Happy Ten Years To A Press Conference That Will Never Be Forgotten: Allen Iverson Talking About Pratice

Allen Iverson, talking about practice.

Ten years ago, on this day in May, Allen Iverson, who at the time was the Philadelphia 76ers’ star guard made the words “practice” famous.

Practice: the action or process of performing or doing something as it’s defined according to dictionary.com had a different meaning on that afternoon in May.

Sitting in front of several media groups and cameras, Iverson who was holding a press conference due to missing a practice, single handily changed the word. 13 sentences, 193 words, and point guard, Allen Iverson changed the word of practice. Oh yes, I’m talking about the word practice.

Responding to a media member’s question, Iverson had these 193 words to say:

“We’re sitting here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about practice.”

“I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice.”

“Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last, but we’re talking about practice man.”

“How silly is that?”

“Now I know that I’m supposed to lead by example and all that, but I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything.

“I know it’s important, I honestly do, but we’re talking about practice.”

“We’re talking about practice man.”

“We’re talking about practice.”

“We’re talking about practice.”

“We’re not talking about the game.”

“We’re talking about practice.”

“When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you’ve seen me play right, you’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, but we’re talking about practice right now.”

“Hey I hear you, it’s funny to me too, hey it’s strange to me too, but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game, when it actually matters, we’re talking about practice.”

Here’s the video of Iverson’s practice comments:


The next day, following his practice comments, Iverson would back it up that it was just “practice” as he scored 31 points, had 7 assists, and 3 steals in the 76ers 104-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

As for the 76ers they would go onto lose the series, 4-2 to Detroit. However, they wouldn’t lose Iverson’s famous comments as the story ten years later, wasn’t that the Pistons went on to defeat the 76ers, it was that Iverson re-invented the word, practice.

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Amare Stoudemire Injures His Hand While Heading Back To The Locker Room: See What Happened As Well As His Status For Game 3

Photo of Stoudemire leaving AmericanAirlines Arena in a sling.

Following up a 100-67 game one victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday, the Miami Heat won again at home this time winning, 104-94.

Frustrations grew in the Knicks locker room as the Knicks who now trail 0-2 to the Heat, as they head back to New York for game three, may be heading back without star forward, Amare Stoudemire.

A team spokesman confirmed Monday night that while heading back to the locker room after walking off the floor, Stoudemire punched the glass casing surrounding a fire extinguisher that was in a hallway of AmericanAirlines Arena. As a result to punching the glass casing, Stoudemire, would need medical assistance on his left hand according to the team.

The team wouldn’t comment any further regarding the severity or time table for the injury. However, Stoudemire would be seen leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with his hand in a sling and heavily bandaged.

His status for game three is uncertain, but a league source said that he’s “almost certain” that Stoudemire will miss both game three and the remainder of the series as well.

“How severe it is I don’t know. I’m trying to learn more about it. That’s it. Let’s talk about the game,” Knicks interim head coach, Mike Woodson said.

No MRIs or X-Rays have been taken though Stoudemire who did need stitches according to Knicks guard, J.R. Smith, will most likely undergo testing when the team arrives back in New York.

Game three is set to tip off on Thursday at 7:00 P.M. Eastern time, at Madison Square Garden.

“I just know he has a laceration and he is probably going to be out,” Knicks center, Tyson Chandler told reporters. “You can’t fault anybody because Amare is a good person that has high emotions at times. One quick decision-making mistake, and now you’ve got to deal with repercussions.’’

Though, with Stoudemire’s status still up in the air, Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony is remaining positive as he told reporters that the series is far from over.

“The series is still up in the air. It’s their home court. It’s our turn now. We can’t wait to get back and protect home court. We’ve got to keep everybody positive. It’s far from over.”

As for Stoudemire, he wouldn’t comment to reporters after the game most likely due to his injury however, he would comment on twitter where he apologized.

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Three North Carolina Players Declare For NBA Draft: Their Reaction

John Henson (Left), Harrison Barnes (Middle), and Kendall Marshall (Right) have all decided to go to the NBA.

North Carolina players, Forward Harrison Barnes (Sophomore), Forward John Henson (Junior), and Guard Kendall Marshall (Sophomore) announced today that they plan to leave school early and join the NBA.

The Tar Heels season ended Sunday when they lost to the number two seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 80-67.

