My favorite dimes, in reverse order, from Ricky’s career high, 16-assist night at the office.
Assist #11 (2:31) — Ricky feeds a cutting Love. Kevin never breaks stride en route to an easy dunk.
Assist #15 (3:47) — I was at this game and I was surprised by this pass. Ricky has open teammates everywhere on the court, but instead charges full speed through the lane and creates the angle for this no-look, left-handed drop to Dante.
Assist #4 (0:54) — The angle of the television cameras betrays how fast Ricky zipped this pass from half court to Corey Brewer in the opposite corner. I jumped out of my seat before Corey even hit the shot.
Assist #6 (1:09) — Kenny “The Jet” Smith called this a lucky pass and was immediately and resoundingly informed by his fellow analysts that this is a nightly occurrence from "the Italian Pistol Pete."
Assist #8 (1:29) — Once again, the television angle isn’t great for witnessing the degree of difficulty of this pass. First, Ricky sets up the defense with two consecutive entry passes to Love (see: Assist #5 and Assist #6). Here, he fakes his signature sidearm entry pass to Love and, at the last moment, flicks the ball to Robbie Hummel in the corner instead. The momentum from his arm is still swinging towards Love, and yet Ricky makes an accurate dish in the opposite direction with just his wrist.
Assist #12 (3:05) — The esteemed Jim Peterson nails his analysis of this pass. Ricky is simply playing a different game than every other passer in the league. Even Kevin thinks this pass is coming to him. Unbelievable. This is the reason I bought tickets to every NBA game in Minnesota this year.
“ So I sort of felt like everything had gone wrong. The only reason I’m a musician is because I want to make music that I love. So I found myself putting out some music I didn’t really care about that much, and drinking for the sake of drinking and touring for the sake of touring almost out of habit than out of volition. That’s when I kind of stepped back and asked myself, well, if I’ve dedicated my life to making music why have I done that, what’s important to me, and what should I continue to work on and pursue? Because the culture we live in, of course, has this notion—and again, I sound like a weird, New Age cliche—but this notion that if you can have more, you should have more. If every musician is like, if you can sell more records then people believe you should sell more records. Every hedge fund guy is like, if you can make more money you should make more money. But rarely do people ever stop and take stock of what they’re doing and figure out if more is equating to actual well-being and happiness. Which ultimately, the reason why people work so hard is to create more well-being and happiness for themselves. But if it’s not creating more well-being and happiness, then why keep working in the same way?