21 Questions with San Dova: Gone ‘Til November
Plus, a new LBJ sneaker.
If it was good enough for 50 Cent and Nate Dogg alike, I’m pretty sure that it’s exceptionally sufficient for SLAM. Regardless of music, 21 Questions with San Dova is taking the task of asking those nebulous questions that seem to revolve around the force of gravity we know to be the NBA. Check for the preguntas at the top of every month or so.
1. Will Joe Johnson become the alpha dog in 2010 that he’s getting currently getting paid as? (Why didn’t Phoenix pay this man four years ago?!)
2. Why isn’t Al Horford a power forward yet? (Shouldn’t the Atlanta Hawks just move Josh Smith to the 5? He doesn’t really shoot well and he defends post players with an exceptional athletic enthusiasm.)
3. Will Rasheed be fresh from the bench or will he plummet to the abyss from the land of three (pointers)?
4. Is KG ever going to return to the classy-aggressive version of himself? (Did he leave that Kevin in Minnesota?)
5. Are the Bobcats going to ever compete–for real?
6. Is Rodney Stuckey just a super sub, your typical confused combo guard, or did he just have a slumpy sophomore season?
7. When is Carmelo gonna grow his braids back?
8. Are the Warriors, for all their talent, destined to be failures?
9. If T-Mac and Agent Zero make good on their comeback years, is Tim Grover gonna be “The Man” all over again?
10. Why did Cleveland, Chicago and Charlotte all get rid of Shannon Brown?
11. Isn’t the talk about LeBron James and the Cavs already sort of getting on your nerves?
12. Why is Paul Pierce just now getting into the best shape of his career? Didn’t Doc say that last year, too? Why was he carrying so much bulk in the first place?
13. Will Eddy Curry ever get himself together?
14. Is Dwight Howard ever going to be an offensive dynamo (in the Hakeem Olajuwon mold) or just a rich man’s Emeka Okafor?
15. What’s better–the Allen Iverson rookie uniform or the new Philadelphia 76ers retro-modern unis?
16. What’s the problem with just starting Brandon Roy at point guard, and saving all the nonsensical “trouble” with Andre Miller, Steve Blake and Portland management?
17. …And why is LaMarcus Aldridge already getting paid like a boss on the court when he’s still a clear second banana at most right now?
18. Can Tim Duncan be the greatest power forward ever and be a dominant center as a hybrid post player?
19. Why is there any debate anyway about Duncan as a power forward when he clearly cemented his legacy and won half of his championships playing next to “The Admiral,” David Robinson, who is a Hall of Fame center?
20. Will anyone actually care about the Toronto Raptors in ’09-10 (or Andrea Bargnani, for that matter)?
21. Is Gilbert Arenas now the Bizarroworld Muhammed Ali?
And now onto the shoes…
As it’s been known, the Nike Zoom LBJ Ambassador II has been an international release ever since the Olympics last year, but that hasn’t stopped the Swoosh from releasing the promo photos for the new colorways that are upcoming. The latest creation of the Ambassador is very Cleveland Cavs-centric, sporting a varsity red upper with white and navy blue (something that we may or may not see LBJ sport in a random game this season). With a Cushlon midsole, Zoom Air in the forefoot and a full-grain leather body, the Zoom LBJ Ambassador II is clearly a vehicle of comfort for the foot.
It’ll be a fat chance to see LeBron to actually play in the shoe, but considering the technical aspects of the shoe, it has become a big hit for players in China and considering that James wore the Ambassador II on the Asian tours during the offseason, it’s plausible that he could post an official 30-8-8 line in them at The Q…just don’t expect to see a U.S. release in the retail venues.
By the way, for those that caught the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks play on Friday, weren’t those comet blue alternates of the Mavs pretty nice? I know that I was not a big fan of the modified look not so long ago, but seeing Dallas wear them in-game gave a different perspective. I loved the green, but this blue is nice, too–and it does vaguely remind of the royal blue that Dallas was so known for in the 1990s.
(Another big thanks to Andrew for the sneaker intel as well.)
Sandy Dover is a novelist/writer, artist, fitness enthusiast, as well as an unrepentant Prince fan (for real). You can find Sandy frequently here at SLAMonline, as well as at Associated Content and Twitter.