Last night, I expressed some skepticism that Paul Pierce’s blog at the Boston Globe could turn into a seldom-updated vehicle for self-promotion and bland commentary about the team. I suggested this not because I don’t like Paul Pierce (I have defended him in arguments more than any player, ever), but because of the natural inclination among public figures—and their handlers—to keep their public statements as innocuous as possible.
So far, the Captain and the Truth is destroying my skepticism like a mediocre defender in crunch time. Entry #2 came today—less than 24 hours after entry #1!—and it has a bit of what I wanted: Insight into the game. Pierce suggests three fundamental changes to the NBA game, at least two of which would make my father’s hoops purist’s soul happy. Especially this one:
Raise the rim 3 inches: The athletes today are crazy. You see the way guys are jumping these days. I would raise the rim 3 inches. Then, you have to learn the art of the jump shot. You’ll have to know how to play this game a little bit better then. Raising the rim, you’ll see increasing play. You’ll see increasing fundamentals. I’m telling you.
Awesome. Just awesome. Keeping bringing this, Paul.
He goes on to talk about war and poverty (and chocolate), which is all good and interesting, but I’m coming back for the hoops talk. Keep it coming, Paul, and the bond between you and Boston could grow even deeper.