Another week of badassery. Another collection of joints for you to read. Let’s smoke it up:
Good: Mike: I GO HARD NOW Weekly All-Star Bonanza: This site started as mostly Cavs talk. While we’ve mostly gotten away from that, sometimes we go back to our roots. Mike put up a hyper-long podcast this week, talking with three different well known basketball bloggers who also happen to be Cavs fans. He doesn’t get enough credit for it, but Mike’s podcast seems to get better every week. This week, I decided to show it some love.
Better: Jeff: What’s in a Name? I know you like the NBA because you are already here, but do you also like porn? Jeff wrote this fantastic send-up to the much beloved tradition of finding names that sound like porn names. He kills it… with sexy results.
Best: Angelo: How the Rising Stars Game Restored My Faith in the NBA: Speaking of going back to our Cavs roots a bit… Angelo details last week’s rising stars game where Kyrie Irving was pretty much the star. But this article goes beyond merely loving some Kyrie. To Angelo, Kyrie’s domination was just icing on the cake. John Wall. Tristian Thompson. Ricky Rubio. Blake Griffin. These guys all played like they were loving it, which gives us hope for the future of the NBA.
Good: Jonathon Abrams: The Malice at the Palace – An Oral History of the Scariest Moment in NBA History: I already had my article for this week picked out when this joint dropped a few days ago. The Palace brawl is something that always intrigued me as one of the most surreal moments in basketball history. Abrams details the events of that brawl through interviews with players, coaches, officials, and TV commentators who were all there that day. It’s a fascinating article for an event that still gives me chills to this day.
Bad: Chris Sheridan: Stern Ducks Question on “Veto” of CP3-to-Lakers Deal: Let me get this out of the way — this article is not a bad article. Quite the opposite, in fact. What is bad here is David Stern. Stern continues to act as if he doesn’t need to answer for any of his actions. He sees himself as some kind of NBA God, sitting benevolently from on high — casting down judgment without ever having to receive judgment himself. This interview made me sick. I’m sure it will make you sick as well.
Tube: Eternal Friendship (Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook): There’s just something really odd about this video.