Locker room talk: rolling basketball thread

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"What do the Suns have to do to win without Devin Booker"

"They've got to play very good basketball, Jon, they'll have to have tight offense, be good on defense"

"Thanks for the insight Marv"
 

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My friend Linebaugh made a really smart comment I thought about how the younger generation is increasingly moving away from traditional masculine friendships, where large swathes of personal and emotional subjects are effectively tabooed. Where every male friendship is really a menage a trois between two males and shared interest (bands, sports, politics, detectoring).

I think you can also look at the evolution of competitiveness in basketball. Nowadays the players are all very friendly with each other. The fights are you know a dramatic performance Goffman would say not quite knowing but definitely fueled by set and setting and role play. In the olden days not so. At least that's what players say. Maybe this is just a belief in the water stream, a nice pattern, man softens up over time, that quote about strong men make good times make soft times make bad men. A meme.
 

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The athletes all praise each other at press conferences. Can't say whether it's new I just know people say it's new
 

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Less frigid a bit more in touch with the unconscious maybe a little less kept in shape by demanded decorum
 

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I think alot of that was regards to pay. The top level nba players in the 80s and 90s all seemed to be chummy for the most part. And how can you be mad if youre in that position.

its not exactly a problem to have but I can imagine theres a bitterness for the guys below who may have a six year career and dont have enough cash to properly retire .
 

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Now as long as you get drafted in the first round youre pretty much set for life. Dont need to play a game past your rookie contract. Why be mad.
 

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This is why I say the bullying is the best part of male relationships. Its always pushing at the boundaries of a relationship and has no task based utility. In this sense its purer than being nice to one another because niceness is a tool for utilitarian gain.
 
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