Is it just me, or does it look like he's pooping out
Yi Jianlian? Please tell me I'm not the only one.
Today's picture was provided by Geert.
The Orlando Magic's "defense" on Chris Bosh: It's not just the 40 points or the 18 rebounds -- 7 of which were nabbed off the offensive glass, by the way -- it's also the fact that he shot a near-perfect 14-for-19 from the field AND went to the line 16 times. And lest you think last night's eruption was a fluke, allow me to turn your attention to February 20, 2008, when Bosh also dropped 40 points on the Magic...by shooting 14-for-16 from the field and 11-for-11 from the line. He also had a 39-pointer against the magicians in last year's playoffs.
The Toronto Raptors: Bad Sign #127 -- Your star player completely and totally dominates and yet you still lose by double-digits. Although, to be fair, the absence of starting PG Jose Calderon (strained right hammy) might have had something to do with it: The mighty dinos turned the ball over 21 times (including 7 for Calderon's replacement Will Solomon) while registering only 12 assists. Oh, and speaking of Solomon...
Courtney Lee and Marcin Gortat: They COMBINED to play eight minutes, finishing with 0-for-2 shooting and 1 personal foul BETWEEN them. That's a two-man suck differential of +3 off the bench.
Hassan Adams: Turned in his third trillion performance of the season with a one trillion against the Magic. He is still averaging a one trillion, by the way. That's right. AVERAGING.
The Atlanta Hawks: Yup. They are who we thought they were. The dirty birds lost their fourth straight game (following the 6-0 start) by letting the Pacers shoot 55 percent against them (including 61 percent from downtown). I don't even have it in me to detail all the crappy performances Mike Woodson got out of his team...except for Randolph Morris, who sounds like an unfiltered cigarette. He finished with 3 personals and 0-for-1 shooting in almost eight minutes of PT.
The Charlotte Bobcats' starting lineup: They COMBINED to score 26 points, 6 fewer than Dirk Nowitzki had against them (and only 5 more than D.J. Augustin had off their bench). They shot 9-for-39 and committed 9 turnovers (compared to only 6 assists). The 'Cats started the game 0-for-9 from the field 0-for-2 from the foul line with three turnovers -- at one point, Raymond Felton stepped on the sideline with nobody within 10 feet of him -- before Augustin scored Charlotte's first two points...with 5:20 left in the first quarter. "It looked basically like the varsity scripting plays against a rec team out there," said Gerald Wallace, who finished with 8 points on 3-of-13 shooting. "They did whatever they wanted to do." You aren't wrong, Gerald.
The Washington Wizards: Coach Eddie Jordan said: "We don't have rhythm, we don't have harmony, we're trying to incorporate chemistry." And that was BEFORE his Wiz lost to the Heat at home to drop to 1-7 on the season. Afterwards, he had this to say: "This team is built a certain way, fellas. This team is built for Gilbert Arenas to lead us. This team is built for our All-Star forwards to carry the wings for us, and for Brendan Haywood to have a career year manning the middle for us. We don't have those things. And this team, you're asking people to do things that they're not capable of doing. They're not capable of carrying the load for us like a Dwyane Wade, like a Gilbert Arenas. You've got young guys who aren't going to make veteran plays night-in and night-out. You put all those things together, and to be in the game is a credit to everybody in this organization right now. You've got to stay positive, but you've got to be realistic about things." Ooooookay. At least Eddie can finally fall back on the "We don't have Gilbert Arenas" excuse. He's been sitting on that one for a while. It's going to be a long season in Washington, folks.
Update! Andray Blatche: Bulletproof (real nickname) released a foul wind on the Washington bench...from which there was NO ESCAPE. People in Chicago are always doing that on the elevator. Just FYI. I found this at Ball Don't Lie, but you can see stills of the entire odorous incident as it went down at Truth About It.
The New York Knicks: They were within 4 points with 1:14 left when Brian Scalabrine -- oh yeah, you read that correctly -- hit a dagger three-pointer to pretty much close the deal. I'm pretty sure "not setting Brian Scalabrine beat you" is a prerequisite for winning in the NBA. I'd say that the Knicks weren't guarding him because, you know, he's Brian Scalabrine. But Mike 'Antoni teams don't guard anybody, which would explain why Boston (shooting 44 percent on the season) hit 53 percent of their field goals last night.
