In the 90’s, shooting guard was the sexiest position in the NBA. All the best teams had a competent scorer at the 2. The Bulls, of course, had Michael Jordan, who deserves most of the credit for giving the position a rarefied air*. Utah had Jeff Hornacek, while the Knicks had John Starks, Latrell Sprewell, and Allan Houston. Indiana had Reggie Miller, the Pistons had Joe Dumars, Golden State and Sacramento each had Mitch Richmond; and first Portland, then Houston had Clyde Drexler.
I want to talk about the Portland Trailblazers. Why? Because the Blazers are 8-2, which is good for second place in the highly competitive Western Conference, and no one is talking about them at all. We can’t blame it on the Blazers having some kind of Spursian* proclivity to operate under the radar since they play in a market that is firmly planted in the general cultural consciousness. What we can blame it on is the bevy of other interesting or buzz-worth story lines—the Pacers’ undefeated start, the visible rust of Derrick Rose and his fitting back in with the Chicago Bulls, the mess in Cleveland, the mess in New York, and the Brooklyn Nets wildly underachieving—and just a bit of basketball media laziness.
Look, I know how this is going to sound. When Domino asked me to write a biweekly NBA Team of the Week posting for Puddles, I took it as an opportunity to focus on one of the underreported teams in the NBA. You know, like the Milwaukee Bucks or the Phoenix Suns. Teams that don’t have a superstar and go unnoticed by coastal NBA fans unless they somehow end up on the NBA TV Game of the Week.
But here’s the thing: this week, I’m focusing on the Golden State Warriors.
Welp, now that the mixture of sadness, love, and aching melancholy that this song creates has crippled me from ever concentrating on anything again, I guess I can official accept my role on the margins of society.
NEW WEEKLY SERIES ON THE MOST INTERESTING TEAM OF THE NBA WEEK:
A lot of people will say that I am full of shit, but it almost makes sense that the Philadelphia 76ers have started out 3-0.
There are all kinds of proverbs that are used to help us navigate what we can expect in life. “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck.” Obviously there are truth to these phrases, since they remain in the rotation of daily, idle conversation.
However, life is strange and changeful, and logic does not always apply. All you have to do is look out your window, read a newspaper, or watch a documentary about theNew York Islanders to see that that fact. Often, what we expect to happen—that the good will be appreciated or rewarded—does not happen, no matter how much reason and data we have to believe that it will. That’s why people love sports. The unexpected is always in play, and when the unexpected occurs, there is no other feeling on earth like it. And you don’t want to miss out on that feeling by being away from the TV.