THE MINUTE: August 19, 2019



If you haven't been able to tell, the website got a little revamp. I think it looks extra tasty; very crisp. The only downside is that we got new font and it's throwing me off a bit. I honestly didn't even know that you could alter the font we use in the blogs but that's why I'm not our resident computer scientist. Do we have one of those? Another slow news day ahead, I'm just waiting for school and the fall to start and ramp up, I'm getting bored out here.


HOOPS


There's mutual interest between Dwight Howard and the Lakers



I "reported" on this yesterday, but I'll insert more of my thoughts on it here. After Boogie tore his ACL last week, the Lakers' depth instantly took a big hit. I'm assuming Boogie was set to be the starting center and with him out, JaVale McGee will slide into the opening lineup. For all the shit McGee gets, he actually had a really, really good season last year as he averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 62.4% shooting with a 21.8 PER. That's not a stat line that necessarily jumps off the page at you, but if you have a championship in sight, that kind of efficiency should get a team excited. While McGee provides value and stability at center, the Lakers still need at least one more big man to fill out the roster and add depth to a team that's entering the season as co-favorites with the neighboring Clippers to win the Finals.


I covered Dwight Howard's path yesterday so I'm going to cut straight to the opinions. I like the idea of Dwight going to LA, again. It's one of those "Why not?" ideas: he's a Hall of Famer, why not take the chance on him? It feels so dumb saying "take a chance" when it comes to a player like Howard; obviously we know what he can do. There aren't many other options remaining on the free agent market for centers besides Howard and Joakim Noah, and even though I love Joakim and would love to see him get a ring, Howard fits the Lakers plans a lot better. He's still beyond capable of averaging a double-double, and if the Lakers prefer to play him sparingly, he can still provide a massive impact. In his prime, Howard was one of the most athletic and dominant players in the league; that doesn't just all fade away. Watching LeBron and Dwight run the floor and tossing lobs for the Los Angeles Lakers is something eleven-year-old me couldn't even fathom when I was standing in Champs using a crisp $50 bill on an authentic Dwight Magic jersey. If a deal is going to be reached, I can only assume that it'll be sooner than later. I guess we'll have to wait and see.


TV


"Succession" dives into new media


Kendall Roy after getting a fat loogy hocked onto his face

I pulled an Irish goodbye last night in order to get home and watch last night's episode of "Succession", my favorite show currently airing. The trials and tribulations of the Roys are the best part of my Sunday nights; I'm so glad it's back. Before I dive in I want to pose this question that may or may not have an obvious answer: do (almost) all HBO characters never feel the need to grow personally? I feel like most are almost always taking steps backwards until their lives completely implode, and the majority of characters in "Succession" fit the mold. Except Cousin Greg, who's moving up in the world. Remember when he was in "Sky High"?


Alright, so it feels like everyone is taking their own paths to fulfill their own personal goals but I have an inkling they're all going to cross and shit is going to hit the fan hard. Since the first episode, all of the Roys have been yearning for their father's spot of CEO at Waystar, a media conglomerate that I just realized is supposed to be Fox News (right? Was that super obvious and I'm just dumb? Is Logan supposed to be Roger Ailes?). Last week, Shiv was told by her father that she is his pick to succeed him at the company. While an enticing opportunity, it provides a bit of a conflict of interest, as Shiv has also been offered the position of Chief of Staff of the United States by her current boss, presidential candidate Gil Eavis. CEO of a massive media company and Chief of Staff of the country, wow. Both seem like hyper-stressful jobs that I would definitely fuck up at. I'm just going to fast-forward a bit, but after some arguments and deliberation, Shiv quits Gil's campaign and tells Logan that she's ready to go all in, but wants to take over faster than her father's original three-year plan calls for. He agrees, but will his promise hold true? Logan isn't opposed to playing games, though, even with his own family. Does he get off mentally torturing his children? He's the puppet master. There also appears to be rising tension between Shiv and her husband, Tom, who also has his sights on moving up in the company. Is there a Shiv collapse on the horizon? Hopefully it's not as detrimental, or fatal, as Kendall's.