From the LA Times’ Mark Medina, who’s reporting from Lakers training camp, comes this interesting quote from the Former Ron Artest. When asked if Steve Nash is the smartest player on the Lakers: "He's white, so probably yes." Classic. But what about Pau Gasol? Oh wait, he is Spanish.
UPDATE: The NBA has rescinded LeBron James' strange technical foul, where LeBron barreled into defender Gerald Henderson but was called for a technical supposedly for the action immediately after the play - though it was exceedingly clear that there was nothing malicious about it. The announcers are even clueless as to what happened. See for yourself: This was is literally one of the worst calls I have ever seen. Said LeBron about the call after the game: "I got fouled and got a technical. ... They didn't tell me nothing." Technical fouls in the preseason don't count against a player's total, so it's really neither here nor there, except for the fact the NBA has actually acknowledged the blown call.
NBA.com’s annual survey of NBA GMs came out today, and as always there were some rather interesting tidbits. First off, the results signify their belief that white players try real hard because they have limited natural ability, and the man above personifies their belief. Love, who won the best offensive rebounder with 53.3% of the vote, also topped the list of "players that make the most of limited natural ability." Of course, the rest of the list is mostly white players too. Marc Gasol finished second and since 2008, 17/21 players on this list have been fully or partially (Shane Battier!) white. Battier was third on the list this year. Of all players receiving votes in 2012, five out of the top six were fully white (Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner and Nick Collison came in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.). Here are the rest of the vote-getters: Roy Hibbert, Jared Dudley, Kevin Durant, Danny Green, Chuck Hayes, Kris Humphries, Paul Millsap, Steve Nash, Steve Novak, Luis Scola, Anderson [Read more...]
After enjoying a memorable four-year career together, guards Marcus Denmon and Kim English were taken in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft last night. The duo, part of the winningest class in Mizzou history, had their dreams realized last night when the the Detroit Pistons took Kim English with the 44th pick in the NBA Draft and the San Antonio Spurs selecting Denmon 15 spots later at No. 59, the next-to-last selection of the night. English, the true son from Baltimore, Maryland will be remembered most for his memorable run in the Big 12 Tournament to win MVP, coming off the bench as a freshman on a tear in the NCAA Tournament including going OFF against Marquette and coming off the bench to hit the game-winning free throws for an injured JT Tiller and his love for Missouri (he is also a great ambassador for the University) and an epic person to follow on Twitter (@Englishscope24). English came to Missouri as a four-star recruit with a lot of expectations. He was on his way to [Read more...]
In case you have forgotton that Delonte West is a classless piece of trash - here is another reminder:
Life has turned upside down for Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. In a good way. Two weeks ago Lin was a fourth stringer and on the verge of being released for the third time this year. Now, he has scored the most points in NBA history thru first five starts (below), sells out Arenas (both of Lin's road games as a starter have resulted in the biggest crowds of the season in both Minnesota and Toronto), is cheered on the road and received a roaring ovation as he hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock in the Knicks 90-87 win, scoring the last six points of the game. The Knicks were a miserable 8-15 and head coach Mike D'Antoni's job was in doubt. Now, they have now won six in a row since Lin was inserted into the starting lineup. "Linsanity" is sweeping the nation, but unlike TebowMania, Lin is actually producing. He is racking up points for me in fantasy basketball. P.S. Mizzou alum Linas Kleiza registered a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds [Read more...]