Each Day Is a Lifetime, 8.13.08
-In an interview with the A.V. Club, Woody Allen shares his feelings on this year's Knicks. A key passage, carved out of a much longer answer:
WA: What I'd like the Knicks to develop into is a team that's fun and that's colorful and that you really like to watch every night, which is the way they were many years ago. It was fun to watch them, because they didn't just pile up wins in unappealing ways.
AVC: Like the [San Antonio] Spurs.
WA: Yeah. I'd really rather be entertained and have them come in second than be bored stiff and see them grind to a first-place finish.
-I have no idea if this is done by someone who doesn't know shit about sports, or only knows about sports. Or maybe the rumors are true, and youth culture has truly passed me by. Ray Allen is totally Kathy Acker. Last year's Sonics were like a Sonics reunion. Stop me when you start slipping on the trail of drool. (BS, via FanHouse)
-I've been pumping the air horn for Delonte West all summer, and now suddenly feel quite stupid about it. Presuming this rumor pans out. In every way, Mo Williams is a superior, more solid player. Then again, how bleak is it that Mo Williams—capable, occasionally explosive, not leaking left and right—seems like the key that unlocks Cleveland's championship dreams? Or is it a testament to Bron's ever-mounting might?
-I keep asking myself "why doesn't Iguodala play for Nigeria?" Not that I know anything about international basketball. Or am unaware that he's been a part of the Select Team. But if Chris Kaman will don the colors of a country he's never heard of, why wouldn't Iggy have tried to become the savior of Lagos, just this once? Would that preclude him jumping to the USA in 2012? This is just indicative of everything that bugs me about him (contract aside): He could be a totally weird, innovative player, like a smaller, more explosive, less precious Diaw. Instead, he's a passive swingman with some fundamentals. I want allies, not martyrs or shining lights for Tony Allen.
BR: They should convince someone with no chance of making Team USA--say, Rafer Alston--to get dual citizenship with Nigeria. How does Nigeria not beat everyone in Africa with this team?
PG: Rafer Alston
SG: Ime Udoka
SF: Andre Iguodala
PF: Emeka Okafor
C: Obinna Ekezie (played at Maryland, started 31 games for the Hawks in 04-05)
(Although, I guess Okafor is ineligible because he rode the pine for the Americans in Athens.)
BS: Wait, you get ineligible for shit like that?
BR: You can only represent one team in national competition. At least, that's how it works for soccer. Assume it's the same for the Olympics.
BS: So Iguodala on the Select Team would mean no Nigeria for him?
BR: That's not technically international competition, right?
Amateur, off-base psychology time. Wasn't Andre's dad Nigerian, but he abandoned him, and he was raised by his African-American mother and stepfather? Maybe he doesn't feel any connection to Nigeria, and in fact, rejects it?
BS: On draft night, there was some dude at his table in a gigantic print robe/head-dress combo. My barely educated guess was that dude was Nigerian.
-I've been wanting to post this all week, and believe it or not, I keep getting tripped up by the complexity of the argument I want to use it to make.
We can argue all day about just how different athletes area from porn stars, but I'd argue that acting schlubby around the house runs more counter to their image than something comparably mundane would be an NBA player. And yet I think it's remarkably effective in enhancing the brand, or whatever the kids say when you're tugged from two directions. (BS)
-I'm going to buy up the domain name www.draperized.com when I can think of what do with it. Hopefully you all get this joke.
-I had some other thoughts to share on my lack of Olympic crushes, and my complicated relationship with Stacey from What Not to Wear, but this post has already seen more lady-objectification than the previous three years of FreeDarko. So we'll skip that. Stay tuned for our epic discussion of men's gymnastics.