Monday, November 17th, 2008 at 5:02 pm  |  55 responses

Links: Odds and Ends…

Plus, boy shorts!

by Lang Whitaker

So on Friday night I went out to Jersey for the Hawks/Nets game. I spend a while in the Hawks locker room talking to Marvin Williams, who you may or may not have noticed has gone from a midrange shooter (last season he hit one three-pointer all year) to the second-coming of Mike McGee (he’s 11-for-17 this season and shooting a ridiculous 65-percent). I told him it was nice of Josh Childress to leave behind his jumper for Marv to use, and then we started talking about summer school, because Marv spent a chunk of his summer in Chapel Hill, where he’s working on finishing his degree at UNC (his major is African-American studies). Marv said he’s somewhere in the middle of his junior year and he’s actually taking an online class right now. I couldn’t figure out how you could take the final exam and not cheat on it, but Marv said when it comes time for the finals you have to go to a school somewhere and take the test with a teacher watching — he said he has a test coming up at Georgia Tech, actually.

As for the game, the stands were actually pretty packed, the crowd was into it, and the Hawks looked exhausted. It didn’t help that Josh Smith was out and Zaza Pachulia was playing with one arm, but what really didn’t help was that Vince Carter and Devin Harris combined to shoot five more free throws (23) than THE ENTIRE HAWKS TEAM COMBINED (28). I can live with the home team getting some calls, but this was ridiculous. But honestly, I don’t think it mattered too much because the Hawks looked gassed.

Khalid and I were sitting next to YES Network sideline reporter Michelle Beadle, who began the game by announcing an online poll to find a nickname for Brook Lopez. She didn’t like any of my suggestions: Brook Lo-Pez Dispenser; Brook “Shields” Lopez; etc.

Anyone got anything better?

I wanted to run though some reader mail and other assorted links today:

• Two different people have sent me Mr. Ping Ping links recently, but both links they sent were along were actually old news, links to stuff about Mr. Ping Ping meeting that giant woman a few months ago. I wrote about it then, but for some reason the story has resurfaced recently, hopefully exposing more of the world to the glory that is Mr. Ping Ping.

• A friend of mine sent along this link to a We Are The World game. I got 33 out of 38. I swear. Hey, I loved the ’80s.

Oh, and a tip: You can type in only last names if you’re unsure of the first names.

• Reader Ken writes…

Ok Lang,
You absolutely have to comment on what KG did in the game against the Raps. In the third quarter, he decided to go KG (a.k.a. certifiably insane) as he always does when the Celtics are mounting a comeback, except this time he took it to new heights. He followed Calderon as he was bringing the ball up the floor, wagging his finger RIGHT in Jose’s face and yelling trash at him the entire time up the floor and into the frontcourt. And I am not exaggerating when I say RIGHT in his face, his finger was literally inches from picking Calderon’s nose.

Somehow this type of ridiculous unsportsman-like behavior does not garner a technical foul, yet under the NBA’s new rules from last season, tossing your own sweatband at your bench in frustration with yourself is an automatic tech. Does that make sense? When he finally got into the frontcourt, Calderon was looking at the refs, holding his hands out, bewildered that they didn’t do anything. I’ve watched a lot of Boston games this season, and have seen them get a lot of seemingly “special treatment” from the refs when the game is turning in their favor. I’m not even a Raptors fan, but it was incredibly frustrating watching the tides turn in this game in Boston’s favor after being down to Toronto early. Not to say there is some kind of conspiracy, but the KG fiasco just proved to me that something was definitely suspect with the way this game was being called.

First of all, Ken, the incident you speak of can be viewed here. For a guy who’s been getting votes as the Sportsman Of The Year, KG certainly seems to have regular lapses in sportsmanship, and I don’t mean only the taunting and woofing. One thing he always does is attempt to block every shot, but particularly after the whistle blows. He started it last year, and the rest of the Celtics picked up on it, and now the whole team does it after every blocked shot. I understand the thought process — it’s about domination(!), about always having the upper hand(!) — but it’s also more than a little childish, not to mention dangerous (when is KG or someone else going to land on an unsuspecting player who happens to be standing near the rim after a big play?).

But at the end of the day, here’s the thing: KG can’t get away with all that stuff if he’s on a losing team. Right now, he’s on a winning team, so he can get away with it. Don’t like it? Beat the Celtics. It’s tough, I know, which makes it frustrating. Still, easier said than done, right?

• I found this link this morning via either SI.com or some other site. Either way, cheerleaders in boy shorts are pretty great.

