Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 2:47 pm  |  28 responses

Links: You Want Links?

We got links.

by Lang Whitaker

I guess LA’s not going to sweep after all, then. I’m going to leave most of the Finals talk to our guys on the ground out in Orlando, but I still think the Lakers are going to win this series. Dwight Howard is too mechanical, takes too much time to figure out what he wants to do with the ball, particularly against a team this good. And they need Dwight — or Duh-wight, as most of the announcers say it — to create space. Even Kareem said yesterday that Dwight’s still “kind of raw” and he lacks a go-to move. And then he probably tried to sell him one of those Skyhook t-shirts that he’s constantly hocking on Twitter.

Thinking back to Game 3, for a Magic fan, you had to love that play at the end of the game where the Magic worked the ball around the perimeter, probing for the open man, and then Rashard Lewis decided not to pass to an open Hedo, instead shooting over a defender and draining a long two. It was a shot that took some guts and nuts, and I was mildly surprised to see Rashard go up with such certainty.

I’m sticking with LA in five. Moving on…

• Speaking of Duh-wight, we posted the new cover of NBA Live 10 here. Also, I was playing Tiger Woods 09 last night and thinking that Tiger Woods 10 must be about to come out. And then today I got a package in the mail and it was Tiger Woods 10. I’m pretty sure I made that happen with my mind.

• Linkstigator Gabe out in LA writes…

My name is Gabe Yeh and my buddy Matt and I run a small design business out in Southern California. We’re big Laker fans and so recently we decided to launch a little community based street art project.

I made up an image of Kobe, we printed some posters and they made their way all over the streets of LA. Most of which had no logo or url or anything associated with them so its created a small buzz especially with the Finals coming up. (we made Eddie Cruz, from UNDFTD, twitter a few hours after the first batch of posters went up.)

Now we’re launching a site to go along with the whole projects and we printed a few REP KOBE tees as well. If you have a minute, please check out the site.

The main goal of the whole project is just to do something fun to get everyone out here pumped up for the Finals. The posters are available to download for free on the site so people can also print them at home, post them up at work or wherever and get involved in the whole thing too.

• The Sacramento Kings have hired Paul Westphal to continue their rebuilding process — the third coach in the last two years to get a shot at this. So there’s that. They could hire Red Auerbach to coach but unless they get some real players out there, they’re not rebuilding anything. I know Kings fans hate to hear this, and I’m not saying this just to be mean, but when Kevin Martin is your franchise player, it’s not much of a franchise.

I also like how Westphal basically got the job because nobody else wanted it. According to the Sacramento Bee, the gig was down to Westphal, Kurt Rambis and Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau. Then Thibodeau pulled out, and Rambis apparently couldn’t get a long enough contract offer…and the Kings had a new coach!

I’m reminded of the line from the great movie Beautiful Girls: “One comes to a decision based on what one wants, not based on what one doesn’t want. Got it?”

• If you can’t tell, I’m sorta out of it today. I not only can’t lift my arms above my shoulders, but I rode right past my subway stop this morning on the way to work, and then I missed the next stop, too.

My absent-mindedness is because I had to go yesterday and get a bunch of immunization shots for a trip Wifey and I have planned for July. And I probably shouldn’t have scheduled a trip to the eye doctor this afternoon. You’d think that by now, in 2009, they’d have some way to check out your eyes without dilating them. Or they could shrink them back after they dilate them. Or something.

I wear contacts, and I have a pair of glasses I wear at night, post-contacts. But if I have to get new glasses, I’m getting these.

• I don’t really get Toronto trading Jason Kapono for Reggie Evans. What, they had enough good outside shooting? And anyone else see that Alvin Williams is now an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors?

At least she’s hot.

• Remember the bacon shoes a few weeks ago? I’ve got something better: Bacon gumballs!

• Here’s a pretty cool cell phone power adaptor cable. I have about 10 cell phone power adaptors scattered throughout my suitcases and my crib because I’m always needing one. If I got this one I’m afraid I’d have to get 10. And then my apartment would look like Wrigley Field. Or I could get one of these new Nokia joints that recharges itself.

