As traumatic as the first trade of a young player’s career is said to be, Ryan Anderson appears to be grieving about as much as a lottery winner after being sent to Orlando from New Jersey as part of the draft-day deal involving Vince Carter.
"The way that the trade went about, it wasn’t a traumatic thing,” Anderson said. "If it was a situation where New Jersey was like, ‘We don’t want this guy, let’s put him in the deal with Vince, throw him out of here….’
"That’s definitely not what it was. I talked to the whole staff in New Jersey. It was a hard decision for them to make, but if I could go with anybody, I’m glad I came with Vince.”
“Host: Did you get paid enough?
Artest: “People ask me about the money, I’m like, ‘Listen, first of all, I’m still getting paid. When I was in the hood, I was maybe getting like 50 cents a day. I’m still getting millions, maybe not the 90 you guys want. It’s still money. And also, I get a chance to possibly do movies, and acting, and TV shows, and all those opportunities that come with it. All that’s gonna come from winning.”—
Anyway, there was a really funny moment Thursday night that could have only happened at a Lakers game. Near the end of a third-quarter timeout, they showed Val Kilmer and three of his chins on the Jumbotron, punctuating the moment by playing “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. You know, a “Top Gun” homage. He took a second or two to get the joke, then unleashed one of those “Very funny, you got me, just know that I’m on a lot of meds right now” smiles. And this would have been enjoyable on its own, but they cut to someone else in the stands…
He caught on a little quicker and did the Tom Cruise Over-Laugh. And this would have been great on its own, but the Lakers pushed it to another level: They wentsplit-screen with Kilmer and Cruise with “Danger Zone” still blasting. As far as I was concerned, this was the most emotional reunion in Lakers history. Cruise kept laughing; Kilmer looked mildly perturbed. (After all, he’s an actor, dammit! That was 23 years ago! He’s made a lot of movies since then!) At this point, I was praying they’d cut to Anthony Edwards in Section 312 but he wasn’t there…
Chauncey just assisted himself on a layup, off Kobe Bryant’s back. Kobe clearly doesn’t read E-Ticket.
A chiseled high school junior is attempting to inbound the ball underneath his own basket. He’s trying not to panic, but this is the Colorado state championship game, and no one’s open. The referee is signaling one, two, three … and the kid can’t stand the thought of a five-second call. The house is packed because of him, because he’s Denver’s greatest schoolboy player ever, so an embarrassing turnover is unacceptable. Just being disorganized is unacceptable. He hates disorganized.
Suddenly, he notices the defender guarding the inbounds pass has turned his back to him. So 18-year-old Chauncey throws the ball off the defender’s rear end, catches it, drop-steps and dunks with two hands. Chauncey has himself a bucket and an assist.
“Turns out Howard got himself ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals by downing two quarter pounders with cheese, large fries and a Sprite, while Turkoglu went all non-Turk, keeping the yogurt and the olives off his pizza while downing a plain cheese pie.”—
Keri: Since we’re talking about defense — Dikembe Mutombo, Hall of Famer?
Morey: Surefire Hall of Famer. His play already warrants it. He provided a unique aspect on the defensive end, where he got the glamour stats like blocked shots. But he also discouraged high-percentage shots for other teams. For sure he’s one of the top-five players in the game of all time in that area. Add in his off-the-court contributions as well, which are extraordinary — maybe the most significant of any active player. Add to that his ability to play late into his career, which is astonishing, add to that his impact in the locker room, his mentoring and leading by example. We gush about him, but it’s all genuine. The impact he’s made is almost hard to compare. It’s almost a little intimidating to try and live up to some of the standards he has set.
“On his relationship with Wilt Chamberlain: “At his memorial service, one of the nephews came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Russell, you may want to know this, I just cleaned out my uncle’s desk and he had a list of people he was gonna call the day that he died and you were second on the list…’ Every Thanksgiving we used to have a game in Philadelphia and I used to have Thanksgiving dinner with his mother, his father, his sister, and brothers. He’d come and pick me up at noon time and we’d have Thanksgiving dinner together. And, his mother would let me take a nap in his bed and then he and I would go to the game together, and his mother would say to me, “Now you be nice to my boy.”—
“THE HAPPIEST Laker is the one whose father was addicted to heroin, whose mother died of colon cancer when he was 12, who attended three high schools, had his first college scholarship revoked before the fall semester of his freshman year, became a subject of three college investigations, declared for the NBA draft, tried unsuccessfully to pull out of the draft, was picked by arguably the worst franchise in sports, violated the league’s antidrug policy twice within eight months and after finally getting his life together, went home to New York City for an aunt’s funeral and wound up burying his 6½-month-old son, then getting robbed at gunpoint.”—Kobe may be the star of the show, but the beating heart of - 03.23.09 - SI Vault
This plan sounds exactly like what the Blazers have been doing in the past 3 years. I now expect them to add some short-term free agents with that Raef Lafrentz money. It just so happens that they’ll have enough money to add one of this summer’s top free agents to a short term deal.