Silly Flip. You can't hang yourself like that!

As I sit in here a post-Nyets-victory malaise, I think we need something to cheer us up. And this should do it: it's time for the annual Name of the Year bracket. It's a strong field this year, with Nohjay Nimpson a solid #1 seed, and Dick Smallberries Jr. a surprisingly low #3 seed in its region, especially considering that his dad suffered through that name his whole life and yet still named his kid after him.

But all of those awesomely terrible names got me thinking -- what NBA player has the most bawful/bawesome name? Luc Mbah a Moute is an obvious choice in my opinion (it just rolls off the tongue), but hearing Zaza Pachulia's name always makes me smile. Post your thoughts in the comments.

Worst of the Night in Pictures:

Great picture to begin with, but make sure you see Jodi Meeks' "WTF?" expression

Kiki had to re-teach himself how to smile. He's still figuring it out.

The Pacers may not have many fans, but the ones they do have are, uhm, very enthusiastic


Nationally Televised Games:
Heat at Bulls: Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are back, but the Bulls are only 33-37. But wait! They're in the Eastern Conference! Could it be time for a playoff run?? As sad as that sounds, it's true.

Mavericks at Frail Blazers: This game could be a preview of what we'll see in the first round of the playoffs. And considering the Mavs have yet to beat the Blazers all season, but they've both been very close games. I'm not even going to make any jokes here -- this is just plain ol' good basketball.

All The Other Games:
Clippers at Rockets: Since when did the Rockets hire the Frail Blazers' training and medical crew? They had to call up two D-Leaguers to play in their last game thanks to a rash of injuries, and their five reserves combined to shoot 29% in that loss to the Thunder. 29%!! Nothing like a home game against the Clippers to wash off that stank.

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Blogger Ash said...
Nets are getting desperate for fans! Wear a bag, get some goodies!

"EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets chief executive Brett Yormark isn't one to let a marketing opportunity go astray.

Two days after a brief finger-pointing exchange with a fan who wore a paper bag on his head to protest the Nets' dismal season, Yormark came prepared for more potential protesters during Wednesday's game against Sacramento.

Any fan who put a paper bag on his head would be offered a nylon Nets' bag containing a poster, a pack of player trading cards and a printed note from Yormark that said:

"Thanks for letting us see your face. We hope to see it more often at Nets' games."

Nets spokesman Barry Baum said two people accepted the exchange offer by halftime.

The Nets are threatening the record for fewest wins (9-73) in an NBA season, set by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73."

Blogger Will said...
Unintentional Dirty Comment: One of the announcers of the Syracuse-Butler game said, "Scoop Jardine is constantly penetrating."

Anonymous Pete said...
The kid with the Pacers gear on looks like someone drew a penis underneath the S on his face -- like his mom was doing his makeup and even she thought he was a loser for liking the Pacers.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Just watching the TNT broadcast via NBA.com. They have the camera on chuck during some of the commercial breaks and as soon as he said sth like "republicans are cockroaches, they wont die, just tryna block everything..." he gets cut off.
Some awkward moments on camera there the whole evening.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
There was a guy on the clippers a few years back named Bonaface (or Bonafice) N'Dong. How do you not get laid with that kind of name?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Also Derrick Rose is not a good distributor and he sure isnt happy the player cam is going to be on for the whole 4. quarter, showing him sitting on the bench and doing the epic facepalm.

Blogger David Landon said...
The ONLY thing that's making the Heat-Los Bulls game watchable is Chuck, Ernie, and Kenny.

Blogger Unknown said...
I know he's not an NBA player, but how about LaceDarius Dunn from Baylor? And high school football star God's Power Offor?

Blogger Basketbawful said...
I had to moderate the Daily Dime Live chat during the Heat-Bulls game. Typing while facepalming? Not easy.

Blogger Preveen said...
OK, I dunno if this is some kinda old ep I downloaded, tho it has the be fairly recent, but did anyone catch Charles, Ernie and Kenny on Jay Leno? Pretty funny. Specially Jay asking about Charles' weight loss efforts :D

(Yes I have to download Leno. TV in this country sucks. I even have to download games, since ESPN-Star shows two matches a week. Even during the Finals! And the broadband isn't fast enough for leauge pass and stuff.)

Blogger chris said...
Bawful - You NEED to show us some of the outtakes. That sounds promisingly terrible.

Anonymous (re: Barkley's comments) - That reminds me of one of the worst lines of dialogue in the awful film "Pocket Ninjas" (which Dan B. and I watched together in Reno). Ugh.


The Rockets lose to the Clippers. In HOUSTON. I think Adelman seriously should pencil Clutch the Bear in as a backup center from now on!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Darnell "Lacktion" Jackson signed by the Bucks!


Anonymous winnetou said...
Apparently the Mavs lost in Portland by 12, giving up 16 fast break points while scoring 0 themselves.
This is their potential first round opponent, let's see whether Carlisle prefers a nicer looking record (like Avery Johnson was accused of) or an easier playoff series.

Blogger matt said...
The Bucks signed Jackson, according to Gary Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.
Jackson was recently waived by the Cavaliers, who needed room after re-signing Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Darnell "Lacktion" Jackson is back!

Anonymous Barry said...
I was just thinking; how about a Space Jam remake....with lacktators?

Instead of Patty Ewing, Sir Charles, Shawn Bradley and Muggsy Bogues we'll cast players like Darnell Jackson, Mario West, Jake Voskuhl and Kosta Koufos.

Greg Ostertag is the obvious new Jordan, but instead of dunking for the win he'll star in some Monstar man-love and posterization, look goofy and ride the pine after 5 fouls.

We could ask Wayne Knight back, he's got nothing going for him right now, yes? Hollywood should run with this shit, it will be the defining b-ball movie of its generation!

Anonymous K said...
"I if really wanted to win the scoring title I could win it every single year," James said. "Every single year, I could really do it. But it doesn't matter to me."

i cant even put into words how much i hate this kid.


Anonymous Matt said...
While I have no love for LeCrab, his comment about the scoring title falls into the "It ain't braggin' if it's true" category.

As long as Mike Brown is his coach, that is. If the Cavaliers ever got a coach who had an offensive game plan more advanced than your average junior high girls team, LeBron might not get as many touches/points.

Blogger chris said...
Barry: I think we need some b-level Looney Tunes instead of the actual stars. Thus, cue up GABBY THE GOAT!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Chris: Brilliant! How could anyone turn down this idea? You know, other than sane people without a delicate taste for lacktion and pasty man-love?

Enter Pete Puma!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Favorite NBA Name: Hamed Haddadi. If he got traded to the Pacers, he would be "Hoosier" Haddadi.