This is a message to any actual NBA players that might read this site. It is also to any of their wives, girlfriends, relatives, friends, and associates.
We fans are dumb.
I have heard some murmurs in recent posts that we should be careful of what we say because some players might read it and feel bad.
I truly sympathize with that concept, as when I consider that some of the players might read what I have written about them, I feel pretty guilty at first.
But should I? Probably not.
I am the first to admit that I am a dumb f@cker. I really don't know what I am talking about. I write insane stuff that often makes no sense or is not even based on reality. If any millionaire player reads it and has their feelings hurt, please take some comfort in those previous sentences.
But my core tenet here is that the players should really focus on not letting what they read get into their brain. And if they ever did, I would actually be quite mad. Words don't affect anything. They can't hurt you. I will demonstrate.
"I am stabbing you with a knife."
Are you bleeding? No.
See, it doesn't matter what I write, it doesn't affect you. Unless you choose to let it. Only you can hurt you. Do you understand what I mean?
Another rather salient point is that fans are extremely fickle. Being derided is only a few plays away from being lauded. It is really a fine line.
Look at Darko. He has been picked on and mocked for years, but if he just puts together a few more 7 block games, I promise you that no one will be quicker to flip-flop and sing his praises than the national basketball fandom.
So really, just ignore this stuff. If you let anything you read get into your head and affect your play, you have no one to blame for that but you. Just focus on your practice, your health, your family, your money; and ignore all these words printed on paper or screens. Words can't hurt you.
(Unless they are giant steel words like that sculpture in Philadelphia.)