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Gilbert Arenas: The Blogging Ends Now

March 26th, 2009

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. So, it [...Read More at Source]

The Post Up: Suns Shining

March 26th, 2009

by: Holly MacKenzie
Hello. Thursday. NCAA again. TNT night. Lots going on.
Two words for you. Two words, one name: Mike. Taylor. I think the SLAM energy was being felt by Taylor last night as he dropped 35 in MSG in the Clippers overtime win against the Knicks. His season average is 3.9 ppg, if you were wondering. Sunday, I spoke with Taylor for 10 minutes after the game (which will be posted today on my Court Surfing column if its the last thing I do!). I was [...Read More at Source]

Vanessa Bryant: Worst.Boss.Ever

March 26th, 2009

Allegedly, of course: “Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are being sued by their former housekeeper, who claims Vanessa was incredibly abusive — even demanding that she put her hand in a bag of dog feces to retrieve a tag from her blouse … so Vanessa could deduct the cost of the blouse from the maid’s salary! Maria Jimenez claims Vanessa called her ‘lazy, slow, dumb, a f—ing liar, and f—ing sh-t.’ In the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Orange [...Read More at Source]

Isiah Thomas: Clipper-Bound?

March 26th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Should a nuclear war wipe out life on this planet at some point in the future, only a few earthly creatures will survive: cockroaches and, apparently, Isiah Thomas.
Thomas is reportedly a hot commodity in NBA circles again, with the Los Angeles Clippers being the leading candidate to acquire his brilliant services. Of course they are.
ESPN and the NY [...Read More at Source]

Report: UConn Violated NCAA Rules

March 25th, 2009

by Ryne Nelson
Rip Hamilton’s former agent Josh Nochimson is at the center of violations centering around UConn’s recruitment of “high-risk” recruit Nate Miles.
From Adrian Wojnarowski and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo!!!!:
The University of Connecticut violated NCAA rules in the recruitment of former guard Nate Miles, a [...Read More at Source]

Seth Curry To Transfer from Liberty

March 25th, 2009

The nation’s leading freshman scorer wants to play at a higher level. Who would’ve guessed?


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Fear the Reapa

March 25th, 2009

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originially published in SLAM Streetball 4
Smush did the NBA thing for a minute, repping the purple and gold. But his real bread-and-butter has always been the park—and the freedom it provides a PG like him. —Tzvi Twersky


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Video: Derrick Favors Mix

March 25th, 2009

Words by Justin Walsh
Derrick Favors – Naismith Trophy Award Winner as the top boys basketball player in the country. Derrick Favors – Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Georgia. Derrick Favors – 3rd pick in the 2010 Mock Draft by Draft Express.
Derrick is an enigma, wrapped in a codex. He’s been compared to a mix of Chris Bosh and Elton Brand with a dash of Kevin Garnett. He’s bigger than the state of Georgia, his image is blocked [...Read More at Source]

Links: Tweeting around the NBA

March 25th, 2009

by Lang Whitaker
OK, so I’ve been away for a minute. Last week, after we finished SLAM issue 128, I took off for Orlando, Florida, where I haunted Braves’ Spring Training for a few days. Not for fun, though it was kinda fun, but I was there because I have a little extra work to do. Besides, I just wrote another SLAM cover story for 128, which means I’ve done 3 of the last 5 cover stories, [...Read More at Source]

World Wide

March 25th, 2009

by Ben Osborne
Back in the ’70s and early ’80s, when, in general, the NBA’s dress code could best be described as “flashy” and “funky,” one player still managed to stand out: World B. Free. A personal favorite of mine from his latter days with the Cavaliers, his charisma and flair made the Brooklyn-born streetballer one of the League’s most colorful personalities.
A 6-2, 185-pound scoring guard who was born in 1953 and attended Canarsie High in BK before small Guilford College in NC, Free would go on to [...Read More at Source]

Checking in on the Karl/Melo Relationship

March 25th, 2009

According to both men, everything is coming up roses: ” Carmelo Anthony and George Karl have had their differences during an up-and-down four full seasons together. But both say this has been their best season together, despite an incident of insubordination March 1 when Anthony refused to come out of a game at Indiana. Karl suspended him for one game. ‘This season me and George haven’t had no beef or nothing, no going back and forth,’ Anthony said. ‘We’ve been on the [...Read More at Source]

Bernard King’s Brush With Death

March 25th, 2009

Scary stuff for one of the game’s greats: “Three months ago, Bernard King fell down 17 stairs, cracked his head open and nearly died. Saturday night in Atlanta, he ended up in the hospital after barely being able to finish a walk home…Saturday night, King suffered what he called a “precursor to a stroke,” and he said yesterday that if he hadn’t called an ambulance to get him to the hospital, he ‘probably wouldn’t be [...Read More at Source]

