What a bawful summer this is turning out to be. Antoine Walker is facing three felony counts for writing $1 million in bad checks to three Las Vegas casinos, Eddy Curry showed up in Vegas to work out for the Knicks but forgot his shoes, and the Clippers want to sign Allen Iverson.

And I didn't leave work until after 9:30 last night.

It goes without saying that I had no energy to write another Livin' Large post last night. By the time I got back to my flat (that is, apartment), I crawled into bed and softly cried myself to sleep. So...this is what you get: an old video of the Clippers former mascot, the San Diego Chicken, trying to distract Larrry Bird with swimsuit posters. Oh, and of course the Clippers get hosed at the end of the game by a superstar call that goes in Larry's favor. Even in the past, they were who we thought they were.

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Anonymous DKH said...
"Is there even an opportunity to inbound and shoot it in two-tenths of a second?"

Phil Jackson's got an answer for this, doesn't he? Interesting to hear the strategy questions of the day, though.

Bawful, you made a Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog reference the other day, but I haven't posted since then, so I give you props now.

Blogger Inkana said...
Bawful, Crazy Pills gets a sane card back. Check this out: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/15/nyregion/player-dies-in-stabbing-at-basketball-game.html

Anonymous Arlen said...
That LA centercourt logo is bawesome

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Anonymous posted: Every time I check for the next Livin' Large episode but it's not up yet, I die a little.

Seconded. Also, stop posting at 6am, you're a monster.

Blogger Will said...
As the immortal Bill Walton would say "What IS a foul?"

Blogger Buck Nasty said...
If the Clippers sign A.I. I might stop being a fan. Unless it somehow works. I feel sorry for K.A., he has to write articles as often as possible for the Clips. I just foolishly comment about them.

Also, to Inkana:

Someone else here at Basketbawful had already located that article some time ago. Stabbed the guy with a table leg. Ron-Ron doesn't have to lie, as his life is more amazing than anyone could imagine.

Blogger Dan B. said...
What a glorious summer. 'Toine, AI, Eddy Curry all in the span of just a few days providing us with entertainment, plus of course Livin' Large. Plus I can't wait to leave work to see this video.

CAPTCHA - prorkin. "Mat loved prorkin' random girls while Matt was still in the room."

(And look, I finally bothered to set up my Blogger username to save myself the trouble of typing my name out every time I post! Huzzah!)

Anonymous VLAD THE IMPALER said...
How come a foul isn't a foul at the end of the game (or the end of a quarter)?

Dumba$$ Smith left his feet and clearly makes contact with Bird's hand and arm.

A FOUL IS A FOUL DAMMIT

Anonymous Axel Foley said...
Its still a shitty way to lose the game. Imagine if that was NBA 2K9 and you lost on a shot like that. Wouldnt you be pissed? I know I would. In other news I recently lost a game to Bawful's Pacers when I made the worst in game decision ever by playing tough defense on Reggie Miller and leaving DALE DAVIS open for the 28 foot bomb. The Pacers win by two....I die a little on the inside.

Blogger chris said...
There's just something truly ironic about the San Diego Chicken's presence here, considering that the team was no longer in San Diego at that point...

Blogger BJ said...
Maybe we should just give the Clippers a really big knife and let them die honorably.

Dibs on Blake Griffin.
-BJ

Blogger AK Dave said...
I think the swimsuit girls are an awesome distraction tactic.

Axel Foley (playing 'Axel F' in my head right now): it is a shitty way to win a game. An even shittier way to lose one.

Dan B: welcome to the other side... isn't the air better over here? Also: "prorkin" is a freakin' rad WV. Nicccce!

Blogger Dan B. said...
BJ - Don't you think it's a little too late for any honorable death for the Clippers?

AK Dave -- Isn't it amazing how even the freaking word verifications on this blog are entertaining? My current one for example: bearyodl. I didn't know bears could yodel! Okay, so that one was kinda lame, but I'm sure the next one will be chuckle-worthy.

Blogger chris said...
BJ: And the obviousness of the NBA's agenda in regard to team ownership couldn't be clearer: Stern all but endorsed the removal of a team from Seattle, all while letting Sterling run his plaything into the ground for no good reason at all.

Does LA really need two teams, especially when one only serves the purpose of ruining prospects' careers, functioning as a retirement home for Zeke-era Knickerbockers, and giving the Lakers an extra two home games?

Blogger chris said...
Dan B. - Bears may not be able to yodel, but one can walk like a man and point you towards the tube, where you'll be just fine.

(Obscure music geek reference for my best friend!)

BTW, the Clippers have provided one important thing so far: castoffs who win titles elsewhere (Walton, Cassell, Odom). So Blake Griffin will sixth-man it up for a legitimate franchise in 15 years, right?

Blogger Dan B. said...
Here is a great article laying out all the missteps the Mavs have taken this offseason, in a convenient checklist form. Money quote: "Emphasize a couple more 50-win seasons (check into ordering banners for those?) and a happy Dirk. Downplay this still probably equals a couple of more seasons of first-, or if lucky, second-round eliminations before all of these old dudes get really old and this whole thing implodes. Done."

Blogger Buck Nasty said...
Why must you hate my Clippers so? Why? They could be good this season. We have had our last three draft picks actually produce! Produce I tells ya!

Blogger Dan B. said...
Buck Nasty, I don't think any of us hate your Clippers. They provide us with voluminous amounts of entertaining failures!

