So…about the next Pistons coach…

Isiah Thomas is an unlikable twerp with an almost unsurpassed record of abject failure in everything he has attempted since he hung up his playing shoes and his artificial public-relations grin. Allowing this unemployable gossoon anywhere near anything having to do with any basketball team anywhere is precisely the same thing as hiring Anthony Weiner to be a guidance counselor.

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  • 2 years ago

[I’ve] never met an athlete so comfortable in his own skin, in being the person Whoever created him to be. Anyone who follows basketball is familiar with The Unhappiness of the Bigs. They are grumpy. They’d rather be anywhere else, as long as it was at a lower personal altitude than the one with which they’d been cursed. They’d all rather be two-guards. (See “Sampson, Ralph” for details.) This was not the case with Shaquille O’Neal. He revelled in who he was. He had an instinctive sense for the limits of the absurdity that is the professional athlete’s life. “They’re gonna make a cartoon out of you anyway,” he once told me. “The important thing is to make sure you control the cartoons.” The barstools in the Unfulfilled Potential Lounge are full of people who lost control of their cartoons. He never did.

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  • 2 years ago
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