Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Only Fool is You!

(Boulder-CO) Some how, some way, the article written by Mark Kiszla on June 13, 2007 slipped my gaze until longtime reader, Tymes Rhymes, brought it to my attention. After just reading the article, honestly, I am absolutely appalled by the critical and absolutely unscrupulous judgement Kiszla bestows on J.R. Smith after the tragic event that Smith has just had to endure.

Now before I get too deep into my own judgment of Kiszla’s article let me first say that I am not from the inner city, nor have I experienced the hardships of poverty or racial prejudice. However, I will say that I have numerous dear friends who have overcome such hardships to make it to differing professional athletic ranks and I have played this game on some of the largest and most intimidating stages for the level of ball of which I could reach. A few of the best venues that I have had the honor of playing at have been the University of North Carolina’s high school invite camp and the inner city games of South Beach, Miami, Venice Beach, California, and Brooklyn, New York. I am a lover of hip-hop culture and ethnic cultures different than my own.

With that being said, Kiszla writes, “Born to a good home, raised by two loving parents and made rich as a teenager by the NBA, Smith was so desperate for the street cred glorified by hip-hop culture that he became a poseur, thinking if he wore baggy shorts half off his bum, then maybe Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and teammates who came up from mean streets would accept him. Smith is a gangsta wannabe who got lost in a dangerous game of make-believe.”

At first I laughed when I read that particular piece of the article, but then my humorous state was quickly replaced by disgust. Let’s get one thing straight right now: J.R. Smith does not need to wear a certain type or size of clothing to be accepted by fellow professionals. I believe that the unwritten rules of respect, on any level of athletics, imply that if a competitor is on the same stage as you then said competitor is there for a reason. And in J.R. Smith’s case… he is a teammate and fellow player in the National Basketball Association because of his physical gifts and his dedication to the game itself. Both of which have taken him to this level of basketball. Gangsta or not, the only fools would be Anthony, Martin, and teammates (none of which I think acutally do), and in this case, Kiszla for making such judgments based upon such meaningless parameters.

Moving on to the next asinine statements Kiszla makes brings us to these gems of journalism. Mark writes, “Anybody who knows Smith, however, is tempted to do the same as Anthony did when the 6-foot-6 guard arrived in town. Melo threw an arm around the newcomer and protected him like a little brother, because J.R. was a small-town kid born down the clean working-class street from where Bruce Springsteen grew up, rather than in the nasty urban jungle of Jay-Z. On the Nuggets, however, Smith was forever stuck being the li'l bro, trying to dunk louder or act crazier to prove he belonged. It was as if he needed to impress Melo, K-Mart and Allen Iverson, who all grew up earning scars from gritty existences that Smith only knew from watching "The Wire" on HBO. Although he flashed gang signs after making 3-point shots, Smith never really knew what he was doing. There is a song by 50 Cent in which the rapper warns the life is too dangerous for a wannabe gangsta. Smith was too busy drowning in a culture bigger than himself to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up.”
Are you kidding me, Kiszla?

First of all, those aren’t gang signs J.R. tosses after connecting on a long range shot, but rather the same signal that the referees uses to alert the scorekeeper that the make was worth three points! Check the referee handbook if you don’t believe me.

Second, and more importantly, where do you get off relating a tragedy of this magnitude to mainstream hip-hop artists’ hyperbolic interpretation of a culture that is merely more than an over glorified money making front that a culture seemingly doesn’t realize reflects their true contributions to society in a negative manner?

Furthermore, I would be very surprised if Kiszla himself has ever listened to anything 50, Jay Z, or anyone else in the hip-hop community has produced since the Sugar Hill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight”, but unlike the man himself… I am not one for bestowing judgments that I can not be sure of!

So to answer your comment, Tymes, I am surprised that this article even made it past the final sports editor over at the Denver Post, (usually the best of the Denver Metro papers). I feel Kiszla is way off base in his assessments and to relate this tragic time to African-American popular culture is down right ridiculous. Just check the comments on the article itself if you don’t believe me!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, I already wrote this race-baiting jerkoff an anrgy e-mail. He always writes garbage like this -- he wrote some dumb shit before and during the AI trade also. His favorite word combination is "cornrows and tattoos".

Hopefully 'Melo and AI got wind of it so they never talk to this idiot again. Get his dumb ass fired.

Anonymous said...

Oh I believe you Nugg Doctor, I commented to him myself in his 2nd article explaining "why he wrote it" if you read that I will explain my reasons.

But Very well said Nugg Dr In this blog entry. I agree fully.

Commish CH said...

"glorified by hip-hop culture"

I can't see the connection Kiz. So, by listening to Hip Hop, you are prone to driving bad? Problem is Kiz is a typical middle aged white columnist who doesn't know his a*s from Talib Kweli.

Hip Hop "culture" as portrayed in mainstream (girls, bling, rims, money, champagne)is a problem in itself, but to suggest it had a hand in this?

What do you expect from a guy who snoops through Rockies lockers, screams at CU officials over the phone, and almost gets his a*s beat by Mike Hampton. He's paid to get a rise out of people, and this has done it.

excellent critique of the article. One.

Nugg Doctor said...

Sup guys!

I'm glad that you too can see why this article needed to be written.

A couple of you have met me, more of you I hope would like to, but anytime, anything I write gets as warm of a welcome as this I consider those of you friends.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

ThaAnswer said...

Dr, thanks for posting all that. Being in Ohio I otherwise would never hear about things like this. Being a state like Colorado (no offense, I mean I'm in Ohio), it doesn't surprise me to have idiots writing garbage like this.
The negativity of this offseason is killing me!

I loved your response and agree 100%/. Thanks again

nuggsfan15 said...

Words cant even describe...

Geerten said...

Very well said NuggDoc!

Respect! JR don't deserve this slander-type of junk. Especially from a newspaper that should be supportive of Denver's very own PRODIGY!!!