May Day Report

…just got to finish a proofreading… and will have survived the First Draft mostly alive (strained my back somehow, possibly lifting my blind little dog, possibly sleeping funny)…

The way it works is that I then do a Second Draft and a Polish, and how much work those phases involve, if any, will depend on how the First Draft is received. In theory, the project could be canceled and the Complete First Draft Payment turned into a kill fee. The extreme opposite would entail the producer declaring himself fully satisfied, reducing the Second Draft and Polish to formalities or something close.

Anyway, how it and the entire project are received may strongly influence what happens here and in here-like or not entirely un-here-like places, too. Otherwise, I’m rootin for the Grizz and the Celts, but I’ll be equally happy with a Lakers-Celts or Lakers-Heat finale, and by then my support for the Lakers ought to be fully restored.

One thing I’ve realized is that the Lakers personality isn’t just the personality of a very veteran and championship team that just doesn’t take anything seriously, and couldn’t even take its taking something seriously seriously – though I think that’s all true – but they’re also taking on the full personality of a big, physical team, something that goes strongly against their history, but increasingly suits their personnel. As Sir Charles pointed out observing the Hornets series, playing up against the Laker length, trying to compensate with effort, is wearing even when the Laker length is play lousy, and becomes increasingly so as a playoff series continues. By the same token. The Lakers get nothing out of over-exertion. Their main risk is digging themselves a hole of lethargy, falling all the way out of rhythm, exposing themselves to injury and other bad luck…

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  1. Good luck on the project.

    Have only been paying half attention to the playoffs this year. Been routing against the Lakers since Larry and Magic, but back then, even while hating LA, I also admired and respected them. Not so much with this crew.

    Woulda been fun if NY gelled and stayed healthy.

  2. I suppose that if your explanation were any more detailed, you would have to kill us.

    Don’t let that stop you.

  3. @ fuster:

    At this point, despite remnant jinxious superstitions, I don’t see how it can harm the project to reveal details such as the above.

    At the appropriate time, depending upon what level of disappointment I face and how inflicted and sustained, I’ll probably take the opportunity to say much, much more than anyone could possibly want to hear, and make you sorry to have asked for it.

    One way or another, it seems it’ll be time for the long-awaited ch-ch-ch-changes at this here thing, which seeming is the main justification for my saying as much as I’ve said so far.

  4. bob wrote:

    Woulda been fun if NY gelled and stayed healthy.

    no matter how healthy, it’s not possible to win with three players in pro bball. the Knicks traded most of the entire roster for Anthony and didn’t have a center or even a starting-caliber third forward.

    they pick up a decent center (and I advise a straight trade of Jim Dolan for Dwight Howard) or draft one, they should be able to do well next season.

  5. Is it me or is the Heat the most boring team in NBA history? They just bore me to death. It doesn’t matter what happens, win, lose, whatever, they just put me to sleep. Conversely, watching Zack Randolph is fascinating. I loved watching him play for the Clippers too. His lollypop fade away no-jump shots are hilarious. Maybe a sore spot for Knicks fans, but I’m happy for him.

  6. They’re my hometime team, Scott,we’re inured to dissapointment as a default, so it’s unexpected

  7. @ Scott Miller:
    Idunno… I might have agreed with you up until today… but when James and Wade are playing at the top of their games and together… they do some pretty amazing things… like the court’s too small for them…

  8. @ Scott Miller:
    Though I agree with you about ZR. Real revelation for me and a lot of other people I assume, even though I used to watch his previous editions from time to time.

    I had thought there’d be a strong chance that the Grizz would just rest on their laurels and get blown away by OKC.

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