You know how crazy people—at least as portrayed in the movies—believe that everything happening on TV is somehow about them? That the president is talking directly to them, or that advertisements have hidden messages only they can understand?
There was a moment this morning when I could briefly relate to that sort of movie insanity. When I read in this Boston Herald story that the Celtics are at least kicking the tires on Larry Hughes (recently bought out by the Kings after being dealt there in the massive Houston/New York/Sacto deal centered around T-Mac), I thought to myself, “It’s as if the Celtics are conducting a personal experiment to see how many of my least favorite players they can sign before I get really angry.” And I suspect I’m not alone feeling this way.
Of course, the answer is basically infinity, since loyalties are to the uniform and all. But between Stephon Marbury, Nate Robinson (whom I believe I can grow to like) and the mere mention of the name Larry Hughes…yikes.
I mean, Larry Hughes inspired someone to buy the domain name and create the site called www.heylarryhughespleasestoptakingsomanybadshots.com.
If you like contested 20-footers, Larry Hughes is your guy.
Larry Hughes hasn’t shot higher than 40.9 percent from the floor since 2005!
I’ll say this, though: When Hughes is motivated and part of a non-dysfunctional team, he can be a competent—and sometimes even trouble-making—defender and a decent ball-handler.
Oh: He also has a broken finger.