What, you thought I’d let Jim dominate all the news that’s fit to print like a certain high-usage small forward does the ball? Gimme the rock, yo! (and by “rock,” I mean I scribbled something for the Times today too).
What if we’re watching Don Mattingly, circa 1990?
I remember it well. After a freak back injury that supposedly occurred during some clubhouse horseplay with pitcher Bob Shirley, Mattingly, the All-Star Yankees first baseman, transformed seemingly overnight from a triple crown candidate into a slap-hitting, powerless shell of his former self.
That’s what I am reminded of when I watch Stoudemire drive from the top of the key. Stripped of his explosive leaping ability and lacking the speed to beat his man to the spot, time and again he finds himself trapped under the rim or tangled in a web of defenders, unable to tap into his otherworldly athleticism. It has gotten so bad that the man who used to be one of the most devastating finishers in all of basketball is finding his shots swatted away by mere mortals like Aaron Gray and Kris Humphries.
If you’d like to read the rest of my sweat-soaked hand-wringing about STAT, here it is. If you really go coo-coo Cocoa Puffs-style for my obscure references, I also chimed in at the Mothership about all things Lin and LeBron.
1. Jeremy Lin’s emergence has been ________________.
Robert Silverman, Knickerblogger: Jeremy Lin’s emergence has been Jeremy Lin’s emergence. Not to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, but Lin has been so astoundingly compelling precisely because his emergence been such an original, archetype-defying event. He’s not Tebow or Rocky or even Teen Wolf. The best part? Because he’s smashing every available narrative convention(s), we have no idea how the rest of this tale will play out.
And here’s the rest. Lotsa reading for Knickerbloggeristas to plow through today. Better crack them e-books! HOMEWORK?!?