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To be a Clipper is to know true sadness.

Violent murders: Several readers emailed me or commented about this, but in case you hadn't heard: A woman found shot to death in a Chicago apartment was a former girlfriend of Eddy Curry and the mother of his 3-year-old son, according to Curry's attorney. Nova Henry and her nine-month-old daughter, Ava, were found dead in their apartment near the South Side on Saturday. Both died from multiple gunshot wounds. Yes, some evil bastard (or bastardette, I guess) shot a woman and an infant MULTIPLE TIMES. Curry's son was found at the scene, unharmed but covered in blood. According to Nova's great-aunt Dorothy Luvert: "...the [3-year-old] baby was sitting on the couch, covered in blood. He was alone. We don't know for how long. All he's doing is crying for his mama. That's what's killing me dead."

The police have a man "who had a romantic relationship" with Henry in custody. The details are a little sketchy, but turns out it might be an ex-boyfriend against whom Nova had a restraining order. According to a relative who asked not to be identified: "[The ex-boyfriend] said there was only one way out of this relationship." Talk about putting the "senseless" into "senseless tragedy."

Yao Ming: On Friday, the Great Wall had two of his bricks blocked by the Pacers before being forced out of the game with a sore knee. According to Yao himself: "X-ray pictures show everything is fine, no cracks. I think I will be fine." Still, he ended up missing Houston's win over the Pistons on Sunday. Could this be the precursor to Yao's annual season-ending injury? I guess we'll see...

The Phoenix Suns: Phoenix fell victim to a classic revenge game, as Boris Diaw went off (26 points, 10-for-16, 11 rebounds, 4 assists) and the Bobcats beat the Suns by 22 points. The Suns shot 36 percent, committed 24 turnovers, scored a season-low 13 points in the first quarter and were behind 59-37 at halftime. Steve Nash even missed a free throw for the first time in a month. In other words: Total meltdown. Like a marshmallow peeps in a microwave.

Grant Hill, quote machine: Basketbawful reader Cam sent in this quote from Hill regarding Boris Diaw's relocation to Charlotte: "He's a better bride than a bridesmaid. Here he has a chance to be a bride." I'm pretty secure in my masculinity, but that's not an analogy I'd ever want a friend using about my basketball career. Then again, Boris IS French...

Amare Stoudemire: His post-All-Star vote-in malaise continued against the Bobcats: STAT's stats: 12 points (5-for-14) and 6 turnovers. Is it too late to give his spot to Bruce Bowen?

The Detroit Pistons: Holy freaking crap. Two nights after a 34-point loss in Milwaukee, the Pistons lost by 21 at home to the Dallas Mavericks. THEN they lost on Sunday (bad day for them) to the Yao Ming-less Rockets. They are now 2-6 since Hamilton returned from a groin injury and are 20-19 since trading for Allen Iverson. Said Antonio McDyess: "It's sickening." Pretty much. And just think, Dice: Danny Ainge tried really, really hard to bring you to Boston. I bet you'd like a mulligan on that decision, wouldn't you?

The Memphis Grizzlies: They fired head coach Marc Iavaroni and replaced him with Lionel Hollins. The result? Back-to-back double-digit losses in New York (108-88) and at home against the Nets (99-88). So much for the dead coach bounce.

The Milwaukee Bucks: Their 30-point loss in Atlanta on Friday night was lowlighted by Andrew Bogut's fifth straight absence with back spasms and a seven-minute first-half stretch in which they went field goal-less. At one point, during a 3-on-1 fast break in which the Hawks' lone defender chose to concede the basket, Richard Jefferson blew a layup and Michael Redd gonged the follow-up. Things got even worse for the Bucks on Saturday night despite a 2-point win over the Kings: They lost Michael Redd for the rest of the year. Redd tore ligaments in his left knee when he came down on teammate Luke Ridnour's foot after missing a third-quarter shot. So, you know, you can go ahead and stamp "Finished" on Milwaukee's season.

The New Orleans Hornets: They angry buzzers fell victim to the suddenly unstoppable Timberwolves, who dropped 37 points on them in the fourth quarter to pull out a 116-108 win. By the numbers, New Orleans has the league's best interior defense, but the Wolves scored 52 points in the paint and posted a 42-26 rebounding advantage. It's worth noting that the Hornets were without Tyson Chandler and David West, and were thus forced to rely on Melvin Ely and Ryan Bowen for in-the-paint protection. And that...didn't work. A lot.

