A Pulse Calls for More


Definitely late to the party on this one but fuck it, I'll weigh in with bushels of joy.

Channing Frye has taken up the banner of "Keep Portland Weird," which I guess is cool for an athlete to do.
But for real, he needs to talk to his boy LaMarcus Aldridge, who no doubt had run-ins with the legacy of "Keep Austin Weird."

Like LaMarcus could say "Channing, ease up. You're going to do nothing but undermine and displace everything that makes Portland's weirdness worthwhile."

"To wit, here's what makes Portland Portland: Vegan strippers, green roofs everywhere, those fucked-up donuts with Tums on them, warehouse parties, and a bunch of bands that have attractive followings."

"Here's what Austin got out of their campaign: A legacy of stupid clown hats, ice cream places where they won't stop singing, bad public art and well-meaning but lazy artists, homeless dudes who think they hold some sort of public office, a bunch of crowded swimming holes where dogs abound."

"Be careful about spreading this movement, or else you might be this town's undoing."


Brandon Hoffman has a great column up on RealGM that breaks down the success rate of HS draftees. None of this is new information, but it's good to have it all in one place.

The only thing I'd take issue with here is the 76% "success rate." Now, everything is rosy. But for some of them, it's been a long, bumpy road. Monta wouldn't have rather gone in the first round? J.R. Smith couldn't have used a year at UNC? I know that this pool is largely self-selected, so it's not unexpected that most turned out well. And in terms of their money, leaving early was smarter; hell, in some ways, being a second-rounder who makes an impression puts you in an excellent earning position (though I really have no idea what the post-Arenas rules say).

For every player who can enter free agency with that POTENTIAL tag intact, there's the flipside: Wouldn't they be better off if they'd already been christened real starz? Josh Smith would be a max player if anyone was convinced of his intelligibility as a pro. J.R., well, he could be an All-Star free agent right now. That so many of these guys enter their second contract as partly unknown may enhance their appeal, but it's also fucked up negotiations for Josh Smith, Iguodala, and everyone else who was in talks last summer.


Is anyone for real in the West?

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At 4/09/2008 2:09 PM, Blogger MC Welk said...

A piece of dogshit in Austin is still better than anything Houston has to offer.

At 4/09/2008 2:41 PM, Blogger Brendan K. said...

Quite a few iterations across the state these days.

"Keep Austin Weird"
"Keep Round Rock Mildly Unusual"
"Keep Lubbock Flat"
"Keep San Antonio Lame"

And yet, in two years in this state, I have yet to see a Houston variant. Might I suggest "Keep Houston Filthy," "Keep Houston Unliveable," and my personal favorite: "Keep Houston... (*COUGH*COUGH*)"

At 4/09/2008 5:31 PM, Blogger badly drawn boykins said...

brendan - what's the Dallas version?
"Keep Dallas stripping"?

Speaking of age limits and young 'uns, what to make of the NBA/NCAA-backed youth basketball initiative?

(rule of thumb - any time organizations roll out an "intiative", read that as "We should really do something but we have no clue how we're going to do it, but what the hell, here's a photo op")

In an ideal world, Derrick Rose would be collecting a check from Junior Grizzlies and going up against Mike Conley of the Junior Cavs, and we won't have to worry about age limits, but the bean counters would never let that happen.

WV: ctudwn - happens every season of 24 around hour 8

At 4/10/2008 12:30 AM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

The Jazz would murder the Hornets (Deron Williams owns CP3); the Jazz would get slaughtered by the Lakers. Against everyone else in the West, the Jazz have a decent chance. That makes them the best bet in the West, if they can avoid the Lakers.

If not, then the Hornets are in good shape. They are good bets against anyone (especially with home court) except the Jazz.

The Suns are the wildcard team. Especially if they can avoid the Hornets (CP3 runs wild against Nash).

In the end, everyone will cancel everyone out, and the Pistons (or Celtics) win the title.

At 4/10/2008 1:52 AM, Blogger T. said...

Dammit, now I'm going to look like a loon defending Houston, but I am going to do it again.

Yes, it's a terrible terrible place to visit. And I know that Shoals lived there for 1-2 years, so he has inside knowledge.

But it's not that bad a place. Really. The people are awesome, the food is good, the living is cheap and the cell phone reception is reasonably good. They have all the benefits of a large ass city with the feel of a small city.

Did I mention the people were cool and the food is good? Any city where the Breakfast Klub (thebreakfastklub.com) exists, cannot be bad.

At 4/10/2008 2:32 AM, Blogger Mr. Six said...

Primary problem with the absence of enforcers in today's NBA: there's no one around to provide Bruce Bowen with the rough justice he deserves (the hit on Amare tonight was ridiculous).

And I'll be at the Nuggets-Warriors game tomorrow night, rocking the teal ABA FD shirt!

At 4/10/2008 3:13 AM, Blogger T. said...

I thought the ESPN Magazine article on Rasheed was cool as shit.


At 4/10/2008 6:58 AM, Blogger Melvin said...

Yeah agree those guys could've easily become all stars...

At 4/10/2008 10:13 AM, Blogger Kaifa said...

I'm with T. on the Rasheed profile. Interesting that ESPN of all outlets is coming through with stories like this one or the one about Stephen Jackson.

Two more things I thought might be interesting to others as well: first, the new Kobe commercial (not the NBA one with him and Shaq as Shakobe):


It goes into the direction of how Shoals has described him as obsessively technical (to paraphrase) and also has a little bit of FD's style guide in it. Plus it reminds me of Jordan's "Frozen Moment" commercial, but Kobe having to calculate his way to the hoop while Jordan just unleashed his dominance.

And finally, I recently came upon a site featuring quite funny NBA cartoons, at least quite funny to me. Two of the highlights:



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