By Art Garcia, NBA.com
Posted Aug 20 2009 10:08AM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Have to admit it, I was inspired by Paul's visit Wednesday night to the site of this season's All-Star Game. And I'm not talking Pierce of the Boston Three Party. The surname that mattered for those joining me at Cowboys Stadium was McCartney, of Fab Four legend.
There's legendary and then there's The Beatles. (The only other guys in the same musical conversation are Elvis and the original MJ.) Don't think I'm just some graybeard reliving the Good Ol' Days. Truth be told, gray has entered the neighborhood on my chinny chin-chin, but I was born after the boys from Liverpool called it quits, meaning I'm younger than Brett Favre.
Where is this all leading? Glad I asked. Inspired by Sir Paul's three-hour tour de force in the Monument that Jerry Jones Built to Jerry Jones, I present this list of Macca songs played in the sporting capital of Arlington, Texas and relate each to the NBA offseason.
Get Back: The working title of the film project and album that became Let it Be, this goes out to Steve Nash and Gilbert Arenas. The mop-topped, peace-loving Canadian has already pledged to do so, agreeing on a two-year encore to be the Sun King. Agent Zero has gotten back to where he once belonged, if we are to believe reports from Flip Saunders and LeBron.
Here Today: Paul penned this touching tribute to John as an imagined conversation he might have had with his longtime writing partner. We're sending this out to Cleveland, where LeBron now has Shaq to share the spotlight and the burden to bring home a title. This Cavalier partnership isn't for the ages. It's for today.
I've Got A Feeling: Killer track on Let it Be sums up the sentiment down in San Antone. The Spurs pried that (bathroom) window back open by trading for Richardson Jefferson and signing Antonio McDyess. Yes, it doesn't mean much if Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker aren't ship-shape.
Got To Get You Into My Life: The Blazers felt that way about Hedo Turkoglu. The problem is, so did the Raptors. Turk's sudden change of heart left Portland scrambling. After an unsuccessful bid to land Paul Millsap, Andre Miller found his way to the Pacific Northwest.
Here, There and Everywhere: One of McCartney's all-time love songs, we're taking a more literal approach and relating the title to the saga of Q-Rich. Traded four times in a span of seven weeks, Quentin Richardson knows what it's like to be here and then there and finally, well, everywhere. Here's hoping Miami is home, Q.
Live and Let Die: Always a pyrotechnic ear-splitter when performed live. Is there anyone more combustible in the league than Ron Artest? Not content to just coexist with the other 29 teams, Kobe Bryant's crew went James Bond, putting all the bets on the table by bringing Ron-Ron to the West coast.
Band on the Run: That's what they're promising in Big D with the return of J-Kidd and the arrival on Shawn Marion. The Mavs may be a darkhorse, much as George Harrison once fancied himself, but Dirk Nowitzki's band isn't a "registered charity" just yet.
Let It Be: Sam Presti, not Mother Mary, spoke these words of wisdom in Oklahoma City. Armed with plenty of cap space and a Kevin Durant-led nucleus, the Thunder's general manager decided not to rush the process this summer and bring in a pricey vet when the team isn't ready to win. At least not this season. Presti knows the money saved now will be needed to lock up KD, Russell Westbrook and Co. down the line.
I'm Down: Yao Ming and the Rockets' chances are out for the year. Free agent Allen Iverson can't get a sniff. Ricky Rubio can't get out of his Spanish contract. Marcin Gortat couldn't get out of Orlando.
Day Tripper: Stephon Marbury. 'Nuff said.
It's So Easy: Paul went Texan on us by covering this rockin' tune from one of his boyhood idols, Lubbock's own Buddy Holly. Some negotiations seem to go just as smoothly. Rasheed Wallace (Celtics), Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva (Pistons) and McDyess (Spurs) all found new homes in tidy fashion. David Lee isn't humming this tune.
The Long and Winding Road: Here's to Blake Griffin and the rest of the rookies as they embark on the journey of their young lives. Some careers hopefully last, while others are certain to take a detour. For now, they all have hope in common.
Yesterday: Congrats to Michael Jordan, John Stockton, David Robinson and the rest of the upcoming Hall of Fame class. These guys had to go, as in retire, but we'll always believe in their yesterdays.
Jet: Kenny Smith and Jason Terry share this nickname. Nothing too deep here. What do you expect? It's a song about a dog.
And in "The End" ... you know the rest.
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