The Chicago Bulls: Let's see, they lost their last home game until February 10th by 20 points to the Toronto Craptors and then they kicked off their seven-game road trip by blowing a 16-point lead en route to a come-from-ahead overtime loss to the Timberwolves. Sigh. It's a depressing time to be a Bulls blogger...

The Golden State Warriors: They came THIS CLOSE to pulling out a nearly-unthinkable win at home over the Cleveland Craboliers. Then this happened...


I guess sometimes four seconds is too much time for a team to play defense. Assuming that team is the Warriors.

The Klahoma City Thunder: The Clippers were, per usual, missing Zach Randolph (left knee), Baron Davis (bruised tailbone) Marcus Camby (left ankle), Chris Kaman (left arch) and Mike Taylor (broken right thumb). Then they lost Brian Skinner to flu-like symptoms. Fortunately, they were playing the Thunder. Eric Gordon, a rookie who was slated for, like, 10 backup minutes at the point this season, dropped a career-high 41 points on the defenseless Thunder and Ricky Davis had 11 assists. Yes, that Ricky Davis. (Although Davis did score only 1 point on 0-for-6 shooting.) Memo to the Thunder: When you make Ricky freaking Davis look like the second coming of John Stockton, you have failed. Very much.

The Orlando Magic: They Magicians followed up that decisive home loss to the Celtics by losing to the Heat in Miami. Dwyane Wade and company built a 15-point lead before holding on to win 103-97 on the strength of their backcourt (Wade and Mario Chalmers combined for 47 points on 19-for-33 shooting plus 12 assists) and a franchise-low 4 turnovers.

Anthony Johnson: Okay, so the vet fouled Chris Quinn three times in a 15-second span early in the fourth quarter and then got a technical foul for arguing the last call. Uh, Anthony, I'm pretty sure Stan Van Gundy didn't call for Hack-A-Quinn.

Mark Blount: Erik Spoelstra dusted off Blount and actually played him 19 minutes against the Magic. Blount logged more PT in the first half -- 8 minutes, 38 seconds -- than he had in Miami’s last 26 games combined. Blount's last appearance was on December 14...which means he'd been DNP-CD'd for 18 straight games. The result of the expected usage: 7 points on 8 shots and 1 rebound. Hope you enjoyed the daylight, Mark.

The Utah Jazz: On Saturday night, they lost for the first time in eight games at home (to the Crabs) despite Deron Williams' season-high 16 assists and Paul Millsap's double-double (24 points, 15 rebounds). It was Utah's fifth loss at home this season, which is one more defeat than they suffered in Salt Lake City all of last year. Then, on Sunday, they capped off a winless weekend by losing 117-97 to the Nuggets in Denver. The low point of that loss was Nene's 12-for-12 shooting, which made him the third player since the Nuggets joined the NBA in 1976-77 to make 10 or more shots without a miss. HISTORIC FAIL. Man. Jerry Sloan is wondering whether he can revoke that one-year extension he just signed...

Chauncey Billups, quote machine: Regarding Nene and his 12-for-12 sniping against the Jazz: "I don't think I'll ever go 12-for-12 because I'm going to shoot until I miss." I'm tempted to laugh, but he's not kidding.

The Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs became the second team in the last week (along with the Heat) to get "Housed" by the Celtics: Eddie House tied for team honors in scoring by dropping 23 points on the strength of 7 three-pointers. Take away Eddie's points, though, and Dallas still would have lost by a point. Boston hit almost 54 percent of their field goals -- and almost 60 percent of their three-point shots -- and the Mavericks were blown the hell out despite owning an incredible 36-12 advantage on free throw attempts ON THE ROAD. Things got so out of hand that none of the Celtics' starters logged a single minute in the fourth quarter. The Mavs have now lost six of their last nine. Pretty soon, Mark Cuban is going to have permenant facepalm marks on his face.

Dirk Nowitzki: Shooting 4-for-17 is bad. Being seven feet tall and getting your shot blocked by Eddie House -- who's 6'1" on a really good day -- is much worse.

The San Antonio Spurs: I know it's only one game out of 82, but their loss in L.A. made it look like teh Spurs are waaaaay behind a healthy Lakers squad. And yes, as Wild Yams pointed out in a comment, I called it.

Lamar Odom: Speaking of Mr. Yams, he also noted that: "This is definitely Bawful-worthy, I'll let the headline speak for itself: Lakers' Odom being investigated for grabbing his crotch. Here's a link to the video of the alleged crotch-grabbing." Hey, I've said it before: Dude is nuts.