• This email comes from reader Dayren, who writes…

Hello Mrs. Whitaker,

I was wondering where your puppies were located. I am interested in possibly purchasing a puppy from you. I am 15 years old, and have recently lost my dog who was a west highland terrier, after 16 wonderful years together. and 1 spent completely with my parents before I was born. Every day i sit and stare at your site…watching the puppies sleep, walk..and more. If it would be possible to tell me a little about your puppies that would be great!!

Thank you,

Well, Dayren, first of all, I’m not a “Mrs.,” unless you meant to email my Mom or Wifey or something. Then again, they know about as much about the Puppies as I do.

I assume you are referring to this post. Wifey sent me the link to that webcam a week ago, and I posted it because I thought it was strange and weird and funny. I have no ideas where those puppies are or who owns them. And as much as I’d like to make fun of your email, even I’m not cynical enough to go there.


• A reader writes…

Nihao. So you are Hawks fan, this is good. But when will you put Hawks on cover of Slam? I would like to see articles on Al Horford the most, but also Acie Law. A cover that features the Hawks would be ok.

Yes, I am a Hawks fan, but even I’m not crazy enough to put the Hawks on the cover of SLAM, at least not yet. Having a 6-3 record is exciting, but finishing the season with a .667 winning percentage probably wouldn’t guarantee the Hawks a cover. Also, we gotta get Acie Law needs to get into the games before he gets into SLAM.

• Linkstigator Albie1kenobi writes…

I just picked up an iPhone this past weekend, and added Slamonline as a short cut on the home screen, but it was only a thumbnail version of the site. Do you guys have your own logo? Should get your art and web dept to get an icon included. Here’s an online tutorial on that. It seems very simple. Look forward to seeing that SLAMonline icon. Make it happen!

Actually, Albie, we’re immersed in a redesign right now, but there’s a simpler solution I read about when I bought my iPod touch. When you’re on a page and you want is as a shortcut on your home screen, zoom in on whatever you want the icon to be — for instance, you can zoom in on the SLAM logo, or a photo of whoever’s on the homepage, whatever. Then, while still zoomed in, set it as a shortcut, and whatever’s on your screen becomes your icon. You are welcome.

• Finally, I got this email from our columnist Jake Appleman on Halloween afternoon and have been meaning to share it with the world…

sorry to bother as i know you guys are deep in production, just wanted to know if anyone at xxl had a fake dookie chain i could borrow my office costume party, which is located only a few blocks from the Dome. i’m trying to pull off a combination of john mccain and big daddy kane, aka grand daddy cain (mc cain). i could run in and out quickly any time after 6:30. if this isn’t feasible, i totally understand.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t feasible.

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  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    that was intresting

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Lang, did I see you at the Hawks@Celtics game last week?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Brookworm? Brooks & Castles? B-Lo? Where Brook-lo At?

  • Bubba Chuck

    what up lang? who beat tha falcons yesterday?

  • namik

    KG has been doing that goaltending the shot after a whistle thing for years. He used to do it in Minny as well which was funny because they didn’t even make the playoffs later on. But a lot of people have picked up on it. I’ve seen Amare and even LeBron do it. Strange.

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    dan akroyd?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Actually, they should nickname Brook “Be Happy He’s Not Jason Freaking Collins.”

  • floe

    Mr.Lang I want your puppy!!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Moose: Nope
    @Bubba Chuck: Roddy White?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    kg was up to his tricks again last night

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Russ: I think B-Lo won the online poll they did.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    sorry, saturday. he slapped bogut, and somehow the refs called a double tech. what? kg should have been ejected.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Overbrook? BL Smooth? Twin II?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    i dont care about brook lopez

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I like BL Smooth and Twin II better than B-Lo. Although at least it’s better than most of the initial-syllable “nicknames”.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Brookie Monster? Brooky From The Block?

  • David

    That Appleman email is funny. Any pics from Halloween?

  • awesomepossum

    more links please..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkiM3tBJVhk SMK

    B-Lo is fine until you pronounce it as a one-syllable word.

  • maio

    Damn. 23. Randy Jackson looks like Little Richard.

  • Diesel

    Lang, my dvd player keeps blinking “12:00″ anytime I play a dvd. I’ll set the time, but then once I play the DVD, it will reset to the default blinking “12:00″. Any thoughts?

  • Diesel

    Brooks Bother? Brook Stone? Babbling Brook?

