If you’ve happened to find yourself on this blog in the past 12 hours and read the “Is it Tuesday?” post, then let me start by apologizing. I went an anomolous route. I employed a friend to help me write that post. Normally he makes me a gregarious fellow. As such I assumed it would follow that I’d be a literary fellow also. It wasn’t to be, unfortunately. Though I allowed openings for digressions and errata I never followed them. The post was pithy. And when I woke up the next morning I realized my friend had let me down. I’d hit the bottom of the rocks as a blaggot. So I’ve erased that post, I’m reconstructing it and I’m attempting to restoke the flames of desire for this entire blog.
I haven’t written about the Sixers because I haven’t watched the Sixers since a week after the Iverson trade. Initially, I found their ineptitude amusing. Now, I find it tiresome. The only team that interests me at all is the Suns. They have everyone interested. Unfortunately, I don’t really see them winning it all. Maybe if the Colts win on Sunday I’ll change my mind. Or maybe if the Suns win a game against a tough opponet like the Mavs, Spurs, Lakers or Jazz, then I’ll start to believe. Until then, it is just fun to watch them.
How far off the radar has the Iverson and Anthony tandem gone? I don’t know if it’s because they are in Denver or what, but nobody talks about it. I haven’t heard a thing about Iverson. There was a blip after the first game together. The funniest thing I read was by Bethlem Shoals of FreeDarko fame on his aol sports blog. I don’t regularly read it, I just sorta wound up there. He said, “the Nuggets idea of unselfish basketball seems to be no look passes.” This laconic statement laced with sarcasim is an omen. Kelly Dwyer, I think, also on Free Darko, wrote that you didn’t see this many behind the back passes ten years ago. The portentous nature of these statements is two fold.
One. Has Steve Nash’s back to back MVP awards, along with the drooling throngs of Chris Paul fans created a fundamental shift in the ideology of the NBA? Are the phony Jordananiacs dying off, to be replaced by a new era of guys that think its fashionable to make bizzaro passes? Think about it. When you dunk in a crowded lane, its rather unsexy. If you run into that crowded lane look left and then throw a bounce pass to the right between someone else’s legs, it’s pretty much amazing. After making the pass, all the pressure is off the passer. It’s almost a defense mechanism. It’s in essence a way to say, “I’ve done my job, it’s now on you.” And if the recipient of an absurdo pass is caught off guard, then they look foolish for letting the team down.
two. This will be the undoing of the Nuggets. If they try to play a Suns-Globetrotters hybrid they’ll distintigrate. How many bobbled passes by Reggie Evans will Iverson tolerate? Will Iverson tolerate the untalented version of himself in J.R. Smith as he clanks a 1 for 9 evening leading to a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats? And there were rumors that, No Homo, A.I. and Melo are too close as friends. Melo, he of Stop Snitching fame, and Iverson he of notorious gambling and partying habits. Are these guys really going to beat anyone in the west? Of course not. Denver is going to be let down like Philly was when Webber came here.
What does this have to do with the AFBL?
Last week’s balling started off somewhat auspiciously. Avon Grove high school sent their alumni team out to McCall. Josh Ferguson, John Balzarini, Andrew Jones and Toby Leahman all went to school together and played as a squad in the first four games. They picked up Jason Haas after the first game. They’ve know each other for quite some time and it showed on the court as they rattled off the four straight victories. Never underestimate the power of chemistry in the AFBL. They were literally able to read each others minds. That is a distinct advantage in the AFBL. I think. If anyone on my team could read my thoughts, they’d just get scared. They’d immediately come to me looking for the ball. “Oh my god, he wants to do a bounce pass alley oop to someone posted up in the lane,” my teammate would learn. Instead of backing down their defender and then spinning as I slam the ball into the court to give it proper elevation they’d come and grab the ball away from me. And why do I want to do this? Because I’m one of those slobbering throngs in love with the point guard. I love the defense mechanism I can employ. If I don’t shoot too much, then it’s not my fault we lost. And my teams lost alot last week.
We lost in part becuase the second week of the three point experiment has totally ruined my game. Even more so than it was already ruined. Ever see those bikes on the street that have been sitting out for ever and eventually someone starts denting and bending the rims of the tires? That was my game before. Now that there is a three point line, take the rubber off the tire, remove the seat and get rid of the bike chain too, and you have an idea about my game. If I made the chuckers list today, I’d be 1 2 and 3. It’s bad.
HOUSER WATCH: Week 12, Double Shot!
Houser is a fan of the blog in general and the Houser Watch in particular. He’s always the first to respond. I respect that. He was the only one that read the first, truncated version of my post. I hope. Our boy is leaving for Australia soon, so I might run thin on material about Houser. But why not blow my load here and throw down a double shot of Houser Watch material. I mean, if you’ve made it through all the other stuff I wrote, its the least I can do.
1. Jimmy attempted to dribble between someone’s legs en route to the hoop last week. It was not the first and it will not be the last time he tries to do something like this. I personally love it. It is the definitive act of the AFBL. Where else can you do something like this? On the Denver Nuggets? Okay, maybe. But I already told you that wont last very long. This AFBL is strong and it will remain strong as long as people pick up on Houser’s gunning tendencies and Pres. Freeborn’s circus tendencies.
2. Last year Houser told me that on his short drive home after basketball he throws out his socks. After every game he takes off hsi sweaty socks and rather than wash them or hold on to them he just (unsurprisingly) chucks them. Here is what he said in a response to my initial post.
“it started as a skateboarding thing… after a sesh, my feet would hurt . felt good to take off the socks . but who wants to carry around socks ? it’s evolved into a game . there’s a trash can on 4th street . i ball the socks up while i am driving, and try to chuck them in the can . aint made it yet. so, if your see a ball of socks on the ground near essene , now you know whose they are. whatwhat.”
Have I mentioned that he’s crazy?