Remember when the USA used to be awesome?
They put men on the moon. The cured disease. They were cultural leaders. They were a moral beacon for the rest of the world to follow. They were led by the best and brightest. They flexed their military strength only when necessary, and enemies fled before the might of the US Armed Forces.
From a simpler time
Not so much.
You know that feeling you get when you’re talking to someone and they have food stuck to their teeth?
You can’t quite bring yourself to tell them, because you’re just hoping it’s obvious enough they’ll feel it themselves and fix it.
Now imagine it’s happening during a conversation with someone you clash with, someone you’re not friends with. Someone you really, truly dislike.
Part of you is reveling in their stupidity, their obvious lack of awareness, the fact that they look like an idiot… and yet another part of you just wants them to get the damn spinach off your teeth seriously dude how can you not feel that?!
This is how I feel about the Los Angeles Lakers and Brandon Ingram.
Charlie Murphy said it best.
Whenever I bring up my dislike for Delly’s play style, I’m met with, “quit your sooking and man up! It’s a contact sport.” – “he’s not dirty, he’s just clumsy” or, “he’s Aussie!”
I understand and respect Aussie camaraderie. We are supposed expected to stick by each other no matter what – purely based on the fact that we’re Australian… but I’m sorry, I can’t stand by and blindly support Delly’s blatant disregard for the well-being of other players. He was recently voted as the dirtiest player in the NBA in a poll by his own peers and coaches, no less. Continue reading
- The Beatles’ musical talent.
- Jennifer Lawrence’s acting ability.
Yes, many things in life are overrated.
People, it’s just sugar, palm oil, fake flavour, and some nuts… let’s dial our Nutella-Love down a notch, shall we?
Sports is particularly susceptible to this, as marketing departments and fierce loyalties converge.
Entire populations become irrationally certain that a particular player is the best, a certain team is unstoppable, or a particular league is the pinnacle of their sport.
But if we drill right down, we even find that particular moves can be overrated.
Since Michael Jordan retired, the closest basketball has come to the mythical “Next Jordan” has been Kobe Bryant.
His skill set was almost a carbon copy of Jordan’s. The post-up moves… the ability to finish in traffic… the little tricks to create space… the footwork on both ends of the court… in many ways Kobe was very very very very close to being “The Next Jordan.”
Kobe even had better shooting range than Jordan, who rarely shot the ball at a high level from distance.
As a defender Kobe was extremely proficient… but Jordan was a few shades better.
And of course as a leader and as a winner Kobe was a poor imitation.
With Kobe Bryant announcing that this will be his last NBA season after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, there has been an outpouring of emotions from NBA fans.
Some NBA fans who are lamenting the loss of the “greatest player since Jordan.”
But I have a harsh truth for Kobe’s legions of fans:
Tim Duncan was the Greatest Player of Kobe Bryant’s generation.
We’re all big fans of Matthew Dellavedova here at Mike or The Don.
Not only is he Australian, but he could be the best underdog story in the NBA.*
Dellavedova didn’t get drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers with fanfare and a party.
In 2013, he worked his way onto the team and endeared himself to (most) fans with his willingness to put his body on the line, team-first attitude, and hard-work.
You can see the fear in Steph Curry’s eyes.
Most people don’t know who Matthew Dellavedova is, but Aussie basketball fans will recognise “Delly” as the Aussie who is currently playing alongside the world’s best player LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.
It was a flamin’ dropbear, wasn’t it LeBron?! I told you to watch those buggers. Hang on a sec I’ll get a box of paddle pops out of the esky for your noggin’.
Delly also has a particularly strange reputation on Twitter. More accurately, it’s been how his reputation has changed over time that is strange. But I’ll get to that.