By Craig Kwasniewski
News from the NBA is starting to slow down. Except for some minor player movements (that I will cover in Player Movement, Part 3), there's not much going on. So while we're waiting to see if A.I. will get traded or not, I found a few links that you can check out.
BTW - This is what I really hate about this part of the season, the bullshit trade rumors. Talkradio screamers here in LA are debating on whether the Clippers should trade Shaun Livingston and Corey Maggette for A.I. This, like 99.9% of summer trader rumors, will NEVER happen. Yet somehow it doesn't stop all three sportstalk stations from taking calls from "Clipper Nation" on the deal.
Personally, I hope the Clips get A.I. The NBA is in dire need of a team with turmoil (the Knicks are too shitty to count). Unless LeBron cold-cocks D-Wade during one of his 47 freethrow attempts, the NBA is becoming very niiiiiice. We need that constant internal bickering. Admit it, as much as you hated the 2004 Lakers, you still loved hearing all the drama. Bring A.I. to LA and bring in the drama!
But until then, here's some links to check out:
Kevin Garnett: World Traveler - Read what KG's
ghostwriter "blog" thinks about his Adidas promotional trip to the far east. Along the way you get some great insight like:
"I don't know if you know that, but I love sushi." - (How nice!)
"the Garnett ’06 India only shoe. There are only 100 total pairs available." - (Guaranteed to sell on Ebay for $1,000 - RARE India Only Exclusive!!!!!!)
"we just signed Mike James... I think our team will be much better next season." - (Oh you think so doctor?)
"Stay tuned. Peace"
NBA Photo Gallery: Ben Wallace - "Fear the Fro" one last time with this 45 photo retrospective. There's some Orlando pics in here also.
Isiah Thomas Highlight T-Shirt - WOW!!! What a shock that Isiah Thomas' "Highlights" gear is on sale!!! There's so many jokes here, I can't wait until the Knicks edition comes out... nevermind.
Meet the RimRocker's Dancers - I'm talking about the NBADL's Arkansas Rimrockers. Warning: Do not google "Rimrocker" while at work.
Blazers 25 Point Pledge - I actually thought this was their promise to lose every game by 25 points. Instead it's the Blazers, "vow to restore this franchise to the level of respectability that you deserve."
(You can stop laughing now.)
Personally, I was hoping for more police blotter activity from the City of Roses. This thing makes me sad.
Lucky’s Blog from China - That's the Celtic's mascot Lucky, for those of you keeping score at home (BTW - after 20 plus years since the last title and the deaths of Bias and Lewis, I'd look to rename the mascot).
This first entry starts with, "Hello Celtics fans, this is your favorite New England mascot here... Lucky the Leprechaun!"
I stopped reading there. But if you have free time you can read about the madcap adventures of another shitty marketing idea from the Celtics. And you wonder why Larry Bird isn't working in the C's front office. I just feel sorry for the children of China. Your only NBA exposure is some lame-ass mascot, od-ing on speed and reeking of alcohol dunking off a trampoline. Greg Kite is rolling over in his grave.
2006 Grizzlies Public Address Announcer Auditions - Join in the latest trend of sounding like you inhaled 25 liters of helium while doing your best impression of that announcer guy from the And-1 Tour.
"A missed jumper by Paaaaaauuuuuuu Gaaaaasssssssooooollllllll!!!!!!! OH NOOO HE DI-INT!!"
Spurs Wallpaper Round 2 NBA Playoffs: - Obviously some sort of web error, didn't the Spurs lose Game 7 to Dallas? So why would their website put up a wallpaper celebrating the loss?
06/28/2006 - M. Kupchak on the Lakers' draft - The caption for this video is, "Los Angeles General Manager Mitch Kupchak on the Lakers' success in the 2006 NBA Draft."
Huh? What success was there? (See what I have to deal with as a Laker season-ticket holder?) Anyway, I felt it was appropriate to end this with Mitch Kupchak speaking, because this guy leaves me speechless.