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Spectacular Consumption

The images detached from every aspect of life fuse in a common stream in which the unity of this life can no longer be reestablished.  Reality considered partially unfolds, in its own general unity, as a psuedo-world apart, an object of mere contemplation.  The specialization of images of the world is completed in the world of the autonomous image, where the liar has lied to himself.  The spectacle in general, as the concrete inversion of life, is the autonomous movement of the nonliving.

– Society of the Spectacle, Chapter 1

46 is the new 23

Happy Birthday to my man Michael Jeffrey Jordan aka Air Jordan aka His Airness aka The Best Ever (well, arguably). Without this guy, the NBA would not be as exciting as it is today. The best shooting guards playing today modelled their game off this guy (most notably Kobe). He is the epitome of the word great and has never disappointed on the court. I know people say that your parents should be your heroes, but this guy is mine. I leave you with some of his great moments.

We Are All Witnesses, Especially the Celtics

If you had no idea who Lebron James was before Friday night (may the higher powers be merciful upon your soul if you didn’t), now you do.

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Dee Brown Waived: I Can’t Get Behind That

News outta the desert: Dee Brown is no longer a Phoenix Sun.


Maybe because I grew up watching him play at Illinois, I like him more than he deserves, but Brown should be on an NBA roster.  I can think of at least a few teams (Golden State, Boston, Portland) who could use a backup or third string PG, something that Dee can readily be.

I just can’t get behind Brown getting cut.

Granger Rising

Few things have been surprising so far in this 2008-2009 NBA campaign.  The Celtics are good, the Thunder are (is? I hate teams with nicknames that don’t end in an “S”) bad, LeBron is dominating, Larry Hughes isn’t (what do you expect from a guy with a website named after his suckitude?) and Marbury is still a cancer.  One surprising story of the first third is the emergence of a guy who played college ball at New Mexico, was drafted outside of the lottery and is holding together a franchise in a basketball-crazy area.

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Run, Baron, Run

Last summer, one of the biggest (and most controversial) free agent moves that went down was Baron Davis, the leader  of the Golden State Warriors and one of the biggest figures in the team’s revival opted out of his contract with GS and headed home to the City of Angels.

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Philadelphia 76ers, Buñuel Style

And now, a clip from Luis Buñuel’s 1950 film, Los Olvidados (The Forgotten Ones):

Disturbing, no?

The 2008-2009 Philadelphia 76ers are represented quite nicely in this clip. Don’t see it?

The disabled man is the Sixers. Sure, at one point, when the man was young and full of energy, he held promise and showed potential to become something great.  He was expected to achieve any expectations that were bestowed upon him.  But what happened? He became disabled and those expectations and the promise were thrown out.

Same goes for the team.  After the Brand signing, they skyrocketed up power rankings and season projections.  The Sixers were expected to be in the top three of the Eastern Confrence, if not challenge for the title.  Those promises haven’t exactly panned out.  Four months and one coach later, they stand at 13-20, good enough for tenth place in the confrence.  While teams such as Orlando and Atlanta were leapfrogging them in the standings, Phila was crippled by Brand’s inablity to run and his ultimate injury; the former killing what made the team so exciting and promising last year and the latter taking away any positives that would have resulted from signing EB in the first place. They’ve been bullied by such “children” in the league as Minnesota (L 96-102), Toronto (L 84-94), Charlotte (L 84-93), and Chicago (L 92-103).

Oooh Zee Daable Teeam...

Perhaps a healthy Brand will improve the team to playoff caliber.  Perhaps Iguodala will begin to produce and live up to his massive contract.  Perhaps Thaddeus Young, Marreese Speights, and Louis Williams will carry the team on their young backs.  Perhaps all will happen, perhaps none will happen.  Regardless, this team will be interesting to follow to the end of 08-09.