On this Holiday weekend, when Jews and Christians (better known as my house…but I digress) celebrate their respective faiths, some with leavened bread, some with unleavened ( I’m allowed to say this…sometimes there’s not much difference between a good piece of cardboard and whole wheat matzoh) I was debating with Benny (the labradoodle, not the bookie) whether I should take the week off, give the creative juices a chance to regain their flavor, sharpen the senses for A Bronx (hardball) Tale, the Beard, and Steph and The Blade Runner, better known as the NHL playoffs. And then I got the news, putting Murray Hill Parkway once again on the sports GPS. From Jersey to Springfield.
The first text was not a surprise, but still impactful. J Kidd, the leader of the Band of Brothers who terrorized the Eastern Conference for six years, including two trips to the Promised Land, and who finally won his title in Dallas, was going to be enshrined in his rightful place, the Hall of Fame. The tangibles, the intangibles, the players he made better, and the teammates he got paid (Hey White Mamba, did you frame that diploma from #5 U when you went to Beantown?). So I text him congrats, and since he has some time on his hands (he will be on someone’s sideline in the fall) he tells me that not only is he going in…but so is In Rod We Trust!!!
Rod Thorn Photo: AP
The Rod Thorn Chronicles. Too many for this missive…maybe if I write something down the road…or better yet, get Dave D. to come out of editorial purgatory and flex his basketball chops once again. But here’s what I can tell you. Rod played his version of basketball ‘Rounders’, and he was always two steps ahead of the competition. And his passion and knowledge and acumen and accent are legendary. You could talk NBA, baseball, hockey, women’s tennis (how about he and Kevin Loughery played Billie Jean and Rosie Casals in doubles), high school basketball, golf…you get the point. There was and is no sports subject out of his universe. What a decade for me! And it was just a portion of a career well served, a lifetime of living, eating and breathing NBA. And he, too, is where he belongs. With all of the other hoop greats. Of which he is one.
And he traded for The Captain!
What’s a bigger loss for Jeets…Giancarlo…or Marlin’s Man?
No better character than Wags on ‘Billions’.
Rusty Staub Photo: sportingnews.com
‘The Irishman’ coming to Netflix…Pacino, De Niro, Pesci. Check please!
I think ‘The Rock’ will play Stanton when Crystal casts ‘71’.
Jason Kidd Featured Photo: nba.com