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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 3:46 pm  |  38 responses

Links: Him

Plus, the return of Terry Stotts!?!

by Lang Whitaker

First of all, congratulations to Blake Griffin for his NBA Summer League debut last night, in which he went for 27 and 12 in a Clippers win over the NBA champion LA Lakers. (OK, their Summer League team.) There is, however, a strange quote from Mike Dunleavy in the AP story about the game…

“I’m not surprised him made all those shots,” said Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy, who did not coach the summer team but was a very interest observer at the game. “I watch him go 8 of 10 every day from five spots on the court.”

First of all, forget that Dunleavy was an “interest” observer at the game.

“I‘m not surprised him made all those shots” might be my favorite quote of the calendar year thus far, and, typo or not, I believe it may have established a Links meme in regards to Blake Griffin.

Blake Griffin, him going to be amazing rookie! Him rebound, him shoot, him play power game! Him so good we trade Zach Randolph!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Clippers present Blake “Him” Griffin!

The second half of the quote must also contain a typo. Dunleavy said, “I watch him go 8 for 10 every day from five spots on the court.” I was at Him’s workout for the Clips (along with a bevy of NBA writers, including David Aldridge, Howard Beck, etc.) and we all watched Him go about 2 for 10 from various spots around the lane. Then again, Dunleavy was pretty vague about it, so perhaps the “five spots” Dunleavy speaks of are all within three feet?

Anyway, the point of all of this was to congratulate Him for the big game he played last night, but also to remind everyone that we’re talking about summer league action. Remember when Marcus Banks scored 42 points in a summer league game? Or last summer when Jerryd Bayless averaged 29 ppg? It’s summer league!

• There are still, however, some undeniable summer league highlights. Such as yesterday, when the allegedly lighter and brighter Eddy Curry forgot his sneakers. But hey, at least he’s down to 328 pounds!

• And while we’re talking about Vegas, pay your bills, Antoine Walker.

• OK, so it looks like I was wrong, and I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong. David Kahn definitely knows what he’s doing in Minnesota. Calm down, T-Wolves fans, because it looks like Terry Stotts (!!!!!!) is the leader in the clubhouse for the coaching gig. Great excuse for me to run this picture from his time in Atlanta when he coached on ‘70s night. Have fun, Wolves!

stotts

Some more random links…

• I bet if Eddy Curry had this luggage set he’d never forget anything ever again. He could also get these rugs for his crib.

Genius. Hey Khalid, was Bill Cosby right?

• What if Charlie Brown was real? That one’s kind of scary and cool at the same time.

• When I was a kid we had a couple of cats, and I had no issues with them. Then I developed an allergy to cats, and since then I’ve never liked cats. Now it turns out they’ve been exploiting us all along!

• Because I watched Apollo 13 in HD last night, here’s ten things you didn’t know about Apollo 11, when man first landed on the moon.

This is probably Pascal’s fault.

• This is a little Lord Of The Ring-ish, but it’s still pretty amazing. More pictures and details here. But can it get League Pass?

• Finally, when I was returning from Africa last week, we had a layover at Heathrow, so I bought a USA Today to catch up on all the news I’d missed being off the grid for a week and a half. I was shocked to read about the death of Billy Mays. I’ve been a little obsessed with Billy Mays for a while. Ever since I saw him on the OxyClean infomercials years ago, I thought he would be an interesting guy to write a profile on, and even pitched him to some men’s magazines (that weren’t interested). Then he started turning up in more and more commercials, and finally got his own show on Discovery this year. And now he’s dead. If you have a PC, here’s a perfect way to commemorate Mr. Mays.

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  • Riggs

    mike is a quarter cherokee

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

    Lest we also forget that Michael Beasley had 28 pts in HIS summer league debut. Just saying. I wouldn’t be surprised to see similar regular season numbers for Him compared to 30 Harry.

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

    BTW, A LITTLE Lord Of The Ringish? That sh*t looks like the Frodo set they used. Kind of cool I guess, if you’re a Ring nerd… or a hobbit.

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

    I’m still going through these Links and they ALL have been fantastic.

  • Izzo

    Adam Morrison is also dominating the Summerleague….

  • geof

    “Curry was limited to fresh-squeezed juices and broths while he went through a cycle of a colon-cleansing product. He lost 15 pounds from that alone.”