The Joys of Playing Against the OKC Thunder

March 25th, 2009

Everything - including fouling out - is absurdly funny when going up against this toothless bunch: “Odom hadn’t agreed with the five fouls he’d gotten earlier, although he has tried hard not to let the officiating get to him in recent weeks. When Odom went back into the game with 8:32 left, he smiled at courtside reporters, made like a left-handed batter getting one more pitch to hit and asked how long he thought he could last with his five fouls. The answer: 15 seconds. [...Read More at Source]

In Charlotte, Horse-Riding is More Important Than the Bobcats

March 25th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Team owner Bob Johnson has no qualms with letting his employees know this. And this reality drives Larry Brown crazy.
The Charlotte Bobcats have had a raw deal over the last few years with their scheduling, and this season is no different. They have Johnson’s daughter (and her horsies) to blame.
From the Charlotte Observer:
Asked Monday what he thinks of closing the regular [...Read More at Source]

Cavs’ ‘Family Portrait’ Pre-Game Routine: Damon Jones’s Idea

March 25th, 2009

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, I suppose: “According to legend, it all began — as many of the team’s old, crazy ideas have — with former Cavaliers guard Damon Jones. A couple years ago, the loquacious guard developed special handshakes with each of his teammates. He’d go through each of them during player announcements, spending the most time on a special, ever-morphing handshake with James just before he went to the scorer’s table [...Read More at Source]

Allen Iverson Learns that Bodyguards Aren’t for Beating Up Other People

March 25th, 2009

And that lesson is going to cost him a hefty sum: “Pistons star Allen Iverson must pay $260,000 for standing idly by and watching his bodyguard beat up another man in a 2005 bar fight, a federal appeals court ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the guard’s attempt to throw out the verdict decided by a jury in 2007. Bar patron Marlin Godfrey accused Iverson’s bodyguard, Jason Kane, of punching, kicking and hitting him with a bottle because [...Read More at Source]

It’s Operation Shutdown Time for Stephen Jackson

March 25th, 2009

The Warriors’ captain isn’t going to be playing for a while due to a bum toe: “Ever wonder why Jackson, who is right-handed, almost always jumps off his right foot (which is what a left-handed shooter does)? It’s because his left big toe has been killing for more than two years now. And he’s fed up with it…But now he has an appointment in Houston on Friday to get his toe checked out. He’ll play Wednesday night in Dallas (you know he’s not missing a showdown with [...Read More at Source]

Thanks to Kobe’s ‘Selfishness’, the Mavs Can Beat L.A. in Playoffs

March 25th, 2009

by Marcel Mutoni
Um, that’s according to Ryan Hollins of the Mavs, a man who has played in a whopping 18 games this season, and clocked about 9 minutes per.
Hollins, appearing on a sports radio talk show, gave the Lakers (and their leader) some great motivational material should the two squads meet in the first round of the postseason.
The Dallas Morning News has the details:
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Post Up: Mason Saves Spurs

March 25th, 2009

by Holly MacKenzie
Okay, back to the daily grind we go.
Thanks for being patient with that one day hiatus! Appreciate it. Even though my plan to go to bed early and wake up late became foiled as news of Bosh’s baby-drama hit the wires. I had heard about this story awhile back and all I will say is I’ve heard some other things that lead me to believe that we’ve heard only one side of this story. I’m not implying that I know the truth, only reminding everyone that they don’t either. [...Read More at Source]

Draft Stock Report

March 25th, 2009

by Jeff Fox
Like it or not, there are more important things at stake during the NCAA tournament than how your entry in the office pool is doing. Even for the actual participants in the games, there is more at stake than whether or not their team wins or loses (but they won’t admit it). Coaches are auditioning either for a job at a bigger school or a big contract extension from their current employer. And, of course, players are auditioning for the numerous NBA and overseas pro scouts watching the games.
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The Sweet 16’s No. 1 Seeds

March 24th, 2009

by Cub Buenning
Let me start today’s thoughts by apologizing for not “being there” more over the past week. After a very busy few days (remember, I have a full-time writing job that is not associated with SLAM or even basketball) I chose to sit back, order the DirecTV March Madness package (well worth the duckets) and watch.
Just watch.
With my folded-up, in-and-out-of-the-back-pocket-for-the-next-month bracket just starting to show some wear, I was out of contention in most [...Read More at Source]

SLAM Classic: Scoop Jackson on Ricky Davis

March 24th, 2009

by Ben Osborne
The Steph-KG post I did the other day was fun. This might be more so. Few stories in our history had more of a cult following than Scoop’s totally unique piece on Ricky Davis, titled “The Price of Fame,” that ran in SLAM #69. Moved by yet another email asking where it is, this time by a fellow media member, as well as some recent comments from folks who miss reading Scoop’s work in SLAM (as I do) , we decided it was [...Read More at Source]

Face Off

March 24th, 2009

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Clearly there’s no rhyme or reason to the order we release these [...Read More at Source]