Blogger Drake said...
No surprise at all. Charles Smith was the one who fouled Bird. He's also the one who could have just dunked the ball, instead of throwing up all those weak-assed layups that all missed. Earth to early-90's Charles Smith: you're 6'11" - just dunk the damn ball.

Word verification: cruted. Doesn't that sound like something horrible that will happen to Blake Griffin? "Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the season after being cruted in the knees by a flying I-beam."

Blogger chris said...
Buck Nasty: Okay, tell me, how does one BECOME a Clippers fan?

Obviously, Wild Yams' early life attendance at LA Sports Arena didn't do it for him...

Blogger chris said...
Foxsports.com's analysis of a potential Clippers-Iverson deal makes me smile.

This has tremendous upside potential to provide this blog with material for at least a full season.

Anonymous flip said...
About the video, the Clippers didn't lose the game because of the foul on Larry.
The announcers say that the game is going into half time at the :35 second mark.

Blogger Buck Nasty said...
It was the season of 05-06. The Clippers were facing off against the Denver Nuggets, and I was not a Carmelo Anthony fan. I saw the deadly combination of the savvy Sam Cassell and the dual post powers of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman. I immediately fell in love these Clippers, and their slow-down, defensive style. And then it all fell apart two seasons later. And I'm stuck with them, because I've grown accustomed...to their face. I've grown accustomed to their faaaace. *He's grown accustomed to theeeiirr ffaaaacce.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Dan B- that Mavs article was awesome. The commentors didn't agree though :D

I've been looking at summer league, and I know it's not indicative of what will happen when the real teams play, but some interesting things:

- Brandon Jennings is the best rookie PG, despite his 8to's in the last game. He almost turned in a triple double the other day (9boards, 7 steals).

- Chase Budinger does not suck. He's got NBA 3 range, and at a legit 6'7 and jumping out of the gym (guy's got a 40+ inch vertical for chrissakes), I think he's going to crack the rotation in Houston this year.

- DeMar DeRozan is DeBadass. I DeDidn't know who he was when he was drafted, but I think he's going to be a player. De.

- Adam Morrison is a badass summer league player. He should just stick with that- I mean, he's GOOD at summer league games! Stick with what you're good at, right? (I'm talking to you, too, Marco Belinelli)

- You wanna know who has 2 thumbs and sucks at basketball? BJ Mullens, that's who. The "1st rounder" (and only one from the big ten, *sob*) isn't even getting PT in the SUMMER LEAGUE. Now, I get that he had tremendous upside blah blah could be good yada whatever. He sucked in college, why the hell did OKC, of all places, draft this guy in the 1st (w.t.K.G.m.o.t.sl.)ing round???

Anonymous clyde said...
that one season with baron davis notwithstanding i do not think that the clippers has ever been good in my lifetime

Anonymous BT said...
Matt you evil person... I was bored at work and went here hoping for another enlightening episode of Livin Large and this is what i found? You better get up at 5am to finish part 10

Blogger BJ said...
Here is a great article laying out all the missteps the Mavs have taken this offseason . . .

(sigh) That crack about the Cowboys high standards . . . do I need to even dignify that with an answer? If this is Engel's reaction to Messrs. Cuban and Nelson getting egg on their faces re Gortat, how did she react when the Cowboys didn't even make the playoffs? A week on suicide watch?
-BJ

Blogger chris said...
clyde: Baron was with the Warriors at the time the year the Clippers made the playoffs this decade...and shockingly enough, in the early 90s, Larry Brown coached the team to a berth, then was gone not too many months later.

OpenID NarSARSsist said...
AK Dave - Isn't it a little concerning that Budinger, who I read was a pretty good yet underrated player, had only 10 rebounds and 4 assists in 111 minutes (half of those rebounds coming in one game)?

I'm not trying to argue that he's a bad player; I don't pay attention to college hoops so I wouldn't know. It just really caught my eye that for a guy as good as he supposedly is, he's a bigger gunner than Ben Gordon (though his percentages are astronomical, so I guess who needs to pass when you can shoot like that). I was wondering if you could shed any light on why he's been basically a pure scorer in the summer league.

On the basis of scoring ability alone I think he'd have a shot at cracking the Rockets lite rotation. Still, it always concerns me to see a 6'7" guy with such poor rebounding numbers, even if it is just the summer league (4 games in a row of 20+ minutes and 2 or fewer rebounds?).

Also, I noticed that he only has 6 fouls and no blocks in that time (and 5 steals, which isn't great, but isn't bad). Usually, I look at fouls in the summer league as a measure of how aggressive a guy is. The refs are a little more whistle happy, the aggressive players try to do too much, and the lack of chemistry can lead to a lot of late rotations. Low numbers in these categories usually scream apathy on the defensive end to me. Any insight on whether he's just too smart to be getting called for fouls?

Anonymous AK Dave said...
NarSARSist-

I also found it strange that he wasn't rebounding much, but it seems that he has become the main scorer on that team, and that's his role for now. I'm also confused by his low assists; in AZ, he did a little bit of everything (or a lot of everything on some nights), so I think that's what you can expect from the guy when the season starts; but for now, his team seems to want him to shoot the rock (not gonna happen when the regular seasons starts).

Anyway, who knows. It's the summer league- sometimes guys blow up there and then disappear during the regular season. I don't put too much stock in his numbers, but at the same time, he's hitting NBA 3's, which I wasn't sure he could do, and he's being aggressive, which has always been his purported weakness, and you can't teach 6-7 with mad hops; so I think he's going to be alright.

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