This is great. And so is this.

• Finally, a quick endorsement of the new “Man vs. Wild” episode with special guest Will Ferrell. I already liked Bear Grylls, but this episode with Ferrell to promote “Land of the Lost” was really hilarious. Here’s a quick clip to end on for today. Check your local listings (or Youtube) for the full show…

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    first… hopefully this comment works. Most of them don’t these days on this site.

  • Khalid Salaam

    a whole wk and still no mention of “the hangover”? c’mon lang that movie it right in your wheelhouse. land of the lost? nah im good (and i like will ferrell but hangover was funny as hell)..

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Lovin’ your bacon. Lang has got ot be the coolest writer out there… reminds me of my white friend Brandon. I am white too, but you get the point. Cool sh1t.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Man, WIll is the man too. Ferrell is funny as f()ck!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Khalid, I haven’t had a chance to see it yet. Was in LA doing stuff all weekend, got back here late Monday, Had to watch Game 3 on Tuesday, spent last night with Wifey, gonna watch Game 4 tonight. It’s definitely on my agenda for this weekend. I really don’t have any interest in the “Land of the Lost” movie. But “The Hangover does seem like it’s in my wheelhouse, I can’t front.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I love vintage Links.

  • AR

    When did Lang become John McCain?

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

    “Thanks a lot Osama Bin Laden….”

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

    Ooohhhhh…bacon gumballs!

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Awesome links today, Lang.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    That Man vs Wild episode was comedy. Especially when they made the snow shoes and Will was like these f#$ing things suck.

  • ber

    Maybe you should get this dress for you wife, it will go with your shoes and gumballs:

  • Diesel

    Hearing your story about the glasses and shots made me think of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer had the strength shoes and a mouth full of novocain…and people thought he was “special”.

  • Slobodan Chutzpah

    Lang, my good man, you really need to do these old skool Links more often. They have been sorely missed. Great bunch of stuff this time around. (My personal fave was, of course, Charlie the Dog — although I hesitate to ask how you came upon that particular site…)

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

    It was a shot that took some guts and nuts, and I was mildly surprised to see Rashard go up with such certainty……………………….. lang, you havent been watching much of the magic in the playoffs have you?

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

    “They give out rings for the Holocaust?”

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

    bear has to start taking various celebs with him on his adventures. while not really a celebrity, i nominate lang to go with bear to……. bangladesh.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That. Was. Simply. Awesome. Oh. My. Gosh. In. Particular. The. Dog.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh my. Lang getting shots + old school Links AND Charlie the dog. Fantastic stuff.. (so Lang, swimming the Amazonas with Wifey in July or what?)

  • chintao

    eff Kobe, eff Ga(y)be Yeh (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and eff Gabe’s little design business. Also, I am a little disappointed that Lang hasn’t linked to the NYT story about how the people of Brooklyn have been bait-and-switched into permitting the erection of a white elephant at the Nets’ Atlantic Yards site in Brooklyn. Anyway, if anyone else is interested, it’s here http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/05/nyregion/05gehry.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=nets%20arena%20brooklyn&st=cse . To me, it says that this ownership group is sheisty like Clay Davis.

  • chintao

    On the Pioneer Woman site, someone claimed “FIRST!” Anyway, if that chick is that bored, I shudder to think where else she might be hiding bacon in hopes of a lick.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Steve Carrell might be funnier than Will Ferrell…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Well, to me he is. Will is a little over the top for my tastes, although he’s hilarious too.

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

    Alvin Williams!!! The Raps’ real heart and soul of the entire VC era.

  • http://Nicekicks.com MeloMan22


  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Thanks for the linx – great job. Hate to be a buzzkill here – but unless those “designers” are like 12 and 13, that KB graphic is redonkulously friggin fugly.

  • Tommy Patron

    Will Ferrell was not a celebrity wussy boy on the show. He just went with it. I have slightly more respect for him.

  • edmalhas

    No mention on CR7?