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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm  |  108 responses

Links: The Dirty 30

They’re ba-ack…

by Lang Whitaker

A couple of weeks ago, my wife invited a few friends over for dinner at our new apartment. Apparently when you move to a new apartment, the actual moving and re-organizing itself isn’t enough to go through; after you move you must then spent the next few months systematically inviting every person you know over so they can see your new place. Anyway, at some point during the evening, Wifey’s friends convinced her to sign up for Facebook. Over the last few years, as Facebook has been on the rise, I’ve stayed out of it. I generally agree with Khalid’s astute assessment that people are connected enough as it is. I had a Myspace page, but that was only because adidas asked me to have one in their microsite and keep a blog during the 2006 World Cup. I let it die soon after. And now Facebook is here, making me even less trusting of people than I was before.

I don’t trust anyone who has a bunch of photos of themselves all over their site. I understand maybe having pictures of your family or your friends or whatever, but really, does anyone need to see a dozen photos of you from third grade?

I don’t trust anyone who uses a scantily-clad picture of themselves as their avatar. I appreciate it, believe me. But I don’t trust them.

I don’t trust anyone who has time to update their site/feed/whatever more than, like, six or seven times a day. I especially don’t get the people who update 25 times with stuff like, “going to the store.” Hey, you’re going to the grocery store, great. Nobody cares!

At least I don’t, and perhaps that’s why I’m just not that into you, Facebook. I can understand people’s willingness to forfeit some modicum of privacy in order to stay in touch with people from their past, but is it really that hard to keep in touch with people? I’m rarely not able to find someone from back in the day, and people seem to have no problem finding me, based on the amount of random emails I get from people from middle school and high school.

Last week I had a meeting with the editor of my book that I’m supposed to be working on, and somehow we started talking about Facebook. Wifey had suggested I join Facebook as a way to promote the book, and I asked my editor’s opinion. He agreed that joining Facebook might be an effective way to help the sales of the book. I submitted that by the time the book is out, in Spring of 2010 (hopefully), Facebook will probably be dead and gone.

So, as sort of a compromise with myself, last weekend I signed up for Twitter. (Actually, I signed up via my Sidekick while Wifey was shopping and I was sitting around bored.) I like Twitter for a few reasons, but mostly because hardly anyone understands what the heck it actually is. I get it though — it’s basically a self-limiting blog. (Thus far, the main thing I’ve been learning about via twitter is the Rick Ross/50 Cent beef.)

What I really appreciate about it is ease of use. For like five years now I’ve asked the powers-that-be behind SLAMonline to give me the ability to post stuff on The Links via email. I used to do one long post every day linking to all the relevant NBA news from around the web, but now that that’s no longer needed, now that the internets are bustling with information, I would love to be able to post short things, five or six times a day, just quick thoughts and ideas and photos. (And imagine the possibilities from All-Star!) But no matter how many times we redesign the website, somehow I still can’t update via my phone.Which means I have to sit down and log in via my laptop and basically build an entire page every time I want to share something with you guys. Which is why I usually wait to update The Links until I have something worthy of posting.

So now I have a tumblr account and a twitter account, both of which I can update via my Sidekick or iPod. I’m still Linkstigating, but I’ll be checking in as often as I can on the other sites, too.So you guys follow me or whatever it is people do on those sites, and I’ll follow you back, or whatever it is people do on those sites.

And since I’m here, let’s get Dirty with the 30. Again, I’m not considering head-to-head performance or anything like that, just ranking these teams in order of which team I’d least like to see my team play against tonight…

