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02
Mar

Witness the birth of a genius.

Another YouTube gem. Highlights of Michael Jordan abusing San Antonio way back in ’84. In only his ninth pro game, he gave the Spurs 45 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. This was his first 40+ effort, but if you listen to the commentators, you’ll hear them mention that he had already scored 37 earlier in the season.

It’s all on display here. The creativity, the relentless assault on the rim, the steals, the yet to be perfected jump shot, the hang time, the passing ability, the ball-handling. Ali is probably the only athlete to ever make greatness look so damn good.

17
Feb

If you can dunk and have tattoos, you’re an inmate.

At least you are according to the racist drivel spouted by Ken Levine over at the Huffington Post. Writing about Tim Hardaway’s recent idiotic rant, Levine wrote.

Here’s what the average sports fan sees when he comes across an NBA game: mean, arrogant, scary looking, tattooed, prison inmates. Not exactly All-American role models unless you’re a gang member or skinhead.

Wow. A non-moron might just appreciate their skill and ability without making sweeping generalizations because of their body art. Levine takes a quote from one former player and spins every single NBA athlete into a menace to society.

Mean? Arrogant? Scary looking? Prison inmates? Come on Ken. At least be man enough to say what you really mean. Niggers. The way you worded it only makes your comments racist and cowardly.

The intelligent thing might have been to take some time and see what other players had to say about John Amaechi’s revelation. I wonder what one of the leagues many bright, educated, considerate individuals had to say about the situation. Grant Hill, what are your thoughts?

“The fact that John has done this, maybe it will give others the comfort or confidence to come out as well, whether they are playing or retiring.”

It would probably be a good idea for Levine to avoid writing about the NBA at all since he clearly has no idea what he’s talking about. As evidenced by this gem:

The NBA wonders why it has such a horrible image, why its glittering All-Star game isn’t even televised on a broadcast network. Then it allows kids to drop out of college or skip college altogether to join the league.

Allows kids to drop out of college? First of all, players have to be at least one year removed from high school to declare for the NBA draft. Second, it’s not the NBA’s business or responsibility to make sure that individuals go to or stay in college. The last I checked, there are tons of professions that allow people to join their ranks without a college degree.

Ariana, you can’t be this desperate for contributors.

18
Jan

This is a great week to be sports fan with a funny bone.

You would think that, given his history, Ron Mexico would really be trying to keep his nose clean. As for Kwame Brown, that story has so many WTF moments in it, it seems to real to be true.


Vick surrenders water bottle

By CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI (AP) – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick reluctantly surrendered a water bottle to security at Miami International Airport that smelled like marijuana and contained a substance in a hidden compartment.

Police said Thursday it could be weeks before a decision is made on whether to file charges. “We’ll do an analysis and see what it is. There’s no sense of urgency to it,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said Thursday.

The bottle was found to have a compartment that contained “a small amount of dark particulate and a pungent aroma closely associated with marijuana,” the police report said. The compartment was hidden by the bottle’s label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright, police said.

Vick entered an airport concourse Wednesday morning with the 20-ounce bottle. His initial reluctance to turn over the bottle aroused suspicion among airport security screeners, a police report said. He eventually handed it over and boarded his flight to Atlanta.

Police said the bottle was sent to the Miami-Dade County crime lab.

Vick did not immediately return a phone call early Thursday.

“We plan to look into the matter and discuss it with Michael Vick before having any further comment,” Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said.

Under Florida law, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanour punishable by up to a year in prison and a US$1,000 fine. First offenders rarely do any jail time.

Two Transportation Security Administration screeners recognized the six-foot, 215-pound Vick.

Vick’s younger brother, Marcus, is a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. Michael Vick was the overall No. 1 draft pick in the 2001 NFL draft. In 2006, Michael Vick passed for more than 2,400 yards and also topped 1,000 yards rushing.

No charges against Brown for throwing cake
By Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
January 18, 2007

SAN ANTONIO — For the second time since his arrival in Los Angeles, Kwame Brown had a police report filed against him, this one involving a birthday cake.

The Lakers center was accused of ruining a $190 chocolate cake belonging to a birthday celebrant, Alexander Martinez, who was holding it outside a Hermosa Beach club early Saturday morning.

Brown was out with a group of teammates for Ronny Turiaf’s birthday, when he exited the club at about 2 a.m., grabbed the cake and threw it, hitting Martinez’s upper back, according to a police report. Brown then left in a limousine.

Turiaf said Wednesday that the cake was meant to hit him, which it did on the back of the head, but he declined further comment.

The Lakers had defeated the Orlando Magic at Staples Center a few hours before the incident.

Martinez, listed at 5 feet 9 and 165 pounds in the report, was out for a 30th birthday celebration with his wife and other friends. He filed his police report 12 hours later.

The district attorney declined to file charges against Brown, who was unavailable for comment and is not traveling with the Lakers on their three-game trip because he has been sidelined by a sprained ankle.

“It was a misunderstanding,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “We’re glad that the authorities saw that it’s without merit. This can be put behind us and we can move on now.”

Before the cake toss, Martinez had asked for, and received, a photo with Turiaf outside a different club, according to the report.

After the incident, the accuser saw Lamar Odom exiting a nearby pizza place and told the Lakers forward what had happened.

One of Odom’s friends, described as a possible bodyguard in the report, pushed Martinez into the street and told him to “Get away from Lamar.”

Odom, however, told his friend to leave Martinez alone. “Calm down,” Odom said, according to the report. “He didn’t do anything.”

Odom also did not travel on the Lakers’ trip because of an injury.

Brown was accused of sexual assault by a college student last May in the middle of the Lakers’ first-round playoff series against Phoenix. Prosecutors declined to file charges because of insufficient evidence.

mike.bresnahan@latimes.com

15
Nov

Fan says Kobe went WWE on him.

KobeSuns

Kobe should just go ahead and plead guilty to everything and get it over with.

Bryant sued by Grizzlies fan
/ Associated Press
Posted: 58 minutes ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Kobe Bryant is being sued by an Arkansas man, who claims the Los Angeles Lakers star deliberately elbowed him during a Memphis Grizzlies’ game last year.

Bill Geeslin sat in the stands when the Lakers played in Memphis last Nov. 14. His three-page federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims that Bryant came off the court during play, landed on Geeslin and “without provocation” committed assault and battery when he struck Geeslin with his elbow.

Geeslin claims seeks more than $75,000 in damages for unspecified injuries that required medical attention.

Geeslin’s attorney, Robert Coleman, declined to elaborate on the filing Wednesday but said he hadn’t been in contact with Bryant’s attorneys or agent.

A call to Bryant’s agent seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The Grizzlies won last year’s game 85-73.




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