FD Guest Lecture: Players Club

The MVP race is wide open, and we mere fans could spend days debating the candidates' relative merits. Good to know that those more directly involved feel the same way. Courtesy of The Dugout, here's an invaluable glimpse inside the conversation between these truly peerless peers.

Also, keep an eye on Deadspin starting tomorrow, when our playoff previews invade.

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At 4/17/2008 7:03 PM, Blogger Kaifa said...

But only T-Mac can toss sheep!


Hadn't seen this one before, I hope it's not too old news.

At 4/17/2008 8:16 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

FD meets The Dugout? Pinch me.

At 4/17/2008 8:25 PM, Blogger mdesus said...

SippinOnCrisPaul fucking brilliant. Also that last line had me laughing out loud at work.

At 4/17/2008 11:36 PM, Blogger Trey said...

I can't wait to tell my friends I'll punch their nutsacks in half.

At 4/18/2008 2:20 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Kobe would install malware on your computer.

At 4/18/2008 12:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone from Atlanta would probably appreciate this. For those not from ATL, MARTA is the mass transit system. Southwest DeKalb's most famous alum is Quincy Carter.

As for relevance, umm, its prolly the most FreeDarko video ever referencing public transportation. And it is better than Soulja Boy (its clear inspriation).


At 4/18/2008 2:24 PM, Blogger Mercurialblonde said...

I swear to god if I read one more article with stupid psuedo smack talk written by a writer playing with sports icons like kids play with their ninja turtles--I WILL FUCKING LOSE MY SHIT.

What the hell? Why do people write these kind of things? Not per se free darko, but like every Slam article is some idiot making up masturbatory fake conversations between their sports heroes.

As far as the content, the meme the because a player plays in the Eastern conference amongst crappy teams that their job is somehow easier is catching on disturbingly quick. If I switch Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, how does Lebron suddenly have a harder job than he does in Cleveland? Suddenly he's on a fast break team, with AI and Camby and JR Smith that plays in high altitude. If Lebron was in Denver they'd probably have a better record than the Lakers.

There's a huge difference between trying to get Devin Brown and Sasha Pavlovic involved in the game to get a win, versus passing it to AI.

And that's just the 8th seed out West. Put Lebron on that young Blazers team instead of Roy and that's a playoff team. Put him on a middle of the pack West team like the Jazz and how do you stop them?

Meanwhile if you put Kobe or Paul on the Cavs who are the East fourth seed--and they are going to have the exact same problems Lebron has.

East west doesn't matter when you are talking about individual players.

At 4/18/2008 2:33 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I think someone here could use a sense of humor.

At 4/18/2008 4:34 PM, Blogger Notorious D.I.G. said...

True. A sense of humor and a basketball IQ too. Bottomline is that the East is weak. So for Lebron to barely be above .500 speaks volumes about his value as a teammate.

Name one player that has been better when teamed with Lebron. Larry Hughes got worse. So did Gooden. Kobe did more with Smush Parker than Lebron ever dreamed. Desagana Diop suddenly blossomed when he left Cleveland. Anybody notice how Wally Szcerbiak lost his shot playing with Lebron?

Don't get me wrong, Bron's game is sweet. I like watching him. But realistically he kills his teammates. Not unlike the Philly version AI.

Wanna talk about playing with bums? Kobe took a starting lineup of Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Luke Walton, and Lamar Odom to 45 wins in the West. Not one of those guys even touches the jock of 2-time all-star Ilgauskas. Lebron needs to man up.

At 4/18/2008 4:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The idea of Lebron as a teammate killer is pretty amusing from someone who opens by criticizing someone else's basketball IQ. Whether or not he makes his teammates better is a conversation that needs to wait until he HAS teammates. Diop got better because he grew up, and Wally sucked a loooong time before he got traded to the Cavs.

Do we have to compare Kobe and Lebron? Can't they just be disparate forces of nature?


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