Principled Shilling

So last week, Yardbarker set up this conference call with Baron Davis and a bunch of internet luminaries. It's part of their push to get B-Zadiddio X-9WHAT, one of their athlete-bloggers, into the All-Star Game. Melo, too, but Baron needs more help than Mr. Anthony.

(The absolute and total hightlight was Skeets asking Baron about the fedora. For reasons beyond me, the audio couldn't be released to us, so The Jones reenacted their moment of triumph and managed to make it EVEN BETTER.)

I'm all for this, but not because I like playing the shill. Really, in the same way we've often said "I'd love to see [Kirilenko or whomever] on the Suns," I'd like to see the NBA's finest doing a little of the Golden State thing. The two questions and answers I got from the call get to the heart of this matter.

Shoals: What's the biggest misconception people have about Nellieball?

Baron Davis: The biggest misconception is just like people call it "streetball". You hear that a lot: "Y'all just out there playing streeball, y'all just out there playing streetball." But there's a method to our madness. People don't think that we play the traditional game of basketball. But if you look at our stats, we pass the ball well, we have a good assist-to-turnover ratio. Guys share the ball, we run our plays. We're a good executing team, especially down the stretch. And we make a lot of good halftime adjustments

BS: Have you talked to players around the league who wish they could play in this system, because of the combination of sound basketball and having a ton of fun with sound basketball?

BD: Oh yeah. Every time we play against people, they're like "man, y'all have so much fun." That's like the first thing people ask: "What's it like playing for Nellie?" It's great, of course.

Now, I know that the point guard position is just one man. And that despite all the quarterback analogies, they're not nearly as in command of the offense's direction, especially in an All-Star Game. But look, we've seen how Nash and Kidd can leave their imprint on an ASG or the Olympics. What a great PG contributes is feel. Golden State falters without Davis; anyone can tell that, while Nellie's the architect, Baron makes it actual.

Not sure we'd get to see Tim Duncan doing his best Matt Barnes, but if Davis can bring that feel to the West, we might learn a lot. My interest is strictly in the science.


At 12/14/2007 12:34 PM, Blogger goathair said...

Should Baron's pre-Warriors All-Star games be disregarded since he wasn't hooked up with Nellie yet? He was even more explosive then but his whole outlook has changed.

Also, it's one of Simmons' contentions that there needs to be good point guards for a good All-Star game. This follows that line of thinking and it's quite true.

At 12/14/2007 12:37 PM, Blogger Rob Dauster said...

hey, i been reading this blog for a while now and it inspired me. i started one, come check it out. not as much nba, more variety of sports


At 12/14/2007 12:40 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

You've left this comments so many times, and I've had to delete it so many times, that the blog that inspired you now hates your fucking guts. I hope you get impaled by a piece of burning glass.

At 12/14/2007 1:33 PM, Blogger PhDribble said...

shoals, shoals, shoals.

it's not a matter of whether the baron of oakland deserves to be in the game. of course! but who's he gonna boot out: nash, parker, cp3, dwill, ai? all those guys have been the difference-maker on their teams, and i think that two of the 6 aren't gonna make it...i def don't have a clear decision in my head yet...

At 12/14/2007 1:36 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

This isn't about deserving. It's about who I most want to see direct All-Star traffic. I'll put Baron over even Nash, since we've seen plenty of ASG Nash.

In a just world, Chris Paul would be the starter.

At 12/14/2007 3:10 PM, Blogger Leonardson Saratoga said...

re: "Golden State falters without Davis"

I'm not going to argue with this point at all, but what about Stephen Jackson? We've already seen what happens without him in the line-up, but is that because he is stephen jackson, or is it because of the fact that he is the talented side-kick (something every great team needs).

I really think both players are built for that system, and it wouldn't work nearly as well with anyone else. i suppose cp3, dwill, or parker could be viable, but i don't feel like any get to the basket as aggressively as Baron, which is a vital part of that offense. Jackson's perfect blend of outside touch, explosion, defensive intelligence, and crazy is perfect for the system, and I can't see anyone being able to do that role justice (the only names I could even think of would be Rashard Lewis [subpar defender] or Kevin Martin? [can he run for 38 minutes?])

Because of this, I'm not sure either one is more expendible than the other, which, oddly enough, works. Seriously, years to come, Nellie is going to be a case study in placing two volatile superstars in the perfect situation.

At 12/14/2007 5:25 PM, Blogger Dewey (Yardbarker.com) said...

Baron Davis is the only player in the NBA to average 20 points, 5 boards, 5 dimes and 2 steals.

I know it's true because I read it in USA Today, the crown jewel of journalism.

At 12/14/2007 6:37 PM, Blogger jon faith said...

Deron Williams?

At 12/14/2007 7:33 PM, Blogger El Presidente said...

Deron Williams - 1.1 SPG.

At 12/14/2007 7:43 PM, Blogger El Presidente said...

Also I notice going over the Steals per 48 minutes numbers, with guys that play over 25 minutes, Kenyon Martin is #4 behind CP3, Larry Hughes, and Ronnie Brewer. Has K-Mart... legitimized his career?

At 12/14/2007 8:42 PM, Blogger El Presidente said...

Finally (sorry for comment spam, these things take time):

Can Sheed make something of Walter Herrmann?

At 12/15/2007 1:27 AM, Blogger Brian said...

FreeHerrmann is on the way...but moer in a literal fashion, because Sheed is going to lock Herrmann in a closet somewhere.

The bullet fedora was definitely in spiritual presence in tonight's game versus the Lakers, no? Easily the game of the year thus far. Aside from Davis's 3, my favorite possession of the game was when Ellis more or less fell downcourt with the ball, never really had possession, but somehow managed to guide the ball around Fischer and Bryant to the basket using more mental force than his hands.


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