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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 3:45 pm  |  73 responses

Links: The Dirty Thirty

“What? The new Dirty Thirty is posted? I’ma log on right now!”

by Lang Whitaker

OK, so we’re done feating for a few more weeks, and there’s a ton of basketball between now and the New Year’s. Road trips, homestands, injuries…we’re in the thick of it all. Here, then, is the latest Dirty Thirty. As for Mr. Ping Ping, coming off his triumphant appearance last week on Regis and Kelly, check out the comment by the L-Wolves.

Try to keep it clean…

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  • BETCATS

    #23 for us? The Jordan symbolism continues…

  • BETCATS

    El Oh El at TMAC being out for the next 3 weeks.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    The Spurs are a Top 10 team again, in my opinion. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but, Go Spurs Go!

  • Ken

    At least my zards aren’t last…yet…

  • BETCATS

    and the old ‘Nocioni’s pull my arm trick’ is the 2nd best excuse to ‘the prostitute ate my homework’ when i forget to do something

  • BETCATS

    Ken, if the “zards” go back to being the Bullets i will legitimatly root for them.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    The Celtics are the team to beat. They’re the No. 1 right now.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    I was wondering when we were going to see Mr. Ping Ping again.

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    I just clicked on the knicks link and listened to one helluva scam. A 9 year old boy with a dating advice book? Really? How stupid do these publishing companies think we are? That being said, his advice about always combing your hair is dead on.

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Also, the Sixers are too high

  • BETCATS

    In my eyes LA is the 2nd best team in the NBA right now, right behind my Cats. But i got flawed vision, so maybe they could be #1 and maybe Madonna back in the day could have been hot? Correct me if im wrong, but did i not say that once Gasol and Bynum steped on the court at the same time together, the Lakers would be unstopable? Yeah, i said that, so i guess it just adds fact to the fire of BETstradamus. B!tches

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Deelishis, a 9-year old with dating advice, and Ping Ping. Classic.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Can we get a video of Lang watching Pingping videos? I want to see his reaction.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Can we just cancel the rest of the season and have the Cavs and Celtics play a best of 35 ECF with the winner to face the Lakers?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Girlfriend’s got some cellulite. But I guess we can’t all be perfect. My Spurs and Heat are inching up, ’bout like AI’s girl’s hem.

  • Diesel

    Lang you accidentally typed the number 14 next to the Net’s. I’m guessing that’s a type-o

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Alec Greven is gonna be the first 9-year-old boy with herpes. Bet.

  • ciolkstar

    TMac out 3 weeks. The Rockets didn’t take long to crumble due to injury did they… And who’s that shaking the dirt off of their prematurely buried asses? well that would be Timmah, Manu and Tony ready to bust some ass.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    I wanna see a celebrity sports blog boxing match between Mr. Ping Ping and Baby Mangino from Deadspin.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ryan wins.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    I agree with Diesel, the Nets are way too low with Devin Harris and Brook Lopez ballin the way they are.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Yay Hawks are top 10. ;)

  • Theo Papaloukas

    @Ryan…:the Spurs will always be top-5 in the world(and top-3 NBA) as long as all of their big three is healthy and under 35…

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    So then they have like half a year left? Isn’t Timmy like 34?

  • Theo Papaloukas

    @CoCo….:they have this season and maybe next…(Duncan is 33)

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    oh okay.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Tim Duncan can still be effective at 40. It was ugly, but the Spurs are right back in the conversation because of him.

  • Theo Papaloukas

    it is one thing to be effective and another to be near the top of the world…and Ginobili is the Spurs best player for the last 5 years(and second best in the world by the way..)

  • fds

    i thought AI was married and had children?

  • AD25

    I think if the Milwaukee Bucks suddenly dropped out of the league tomorrow nobody would notice.

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

    GINOBILI!!!! is back. i guarantee the spurs will be either 3 or 4 seed at the end of the season. they got rid of brent barry because when fisher jumped, finley would have jumped right into him, then hit all 3 free throws for the game… DEREK FISHER HAS DONE MORE IN TWO PLAYS TO STOP THE SPURS FROM GETTING A TITLE THAN ANY TEAM.

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

    i cant wait for josh smith to play

  • I am the walrus

    Maybe Tim Duncan will be the next Kevin Willis and stay in the NBA for 21 seasons.

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

    i keep hoping bucks and betcats would turn around the last few years. they both still look dead in the water (if not dead-er).
    also, the link in the OKC spot (#30 if you just skipped it) is brilliant. the blog is titled “bend it like bennett” and it is hilarious. i’m still boycotting everything OKC related, but this fine blog will be an exception.

  • Anton

    DWade got 37 points and 13 assists last night.
    MVP MVP MVP!!!

  • http://abba.com Jukai

    Theo, you’re truly an inspiring story. To be able to post with half a brain is just astounding.

  • http://abba.com Jukai

    I’m really not drinking the Spurs kool aid just yet. A team that gets wrecked by an injury ridden Houston team WHILE playing Parker/Duncan/Ginobli isn’t a team I’d be betting any money on.

  • From out of Nowhere

    Portland should have been in the top 5. Or at least ahead of the Rockets.

  • Theo Papaloukas

    @Jukai….:i was waiting something more from you…i have figured out by now that you ain’t over 110 so there is definitely a low ceiling there but this “carrot comment” of yours some months ago was truly great!! Anyway, for a (not so) strange reason you remind me one of my employes that always seem to carry out my orders without really understanding what’s the point in doing so….

