I’ve been thinking, Maybe having a team full of nice guys and solid citizens isn’t the best way to build a roster. Sure Emeka Okafor, Sean May, Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson are all nice upstanding guys but sometimes you need someone on your roster that your opponents are scared of. Not simply scared that you might drop 40 on them or turn them into a Sportscenter top 10 highlight, but scared that you might handle things outside of the “normal” parameters of an NBA game like our good friend Xavier McDaniel did in this particular example. Yeah, X may have taken it a little too far… just slightly I suppose, but I guarantee you that after the attempted strangulation he regarded Mr. McDaniels and the rest of the Sonics with a far greater amount of respect.
I miss the old days with the likes of Charles Oakley, Xavier McDaniel, Rick Mahorn and Bill Lambier terrorizing the opposition. I know that this is supposed to be David Stern’s kindler / gentler NBA, but I think we could use a little bit more old school thuggishness from days gone by.