Quentin Richardson: From Basketbawful reader RM: "I'm a long time reader who's never posted a comment, but you HAVE to put this in your WotN. After the Knicks-Celtics game, Quentin Richardson said: 'I'm just real curious to see what those guys will be saying if we weren't in a basketball league and didn't have referees. I mean, it wouldn't be the same story. I mean, they are the world champions and rah, rah, rah, but the tough part I don't factor. I come from a neighborhood where you can say what you want to say, but until you do something, it don't mean nothing.' What the hell?! A championship isn't considered doing something in the NBA anymore? And I'm pretty sure that toughness and defense is exactly how they did it. Besides, toughness comments coming from someone on a team that has teerrrrribbbbllleeee defense is just damned retarded." Seriously. Put the dumb pills down, Quentin.
A few more if Q's choice words: "I think a few of those guys know they can’t just say anything to us.... Some of those guys are happy to get a ring, but you ain't been in the league long enough to talk to people like that. I don't have a lot of respect for that. Like I said, I'd be curious to hear what they have to say in a different setting. I'd be very curious to see that." I'm sorry, but really, when did Quentin Richardson become a "tough guy"? Did I miss something? Does he suddenly think he's all manly and stuff because he plays in New York?
The New Jersey Nets: They shot 36 percent from the field and had more turnovers (13) than assists (12). Which makes sense when you consider their shoot-first PG did the same thing (5 TOs to only 4 ASTs). Speaking of Devin...
Devin Harris, excuse machine: He had breakaway dunk attempt blocked by LeBron James and was quick to try and explain it away after the game. "He's 6-9 and 260. You try to quick dunk him if you can. If not, hey, he got a piece of it. He came back and he played it. If I had a good ankle, now that would be something to think about." That's right, people. It was just the bad ankle. And he would have totally schooled that British guy in the sweater if only he'd known the guy could ball. Blah, blah, blah. Here's the block. Sorry the previous video was wrong.
LeBron James: Before Cleveland's game against the Nets, King James let everybody -- and by "everybody" I mean the Cavs management -- that he won't hesitate to leave Cleveland if another franchise offers him a better chance to win championships (and, presumably, bags and bags of money plus a secret volcano lair carved in his likeness). Said the King: "I think you do what is best for you and you do what is best for your career." Feeling the love yet, Cleveland? Mind you, this is the same guy who complained (bitterly) about his home crowd wanting free chalupas the other night. I guess you can only do what's best for you if you're LeBron James, huh?
Bizarre injuries: From the AP recap's game notes: "Cavs coach Mike Brown seemed to pull a hamstring retrieving a loose ball in the game." Wow.
Lorenzen Wright and Trenton Hassell: Trenton saw Lorenzen's one trillion and raised him a four-minute, 1-foul stint that earned him a +1 suck differential. Anything Wright can suck, Hassell can suck better.
The Sacramento Kings: Last night made it official: The Kings are worse than the Memphis Grizzlies. They let the teddy bears shoot 54 percent (62 from beyond the arc) and outrebound them 46-33...a solid effort on the Suck Fail Scale (I give it a 7.6). Rookie forward Jason Thompson, who had two of his shots blocked (a game high!), said: "Some of the stuff [the Grizzlies] were doing, it happened so fast that we weren't reading our coverages, and guys were missing assignments." When the Grizzlies are moving faster than your senses can accurately perceive, you really need to have those senses checked by a licensed medical practitioner. They did hold O.J. Mayo to only 11 points, though. Sometimes it's the little victories that count, even though they aren't real victories. Oh, and a special callout goes to Quincy Douby, who went 0-for-9 off of Sactown's bench.
The Milwaukee Bucks: When Austin Croshere is your second-leading scorer on the night, you know something has gone terribly, horribly wrong.
Andrew Bogut: The line: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 4 turnovers and 4 fouls in 16 minutes. I'm sorry, Milwaukee Bucks. You can't take that $60 million extension back.
