by Ben Osborne
This story deserves a link on our site, because it is a big deal, but I’m also posting it out of homage to Ryan Jones, who is no doubt amused that some people didn’t quite get what they were wishing for.
Were you expecting anything different?: “For the first time collectively, the Charlotte Bobcats are playing for actual stakes – the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Half of the eight-man rotation hasn’t done this before. They’re not managing it well, as losses to Minnesota, Indiana and Washington demonstrate. And time is running out with 11 games left in the season. ‘There’s definitely something to that,’ shooting guard Raja Bell said at practice Thursday.
How charitable of you, Mr. Thomas: “Thomas is doing what he can to try to get back into the game, and with his daughter set to attend Loyola Marymount, he offered to work for the Clippers without getting paid because he is still receiving money from the Knicks, Dunleavy said. The Clippers were sympathetic to Thomas’ overtures. ‘Isiah came to us,’ Dunleavy said in a telephone interview Thursday morning.
Bosh wants the world to know that he’s no deadbeat father: “In the immediate aftermath of the lawsuit being made public on Tuesday, Bosh would only say he loved his daughter, loved himself and respected his daughter’s mother.
It’s so palpable that musicians are paying him unsolicited visits in the Nets’ locker room: “Bruce Hornsby was ushered into the Nets locker room by Kiki Vandeweghe Sunday, and the GM asked the musician whether there was anyone he’d like to meet. Hornsby said he was interested only in Josh Boone, ‘because he looks so sad.’”
He’s got his teammate’s back no matter what: “Garnett is well aware of the criticism Marbury has received at various NBA stops. In fact, it’s likely he had his own bone to pick when the point guard left him and the Wolves to pursue glory on warmer stages. But Garnett insists that none of what he’s heard can alter his impression. ‘That’s what you hold onto,’ he said. ‘Someone can have an opinion.
Even it’s at a Bar Mitzvah: “In an event that took place Saturday night, a Bar Mitzvah that featured T.I. as a performer and Dwayne Wade as a guest, it’s being reported that fisticuffs broke out. Not between the Hip-Hop artist or his crew, or Dwayne Wade and his associates, but between Cleveland Cavalier’s owner Dan Gilbert and former Rock Financial honcho David Hall.
There must be something in the Bay Area and Dallas water systems: “I think anybody can beat anybody, just like when we beat Dallas, we were eight and they were one,” Nelson said. “I think it could happen again.” Why? Because injuries are playing havoc with the West. Nelson believes that with the Lakers missing center Andrew Bynum, nothing is guaranteed. “I don’t think everybody’s as deep as they thought,” Nelson said. “Even the Lakers are lacking something.
You can’t touch the refs, Nene: “Nuggets center Nene has been suspended by the league for [last night's] game here and Friday’s game at Dallas for his role in an altercation Monday. Nene was ejected Monday night in Phoenix after throwing an elbow at Louis Amundson. It appeared he had slight physical contact with official Bill Spooner upon leaving the court.”
The League’s pioneer in the Web 2.0 movement is hanging up his keyboard: “I’m retired from that. At first it was fun, but then it seemed like it was turning into a double-edged sword. Your words can work against you.” Arenas didn’t give any specific examples of how his words have been used against him, but just said, “At first people enjoyed just reading the blog for fun, but then they started trying to read into it and take bits from it.