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1 5 Boston Celtics 41-9 Back on top! 12 straight and rolling. Hey Rajon, now can we admit it was a slump?
2 3 Cleveland Cavaliers 38-9 I’m still not 100-pct sold on the Cavs as title contenders just yet. Hey, it’s not them, it’s me.
3 2 Los Angeles Lakers 38-9 I’m not really a Kobe fan (at this point he’s the world, I’m Switzerland — neutral), but I can’t tell you how much I’m hoping he runs off a string of 40+ games now that Bynum’s out. Also, it wouldn’t hurt this.
4 1 Orlando Magic 36-11 Hey, I said it wouldn’t last. But I didn’t think it meant that Jameer Nelson would go down for possibly the rest of the season. We know what this means: The return of Anthony Johnson!
5 4 San Antonio Spurs 33-15 I love that Pop sat their Big 3 last night because “they needed a break.” I can understand a little backlash from some fans, but Pop’s thinking about June here.
6 12 Portland Trailblazers 30-17 They’ve been hot since Steve Blake went down (7-3 in their last 10; won 5 in a row). What happens when Gummo returns next week?
7 6 Denver Nuggets 32-16 Do you think Carmelo picks up the box scores every morning and goes through all the All-Star forwards in the West like, “Duncan…didn’t get hurt. Damn. David West…didn’t get hurt. Damn. Gasol…still healthy. Crap!”
8 7 New Orleans Hornets 28-17 Lost three straight but they get a triple treat coming up of Chicago, Toronto and the L-Wolves to soothe their wounds.
9 14 Dallas Mavericks 28-19 OK, I can’t wait any longer: This Christian Bale thing is awesome. It’s NSFW, but it’s also hilarious. Idea: Never curse someone out when you’re ON A MOVIE SET WEARING A MICROPHONE. Nice work, Batman!
10 8 Houston Rockets 30-19 The good news is that T-Mac’s dunk over Tyrus Thomas looked encouraging. The bad news is that he hurt is hand and is now out for the next month. (OK, not really, but still…)
11 10 Phoenix Suns 26-20 I don’t understand all the drama from the PHX. Can’t they all just get along? Was Mike D’Antoni really that much of a miracle worker?
12 11 Utah Jazz 27-22 Guess who Jerry Sloan was talking about when he said this: “He’s been a warrior as long as he’s been here. He’s never backed away from anybody or anything.” That’s right kids, Matt Harpring! Yes he can! That SLAM cover is going to happen one of these days, I swear.
13 13 Detroit Pistons 25-21 Wow, I didn’t see this 3-7 skid coming at all…
14 15 Miami Heat 26-21 At what point do the Heat realize that perhaps keeping Shawn Marion is the best idea?
15 9 Atlanta Hawks 27-20 They’re more beat up right now than Andrei Arlovski. BTW, I asked Josh Smith why he wasn’t in the dunk contest this year. He said they invited him, but he declined. Just reporting the facts, people…
16 16 Philadelphia 76ers 23-24 Let’s pour some out for Sam Dalembert, who had 1 assist in back-to-back-to-back games two weeks ago. He’s averaging about 1 assist per 100 minutes. That has to be some kind of record, right?
17 17 New Jersey Nets 22-27 How about VC busting out the triple-dip last night? I wrote a Vince feature in the new SLAM where I talked to him about how dramatically his game has changed over the last few years. He’s not as exciting as he once was, but he’s probably a better all-around player than he’s ever been. As Vince told me: “I’d rather be able to perform in the last three minutes of the game where it means something rather than jump over seven-footers all day.”
18 19 Milwaukee Bucks 24-28 If a Buck loses in the woods…
19 20 New York Knicks 21-26 The Knicks are still wacky and inconsistent. But hey, Sam, have we got a job opportunity for you when you finish with yer fancy learnin’ school…
20 21 Chicago Bulls 21-28 Derrick Rose is fast and all, but when he can’t stop Aaron Brooks when the Bulls need a stop, makes me think he still has a lot to learn.
21 24 indiana Pacers 19-30 Maybe Miley Cyrus is just a fan of the Spanish basketball team?
22 18 Toronto Raptors 19-31 Hey Toronto, before Chris Bosh leaves, maybe you guys should make the Raptors rock the same horrible throwbacks the Canadiens wore over the weekend.
23 22 Charlotte BETcats 19-29 Here come the BETcats (5-5 in their last 10). Someone call Free and AJ!
24 25 Minnesota L-Wolves 17-30 OK, how’s this for a deal: If the L-Wolves get to .500, we’ll drop the “L.”
25 23 Golden State Warriors 15-34 Well, once Monta comes back…wait, he came back two weeks ago? Whoops!
26 26 Memphis Grizzlies 12-35 This is a sad story, right up until they put the criminal’s mug shot on the screen. I defy you not to laugh.
27 27 Oklahoma City Thunder 11-37 5-5 in their last 10!
28 29 Washington Wizards 10-38 My favorite lede of the week comes from, of course, the Wizznutzz.
29 28 Sacramento Kings 11-39 You’re telling me Reggie Theus couldn’t have done better than this?
30 30 Los Angeles Clippers 10-38 The Clips have lost 20 of their last 22. Blech.
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  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Celtics keep rollin rollin rollin rollin
    WHAT?
    rollin rollin rollin rollin
    C’MON!

