Mind the Middle: How to Avoid an NBA Draft Bust

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By: Dan Grant

In the weeks leading up to the NBA crapshoot Draft, hope springs eternal. Jay Bilas and Chad Ford seemingly love every prospect under the sun, words like ‘motor’, ‘secondary strength’ and even ‘re-jumpability’ are used wantonly and every NBA fan is hopeful their team will land a stud, find a diamond in the rough or make a franchise altering trade. It’s a fun time of year.

What follows is a whole lot less rosy, more often than not. For all the hype, hope and endless surmising, most NBA draft picks don’t reach their projected ceiling. If they all did, we’d be watching real life NBA Jam, with people bursting into flames and dunking from the three point line. While that might be fun in theory, think of how expensive the insurance would be. The league would be bankrupt in weeks!

Now, since many NBA executives haven’t figured…

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The Rolling Stones’ Dark Masterpiece

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Many people say the 1960s ended at Altamont, when the Hell’s Angels fatally stabbed an eighteen year-old black man named Meredith Hunter during a huge, Woodstock-like music festival. The Rolling Stones were playing “Under My Thumb” during the murder, just feet away. In Slate, Jack Hamilton writes about the album the Rolling Stones recorded after Altamont, Sticky Fingers, and why many people consider it one of rock’s greatest:

Sticky Fingers was a misdirection, in hindsight the only livable option for a band outrunning its own Mephistophelean hype. The album’s cover—a close-up of a tight-jeaned crotch with a working zipper, designed by Andy Warhol—appeared to offer entry into a world of leering male sexual prowess, but instead offered entry into a world of something more honest and more interesting: male vulnerability. Written and recorded in the long wake of Jagger’s breakup with Marianne Faithfull and the early years of…

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The Rise of Embalming

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Ironically, it was this desire to be close to the dead that ultimately helped usher bodies out of the home. Embalming—which advanced as a science around the same time as the Civil War—allowed for the corpses of men who had died on far-off battlefields to return home for some semblance of the Good Death. “Families sought to see their lost loved ones in as lifelike a state as possible,” Faust writes, “not just to be certain of their identity but also to bid them farewell.” And when it came to preserving some false spark of life, none of the available alternatives (the Staunton Transportation Case “portable refrigerator,” for example) could match embalming. In 1861, the preserved body of a Union colonel killed in Virginia was honored at the White House to great fanfare. (His embalmer went on to preserve more than 4,000 bodies and became a rich man.) And at…

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Quotes About Thoughts

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Cornelia Funke
“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.”
― Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

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