Better make that a large coffee, Alice. I've got a long day of goofs and gags ahead of me, and I need to look sharp. Can't afford to get Murphy'd out there.
Anyone who's played sports badly has been told at some point by some coach or other that you need to "keep your head on a swivel out there." In this case, Troy Murphy needed to "keep his head pointed directly in front of him to see the basketball being passed to him out there." Less range of motion needed, but more focus, and it's hard to forget decades of coaching in an instant. You can see the bind he was in.
Let's use this as a teachable moment, friends. When George Santayana wrote that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, I'm pretty sure what he meant was, those who cannot remember a Los Angeles Lakers power forward getting hit in the face with a basketball are condemned to be hit in the face with a basketball.
Thanks, Troy, for helping us conclude what our team of crack researchers shows is the first set of consecutive "in-the-face" posts in BDL history. Shelden Williams let his nose open the door, and you walked right through it into our flat-faced hearts. Pete Townshend references at 9 a.m. Better than espresso.
(For what it's worth, Murphy looked attentive enough in the rest of his 21-plus minutes of floor time on Tuesday night, hitting both of his field-goal attempts and grabbing four rebounds off the bench in the Lakers' 108-99 win over the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center.)
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