The three players were all in the top five in scoring on the Tar Heels this season. Barnes averaged 17.1 ppg, 5.2 reb, and 1.1 ast. As for Henson he averaged 13.7 ppg, 9.9 reb, and 1.3 ast. As for Marshall he averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.6 reb, and 9.8 ast.

According to NBADraft.net, Barnes is projected to be selected 5th overall. As for Marshall, he’s projected to be selected 13th overall. And as for Henson, he is projected to be selected 16th overall.

As for other former North Carolina player, Tyler Zeller who was a senior this year is projected to be selected 17th.

Head Coach, Roy Williams’ reaction: “It’s a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball,” says head coach Roy Williams. “On a very small stage, it’s a sad day for me because I won’t get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.”

Henson’s reaction: “I’ve loved my three years at Carolina, and now I’m ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” says Henson. “It’s tough to leave because I love my teammates, coaches and UNC. I wish we’d been able to bring our fans a national championship, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am proud of what we accomplished, especially the last two years.”

Henson would continue…

“I plan to finish working toward my degree. That’s important to my parents, CoachWilliams and me. I can’t say enough about how much I’ve enjoyed my experience in Chapel Hill. This was a big decision and it will be a big change, but I’m ready,” said Henson.

And lastly…

“I’d like to thank my parents, Coach Williams and his staff and all of my teammates for everything they’ve done to get me ready for this moment. I’d also like to thank all the Carolina fans who have given us so much support over the lastthree years,” said Henson

Barnes’ reaction:

“I’m honored and blessed to have the opportunity to compete in the NBA,” says Barnes. “The love and respect I have for basketball fuel the drive toward my ultimate goal – to experience an illustrious career in the NBA. I have consulted with Coach Williams and my family, and although it was a difficult decision, I have decided to enter this year’s NBA draft.”

Barnes would continue saying…

“Chapel Hill is a special place. Over the past two years I’ve enjoyed every single moment of my Tar Heel experience. The road we took to reach the Elite 8 in 2011 and again in 2012 were great team accomplishments. I am thankful to UNC fans, my teammates, and to have played for Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams and the entire coaching staff. Now it’s time for the next course of my journey. Although I may be giving up my eligibility, I will continue to pursue my degree. I love this university and will always be a Tar Heel,” said Barnes.

Marshall’s reaction: “I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and the Tar Heel Nation for all their support,” says Marshall. “It’s been the greatest two years of my life. I have always put the team before myself and I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. My life long dream has been to play basketball at the highestlevel possible and I feel now is my greatest opportunity to fulfill this goal. I will always be a Tar Heel at heart and I will carry the experiences that I’ve had here both on and off the court with me for the rest of my life.”

Quotes from North Carolina’s athletic page.

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Andrew Bynum Said That He Won’t Be Doing Any Pay Back Today However Two Other Lakers Players Will

Metta World Peace talking with head coach Mike Brown.

With about eight minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday’s annual NBA All-Star Game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant got a quick step on Miami Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade when Wade then who was trailing behind Bryant wrapped Bryant up and while doing that his arm swiped across the bridge of Bryant’s nose resulting in a broken nose as well as a concussion for Kobe Bryant.

Bryant wasn’t asked about the incident after the game however Wade was.

“I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

Many players, fans, and spectators saw the foul that Wade inflicted on Bryant as “un-called for,” “outrageous,” “never should’ve happened,” and other things along those lines.

Now after the game Wade also said that the foul on Bryant was completely un-intentional.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Though despite Wade saying that his foul on Bryant was un-intentional or not, many spectators and other people very close to the game have been saying that the Lakers players will respond.

“If they’re gonna let our star players continue to get beat up,” Lakers guard Matt Barnes said, referencing not just the Wade foul but the one delivered by Brendan Haywood to Pau Gasol Feb. 22 in Dallas,” we’re going to have to step up.”

Now what Barnes meant by his comment of “stepping up,” he didn’t make clear though, one could speculate what he meant by pretty much saying that they’re going to respond to Wade’s hard hit, with another hit right back.

Now the Lakers have history of stepping up to teams with hard blows for instance, game four of the NBA playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and themselves when not only center Andrew Bynum delivered a hard elbow to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea who was coming down the lane but, forward Lamar Odom who delivered a hard hit to Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as well.

