A few notes:
- Man, is this team fun to watch or what? You almost feel dirty stating that with the implicit assertion correlating Battier’s departure lurking in the background.
- It appears Terrence Williams is once again out of the Rockets’ rotation.
- Hasheem Thabeet came from the weakside with thirty seconds remaining to graze his fingertips against a Pacer shot-attempt. The crowd erupted. ”He did it!” joked some of the radio guys sitting beside me. It was almost like watching a toddler take his first steps. We were filled with such pride at that moment over young Hasheem’s achievement. Moments later he was called for the foul on another shot-block attempt.
- As you’ll see in the video above, James Posey aged faster than anyone I can remember. Is that grey hair?
- Lance Stephenson sat a few seats down from Posey and I wanted to tell him I had watched the Youtube video of his battle with O.J. Mayo or Sebastian Telfair at like age 12, but I couldn’t remember if it was Telfair or Mayo. From the clip, after a much older Mayo/Telfair ran his mouth the entire game, I just recall Stephenson saying something like “I’m only twelve years old” or something like that. Obviously, you can understand why I did not bring this up.
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Big men don’t sell shoes, and they don’t make for very good narratives unless they’ve spent the entirety of their careers philandering with 20,000 women or tweeting while conducting an orchestra. Since Mike shifted our paradigm and forced the NBA fan to look outside of the paint for the game’s finest, the brilliant pivot has found himself an afterthought regardless of his obvious merits, leaving our Tim Duncans and Yao Mings to have only their trophies and statistics to remind themselves of their greatness as the YouTubers continue to wonder why J.R. Smith can’t put it together and be a star. Perhaps the rule changes by the NBA have led the centers and fours to become less risky and aggressive, knowing that better chances for free throws and high-percentage shots await a guard charging toward the bucket with a head full of steam. The common pro basketball populace might have just gotten tired of seeing these lanky giants use their superior size to finagle their way into points that seem less earned than the physical impossibilities being heaved up by the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. Maybe all of the cranky old men have it right, and these big punks just don’t pass muster when compared to the canonical greats of this sport. Whatever the case, the era of big man not only has passed but still lingers around in spirit so as to harm the cases of those young titans trying to prove their own worthiness, such as one young should-be MVP candidate, Dwight Howard. Read More