Now, at first, Odom denied it even happened, saying that "somebody's wrong" and that it was "too bad the Clippers feel like that" because he simply "hung on the rim." Then he kinda-sorta-maybe said he's sorry. "My intention is not to offend anybody, especially when I'm playing basketball. I wish [the Clippers] well -- everyone from the players to everyone in the front office. I'm being dead serious, man. I played for the Clippers six years ago. I don't even know how to respond, but, no that wasn't my intention at all."

Mike Miller: It's bad enough he looks like he belongs in the WNBA, but the dude has developed a rather severe case of scaredtoshootit-itis. I mean, dude was straight up afraid to launch the ball against the Bulls on Sunday. He's a shooter, right? Shooting is what he does. It's all he does. That would be like if I suddenly developed an allergy to sarcasm.

The Atlanta Hawks: Their 5-point home loss to the Suns was marked by bad O (41 percent shooting) and even worse D (the Suns shot 55 percent and scored 104 points despite committing 19 turnovers). Mind you, this was a Phoenix team that had lost five of six and were coming off a season-worst 22-point loss at Charlotte.

The Los Angeles Clippers: They may have beaten the Thunder, but they also got blown out by the Warriors, who got nearly perfect shooting out of Corey "Bad Porn" Maggette (who scored 20 points on 7-for-8 from the field). After the game, Maggette -- who was positively glowing -- said: "It's just special to get a win. I know they were undermanned over there and we just wanted to go out there and get us a win. Just coming off the bench trying to give the team a lift, that's my job right now." Who is this guy and what did he do with Corey Maggette??

The Lord our God: An anonymous reader posted this amusing comment: "I nominate God for WoW for playing favorites. Said Nene after going 12-12: 'All the glory I give to God.' Said Redd after a season ending injury: 'I'm deeply disappointed but everything in life happens for a reason and this is God's plan for me.' God bless Americans?" Hey, you left one out. After the Timberwolves beat the Bulls to win for the ninth time in 11 games, Wolves coach Kevin McHale said: "The players have bought into each other. It's 98 percent players and prayer." If all this is true, and God is mucking around with the NBA as much as the players and coaches seem to think, does that mean...He's a Lakers fan?! [shudders]

Friday lactivity report: Chris and his famous lacktion update are back:

Mavs-Pistons: Mark Cuban will be pleased with his understudy Matt Carroll, who showed prowess in creating wealth out of nothing via good timing (the same skill that turned Mr. Cuban from a mere Internet loudmouth into a billionaire Internet loudmouth). Carroll gave the Mavs a 1.66 trillion, which unlike his team owner's methods is a profit not requiring SEC approval.

Bucks-Hawks: Randolph Morris arrived in Atlanta this year after surviving a stint in the dark world of Isiah Thomas, and it's rather apparent that he gained a bawful skillset from his days in the Garden. At Phillips Arena, he gave the home team a +2 via brick and giveaway in 2:09, picking up the slack from a disappointingly passable appearance from THE Mario West, who ruined his own brick -and-giveaway run with an unwelcome board and assist.

And speaking of lacktion experts, Atlanta's Acie Law apparently isn't good at generating off-court wealth, judging by his not-so-brilliant football betting.

Grizzlies-Knicks: Anthony Roberson may be playing on Mike 'antoni's efense-first Knicks, but he went for the anti-scoring route and nicely dropped a brick from downtown for a solid +1 in 1:50.

Hornets-Wolves: Despite all his best efforts, Kevin McFail's Navy won again, forcing him to reluctantly unleash a human victory cigar - something that one doesn't usually associate with Minnesota. So he called the clear centerpece of the OJ Mayo deal, one Brian Cardinal, who abundantly produced 4.9 trillion for the team treasury.

Raptors-Bulls: Night in and night out, Jake Voskuhl makes sure to bring his least to the court when he can, a sign of someone who has put in the years of work to become a reliable sedentary presence on the hardwood. His one foul for +1 in 1:11 reflects his status as Toronto's go-to guy for pointlessly eating up seconds on the court when asked. This compares to the not so stellar showing of Chicago's Joakim Noah, who had everything in his favor -- locker room dissension, non-existant chemistry, Vinny Del Negro's questionable coaching, and a team so bad that it was losing to the Craptors. All those bawful factors couldn't prevent himself from ruining over fourteen minutes of fail (including two bricked free throws and three giveaways) with three rebounds before fouling out. There's a reason Noah is not making the All-Lacktion Team.

