Monday, July 24th, 2006 at 1:58 pm  |  15 responses

LeBron, Coach K and MJ

All of today’s news and notes…

by Lang Whitaker

Aw, hell no.” – Nate McMillan, asked if he was surprised Bruce Bowen was invited to play with Team USA.

“They changed the basketball.” — Bob Sura, on how long it’s been since he played basketball.

• Forget making the team play more cohesively or building a better roster, right now Coach K‘s biggest contribution to Team USA has been making LeBron tuck in his jersey! That and forcing everyone to drive GM cars in accordance with Coach K’s sponsorship deal.

Also strange that the story mentions Coach K speaking to the team as a whole and “littering” his talks with Polish jokes. Have Polish jokes been his secret weapon all these years?

• Good stuff about LeBron calling all the other Dream Teamers to see if they were going to play before he agreed to sign up.

• The man running the Charlotte BETcats, that Michael Jordan guy, won the latest round in his court case against Karla Knafel, the woman MJ thought he impregnated in the ’90s and allegedly agreed to pay her to keep quiet. Only problem was the baby wasn’t his.

• The Fort Worth Star Telegram says there’s some simmering beef in Dallas between the Mavs and Avery Johnson over AJ’s contract. Mark Cuban responds and says there’s no beef.

• If you were going to write something ripping a sports commissioner and accusing him of ruining his league, don’t you think the David Stern Robot would be about the last guy you’d want on your bad side? Not if you’re this guy, I guess.

• Looks like George Shinn‘s already worn out his welcome in Oklahoma City. And they’re calling for a Starbucks boycott in Seattle.

• How the Spurs rebuilt their roster. I’m still not convinced…

• It’s always good to get a shoutout from the mainstream press. It’s not so good when it’s in a story about Shawn Kemp and drugs. Speaking of Shawn, he faced the media this weekend and claims he hasn’t used drugs in two years and is willing to take a test to prove it.

• Hey Chauncey, we’ve all been there. You make a promise to your wifey, and then next thing you know you’re looking for ways to get out of it. (Nice photo with that story — didn’t they have any larger images?)

• Good long feature on Bruce Bowen and why he is the American Dream …..The Suns Dance team tryouts…do I really need to say anything else? ….. Catching up with Bobby Sura (bet he was at the tanning salon) ….. Why you should avoid Denny’s (low here).

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  • sean

    Wait! up there in the corner…
    are you guys really sponsored by WAL-MART?

    I don’t know why but I feel let down. You guys seem cool. I found the site when I lived in China, it was a dose of American culture. I don’t have to tell you how Wal-Mart treats its workers in China (let a lone america).

    Of course you need money to run a site, but there’s got to be better companies to choose from. I don’t know… SLAM/Wal-Mart. To me its a weird pairing.

  • Mighty

    Hey guys I just want to say that Andre Igoudala and Channing Frye along with the ATL mascot Harry the Hawk went went here in Manila, Philippines last week to support the NBA MADNESS 2006 and they had a local charity celebrity game in the Araneta Astrodome.

    It was Team Igoudala coached by Andre vs Team Frye coached by Channing…local celebs along with local bands performed as well.

    the game happened last night here in Manila, oh and the spurs dance team also came with them…

  • Mighty

    that was also Nate’s reaction after hearing Kemp’s drug denial!

  • luckyluciano

    Sean, cut these guys some slack, Lang and Sam got to eat too, u dont want them to go back to the streets and start slangin again do you? If Walmart didnt sponser the site, Sam might wind up on the streets giving head jobs for crack rocks..
    Ghost. One.

  • NZ Baller

    Looking forward to the World Champs….don’t sleep on New Zealand, remember 2004?

    Keep an eye on Craig Bradshaw out of Winthrop University and the sweet left-handed stroke of Phill Jones.

  • Mighty

    btw, I voted for Mike James on the poll

  • Alex

    Kings Acquire Free-Agent Guard John Salmons


    I don’t think I saw that anywhere on this site.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Actually, I just wrote a post about it.

  • Matt Wens

    NZ jus beat Australia in a series…. in the final game we shot more 3′s than fg’s… to our detriment

  • German Reignman

    Yeah Shawn, you and Bill Clinton did not inhale, we believe that.

  • bja

    Two NZ basketball posts (3 now). We’re taking over the slam site. Take that All Black madness!

    Now we just need to do something about the world’s worst team name. That’s right, let’s hear it for the New Zealand Tall Blacks!

  • Rich

    Breaking news…Coach K kicked CP3, Kirk Hinrich, and Luke Ridnour to the curb and replaced them with Jeff Capel, William Avery, and Steve Wojciechowski…

  • http://www.t-mac.com Hoa Truong

    Wow!!! :O

  • Peter

    Guys, I’ve been following the links for a couple years now, and I’ve never really minded the way everyone cops on Coach K around here. He’s a public figure, looks stupid on Chevy commercials, and isn’t someone you need to worry about interviewing. However, I think its a little ridiculous how you guys are just waiting for him to mess up on this whole USA Basketball thing. Things are going well, he’s meshing with the players well (which you ripped on Brown and Karl for not doing) and the players are raving about him. There’s not much more to ask for from the guy until he coaches a game or two. He even has a pretty low ego about the whole thing, saying that he may make mistakes but those will be for others to learn from. Give the man a little credit, or at least don’t excessively rip on him.

  • Delicious J

    Knafel’d: When a woman is impregnated, she busts a guys balls for it, then the baby is found not to be his.

    example usage: Three years ago my brother was Knafel’d.