Years ago, The Roots’ Black Thought remarked, “If you can’t burn, don’t step into the kitchen.” “Glitches,” the song from which this verse came, was on the soundtrack for a relatively forgettable Chris Rock film, Down to Earth. It was a comedy. Or, I should say, it was meant to be a comedy. But “Glitches” is a solemn, languid track, and Black Thought wasn’t laughing.
Fast-forward 11 years and another comedy, the 2011-2012 NBA pre-season (preceded by the low-budget disaster flick, the NBA Lockout) is coming to a theater near you. And one contributing cast member, perhaps channeling Black Thought, is none too happy about how the production is shaping up. Here’s Kevin Garnett’s take on thing, courtesy of ESPN:
“I think what you see, we’re a rushed league right now,” Garnett said. “Everybody is paying attention to the Chris Paul situation. But I don’t know why everyone’s shocked, because Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things.
“Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.”
Can David Stern cook? Will the NBA get past these “glitches”?
Here’s Black Thought (and the soulful Amel Larrieux) performing “Glitches.”