The King of DNVR Sports on being big in Serbia, Nikola Jokic origins, MVP debate
As a Nuggets and DNVR fan this is awesome
My 2 favorite podcasters. Never expected this but always wished for it
House of Strauss tshirt phrase: Expository
Since fully 8% of House of Strauss content is now Jurassic Park quotes, I'll let Ian Malcolm explain what's wrong with "just doing the fun awesome thing in sports and passing every down"
I'll tell you the problem with the analytical power that you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it.
The Perk thing is really complicated, because he's
A. Not articulate
B. Selling a book
C. Going against Redick who is running the opposite grift
Generally speaking in the black community there is a feeling that we are the true caretakers of basketball. I never once heard anyone I knew complain about Pistons/Spurs. Because ball was ball. The emerging white nerd blogosphere hated the manly aggression of traditionally rugged Eastern Conference Playoff Basketball. So in time, they gentrified my sport.
This tension has bubbled to the surface and fallen on a truly wonderful player in Jokic, who like an Oscar frontrunner was probably gonna lose ground to Giannis by the end of the season. But Perk ran his mouth, and then the Clay Travis' jumped in, and I have no idea how this shakes out. Probably whoever has the most wins at the end of the season takes the crown
The Steph and Jokic analogy is fascinating. The big limitation of analytics is looking at what is rather than what could be. Except for a brief Arenas moment, shooting 30 footers of the dribble was never efficient. Similarly, relying on a big post player that isn't a great defender was also on the way out which is why EVERYONE was down on the Kings trading for Sabonis.
I think the fact that we collectively know so little about him allows for the sportswriter crowd to use jokic as sort of this mascot for the analytics movement and the european style of basketball which then brings on the backlash from the black american fans who’s views are represented by Perkins in this scenario
I like this construct where American blackness is sufficiently restrictive to not include black people in Toronto, a population that speaks the same language, lives in the same time zone and is so integrated into American pop culture that it produces a Drake and the Weekend, while American whiteness is so inclusive that it includes every pale person in Europe.