I Still All Love You!

Man, this 1979 ASG clip is amazing. Everyone is fucking huge, long, and from a different body era than the 1980's, 1990's, or today. And then halfway through, there's a commercial for that movie where Clint Eastwood befriends a monkey. Sometimes you wish you could live forever!!!!!!

So maybe you heard, today was the first day of The Baseline, the NBA blog I'm doing for Sporting News along with Sean Deveney and Chris Littmann. If this is news to you, I'm sorry it took so long to announce it here. Today was busy and kind of hectic. No, this doesn't mean the end of FreeDarko. I'll be around, though maybe not as frequently as before. And I still would like to keep getting all these excellent guest posts. Before the bemoaning begins, try reading the thing first. You'll find:

-Minutemen reference in title followed by some low-level Wittgenstein

-Debate over the meaning of "scorer" that had one commenter cursing postmodernism

-Our manifesto, which includes one of the best Moses Malone photos I've ever seen

So we will all have it both ways and life will improve on all fronts. Here are a few odds and ends:

-Haven't had time to read this exchange all the way through, but I think these guys are saying that Antoine Walker is the Achilles Heel of all of Malcolm Gladwell's recent writing.

-From Zac Crain's Twitter, a really awesome anti-Andersen sign.

-My main man Wingo is unfortunately without television right now, and is watching some of these games on some computer feed. There's a chat room that runs beside it, and he sent me this moving sequence:

10:37bmoreray:Birdman has the runz
10:37crza:lol@ birdflu - very good
10:37xavierhimself:lol.. NEED SOME SMACK COACH
10:37captainsyracuse:he's got swine flu
10:37hrshakoury:birdman is doing lines in the locker room
10:37offshoreorca:i'm getting a little tired of the birdman drugs joke. he came back, that's tough stuff
10:37snoba77218:birdmans gona play great at the half, got ape *** on JJ Barea, and run off naked before the end of this game
10:37kobejaun420club:maybe str. lining speed
10:38aridresi:birdman brought swine flu back from mexico
10:38elephantplatapusdinosaur:yeah Birdman went through a lot
10:38tonefresh25:birdman is goona take a sh*t on dallas fans
10:38gazbin:anybody like nick drakes stuff?

apparantly nobody did, and gazbin was not heard from again...

Let that be a lesson to all of you.

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At 5/12/2009 5:59 PM, Blogger Brendan K said...

Nick Drake wrote propaganda songs.

At 5/12/2009 6:30 PM, Blogger vanjulio said...

justin.tv chat roomz *** my head jajajajjajajaja

At 5/12/2009 7:00 PM, Blogger Thumbu Sammy said...

Birdman vs. The River Man?

At 5/12/2009 7:22 PM, Blogger salt_bagel said...

There are only love songs, and songs of protest.

I think someone said that, or I would imagine someone did.

At 5/12/2009 11:27 PM, Blogger tray said...

I sympathize with the cursing-pomo dude. What does it even mean to say that Melo scores more easily than Kobe (if it took him so much more effort to score, wouldn't he score less?), and why does it matter? It's like saying that Olympic Weightlifter A is a better or purer weightlifter than Olympic Weightlifter B because when he lifts his weight he grunts less. Sure, maybe if you're a weightlifting conoisseur you can spin some silly yarn about the lonely stoicism of Olympic Weightlifter A's gruntless lifting, but it really doesn't matter. Particularly if Weightlifter B lifts more weight.

At 5/12/2009 11:40 PM, Blogger goathair said...

Kobe uses an accumulation of moves to get open because he's constantly calculating what he's doing. Melo chooses a move and uses it because he's already made his decision.

At 5/12/2009 11:57 PM, Blogger mb said...

Holy cow, that Nick Drake reference just killed me. Good luck with the new venture. Print more t-shirts!

At 5/13/2009 3:11 AM, Blogger Tree Frog said...

Holy shit. I am OffshoreOrca.

Hooooly sheeeeeiiiiittt.

At 5/13/2009 8:14 AM, Blogger walrusoflove said...

NBA Shot Location Visualization:

...at the rim and corner 3s

At 5/13/2009 8:15 AM, Blogger walrusoflove said...

NBA Shot Location Visualization....

...at the rim and corner 3s

At 5/13/2009 2:21 PM, Blogger Jon L said...

From that clip, Larry Keenan (#35) dribbles kind of like Stanley from The Office.

