11.07.2008

Let Us All Touch Feathers



Storm brewing, one that will, for reasons I don't quite get expect for the world's need to make my life a better place, flip Gerald Wallace to Oakland. Let's not even get into why Wallace helps a team, why Brown should like him (I did that last week, and felt dirty about it), and what a putz Jordan is.

Just cross your fingers that, by Monday, the Warriors will be looking ahead to a starting line-up of Monta/Wallace/Maggette/Jackson/Biedrins. Wright's ready to play, and my fascination with Anthony Randolph has now progressed into Dunwich Horror territory. In the last two days, I've both suggested that he's pulling the strings in Golden State's personnel moves, and convinced myself that he's too bizarre to ever engage the political process. Not in a harmless, kooky way, but something about his deformity as a player and single-mindedness about destroying the world. I fucking hate Family Guy, but that baby in there comes to mind.

But increasingly, the dopest thing about all this seems to be Don Nelson's attitude about all this. It's amazing how effortlessly he straddles the wide, wide borderland between absurdist provocation and Zen-like organics. That's always been his style as a coach, but talking about personnel, it's the same. Nelson's dangling Harrington out there like trash, which is of course exactly the wrong way to put a guy out on the market. He claims to be largely indifferent to whom they get in return, as long as he's good. Is he daring other teams to bid low, or just confident that he'll get talent regardless of the usual hoops he's supposed to jump through? Never mind that he's working with a failed front office and is forced to dictate moves from the margins of resistance.



When this new player shows up, does Nellie anticipate just throwing him out on the floor, gauntlet-like, and demanding everyone respond to this new stimulus? Or is this the "give me athletes with some skill and they will conquer the world" credo that fuelled the 2006-07 team, the one that makes him even more elemental than D'Antoni and more hands-off than Phil? The ultimate test of this might be, with a super-charged line-up, saying "fuck it" and installing Monta at the point whenever he gets back. That could either force everyone to adjust in creative ways, perhaps with Nelson's input, or burn the building down and leave no other option but to gallop through the ashes and send a message through the hills that way. It could well be his defining, and most triple-reverse masterful, hour.

I don't get why Harrington is so attractive to New York, except that he's better than Curry for D'Antoni's system. It gets tricky if the Knicks have to part with, say, Lee or Chandler to get this done. Given what I know about the team's plans, that seems like a deal-breaker. Could Wallace end up on the Knicks somehow? I'm not about to break out the Trade Machine, but dare I say that D'Antoni's more interested in passers and shooters than another Amare-like hell-raiser. Although, to be fair, Wallace is more like an Amare/Marion hybrid; still, his overall impact on a system would be more like Stoudemire. Plus, I'm assuming this is the kind of D'Antoni team that players have to assimilate, rather than one that assimilates them, and that's not Wallace's strong suit. The Warriors, on the other hand, would be miles away from even considering that fine distinction.

Apologies if this is stuff you've already. Here's a new Quotemonger. Also, R.I.P. to this dude:



I would include an obit, but they all mention the Black Keys. And my special bond with him lost just a little when I realized his surname wasn't "Meyer." But whatever, that first LP is getting buried with me.

UPDATE: Is it preposterous for me to think that, after Tuesday, sports/politics might be forever changed?



(h/t Shanoff)

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17 Comments:

At 11/07/2008 3:16 PM, Blogger R. Lobstah said...

Sort of sad but the first thing rumors of Crash heading to GS did for me was ignite a Yahoo Fantasy. Took him in the 5th in a keeper league.

People have a habit of overplaying various emotions. So, I am skeptical that culture/politics/sport will be altered by this election in the manner it seems your use of the clip was meant to imply. Habits are hard to break. On the other hand, I would be very happy to see that it has. It would be generally good for more people, whatever the category we check on the census, to take personal responsibility for their success or failure. America is the land of opportunity, not guarantees. I've said it before but I would be ecstatic to discover that I was wrong about Obama and the nature of the transformation he'll effect.

As for the current change that I see, I see it coming mostly from black people and the shift in their internal reading of America. I believe that this America existed for a while now and Obama's election is a manifestation of what America is (the good and bad) rather then a becoming of America.

 
At 11/07/2008 3:17 PM, Blogger Bhel Atlantic said...

