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was someone holding Chandler's other hand
1 year, 2 months ago on Open Thread Night: Fanatics Live Blog Knicks v. Bulls
got to get better look
It's cool. Melo for the winner.
Chandler - again!
No. they can't.
have we discussed Butler's hair?
Chandler tremendous tonite
Melo big time
we are right there
time to make a run
looked like Rose come from out of bounds
Thanks KF, will pick it up in November...
Kenny Smith is wrong. Too easy...
Im seeing comments on my laptop from everybody
most definitely... Not sure I understand DRose's neck therapy black stripes
Bargs is not impressing... The way his shot clangs off the rim gives me reason for pessimism.
They dont call that on Lebron
Hardaway Jr: Initial thoughts?
Makes sense. Superman ain't sore in bed for two weeks after a game of pick-up hoops!
Lives, are you KF?
The Shumptop is dead
gotta get these points back. I thought that starting World Peace over Bargs makes more sense
What's up fellas! Ready for a New Year!
1 year, 6 months ago on CI: Of The Verdict, Whiteness,and Abolition
"For any sort of “justice” – for Trayvon, any of us – this must occur. Theentire endeavor of mass criminalization– from stereotyping to racial profiling to arrest, incarceration, legal/extra-legal death – is rendered possible by complicity. Especially the complicity of those who benefit from Whiteness. This will be the challenge."
Amen Nancy. To this passage and the whole post. While many issues are important, in my recent discussions last few days in trying to do "our work" with white people the exercise of continually refocusing the issue on white complicity has become a game of racial volleyball. We can talk about guns, etc. another day. It is amazing how we can collectively confront every issue under the sun except the mirror.
Having stated all that, after initial numbness, last couple days has been a cautiously uplifting per MDS article. I want to say that some in white America are starting to wake up, but such declarations are premature and remain to be seen. Lots of work to do.
@nancy a heitzeg definitely his worst moment. Could have singlehandedly stopped it, but looked the other way like Clinton on Rwanda. I was hoping Maria would talk some sense into him
1 year, 8 months ago on CI: Of Charles Ramsey & Stanley Tookie Williams ~ Redemption & Transformation, Part 1
great article Nancy, besides all that has been said about the Ramsey and the power of redemption, I was glad you tied in Tookie Williams. His execution was one of the saddest and demoralizing days in American history. Besides his individual redemption, Williams held the power to create the type of change that a 1000 gang-reduction activists could not approach.
Yet so many people could not see his value because of their hatred. I lost friends over disagreements on Tookie Williams.
@nancy a heitzeg funny how that happens! i am holding out for some new technology makes a helmet that prevents concussions, but my better sense tells me that this is scientifically impossible!
2 years, 1 month ago on CI: Requiem for a Lightweight
Beyond previous comment, as a lifelong sports fan, I am in a constant state of struggle between loving sports while attempting to grapple with the violent toll it takes on athletes lives. The truth is that I do love boxing and football for many reasons, but I have yet to have that "Howard Cosell moment" to walk away as he had done in the 1980's in boxing. When I watch film of a young Ali, I see artistry on the highest of levels, but know that this can't be separated from his Parkinsons.
I search for ways around it (i.e., can we make football safer?), but realize that I am complicit in many ways. It is a personal struggle that continues. The only way a non-sports fan can understand this internal struggle is if they had to give up the music or art they love the very most.
Okay, I will remove myself from the couch now! :-)
Nancy, just a tremendous post, and thanks for sharing it with us at POPSspot.com. As a lifelong sports fan, I struggle with many of the points that you raise. Moving from childhood to adulthood, I have come to abhor the racial double-standards and the not so subtle impact and reflection of the racism endemic in our criminal justice system. The influence of sports media plays an enormous role in the normalizing the criminalizing of athletes of color.
While this has always been the case going back to Jack Johnson, I don't think that the influence of sports has been given its appropriate study within the academic community -- not say, as compared to say other mass cultural movements such as music whether it be Bob Dylan or Hip-hop or similar course that are routinely found at universities. that is why I am so appreciative to pieces like these and others who make the connection between sports coverage and the criminal justice system. I do see academia weighing in more and more on an individual level and hope that this translates more and institutionally at universities.
Peace, that's a false choice. Gotta talk about present and respect the past. If Big O and Dr. J say he is the real deal, then Brown is the real deal.
However, there is a good write-up on JR Smith too:
2 years, 4 months ago on Which Forgotten Brooklyn Prodigy Should Be Remembered As One Of The Greatest of All Time According to Dr. J, The Big O, Iceman, Larry Brown and Donnie Walsh? | September
@Tman @Lives @Peaceman
Isn't there enough room for all of us to bait peace?
Winning basketball games does not equate to putting your five best scorers out there. Isiah the coach proved that already after it was proven 50 other times in history.
I just don't understand why you think it best for JR to start on this team? Do you want Melo or Amare to have even less shots? This is simple mathematics. Felton is a capable third scorer. All you need from the center and SG is great defense and don't shoot unless wide open. Melo, Amare, and Felt got it.
Then let JR come off bench and do his thing in a place where his shots are actually needed. Why are you hung up on who starts instead of Knicks actually winning more games.
2 years, 5 months ago on NBA VET STATES LIN'S CONTRACT MAY HURT EVEN HOUSTON | July
nice catch peace! Always gotta change the narrative...
BTW, I fell much better now that Brewer can come and start, and JR come off the bench
2 years, 5 months ago on JR SMITH " THE THUG" | July
@Peaceman @Post_up_Prince Peace, only the most elite players in the league can dictate terms as a starter. JR ain't one of those guys and I think he knows he will get more shots as a sub.
2 years, 6 months ago on Like Linsanity Before It, Decision on Jeremy Fueled By Emotions | July
@Tman maybe we should but stock while low?
While eyes will be on Melo, I don't think he has been treated fairly on the Lin score in this article. Melo was the guy who pushed D'Antoni to give him a shot. Melo cheered for Lin throughout. Melo was the guy who went out to dinner with Woodson to help recruit Lin. But after one single word -- one which he elaborated on and cleaned up the next day -- Melo is becoming the culprit instead of Dolan. Read two other similar articles.
I still believe that we will approach the #2 Eastern seed based largely on the fact that we are the only team with a true center on the floor for 48 minutes and always some insurance to bad D by Amare and Melo.
@Post_up_Prince @Peaceman Okay, I have been googling about James White and he might be our guy at the 2. His past college coaches say he was an excellent defender which is a good sign. Apparently very athletic. He can score, but we will need his D much more. He is also, 6'7" which is great length at the 2. I will also remain optimistic, but he might be the best option before JR comes rifling it off the bench
@Peaceman I can't say this enough times, but a starting lineup with Melo, Amare, and JR is structurally flawed. Whoever the 2-guard must not need shots. Amare's game is scoring and if he does not average at least 20, then he is a liability to our team. Starting offense must run through Melo and Amare getting a ton of shots. JR is too duplicative and we can't repeat the coaching mistakes of Isiah who always had too many scoters on the floor who canceled out each others strengths.
We can't repeat the
@Statesman @Lives @Steady Yes!!! Lin is a dumbass for not being smart enough to realize Dolan was a dumbass!
@Statesman @Lives @Steady
states, Lin thouth the Knicks would resign him anyway. It wasn't linear, just a miscalculation. He never calculated that Dolab would be such a dumbass.
@Steady @Lives @Statesman
"Billionaires have principles too"
No they don't steady! They have egos!!!