BTW, as I feared, just as Tarence Kinsey got hot with four straight games of lacktion, he melted down at the Oracle this evening. Tempted so much by efensive opposition, Kinsey went against form to score multiple times (thus ending his brilliant run of non-contribution). Still, Kinsey should be applauded for making it to the report in that many contests in a row, overcoming three near-miss appearances of slight production to provide us an all-time streak of unremarkability.
Saturday lacktivity report: More Chris! More lacktion! Kind of...

First off, I was at a monster truck show at Arco Arena on Saturday night, and the event was sold out, prompting the announcer to say: "Nice that we can sell out this place since there are some other events that come here that aren't able to."

Gee, I'm sure the Maloofs were happy to see their prized possession smacked down like that, but when you have a one-time trillionaire champion as one of your starters...that speaks for itself.

Anyways, Sobering Saturday was a night of incredible NON-lacktion, as several players let down the principles of bawful with barely measurable contributions, most not noteworthy enough for mention here. But some of these were either surprisingly mediocre starting performances - where achieving lacktion is much more difficult - or shocking missed opportunites from the superstars of lacktivity. The evening's results remind us how much we Bawful readers need to never take blank statlines and negative numbers for granted, as even the greatest grifters of the bench can have an off night...er...an "on" night, once in a while.

Magic-Heat: HUH? YAKHOUBA DIAWARA A STARTER? Injuries must be taking their toll on the Heat, as putting him in a position to back into positive statistics strikes me as a reckless, career-changing maneuver. Not only did he start, but he got a full 24 minutes of floor time, over half the match actually. Still, it wasn't an absence of effort that prevented him from officially racking lacktion; he did foul and brick three times each and would have put in a historic non-performance. Except somehow, he managed to make a shot, and also stand in the right spot of the court for a board, thus relegating his start to obscurity.

Nets-Grizzlies: Marko Jaric is a former Clipper, a good place to hone the art of not contributing anything when on the floor. And, in four and a half minutes, two fouls were pointing the way -- but for the fact that the ball fell in his hands for a demoralizing board. He probably also was rueing his luck that the ball he threw at a random teammate turned into an assist, too.

Kings-Bucks: Dan Gadzuric, as a starter for the Bucks, found himself between a rock and a hard place -- being one of the first five to take the hardwood, at some point, the luck of the draw would go against him and place the ball in his hands. One brick, two fouls, and a giveaway in ten minutes would be spectacular even for a bench guy. Only that lacktion stars try to avoid the ball landing in their hands off the glass, or worse, giving the ball to a compatriot who can make a shot, two things that Gadzuric was guilty of tonight.

Cavs-Jazz: The Craboliers' Tarence Kinsey must be clenching his claws right now in frustration, after he botched a chance to get back to his all-lacktion form by taking the ball out of the air after it left a Utah player's hands - this despite two perfectly missed shots! While he did have that recent four-game streak that still arouses extremely loud chatter from the vaunted fraternity of lacktion enthusiasts worldwide, he has now choked 4 chances at stat line snoozing in the last 9 games as well, in addition to giving in to the desire to play non-bawfully against the Warriors. Shows you how difficult attaining the highest standards of suckiness can be.

Wizards-Blazers: Joel Przybilla picked a strange team to attempt to play lacktively against - the Generals. Yet he showed a surprising set of catatonic skills at his home court: not attempting a shot at all, and fouling three times in nine minutes. However, he could not avoid catching the ball for a rebound. The clumsiness of the Generals also ensured that shying away from potential physical contact was impossible, creating a situation in which the Vanilla Gorilla was forced to accept charity stripe time. And as anyone knows, free throws are pure kryptonite to lacktion, in this case resulting in two unwanted points.
Sunday lactivity report: Chris recovered from his monstrous truck experience to fulfill our lacktive needs.

Celtics-Mavs: Dallas -- facing the spotlights of the ESPN-on-ABC cameras -- demonstrated quite a bit of efense and ffense (as opposed to defense and offense of course), giving up 100 points in 2.9 quarters of bawful.

A reminder graphic: The Mavs are the 4th-oldest team in the NBA, meaning that they've already wasted their potential! LOL, in the 3rd, the broadcast team just showed Brian Scalabrine facepalming for about 30 seconds after he took a foul. Now the ABC cameras move on to Staples Center for a second, to the locker room...where we witness the TIM DUNCAN FACE!