  • K-k-k-kobe

    So Lang, I take it you’ve only just discovered KG this year. Because otherwise you’d know he’s been doing this stuff (especially the rejection of any shots after the whistle) since he came into the league, during which time he’s been on some pretty sorry teams. So much for your theory about it only being permissable on a winning team.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Well, Bogut slapped him first, but KG should have been ejected since he appeared to throw a punch.

  • Bubba Chuck

    @lang: ya he shoulda caught that

  • ciolkstar

    BL Smooth is awesome, but probably too good for Brook Lopez. But B-Lo is just plain lazy.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    B-Lo is good because of J-Lo. It’s bad because everyone under the sun uses initial-syllable.

  • http://its-mitch.blogspot.com/ Paps

    I got 8 and only because 6 were Jacksons.

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com Hersey

    Garnett’s behavior has been more high profile lately but he’s consistently been a jerk (to non-fans) or ‘intense’ (to fans). He should get a game for the swing at Bogut. It seems like a matter of time before the Celtics become the team everyone wants to see lose.

  • Jack

    Well KG’s out for the game against the Knicks so I guess it stops somewhere…

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    If people don’t like that KG blocks shots after the whistle, they shouldn’t shoot it after the whistle. It’s as simple as that.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    “The other Lo’pez man”

    as a reference to the other boyelen girl…(spel?)

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    fake dookie. good lord

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    lang, ive noticed dirk blocking shots taken after a whistle way before kg made it to the celtics

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jake Appleman

    if anyone cares, i wore an old shirt instead

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    allen, bogut slapped kg first? i thought he just pushed kg a lil. video???

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    You got 33 Lang? God damn… I got 22, and only because I remembered Hall & Oates/Dan Aykroyd/Steve Perry were there from previously watched TV shows (also, I found two Jacksons and named a bunch others randomly).

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    Lang, great post, as always. Im the french journalist that sent you two mails yesterday about my visit to NYC this week. Did you get those??? Will you be there??? Waiting fro a quick word from ya man. And keep up the good work!!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Hey Lang, I’m one of the guys who sent you that Ping Ping link. I forgot that you already posted it, because in your September post, I even made a comment (about the Bucks though, not Ping Ping) – my bad!

  • darren

    KG annoys the hell out of me. Don’t forget about him pushing a ref in the playoffs and getting away with it.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    21/38. How the heck were all the Jacksons there except Jermaine and Janet? The only ones I could name off the top of my head besides them were Michael, Tito and LaToya.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    If you just type in “Jackson” it names all the Jacksons for you.

  • underdog

    The Uncurly One.

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    Smokey Robinson bewildered the hell out of me. Dude looked like Lionel Ritchie’s clone in that picture. When I typed in Lionel’s name and I saw him in the back, I was confused for a good five minutes.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    After KG fouled Bogut, Bogut came down with his hands across KG’s face to get in a cheap slap. It wasn’t like he squared up and slapped him, but it was clearly intentional if you’ve watched basketball. Kind like how Shaq “accidentially” elbows people when they foul him too hard. Anyway, that’s what got KG pissed, and while they were pulling them apart, KG threw a quick punch or slap. I happened to be watching the game when it happened.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Smokey did that to a lot of people in the ’80s.

  • Donn

    30 out of 38….Never knew what Oates first name was…

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    i love the 80s…

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Thanks Lang on the icon tip. that’ll do for now (really it doesn’t look the best), until the OFFICIAL slamonline icons come out. and it’s always a thrill to see myself being mentioned on the immortal Links. woohoo!

  • http://www.espaciocubico.com Jeronimo

    It seems that Mark Price is teaching them Hawks how to shoot.

  • karma


    u guys need to get on this story..Shaq talking about how he and Kobe are the best 1-2 punch in the Lakers history

  • dpak

    i remember kg blocking shots after as early as the spree/cassel days.

  • Missy

    You clowns… KG has been doing that after the whistle shot blocking nonsense for as long as I can remember. I’m a Wolves fan (shameful, I know) and used to get so nervous that he was going to sprain an ankle doing that. Actually, we liked it when he did it at first, but it did start to look more and more childish as the years went on.

    I still love KG, but I gotta admit I was a little turned off when the Celtics BARELY beat the Wolves last year in Boston and he was doing the old heart thumping, jersey snapping routine like they had just won the NBA Finals. Nice job… you just beat the league’s worst team by 1 point. We all cut him some slack b/c he is so emotional and works so hard, but sometimes it also makes him look idiotic.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The Heat have some great dancers.

  • http://blog.myspace.com/djhoopdreamz Hoop Dreamz

    this is late as hell, but how bout Brook-from-the-block?