Here's a fun little extra: Bogut quotes from when he got that extension: "I don't feel comfortable talking about $60 million, whatever I'm making a year. At the end of the day, you're putting a ball in the hoop and making a very good living for it. It's very humbling in that sense. I've got some people, my trainer (Sinisa Markovic) for one, he'll slap me around if I change. I've got some friends that are pretty hard on me in a way. I don't just have 'yes' people around me. I need people around me to tell me how it is. You never know what can happen in the future, but I don't see myself changing too much. I think I'm just a regular guy that plays basketball." Yup. Just a regular guy who plays basketball, earns $10+ million per year (starting next season) and high fives invisible teammates. You know, just like you and me.
A stupid Nuggets fan: Our buddy Ben Q. Rock of The Third Quarter Collapse provided the following write-in: "It's pretty ridiculous for a guy to hold a sign saying 'Iverson Who?' while wearing an Iverson jersey. It's like, dude, just check your own clothing if you've forgotten who the guy is. God." And here's the idiot in question:
Pssst. You might wanna look at the back of your jersey...
The Chicago Bulls: They might have actually had a chance to beat the Lakers last night...if not for those 22 turnovers. They also got 11 of their shots stuffed. Said Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro: "I thought we forced some things inside, and their guys are so long that they're going to block some shots. We made a couple of bad judgments going up, and you're not going to go over those guys very often because they're so long. You've got to get into their body and be physical. It was kind of an up-tempo game at times and we got a little sloppy with the basketball." They're so long, you gotta get into their body. No comment.
Luol Deng: He was 4-for-11...and only 2-for-8 on his jumpers. Man, remember when Deng had that sweet midrange stroke? Maybe you don't, because it's been missing for a year and a half. But trust me, at one time, a Deng jumper felt like an automatic. Now it's only an automatic miss and a potential fast break for the opposing team.
Luke Walton: His season of woe continues: 3 minutes, 0-for-2, 1 rebound, 1 foul. At this point, even his former stalker wants nothing to do with him.
Sasha Vujacic and Trevor Ariza: Did anybody else notice their little lovers' spat last night? I think Sasha must still be upset about that chest bump...
The Portland Trail Blazers: I'm sure Blazers Nation is heaving a deep, shuddering sigh of relief over Greg Oden's performance (22 points, 8-for-12, 10 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), but their team lost a very winnable game due to 21 turnovers and 9 missed free throws. And 5 of those TOs belonged to Mr. Oden...and he had the ball knocked out of his hands twice in the last few minutes while he was winding up for the slam. Said Oden: "I want to put that loss on me. We were scrapping, trying to get it back, and it just didn't seem to go our way. We've got to take care of the ball. You can't expect to beat somebody in their home gym by giving them 21 extra possessions." Pretty much, yeah.
LaMarcus Aldridge: For one night he actually played like Tyrus Thomas: LaMarcus finished with more fouls (6) than points (4) or rebounds (4). He also shot 2-for-7 and had 3 turnovers.
The team formerly known as the SuperSonics: I got the following email from Basketbawful reader Samahn that I had to share: "You should also call the Thunder the 'klahoma City Thunder since they have no Offense at all...besides Durant dribbling and chucking up contested jumpers that clank off the rim. That whole 1-10 record isn’t by accident." Done. The 'klahoma City Thunder they shall be.
The American Legal System (again): Prepare for a jolt to your hate bone: The city of Attleboro, Massachusetts, sent Eileen Wilbur -- a 74-year-old blind woman -- a letter threatening to put a lien on her home...because of a one-cent overdue water bill. Oh yes they did. I'm so glad that our government, which has been paying billions of dollars to bail out rich guys, found time in its busy kitten-drowning and orphan-baking schedule to bully an old, disabled woman over a piece of currency that 100 percent of elected officials wouldn't even bend over to pick up if it was laying on the sidewalk. Antonio Viveiros, a former city councilor, paid Wilbur's bill in full.
NBA attendance:Ball Don't Lie has an interesting post about how lousy fan attendance has been at NBA games this season. I have my own thoughts on this, but I'm curious about what you folks think. Are you lovin' it live? Why or why not?
Kobe Bryant: He called a friend on the East Coast from the Lakers locker room even though he has a cell phone plan with free long distance and unlimited minutes. THAT'S A LONG DISTANCE CALL, KOBE!!!
I've been to every home game so far. I'm tragically broke. So . . . how? When all else fails, there's the $2 seats up with the birdies. And win or lose, I always have a good time at a Mavs game. With tickets that inexpensive (the next upgrade is eighteen bucks, ten on family nights), it works out to be cheaper than a movie and considerably more fun.
There's no way to do it, but I'd suggest finding a way to cut out Ticketmaster. They're evil, greedy, profit-mongering, and a bloody pain in the ass. More to the point they don't make it easier to get what you want. Last year I went to a Ticketmaster outlet at a Macy's, hoping to get handicap accessible seats without having to call the arena directly. You can't do that on Ticketmaster's website.
Turns out you can't do it at their outlets either. And I still had to pay a convenience charge! Fuck that shit.
And in the Bobcats' defence, they've been without Jason Richardson for a week, which I'm only painfully aware of due to his absense in my fantasy starting lineup, which of course forces me to check Bobcats game box scores (barf).
Since I feel like it's worth mentioning, some college basketball suck from last night. Last night's Kentucky/North Carolina game was painful. (Aside from 28 team turnovers), the Wildcats bench had ZERO points. Here are some of the highlights (as per http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=283230153)
AJ Stewart contributed one rebound and nothing else in 5 minutes of playing time. SO close to a trillion...
In 9 minutes, Josh Harrellson had 2 rebounds, 2 fouls, 1 block, and 1 turnover, which all cancel each other out effectively, and no points.
DeAndre Liggins had 7 assists, 1 steal... and 4 turnovers and 3 fouls to go with his 0 points in 18 minutes.
And, the Vortex of Suck, Darius Miller. 13 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 5 turnovers, 3 fouls. Seriously. That's just HORRENDOUS basketball, Darius Miller.
(Sorry if this somehow double-posts, Internet gateway trouble a couple minutes ago here at work)
I think you need to drop the Kobe-bashing entries, too...at least for a couple of weeks. They aren't really that funny anymore. Partially because there's one every damn day, but also because you went and set yourself such a high standard so early in the season you can't really live up to it anymore. It was good early, but started going downhill after the one about the 10 items or less checkout and paying the exact charge in pennies, because nothing matches that on the awesomeness scale.
Seriously. Take a break for a week or two, come back at it funnier than ever. Don't let the joke run itself into the ground, because then you tarnish the awesomeness of the earlier efforts.
Please keep them.
As for the attendance Q - I work for an investment bank in Toronto and used to attend quite a few games. With the prospect of losing my job at any minute, I've decided to save my money rather than attending games at the moment.
And the only Raptors games I've been to were with an ex who got a discount for being a teacher (or someting). Even at a discount, it was like $60 a seat for mid-level seats behind the basket. Ridiculous, but there's no other basketball within a few hours of here so I guess we're stuck.
As for the people trashing the trillions and Kobe bits, you do realize you don't have to read it, right? It amazes me that people will willingly come to a site to peruse the content, then take the time to criticize it. Every trillion entry says so in the bolded subject line, just skip it. I mean, do you read every article in a magazine or newspaper?
I've been looking around on the internet for video of the block but I can't find it. What happened was Harris was on a fast break, wide open, going up for a dunk. Lebron came out of no where from behind and somewhat blocked / bothered his shot enough that it hit off the back of the rim and went out of bounds. Sorry, but even with a healthy ankle Lebron still would've blocked the shot. He's that good at running down people on fast breaks and swatting it away.
As for the attendance, I was at my first NBA game of the year last night and the crowd at New Jersey was pathetic!!! It was super quiet almost the whole game, even when the Nets were winning. When the Cavs pulled away in the third quarter people started leaving. I wouldn't go to games if I were a Nets fan, its actually somewhat boring being there. The halftime entertainment was Donnie Klang for god's sake!!!
He's kind of a poor man's Justin Timberlake, but with a bad voice and even worse dance moves.
Also funny how people complain about the free content on a blog done by a guy in his spare time.
Seriously- I bet you jokers would complain about the toppings you didn't like on a free pizza too. Just pick them off- don't be such weeny-whiners. If you don't want to read about the marios and super-marios, then skip them!
Some of us non-kobe-fan-boys find the constant Kobe-busting quite entertaining. And I laugh my ass off when I read about a guy like Luke Walton getting a mario when he makes 6 million a year. THAT is the worst of professional basketball.
Actually, feedback is good. However, I recommend e-mailing bawful at email@example.com with your suggestions. I know he's always looking to improve. And don't critique too hard - the amount of time he spends writing is immense. Thanks Bawful. You spend more time on my happiness than my wife.
I'm a Jazz fan, and the only games I've ever been to were at the Salt Palace, Delta Center and ESA. (Sidenote: the one game I saw at the Salt Palace was when Karl Malone had his career high against the Bucks. That was sweet!) Anyway, I love going to the games! Maybe it's due to the fact that the Jazz rarely lose at home and it's fun to see your team win. Or maybe it's the atmosphere with all the screaming fans and feeling like you may have some part in helping your team win. Or maybe it's eating at Crown Burger before the game so you can get free parking. Probably all three.
Ticket prices here aren't too out of control yet, but I still am an upper decker. The best way I've found to purchase tix are off Ebay. Most the time the seller will just email them to you so you pay no shipping or stupid service charges. And Tickemaster blows!
A bunch of times one ref would make a call while another would make the opposite (block/charge, Cavs ball/Nets ball, etc). Then they would all confer and decide on something. I've never seen this happen so many times in one game before. Lawrence Frank got T'd up because he was screaming at Violet Palmer, if I remember correctly she called Lebron for a block while one of the other refs called a charge on the Nets and she was over-rulled.
jai -- Very correct. I mistook one tubby, defenseless Knick big man for another. My total bad. Funny, though, how I blew the reference despite linking to my own post. [Forehead smack]
matt grady -- Well, that's the thing, you know? We can't accept anything less, er, more from him now.
bj -- Agreed on TicketMaster. If I ever become Supreme Overlord of the Earth, I will personally torture and kill whoever invented TM's various fees and "convenience" charges.
anacondahl -- Changed it to Fail Scale. I'll have to come up with some kind of reference list for the FS. Also, man, this has been a rough fantasy season so far. I also have Michael Redd on my fantasy team. Between him, Williams and Mehmet, I've been screwed.
tehjay -- Seriously. I love reading about how so-and-so "dominated" the Summer League. Sure. And I could probably bash some heads in a peewee football game. Doesn't mean Brian Urlacher wouldn't tackle me into a juicy paste.
dima -- True. But then again, I don't think that basketball should only be enjoyable when it's super intense. I mean, realistically, I enjoy watching people play pickup. How could I not enjoy live NBA action, even if it wasn't top notch.
In fact, I would counter that apathy from the fans affects the players. Believe me, players get pumped up when the crowd is rowdy and into it.
gonzopal -- Yeah. I blew that one. Fixed now, tho'.
flitzy -- On the subject of scaped tix. The last time the Bulls were in the playoffs (versus the Pistons), I got "Game 3" tickets from StubHub. But when me and my friend got to the game (it was gonna be her first playoff game), the tix were rejected. Turns out that "Game 3" meant the third HOME game for the Bulls. Dude, I was PISSED. So I resolved to pay whatever I had to pay to a scalper to get us in, but she said not to bother. I have yet to buy a scalped ticket. Has anybody else done this? How much haggle room do you get?
adam -- I've considered reducing it to a weekly roundup of trillionaires and suck...uh, ers. I might still do it. In the meantime, if they bug you, I suggest you just skip past to the next entry.
dan -- Jeez. ZERO bench points? Forgive me, but I don't follow college basketball that closely (until right before the Madness, anyway). What's "typical" in terms of bench production in college ball?
jimbo jackson -- "...they were all Clippers games." I'm sorry.
anonymous #1 -- Damn it all! I was writing some football-related stuff during the game and had the volume on low. I must have missed that sequence. Argh!
koberulez -- Well, you might have noticed that I try to make sure there are never "ten straight listings" of trillions or suck differentials. Sometimes I combine 'em and sometimes (believe it or not) I omit them entirely ('though the omissions are often noted by somebody in the comments section).
I have plenty of Kobe entries left. Part of the reason they may have seemed "mailed in" lately is because I'm actually trying to make them mundane, if only because it amuses me.
mfeige -- Actually, you commented on the correct post. AND you made me laugh out loud with your description of Laker fandom-related evil. Thank you.
caleb -- They will definitely continue, in one form or another. I'm always trying to tweak things to enhance the 'Bawful experience.
tree -- Yikes. Good luck. My company supplies software solutions to large banks and brokerage firms, and we've had some clients drop off the face of the Earth...including Lehman Brothers. It's rough out there.
lord kerrance -- You are on a basketball island, aren't you? I guess if I don't want to pay out the you-know-what for Bulls tix, I can always drive to Milwaukee or Indianapolis...
...no. No, I'm on a basketball island, too.
jake -- You're right. I just put the correct video up. My bad. Yeah, you know, I've read many times that New Jersey has the worst crowds. Larry Bird used to give them a hard time about not cheering.
anonymous #2 -- That's the thing...worst of and all that.
baddave -- That's because I love you more than your wife does. You know it's true.
chris -- Exactly. Man, I just want to sign a two-year free agent contract. Is that too much to ask? I could be like Paul Shirley 2.0.
sea_mole -- DUUUUUDE!! You saw Karl's 61-point game?! That sharp pain you just felt was my jealousy stabbing you.
Anyway...you know, I was making a point above that the players seem to try harder when the crowd is into it, and the Jazz crowd (based on what I see on the Truth Box) always seems really into it. That's one of the arenas I'd most like to see a game at.
As for live games - no. I can see good action on TV, the costs aren't worth it (even before the economy took a nosedive), other fans or obnoxious or just don't care, I don't get my free taco because my teams don't score enough, and I just moved to an area that limits my only possible teams to go see as the Knicks, Nets, or 76ers.
Interestingly enough, I AM going to Saturday's Coyotes at the Flyers. That's hockey in case you're not familiar with those teams. Cheaper prices, interested fans, and I'm getting a free ride. :)
Seriously, 'bawful, though they don't know it yet...you're doing a service to NBA GMs everywhere (or at least those not named Isiah Thomas) - these are the players NOT TO OVERPAY to spend time on the bench, or walking onto the court for 5 seconds on a inbounding play, before walking back to the pine after a timeout is subsequently called, thus ending said player's duration of lacktion for the night.
Someday, your work in trillionaire/mario research will enable Basketbawful to be quoted with the same statistical reverence Moneyball is, for baseball. ;)
I am still saddened that the ThunderCATs name never caught on, be could we donate the Bobcats "Cat" to the team who will not be named?
In other words, we would have the Charlotte Bobs and the 'Klahoma Thundercats.
Also, doesn't the stupid Nuggets fan look a lot like Mark Cuban?
I don't know, I thought it was funny. But then again, I was 3 to 5 jumbo's deep before tip-off.
chris -- Yeah. I think career numbers in trillions and Marios are a good indicator of whether you should pay a guy or not. I would say that five or more of each or total in one season would be a "no."
anonymous #1 -- You know, that Nuggets fan does sorta look like Cuban. Only, if it was Mark, he's probably be holding up a "Devin who?" sign so he could continue trying to justify the Kidd trade.
anonymous #2 -- Alley...oops.
starang -- DUDE! Welcome back, you crazy bastard! I was starting to worry about you. And you still crack my ass up...jumbos or no jumbos.
To accommodate both the lovers and haters, why not consolidate the trillion (this article needs to be expanded!) suckage reporting into a "Trillionaires of the Night" or something at the beginning of the Worst of the nights? This would give the opportunity to compare them in increasingly worse order, making comments as necessary, you could avoid just listing them out, it would be more efficient, and people that don't care can simply skip the section. And of course this opens up Top Trillion/Most Suck of the Night...
