Lamar Odom calls the older Gary Payton an extremely disrespectful young man: "I'm not going to repeat anything he said, but it's extremely disrespectful. It's dudes like that, that's why things happen off the court between players and their friends and things like that. He needs to watch how he talks to other men. There's a difference between competing and how you talk to another man."
Kobe Bryant surprised a bunch of Miami students with free sneakers and--most shocking of all--advice on life and the big picture.
Sports Law blog has some follow-up thoughts on our post about the fate Kobe Bryant avoided: "I tend to believe that socio-economic status is just as important as race (i.e., poorer, less educated folks--white/black/asian/you name it--seldom make "good defendants" and can't afford legal teams, and are thus less likely to receive the benefit of the doubt that most of the people reading this would--white/black/asian/you name it..."
Dave Zirin's old article prompted the whole Kobe Bryant discussion, and I have since learned that Zirin's celebrated by a bunch of left-wing sounding sources, for what that's worth, and is the author of a pretty interesting looking book about politics and sports.
More Ron Artest trade gossip: Clippers, Timberwolves, Nuggets, Warriors, and Lakers are said to be potential landing spots. A young player and a draft pick are said to be the price.