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.
Patrick Beverley Tribute 2009/10 - Olympiacos BC
"Ένα αφιέρωμα στον Πάτρικ Μπέβερλι και τα κατορθώματα του με τη φανέλα του Ολυμπιακού / A special tribute to the American point guard Patrick Beverley (2009/10 - Olympiacos BC)."
I know I've shown y'all Patrick Beverley highlights before, but I figure since he's back tonight this would be a good time. I love Patrick Beverley. He's probably (definitely) my favorite person on the team. This video was uploaded on Valentines Day of 2015, which makes absolute perfect sense to me and makes me so happy I can't even explain it.
Before Bev was my favorite Rocket, he played overseas with this team, where apparently he was just dunking all the time. Even in Europe he's still got this undeniable swagger, and it makes me wonder if the fans of Europe teams hated him as much as people who aren't fans of the Rockets hate him now. I love that. I love that we have a guy who is so beloved by Houston, and so hated by literally almost anyone else.
There are only 2 comments on this video. They're both in Greek. We're going to talk about both. For your benefit, I'm going to just show you how Google translates them instead of some other way.
WHAT. ARE YOU SERIOUS. WHAT.
Oh, man. This is insane. This is poetry. This is straight poetry. The Greeks were famous for their tragedies but this comment is a goddamn triumph. It's basically a haiku. Do Greeks do haikus? I don't care. This comment is amazing. Thank you so much christos Elgreco, for this comment and for only capitalizing your last name. That's so brave of you. You're a superhero.
There is this famous story about Ernest Hemingway about how he wrote a short story in 6 words and it's super good and super sad and you should look it up, and I realize this guy used a lot more than 6 words, but there is some real, actual despair in the translation of this comment.
"We can be the best leverage we had then but no one can say that" is one of the saddest things I've ever heard. Imagine Phillip Seymour Hoffman delivering that in a movie. Great, I'm crying now. Miss you PSH.
"just was not the player who is now..... ......"
Are you being serious? How am I supposed to get anything done today when I am weeping so profusely at the agony this dude presents in just 8 words. Man. I am broken. Wow.
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.