The Denver Nuggets are trying to come up with all kinds of creative ways to save money: “Kroenke Sports Enterprises last week announced layoffs. Also affected has been the Denver Nuggets Cheerleading team, whose performances have been scaled back from all home games to only weekend games…So how money would be saved by benching the cheerleaders for seven games this season? It would seem to be less than $17,000.”
Wildly expensive, too: “Nubeo, a high-end watch brand known outside the U.S. for its jellyfish-shaped watches, has teamed up with the basketball star to create a limited-edition line of high-tech sport watches starting at about $21,000 and topping out at $285,000. The Black Mamba series — a play on Mr. Bryant’s nickname — will be unveiled this coming week at Baselworld, the watch and jewelry show held annually in Basel, Switzerland, and will go on sale in the U.S.
by Holly MacKenzie
I am succumbing to my body’s demands for sleep. It is 1:56 a.m. and I spent the night unraveling some Chris Bosh drama that I’m sure you’ll all hear about soon enough. I’m not a fan of this story but that is an opinion for another place and time. Anyway, I saw some of the Denver/Phoenix game and that’s it!
Today is a throwback day… to SLAMonline pre-Post Up. Fill me in. Fill yourselves in. Please.
Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 47
Possibly, and silently, the best player of the decade, nine winters ago TD21 told us that his only fears were heights, sharks, and “not being able to play anymore.” Still playing at high level, he doesn’t have to worry about that last fear for at least a few more seasons. —Tzvi Twersky
by Eric Woodyard
The act of getting a pregame interview with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is like seeing Bishop Magic Don Juan sporting anything but green and gold (…it just doesn’t happen much!). I found this out when Wade and the Heat made their visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills to take on the struggling Detroit Pistons yesterday.
by John Krolik
I am a huge fan of 82games.com. If you consider yourself a real fan of basketball and haven’t been to 82games yet, do so right now. For years, 82games has provided data to fans that has long been misconstrued or only given in anecdotal evidence, and last week I was able to interview its founder Roland Beech. Here’s a transcript of our conversation, which you’ll hopefully enjoy.
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