If the Hornets' home attendance doesn't pick up, the team could, according to an executive, break its lease. Which could create no small amount of turmoil. Oh, hey, would you look at that, here's Lenny Wilkens saying he has been talking to people about getting a team back in Seattle.
Huge players -- seven-footers -- get injured a lot. Shaquille O'Neal is one of very few players that size who stays healthy for thousands of games. Also, David Thorpe posed an interesting question on the phone yesterday: Who is the league's most athletic true 7-footer? Not many of them.
Just saw there are odds -- like you can bet, in Vegas -- on whether or not LeBron James will do that powder tossing thing tomorrow night. Wow.
Magic Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel, announcing that he has teamed up with Tim Leiweke at AEG with the intention of bringing the NFL to Los Angeles. He says he thinks it would probably have to be an existing team, as the NFL doesn't want to expand.
There are reports about the Raptors changing hands, but before discussing it further, don't we need a flowchart demonstrating who owns what? Rogers Communications, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Toronto Blue Jays, Kilmer Sports, Air Canada Centre, Larry Tannenbaum, TD Capital ... oh my!
There's talk about Gilbert Arenas to Orlando. One factor behind this: There are not a lot of people in the NBA with confidence that they have a strong enough relationship with Arenas to guarantee he'll be a team player. Otis Smith, sources say, is an exception.
Allen Iverson sits out the fourth quarter, his team loses.
Dwight Howard, in character, on laughing. He has, in fact, been ridiculed for laughing too much. Personally, I don't get why people think smiling is such a bad thing.
This paragraph of Harvey Araton's New York Times story about Terrence Williams sure seems to imply that renting expensive apartments somehow predicts failure in the NBA, which I really doubt could be proved. Go look at the NBA's best players. Did they really, as rookies, live frugally? "Williams had a difficult childhood. His parents were jailed. His father was murdered. Home life in Seattle was transient and crowded. When he finally had money, he rented a 3,575-square-foot town house on the Hudson for $7,000 a month that Vince Carter, a high-end earner, was going to buy before he was traded to Orlando. Maybe a couple of weeks in Springfield will teach Williams that a wise young player knows his place and role."
A prediction that Shaquille O'Neal will win the starting center job over Kendrick Perkins.
An unbelievably sad story for the owners of the Utah Jazz.
Yes, Dennis Rodman should be in the Hall of Fame. Why? Because rebounding matters. If he scored like he rebounded, he'd already be on Mt. Rushmore.
Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak, on a tough season for prefabricated stories: "This young season seems off kilter. The story lines we want are failing us, while subversive narratives gasp for airtime. The Lakers are clearly the best team in the West, except the Spurs have a better record. We can’t hype that team too much without adding 'the Lakers are still going to the Finals!' and 'Tony Parker is their best player?' caveats. The success of the Spurs (and Hornets) has wrongfooted the entire NBA community, but it’s not nearly as awkward as what’s going on in Miami."