That post by Winston wasn't great nor was it good.. It was pretty childish imo. He's ranting in a post solely bc D. Rose didn't dance? Dumb.
I’m pretty resigned to the fact I’ll never be on the masthead at an NBA blog that’s widely read. The fact I don’t give a shit about Winston’s post (and the ensuing backlash), is part of the reason why.
I don’t feel strongly about Derrick Rose dancing or not dancing. His decision not to dance and his subsequent comments afterwards are interesting, so that’s why I posted about it. Rose was being introduced for the all-star game; he wasn’t about to take the court before a big playoff game. Why he channeled his inner Debbie Downer in that care-free moment is beyond me, and I’d guess Winston felt the same way.
Someone’s already called Winston a “cunt,” and as someone that’s been on the receiving end of enraged comments because of something I wrote, I can emphasize with him. Calling him dumb is totally within your rights as an Anonymous person on Tumblr, but I don’t think it was dumb, just opinionated, and I think he made a case for why pretty well in the actual post.
Now, about this Rose crap, other than the reaction to Winston’s reaction (meta!). Rose’s comments about dancing just appeared awkward, like Rose was trying too hard to be different than the rest of the players. It felt like he was implicitly saying: ‘Hey, look at me. I’m a true competitor. I don’t dance, I just play.’ While that is all well and good, I just don’t think that level of ascetic disdain is necessary in that environment.
Bill Russell, the personification of a competitor for me and my old man, used to puke before every game. That’s how badly he wanted to win. But Russell also had a laugh (that he used more and more after he retired) which could fill a stadium with it’s exuberance. His cackle is almost as iconic to me and my old man as the way he psychologically destroyed Chamberlain throughout his career. If Bill Russell can laugh with that much enthusiasm and glee, than everyone can. Chamberlain, perhaps presciently, had a much meeker laugh than Russell.
In the end, I don’t give a shit whether Derrick Rose dances or not. If Chicago loses to Miami in the playoffs, Derrick can be as serious as he wants while watching LeBron and Co. on his television. If the Bulls defeat the Heat in the playoffs, I’m sure more than a few commenters will take that as an opportunity to say “I told you so” to Winston, myself and anyone else that thought his was a strange reaction to a jovial moment during the all-star game introductions. Whether the Bulls do better than LeBron’s Heat is in no way related to Rose’s decision to dance (or even smile) or his coach’s decision not to play him at the end of the game (unless he got hurt). Rose didn’t want to dance, so he didn’t. Winston felt it was weird, and churlish on Rose’s part, and so did I, but whatever.
I love Derrick Rose, and I think he’s an amazing competitor and basketball player. I think he’ll bring a title back to Chicago during his career. But I thought it was strangely misanthropic behavior on Rose’s part. That’s it.
Regardless of what happens over the course of the rest of the season, Winston’s post wasn’t a rant (in so-far-as that word is used as a pejorative). The post was just how he felt. One of the nice things about blogging is you don’t have to defer your subjective (and often bitterly opposed) opinions. Sure, the larger blogs now have a more traditional business model where writers are vetted, not just for skill as a writer, but for their ability to attract unique visitors with SEO-friendly language and headlines, but at its heart, blogging is about having an opinion and sharing it with others regardless of whether they disagree with you.
So Winston ruffled some feathers. So what? I’m glad he wrote it. I hope he is too. That’s what bloggers do.
Now lets get on with the business of the NBA and the rest of the season. Hopefully, I don’t have to hear too much more about this. Hopefully, the people who do disagree with the post, do so without the name calling that’s lowered the discussion into an arena normally reserved for 4th grade recess.
I love the blog, I've been following for a long time. But it seems like lately it's FuckYeahLeBron instead of FuckYeahNBA. I'm not saying I dislike LeBron, but why are posts more frequently ending with little gems like "Don't worry about it, LeBron" or "Remember the All-Star Game doesn't matter 'Bron!"? Do you think he's so insecure?
I am a LeBron James fan. With that said, I do think he’s insecure, but that’s not why I add little caveats to posts that have nothing to do with LeBron. Also, it would be even more narcissitic than usual for me, if I thought my posts somehow were able to cheer him up (I mainly use that narrative technique for laughs).
If you keep reading the remainder of today’s posts, you’ll probably be unhappy about all the LeBron coverage (currently, there are four posts about him in my queue), but he’s getting shit from national columnists about his avoidance of the big shot…in an all-star game. The ALL-STAR GAME! I’m just tired of the LeBron haterade everyone’s drinking. It’s unfair.
There are plenty of things about LeBron’s personality and his game I dislike, but the media coverage of him is laughably one-sided after his Decision. He’s not a cold-blooded killer like Kobe, Wade and MJ, that much we know, but to constantly harp on him about about his supposed lack of a killer instinct means omitting his astronomical numbers during this regular season where everyone is taking night’s off (the schedule makes it impossible for non-LeBron’s to compete hard every night). Well, LeBron hasn’t really taken a night off this season, and he should be applauded for bringing it every night with very little rest, and with Wade injured for small stretches earlier in the year.
The fact a national columinst decided to write 1000 words on what LeBron didn’t do after he drained 6 3-pointers in the all-star game while scoring 36 points and almost single-handedly getting the Eastern Conference back into the game, deserves a reaction. I still don’t know why Wojo wrote the piece.
LeBron is far from perfect, but the enimity he’s engendered since that fateful news conference at the Northern Westchester Boys and Girls Club, is disconcerting. He’s the best player in the NBA, and the media always decides to focus on what he doesn’t do. I think that’s wrong.
But, if you’re tired of LeBron or you think I’m focusing on him too much, I understand. I just sympathize with is plight.