Kevin Durant’s pre-All Star media slapdown (“You guys really don't know s---“) has its own entertainment value, and there is more than a mere soupcon of truth to it, but it does endanger players who fall into its seductive cocoon.
It means that in the vacuum of silence, teams get to control the message about its players, and there aren’t enough Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other accounts to negate the damage that teams can do in a contentious relationship.
In other words, Durant can say, “To be honest, man, I'm only here talking to y'all because I have to, so I really don't care. Y’all not my friends. You're going to write what you want to write. You're going to love us one day and hate us the next. That's a part of it,” but the wiser man puts the time in to figure out who is worthy of trust and who isn’t, and handles his media business that way.
Truth is, players don’t need the media on a daily basis, but every now and then they do, and often on a topic of great personal significance (typically, when a team is trying to put a player in a bad light come contract time). In that way, they don’t know they’ve had until it’s gone.
In the meantime, we don’t know s---.
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The Borgata in Atlantic City is putting on a free-throw tournament March 21 — and says this competition is the first time wagering will depend entirely on “skill” versus “luck”. A $20 buy-in, contestants compete in 90-second rounds for the chance to play in the final round-of-16 bracket. The top four finishers split $10,000, with the winner getting $5,000.
In other words, you can not know s--- in an endeavor much closer to those in which Durant competes, although he is a historic 88 percent free-throw shooter, so maybe your knowledge of this s--- isn’t much closer to his at all.
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NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer just performed the automobile equivalent of a cardinal unclogging his sinuses in the Sistine Chapel. He ripped Daytona. After a crash with fellow driver Reed Sorenson during the race’s new knockout qualifying system, he unloaded on both Sorenson and the folks who run the joint.
“I wasn't behind [Sorenson],” Bowyer said. “He came flying around, come up on the apron, jumps in front of me then runs over (Justin Allgaier, another driver) in line, stacks us all up and I run into him. It's idiotic to be out here doing this anyway. There's no sense in being able to try to put on some cute show or whatever the hell this is. And then you've got a guy out there in desperation doing this crap like this. I mean, it's just, there's no reason to be out here. These guys have spent six months working on these cars, busting their ass on these cars to have some guy out of desperation do that crap.
“But it ain't his fault. It's not. It's NASCAR's fault for putting us out here in the middle of this crap for nothing. We used to come down here and worry about who's going to sit on the front row and the pole for the biggest race of the year. Now all we do is come down here and worry about how a start and park like this out of desperation is going to knock us out of the Daytona 500. We've been in meetings for 45 minutes just trying to figure out what in the hell everybody's is going to do just so we could make the race. It's stupid. There's no sense in doing this.”
In other words, Daytona doesn’t know s---.
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In what may very well become a Valentine’s Day tradition, Tennessee Titans tight end (and former 49er from the good old days) Delanie Walker got taken out on Instagram by his (probably ex-) fiancé Racine Lewin in a special way, by accusing him of being a serial philanderer (the tipoff here is the phrase “canoodling around Nashville like a whore”) while she is four months’ pregnant with the couple’s child.
He sent her flowers. Evidently he doesn’t know s---.
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And finally, I greatly enjoy the typist stylings of Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, but he may have bottomed out the cask by suggesting as he does here that Rams owner Stan Kroenke could sell his team to St. Louis interests, buy the 47 percent of the Oakland Raiders Mark Davis controls and then move that team to Los Angeles instead. Miklasz’ musing presumes that two rich guys in St. Louis can get their stuff together to build a new stadium in St. Louis before Kroenke can get his L.A. stadium plan done, and the NFL would operate under some hidden obligation to St. Louis to keep the city whole, football-wise.
Bernie, my friend, let me introduce you to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Used to be the Seattle Supersonics. The NBA made sure that team left where it was out of a far greater sense of loyalty to the rich guy than to the town. Yeah, right.
But if that doesn’t work as a plan, he also fronts the alternate idea that Kroenke goes to L.A. with the Rams, and the NFL somehow forces the Raiders to St. Louis.
Either way, Oakland gets Rogered, and that’s the way it works in the modern world. And if either of things happen as Bernie theorizes, well, in that case, I don’t know s---.