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    ball is an L-*itch.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Lang, how bout when the L-Wolves beat the L-Hawks?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Sebastian: The L-Wolves SHOULD beat the Hawks tonight. The Wolves are at home, Joe Johnson’s not playing, Horford’s just coming back…this is one of those games the L-Wolves are supposed to win.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Lang! What the hell, we beat the Lakers and DROP a spot.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Lang, reverse jinx?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    haha nice picture on your twitter page, pretty much sums up your thoughts about myface and all

  • toney blare

    “ah duh duh duh, da, like this in the background.”

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

    anton, making a celtics phrase using a limp bizket song makes me want to die.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I loved Popp pulling out some game theory isht on Melo and the Nuggs last night, even though he basically forfeitted the game. And it sucks to profit from injuries to other teams, but Bynum and Jameer going for an extended time down might mean the Spurs will be on the rise on the next Dirrrty…

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Justin, I didn’t think anyone remembered the Bizkit, but apparently you’re limping with the bizkit

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Also, why isn’t anyone else hyping Celtics/Lakers tomorrow? Guess I have to do it all by meself.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Anton: Because the regular season means close to nothing for contenders.

  • tenorca

    The Warriors comment pretty much sums up all my feelings. I can’t wait until they trade for another 6’5″ swingman. Do it Rowell! We need to collect them ALL

  • tenorca

    And P.S. Lang: I heart the Dirty 30. My absolute favorite “power rankings” post. Eat it Marc Stein.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Lang, Bassy’s got a bum leg, Rhino is injured, Miller is recovering from two ankle sprains, etc. etc.. You get the idea, no?

  • Wiz

    I guess since there aint much to hope for..I hope the wizards never get that 30 spot!

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Lakers/Celtics – championship rematch! Can the Bynum-less Lake Show beat Boston at home? Will KG’s intensity make his flu go away and enable him to play? As they say, anything’ posibooooooooooole. Tune in tomorrow night!

  • tenorca

    I applaud your efforts Anton. I think Laker fans are all sulking somewhere, feeling sorry for themselves.

  • Dallas J

    You hit the nail right on the head with that facebook/myspace crap. and then you got the Mavs in the top 10. leme hear you say wayyoo..

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Were Kobe a Hawk, you’d be more than a fan, Lang. You’d be on some Ryan Jones on LeBron’s sack type level.

  • nastruthomas

    on the assist record…i think Yinka Dare’ has him beat…

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Will the Celtics continue their winning streak? Or will the Lakers snap their streak just like they did on Christmas Day? Will Kobe break a finger trying to put up 40+ points to keep his team alive? Will Big Bay cry because of sadness or happiness? Does Mamba have the balls to do the “big balls” dance while Sam Cassell watches on the bench? The bad blood runs deep between these storied franchises…the question is: will the Lakers’ blood boil as they re-visit the scene of the crime where they got murdered by 39 points? Tune in tomorrow for all the action!

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

    Why wasn’t that highschool around when I was younger?!

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Will Pau become so soft that he blows away in a gentle breeze? Will Kendrick Perkins’ stare make Lamar Odom piss his shorts? How many times will Ray Ray cross over on pathetic defense attemps by The Meesheene? Will Rondo ball-fake his way into glory? Will Sun “human victory cigar” Yue get “playing” time? Will the Lakers let Chris Mihm back on the bus? Will Scalabrine hold up a “Bonner sucks” sign? TNT has all the action!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Lang, perhaps people can find you because you’re kind of famous….

