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Friday, May 6, 2011
Truss issues

By Henry Abbott

Phil Jackson heard Andrew Bynum talking about "trust" issues, and laughed it off saying he thought Bynum had been talking about "trusses."

And he noted that his dad wore a truss.

I know that word "truss" to mean some kind of structural support, like on a bridge.

Or something you can do with string to prep a chicken for roasting.

All of which concerned me a bit on behalf of Phil Jackson's dad.

But I did some heavy-duty research and discovered that it was once common for men with hernias to wear tight girdles designed to keep their intestines from popping out through the muscle tissue.

So, basically, Jackson's telling us his dad wore spanx.

Which is a huge relief, because it lets me do what every self-respecting NBA writer always wants to do: Connect LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, male girdles, the New York Knicks, original rap music and private jets  in one story.