12.09.2008

Nobody's Barrister Stays Flat



(Supposedly O.V. Wright's son. Spend a day trying to figure it out, once you've solved the Russell Westbrook Challenge.)

Not that I ever really feel like I'm a part of the NBA, but these last two weeks, I've definitely been hovering above it all, occasionally swooping in to either scavenge or dent my beak on the sidewalk. But soon this will all be over, and I will be reduced to that monk-like state of poring over games, rumors, and box scores as if my ka depended on it (or ba, who fucking knows).

But the purpose of this post is one last book tour announcement: Tonight, at Sugar Lounge in Red Hook, we'll provide running commentary on the Bulls/Knicks game, until everyone gets too drunk, we run out of things to say, and the whole thing deteriorates into a celebration of basketball in its least pure form. Hope you can make it!

IF YOU LOVE ME YOU WILL FIND A WAY

We'll probably post some audio/video from our other stops as it becomes available, because some of them were pretty good. For now, here I am appearing on the CBC program Q, discussing the subject of THE COMEBACK in sports and pop culture. My segment's about halfway in, I'm badly tired and have a cold that makes mics trembles. Might be some food for talk in here.

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10 Comments:

At 12/09/2008 11:54 AM, Blogger John said...

It'll probably be hecka fun to watch D Rose play vs. the D'Antoni system though at least.

 
At 12/09/2008 2:06 PM, Blogger LeWrong Names said...

I caught a couple of NBA games yesterday and what I am about to declare may sound like hyperbole but anyone that was watching those same games must also surely hold the same to be self-evident truths.

Firstly, OJ Mayo (my first time watching a game of his) has the BEST JUMP SHOT in the game period. No offense to Jesus Shuttleworth, buy Ray Ray does he best work running off screens. OJ would post up on the elbow close to the 3-pt line, turn and face up to his defender, create just a sliver of separation with a jab step then drain a cold-blooded hand in face rainbow. He did that like 6 straight times, on the first couple of makes I thought he was lucky, but each shot had the same picture perfect form and whether guarded by brooks or battier the motions and outcomes were the same. Shooting is a skill ability that most players get better at with experience, even Ray Allen in his younger years relied on this athleticism. I think OJ has firmly grasped the mantle of Deron Williams to Rose's CP3. Riles probably regrets not parlaying the no. 2 pick into OJ and Al Jeff/Brewer/Foye/anything he could steal from the inept McHale. Right now Beasley looks lost holding DWades pom poms. Beasley would have probably fit better in a crappy team without a leader that needed scoring.

Speaking of the DWade, the second thing that stood out from yesterdays game was how f-ing good Wade is. He simply cannot be stopped on offense, he reminds of a younger AI or Jordan, where double or triple teaming them was a waste of resources because it did not stop them from scoring. A better strategy is to let Wade get his and play everyone else tight. At this point I am still trying to figure out the appropriate hierarchy in the Wade/LeBron/Kobe mash-up. I am not sure who I would go with if I had to choose just ONE of them, for just ONE game, played today. Superman's recent 20-20s have blown me away but I think Dwight Howard needs an elite guard to be most effective.

 
At 12/09/2008 2:43 PM, Blogger antonymous said...

I thought this post would be about Gerald Wallace being traded to the Timberwolves for Kevin McHale's expiring contract.

 
At 12/09/2008 4:04 PM, OpenID tredecimal said...

...And now a Dark Tower reference. Nice. Long days and pleasant nights, klondikes.

 
At 12/09/2008 5:36 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Dark Tower or Egyptian post-mummification spiritualism?

WV: coloist - mashup of "cool" and "soloist" ie. Dwyane Wade or OJ Mayo.

 
At 12/09/2008 5:42 PM, Blogger El Presidente said...

Amare trade rumors are growing louder everyday. What sayeth the FD crew on that number? Gerald Wallace/Emeka Okafor, Beasley/Marion, the Bull's orphanage, the Blazer's cradle? My mind is racing...

wv: reham - When Antoine Walker goes to rehab.

P.S. Is it gonna be wierd with Durant playing SF to Blake Griffin's PF? Mind-bogglin' potential there.

 
At 12/09/2008 5:46 PM, Blogger blake said...

man, I'm bummed. finally going to NYC again from thursday-sunday. running commentary sounds really awesome or really awkward. either way it would be sweet. good luck

 
At 12/10/2008 3:32 AM, Blogger Jack Barnett said...

"Amare Stoudemire" sounds distant and obscure when uttered in a discussion of popular culture at large and on canadian radio. As though you were attempting an explanation of hip-hop to a grandparent, or affability to stephen harper....

it makes a world feel small and heavily codified

 
At 12/10/2008 3:27 PM, Blogger BreadCity said...

I'm really sorry i missed you guys in NY! Maybe you can convince somebody to pay for you to go on a book tour like every three months....or I guess you could make another book.

 
At 12/10/2008 4:03 PM, OpenID omyac said...

First time, long time. I just wanted to pop in to ask... Have you seen the Arenas video showing on the Upright Citizens Brigade page?

http://ucbtheatre.com/

 

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