Star Team and was looking like a legitimate Top 10 player in the League. Meanwhile, in central Florida, Grant Hill was poised for a comeback season after playing only fourteen games in 2001-02. What happened, as we all now know, was that Pierce's ball-hogging during a disastrous World Championships run ended up tarnishing his reputation so foully that he's only now beginning to redeem himself, and Hill has yet to play a full season on that mangled ankle. Sometimes things don't work out as planned. Yet, we perservere and play on, so why not check up on how our heroes are doing now in the '06? All is not so grim. Also, there are a couple young big men playing tonight who I hear are supposed to be pretty good.
*A note on the new Arenas-inspired tees--due to events beyond our control, they will not be ready until the week after Thanksgiving. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience in this matter, and as always, we're still taking orders for the classic FD shirts.