Look, there is too much hate in the world. I don't really hate anyone. Neither should you.
But I "hate" the idea of "Kyrie Irving." In terms of my emotional health, (always a fragile thing), I need "Kyrie Irving" to exist in the modern (epistemologically founded) sense as a subject and object, as a representation of the sad state of truth (or "Truth") as a master narrative. He embodies, for me, the "I'm just asking questions" ethos that has broken me, and us, and the idea of community.
So, the human Kyrie Irving deserves respect, dignity and love. But "Kyrie Irving?"
Let slip the dogs of war my friends. Let your contempt unfold like a beautiful blossom.
But----BUT---you can't live on hate. You live on love. And I love Jaylen Brown. And the difference here is that I can both love Jaylen Brown and I also "love" the idea of "Jalen Brown."
Because Jalen Brown is the true "basketball savant" in this here contest. He read the defense, drove baseline and then -- and pay attention here -- he doubled back into the lane and pulled three Nets his direction, from the overrated Goran Dragic to the irrelevant Bruce Brown to the aforementioned Uncle Drew. Even Durant kind of drifted, caught in no-man's land, and from there everything else could happen--Smart's dribble, Tatum's cut, Kyrie's befuddlement. THE MAN WAS BEFUDDLED. BE-FUDDLED.
Jaylen Brown did not throw up a contested fade with four seconds left on the clock. He saw a slight advantage and turned it into victory. He heard a beautiful hoops symphony in his mind before we perceived the first notes. He knew iso-ball would not get it done.
And here's why I am happy. Jaylen's play give me hope -- hope that the greater good -- the community -- can be redeemed by wise individuals subordinating individual satisfaction so that many can be raised up. Jalen's pass made Smart's pass possible which made Tatum's layup possible which made my heart heal and did incremental but vital good for the wounded soul of America.
"Kyrie Irving" thinks the world exists around him. Jaylen Brown shows us that you build a new, better world every single goddam day, with unstinting generosity, concern for others, profound integrity, and a radical belief that our collective happiness is more important than individual satisfaction. Jalen is love.
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