  • http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Lang, if you have a feature on VC in this issure, why didnt they bother to put his name anywere on the cover alluding to that? Just wondering.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    I hate Friendcompetitionbook with a deep and meaningful passion.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Elton Brand and Christain Bale are no longer friends.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BOSTON BACK ON TOP!!!! Thanks, Lang.

  • Buddy Christ

    That youtube about the little girl and mug shot just made my day. Thanks guy.

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

    Lang is officialy my hero for his Facebook feelings!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    Andrew Johnson has 25 freakin’ points!!!!

  • jose

    bosh for marion!(in my dreams)

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    LeBron stat line: 52 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 blocks.
    All around game > ball hogging.

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

    Uhm……The Best Player In The Game just shut all the idiots up and showed what a true all-around player can do when you put the effort in. No zero rebounds for a man. The best performance in the Garden’s history…..I think so.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    52-10-11! Oh my GOODNESS! Sensational. So whats Kobs gonna do to top THAT! Ridiculous f*cking triple double.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh that wasnt a serious question. Mambiatch can’t top THAT (unless he decides to go for a hundred). Omg Lbj is a monster!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    That was a fantastic game. Bravo. Now if I were a hater I’d say something like…”Great work by Bron…..but I’ll say it too…..giving up 102 to the Knicks? Horrible. Bron having to bear his fangs against such a poor team. Not that great.” And for the record, Bron took 33 shots and 19 FT. Kobe had 31 and 20. Either they both or ball hogs or neither is.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Bruce wayne cussing out that guy was just sad. Did have a taste of “entourage” in it, so it was kinda enjoyable. Still, Bale’s a pompous, self indulged prick.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    “if” you were a hater?

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    Myles you realise Lebron had 10 assists to Kobes 3.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    in the youtube clip , how the hell did the anchorwoman not laugh her butt off when they showed rodney the hamster? Remarkable

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Yes. They were both fantastic performances and differences between them were highlighted. Kobe couldnt rack up 10 boards and 11 assists in addition to 50 points any easier than Bron could keep scoring upwards of 60, 70 or 80. You cant go wrong with either.

  • wilz

    officially the worst power rankings out there. terrible irrelevant comments. last time i convince myself these might get better

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    I think the Lakers did go pretty wrong when Kobe was trying for 70 every night

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    umm fundamental difference: Bron could make 60-70 if he didnt set the table (11 times) for his teammates. C’mon now, Bron’s performance (to me) was way more impressive than no. 8×3′s. Only cool thing about the 61 i’m willing to concede was the shooting percentage and his awesome sense of timing. Gotta love the timing

  • madamerica

    is slamonline represented on facebook? i couldn’t find anything. someone should put up a page.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    have fun back at espn, wilz. Where relevant commenting happens. Don’t let the door smack the back of your noggin on your way out, eh?

  • madamerica

    ok there’s a page for slam magazine. i’m bout to become a fan.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    From Hollinger on ESPN
    Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 2004
    Lakers vs. Pistons — Bryant’s PER 14.2
    With his feud against Shaq escalating and the series getting away from the Lakers, Bryant began taking whatever shot struck him. Mostly, they struck the rim — he shot 38.1 percent and had nearly as many turnovers (18) as assists (22) as Detroit romped in five games.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    woops wrong tab. my bad

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Thanks Wilz!

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Wade just stepped OVER Prince ala Iverson circa 2001.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    haha check out this pic of LeBron, it looks like the heavens just opened up for him.
    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e104/PieceOfMind666/lebron1-020409.jpg
    He is the chosen one.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    whoops sorry for the triple post…just like the triple double

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yep, Wade was awesome, as usual. Too bad he missed the potential game tying shot at the buzzer. This whole losing thing must be getting to Detroit, i mean Tay intentionally fouled Wade at midcourt, didn’t get the call and had nothing better to do than berate the ref? Leaving Flash to get open for the three attempt. Really? THAT’S the time to be a whiner?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Myles, you’re trying too hard here. Why is this about Kobe? 52-10-11 is a effing ridiculous stat line. 102 is actually BELOW the Knicks avg. I might have to call you a hater.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Okay there, I’m calling you a hater.

