FRESH "Put Bobby Fischer on the clock..." A chess analogy.
The analogy I am drawing is to the movie Fresh and its central theme, the game of chess, it may be convoluted but please bear with me.
As a fan of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, I am very happy they did not pull the trigger on the deal with Phoenix to acquire Stoudemire. The way Danny Ferry played the game was absolutely brilliant! He was as masterful as Bobby Fischer, moving pawns...Or should I say Samuel L Jackson in the role of FRESH's father playing speed chess in the park. "Put Bobby Fischer on the clock and I'll chew his ass up too!" Well Danny Ferry put everyone on the clock, and chewed them up. So much so I forgive him for signing Larry Hughes for a bazillion ducats and comparing him to Pippen. In using the constraint of time Ferry was able to leverage nothing and turn it into a supreme asset. Phoenix assumed they had the Cavs over a barrel using supposed offers from the Heat, leaked by the Phoenix front office to try and push the Cavs into sweetening the deal.
In reality Ferry let his bishop dangle (Zydrunas and Hickson), while setting up to grab a knight (Jamison,) to cover the bishop he situated his rook (bogus magette trade, and bogus murphy trade) and as the Suns maneuvered their queen (Stoudemire: No disrespect the queen is a very powerful piece!) into position, Ferry was in prime position to take the queen? or attack the knight to establish your strongest position against the king (Kobe, Lakers, Phil)? Kerr mistook kindness for weakness, or stupidity, and assumed Ferry would go for the queen (Stoudemire) with a repaired knee, weak rebounding numbers in an uptempo offense, and limited streaky range. Or the knight (Jamison) a player who could strike in angles the cavaliers lacked, the stretch 4 with midrange game, great demeanor, solid defense and 3 point range. The clock ticked, Kerr moved in haste and tried to set up one more move, going for check mate (an additonal 1st rounder + Hickson...WTF?), but Ferry thought more quickly, and struck with decisiveness. Hidden pawn (Ilguaskas + the 1st rd pick, ilgauskas will be reacquired) to Knight, check on the king (Lakers/Suns en masse blank faced in disbelief!), will this be check mate? Who knows, but Ferry showed his friend Kerr that you may be a better player but "If I put you on the clock I will chew your ass up too!" and we just have to wait and see if the young master in training Fresh (LBJ) will play everyone as adroitly as his teacher and put everyone on the clock and chew them up! KOBE, PHIL, PAU, RON RON and LO do not underestimate the pupil and watch your crown.
Check and Mate!
I had to use a Writing 101 approach to get through that, sir. I had to pre-read, read and re-read, but I finally got it, and I agree with you. Stoudemire may have more "sex appeal," but Jamison is a much better fit for the Cavs; he is excellent at creating his own shot and has more experience and maturity than Stoudemire.
BTW, "Fresh" is an amazing movie, one of the best movies of the 90's, if you ask me. It really, really sucked to see Curtis get shot over nothing; he wasn't even talking trash.
Thanks OJJ for taking the time, usually I write in a fairly direct manner, but the process of this deal getting done was so convoluted and murky it really feels like Jamison was the target the whole time and much like chess the process of getting there with the desired result took a myriad of moves. For a movie without a huge budget, Fresh is in my top 10 indy films of the modern era. the double, double cross, and deception by the underestimated was the only parallel I could draw to represent this...Maybe Milo Minderbinder from Catch 22, and his many shenanigans would fit as well. Although Milo was always openly one step ahead, Fresh took his time Kaiser Soze style.