...for Mario West -- a.k.a. Super Mario, a.k.a. Mario "The Mario" West, a.k.a. THE Mario West -- who was unceremoniously cut by the Atlanta Hawks today.

Goodbye Mario
Mario West may never be scored on by LeBron James again.
Think about that. Did you get cold chills? Me too...me too.

Mario did more than inspire a new word of the day that revolutionized the way we report lacktion. This kid stuck around the NBA -- alongside the best basketball players in the world -- on sheer determination and effort.

If I worked as hard at my job as Mario did at his, I'd probably be typing this post from my secret Moon Base while Kate Beckinsale frolicked in my space pool and my pet dogs feasted on the bones of my enemies. Huh. I wonder if Mario would be interested in an internship opportunity now that he's unemployed...

Hat Tip: To everyone who e-mailed or commented to me about this sad news.

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24 Comments:
Blogger chris said...
Devestating. :/

Of course, considering his proclivity towards meager amounts of playing time, our hats have to go off to Mike Woodson for generating a strategery which had our favorite overalled plumber briefly on the court for 50+ games a season...somehow I don't think Mr. West's next coach will be as generous.

Blogger chris said...
BTW, in reply to plonden's comment in the "BK Player Of The Week" post:

Here is the actual picture caption from the AJC article: "The Mario West era came to an abrupt end before practice Wednesday. He was one of three players the Hawks cut to trim the roster to 13 players."

I wonder how this practice went...

"Hey Mario, you've spent too much time on the court for warmups. That's it, you're off the roster."

Of course, with the Hawks making the playoffs in the entirety of Mario's pro career...I wonder if they're going to be suffering the effects of running into a Koopa shell, by missing the postseason in 2010...

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Interesting, from Mario's Wiki page -

"Won the 2007 college slam dunk championship."

We need footage of this, because I didn't know that you could have a small green dinosaur-like creature to assist you in these competitions...

Anonymous Shane said...
That was the saddest thing I've read in probably 10 years.

Blogger chris said...
And now, some of the comments from that Atlanta Journal-Constitution article:

Wes

October 21st, 2009
3:30 pm
Good luck Mario! A lot of teams need someone on their roster that sets the tone and provides a great example of a real professional athlete.


If that's the case, then someone better get Cheikh Samb out of his overseas stint and back to the Association!

This post deserves a "wow"-

blonju

October 21st, 2009
3:42 pm
amen to the previous posts… it’s amazing how upset real hawks fans are about a guy who plays about 100 minutes in a season… but i echo the same sentiment… ‘rio was the best 13th man in nba history! sekou, do you see the hawks bringin in a 14th man in the next week? if so, who is on the radar?


Is that a new name for a lacktion specialist, a "13th man?"

Blogger tonious35 said...
At least Voskuhl is still employed (by Mark Cuban), so the the VOSKUHL stat is still legit....

Blogger Dan B. said...
Oh my God. This is TURRIBLE. (Wipes away tears) He can't be gone for long though -- Mario just keeps coming back time and time again in different games, and even in the same game he's got multiple lives! I mean, for the love of God, Paul Shirley managed to bounce around how many NBA rosters before teams stopped giving him a chance? Some NBA team -- ANY NBA team! PLEASE give Mario another chance!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Why no video of him getting destroyed by Shannon Brown?

Blogger M said...
Rio is the man. Walk on at GT (no scholarship), undrafted, and NBA pro for two years. I always yelled "Riooooooooo" everytime he entered the game and i'm damn sure he heard me everytime. Hey, at least he pocketed about 700K in 2 years so he should be good for a minute. Good luck bruh.

Blogger chris said...
Dan B.: And don't forget that after teams in the Association got sick of Paul Shirley...ESPN hired him on to criticize popular music! Because we really needed that voice in the wilderness to yell at us and claim the Beatles are overrated.

Blogger Buck Nasty said...
He'll be back. The worst ones always find a way. Just like Ostertag.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
He'll be on the knicks by Sunday

Blogger CassavaLeaf.com said...
I thought his contract was guaranteed this season

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Fingers crossed he signs with the eventual champion and registers a brilliant 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 in the finals.

Blogger Dunpizzle said...
Eddy Curry news.... word is the Knicks want him to lose 250lbs and get down to 310.

http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/10/knicks-to-curry-no-fatties-allowed/

Anonymous Adrià said...
Maybe it was the salary cap.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I knew I felt a disturbance in the Force yesterday... as if millions of voices cried out in terror

Blogger plonden said...
And there goes Voskuhl too...

http://mavsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/10/mavs-get-roster-down-to-15.html

A truly sad day in Bawful history. All flags should be at half mast and a mandatory moment of silence will be imposed across this great nation.

Blogger chris said...
Anonymous: Correction - trillions of voices!

And here's a nice little tribute to Mario from yet another somber Hawks fan:

http://www.peachtreehoops.com/2009/10/22/1096028/an-ode-to-mario-west

Blogger chris said...
Voskuhl's partner in lacktion, Nathan Jawai, has also been sent a one-way ticket out of Dallas - but in his case, to the Wolves for an actual (temporary) roster spot!

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=4580588

Blogger Robby said...
I was thinking "if you didn't recognize basketball players, you might not be able to tell super star from super mario" in the picture on this post and I set out to see if I could find a picture where super mario looked good, but instead found this gem....

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/images/2009/02/17/shannon_brown_blocks_mario_west_aga.jpg

Anonymous your favourite sun said...
Jeff Teague went 0 for 15 in the last preseason game and made the team. Jason Collins made the team. But Mario West did not. This league is strange sometimes.

Blogger Edgar said...
We can blame this tragedy on Rick Sund -- the Hawks general manager.

Of course Rick is responsible for actually cutting Rio -- and by doing so, robbing us Hawks faithful of the local fan favorite (Douglas County High Represent!)

But Rick Sund's poor decision to offer Randolph Morris a two year guaranteed contract before last season is the real reason why there's no room for Mario. Randmo (who really deserves more attention here on Basketbawful with his sleepy eyes, dreadful play and incredible lacktating ability) is obviously not needed. Sund replaced Solomon Jones with Joe Smith AND Jason Collins, making us plus 1 big man this year. He had to get Collins too, because there's no way Randmo is even going to be the third big man off the bench for Atlanta (as he was last year).

Hawks are carrying four true guards and Mo Evans. There'd be room for Rio had Sund not guaranteed Randmo.

Blogger chris said...
Edgar: And you were right beyond belief, as Randolph Morris has become a semi-regular on the ledger of lack!

Yeah, I'd rather have the fan favorite out there.

Blogger chris said...
An update: a full three months after this lack of Mario came into being, Laikatu and Toad made things right and convinced Atlanta Spirit LLC to reacquire their team plumber in mid-January 2010!!!!

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