3.31.2008

Everything Paints


Working on this book elicits all sorts of odd memories, one of which was from my younger days as an employee with the Minnesota Timberwolves. At the request of Shoals, I will retell this small anecdote about Stephon Marbury circa 1996, although I'm not quite sure what it means or if it's interesting.

One day when Steph was getting some treatment in the trainers room, we somehow got to talking about rap music. I remember he (and KG to a certain extent) were very involved in the New York rap scene at the time, and there was even some rumor of KG being set up on a date with Lil' Kim. Anyway, it was a few days after Mobb Deep's Hell on Earth came out and we sort of mutually exchanged pleasant opinions on the masterwork. This established some sort of bond, because later that evening Marbury entrusted me with a very specific and important task. I was to go out to his car (some middling Sedan at the time) and retrieve out of a middle compartment some lysol, which I was to then spray around the car. He made this task sound like I was retrieving the Sankara stone from the Thuggee cult. At such a young age, I was completely unclear as to what a man would be doing keeping Lysol in his car. Later one of my co-workers told me that Marbs' dad was in town and I quickly deduced that there was a particular scent Marbury was trying to cover up before giving him a ride home. Pretty innocuous in comparison to the stories I have about Mitch Richmond, Christian Laetnerr, Stanley Roberts, or Crunch the mascot...

Now to make this story more than a simple PG-13 revelation plus a namedrop, I guess the takeaway is that there was a time when Marbury was more of a simple, young, humanish human being. He was a little mischievous, and ultimately one of the nicest people around, who would engage in conversation with even the lowliest of NBA employees.

Shifting gears, I want to point everyone toward this video of a shocking camera, which--and for some reason this cracks me the f up--is set to the "Where Amazing Happens" music.

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15 Comments:

At 3/31/2008 3:04 PM, Blogger Ryne Nelson said...

Must have been awesome to hang with Star and KG back when both had hair. Dr. Lawyer, are you currently working within the League?

Oh, and that video *is* hilarious!

 
At 3/31/2008 3:54 PM, Blogger goathair said...

Steph with the center part shaved in was my favorite player for a while. It sucks to think what kind of player he would have been if he'd stayed with Garnett.

 
At 3/31/2008 4:39 PM, OpenID tredecimal said...

Give it up, Steph. Lysol's not going to cover the weed, just make it smell like you smoked it in a hospital.

 
At 3/31/2008 5:29 PM, Blogger Kaifa said...

Ah, those were the days. And one my favorite memories of the Marbury era:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDrqNQwIdRc

 
At 3/31/2008 5:33 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

After the MSG trial, do you think there may have been a more Rated R reason why the car needed to be sprayed down? I hope you wore gloves!

 
At 3/31/2008 5:43 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

Now I want to know what the Mitch Richmond, Christian Laettner, Stanley Roberts et al stories were . . .

 
At 3/31/2008 9:25 PM, Blogger Gerald said...

Just in case anyone was curious, the "where amazing happens" song is "Everyday" by Carly Comando (!) and was originally written for one of those videos where the person takes a picture of him/herself every day for a year and then shows them all in 4 minutes. Shouldn't be too hard to find on the 'Tube for those interested.

 
At 3/31/2008 10:11 PM, Blogger T. said...

That story reminds me of three things:

1. Eddie Griffin's SUV had a stack of about, oh, 30-40 of those pine scented hanging from his rearview mirror.

2. Short Round/Data (Jonathan Ke Quan) - one of my on-screen heros. Well, aside from him, and Bruce Lee there were no other people on-screen who resembled me.

3. I'm inclined to believe the craziest stories involve Crunch the Mascot. Mascots are by far the most insance group of people alive.

 
At 3/31/2008 10:17 PM, Blogger A Fly Moses said...

I've always enjoyed the random pictures, but I now feel I must point out (in the spirit of name-dropping): I was at the party at which that top photo was taken, and I feel pretty confident in saying that no one even remotely associated w/ the NBA (or with this site) would have been anywhere near it. Given, then, the complete randomness of Chief or Shoals or whoever (a) finding it randomly on Facebook and (b)posting it, I'm not sure if it makes the pictures here slightly worse or way, way better.

 
At 3/31/2008 10:41 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

T., are you familiar with a bar in Houston (on Richmond, near Sound Exchange) that was once owned by the Rockets mascot? Apparently all the mascots used to hang out there. I have no idea why all of them were in town at the same time.

 
At 3/31/2008 11:23 PM, Blogger T. said...

Shoals - a real low down dirty dive bar, right? Yeah, Clutch co-owned that bar for about 2 years with the guy who owned Keneally's, before selling it to buy an H2. We used to hang out there a good amount of hours.

The reason the mascots were in town at one time was for a "birthday" party - which is basically a big scam that all the mascots have pulled on all the teams to get them to fly in all of their buddies to a game where they all perform. So I suspect it was guys like Sly the Fox and Boomer and some others who Clutch counts as friends.

I can't believe I'm talking about mascots - but honestly, if I had known about this line of work (six figure salary, NBA dancer wife, charge $800/hour for appearances) I probably would've tried to be an NBA mascot too.

 
At 4/01/2008 11:30 AM, Blogger Brickowski said...

Speaking of Eddie Griffin, ESPN.com has the following headline up right now regarding Chris Henry: "Troubled Henry ticketed for expired license plates."

Almost like it was ripped right out of David Simon's "we're all just waiting to be replaced" mantra.

 
At 4/04/2008 1:09 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Is that Mike Hitsky in the picture? Haven't seen him for 10 years...

 
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