by Lang Whitaker

Just checking in today. We’re deep in the midst of SLAM 107 here at the SLAM Dome, and I’ve been reading and writing all day. I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I kind of accidentally ended up reading through the websites I always go through, so I figured if I had time for that I have time to write a little something here

OK, so Kobe probably doesn’t really hate Argentinians, but he did whack Manu pretty good on that play. Kobe’s hoping to play tonight, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. The NBA is the NBA, superstar or not. Stu Jackson may not have any idea what he’s doing, but D-Stern has his back. Kobe is probably going to made to sit around the Ritz tonight and watch the game on MSG. Was Kobe trying to hurt Manu? I seriously doubt it. But what happened, happened.

Oh, and shout out to the Bynum Brigade guys for sending along a couple of Bynum Brigade shirts. We gave the Bynum Brigade a shoutout in SLAM a few issues back, and the fellas at the Brigade came through in a big way. Hopefully they’ll give SLAM a shoutout on their webpage now. (Hint, hint!)

Anything else? Eddie Jones has been let go by the Grizzlies, and the Miami Heat are supposedly interested. That would be a nice story — EJ returning to Miami — but come on, do the Heat really need a another older dude?

Finally, the All-Star reserves are going to be announced Thursday. I’ve already heard that Joe Johnson wants it bad, but I don’t know if the other coaches will punish him because he plays for a team where the GM is afraid to make any moves and the head coach doesn’t allow him to come off screens and yet he’s still averaging 25 ppg. Hopefully they don’t hold it against him.