It seems like every week, things keep getting better at I GO HARD NOW. This is not a humblebrag. It is a brag. We have been that great and have been setting the bar even higher recently.
Good: Opportunity for Human Interaction. This was not a typical blog post, but it was a first for the IGHN crew: Arrange a meeting through the blog for fans to meetup and chill before the game. Leave it to Amin to break the social seal and put himself out there to hang out with other Cavs and Wizards fans.
Better: Nike Hoop Summit: Quick Thoughts. Our newest writer, Maddison Bond of getting-engaged-on-The-Basketball-Jones fame went to the Nike Hoop Summit game in Portland. Instead of writing a boring game recap, he drew a great illustration for those who, you know, are into the whole “brevity” thing.
Best: Losing Perspective: Angelo may as well take a mortgage out on this property, because he is putting out the greatest hits at an alarming rate. Let’s just say that if Smoke These Joints were an R.E.M. greatest hits CD, Angelo would be “Eponymous.” He takes on the Dwyane Wade quotes about NBA ballers being compensated for playing in the Olympics and does it without any of that flag-waving bullshit that was so prominent on Twitter in the past few days.
Good: Help Us Save Hardwood Paroxysm: a Bloggissist’s Plea: Something terrible happened to the NBA blogosphere this week and Hardwood Paroxysm was hacked. Years of hard work from many great writers was gone. Aaron from Gothic Ginobili did what he could to help restore Hardwood Paroxysm and offered step-by-step instructions on how to help the cause.
The Bad: OKC model is A-OK, but is it reality? Sam Amico just doesn’t get it. Not only does it take him only three paragraphs to make a glaring error (Kevin Garnett was traded to the Celtics after Ray Allen was), but he is repeatedly beating a drum and being completely illogical about his stance. His argument is that in order to obtain extra lottery picks, you need a guy like Ray Allen. As if the Cavs didn’t recently trade Mo Williams for a lottery pick. Additionally, he is straw-manning as he is wont to do and defining the OKC Model in a weird way and then saying that it is nearly impossible to pull off. My take on the “OKC Model” is that you get lucky in the draft (the Cavs did) and get him some really good teammates by not rushing into the playoffs. The best part is that Sam Amico will be the first one to be pounding his chest about how great the rookie that Cleveland took with their pick is sooner than later. If Sam Amico is correct about lottery picks busting too frequently and that there are plenty of great players to be taken later in the draft, the Lakers pick will produce a better player than the top 5 pick that the Cavs will have. I somehow doubt that.
The Tube: This is my favorite thing on the internet: