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Originally published in SLAM 103
by Russ Bengtson
There are many ways I could start these notes. For example, I could ask a not-so-rhetorical question: “If Team A loses a game against Team B because Player C celebrates a would-be dagger dunk a bit too exuberantly, what chance is there that same player gives the refs the chance to make the same exact call in the same exact situation the very next time the teams meet?”
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.
The MVP debate this year has centered around three players. LeBron, Kobe and D-Wade. Though it’s pretty clear to everyone that James has the award all but locked up, the complete list of candidates continues to take shape.
Tony Parker’s name has now been thrown into the hat by his teammate, Tim Duncan.
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.
by Marcel Mutoni
Though A.I. maintains that he will be a good soldier, and faithfully come off the bench for the Pistons once his back feels better, a lot of people are skeptical. Among those is Reggie Miller, who shared his feelings with a national TV audience.
From the Detroit News:
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.”
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