So guard Matt Barnes who states Metta World Peace as the enforcer and he as Metta’s side kick, plan to take care of business for their team today against the Miami Heat however, center Andrew Bynum does not.

“I can’t do anything about [it],” Bynum said after the Lakers’ shoot-around on Saturday. “If I do anything, they’re going to definitely hit me [with punishment]. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s just unfortunate and something we got to deal with.”

The “they” that Bynum was referring to was the NBA’s league office who would for sure punish Bynum as this wouldn’t be his first nor second instance as he already suffered a four game suspension that was enforced at the beginning of the season for two incidents with Minnesota Timberwolves Michael Beasley and at the time Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea.

“I got two (targets on me),” Bynum said. “I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident, but I didn’t do anything in that particular one.”

Though, that doesn’t mean that Bynum plans on backing down from the Heat today either.

“I still play hard. If I have to foul, I have to foul. That’s part of the game,” Bynum said. “I can’t do anything extra, obviously. No elbows. Nothing that looks crazy.”

Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC: Don’t miss it.

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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade’s Hard Foul Puts Kobe Bryant As Questionable: Bryant “I Don’t Forget Anything”

Bryant grabbing his nose after receiving a hard foul from Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

With just under nine minuets to go in the 2012 NBA All Star game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received a pass from Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Bryant was posting up Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade when he then spun and immediately  after receiving the pass and beat Wade taken him baseline to the hoop when Wade, who clearly got beat by Bryant then through his hands around Bryant’s face, which would result in a foul and a Bryant grabbing his face in pain.

Right away it was clear that Wade’s foul was a hard foul and completely unnecessary due to the fact that it was just an All Star game. After taking his hand off of his face the injury that Bryant suffered became very clear that it was some what serious as he was bleeding from his left nostril. Knowing this Bryant would make his way over to his bench to receive medical treatment to stop the bleeding. Remaining in the game however, after the bleeding was contained, Bryant would remain in the game make his two free throws and head back on defense.

Bryant would go onto finish the game out scoring nine more points, including a record breaking dunk which made him the new all time leading scorer in NBA All Star history.

As for Wade he would say this after the game, “I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

After undergoing more tests after the game they would find out that it wasn’t just a bloody nose that Bryant suffered and in fact it was a fractured nose as well as a concussion that he suffered from Wade’s hard hit.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Well fast forwarding to Wednesday now, Bryant’s status for the Lakers first game back from the All Star break against the Minnesota Timberwolves is in question as the fractured nose isn’t a problem as Bryant has played through a fractured nose before when he was in high school just fine as that year he lead Lower Merion High School to a State Championship, however it was the concussion that he suffered that makes him questionable.

Now why is he questionable for Wednesday’s game tonight, when on Sunday when he first endured the concussion he remained in the game and finished it out? Well the reason is that due to league rules Bryant has to pass a series of tests before being cleared again and until being cleared he will not be able to play, no matter how bad he wants too.

Luckily for Bryant according to a team spokesman, Bryant has been concussion free since late Tuesday and has passed his first two tests, the first one, a neurological exam which is a baseline test for concussion management which they compare his results from a pre-season test that he had to his test results to his current one and if they match up well or better, then he passes, which he did.

The next test that Bryant passed was a stationary bike test and treadmill test while visiting with Dr. Vernon Williams, a board certified neurologist in Anaheim, California.

After passing that test, Bryant returned the Lakers practice facility where he would play a game of 2-on-2 which would be monitored by the Lakers staff. So if he passed that full contact basketball test and remains symptom free then he’ll be able to suit up and take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

Now Bryant has yet to comment on all of this or comment about how he felt about Wade’s foul, though I’m sure that answer will come soon enough as the Lakers host Wade and the Heat this Sunday at 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC.

Like Bryant said back in 2010 after winning his fifth ring “You guys know how I am. I don’t forget anything.”

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The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest In Review: Rating Dunk By Dunk

A very less talented Dunk Contest to say the least.

Houston Rockets’ guard Chase Budinger, Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward and favorite, Derrick Williams, Indiana Pacers’ guard Paul George, and the replacement, taking New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert’s spot, Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans all took the floor Saturday night for the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk Contest. However the judges who always take the floor wouldn’t this time around as this years Dunk contest was all decided by the fans. But don’t worry we decided to review the dunks and give you, the fans a vote from 1 to 10.

