Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Words by Phlip
It’s been a week. I am pretty sure that Kendrick Perkins should probably back off of having an opinion on getting dunked on. I commended the guy for rotating and jumping to get dunked on instead of ducking and running. David Banner said it best when he said “if you never been dunked on, then you ain’t playing defesnse!” but Perkins has decided that he needs to throw shade at Blake Griffin and LeBron James because of the discussion of the dunk on Twitter.
To add a critical dose of irony to this, he took to Twitter himself to do it. Kendrick Perkins, you have a ring from Boston, you’re on the team everyone is picking to go to the finals out of the West, please just sit down and shut up…
Speaking of the Clippers, it seems that they will either be forced to adapt quickly or return to being the Cripples sooner rather than later now that Chauncey’s knee decided to call it a season.
In a lineup PACKED with point guards, being extorted into giving up Eric Gordon is beginning to seem like more and more of a bad idea now for the Clippers, and the signing of Kenyon Martin will NOT help that one little bit. I expected the “Cripples” management team to come forward and botch this, but not quite yet. I mean, I still feel they will make the playoffs with even the lineup they have, but doubt is being cast on their position when they get there.
What a beautiful, expensive disjointed mess are the Knicks now?
Amar’e takes a bereavement leave, ‘Melo twists his ankle and within an hour, Madison Square Garden fans are chanting “MVP!” for none other than undrafted and 3-times-waived second year player Jeremy Lin.
A pair of hundred-million-dollar contracts on roster and a player who was called up from the D-League two weeks ago gets the “MVP” chant. If Mike ‘Antoni (no D) still has a job by All-Star weekend, nothing is right with the world.
Speaking of All-Star weekend, the starters have been named.
East: Rose, Wade, James, Anthony and Howard
West: Paul, Bryant, Durant, Griffin and Bynum
Happenstance serves it that the fans got this one as right as they possibly could have on both parts, with PERHAPS the exception of Carmelo Anthony in the East, based upon his team’s outcomes. The problem, however, is that I could not name another person playing Forward in the Eastern Conference that I would put in his place.
The “Los Angeles vs. The World” approach out West is funny too, considering the west reserves will be named soon and Pau Gasol’s name HAS to be in that conversation as well. Speaking of the West reserves, let us not forget that there are now 4 big-name Power Forwards out West, and with Tim Duncan clearly on decline we can remove his name. Beyond the aforementioned Gasol, we are left with Dirk and Kevin Love. Dirk himself concedes that he is not an All-Star this year, so it is beginning to look like Kevin Love will become and remain a lock for that reserve spot on the west All-Star team.
Of late, the news cycle as it relates to the NBA has been boring, if not repetitive…
“Celtics are old”
“question the Lakers”
“Blake Griffin dunks on someone”
“trade rumors and trade rumors and trade rumors”
“Paul Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics all-time”
[Phlip note – I cannot imagine why Bird didn’t have more points than that]
“Kobe moves up a spot on the NBA all-time”
I’d love to say that much different has taken place, but the fact is that it really hasn’t. Heck, even the Miami Heat – who have been good for SOME drama – have been decently quiet of late, despite far too often playing down to substandard competition to the tune of too-close games, but we will not chide them for it until they start losing them.
This week’s games of note include Syracuse vs Georgetown and UNC vs Duke–… crap, wait. This week’s highest profile games of note include the Heat and Magic, Lakers and Celtics, Lakers and Knicks and Thunder and Jazz.
Somehow in all of this, I live in genuine hopes that SOMETHING of interest takes place.