Camp David Stunts
So now I've seen that McGrady/SAS interview clip twice. The first time, I was all set to compose an ode (another one) to T-Mac's humanity. Him and KG are the only two athletes whose interviews are essential to getting their legends. And since I was wondering this week who would get blamed for an early Rockets exit, it was nice to get his take on it. If you missed it, McGrady insists it's his team, and it's on him and him alone if the Rockets don't advance.
The second time, though, I noticed that McGrady's not just adamant—he's pissed. Not clear if it's at himself, at Smith for doubting his sincerity, or more broadly at the existential gorge his postseason career has been. With KG, there's never been any doubt that he was giving it his all. At worst, Garnett's run of fizzles can be taken as evidence of the second banana theory. T-Mac, though is always dogged by criticism on account of his attitude and injuries. The first one is grossly misread, the latter is totally not his fault, but they've made his loser's predicament both more insidious and arguably more profound than that of KG or, say, Iverson.
Whatever McGrady's overcome with or lashing out at, at the very end of what they're showing he's getting up in a huff. If this isn't a Rosetta Stone for League of Psychology, I don't know what is.
Please keeping checking back at FreeDarko throughout the weekend. If we posted four times a day as a March Madness joke, just imagine what we're capable of with our palms stretched upward. For instance, my first post from today.