Starting off with Chase Budinger’s dunk, coming out in a t-shirt and a snap back hat on and then telling singer P-Diddy to go underneath the basket where he would then throw a lob to Budinger who then dunked over him. Other than bringing out P-Diddy there was really no creativity to it as everyone’s seen someone dunk over someone.

Rating: 6

Prop Rating: 7

Next up was replacement Jeremy Evans who would do a reverse, self-lob dunk to himself. It was a very easy, non-creative dunk. However the unique thing about it was that he had a video camera attached to his headband which was eye level and it put the viewers “in his shoes.”

Rating: 5

Prop Rating: 10

Next up was Paul George who would dunk over teammate 7’2 Center Roy Hibbert and other teammate 6’7 Dahntay Jones. Clearing them both as well as jumping from a couple steps in from the free throw line gave the crowd the first “woah dunk” of the night.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 9

Following up George was Derrick Williams, the favorite who came right out in full force as he came out on the back of a motorcycle, which he then had the mascot park it in the middle of the paint. Williams then did a windmill over it ending it with a powerful slam. It was cool to see a motorcycle used however it was very similar to Blake Griffin’s dunk over the car last year, which was a lot harder.

Rating: 7

Prop Rating: 10

Evans rises over Hayward with two basketballs in hand.

To start off the second round Budinger then came out and did a windmill dunk. It wasn’t over anyone and it wasn’t from a far distance, in better words, it was Williams’ dunk just without the motorcycle.

Rating: 3

Prop Rating: 0

After not impressing fans with his first dunk that involved no props or fancy moves, Evans would come out and comeback strong as he brought teammate Gordon Hayward out with him. Unlike the others who used their prop to dunk over, Evans instead not only used Hayward as a human measuring bar, but used him for an alley hoop. An alley hoop that involved two basketballs. Yes, that’s right Evans caught two basketballs in the air, while jumping over Hayward who was in a raised bar stool/seat, and then dunked the basketballs that he caught at the same time.

Rating: 10

Prop Rating: 10

Following up Evans impressive dunk, George would cut the lights at the AMWAY arena as he was wearing a glow and the dark uniform. While cutting the lights George would then rise up do a 360 dunk. It was a great use of props as he cut the lights and had a glow and the dark uniform. However the only problem was that it was too dark to see.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 10

Putting the second round to rest, Williams would bring out teammate Ricky Rubio who would throw the ball off the side of the backboard, where Williams who was following him, would grab the pass in the air, then he would do a 360 finishing the dunk. It was a similar dunk to Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala’s dunk back in 2006, however he added a 360 and Ricky Rubio to it.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 7

Budinger whoops out the good old fashioned blind fold.

After not impressing anyone with his first two dunks, Budinger would bring out former dunk Champion of the 1992 All-Star game, Cedric Ceballos and re-iterate his “hocus pocus” dunk of 1992. After blind folding himself, Budinger after missing on his first attempt would dunk it on his second try, completing the hocus pocus in the Ceballos jersey. It was a great use of bringing out Ceballos and a great use of re-iterating the dunk on its 20th anniversary.

Rating: 9

Prop Rating: 10

Trying to top his second round dunk of the two ball slam, Evans would bring out comedian Kevin Hart who was dressed up as a mailwomen while Evans was wearing a Karl Malone jersey. Using Hart as a mailwomen due to Malone’s nickname the mailman, Evans would fly over Hart delivering the dunk and the “mail.” However, this was the third time in the contest where we saw someone jump over someone, so it wasn’t that creative.

Rating: 6

Prop Rating: 7

Making a tribute to his current boss, Larry Bird, George would do a reverse slam where he would place a sticker of Bird’s face on the backboard while in the air. While it was as impressive as Orlando’s Dwight Howard’s sticker dunk where he dunked on a 12’6 rim, George’s dunk was unique in its own way.

Rating: 5

Prop Rating: 6

Then to close out the dunk contest, Williams would try a off the backboard, through the legs dunk over and over again, ending with the same result; failure. After finally running out of time, he would throw the ball off the backboard, catching it and dunking it normally ending the Dunk Contest.

Rating: 3

Prop Rating: 0

Well now that the dunks are done and that the votes are in, let’s tally up the votes and see who our dunk champion and prop champion is.