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    Hey Lang, the Twitter account could be your personal online version of NOYZ. You just have to start ending each sentence with …..

  • Surreal

    Samuel Dalembert’s assist numbers reminds me of Yinka Dare. Just imagine if you had the 2 in one team.

  • Jdoc

    Why do people make such a fuss over Kobe and Bron’s performances in the garden? Best ever and all that? The Knicks are garbage and don’t play defense. Its like anyone that keeps scoring against garbage teams, who cares? Jordan did it when they had a young Ewing standing in the middle, and dropped 60+ on one of the best celtics teams ever.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    co-sign Z. I’ll also take the liberty of turning Myles’ comment against him: That was a fantastic game. Bravo. Now if I were a hater I’d say something like…”Great work by Kobe…..but I’ll say it too…..giving up 117 to the Knicks? Horrible. Kobe having to bear his fangs against such a poor team. Not that great.”

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    also: grabbing 0 rebounds against a team with no frontcourt and that provides an above-average amount of rebounds to be grabbed because of all those long shots that they take?

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

    I love that Myles remembers my words from game to game!

  • http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    I wonder if the kobe/lebron nut-huggers realize how pointless it is to come in here EVERYDAY, and try to prove thier guy is better. Save your time, your not changing anyones mind.

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

    This should be another stirring debate of Bron v. Kobe! I think i’ll just stab myself in the neck with a pen to get it over with quicker.

  • KROD

    Christian Bale = Kevin Garnett

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

    “I don’t trust anyone who has time to update their site/feed/whatever more than, like, six or seven times a day. I especially don’t get the people who update 25 times with stuff like, “going to the store.” Hey, you’re going to the grocery store, great. Nobody cares!”

    Lang, can I use this as my Facebook status….PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll give you the credit, if it’s ok.

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

    I’m being 100% serious, btw.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I just think that we could argue the particulars of these two performances forever. And doing so would be a disservice to them both. This was a week to remember and Im not going to completely discount one by deeming it “lesser than” the other. Its kind of silly. And the only reason I said anything is because the tone immediately shifted to Kobe being a ball hog and not being a real man and whatnot. Just this one time it seems like we could just kick back and appreciate them both. Guess not. And Im glad Eboy got my reference.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    1. Kobe dropped his 61 in 36 minutes. Had he played 44 minutes, at that rate he would have had well over 70.
    2. LeBron = Ricky Davis 2009, shoving 11 people out of the way to grab that last rebound before flailing out of bounds.

  • Myung

    I enjoy Facebook. I fought it for 2 years too (and probably said worse things about it than you did), but my wife signed me up for it …and much to my surprise, I like it a lot. I’ve enjoyed getting in touch with old high school and college friends that I otherwise wouldn’t be communicating with. It’s different for people like you since you’re well known, and you’d probably have a ton of people looking to be your “friend.” But for regular folks like me, Facebook isn’t as bad as you make it sound, Lang. It doesn’t require that much effort or upkeep, and like I said, it’s just a great tool for re-connecting with people (you know, if you’re into that sort of thing).

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Dear Lakers,
    Garnett will play tonight. Would you like your ass-kicking raw or extra crazy?
    Sincerely,
    Celtics

  • vmcb

    Well I WAS going to look up Lang on facebook, but now I’m not so sure. Oh yeah, and LeBron is a beast.

  • Double J

    Christian Bale is a beast!! just sayin’ how it is ya know!

  • bakers-dozen (12-13_

    How can you POSSIBLY have the Blazers over the Nuggets? Come ON!

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

    2. LeBron = Ricky Davis 2009, shoving 11 people out of the way to grab that last rebound before flailing out of bounds. ……..funny bodie

  • BostonBaller

    Who ever wins this game tonight is #1. Celtics or Lakers 7.7 seconds left

  • Dwade4mvp

    I can’t believe Lang reads the hockey news, that’s awesome!!!

  • BostonBaller

    Whgy do we let Pierce handle the ball so far from the hoop? Overtime folks!

