FUNKY FANATICS FRIDAY
JAMES BROWN DOUBLE FEATURE
WE FEEL GOOD -- TIME FOR THE BIG PAY BACK
James Brown setting it off on the Ed Sullivan show on May 1, 1966. I was only seven but as the Vietnam protests mounted world wide and civil rights struggles intensified in the States, James Brown's appearance on the renowned Ed Sullivan show, his first since 1963, encouraged folks to sit in front of the telee as the world changed right before their eyes. It was a big deal then to see a black entertainer on television.
Compare to James Brown on Soul train eight years later. A step closer to full-fledged funkintelecky. The horns (an incarnation of the JBs I believe) are slammin'.
Take note. Yeah, the Fanatics Feel Good -- look out Celts, Heat, Lakers. It's time for the Big Pay Back . A season preview in SB NationH tells us why the stars will allow us to kick some major butt, and go deep into the playoffs, after years of getting pimp slapped on and off the court. However, as a precautionary note, today's scrimmage reminds us that we are still short some shooters.
Speaking about the Big Payback, check out this excerpt from Bill Simmons, who is probably Steady's cuz or my alter-ego staring back from the other side of the mirror.Either he's stealing my stuff, check points 1,2,3 or deranged minds think alike.
"Forget about the future for a second. At the very least, you have to give the Clippers credit for the following sequence: Successful Big Brother (The Lakers) thought it was getting Chris Paul, made the trade, had the deal blocked by the NBA (in one of the shadiest moments in professional sports history)1, was forced to trade a ticked-off Lamar Odom to its biggest rival as part of the fallout … and then, incredibly, Black Sheep Little Brother improbably swooped in and pulled off the trade. Even better, Successful Big Brother is furious about it! You can't even say the Clippers turned the tables on the Lakers; it would belittle what happened. Are we sure this wasn't part of what the Mayans predicted? Has anyone checked?
• (One last time: I still don't think the Clippers should have sacrificed Eric Gordon in this trade. A smarter, less desperate team would have waited out the NBA/Hornets, known there were no other suitors, banked on them panicking once the season started and Paul was dejectedly going through the motions on a dreadful team, then swooped in with a "Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, Mo Williams, Minnesota's pick and a future no. 1 for Paul and Trevor Ariza's contract" offer. They would have gotten it done. With a little more patience, they could have secured that Paul/Griffin/Jordan/Gordon nucleus for the rest of the decade)2.See D.Walsh, How Grown Ups Make a Trade in the NBA
But after watching what happened last night, it's hard to blame them for going all-in on two years (and, hopefully, more) of Chris Paul. They sold out every season-ticket and partial season-ticket package last night. There's nothing left. That's never happened for them before. They're relevant. They matter. They might contend for the title. Despite the steep price, they couldn't be happier with what they bought. And as I wrote on Monday, I think David Stern was banking on this the whole time — he's known Donald Sterling for 30 years; he knew the Clippers would cave, and they did.
• Here's another reason you trade Gordon: For once, Clipper fans feel better about their team than Laker fans do. Know this: Laker fans are freaking out. Between the canceled trade, the Clippers getting Paul, Dwight Howard being pulled off the table, Odom's inexplicable trade, Kobe slowly going into Super-Icy Pissed-Off Mode, the haunting prospect of Derek Fisher and Steve Blake trying to defend Chris Paul, (the growing influence of Jimmy Buss (a.k.a., James Dolan 2.0),)3
Jimmy Buss aka James Dolan 2.0, now that's some funny shyte!