I’m currently writing this while fighting a fever, so this will probably be a little shorter WWW than I normally write, so please bear with me….
LaQuinton Ross going pro? I heard whispers all season long that Ohio State junior forward LaQuinton Ross would be heading to the NBA after this season. I never really believed it. I believed he wanted to, but I didn’t he was good enough to actually do it.
Well, I don’t know if I was right or wrong on whether he’s an NBA player, but he evidently really is entering the draft. I don’t really get it. I understood why Deshaun Thomas went pro last year. He had probably peaked as a scorer and he was getting in a shallow draft while avoiding this year’s supposedly loaded draft. But Ross lacks the consistency that Thomas showed and he’s entering what some consider to be one of the better draft classes in recent memory. I hope it works out for him, but I really don’t get it at all.
A couple quick Cavs thoughts… I was extremely busy this weekend and unfortunately I didn’t get to see any of the Cavs games. But I’ve been reading up on what I missed, in particular a nice comeback win over the Knicks on Sunday night. Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack have really been trying to step up as much as they can in Kyrie’s absence, and it’s been encouraging seeing the Cavs hang around with much better teams despite not having Kyrie.
It’s frustrating being in March once again and having to more or less just play out the string with nothing real on the line. I don’t know how much the Cavs are really learning as a team without Kyrie around. It’s been a recurring theme from me this year, but Dion Waiters’ development is the most important thing in the world for this franchise. If Dion can be a true #2 with Kyrie, which includes playing more minutes together with Kyrie, then maybe this will be a playoff team next year. But right now, I still think this looks like a team that has a really long way to go.
Sixers losing streak update: The Sixers lost to the Spurs last night, bringing their losing streak to 25 games. They are now just one behind the Cavaliers’ record. The Sixers next game is on the road against the Rockets, which means they have a real chance of tying the Cavaliers. The Sixers’ next game after that will be at home against the Pistons, which could be a winnable game. So it’ll be interesting to watch this week and see if the Cavaliers’ have a partner in the record books. Misery loves company, indeed.
Is anyone else watching Community? I think network sitcoms are dying. I know people love Modern Family, apparently Two and a Half Men is still around, and Big Bang Theory is a mega hit. But for my money, Community remains the most interesting comedy on network TV (no offense to Parks and Rec, another show I really like).
I watched Community from the beginning, but it wasn’t until the Goodfellas-themed ‘Chicken Fingers’ episode in Season 1 that I really saw what this show was capable of. It plays on all kinds of pop culture tropes while remaining intensely self-aware of itself in a charming way. But for all the wackiness, the show continues to do an admirable job of staying grounded in showing the growth and ever-evolving dynamic of a group of broken people who have found something bigger and more complete in their group than any of them ever found on their own.
But the most remarkable thing about Community is that just over a year ago, the studio fired the show’s creator, Dan Harmon. Harmon is a fascinating individual with a giant ego who can at times apparently be prickly to work with. But he’s also some kind of genius, and without Harmon, the show lost all of its spark last season. That’s when the unthinkable happened, and the studio brought Harmon back for the 5th season which is airing now. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a show survive this kind of transition. Who knows if Community will get to achieve its self proclaimed goal of Six Seasons and a Movie, but its been a fun ride.
Anyway, Alan Sepinwall just posted an incredibly long and fascinating interview with Harmon, and it’s well worth the long read for anyone who is a fan of either the show or of Harmon’s work in general.
Stream the new Cloud Nothings album now! Typically I talk about new music releases on Tuesdays, and sure, if you want, go check out new albums from Obnox, Animals as Leaders, and The Hold Steady. But I’m much more excited about the new Cloud Nothings album, “Here and Nowhere Else”. The album doesn’t come out until April 1, but NPR has it streaming now. I’ll talk about the album more next week when it’s released but this is one of my absolute favorite albums of the year from one of my absolute favorite bands on the planet right now. It’s just another really great album from the Cleveland natives.