Okay, the lacktivity rundown from this groaner: after James Singleton was forced back on in garbage time in the 4th to ruin a Mario he had developed in the first half, Leon Powe came in for the Celtics to attempt to show his waste disposal abilities, bricking twice and fouling once. (One of his bricks went to the netting, not even ABOVE the rim!) But then he unfortunately stood close enough to a Dallas player to be forced into successful defense, being the recepient of an unsolicited turnover - a steal on the statline, and the end of a strong run.

Dallas, er, Allas (at this rate) thus have brought out Matt Carroll to score some lacktion, and in five minutes, he was in fact responsible for the above giveaway - a smart move to ruin the other team's quest for lacktivity, while maintaining your own. Clutch! This power move led to a solid performance of +1 in 6:18.

Suns-Hawks: Louis Amundson and Jared Dudley were brothers in lacktion for Phoenix, respectively putting up +4 in 7:40 (three fouls, one giveaway) and +1 in 5:22 (one foul). (And this was a close game too, a 5 point win by the Suns!) Mario West did not make an appearance for the Hawks, but his craft of clumsiness was executed well by teammate Othello Hunter, who enviously chose to join the ranks of these writeups by tossing a brick for +1 in 1:04.

Rockets-Pistons: Kwame Brown is known for living down from expectations, and while he was given the chance to revolutionize the starting center job as a source of lacktivity, he let the ball fly off from the masonry into his arms, invalidating the paycheck to a 5 trillion profit.
Aubrey Coleman: This isn't NBA-related, but Aubrey Coleman of the Houston Cougars got ejected for stomping on Arizona's Chase Budinger's face after a charging call went against him in the second half of his team's game against the Wildcats.


As you could probably tell, it was one of those accidentally-on-purpose incidents that made you kind of hope that someday, somewhere, an grand piano will fall out of the sky and land on Coleman when he least expects it. But in the short term, the Basketball Gods had their revenge: Arizona scored 8 points in the final 1:30 of regulation to force overtime, during which they won the game 96-90.

Afterward, Coleman naturally issued a fake apology: "I want to apologize to Chase Budinger for what happened. I never meant to step on him. I have never been in an incident like this before, and I have nothing but respect for him as a great player. I love the game too much to do something like that intentionally. I want to say I am sorry from the bottom of my heart."

I'm sorry, Aubrey, but I've played a lot of basketball over the years. That head stomp wasn't an oopsie. Maybe you didn't mean to step on his face, but you weren't walking over him on accident. And your complete and total lack of remorse immediately following the incident kind of bears that out.

Micah Grimes: On Friday, I mentioned that high school girls basketball game in which Covenant School needlessly brutalized Dallas Academy 100-to-nothing. On Thursday, Covenant posted a statement on its Web site that said it "regrets...the outcome of the game with the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team. It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition." It was signed by Kyle Queal, the school's headmaster, and Todd Doshier, chairman of the school's board of trustees.

That would have been an excellent time for Grimes, Covenant's head coach, to issue his own mea culpa. But a man who would willingly preside over a Cobra Kai-like beatdown of a group of instructionally-challenged girls -- Dallas Academy specializes in working with girls who have learning disabilities -- obviously doesn't believe in showing any human mercy. So here's the statement he posted on the Flight Academy Web site: "I respectfully disagree with the apology, especially the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel 'embarrassed' or 'ashamed.' We played the game as it was meant to be played and would not intentionally run up the score on any opponent. Although a wide-margin victory is never evidence of compassion, my girls played with honor and integrity and showed respect to Dallas Academy." He then concluded: "So if I lose my job over these statements, I will walk away with my integrity." (The statement has since been removed from Flight Academy's site.)

Well...he'll definitely be walking away: Covenant fired his pitiless ass. Let this be a lesson Grimes and anybody else who chooses to run up the score on a defeated foe (coughNewEnglandPatriotscough): It will always come back to haunt you. Maybe sooner. Maybe later. But always.

Update! Kobe Bryant: Mamba printed up several hundred copies of a flier that said: "GWM living with mommy looking for daddy. Prefer big hairy men, long walks on the beach, and being spanked. Call me anytime." At the end of the text was Luke Walton's phone number. Mamba then paid a homeless man $5 to pass out the flier all over L.A.

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Blogger Wild Yams said...
I didn't watch that Pistons-Rockets game yesterday, so I was wondering if someone could fill me in on why Kwame Brown was starting, and why he only played 5 minutes? What exactly is the strategy there?

