Thursday, June 14th, 2007 at 6:30 pm  |  31 responses

Links: NBA Finals Diary, Day 8

Rock and Roll and Greg Oden…

by Lang Whitaker

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. It is about 6 hours before tipoff for Game Four, and about 9 hours from now I will know if I get to go home tomorrow or if Sam And Lang’s Excellent Cleveland Adventure will be extended through the weekend. I like Cleveland, and the weather has been particularly amazing, but I also miss my life back in NYC.

I’ve been thinking all morning about the Cavs and their chances to win tonight. And I think they can win tonight, although it’s not very likely. To win the Cavs need a Curtis Jackson from Bron and a lot of scoring from at least one other player. My Dad often tries to predict a point total that a team will need to reach in order to win a game. I think tonight the point threshold for a Cleveland win is going to be 100 points. They haven’t scored 100 yet in the Finals, though they had 100 once in each of the previous series (including the double OT game against Detroit). They’ve got to figure out a way to score some points. Good luck with that.

The best thing about Cleveland this week, by far, has been the weather. It’s still sunny, breezy, about 78 degrees, just beautiful out. Sam and I decided to take advantage of the amazing weather by going indoors for a few hours to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’d visited the Hall about seven years ago when I came to Cleveland to interview Shawn Kemp, but I didn’t really remember much about the Hall. That was probably because of all the drugs they make you take before you can go in.

The Hall is set up like a huge pyramid. The bottom floor is kind of a general area where stuff from many eras is set up all over the place. Thre’s some really cool stuff there, like hand-written song lyrics from Jimi Hendrix scratched out on hotel stationary and old guitars and clothes from pretty much every great band. I was excited to see the car from ZZ Top’s “Legs” video, and disappointed that they had a whole installation on the Warped tour — pretty sure that’s the only way The Offspring are making the Hall Of Fame. They had a lot of Michael Jackson’s old outfits, which were surprisingly large — he must be at least six feet tall. The most surprising thing I learned was that Martin Scorsese directed Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video. Who knew?

We then made our way upstairs, where each floor had one or two exhibitions on specific people, like Les Paul and Women in Rock. The top two floors were devoted to exhibits on The Clash and The Doors. There was also a radio studio that can be used by various hosts, and when we walked by and looked in, for some reason Dan Patrick was sitting in there doing his show. I don’t know a lot about Rock and Roll, but I’m pretty sure Dan Patrick is not Rock and Roll.

Speaking of Rock and Roll, in the new issue of SLAM I asked Greg Oden what his favorite class was in college, and Greg said, “My History of Rock and Roll class. It wasn’t like Math 101 or nothing like that, but I enjoyed it. It was something that I got interested in and I paid attention to. I did not know anything about rock and roll. And to be honest with you, it taught me a lot how blues really started all music. I’m not going to say I listen to any rock groups now, but…”

Anyway, I’m heading out for Game Four now. We’ll have notes posted as soon as it ends.

Oh, and I mentioned the real NBA Finals MVP column idea yesterday, and my homey Jemele Hill knocked it out of the park today. And SLAM got a shout-out, too. Also, check out Greg Oden’s latest blog entry on Bill Russell…good stuff. Later…

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  • bert

    first sluts

  • chiqo

    can you get jemele’s phone number for me? she also needed to redeem herself for saying kobe was better than mike earlier in the year. or whatever ridiculous statement it was.

  • bert

    Cleveland is done

  • http://espn.com Reggie Evans

    She left out Mike Brown.

  • seppo

    Lang and Sam have put their stamp on the national finals coverage. Getting shout outs all over the place. Even David Stern is well aware of you guys. Lang and Sam never told us about the late night drinking though, did they?

  • HoHo

    Sam and LAKE’s excellent adventure?

  • Holiday

    Yo chiqo, you think she’s crazy some guy on here by the name Mark is tryng to say Duncan has MJ beat! I got good laugh outta that one!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The NBA should have taken a page from The Sopranos and went to black the second LeBron launched that three at the end of Game Three. At least there would have been some intrigue and controversy. I’m so over the Finals it’s not even funny.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    In fact, I would venture to say that The Offspring belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (what a STUPID concept) more than the Cavs belong in the Finals. Play wit THAT.

  • http://www.myspace.com/aydreeyun Esco

    Russ, my cousin says that you are his favorite writer. And I would guess it would be for statements like that one. And your blog on the Bulls-whoever series.

  • http://www.nba.com Both Teams Played Hard

    lang, you HAD? to take drugs to get in?? AND you were hanging with shawn kemp? those things cant be related

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Tell him I said thanks. I was gonna post something about my quick and dirty trip to Cleveland, but maybe I’ll wait until this Godforsaken series is over. Or tomorrow.

  • Cheryl

    Well, it’s about damn time. Now, this is(may be)a game. –ASPOV

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    This isn’t a game. Tim Duncan is playing like complete garbage and the Spurs are still winning. And I think Mike Fratello is back coaching the Cavs. Can we pick up the pace? Just a little bit?

  • Cheryl

    Well, it looked good for about the first 6 minutes, but yeah, you’re right…

  • Douce

    yeah bring on the draft!

  • Zack Kinnoin

    the Cavs are toast.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It’s almost a game sort of. Not that it matters, because I have a better chance of winning Miss Universe than the Cavs do of coming back and making this a series.

  • bert

    right now its tied with 4.20 to go

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m mentally preparing myself for “Tony Parker, Finals MVP” right now. If they interview Eva about it, I might be forced to throw my TV out the window.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Whoever’s making the monkey noises by the TV microphones is my hero. I hope it’s Sam.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    What do you know, maybe LeBron CAN get swept. That was the least dramatic Finals in any professional sport ever in the history of the universe and beyond. I’m thinking the TV ratings for tonight’s game are going to be somewhere around .000000008. There were all of two dramatic moments—the player introductions before Game One, and LeBron’s three-point attempt at the end of Game Three.

  • englishMattinBrussels

    First it was LeBronze, now it’s LeBroom. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLS…. Still think he’s scary as fu@k, only 22 damn!!!! Love Slam , and love the links even more….Peace to every one @ Slamdome!!!


  • truce

    i hope everybody that wanted the cavs in the finals instead of the pistons had a good time watching them get swept.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Two dramatic moments in the entire series, I meant. There was absolutely no drama at all tonight. None.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    How was that “good work” by Cleveland on the inbounds? Sure, they fouled right away, but even without guarding the inbounder, they LET GINOBILI GET THE BALL. Put the clipboard down, Mike Brown. And “what’s the plan now”? Um, book cruises?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And whaddya know, the Cavs are out of timeouts AGAIN. Does Mike Brown need to hire an assistant coach who can count?

  • truce

    can you fire a coach after he gets you to the finals? they should hire rick carisle.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    we learned a lot about rock and roll today. It turns out that while you may have been taught that RNR is all about rebellion and self-expression, it’s actually about commercialization and selling products. They had an exhibit to celebrate the history of the Warped Tour. The history of the Warped Tour!!!
    Oh yeah, the Finals are over and a champion has been crowned. Lang has some good stories coming.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Russ is hating!

  • Nilly tha kid

    this sucks