by Brett Ballantini
He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
one against whom there was no official complaint,
and all the reports on his conduct agree
that, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint
–W.H. Auden, “The Unknown Citizen” (1940)
After contributing consistently here for a couple of months and reading for much longer than that, it seems it’s long since past time to come out of the closet.
Twenty-one hours and counting until The Dance begins. By now, you’ve surely filled out a fair number of brackets and forked over some significant cash to go with them. We hope you waited to complete your best bracket last because here’s how SLAMonline’s college experts think the Tournament will play out.
by Justin Walsh
Like offering up the services of their wives, for instance: “Sixers point guard Andre Miller, playing through the discomfort of a strained right calf, is getting all sorts of unsolicited medical advice, but one fan is willing to take it to the limit. Tim Paradise has offered the services of his wife, a native of Thailand who, he said, attended the Wat Pho school of massage in her native land. ‘She makes the lame walk,’ Paradise states.”
by Marcel Mutoni
Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any worse for New Jersey, they invariably do. As their season implodes, the team must now face the prospect of not having its best player for an extended period of time.
The Nets have just learned that Devin Harris’s shoulder injury is more severe than previously thought:
Dwyane is aiming for a career first: “For now, Wade’s goal remains to play in all 82 games for the first time in his six-year career. And whatever Wade wants, the Heat makes every effort to make sure Wade gets it…’I know it’s important for him, considering where he’s been the last two years, when he wasn’t healthy. He wants to play all 82,’ Spoelstra said. ‘He’s really gotten his body ready for the battle of 82 games.
by Marcel Mutoni
You hear that, Charlie Villanueva? That’s the sound of your tweeting dreams dying, by the small, yet shockingly strong hands of your coach.
You’re not gonna believe this, but Scott Skiles (and his renowned joie de vivre) has told Charlie V to never use Twitter again during halftime of an NBA game. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Frustrated now? Just wait until Bynum makes his return, Pau: “The Lakers failed to take full advantage of a torrid shooting night from Pau Gasol for a second straight game. Two nights after he made all 10 first-half shots against Dallas but only attempted three more after the break, Gasol made six of seven in the first half against Philadelphia yet finished just 9-for-12.
I’m surprised he hasn’t burned Jamal’s jersey by now: “Warriors coach Don Nelson doesn’t hold back about why a backcourt of Monta Ellis and Jamal Crawford won’t work. ‘I don’t think that the mix is good enough, it’s just like with oil and water,’ Nelson said before Tuesday’s game. ‘They’re both really good players, but we need somebody that can guard a 2.