Thursday Bullets

  • Jason Whitlock is certainly not mailing it in. He's biting off a lot and he's ready to start chewing: "We have a problem in the black community, and it didn't make its debut at All-Star Weekend Vegas. What was impossible to ignore in Vegas was on display in Houston, Atlanta and previous All-Star locations. With the exception of Louis Farrakhan's 1995 Million Man March, it's been on display nearly every time we've gathered in large groups to socialize in the past 15 or so years. The Black Ku Klux Klan shows up in full force and does its best to ruin our good time. Instead of wearing white robes and white hoods, the new KKK has now taken to wearing white Ts and calling themselves gangsta rappers, gangbangers and posse members. Just like the White KKK of the 1940s and '50s, we fear them, keep our eyes lowered, shut our mouths and pray they don't bother us. Our fear makes them stronger. Our silence empowers them. Our lack of courage lets them define who we are. Our excuse-making for their behavior increases their influence and enables them to recruit more freely. We sing their racist songs, gleefully call ourselves the N-word, hype their celebrity and get upset when white people whisper concerns about our sanity. And whenever someone publicly states that the Black KKK is terrorizing black people, black neighborhoods, black social events and glorifying a negative, self-destructive lifestyle, we deny and blame the Man. I don't want to do it anymore." Plenty more. Read the whole thing.

  • Gabrielle Union tells the story (from Jimmy Kimmel last week) of when she thought she was going to the prom with Jason Kidd, but then he was at a game with another woman. Gabrielle Union. I mean, she's Gabrielle Union. And she loves sports. If Joumana Kidd's complaint is remotely true, however, Gabrielle is way better off without him.

  • On that note, here's the latest weirdo story from that unfolding drama. This one involves Kidd stopping at a female friend's house allegedly to pee, while Joumana (who reportedly admits to installing tracking devices on Jason's car) reportedly storms in and starts making trouble. The dining room table may have taken some damage.

  • Speaking of scorned women, Delonte West has a story too.

  • ClipperBlog says it's time to take the long view and trade Sam Cassell.

  • Jarrett Jack: 30 points on 9-12 shooting (plus 10-11 from the line) to go with 7 assists. Brandon Roy made 6-11 for 16 points and also had 7 assists. Zach Randolph shot 9-16 and had 22 and 9. LaMarcus Aldridge made 9-12 for 18 points (and two rebounds?). Blazers shoot 60%. I said they'd be .500 or better post All-Star. So far they're 2-0 against Utah and L.A.

  • If Dwyane Wade's injury turns out to be serious, does that mean Pat Riley needs to re-retire for a little while? I think his hip is starting to hurt.

  • Erin points out that in January Devin Harris shot 51% in 25 minutes per game. This month it's 38% in 18 minutes per game. What's the story there?

  • Joey's essay I missed a week ago on how Kobe Bryant fits, or doesn't, in the hip hop worldview.

  • The best highlight of Shaquille O'Neal in the McDonald's high school all-star game.

  • Highlights from last night's big Cleveland win, in Canadian.

  • Garbage bag full of stripper tips. More reports from Las Vegas.

  • You know what I think is nice about Marquis Daniels and Jamaal Tinsley getting booked? They went over there together after the game. Teamwork.

  • Trash talking at the 'Wolves vs. Wizards. The lesson appears to be that a good heckler is yet another thing on the list of things that can prevent Ricky Davis from playing good defense.