Each Day is a Lifetime, 8.14.08

Animals = always a good thing. (TK)

--Mark Kiszla is baffled by the Chinese love Kobe Bryant is receiving during these Olympics. Shoals and I were all over this over a year ago, but this adulation is definitive proof that, despite his flirtations with the Chosen People, Kobe is totally Asian. (BR)

--Can someone explain the T-wolves reference to me in this new Ludacris/T.I. song? Luda says:

"The first round draft pick - later for you imbeciles / The car is all black like it got traded to the Timberwolves"

Is the car all black because being traded to the Timberwolves is like being sentenced to death?
Is the emphasis more on the "first round draft" aspect of the line? Like how the Wolves always have first round picks?
Certainly he can't be referring to an all-black line-up given that the Wolves went out and copped Kevin Love and Mike Miller as their two major off-season acquisitions.

Update: Booo, I figured it out. Luda follows this line with "And I keep a little bit of that green up in the lining." so all he's doing is referring to the little-used black road jerseys.

Kobe video from Slate. The subtlety is lost on me. Also, at this point, isn't making fun of Kobe as easy as, making fun of religious people or yelling "F-ck Bush" at a hip-hop show? (sigh).



At 8/14/2008 12:38 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Not surprisingly, that Slate video could've been put together using Kobe's Wikipedia page. That's what I call insider snark.

At 8/14/2008 1:52 PM, Blogger T. said...

kisla is WAAAAY wrong about one salient point in his article - the current object of China love might be Kobe, but the number one player here always is and will be Jordan. And no one, not even Kobe, is close.

I know I've referenced "Big Game, Small World" by Alex Wolff here a few times, but see if you can find a copy and read the China chapter. Despite the fact that a lot of the younger generation never saw him play, or only saw him on the Wizards, Jordan is the is all and be all NBA player.

As to the Kobe love, it's not that difficult. Combine a populace that really doesn't care that much abou the personal life (and indiscretions or worse) with the best player in the game with a legendary reputation for struggle/hard work (in general the Chinese fans prefer players who struggle to get their points - Iverson, KB24) to those who rely on gifts of strength and power (LBJ, Diesel) and viola! you get the most popular player in the Middle Kingdom. To say "it's Nike" is to miss the point - otherwise, King James would be just as popular, and he's not. He's just not.

At 8/14/2008 2:38 PM, Blogger Browny said...

That video says more about the people who put it together than it makes any supposed nuanced dig at Kobe.

At 8/14/2008 2:53 PM, Blogger Browny said...

There is an amazing parrallel between the treatment of Kobe in the media and the way the British press treats David Beckham. Even better, there is an amazing parallel between the careers of Kobe and that of David Beckham. Teen Prodigies’, won a lot early, hated on by teammates early, been considered the best player in the world at some point in their careers, always the hardest workers on their teams. They have been accused of not doing enough to win, they have been accused of doing too much to win. They have had a fell out with their teams and wanted to leave their original clubs (Beckham succeeded of course). If Kobe opts for free agency and more money in Italy while still reasonably in his prime that would be the Beckham to the MLS story all over again.

At 8/14/2008 6:40 PM, Blogger nelsojcau said...

is that ellie seckback narrating?

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