FUNKY FANATICS WEDNESDAY
NBA PLAYERS SCREAM THAT RUSHED TRAINING CAMP AND FREE AGENCY PERIOD
CREATES “BALL OF CONFUSION”
The 1970 Temptations classic “Ball of Confusion” almost seems to convey the message recently vocalized by players upset with the politics of the NBA which has resulted in an ominously short traiining camp, teams training without a full compliment of players and some bizarre decisions by the league office concerning Chris Paul. The league office has taken on the role of general manager, some would say poorly, for the league-owned Charlotte Hornets. Through David Stern, the league has made some questionable decisions which ultimately hold up some player movement until the Chris Paul matter is resolved or abandoned temporarily.
Amongst those who have complained about Stern are the Celtiics stars, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Kevin Garnett dropped this hilariously funky, funny analogy to explain how much the current training schedule impacts the teams:
“Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.” Garnett said,
I guess what he is trying to say if there is no chemistry to your ingredients and you just throw stuff in the mix, you just get a ball of confusion.
Note: This Temptation hit followed the slightly funkier “Psychedelic Shack” and the record featured a baseline by Funk Brother Bob Babbit.