White guys in their thirties are hiring this dude who claims he can train them to become dunkers. I'm torn between "that's so ridiculous" and "where do I sign up?" Consider this quote from Jeannine Stein's L.A. Times article: "Everyone was kind of shocked," Jara recalls. "They were giving me high-fives, saying, 'I can't believe you just did that. I give you props, it was pretty … amazing.' "
Ed Bradley died! He was a big-time Knicks fan, and a smart one. On Stephon Marbury's first night in the Garden, every Knick fan in town was ecstatic. But even then--standing in the little section where he sat near all those celebrities like Spike Lee, John McEnroe, Jay-Z and Beyonce--Bradley knew. He told me "there really is a different energy in the Garden,” he says of Isiah Thomas’s Knick shake-up. “You can feel it here tonight. It’s a different team. He’s overhauling this team. I don’t know what he’s going to do with the salary cap, but wow.”
Flea has a nice little poem inspired by Kevin Garnett's beard.
OK, stung by my own recent erroneous claim to have originated "Brandon R.O.Y." (I was SO full of it, it turns out) you'd think I'd be gun shy. But, lordy, I'm a born gunner. So here goes. I suggest to you that I might have been the first to call Thabo Sefolosha the "Swiss Mister." Of course, that didn't matter at all. It's not that great a nickname. But, you know, somebody else has used it now, once, so clearly it's catching on like wildfire and will soon be both in the common parlance and the dictionary. I think I first used it on June 6.
Tom Ziller on Jon Barry, TV commentator: "Barry (one of my favorite Kings while he was here) was at times very funny, even if he was just saying 'What?!' after Walton said something silly."
Chris Sheridan talked to Phil Jackson about Larry Brown's settlement: "I noted that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said many coaches around the league were dismayed that Brown took a settlement, saying he hopes it does not set a precedent. Jackson, not a big fan of Popovich or Brown, had this to say in response: 'If that was a concern to people, Popovich probably should have weighed in on [Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald] Sterling two or three coaches ago when he was breaking all their contracts years ago. That was a time when he should have been backing up coaches, not a $40 million situation that ends up with $18 million, but guys who were owed $500,000 or $600,000 and needed that kind of money. [Bill] Fitch was one of them, Bob Hill, [Alvin] Gentry, [Jim] Todd, Bob Weiss, they had to go to court.'"
Ira Winderman: "On one play, he carried the ball for about three feet and took two steps," [Seattle Coach Bob] Hill said of what he insisted was an uncalled palming violation. "I asked the official, 'How am I supposed to coach against that?' "
A little fashion police in the Clipper locker room.
Stuart Eskanazi: "By overwhelmingly approving Initiative 91 on Tuesday, Seattle voters effectively ended any notion that the NBA and WNBA teams would remain in their namesake city."