Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From NBA to Porn?


I'm not an NBA fan. I find NBA to be slow and boring (people say the same about baseball to me, so whatever) and college basketball is so much more compelling. A way better struggle, so to speak. NBA is more for the atmosphere, the who's who of who might be sitting next to you if you get good seats at the Garden. Like, I don't get it, the first 3/4 of scoring in a game where you can score 110 means jack shit, how do you clap 50 times for 50 baskets? And you're sitting next to fucking Justin Bieber. I mean, no. Just not my style. 


Anyway, despite my disdain for the NBA, my good friends at Sportsgrid clued me in to Greg Oden, and I had to chuckle. Brings back fond memories of Grady Sizemore. Oden was the number one draft pick from Ohio State and then entered the 2007 draft where he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Long story short, dude had some knee issues that plagued his career, he was waived this year by the Trail Blazers and now he's a free agent with only 82 games under his belt in five years. Not looking too good for a dude who had high expectations. 


Right now, he's known more for his nude pics than his playing skills in the NBA. There's a new article out on Grantland.com that I found pretty interesting and it reminded me of my post from earlier this week about athletes and depression. This kid has in theory, been through a lot. Pulled through the ringer so to speak in terms of athletic hopes and dreams. High potential met with mediocre reality ruined by injury. In college, he apparently lost his childhood best friend in a car accident, and it just seems, as Grantland also said, a dark cloud followed this kid around. And in reading his interview, it sounds like he has been teetering on the brink of depression, and who could blame him? The higher the hopes, the greater the fall. 


In 2010, he was hit also with a leaked nudie pick scandal, a la Grady Sizemore. But I have to give the dude credit, of all the excuses I've heard when nude pics were leaked, his seemed the most honest. 


"When a girl sends me 100 pictures, I have to send something back every now and then. I’m not an asshole.”


Hey, at least he's not wholly selfish. Fuck it, he has a huge dong, he wants to show it off in bathroom mirrors, I get it. Its how I feel about my stomach and ass. I once traded a semi-nude pic to a friend for a retweet. Yep, I'm THAT slutty. Good times. Gotta use what ya got while you can. 


You all know my feelings on nude pics. a.) leaking them is dick and no matter who I dated or how bad they hurt me, I'd never leak. b.) I really don't find it to be anything to be ashamed of, and maybe I'm the only one. Fuck it dude, shit happens. There are way worse things someone could be doing than sending nude pics. Yah, it's embarrassing and I'm sure if any of mine leaked I'd have to pop a few Xanax, but what's the difference? It's tits and ass, hidden under clothes, probably going to a dude I either loved a la baseball player or a guy who I want to have rebound sex with a la hockey player. I'm not going to apologize for that anymore than I would for choosing to have ACTUAL sex with them. This dude shouldn't have to apologize, and I honestly give him credit for being so "this is what it is" about it. 


Further, I LOVE that porn agents called him. I think it's awesomely hilarious. It says a lot about his sexual potential, ya know? I mean, I didn't hear about Sizemore getting any calls, and I'm sure none of the pics I have of the boys I've sexted would ever get a call from the big leagues of porn. 


Hopefully this kid gets back on track with his life. He seems to have drive - like he said, he could have taken an offer from another tam and just sat on the bench and instead he opted to remove himself from the game and rehab himself back to top health. He seems very honest about his approach and the shit luck he's battled in life. It's a rare quality to find an athlete who isn't all about self promotion and appearance. You guys should check out the Grantland article if you get a shot. It's long, but a good read and something to take into consideration the next time you feel frustrated with your point in life. God knows we've all been there.



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