Also, Marbury All-Star '09.
To save the NBA.
YES WE CAN!
However I do agree that pierce is acting especially gay early in the season but Garnett hasn't done anything unusual - during a game hes so amp-ed he will slap someone or clap in their face or tap them on their ass repeatedly (when he was guarding gary payton 1 on 1 at the end of a game) - too bad I can't find video of this
It doesn't, actually. It just says the player's name. You have to read it to find out you don't want to read it, by which time it's too late. There are also some trillion entries that are worth reading, thus my proposal to cut down on them, rather than listing every single one.
Anonymous: "Funny how a guy named "koberulz" is tired of the Kobe jokes."
i'm not tired of them because they're Kobe jokes. I'm tired of them because they're not as funny as they used to be. Even if they were this mundane all year, I still wouldn't mind them--it's knowing that they're not as good as they used to be. Like MJ in 2003.
"Also funny how people complain about the free content on a blog done by a guy in his spare time."
I'm not complaining, I'm offering suggestions for improvements. There's a difference.
"Some of us non-kobe-fan-boys find the constant Kobe-busting quite entertaining."
I'm not a Kobe fanboy, I'm a Kobe fan. There's a difference. I, too, found it entertaining, it's simply the drop in the standard of the jokes that I'm not liking.
"And I laugh my ass off when I read about a guy like Luke Walton getting a mario when he makes 6 million a year. THAT is the worst of professional basketball."
Which is why I suggested Bawful pick some of the top few, and post them. Luke Walton not getting PT = funny (or depressing, depending on how much money you make yourself). Hassan Adams' PT = Who the hell is Hassan Adams and why should I care?
'Bawful: "Part of the reason they may have seemed "mailed in" lately is because I'm actually trying to make them mundane"
Doesn't that defeat the purpose of trying to be funny in the first place? How someone can find mundaneness amusing is beyond me, but it's even less amusing when you're not aware that it's intentionally mundane.
But you know, typical of a Kobe fan to just not consider anything else, or assume that people are making you "should care".
By the way, rest assured, I personally asked Kobe on the Internet and he has confirmed that every mundane thing Basketbawful has written about him on the Internet in this blog on the Internet is 100% precise and accurate. On the Internet. I hope this clears up any non-awareness about those mundane-looking posts.
I'm sure with correct grammar that sentence would make sense, but too bad for you that it doesn't, so I have no idea what you're trying to say. Additionally, not all Kobe fans are ignorant, and not all ignorant people are Kobe fans. Just because I don't follow college basketball and live in a country where basketball is as popular as food eating championships doesn't make me an idiot.
"By the way, rest assured, I personally asked Kobe on the Internet and he has confirmed that every mundane thing Basketbawful has written about him on the Internet in this blog on the Internet is 100% precise and accurate. On the Internet. I hope this clears up any non-awareness about those mundane-looking posts."
What exactly is your point here?
Luckily years later I had another chance to see Jordan play in person and it was a much different story as the Bulls beat their rivals the Knicks en route to 72 wins for the season. The highlight of that game for me though was getting to see Anthony Mason shoot those ugly as hell one handed free throws in person.
By the way, in looking at that box score, Jack Haley had a particularly Haleyesque game that night, with 12 minutes of PT, 0 points on one missed shot and two turnovers. At least he had a block, two assists and a rebound though. 1 rebound in 12 minutes when you're 7 feet tall? Gotta love Jack Haley. The definite worst of that night though was Ken Bannister, with 7 minutes and a suck differential of +5: 3 fouls and 2 turnovers were all that separated him from a 7 trillion.
Anyway, favorte Ken Bannister story. Back in 1991, the C's were playing the Clips in L.A. Boston was killing them, no surprise there, and Larry Bird, after sticking a killer three, sticks out his hand and invites Bannister to high-five him. Bannister stared at Bird's hand for a good five seconds before smacking it, at which point the crowd erupted into chants of "LAR-EE, LAR-EE, LAR-EE!" Good times.