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December 30th, 2010

Kevin Garnett injures his calf

Posted by slammo in News

At last night’s game in Detroit, Kevin Garnett suffered a strained calf from a dunk. He needed assistance to walk off the court. Most feared it might be disastrous given the similarity to his last injury in Utah that he’s still recovering from. Fortunately, he’ll only be out a few weeks. Great news for Celtics fans, otherwise it’s deja vu. Boston is looking to be the top team in the East with Miami a very close second. Losing Garnett would put Boston below Orlando as the third best team.

My sources say Charlie Villanueva had a voodoo doll on deck. Villanueva claimed Garnett said he looked like a cancer patient. Garnett denied it, he called him cancerous to his team.

December 30th, 2010

Yao on trading block

Posted by slammo in News

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Houston Rockets are looking to trade his expiring contract for draft picks and young players. Thus, ending Yao Ming’s era as the Rockets franchise player. Truly sad news for the big fella. For basketball fans, we’ve all seen this coming. Taller centers typically have shorter, injury-riddled careers. Their bodies are more susceptible to injuries. Gheorghe Muresan only played for 6 seasons. Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ career was always on the verge of ending due to foot problems. Shawn Bradley playing for 12 years is an exception. Besides, he never accomplished anything.

Yao has only played about 7 years. He put further strain on his body by playing in China during Summers. Unlike Muresan and to a certain extent Big Z, Yao was a dominant player in the post; something that’s difficult to mold in bigs. Let’s hope Yao gets to end his career on his terms and not because of injury.

December 29th, 2010

Lakers’ Artest raised more than $500K from raffling his ring

Posted by slammo in News

We all laughed when Ron Artest thanked his psychiatrist after the Lakers won the championship last June. Who knew he’d not only put his championship ring up for a charity raffle but also promote mental health awareness. via Associated Press:

The ring was won by Raymond Mikkael, a father of four from Hawthorne, Calif.

Although he doesn’t yet know the final figures, Artest’s raffle has raised well over $500,000 for his Xcel University charity, which will work with high-risk youth on mental health issues. Artest said he already wrote his first $50,000 check from the proceeds to the charity…

Artest hasn’t satisfied his taste for unorthodox gestures of charity: He also recently said he would like to donate a huge chunk of his $6.79 million salary for next season to mental health charities.

Incredible. Athletes are known to be selfish and give for publicity stunts. Artest seems to genuinely care. The ring meant so much to him. In many ways, it represented his redemption. In an interview after “The Malice at the Palace,” he plugged his upcoming rap album. He was arrogant, self-centered, and cost the Indiana Pacers’ only chance at a championship run. And now he’s a champion and a philanthropist.

December 5th, 2008

Baron Davis and Trevor Ariza Among Star-Studded List of Conga Room Investors

Posted by Admin in Celebrity, News

The Lakers’ Trevor Ariza and the Clippers’ Baron Davis can now get their groove on right across the street from their home court, Staples Center. Both have invested in the Conga Room, a 2-level night club set to open Dec. 10. The club is neighbors to the Nokia Theatre, Staples center and the rest of the massive, $2.5-billion L.A. Live complex. The Grammy Museum just opened around the corner.

a view from inside the new Conga room - looking out you can see Staples Center

a view from inside the new Conga room - looking out you can see Staples Center

Other known celebrity investors include Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Paul Rodriguez, and Sheila E.

November 18th, 2008

Kevin Garnett Suspended for 1 Game

Posted by Admin in Celtics, News

it’s about time KG got tagged up. He got away with taunting Jose Calderon a week ago.

for some reason this clip reminds me of Bogut’s ghost slapping at the free throw line from last season (click here).

from the Boston Herald

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been suspended one game without pay by the league for his role in Saturday night’s scuffle with the Bucks in Milwaukee.

Garnett struck Bucks center Andrew Bogut in the face with 3:58 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Celtics [team stats]’ 102-97 win at the Bradley Center.

The suspension was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations.

November 17th, 2008

Mark Cuban Charged by the SEC for Insider Trading, Responds on His Blog

Posted by Admin in News

cuban frown

Mark Cuban is all over the internet at this moment – not because his Mavericks finally won a game (now 3-7 after beating the Knicks) but instead for insider trading charges.

A civil complaint was filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In its complaint, The government alleges that in June, 2004 Cuban sold 600,000 shares of Canadian search engine company Mamma.com after he learned it would be making a stock offering.

The SEC says when the stock offering was publicly announced, Mamma.com’s stock price dropped more than 9 percent from the previous day’s closing price. As a result, the SEC says, Cuban avoided losing more than $750,000.

Cuban made a quick post on his blog, www.blogmaverick.com. He doesn’t say much but instead paste’s a copy of a letter signed by his legal team.


I wish I could say more, but I will have to leave it to this, and let the judicial process do its job.
November 17, 2008
RE: SEC Civil Action in the United States District

for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division

Mark Cuban today responded to a civil complaint filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States District for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. In its complaint, the Commission charges that Mr. Cuban engaged in violations of the federal securities laws in connection with transactions in the securities of Mamma.com Inc.

This matter, which has been pending before the Commission for nearly two years, has no merit and is a product of gross abuse of prosecutorial discretion. Mr. Cuban intends to contest the allegations and to demonstrate that the Commission’s claims are infected by the misconduct of the staff of its Enforcement Division.

Mr. Cuban stated, “I am disappointed that the Commission chose to bring this case based upon its Enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions. The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.”

November 13th, 2008

Video of Barack Obama Playing Basketball on Election Day

Posted by Admin in News, Video

Barack Oballa grabs a steal, dribbles behind his back, and dishes the rock to a teammate for the assist. He’s looking good. OKC could use another point guard. Hell yeah, Obama for Earl Watson. I’d take that.

November 6th, 2008

LeBron James and Chris Bosh Discuss Obama’s Win

Posted by Admin in News

LeBron’s heartfelt reaction to Obama’s historic victory.

Chris Bosh’s reaction (click on the link below, I could not find an embeddable video for this):
http://nba.fanhouse.com/2008/11/05/chris-bosh-on-barack-obama-a-huge-moment-in-american-black-and/

November 5th, 2008

Steve Francis Supports Obama at Rockets / Celtics Game

Posted by Admin in News, Pictures

steve-francis-obama-jacket

Remember this guy…Steve Francis? He USED to carry the Rockets team on his back, now it’s Obama’s name.

November 5th, 2008

Former Suns Player Kevin Johnson is Sacramento’s New Mayor

Posted by Admin in News

kevinjohnson-mayor

42-year-old Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star guard for the Phoenix Suns, has been elected mayor of Sacramento, CA. Johnson, a Democrat with conservative social views, defeated two-term incumbent Heather Fargo in a run-off election. With all of the precincts counted, Johnson carried 57 percent of the vote and Fargo had nearly 42 percent.

Johnson became the city’s first black mayor and during his victory speech echoed Barack Obama’s landmark presidential triumph.”Sacramento also made history today in electing its first black mayor,” Johnson said Tuesday night. “Both Obama and myself, we ran on a promise and the theme of change. No more business as usual.”

Throughout his campaign, Johnson got support from basketball icons Shaq O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley.

What I remember most about Kevin Johnson:

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