Klosterman writing on the NBA

I don’t even have to read this before linking to it.

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8 Responses to “Klosterman writing on the NBA”

  1. sloan Says:

    this graf is wonderful:

    Last year, the Celtics were 16th in the league in defense; this year, they’re first. Rondo can gamble on open-court steal attempts, largely because he’s backed by a hyper-nimble, 6-foot-11 shot blocker who makes everything less of a gamble. Part of Garnett’s allure is the sheer amount of energy he surrenders on almost every possession: some guys make the game look easy, but Garnett makes it look hard. He plays with the face of a man in pain. There is no ceiling to his emotion (during a TNT interview with John Thompson, he once started crying on camera). He is also, by all accounts, an ideal teammate. He’s uninterested in media opportunities and goes out of his way to distract self-adulation. Though Garnett is clearly the club’s highest-profile commodity, Pierce, the team captain, remains the last player announced over the P.A. when the Boston starters are introduced; this is the kind of gesture that has no practical application, but it symbolizes a lot within the insular society of the team. It’s especially significant to someone like Pierce, an all-star who seems destined to forever exist inside mildly depressing coincidences. At the University of Kansas, he majored in crime and delinquency studies; as a pro in the year 2000, he was stabbed 11 times in a Boston dance club. Last year, Pierce stoically carried the Celtics on his back while nobody noticed; this year, he remains the leading scorer but still gets less attention (and less credit) than the passionate newcomer who commands a different context of respect. In so many ways, the N.B.A. is still the playground. Leaders create themselves, and no one can really argue.

  2. zachary Says:

    good article. scalabrinie is prolly th only guy on the celts that knows who chuck klosterman is.

  3. sloan Says:

    i don’t think he knows who he is, i think scals is just pumped to have someone to talk to.

  4. sloan Says:

    by the way, did klosterman have to bring up the game when scals COMPLETELY torched the stones? that was one of the most frustrating nights of my entire life.

  5. broseph Says:

    the only time that guy torches anything is when his skin makes contact with direct sunlight. man makes conan o’brien look like george hamilton.

  6. Pat Says:

    I’m pretty sure that was the night i was bonging like 12 beers at zach’s grandparent’s place in north carolina while watching the game on a tv where the top and bottom was all blurry so you could only see the player shoot and had no idea whether the ball went in or not. That was agonizing watching scalabrine sink 3’s like he was kenny in 6th grade.

  7. zachary Says:

    yea it was that night, but i thought we won for some reason.

    you tried bonging 3 or 4 beers at once also. good times.

  8. sloan Says:

    i think pat meant to refer to me jamming threes playing pressure at recess in sixth grade.

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