Can I Get a Ride?

This is just an adorable story about one of the NY Knick's rotation players Marshall Plumlee. Living outside of Manhattan, he's taken to bumming rides from teammates to and from the games in Madison Square Garden.

"Not wanting to deal with driving in the city was a factor, but that wasn't the only factor," Plumlee told Bleacher Report. "I realized early on the train was really convenient, and that I could save on gas, and also that my teammates didn't mind taking me."

He goes on to parallel some of the comments shared by Mike Jones from the part 2 portion of our podcast which hasn't yet aired.

"It's a great opportunity to talk to teammates about the life, the season. I really look forward to the rides now." 

Mike Jones pointed out how much he's enjoyed not having a car and one of his primary points was how nice it has been sharing rides with friends and the quality of the conversations that flow naturally from the experience of two friends sitting next to each other with limited distractions.

During times when my car is in the shop or something similar I have had a similar experience that the car rides I bum almost always quickly evolve into some of the most interesting dialogues, and that I truly become closer to the people who provide the lift. In each circumstance, the person giving me a ride seems all to happy to do so and even looks forward to giving me a ride the next day. Similarly when I have given people a ride home, I have always enjoyed the experience and have never felt put out by it.

"Now that I think about it, I sound like a lazy ass," Plumlee said. "I try to sneak in some gifts to the guys to compensate, so I feel OK with the balance structure, but maybe I'm off."

Yet, inevitably, I find myself having a similar train of thought whenever I consider asking someone for a ride. The anxiety I feel when confronted with asking a friend for a ride is second to relatively few other social interactions. I can only imagine most people feel similarly. I think it highlights a strong area of opportunity in our culture to ask for help and consider sharing our resources. 

The article also highlights one of my favorite dynamics in sports culture, when brothers all make the professional leagues and are asked about one another. 

One of Plumlee's brothers, Miles, a center for the Charlotte Hornets, said he wasn't surprised to hear that his younger brother had eschewed driving himself to work and instead been "bumming rides."
"Marshall does a lot of things that don't make sense," Miles told Bleacher Report in a phone interview earlier this month. "He's a little weird."
He also said the roads are probably safer without his brother driving on them: "I'll say this: Anytime he's switching lanes on a highway, I get a little nervous. And somehow, anytime he borrows a car from someone in the family, it comes back damaged."

Feeling the slight chill from his brother's shade, Marshall replied:

"If Miles wants to throw me under the bus, fine," he said. "But I'll just say this: I've gotten one ticket and into one accident in my life. The accident wasn't my fault. Meanwhile, we've had, like, four family cars and Miles has totaled all of them." 

Cute, but it has nothing on the Lopez brother's who left us with another classic moment this week when Robin got in a heated altercation.

"I've heard about it through multiple people; people were telling me about it during the game," Brook said.
He continued, "Maybe we'll get a grudge match. Who knows. I'm pulling for Ibaka, though."
When told that Robin threw the first punch, Brook said, "He always does, though! He's messed up like that."

Never stop bickering, boys.