Latrell Sprewell Update

30 03 2007

Okay so I’m in a ‘Where are they now?’ mood.

I had to wonder. Latrell Sprewell didn’t resign with the Timberwolves because, he claimed, it wasn’t enough money to feed his family. With not a lot of research time involved (I typed in: latrellsprewell.com) I found out just what Sprewell is doing now.

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I had a flashback to Golden State. Don Nelson (then GSW coach, 2nd year w/ Sprewell) talked about the (revolutionary then) neon lights under Sprewell’s car. Looks like that may have always been Spree’s real love.



Cavs’ Pollard apologizes for on-air remark

30 03 2007

Okay, so we’ve got a video source now:

(Original Post: The Ides of March @ 20:33)

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers center Scot Pollard looked into the camera during a recent game and said, “Hey kids, do drugs.”

Pollard was sitting on the bench in street clothes when he made the remark during a 20-second timeout Sunday against Indiana. The Cavaliers didn’t find it funny.

“We have spoken with Scot and certainly do not condone his actions,” general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement Wednesday. “He regrets his mistake, using inappropriate humor, particularly when he has always been very involved in the community, projecting positive messages to our youth. We will handle the issue internally.”

“It was a bad joke,” Pollard said in Thursday editions of The Plain Dealer. “That’s all it boils down to. There are a number of things people could say about it, but it just turned out it was a bad joke. Obviously, I don’t believe that.”

Pollard, who has played in only 17 games this season, was not available Thursday. He would be at practice Friday, the team said.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press



James White

28 03 2007

Wow, two handed dunk from the free throw line!

Please note, this video has music that contains explicit lyrics: If you may be offended by the lyrics, don’t watch the video, or turn your volume down.



NBA Broadband

25 03 2007

Wow, thank god for NBA League Pass and NBA Broadband. I’m traveling in the wonderful but cold state of Alaska and missed most of my beloved Spurs game againest the Sonics. NBA League Pass and NBA Broadband has the game live and archives the games for 48 hours! This rocks!

I have my issues with the NBA but they finally got something right!

Zip

Link to NBA League Pass and NBA Broadband!



A (Pete) Rose by any other name, would be Gilbert Arenas

25 03 2007

Gilbert Arenas posted on his NBA.com Blog that he made $10 bets with fans. The NBA has since removed the incriminating material.

Gilbert said, “I owe somebody 10 bucks. I bet a fan if I had a chance I would make the last shot.”

The Hibachi missed the shot, costing the Wizards the game, and him $10.



Michael Jordan & Danny Ainge together again…

20 03 2007

1993 Jordan vs Ainge

Michael Jordan and Danny Ainge, fierce competitors on the court. Once battling for the Championship, they are now battling for the basement in the Eastern Conference. Another battle may be brewing for the freshman, Kevin Durant, of the Texas Longhorns.

The Celtics were fined $30,000 when Ainge sat next to Durant’s mother during the Big 12 tournament. The Charlotte Bobcats were fined $15,000 for Michael Jordan being quoted in the Charlotte Observer as saying: “the kid in Texas” shows “all the right signs.” (Is that worthy a $15,000 fine?) (Former Celtic, Don Nelson was fined $15,000 for comments regarding Oden and Durant on SI.com)

I’m not sure I get it…

On teams that are as bad as they get in the NBA, wouldn’t you think the NBA would want to encourage the ‘hype’ surrounding these players? Nobody’s signed yet… What do the Celtic and Bobcat fans have to look forward to, the playoffs? Umm.. NO.

What’s with that anyhow? Why does the ‘kid in Texas’ have to be Durant? What can’t it be Acie Law? Definately two freshman players that we will see in the lottery. Will that be this year? Maybe, they’re NCAA elgible till the graduate in 2010.



Flopping keeps cropping up

19 03 2007

The NBA art of simulating an offensive foul may be hated, but it’s unlikely to go away

Doug Haller
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 18, 2007 12:00 AM

The NBA is a scorer’s league. Everything favors the offense: the rules, the officiating, the shot clock. It’s a jump shooter’s game. A penetrator’s paradise.

Backed into a corner, or maybe the lane, today’s defender does the only thing he can to make up the difference.

He flops. And, oh, how the masses cry foul. “It’s definitely frustrating because guys don’t play defense no more,” Suns center Amaré Stoudemire said. “They call it smart basketball.”

Flopping – the art of feigning an offensive foul – is nothing new, it just seems that way. Guys are falling backward – “like they were shot with a gun,” Suns reserve Marcus Banks said – at what seems like a record pace.

Story Link



Steve Nash or Dirk Nowitzki? The NBA MVP goes to…

17 03 2007

With injuries reducing the field for the league’s top personal award, here’s a look at who’s left in the race.

Right before the All-Star break of the NBA season, many websites started speculating on just who will win the NBA MVP. At the time the same names popped up everywhere, and there was a consensus that this year’s was a deep field of potential MVPs with five or six players truly being deserving of the honor.

Following a rash of injuries, some bad streaks and changes in form the MVP race has pretty much narrowed down to two possible candidates. What happened to the rest? Who are even deserving of at least one MVP vote? Let’s take a look at the candidates:

Those who have fallen out of favor:

Link to story!



Bryant Scores NBA Season-Best 65 in Lakers Win

17 03 2007

LOS ANGELES, March 16 (AP) — Kobe Bryant had enough after seven straight losses by the Los Angeles Lakers. He took matters into his own hands against the Portland Trail Blazers and left the court with the fourth highest-scoring game in franchise history.

Bryant scored 24 of his 65 points in the fourth quarter and added nine more in overtime, powering the Lakers to a 116-111 victory on Friday night.

Last season’s scoring champ shot 23-for-39 from the field, 8-for-12 from 3-point range and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Link to story



Terry Stotts gone…

15 03 2007

The era of ‘Coach Terry’s’ in Milwaukee is over.

Terry Stotts, who replaced Terry Porter after the 2004-2005 season (30-52), has been replaced.

Larry Krystkowiak, assistant coach, has been promoted. He agreed to a multi-year contract.

I’ve always believed that NBA teams that lose games as a result of players injury should look first at replacing their athletic trainer and/or strength and conditioning coach. Which brings me to wonder:

How can a professional sports team, serious about competing and winning have their ‘Head Athletic Trainer’ as their ‘Travel Coordinator’ as the Bucks do?

I’ve posed that question to Senator Kohl via his website and will update you as to his response.