Blogger chris said...
Wild Yams: No joke, apparently Kwame was called to...guard Yao. Yeah. Really.

http://www.freep.com/article/20090125/SPORTS03/901250441

Of course, Yao then proceeded to not actually play, thus making Kwame superfluous!

CAPTCHA: "appepsi", I didn't know this site had an endorsement deal with the official soda of Shaq Fu.

Anonymous Al James said...
Allen Iverson should leave Detroit. If anything, for himself. His time with the Pistons is exposing him for what he is: OVERRATED. All Iverson-Isiah Thomas comparisons must stop. Iverson is a career volume shooter that can't play a lick of defense. He isn't clutch (yes, he did make ONE game winning shot against OKLAHOMA and we all know if you need a "game winning" shot against the Okies, well, really you lost), so this whole "we need a superstar to finish games" is a total croc of dung. The Pistons won't win any close games so long as Allen Iverson is taking the shots, and he is only shooting 72% from the stripe so him driving the lane and drawing contact really doesn't do much to help the cause. What the Piston need is a trade. Iverson for a big man, and Jason Maxiell or Amir Johnson (or both) for a scorer to come off the bench or start if Hamilton takes a liking to his sixth man role (27 points off the bench vs the Rockets). What gets me the most about this whole Allen Iverson business is how he has become the face of the franchise despite his substandard play. HE IS GOING TO START IN THE ALL-STAR GAME. Why? Rodney Stuckey has outplayed him ever since joining the starting line-up, and he IS the Pistons future, but he is getting hardly any recognition, even locally when people have called into radio stations suggesting he go back to the bench. As a Pistons fan, I would like to watch games again, with you know, at least the possibility of victory.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Well said on the topic of Dallas/Covenant.

There is no excuse for that- John Kreese himself would have pulled his punches after 75-0 I think. And that coach has no "integrity" to take with him.

"Men" like that have no place in high school sports. They poison minds and ruin the spirit of the game. Good riddance, fuck-face.

Blogger chris said...
Al James: However, Iverson can become Isiah later in life by taking a middling basketball team and running it into the ground as GM. Right? :D

Blogger Jerry Vinokurov said...
I was at the Dallas-Boston game yesterday and it was even worse than the statline makes it look. Dallas were down by 35 at one point, and couldn't play any perimeter defense. Ray Allen was repeatedly left wide open in acres of space, and duly burned Dallas on easy threes. No one even bothered to guard House, and Rondo connected on alley-oops to Garnett three(!) times. Eric Dampier is a useless sack of a man and I'm pretty sure I was the only one in the Garden clapping for Jose Barrea. In the "embarrassing blocks" category, I'm pretty sure I saw one of the taller Celtics blocked by Jason Kidd, who if the box score is to be believed (and I believe it) led the Mavericks' starters with 2 blocks. So, embarrassment all around.

Blogger Junior said...
In the video of LeBron scoring the beazer-butter, you may notice that TURIAF was guarding him, yeah that Turiaf, I don't know why the hell they would put someone that slow guarding maybe the best player of the NBA

and note after the score that Maggette was having a The Thinker moment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Michael Curry couldn't have figured out that Yao wasn't gonna play before putting Kwame in the starting lineup? I can see Curry talking to Kwame before the game to get him game ready: "Kwame, we're gonna need a big game from you tonight to contain Yao, so get yourself prepped and ready cause you're starting tonight." Then after seeing the starting lineup for the Rockets: "Nevermind Kwame, you're coming out at the first dead ball. False alarm." Hopefully Kwame found himself some popcorn to snack on for the last 43 minutes of the game.

Blogger Clifton said...
Way to go, Covenant. While Grimes' coaching may not have been "Christ-like," Covenant's swift axing of the coach after his defiant non-apology was certainly God-like... as in, Old-Testament, "Wrath of God" God-like.

Blogger chris said...
So Millsap got a double-double this weekend? I can already hear the sound of Carlos Boozer crying in his room as his potential opt-out paycheck continues to shrink.