  • ciolkstar

    The Spurs are still even more “injury wrecked” than the Rockets. Tony and Manu might have played in that game but neither guy is healthy right now. Besides Tracy, who are the Rockets missing? Shane Battier? I know he closes out on shooters well but he’s no Tony/Manu… The Rockets will have to get extremely lucky to have homecourt in the first round. The “Ron Artest Experiment” is looking like a bust already.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I don’t know if this was his original purpose, or if anyone of you has already noticed it (likely), but it’s pretty amazing how Lang has taken Sam’s old Dirty 30 weekly rankings… and SOMEHOW injected the wacky craziness that are the links into the rankings’ comments – and somehow makes it all work cohesively.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh and I finally got my hands on the latest issue! Manna to the stressed exam-crammer. Both covers were nice – and I prefer CP4 as a player – but not picking up the Deron Williams one, given the historical significance of it, would’ve somehow felt like a tremendous waste.

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    I’m just glad the lakers and the thunder are both consitent ass teams. Everybody else is just so shaky you don’t know what to expect…

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    aw man, i was hoping to catch the cover featuring jason bourne (matt harpring)

  • Jackie Moon

    Ping Ping makes me happy.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I just wanted to say, the latest SLAM ish was great, as always. And with my guys high on the list, i can’t complain at all.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And DP, I think you can label my guys as consistent, don’t you think?

  • Pieman

    The top 4 are the 4 best teams this year. Including Denver. Think. the Nuggets beat the Celts at Boston, and they lost to the Lakers at Staples and the Cavs at Cleveland, but I think both of those will change now that Chauncey is settled in, and when they play at Denver. I can see a Melo V LeBron finals.

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    Theo: Great, incoherent response. Nothing from the best from you.
    ciolkstar: Houston was without T-Mac, who is ARGUABLY their star player (what Manu is to the Spurs) but more than that, both Artest and to a far greater extent, Yao, were recovering from twisting their ankles. Oh and Barry didn’t play.

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

    Hoot HOOT!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Jukai: Half a brain? You’re giving him too much credit.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero Dma

    even nba2k9 knows how injury prone kevin martin is. i traded for him and he proceeds to get injured for good chunks of the season and playoffs.

  • Jacob

    I fully agree about the ESPN comment, they are talkin about the Lebron thing too damn much

  • jrp14

    As a blazer fan I find it kind of funy that the magic and the rockets are above us when we have beat both of them, and the Rockets dont even have a better record. Also, take in the fact that we have played 13 of our 19 games on the road, and we are now 13-6.

  • Jack

    Only beef I have: jrp is right, Blazers should be higher, way higher. And I’m a Nuggets fan. Hahaha oh and whats this? The PACERS beating the “94-95″ Lakers? And Chris Bosh and his Raps got SLAUGHTERED tonight. Two GREAT reasons to gloat =] =] =]. Looks like “killer” Kobe ain’t clutch.

  • Jack

    Oh correction: the 95-96 bulls. My bad.

  • neaorin

    The Blazers are legit, they have everything a contender should have, go-to guys, inside scoring and rebounding, three point shooters, good defense, good coach, depth… The only thing they lack is playoff experience. It’ll be interesting to see how they perform in the playoffs this season.

  • Theo Papaloukas

    @Jukai….:i maybe overestimated you at 110 and that’s why i wrote in a way you could not comprehend. I don’t see a pay raise in your near future…(Merry Christmas!!!)
    @what…..:what? (this one always make me smile!!)

  • Gaber

    @Theo. I would pick Dimitris over Theo;)

  • Theo Papaloukas

    @Gaber….:everybody (even fans of Olympiakos) would pick him over Theo now….by the way:Dimitris Diamantidis top-30 in the world for the past 4 years E-A-S-I-L-Y (just ask Novitski).

  • Gaber

    at least once we agree. now i am satisfied:)
    top-30 could be smodiš ( ask Nowitzki;)

  • sefos

    ping ping with a cigarette is the greatest thing i have ever seen. and i dont even like cigarettes. and neither smodis nor diamantidis is top 30, world. get real. top 100, i could see. but no way top 30.

  • Theo Papaloukas

    @Gaber&Sefos…:Diamantidis has been twice Euroleague champion, once Euroleague MVP, once European champion, once European defensive player of the year, once finalist at the World Championship, once European player of the year(over Novitski)and i won’t take into consideration the fact that he takes every year the championship in Greece(this is meaningless having in mind the competition) or that he humiliated CP3 in the worlds. I mean, i love Smodic (top-10 player in Europe now)but he is not at Diamantidis level….

  • ClydeSays

    Lang, What do the C’s have to do to get the #1 spot? Go 30-2? Most wins, best FG% defense, and uh, most techs in the League!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I went to the Blazers game last night and feel completely comfortable ranking them where they are.

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    Theo: I wouldn’t get a christmas bonus in the super market you work at? That’s a pity.

  • cj

    I was checking out that Iverson story…DAMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
    she got that big ole booty

  • Edu

    Oden over Rose? Serious?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I laugh whenever a Euroleague fan thinks that Euroleague players are better than NBA players. Then I stop laughing and try to forget about it. Then I read more comments and laugh again.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I just laughed. Again.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Co-sign Teddy. Euroleague is for the European players who suck too bad to make it to the NBA.

  • jrp14

    Anyone who has questions about how the Blazers will do in the playoffs should just watch the leader of the team, Roy, for like two or three games. He is never shook, he’s gotta be top 5 in the clutch right now

  • jrp14

    I honestly think Oden will win R.O.Y. I havent been paying attention to all the rookies, but Im guessing he is leading in double doubles, am I wrong?

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