The March Marches On

So you all probably read ESPN.com and the Times. I can't say I'm surprised or aroused. That doesn't mean, though, that I'm not going to go over my own fulsome Gilbert opus to bring the good news of Lamar and Amare, mantles of spirituality.

First off, Odom. Today on Page 2, Sam Alipour brings the wisdom about Odom's god within and new t-shirt line (slays our entry). That's the image up above, and if you hit the link you'll find more quotes like this:

The book says his hair was 'white like wool,' which doesn't sound like long stringy hair to me," he explains. "It doesn't talk about blue eyes. Hopefully, these shirts will be a big-time history lesson as well. The description of Jesus in the Bible is never used. He made people nervous, scared. He didn't look ordinary.

And in case no one's yet read Liz Robbins's Amare profile, get up on that fast before it costs money. Besides the now-pivotal skateboard reference, there's this indispensable magnet of meaning:

The Phoenix Suns were completing their preseason European tour in Cologne, Germany, when Stoudemire sat outside the team’s castle hotel and directed his thoughts away from his knee injuries and toward poetry.

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.

Before you think I'm knocking these guys, remember I've always trumpeted Amare as a possibly compelling individual, and Odom's recent sorrows are the type of thing that turn clowns to seers.


At 11/02/2006 4:47 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

not going in the post because it disrespects the mood, but this J.r. smith preview is inspiring in its own way.

or maybe the off-hand mention of julius hodge's "serious bedtime reading" belongs above.

At 11/02/2006 4:51 PM, Anonymous Pichi Campana Aguanta said...

I've been stunned by all the hesitation in the Phoenix camp to fully embrace Amare 2.0 beta. The company line I expected was more along the lines of "It's fantastic to have him back, he really gives us another weapon, he's coming along.." etc. Instead it's been Raja, D'Antoni, and Nash going all pessimistic and making it sound like he's a burden to have around.

Second of all, I can only imagine what Odom is going through and I have nothing but respect for his game and his business ventures. But I have to question his worldview just a little. Guaranteed Ginobili has to watch his back in Buenos Aires as much or moreso than in NYC. As a former resident of the fine country of Argentina, the ills of poverty and the streets are universal.

I do applaud his efforts to provide positive (or at least alternative)icons for kids on the streets.

At 11/02/2006 5:00 PM, Anonymous faux_rillz said...

I am glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks that, given how preternaturally gifted Amare has already proven in such disparate fields of endeavor as basketball, fashion and tattoo selection [not to be sniffed at; I have an ivy league law degree, yet a bunch of ill-advised tattoos], that his poetry, too, might be quite good.

At 11/02/2006 5:11 PM, Blogger T. said...

Compiling new FreeDarko Stats

Poetry? Check
Black Jesus Tatoo? Check

At 11/02/2006 5:17 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

fr--people with ivy league law degrees and tattoos, no matter how ill-advised, make me feel terrible about my life.

but seriously, amare is clearly a bundle of personality, esp. when you remember he's barely an adult.

the odom shirt is hot and i would rock it readily. not sure if i want to give him credit for it looking like an overpriced sneaker boutique tee.

and i will not be watching the nuggets game tonight, so if someone wants to post a full recap of THE J.R.OVER. . . .

At 11/02/2006 11:24 PM, Anonymous spider said...

Amaré may be Black Jesus, but the image on the T-shirt actually kinda resembles Odom himself.

At 11/02/2006 11:25 PM, Anonymous El Dorado Sunrise said...

Midway through the first, and JR just got clean stripped by Kaman on the wing.

I do like that he's growing the hair out into a something of a mini-fro, though.

JR, not Kaman.

At 11/02/2006 11:32 PM, Anonymous El Dorado Sunrise said...

Also, Doug Collins just said that George Karl's goal this season is to get 70% of their shots off in the first 14 seconds of the shot clock.

Maybe this is common knowledge or just standard Karl, but that sounds like some NBA 2.0-style innovation to me.

At 11/03/2006 2:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


0-3, 0-2, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 4 TO, 2 STL, 3 BLK

At 11/03/2006 2:55 AM, Blogger Brickowski said...

Shoals, I'm sure you're up on this by now, but JR looked TREMENDOUS in what little I saw of the game. In one sequence he finished an oop from Melo and got fouled, and then followed that up with a steal and breakaway two-hander 30 seconds later.

He also had a steal and dunk to give the Nuggs the lead in the last 20 secs, and he's apparently the only Nugget who can stick a three.

Beyond all that, though, he just looked stronger and older. Maybe it's the hair talking but the JR I saw tonight barely resembled the skinny kid we've seen for two years now.

And since I know you're prone to getting wildly overexcited by box scores of regular season games you missed:
JR: 8-16, 4-11, 21 points, 2 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block--a nice sampler of things to come!

At 11/03/2006 3:16 AM, Blogger The Assimilated Negro said...

I always thought Odom would end up as the Knicks saviour.

reading joey's preview was nice. and you guys did a nice job w/ the narratives on the 'spin, but what's a Knicks fan to do?

NBA is the main sport where expectations and rational analysis can be relied upon for predicting the future. The Patriots shifting from doormat to dynasty doesn't happen in the NBA. Cardinals/Tigers doesn't happen in the NBA.

the existential malaise this creates for a Knicks fan, amidst all the league euphoria ... it's just really tragic.

Eddy Curry is younger than Amare (by a month or so) ...perhaps more research will provide a glimmer of hope.

At 11/03/2006 4:27 AM, Anonymous Bluebeard Curry said...

JR is one more (starting)Nugget who could stick a three than the Nuggets had last year.

Fun game though. Shame about the Sheed rule getting Melo tossed. That second T was a little questionable. I guess now is the time when we find out exactly what will get a player ejected. Tossing your headband is apparently out.

Looking forward seeing JR in person tomorrow. Lets see if this was just a fluke or if he's for real.

At 11/03/2006 9:58 AM, Blogger Captain Caveman said...

Shoals, you scared me there for a second. I was afraid aging New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith had somehow written a piece for the NYT. Thankfully, it was actually Liz Robbins.

At 11/03/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

wow, that was quite the Freudian slip on my part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WV: uumecry (the great FD liz smith/robbins affair)

At 11/03/2006 10:57 AM, Blogger Stumbleweed said...

Yeah, JR looked good tonight. And yeah, this 'Sheed rule is already sucking the fun out of the league. They better tone it down or the playoffs are going to be unbearable.

And two other words: MARCUS CAMBY

At 11/03/2006 2:44 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

when did j.r. smith look like a "skinny kid"? i followed his high school career fairly closely (being a carolina fan), and he was always a pretty muscular dude. he was actually primarily a football player until he was about 16. he's freakishly gifted physically, he just needs to mature and become a better basketball player. i do like the baby fro, though.

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