What brewing storm are you referring to? I don't see any stories anywhere about Gerald Wallace getting traded. Are you nascent buddies with Mike? Whence are you sourcing this?

I bet Sacramento wishes they had left, say, Doug Christie unprotected in the expansion draft. That was a blunder. Where is ol' Doug now?

This is the fourth year that Wallace, Okafor, Felton and May are playing together. Also the fifth year that Deng, Gordon, Hinrich and Nocioni are together. All those guys have delivered jack until this point, so I would say it's time for large-scale shakeup.

 
At 11/07/2008 4:14 PM, OpenID gpietras said...

Yeah, a link/any information would have been nice. The closest thing I could find to news is this incredibly sketchy Pro Basketball News article that says "sources" are saying Wallace to will move to an unknown team: http://www.probasketballnews.com/pbn_breaking110608.html

Then again, I'm probably just in denial. If this move nets the Bobcats Al Harrington I'm finally embracing liberated fandom fully and completely. On the other hand it'll be nice to see Wallace on a non-incompetent team.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

 
At 11/07/2008 5:50 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

That's the article I saw, that's currently making the rounds. People are putting some stock in it because it's pretty well-known that MJ did want to deal Wallace once before. Now, with Harrington's move imminent, the Knicks looking to make a deal, and a coach who probably sees Richardson and Wallace as redundant, this seems less that rumor, resurrected by necessity.

 
At 11/07/2008 6:09 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

Unliberated fandom hallucination of the day: Marbury and Curry for Harrington and Wallace . . . if that wasn't completely retarded I'd be sighing wistfully right now.

wv: heevent---Stephon, heevent to ze end of ze bench ven Herr D'Antoni took over . . .

 
At 11/07/2008 6:27 PM, Blogger MC Welk said...

http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE4A402A20081105?feedType=RSS&feedName=entertainmentNews

 
At 11/07/2008 6:57 PM, Blogger blake said...

jawaan, that was pretty damn funny

 
At 11/07/2008 7:38 PM, Blogger tray said...

I don't really get the fascination with an awful team, which is what G. State is, or a stupid coach like Nelson, or a mediocre player like Wallace, but then, I don't get much of anything on this blog. Like if you're going to randomly trade-speculate, I would think a way more interesting subject would be Sergio Rodriguez, who's reportedly asking out. Now there's an exciting player who actually knows how to Play The Right Way. Maybe LB could add him to his glut of speedy point guards. Or maybe my Sixers could take him. Lou Williams is so not our point guard of the future. (For starters, he can't play point.) Oh, and the Marbury wanting to practice with his high school team insanity - maybe you could do a post on the cultural meaning of that.

 
At 11/08/2008 12:41 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Right now, Birdman and Gerald Green are having a one on one battle. Are we all going to die?

 
At 11/08/2008 12:43 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Also, are people now trolling the FD boards? How effing lame.

 
At 11/08/2008 1:38 AM, Blogger The Walker Wiggle said...

So that G.S./Memphis game ended with six maybe seven shooting guards on the court.

 
At 11/08/2008 2:40 AM, Blogger Jerk Store said...

shame on you for getting this unrepentant warriors fan's hopes up. if only they'd green light this deal. it's to the point where i hope for anyone but curry.

i'd love to see gs pluck another seemingly mediocre powder keg from charlotte purgatory. though it's probably too much to ask with the front office being a disaster right now.

 
At 11/08/2008 2:45 AM, Blogger Jerk Store said...

oh and if he does get traded to the gsw, i'm buying like five of those shirts.

you'd also have a lopsided representation of warriors apparel.

 
At 11/09/2008 2:19 AM, Blogger holopawer said...

Just got the amazon shipping notice on the book!!!! Happy times!

 
At 11/09/2008 9:52 AM, Blogger Alex said...

I know the Cats don't deserve Crash, but why aren't they at least shopping Felton first? Is he that bad that even point guard-less GS doesn't want him?

 
At 11/10/2008 6:51 PM, Blogger RosebuDD said...

(crossed fingers, prays, sacrifices neighbors dog, and vows to never again speak ill of Petrie)

Bring back Gwall for Mikki, Sheldon and Houstons #1!

 
At 11/11/2008 2:49 PM, Blogger John said...

Which Stodemire?

 

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