Not what David Stern had in mind ...
Cut the hair Pau: The NBA Playoffs, where amazing drinking happens
I was talking about my hatred for the Lakers (and the Patriots and the Yankees) at our morning editorial meeting today and I think it caught our resident sports authority (Chris Baldwin) by surprise.
"You... you follow basketball?" he sputtered. Chris was skeptical.
Damn straight I follow basketball — at least during the NBA Playoffs. Same goes for college ball. I'm all about it during March Madness. I love Astros games, too (though I rarely watch if I'm not present) and I've never missed the Super Bowl.
It all makes perfect sense to me. I'd get behind any excuse to day drink and socialize in sweat pants. It might be my favorite past-time. Especially on a rainy day like Saturday, what better way to spend an afternoon than posted up to a coffee table with a 30-pack of Lone Star and a generous supply of guacamole?
And I really enjoy presenting and defending my estimations of various teams and players. It's hilarious to me how heated people get about their favorites. I especially love when they try to use stats to fight my judgments, which are based least of all on athleticism.
I like Aaron Brooks because he looks like a baby Chris Rock and I think it's fascinating how he never sweats. I like Shane Battier because I think he's smart, he's known his wife since the seventh grade and he let me take a picture with him once at Pearl Bar. I hate Kobe Bryant because it's easy (I'm firmly on the LeBron side of that debate; I think he has a sweet face).
Pau Gasol irritates me just to look at because he's so gangly, and I wish he would cut his damn hair. (But hair is a whole area of judgement in which I have no consistency — Birdman is OK by me, but Ron Artest needs to go back to shaving logos into his scalp and quit looking like a poor man's Dennis Rodman.)
I can't wait to play this game during the playoffs every weekend 'til late June. Will you be watching? And what players irritate you for completely non-sports reasons?