Winning the prop champion was Utah Jazz’s, Jeremy Evans with a score of 27 out of 30. Following behind him would be Paul George, Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger who would tie for last with 17. Then for the Dunk Champion there would be a two tie for first and last as, Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams would finish last with 18 out of 30 and Jeremy Evans and Paul George would finish first with 21 out of 30. However the Sprite Slam Dunk Champion due to a higher prop rating is Jeremy Evans.

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Drama In Los Angeles: Back And Fourth, Mitch Kupchak vs. Kobe Bryant

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant poses with General Manger Mitch Kupchak.

Los Angeles is known for its great movie stars, dramas, comedies, and all of that however they’re not used to it taken place on the court. Now everyone knows the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant drama that took place back in the early 2000’s. Where they won three championships together and then came the shocking downfall ending with the unbelievable divorce of the dynamic duo.

However, the drama died down in Los Angeles after that, at least for the most part. Now of course they still had the buzzer beaters, the close losses, the blowout wins, the blowout losses and all of those dramas, but the he said, she said dramas, they were gone.

Though don’t blink now as the drama of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Lakers is back.

Starting with the Chris Paul trade veto, everything went down hill from there. Lakers forward and sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, forward Pau Gasol remained in trade rumors, and the losses began to pile up.

Though no one really said anything one could sense that there was drama revolving the Lakers organization. However after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, 102-90, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant called out Lakers management saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would continue saying, “I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

Though Bryant wouldn’t get his wish of management saying if they were trading Gasol or not, he would infact get a response as Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would say, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

Then just as it appeared that it would stop there as management usually always had the last word, it wouldn’t as following a blowout, statement win on Monday night by the Los Angeles Lakers, as they won 103-92, Bryant would respond saying, “I said what I had to say…I’m done.”

When asked if he spoke with Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, Bryant replied “Next.”

“I think Pau feels a lot better,” said Bryant, after the 103-92 win over Portland. “He looks a lot better to me. It’s important to know that guys in the locker room support you, that guys are going to step up. That’s my role here. He [Gasol] can’t say that. He’s a nice guy. He would never, ever say anything to shuffle the deck, so to speak. But I would. I’ll say it for him.”

Though post game comments wasn’t all as the Lakers held a team meeting that was organized by both Bryant and Lakers guard Derek Fisher.

“Look, I’ve won championships with him, been in playoff battles with him, gotten swept with him, lost in the Finals with him,” Bryant said of Gasol. “I’m not just going to sit around and [watch him] be down in spirit and things like that. That’s not cool. We all love him. We all want to play with him — especially me.”

After addressing the issue of the Pau Gasol trade rumors on Sunday night, the Lakers who dominated the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night, looked like a whole new team, like the Lakers. Which made it clear that Bryant’s comments made a difference. So while to some this may look like a player making ignorant comments to his boss or a player making comments out of anger after a loss, in reality these comments may have just turned around their team’s season.

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He Is Jeremy Lin Not Tim Tebow

Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow?

He went to school, not to a home school.

He was a popular player in high school, but he was never recruited.

He went to school on the hill, not by a beach.

He did play a NCAA Division I sport, but it wasn’t for a big known sports school.

He had to pay for his school with his own money, not with a scholarship.

He set some records in College, but not enough to write a book.

He never won a player of the year, M.V.P., or a Heisman.

He never played in his respectable NCAA post-season.

He never won a National Championship, let a lone two.

He wasn’t high on anyone’s draft board, heck he was lucky enough to make the list.

He wasn’t talked about on draft shows, he just watched them.

He didn’t go first round, he went undrafted.

In his rookie season he didn’t have the league’s best selling jersey; heck they didn’t even make it.

He wouldn’t start once during his rookie season; let a lone see the floor.

Fans didn’t chant his name, heck they barely even knew he was there.

He wouldn’t stay with one team; instead, he would be passed around team by team as if he were a piece of hammy down clothing.

His coach would turn to him when there appeared to be no more hope and he too turned it around.

He wasn’t begged for by the fans to play, however he was cherished just as well by them.

Though he didn’t have seven fourth quarter comebacks, he did have one.

He doesn’t have over 1,000,000 followers on twitter, but he did get over 500,000 in one week.

He doesn’t have an all-star appearance, but he plays like he is one.