  • BostonBaller

    Ray was not fouled on the shot at the end of the game but Fisher was clobbering him before the shot and threw him off. A bad no call but that’s how the game goes some times. Horrible officiating throughout the game regardless of who the calls were for. lol. Another streak ended by the Lakers…here comes 1 in a row!

  • Mendel

    This list has expired. Lakers now number one after they beat the celts tonight and now to take number two down on sunday,

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I’m REALLY starting to dislike Derek Fisher and his whole manhandling-oh no, t’was not meee, t’was the one armed man – routine. Seriously. He got KG outta the game (lame ass call, ref, way to go) then went full contact with ray on the last shot of the game. Great. Oh yeah, Mambiatch hitting those 3 threes in the fourth over PP, then batting the ball away at the end of regulation? pure clutch, no question. Gawd i hate Pau!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I think Doc’s losing it. Big baby, Perk, AND Rondo as his 4th quarter 5 when Garnett fouled out? Not like Leon had just hit 5-7 in the 2nd half and was giving the Lakers fits (as usual).. naaa, let’s put in Big baby whose shot was off all night.. the crybaby! ARRRGGHH!

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

    There’s something to be said for not showing all your cards at once.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Why does Big Baby play more than Powe? No serious, is it personal? Like Doc just don’t like dude? I’d be going insane if I were Powe, playing behind a guy that you can murder.

  • Jess

    CB isnt going anywhere, Colangelo is going to work something out to imprive this team. Honeslty, if they were healthy this season, people wouldnt even be talking about this right now…its getting ridiculous…and LeBron isnt going anywhere either, not with the team that he has right now. The Raps will make the playoffs and BC will make off season moves to put the raps back where they should be…All the Raps need is health, and a bit of a bench…its not like they have garbage players.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    Z- I think it is the level of intensity thats comes with Big Baby. Leon is like Charles Oakley quiet and productive but does not provide energy for the rest of the team. Did you see the looseball Davis got last night when they were contemplating why Powe did not come in? That play is the epitomy of why Davis plays and Powe doesn’t

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Anybody know what Kobe’s other stats were that game, besides the 61 points? Just curious.

  • Dennis Wise

    anybody want to learn some boxing?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    @ Teddy – Zero rebounds and 3 assists. total team player

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    we need a “game of the night” thread, or a “worthy of your attention” topic. until then, this will remain as such.
    Sunday predictions?
    Celtics 98 Spurs 89.
    Cavaliers 117 Lakers 105

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yep, pure epitome of Davis game sure was on display last game against New York. Big body like that settling for baseline jumpers all game. Doc got wise though, Leon played in the forth alongside KG, and the awesome knicks defend kept double teaming him…pass..pass to Leon, Dunk and an AND1. Thanks for coming, game over.

  • asmaticasiatic2

    I’ve considered joining face book since its linked to ballers network,which seems cool but not enough for me to make the plunge..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wil Chandler schooled up KG and Kendrick.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Then the Celts got mad.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Unrelated, but: Bruce Wayne is the real Wayne. Scr3w Lil’ Wayne.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    You say this against Facebook “I especially don’t get the people who update 25 times with stuff like, “going to the store.” Hey, you’re going to the grocery store, great. Nobody cares!
    But then you sign up a twitter account, are you kidding me!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Dutch Rich with the win.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    Lakers trade VladRad!! We need the scoop SLAM!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Lakers are just stocking Ammo.

  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Yeah, SOUNDS good Russ. We smoked the Lakers when it really mattered, and will again if needed. Lang-I’m so witcha’ ob Facebook. It, like MySpace, is for teen-age girls. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is probably suspect. Celtics never went anywhere by the way..Still champs. Coming in June from BeanTown productions,Banner 18. Rated LH-May be inappropriate for Laker’s fans and haters….

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Amare’s next blog should be interesting, to say the least

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    IT’S NOT A SLUMP

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Anybody here think the Raptors are going to trade Chris Bosh for Amare???

  • Erika Badu

    being #1 on this list is a curse. please don’t ever put the Lakers on the top of the dirty 30 ever again.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jack

    LOL @ the Nuggets comments. Probably though. He should be there, not David West.

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