Blogger Justin Walsh said...
I almost always love your posts, but something needs to be said about the Dallas Covenant blowout. The team they beat was not "instructionally challenged" as the media has told people. these are kids who just have simple ADHD like I do, have dyslexia which many public high school kids do, and just have a parents with a pay grade high enough to go private school. Furthermore, truth be told they didn't press the whole game, he stopped 3 minutes into the 1st according to the coaches. And also, in GIRLS HS basketball, three point shooting is not exactly a layup, if HS girls playing in a private school league that includes a school with 20 people, chances are it's not a loaded league (in Dallas especially, I live in Dallas and cover HS basketball among other things)...A 3PT shot in those leagues isn't something easy you use to run up the score. In fact, if a team can get that high on an opponent with not even a layup on the opposition, chances are they dont have to bomb 3's to get to 100, chances are they could get there with simple v-cuts or give and go layups. I'd say this whole thing is wayyyy overdone. The coach got FIRED just for winning a game 100-0. DeJuan Wagner scored 100+ in a HS game and nobody kicked him off the team. You can say it's different but it's not. HS basketball is playing to win. And this is only an issue because it is girls basketball- media has just slanted it like some poor story. If it was boys basketball, the loser would get fired and the winner would get a contract extension.

Blogger chris said...
Looking at today's bawful lead photo...this is the "25th Year of the Clippers in Los Angeles?" Talk about an anniversary that nobody cares about, on par with the Bullets-Wizards renaming...

Blogger Jerry Vinokurov said...
Justin Walsh:

Whatever the circumstances of the Dallas Academy's students, I can't think of any that justify blowing them out 100-0. Learning disability or not, that's called rubbing someone's nose in it. If you have scored 30 or 40 points and the other team hasn't scored once, sit your starters, bring out your 3rd string, and tell them to stop pounding the other team. You've already won, why add humiliation to the mix? There may be no rule against it, but it's a classless thing to do. And this ought to hold for either boys' or girls' basketball.

Blogger Justin Walsh said...
Jerry, you have to understand that they DID sit their starters. they went to bench players before half time, that's what I'm trying to say- The other team just don't have any talent in basketball. Their coach of the past four years isn't exactly a champion of getting many victories for the team. If he played the starters the entire time, I'd say his firing was justified, but fact of the matter is, the backups and the 3rd string players were the ones to get to 100 after halftime. That's the point here- Even with the least talented players on the team in the game, they were scoring. You can do the whole "pass 10 times before taking a shot attempt" but that doesn't do much, that's just forming a bad habit, you aren't passing to find your teammates a better, open look, you're passing so that you don't make your opponent feel cross the next day. Even if you feel it's classless, it's not something a coach deserves firing for. And when you say it ought to hold for both men and women, what do you say for Wagner dropping 100+ in one game in his HS days? Did he deserve to get kicked off?

Blogger Josh Willis(9) said...
Boozer has to be sweating the ascension of Paul Millsap, and I don't believe Booz is above taking a swipe at Paul's knee with a crowbar when no one is looking. Also I'm confused by Iavaroni's firing, did Grizzlies management really expect him to succeed with that roster? At least they were competitive, sometimes.

Blogger chris said...
Jerry: I remember a year or so ago (maybe less) reading about some other girl's HS basketball game, one star player scored 100 points or more in a painfully lopsided drubbing (where the other team had fewer than 10 points) and you can't help but wonder, "What's the point?"

Blogger KneeJerkNBA said...
Surprised you haven't commented on the ridiculous bowtie and velvet jacket look of DeShawn Stevenson yet. Too easy?

Blogger Basketbawful said...
KneeJerkNBA -- Scroll down, my friend. I covered that in last Friday's Worst of the Night post.

Blogger Dan said...
So, Greg Oden is now 21 he claims. He even blogged about his birthday. http://www.yardbarker.com/nba/articles/ID/486872 I could make the usual Greg Oden Is Old joke, but... eh, he already did it for us. "i feel like one of the best things about being 21 is when the people who works at a place dont think your 21 you get to whip out your i.d. and shove it back in there face. Ill never get that chance cause everybody already thinks im 50."

-Dan B.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
@ Justin Walsh:

Clearly you haven't read the article. They full-court-pressed the entire second half of the game, scoring most of their points off of steals and layups.

Even the coach of Dallas referred to the second half as a "layup line". And I don't care if it was girls or boys or wheelchair basketball. At some point, you call off the dogs and stop pressing. You can then work on your half-court defense and clock-management.

In any case, that coach got what he deserved, and I applaud Covenant for acting swiftly.

Maybe you should re-read the articles from last week. You're either underinformed on this topic or your real name is Johnny Lawrence, and you wear a black gi and could use a crane-kick to the face.

With that said, this is America, so say and think whatever you want.