He doesn’t sleep in a bed, he sleeps on a couch.

The couch that Lin slept on.

He doesn’t bow his head on one knee; he just jumps around in joy like a kid who just got the present he wanted for on Christmas morning.

He doesn’t just lead his league’s jersey sales, but he leads the counterfeit sales as well.

He doesn’t have a social media trend of “tebowing”, but he does have a book of nicknames.

He’s beaten the best and he’s beaten the worst, he’s been cut twice, but now he’s showing the world that he’s just too nice.

His team is on a six game winning streak.

He is Jeremy Lin, not Tim Tebow.

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Gilbert Arenas To Los Angeles? Will He Fit? Questions, All Answered

Gilbert Arenas to the Lakers?

After rumors died down of free agent guard Gilbert Arenas going to the Los Angeles Lakers over the past couple weeks they sparked back up again today as over the weekend, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak held a private workout for the free agent guard.

After failing to gain a young point guard during the off-season, after a trade which was accepted to bring in former New Orleans Hornets guard and now Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, the Lakers are now going after Gilbert Arenas…well at least it seems that way.

Now many have been saying that the Lakers have needed a young point guard to come in as Derek Fisher who will turn 38 this year just isn’t cutting it as so far this season the Lakers have allowed 14 points a game to starting point guards.

That’s just starting point guards, which as we know some of those starters aren’t scorers and as we also know some of those starters split time. Like for instance, the Philadelphia 76ers where Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams both share the roll and when the Lakers played them the two combined for 37 of their teams 95 points and they were also the two leading scorers for the sixers.

Now the Lakers aren’t a bad a defensive team as they rank fourth in the NBA in points allowed at 90.9 points per game. But 14 points a game to just starting point guards? That’s a lot.

Though, despite the poor point guard play from the Lakers, they have been okay this season as they sit at 16-12. However the concern of a point guard acquisition is huge as even guard Kobe Bryant knows it, the one who some have been saying urged the workout of Gilbert Arenas.

“Sure,” responded Bryant during Tuesday’s practice in El Segundo when asked by ESPN if he was in favor of bringing in Arenas. “It certainly wouldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.”

It certainly wouldn’t hurt at all as out of the 12 losses that the Lakers have had they allowed opposing starting point guards to score 17 points a game and even more points a game when including backups.

The Lakers front office have been apt of making moves when Bryant has requested before, like when they acquired forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. So will Gilbert Arenas be a member of the purple and gold? Or will he remain in the free agency waiting for an opportunity to spark up again?

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Breaking Down Blake Griffin’s “Dunk”: Where Does It Stand?

Griffin rises up above Perkins.

In 1951, New York Giants player Bobby Thomson hit a game winning home run which clinched the National League pennant for the Giants and his homerun was nicknamed, the “Shot heard ‘round the world.”

Moving onto 2012, last night Los Angeles Clippers forward, Blake Griffin cut to the basket, received a pass from guard Chris Paul, rose up and dunked it on Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins.

The Staples Center crowd immediately rose to their feet with cheers and excitement as they all may had just witnessed history. Many began calling it the “dunk of the year” and one of the best dunks they’ve ever seen as players went to twitter to share their thought of the dunk.

“Dunk of the Year!! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!! Wow!! I guess I’m #2 now. Move over #6,” Miami Heat forward LeBron James tweeted.

“OMG!!! OMG!!! Who just saw the dunk by @blakegriffin on kendrick perkins?!! This dude is a beast!!,” Football star Terrell Owens tweeted.

“Watched blakes dunk over and over again. Almost makes me wonder if me and him even play the same sport. What an athlete,” Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki tweeted.

Though watching it over again and again and again, is it really that great of a dunk? Is it worthy of calling it the “dunk of the year” when there’s still plenty more of games to come? Or is both of those and worthy of being nicknamed the “DUNK heard ‘round the world?”

Absolutely not and matter of fact, the dunk that LeBron James had the night before against the Chicago Bulls which he jumped over Bulls player John Lucas, then caught the ball and then dunked it, was much better than Griffin’s dunk on Monday night. Continuing with that, realistically Griffin’s “dunk” technically is just a lay-up as there was very little contact made with the rim if any at all.

So, dunk of the year? Best dunk ever? Nickname it the DUNK heard ‘round the world? No, no, and no.

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