Posts tagged ‘NBA’

August 26, 2011

Inspiring Story of the Day

by Vince


Stephen Curry has returned to his former college to try to finish his bachelors as the NBA is locked out. How many athletes ever do this?

His weekdays go roughly something like this:

 At 7:30 a.m., he has ankle rehab in a suburb of Charlotte. Curry had surgery at the end of May, and said he’ll be ready to get on the court and play competitively in a few weeks. “I’m not so far behind that I wouldn’t be ready if the season were ready to go in [October],” Curry said.

 After his rehab he makes sure to stop at Chick-fil-A. It’s arguably the most important part of his day.

 From there, it’s about a 40-minute drive to Davidson.

 He works out for a few minutes before his late-morning/early-afternoon classes.

 He then stops in to see McKillop, gets in some more shooting or weight-lifting workouts, then heads home to see his wife later in the afternoon.

 Mondays and Wednesdays are one class; Tuesdays and Thursdays, a double-dip. 

(thanks E.T.!)

June 4, 2011

20 Memorable Moments With Shaq

by Vince

The full list is here. They are all worth checking out. Above:

The Lakers played against the Clippers on March 6, 2000, which also happened to be Shaq’s 28th birthday. The game was considered a Clippers “home game,” prompting Shaq to ask his crosstown rivals for some extra tickets for friends and family. The Clippers refused. Shaq responded by scoring a record 61 points against them that night, and also making some epic plays, including an infamous failed 3 pointer/alley oop pass to Kobe Bryant.

June 2, 2011

Ron Artest Breaks Up An L.A. Club Fight

by Vince

Full report and video here:

TMZ spoke with Artest who told us, “Unfortunately there was a situation at the club and some people had too much to drink, and got unruly and aggressive. I tried to diffuse the situation. Some people just don’t think clearly when they’ve had too much to drink — it’s an unfortunate reality. “

The psychiatrist who he has been seeing must have helped him a lot since his days of yore:

March 30, 2011

Badasses of the Week

by Vince

A quick note – I am down to 20 some papers left to grade. Yay!

I usually end up watching some of Jim Rome is Burning before PTI and Around the Horn. I really don’t care much for Jim Rome and his screed-like sarcasm and jerk-like tendencies.

When I saw him giving one of his final burns today (sorry for the bad quality, it’s the best I could get for today’s show) to the Dallas Mavericks for being a soft team, I yawned a bit. Jim, however, shocked me with the news on the few Dallas players.

Have you heard about Caron Butler? Butler shifted his knee back in place after injuring it in a game so that he wouldn’t have to be carted off the court in-front of his Mom and Grandma. His teammate, Shawn Marion, also has a really disgusting finger injury and it isn’t keeping him from playing.

These guys are bamf’s and get my hat tip for the week.

March 25, 2011

Practice by Allen Iverson

by Vince

Here is a classic to set off you up for your weekend.

February 3, 2011

Admirable Character Watch

by Vince

“Don’t know, don’t care,” Kobe Bryant said when asked if the team was being criticized too harshly. “People that criticize, they can all kiss my ass. I don’t give a s—. I really don’t. I keep the train moving. We’re gonna keep on moving and in June, they’ll say nothing”.

This is him, mind you, telling Jerry West and Magic Johnson to kiss his ass. I am at the point where I greatly respect Kobe’s athletic abilities and achievements but see his character as anything but admirable.

January 12, 2011

Character Watch: Lebron James

by Vince

Check our Lebron Jame’s tweet from last night.

It was ironically (?) after his previous team was drubbed by the LA Lakers 112-57, the lowest scoring effort by the Cavs in their franchise history.

I can understand Lebron may still be hurt by Dan Gilbert’s parting comments, but come on. Show some character and move on. This may be between Lebron and Gilbert but it is still an infliction on his former teammates.

October 25, 2010

Lebron James: What Should I Do?

by Vince

Hat tip: The Awl

September 30, 2010

Enjoy Some Retro Bulls

by Vince

Two great Chicago Bulls clips. The first is all Michael Jordan. The second is the trio of Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.