At 5/13/2009 5:09 PM, Blogger Michael said...

I'll follow faithfully to The Baseline. So far, some of the commenters are hilarious.

I love this ASG clip. I'm not one of those people who thinks "the game was better back in the day..." The lack of explosiveness and above the rim play is especially notable, despite the presence of the Doctor. But I marvel at the range of skills among the big men. You've got Lanier, Gilmore, The Big E, Kareem, Sikma, and every one of them with multiple moves, and soft touches.

At 5/13/2009 5:19 PM, Blogger Tree Frog said...

That's from the sticktv feed. It's probably the best I've found and the mods ban the idiots fast. To the other FreeDarko fans, I'll be watching them over there - come on in and talk. It'd be nice to channel Shoals, DLIC and Co.

Nick Drake is a strange pick for testing musical tastes though.

At 5/13/2009 7:05 PM, Blogger M.A.P. said...

is it possible that everyone in the video only looks longer then they actually are because of how short their shorts are?...

the 95 Kentucky Wildcats, i might just be imagining this but didnt they have jean jerseys as a secondary uniform color?..

also, this is totally off topic but is anyone else as mad as i am that Kobe got 1st team all NBA Over Chris Paul?!!..I definately think CP3 deserved it over Kobe

At 5/13/2009 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAP...I am no Lakers fan, but you are taking silly. CP3 is nice, and most likely the guy I would pick first if I were to put together a team, but Kobe plays for the Lakers and has rings. It is like waking up tomorrow and getting piste because the sun came up.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Dirk on the first team. I have not always bought into his game (the soft bit), but the dude has earned his stripes this season for certain.

At 5/13/2009 11:38 PM, Blogger ap2626 said...

Really no better place to broach this subject I guess, but am I the only one who thinks Cuban could take K-Mart, or at least hold his own, if it ever came down to it? Cuban's not a small guy, and for the most part, NBA-ers are a pretty sad bunch, pugilistically--as evidenced by any number of recent on court altercations, including Carmelo's weak ass flail at the garden a few years back. Gone are the days of barkley, mahorn, et al., not to mention kermit goddam washington (though to be fair, that business on rudy t was perhaps the mother of all sucker punches).

The Nugget you really gotta be scared of is a street drug-fueled Birdman. Him and that weird dwarf-looking dude with the dreads who hands out the water bottles. You know he's wielded a battle axe or two in his day.

At 5/14/2009 12:11 AM, Blogger T. said...

@M.A.P. Tony Delk in Kentucky Denim


At 5/14/2009 1:12 AM, Blogger Rebar said...

DUDE THE WEIRD DWARF-DREDD-NUGGETS ASSISTANT TOTALLY EXISTS. I swear I saw him give Birdman a hug in the tunnel right after the game on TNT.

Scorer = Artfully Skilled (I consider mid-career jordan to be the unreachable zenith of this, but a better example would be larry bird) / Makes it look easy (Melo, which explains the whole "all his shots look like floaters compared to kobe or lebron's hurls at the net", or really Dirk)

wv dation: what they feed the birdman

At 5/14/2009 1:21 AM, Blogger Rebar said...

also, i have to say that i just thought about the nuggets as some sort of fucked up bizarro but successful (think Jacky Nickolson in Anger Management) therapy/addiction counseling group.


Let's do the rundown:
Kleiza - steroids
Melo - DRO, what else?
Birdman - sherm sticks
Chauncey - always has had this haggard former heavy toker 1000 km stare,
AC - AC has snorted coke.
Dahntay Jones - too many bottles of malibu alone in his hotel room
Renaldo Balkman - former speed addict, started on adderall @ age 11
NeNe - duh, perks and vikings for post operation/chemo pain
JR Smith - CIROC STAR, BLAZE TREEZ (finds common ground with melo and chauncey on this)
Kenyon Martin - Kenyon Martin did xanex for a long time so he didn't have nightmares
Sonny Weems/Steven Hunter/Jason Hart : DADT on that shit

At 5/14/2009 1:37 AM, Blogger dennisedwardlu said...

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At 5/14/2009 1:39 AM, Blogger dennisedwardlu said...

"AC - AC has snorted coke."
That really killed me.

I'm a "JR Smith" in both the player/addiction paradigms. :( (I'm not sad its just that me and JR share the same facial expressions too)

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