Ethan Rothstein, our editor in chief and chief who is also an editor, asked me to start a weekly column, in which I bring you the Weird Rockets Video of the Week. At first I was like, "Are there really that many videos that I could use," and the answer to that question was yes, yes, an overwhelmingly intense and absolute yes. I don't think we knew what we were getting ourselves into.
Here is this week's video.
How to Pronounce Vernon Maxwell (NBA)
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I debated whether or not I would pick this video this week. I mean, to me, it is a gem. A 100% gem. I thought I should keep this video to myself and then I thought, "You know what? No. They deserve this. This deserves to be seen. This is a video for the masses. Also for those who don't know how to speak English."
Vernon Maxwell, as you probably know, played for the Rockets during their golden years, playing a massive role in the 1994 championship before quitting on the squad in 1995 in response to the Clyde trade. He's apologized. He regrets it. I forgive him. You should too.
Other context: there are lots of videos like this on YouTube. They're supposed to help people learn how to speak English in a North American accent. It is probably very useful and in some cases super necessary for some people and it is a generally good thing that it exists. This video is exceptional because it's like, "People who don't speak English really ought to know how to say the name of this 1990's NBA player." I love this video. Oh wow, I love this video, man.
I love that it's a robot voice. I love that it says "Vernon Maxwell" twice, as if you might have missed it the first time. I love that there is a spiral intro animation, like it's a PowerPoint presentation they made for a project in middle school. I love that the description is so confident in this sub-150 view video that it asks you to buy a t-shirt. I strongly considered buying one. I really did.
Here is the best comment from this video. I had 0 to choose from.
Oh wow. No comments. I'll fix that.
Here is the best comment from this video. I had 1 to choose from.
I do, Emma Saying. I really really do.
That was your Weird Rockets Video of the Week. Come back next Wednesday when I'll show you some other ridiculous thing because this is who I am now.