August 12, 2010

Amare Stoudemire in Tel Aviv

by Vince

Amare has taken some time this summer to spiritually seek out his roots in the Middle East. Here is the exclusive interview:

July 28, 2010

Rethinking Stadium Food: An Interactive Guide

by Vince

Outside the Lines at ESPN presented a report on all 107 stadiums used by the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. What did they find?

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums that were home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association teams in 2009. At 30 of the venues (28 percent), more than half of the concession stands or restaurants had been cited for at least one “critical” or “major” health violation. Such violations pose a risk for foodborne illnesses that can make someone sick, or, in extreme cases, become fatal.

At Tropicana Field — home of the Tampa Bay Rays — every one of the stadium’s 47 food and drink outlets inspected incurred a critical violation during inspections within the past year, according to Florida inspection reports. Violations include food residue in a cooler, toxic chemicals stored too close to food preparation areas, “slime” in the ice machines and thermometers not readily visible to measure the temperature of hot foods.

The interactive guide reveals that all of Florida’s stadiums have  had infractions against them. However:

Other industry representatives said that inspection reports can exaggerate threats, pointing out that minor lapses in a rule — such as a temperature gauge not being properly calibrated or a precooked hot dog a few degrees cooler than it should be — can result in a critical violation that really doesn’t pose a risk to consumers.

If you are somewhat cheap like me and do not prefer $7 hot dogs, this doesn’t bother you much. But this raises the philosophical question of whether or not most people want to know about this. Do you just want to go to the new Cowboys stadium for a football game and eat your hotdog in peace? Or do you care that your hotdog may of been heated at a 71 degree level, nearly half of the 135 degree base that it should be held at?

In the end, I feel that the food at the stadiums, other than maybe some peanuts or a $5 bottle of water, hold little nutritional value and are a risk in and of themselves. Now knowing that there may be mice droppings in food prep areas of slime build up in frozen drink machines makes me even more want to pack some food of my own or watch the game on TV.

July 12, 2010

Racism Will Never End

by Vince

As long as Jesse Jackson is given microphone time:

Shortly after James announced his decision last week, Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland’s fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James’ decision “cowardly” and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.

“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

July 11, 2010

Goodbye Lebron James

by Vince

Cleveland is dismantling his “witness” banner, while some of the Cleveland area may be dismantling soon after.

July 9, 2010

“People simultaneously complain about LeBron and enable him”

by Vince

J.A. Adande begins to wrap up the armageddon weekend for wunderkind Lebron James:

“The Real World” has been on for 19 of LeBron’s 25 years on the planet. He practically doesn’t know life without it. He doesn’t know an existence when private matters were just that, before every kiss and every spat were played out in front of the cameras. So it only makes sense that he would create a show to reveal his choice, that he would drag teams and fans along until the camera’s red light comes on at 9 p.m. ET.

These were two actual, back-to-back headlines on one sports website (which one is irrelevant; we’ve all been guilty of sensationalizing the most trivial developments): “LeBron James Shows Up At Camp.” And “LeBron James Joins Twitter in Advance of Free Agency Announcement.” So a camp appearance and a new Twitter account are now considered national news?

July 9, 2010


by Vince

Hat tip: Erik Jacobs

July 9, 2010

Dan Gilbert’s Meltdown over Lebron James

by Vince

Last night, Lebron James ended his 7 year tenure with the Cav’s to venture south and join up with Chris Bosh and Dwayne wade and the Miami Heat. The owner of the Cleveland Cav’s had the following to say. I will recap some of the stand out ones:

“He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert said in a phone interview with The AP. “People have covered up for (James) for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is.”

Gilbert feels James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland.

“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”

The following is some from a direct letter by Gilbert on the Cav’s website:

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

Finally, some more of Gilbert as he talked to the AP:

“It’s not about him leaving,” Gilbert said. “It’s the disrespect. It’s time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I’ve been holding this all in for a long time.”

Also note that the letter from Gilbert on his teams website was in a Comic Sans font. In general, this is not the norm by an owner. I wonder what David Stern will say to this all.

July 6, 2010

King James enters the Twitter World

by Vince

ESPN is going  bonkers on this and this huge free agency summer.

June 30, 2010

Dirk Nowitzki out of Dallas?

by Vince

ESPN thinks not. Think so?