Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Allen Iverson To Nuggets; NBA Still Full Of Spoiled Assholes

Allen "The Answer" Iverson was traded today to the Denver Nuggets for Joe Smith, Andre Miller, and two first round draft picks. In other news, does anyone really give a shit?

I used to wait eagerly for big name deals like this to occur, and track where players moved as their clubs shuffled their payrolls to try and make a push at the playoffs. I don't know when I became so jaded at basketball, but I can narrow it down to between 2000 and 2005. I was on the edge of my seat for the Lakers' first of three recent championships, actually choosing to STAY LATE at work to listen to the game over the internet when they won. Last year, my favorite player, Shaquille O'Neal proved to the Lakers that it was a mistake to let him go, and I barely caught ANY of the playoffs.

Basketball has lost any of the artistic merit it used to have. Gone are players like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, John Stockton. No one makes game winning 15 foot jumpers anymore; players either feed the ball to their big man who slams his back into the man "guarding" him until he's close enough to crunch the ball home, or they throw up a three at a 26% clip. Ho Hum.

58 days until pitchers and catchers report...