Saturday, October 4, 2014

AOTW: Just Stop Right Now and You Might Not Do Anymore Damage

Welcome back to the Asshole of The Week, where each Friday we choose from the week's news stories one person, place, or thing that is the absolute worst.  This week we have a braggart who is bringing his own generation down with his fuckery.  Enjoy!

Generational stereotypes are grossly exaggerated and unfair.  Judging an individual based on their particular age group, or generational position is hand in hand with ageism and incredibly ignorant, not to mention short sided.

In our society, we usually focus on one age group to stereotype at a time, singling them out for ridicule. Baby boomers got it for a long time, then Gen-Xers, and currently the eyes and guns are set on Millennials, those unfortunate souls who are still currently in their mid-to-early twenties.

We portray them as lazy, ineffectual, apathetic, coddled children, who'd rather be given a hand-out than make something of themselves.  Content to brag about their accomplishments, even when they are less than impressive.  Now, obviously people in their 20s are not the complacent, self-esteem-bloated solipsists that the popular culture supposes them to be.  For the majority of young people, the opposite is true.

And yet!  It only takes one to give every single hard working Millennial a bad wrap.  

Here is 22-year-old Dion Waiters, born in 1991, an actual baby to chase that baited hook on the cover of Nevermind. Waiters is beginning his third year of paid work in his chosen profession, playing shooting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This week, he has been involved in a public disagreement with the Washington Wizards about which of their teams might be said to have the best guards in the NBA.

Kinda like two color blind people arguing over which one can see more hues.
The quick answer is neither.  Although Washington can at least make a case with the All Star John Wall at point guard and Bradley Beal improving every day at shooting guard.  Now while the Cavs do have their own All Star guard in Kyrie Irving, he has to be paired with...Dion Waiters.

Who is Dion Waiters?  It's okay if you don't know, he is happy to tell you:

Even if you know nothing at all about basketball, you can still appreciate the fact that this is how the caption of the YouTube clip that Waiters is bragging about begins:

If you want to understand why Dion Waiters isn't a good player, this would be a good video to watch.

Maybe Waiters missed this comment because he was too bush re-watching himself score 24 points.  Now that's not 24 points in a quarter, that would have been legendary.  Not 24 in a half, which is a player carrying his team.  That is 24 points in a game.  Something most NBA players can and should be expected to do.  2014 Vlade Divac, whose knees are so destroyed he probably cannot run, could score 24 points a game right now.

Twenty-four points is a resoundingly ordinary performance for an NBA player—particularly for a shooting guard like Waiters, whose main job is scoring points. Seven players averaged 24 or more points per game last season, led by Kevin Durant's 32.0 points per game. At one point, Durant went three months scoring more than 24 points in every single game.

Waiters is the 50th highest scorer who is in a 30 team league, and regards that pedestrian clip as a glorious conversation ender.  Just in case you forgot BUCKETS DNT LIE people.  Again, all it takes is one asshole like this flaunting his unearned self-esteem, and every regular Millennial will suffer.  

Congratulations Mr. Waiters, you are the Asshole of The Week.  Remember, just cause you are next to the man (LeBron) now, does not make you the man.  Fuck outta here with that noise.

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