The Conley mistake is done. Given what we've seen the last two nights from the backcourt, it seems clearer than ever that, since they are locked into Conley, they have to try to move Mayo for a piece they can use. A Conley/Mayo backcourt causes this team to underperform in way too many games and key situations. It may be Conley's fault, it may be Lionel's fault, it may be Mayo's fault. But the bottom line is that it doesn't work and Mayo is now the only chip that can be cashed into for something valuable.
Tinsley looked rusty, but I noticed that immediately on the defensive end he was bodied up on Baron Davis and almost grabbing him at times. Perhaps his job is to get Mike Conley over his apparent fear of touching people on defense.
Not sure if this was officially a malapropism, but I'm pretty sure Jaggers wants back the comment, "I better be careful then" after the very strange lighting round question about where a naked man was arrested recently.
Do you think there is any out loud reading of the questions prior to the broadcast? Not only does Jaggers need to practice, but some of the questions that may look good to the question writers on paper come out very awkward when read aloud. Jaggers delivery doesn't help, but some of the questions are inscrutable before they even get to his lips.
Straight Shooter--what are talking about? Please, please explain to me how Zach Randolph is anti-establishment. I agree that the media and fans have struggled with the "thug" and "low-life" stereotypes of black athletes, but it's not because they are free-thinkers or anti-establishment. We can leave Bill Walton out of this if you wish. To call Randolph or Iverson anti-establishment is the diminish the countless black athletes who have used their position as athletes to challenge the actual establishment--entrenched poverty in inner cities, a perpetual war machine that wastes money and young lives, civil rights issues across the board. I could give you a list of 100 athletes who have taken more challenging professional stands against real power than Randolph or Iverson. Zach Randolph has not been railing against capitalism or the Bush adminstration or poverty in this country. He's not targeted because his says that things that are challenging. To conflate arguing about playing time or whatever Zach Randolph has said that you find "anti-establishment" with actual challenging protest of power is ridiculous.
If you want to keep making your point, pick another word.
I agree this is a major blot on Grizzlies management for it getting to this point without clarification. Iverson's willingness to come of the bench should have been agreed upon by both parties before going forward with contract negotiations.
However, you know who else doesn't think Allen Iverson should be an NBA starter? Every other team in the NBA.
Also, please spare us the Allen Iverson or Zach Randolph as "anti-establishment" garbage. Etan Thomas was anti-establishment for not standing for the anthem to protest the Iraq War. Bill Walton was anti-establishment and took many unpopular stands while playing. I'll take Dennis Rodman as anti-establishment. Zach Randolph driving drunk and punching a teammates is not anti-establishment, it's anti-social. Allen Iverson famous "practice" rant, while amusing and great audio, is not anti-establishment, its immature.
The only thing this situation has convinced me of is the ineptness of the Grizzlies as an organization. All summer you have national and local media and fans asking the question, "Will Iverson be comfortable being a sixth man?" You would think from that very public concern, those responsible for negotiating Iverson's arrival here would have gotten a clear and undeniable statement from him that he would accept that role. If starting was one of his demands and under no circumstances would he accept coming off the bench then you either promise him that right there or you absolutely do not sign him and wish him well with the non-existent NBA franchise that would start him.
I love Allen Iverson and wanted him here, but if this goes badly he's done in the NBA. If he wanted to go to a winner, he would have to be a 6th man. Any rebuilding team would be crazy to sign a guy that can't go a week without undermining his coach and teammates.
mad_merc--I'm interested in what elements of hip-hop make it "not music" in your opinion.
When I saw that the Pitchfork list had only that Walkmen song in its top 20 from among indie rock hits, I thought they were trying to be different for different's sake.
When I was a freshman in college, I knew a guy who came to school with about 100 slightly lame Top 40 CD's. He got into smoking pot and miraculously he came back from Christmas break with literally about 250 jam band CD's. This was pre-CD burners and iPod's so this was a result of major purchasing straight from central casting. I always thought that guy was being different for different's sake b/c he had no interest in the music, just the image of the music.
I'm pretty sure Herrington isn't embracing popular country music for the image.
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