With our “Fortunate Moments for Unfortunate Franchises” segment coming to a close earlier this week, we thought it’d be the perfect time to debut a new weekly segment we’ve been thinking about. A Diss Guy is a player/coach/executive who had an awesome week in terms of their basketball lives, while a Miss Guy is a player/coach/executive who’s definitely seen better days on the hard court. Expect them every Friday, and if you have any nominations feel free to comment and let us know what you’re thinking. Hope you enjoy.
It’s pretty hard not to like Brandon Roy. B-Roy has always been a favorite here at The Diss, and I’m thrilled he’s able to kick off this new segment as our Diss Guy of the week. Last December Roy announced his early retirement due to degenerative knees that had already been operated on 6 times and no longer contained any cartilage. His medical team told him that by continuing to play he was risking his ability to walk. Well, that was then and this is now. The great LL Cool J once said, “don’t call it a comeback” but I’m pretty sure B-Roy returning to the NBA just 6 months after retiring can justifiably be labeled as a comeback. Earlier this week Roy reached an agreement with the T-Wolves for 2 years, $10.4 million. I’m not sure what we should expect to see out of Roy production wise but you bet your ass we’re pulling for him. B-Roy is a great basketball player, but more importantly he’s a great person. Congrats, Brandon.
Kobe Bryant is a phenomenal basketball player, but he’s terrible at being married, rocking a goatee, and knowing when to keep his mouth shut. With Major League Baseball on their All-Star break and NFL training camp still a few weeks away – Olympic basketball was the only sporting event being covered this week. In case you missed it, here’s the goatee-sportin’ Bryant explaining exactly how the 92 team had more size and talent but still would fall to the undersized but younger 2012 squad. Really, Kobe? Even if that’s how you really feel, why even bother answering the question – ESPECIALLY in this hypersensitive time when ESPN has NOTHING else to report on? Didn’t you read my damn article about comparisons?! The best part of the story was Michael Jordan’s reaction to Kobe’s comments were that he “absolutely laughed.” Not a great week for the Mamba.