According to various studies, the US adult population will be nearly 50% obese in 2030. It would be safe to include Eddy Curry in the demographic. The 29 year old center is jobless, in part to a decade-long struggle with buffet addiction. Curry’s avidity for food helped him cope with personal tragedies throughout his career, but he faces a crossroads after playing only 24 NBA games since 2008. Following a failed tryout with Brooklyn in August, it’s now or never to contact Jenny Craig and resume filling buckets.
Germany, November 10, 1938. To German and Austrian Jews who survived to see the morning, there was no imminent hope in the aftermath of Kristallnacht. Fast forward to today, and a majority of NBA general managers acknowledge the necessity of collective team suffrage, before great times return. For a handful of NBA clubs, bad times may equate to tweaking personnel and treading water on the cusp of the playoffs, but for others, it means tearing down the roster and establishing an indefinite presence in the NBA cellar. A GM’s recognition to hit the reset button on a stalling franchise requires maturity, patience, and a sparkly new vision.
I meet too many kids who despise used toys. My Hot Wheels showed damage, but they got the job done.
The same truth applies to NBA big men in their 30s. The mileage on athletes’ bodies can be offset by greater familiarity with NBA tricks and schemes. The accumulated wisdom of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman attracted the attention of the Dallas Mavericks, who have failed to replace Tyson Chandler’s towering presence. Brand and Kaman, 33 and 30 years old respectively, are slowing down in a young man’s sport, but they hold a wild card. The duo banged low together at an All-Star level with the Los Angeles Clippers for five seasons, and bring invaluable experience to the Mavericks. More importantly, their styles of play will mesh with the current roster, and ease the pressure off Dirk Nowitzki to carry the squad on another playoff run.
The Bayou Bomber is not familiar with mercy. His contested jump shot shanks opponents’ souls. In the basketball life, Marcus Thornton knows his offense can win games in dramatic fashion. Entering his third season in Sacramento, fans have fallen in love with his fearless fourth quarter demeanor.
While the Baton Rouge native can lay claim to be an exceptional scorer, his presence has muddled the future of 2009 lottery pick Tyreke Evans. The enormously talented but inconsistent Evans shares the same natural position as Thornton, so Kings management continues to speculate whether the two shooting guards can coexist.
The answer is yes, but to avoid the stagnation of ball movement, it would be wise for one player to accept a bench role. That man should be Thornton, because he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Thornton can redefine the sixth man role and reshape his legacy by finding the humility to start a game sitting down.
Marvin Gaye Williams is looking for love. With a seductive smile, the 25 year old Washington native has no need to count physical blessings. Seven years into an NBA career, the second overall pick of the draft remains an enigma, still working for his first season to average fifteen points. Making matters worse, Deron Williams and Chris Paul were drafted third and fourth respectively, and stand today as franchise cornerstones for the Nets and Clippers. An Atlanta fan base that prayed for the next Carmelo Anthony is ready to file a divorce, blaming the underachieving small forward for the Hawks’ recent playoff struggles. In defense of Williams, his coaching staff never asked him to shoulder the offense, and as a result he found a niche as a reliable role player. But Williams must take responsibility for the slow progression in his game, if he hopes to fulfill the potential his remarkable athleticism will allow.