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'So the priest says ...'
From the Page 2 mailbag
What could Isaiah Rider and Dan Issel be so happy about?
"Well, Isaiah, to tell the truth, I am not really what you might call a 'basketball coach.' But I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night!"
"Dammit, Isaiah, this is the last time I'm gonna tell you. You smoke your defender, then shoot the J, not the other way around."
"... and then, the whole team hated me. What? It's happened to you, too?"
"No, Isaiah. They call it the Mile High City because of the altitude."
"So you told Shaq that Kobe thought he hogs the ball and you told Kobe that
Shaq thinks he hogs the ball ... and you made the whole thing up?"
"Did you hear the one about the dysfunctional power forward with the
guaranteed contract? So he says to the coach without a clue ..."
"So how's your wife and my kids?"
"See, I told you the Nuggets would get some national TV time this year. Yes, we do still suck, but we get to play the Wizards!"
"... and so then the Texan says, 'Remember the Alamo,' and throws him off the plane!"
"I was gonna sneak into the playoffs, but then I got high. Now we're stuck in
last and I know why ... because I got high, because I got high, because I got high ..."
Dan: "I think it is great that you showed up for the game, but It ended an hour ago."Isaiah: " Well, at least I showed up."
"And just think, Isaiah, after John Elway, Patrick Roy, Todd Helton, Joe Sakic, Tom Jackson, Jason Elam, Chris Drury, Mike Hampton, Terrell Davis, Alex Tanguay, Rod Smith, Brian Griese, Todd Hollandsworth, Mike Anderson, Bob Hartley, Olandis Gary, Ben Petrick, Bill Romanowski, Mike Shanahan, Milan Hejduk, Denny Neagle, and The Entire Colorado Rockies hockey organization ... you just might be Denver's Favorite Son."
Isaiah and Dan share a chuckle after they both realize they are getting paid to do what they "do."
Dan and Isaiah discuss the comic irony of Isaiah's missing out on the Lakers'
run and instead ending up in Denver.
Dan: "So, what's the chance you'll stay clean this season, stay out of trouble, and give 100 percent on the court?Isaiah: (Uncontrolled laughter) "Good one, coach!"
Issel: "Man, those were great brownies, Isaiah!"
Isaiah Rider can't help but laugh as Dan Issel attempts to use the words "prompt," "practice" and "teamwork" in the same sentence.
"Hey, coach, should you always be grinnin' so much when your pattin' another guy's butt?"
"Why did I miss my flight? ... Funny story actually ..."
"So I hired Jeff Gillooly to whack Jordan in the knees with a tire iron."
I can't believe you fell for the "pull my finger" gag!
"You're right, Isaiah! When the big hand is on the two and the little hand is on the three, it's 10 minutes past your next disappointing season with a terrible franchise."
"The Sixers traded for Derrick Coleman again!?!"
"No, seriously, Anna Kournikova's a real tennis player. Pro and everything."
And here is the real caption from The Associated Press: Denver Nuggets' Isaiah Rider, left, shares a laugh with coach Dan Issel during the second quarter of an exhibition game against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 18 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
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