There's Wisdom in Pottery Class
Briefly, since I can't manage anything else about death at the moment:
For those who missed it, here's the story of Gerald Wallace and Jamario Moon's small-town Alabama high school rivalry. I feel like this is somehow related to my Baghdad basketball post; that would make both of them vaguely offensive, right? Is it bad that I find Hoosiers unbearable but find this positively spellbinding?
A few other thoughts:
-When I went to Sonics/Warriors the other night, Carlisemo kept Durant on the bench for over a quarter. I'd even say he BENCHED him. Granted, the kid wasn't doing anything, but what the fuck are they paying a coach for? To help Wally and Wilkins put up stats? I also firmly believe--can't remember if I stole this idea from a friend or thought of it myself--that the vets stuck on that roster act like they're a secret society. Like Earl Watson knows something that Durant and Jeff Green can only begin to imagine.
-As much as I love teams powered by swag, it's refreshing to watch Orlando and NOLA earn legitimacy by, well, playing that way. They don't need to gamble, or over-hustle, or gasp like it might all vanish any second. It's the kind of poise that comes with knowing you matter, where external proof starts to take care of all that "believe in yourself" crap. Plus Dwight Howard is what Oden was supposed to be, but better, and no one who has ever trumpeted Shaq or Duncan should doubt the Magic.
-TZ reprimands Berri, which allows me to say the following: There are no complementary players without a central star. The numbers Berri fetishizes are almost almost those of complementary players, whose roles, opportunities, and meaning to opponents stems from a star (or two). Has he ever commented on what's happened to his beloved Iguodala, now that's he's the go-to Sixer?
-There's a big difference between Sam Smith calling out blogs and Stephen A. Smith doing it. And no, it's not that I still believe in SAS's interview skills. On that same note, blogger solidarity is severely overrated, and almost as dangerous as the MSM banding together against the internet. There's good writing and reporting on both sides, and shit on both, and I'm not about to get lumped in with __________ (insert name of any of the twenty-five sports blogs worth reading) just because we share a medium. And get picked on by The Man.
-My lover-comrade found the Webber/Clinton letter here. I probably should have said that earlier. What's amazing is that it's among the "recently released" documents, meaning that the Bush administration tried to suppress this bit of history for as long as they could. While you're there, watch the entire interview with Clinton at the library. It's ineffable.