Two good lines: this didn't come up in the ESPN highlights, but two players filled up the stat sheet something wicked last night: Bostons's Delonte West (14 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks, 1 turnover) and Sacramento's Bonzi Wells (22 pts, 18 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, and--oops--7 turnovers).
Frank Deford speaks on NPR about race and sports. (It keeps coming up!)
Best play of last night: somebody from Orlando tried on intentionally foul Ron Artest on his way to a fast break layup. Artest used his bulk, his momentum, his strength, and his weirdly low center of gravity to shrug the guy off (anyone help with the ID of this player?). Result: wid open Artest bucket, and the Magic player on the floor among the photographers.
With the Art of War on his side, Darius Miles sticks it to Kevin Garnett. Portland still lost, but John Canzano hopes that's something to build on.
The new Tracy McGrady commercials are scary.
More on the Penny Hardaway off the active roster rumor mill: maybe they're resting Hardaway so he's fresh to be showcased before the trade deadline.
Newsflash: Red Auerbach has not stopped breathing. It's possible, however, that he has stopped smoking cigars, which is almost as serious. (He's still talking trash about Phil Jackson, though, saying he picked his spots. Odd, coming from a man whose "spot" included coaching Bill Russell on a team that continued to win titles even after Auerbach left. Talk about picking your spots...)
How crazy do we think Ron Artest is? He's making news just for not decking anyone.
Two games in, Fox Sports Australia declares Andrew Bogut well worth the top overall pick. (You hear that Chris Paul?
Worry in the Bay Area: is Baron Davis hurt? And a nice debut from Chris Taft.
Youngest player in NBA history? It used to be Jermaine O'Neal. Now it's the Laker rookie Andrew Bynum.