FD Bigger Than Life


For All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, the folks at UNDEFEATED commissioned our very own Jacob Weinstein to do an artistic interpretation of the Blake Griffin Experience. Look for it above the Undefeated store on La Brea if you're in LA. If not, cop the print, in one of three colorways, at the newly re-opened FreeDarko Imperial Outlet. Buy some other stuff, too!

A few links:

-If you haven't already, take a look at GQ's Guide to the New NBA Golden Age. Yours truly files a feature on the Thunder, the result of a ten-day stay in OKC; there are also contributions from Eric Freeman, Billups, and oh yeah, more Jacob art. That Thunder illo should be available for sale down the line.

-Maybe you heard, I wrote a little something about why I don't enjoy watching Derrick Rose. Yes, I saw last night's game, and yes, a lot of it was awesome to me. So we're making progress. Really, it's comes down to whether we have to jock every good basketball player just because they're good, or whether we're allowed to have preferences and ... taste!

-Check out Yago Colas's piece from yesterday on teaching the seventies Knicks to the kids.

-Eric and I with some mind-altering predictions regarding this weekend.

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At 2/18/2011 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the Rose piece and feel similarly, even though the GQ site kept eating my comment instead of publishing it. Personally, I'd never flip to Rose on league pass for entertainment, even though I watched the SAS game and am interested in the Bulls for other reasons. I'm happy to say that he's a top-5 player who, like early Wade or Howard, just isn't that interesting on TV.

What your piece shows is something about how a sports personality manages the regime of acceptable media presentation. I suspect Rose is an interesting guy but e.g. the gang sign fracas shows how hair-trigger racist sports media remains, I think if I was in the same situation I'd probably adopt the bland neutrality of a Rose or LBJ rather than the more open style sportswriters like.

Rose's game is symbolised by his struggles drawing fouls - it's like he's decided to avoid coming into contact with humans lest he lose his magical powers of self-control. I still don't know if he's a player or a prototype. Whatever, Rose is not the MVP, Lebron's numbers are better and is a way superior defender, and is winning more, the only explanation for him losing would be prejudice. But thanks for writing the article, we need more people prepared to just say what they like (whatever Simmons' other faults, I respect him for that too).

At 2/19/2011 8:20 AM, Blogger StreakShooter McFloorburn said...

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At 2/19/2011 8:55 AM, Blogger StreakShooter McFloorburn said...

I guess it's better to be writing for GQ than not, but reading the comments there made me feel sad. It must be frustrating to have not one person actually understand or care about the point of the piece.

Since when did saying "I don't particularly care for something" equate to "I want everyone to think this thing sucks"? I never knew that you were trying to start an anti-Rose movement.
GQ readers must be more perceptive...

On a different note, I'm glad you got Craig Sager into your ASW predictions. His performance throughout the Rookie-Sophomore game caught me by surprise though.

It seemed like he finally flipped out over people giving him shit about his fashion sense. Or, perhaps he decided to become Jim Gray 2.0? Pressing Melo relentlessly, badgering Arne Duncan about what it was like giving up on his NBA dreams, and the final low blow - "it's been well documented he's not always happy when his teammates don't get him the ball" about DeMarcus Cousins, when conducting the MVP interview with John Wall (although Wall's grimace was worth it).

At 2/25/2011 7:15 PM, Blogger huizinga said...

glad you brought up psychoanalysis in the GQ...

1- Rose has turned an essentially lopsided, adventurous approach into its own kind of fundamentals.


2- Nothing mucks up a pristine drive to the hoop like trying to draw contact; the unwillingness to make this all-important skill a part of his game suggests that for Rose, perfection is just a hair shy of precious.

...no FT's, not efficient enough...and even with the FTA's, is Westbrook more efficient than Rose? is the bull/china shop drive more beautiful?


"perfection is just a hair shy of precious."

I've looked at this for 5 minutes and I still don't understand what it means.

At 2/25/2011 7:21 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

>1- Rose has turned an essentially >lopsided, adventurous approach >into its own kind of fundamentals.

Funny, I'd say FD, or me, or whatever, has followed the opposite trajectory.

>.and even with the FTA's, is >Westbrook more efficient than >Rose? is the bull/china shop drive >more beautiful?

No and yes.

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