Sitting here reading Steve Nash's latest injury report at I Love Boba, where "The Monster" by Eminem/Rihanna is currently blasting at an obnoxiously high volume, I just noticed the uncanny similarities between my favorite baller (Nash) and rapper (Eminem) of all-time, and am overcome with sadness at their paralleling fall from grace.
-Both were shrimpy white guys that started in humble beginnings, but went on to dominate their respective mostly-Black-dominated professions
-Both are considered revolutionary maestros, with Nash orchestrating the most efficient offensive system the NBA has ever seen, and Em single-handedly mainstream-izing hip-hop with his unique lyrical and musical genius
-Both reigned as king of their games when paired with their wingmen. In those 2000s, no defensive scheme could stop the Nash-Stoudemire pick-and-roll, and the Dr. Dre-Eminem duo routinely put other established rappers out of business.
-With their individual brilliance, they set up the careers of several newbs they came in contact with who wouldn't have had the careers they had otherwise:
Nash - Leandro Barbosa, Boris Diaw, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye
Eminem - Obie Trice, Royce da 5'9, 50 Cent
-Both are now nearly 40 and have been declining precipitously for the past half-decade
-Both have compromised their true selves, have sold out for what is popular (Nash's bolting to the big-market Lakers; Em basically becoming the Bieber of rap in his past two albums), and are now putting out subpar products by teaming up with mainstream trash (Nash ->Kobe, Em->Rihanna)
-and as much as it hurts to admit it, both should've retired long ago.
Steve Nash and Eminem, I grew up with you guys. Steve, I've watched every game you played in from 2006-2012, and have faithfully endured 8 years of bullcrap from ignorant Laker fans because of you. Em, I nintentionally memorized 10 of your hits (every. single. word.) from top to bottom because i used to sing them in the shower every day.
You've had legendary careers. But I think it's time to finally hang em up, fellas. Preserve your legacies and your dignities. As hard as it will be to see you both finally gone, it's even harder to stomach watching the shell of you try to keep doing what you just can't anymore.
from a fan