Blogger Jerry Vinokurov said...
Justin:

I think that if you score 100 in a remotely competitive game, that's great. If the game is just the other team standing around without being able to do anything to stop you, then why bother? I think it's highly unsportsmanlike to do so just to say that you have scored 100. And it seems to me that the coach was fired not for not calling off his team (which I would argue does not deserve a firing) but rather for being an ungraceful jerk afterwards by going directly against the apology issued by his school. All he had to do was to acknowledge that his team was probably not being particularly good sports but instead he chose to be an ungracious winner. Well, I don't blame the school for axing him for that.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Marshmellows don't really meltdown in a microwave, perhaps the PHX puffy play would be more like peeps in a microwave.

Blogger BadDave said...
I want to know who ever stamped "Started" on the Bucks season.

Blogger Justin Walsh said...
Jerry, you don't fire a coach for a win, it's just not much better than winning 100-0. It's ridiculous that he isn't sorry in the slightest, but firing a coach for FREE SPEECH is ridiculous. He didn't touch a player, he didn't hit a ref, fight a parent...All he did was disagree with one assessment the principle of the school said. Getting fired over one game is wrong. especially when it's a WIN

Blogger Caleb said...
How can a team not score a single point? Having pity for a sucky basketball team doesn't seem to be this blog's style... but whatever. I get it. Full court pressing when the other team hasn't even scored on you yet is pretty classless... but beating a team 100-0 is still kind of awesome. This *is* competitive sports we are talking about...

Anonymous That brazilian guy said...
Greg Oden = Benjamim Button?

Anonymous TehJay said...
Surprised no one mentioned the Cavs going rushing the court and going berserk after LeBron's game winner.

Against the WARRIORS.

You didn't just win the title, boys, and you shouldn't be that happy about a buzzer beater against the WARRIORS.

Blogger Jerry Vinokurov said...
I don't want to get in a protracted argument about this, since it's not likely to change anyone's mind, but I will note the following: free speech means that the government may not control what is spoken or published. It does not mean that you are entitled to be free from the consequences of your statements, or that your employer is obligated to keep employing you if you express statements that they disagree with. There are various religious exceptions to this rule, but in general, and in this case in particular, there is no free speech violation. The school was perfectly entitled to fire a coach that expressed disagreement with an official policy. Whether doing so is smart is something we obviously differ on.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I was flipping out (as was Eric Reid the heat announcer) when Blount came in the game but hey... he stripped Howard on a big possession in the 4th. More power to him I guess

Blogger Dan said...
http://www.flightbasketball.com/100-0-Texas-Game-Response-From-Coach.html

According to this, he stopped the full-court press 3 minutes into the game, subbed in his 3 bench players (which is apparently all they have), and didn't make nearly as many 3s as has been stated elsewhere. They also only scored 41 in the second half, so they did slow it down a BIT. Also, they're not exactly an elite team and they only have 30 females in the school.

While that is all in the coach's own words, the other articles probably all got their info from one other article, so I don't know what is the truth. The 100-0 score does tell a story, but I don't think he should be fired. If the other team was so bad, what should the coach have done? Had his girls hand the ball over and not play any defense so they could score? I wouldn't want that kind of pity if I were the other team. It's a competitive sport and sometimes you're outmatched.

Anonymous tony.bluntana said...
'bawful, of COURSE god's a Lakers fan. Shouldn't Magic Johnson have died from AIDS by now?



[NOTE: Magic, I'm sorry. It was just too easy to ignore. You know you will always be my hero; and, I know I shouldn't be poking fun at something as serious as HIV; but, you gotta expect it by now, right?]

Blogger Junior said...
Brand comeback yesterday and, coincidence or not, the Sixers lost by 15 points

Anonymous Geert said...
Manlove submission:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090127/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_wizards

Also, about the 100-0 game, it can go both ways for me and it should for most of us but since I've read different stories I'm not really sure about what I think. If they get to 100 by fullcourtpressing, unnecessary galleryplay et cetera yes, that's unsportmanlike behaviour. But when the opponent reallyreallyreally sucks and the winning team plays normal basketball in a respectfull manner I don't expect 'em to stop scoring.

On a side note, a learning disability doesn't mean you can't play basketball. It's not like having only one leg or being blind or something so I don't get why people are stressing about that.

Blogger Karolis said...
The Chauncey Billups quote - it may have been some sort of criticism, maybe Nene was avoiding to shoot at some moment.

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