    What did Eddy Curry have in his colon that made him lose 15 pounds. Oh right the same stuff I often compare his game to.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    No mention of Childress from his man, lang?

  • chingy

    Adam Morrison for mvp!

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

    The “him” quote for some reason reminded me of Bernie Mac’s “My Sisters Kids” where he was talking about his little nephew, niece and “mild and cookies”. Look it up on you tube under “Kings of Comedy”. Hilarious! I mean, tears in the eyes kinda stuff. So, now not only will I be calling Blake “Him” but I think I’ll give him a second nickname “Milk and Cookies”. It’ll be an inside joke with the Slam Fam.

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

    *milk*

  • Ken

    I remember when Von Wafer got like 50 in a summer league game. Towards the end of the game he kept jacking ridiculous threes, and they all kept falling.

    And I’m glad somebody else noticed how riddled with typos that Griffin story was.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The Fiver and Cristiano Ronaldo would like royalties for this column.

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

    Curry weighs 328, Weatherspoon said, 30 pounds lighter than when he started a strict diet and fitness regimen in late May. For the first five days of the program, Curry was limited to fresh-squeezed juices and broths while he went through a cycle of a colon-cleansing product. He lost 15 pounds from that alone.

    ..
    well, thats one way to lose weight

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    yeah, didn’t really want to get into the colon cleansing stuff. so to speak.

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

    The Links *are* back! Man that Charlie Brown picture was freaky as heck.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    You could probably find the extensive write ups on the Hawks and Childress by Lang’s man Sekou (“Seiko”) Smith and his bigtime Hawks blog.
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    Blake’M Griffin? Conan or some late night host went to town on the guy who changed his legal name to “Him” way back when.
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    Billy Mays minimum pay was like 50K for a 2 minute spot. He was also good with basic Spanish and did his thing on the Telemundo/Gala channels with the same products with no voice over.

  • Blue

    Hey Lang…the Rockets just got David Andersen from the Hawks for cash. He was drafted in 2002 but never brought over seas to play in the league. I’ve never heard of him but I know you and some others are up on the overseas players? Is he any good?

  • Breeze

    Blake griff actually suprised me ..and adam mor ..looks a lot better..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That Charlie Brown painting really is a great work of art. Interesting, awe-inspiring, and down right disturbing. Why hasn’t anybody thought of doing that until now? Haha great work!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I want to see Bart Simpson, Calvin, and Garfield now!

  • thewize

    Yeah Lang man, this was some old school links right here, should’ve worn retro colours with the black and grey background.

    HIM hhahaha

    and, yeah, that is just the LOtRs set, right? I want one!

    PEACE

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Ben: Cristiano wants royalties for everything! That moneygrubbing, Paris Hilton tapping (eww!), demanding to go to Real for the last 4 years disloyal s.o.b!

  • Double-You Jay

    Him has not been guarded by or had to guard KG, Kobe, LeBronna “The Swoosh of Prima Donna’s” (Don’t get me wrong, His(tm) game is nice, the advisors need to chill.)

    Him will be exposed as raw, athletic talent. How will him respond?

    Don’t believe the hype!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Lang, lots of great Links btw. Damn felines, and that Chuck Brown looks just like one of them Hollywoodish serial killers. Wow.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    Anthony Randolph dropped 42 tonight. i know, ” its summer league”, but he looks huge right now (supposedly a legit 7′) and is insanely fluid and explosive. His jumper’s not bad either, he has great handle and ball skills (though turnover prone), and can be a game changer defensively. The phrase “unlimited potential” feels like an understatement. If GState trades Biedrins (etc) for Amare, and Nellie plays him and Randolph together I might have to move to the Bay.

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

    lol@ the Cosby portraits. That Chuck Brown illustration was sickening. Very impressive. The guy also did a piece on the Iranian girl that got shot in the election protests. Man, that gave me chills…

  • Maurice Bobb

    That’s some funny ish Lang…Him good…Him reaaallll gooooodddd (use Halle Berry’s voice from Monster’s Ball).

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Him hate him.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    The starting shot of the Jello Bill Cosby youtube looks like Ron Artest. The first shot on the site looks a little like O.J. Simpson.

  • bike

    Eddie was on a prescription med nicknamed Colon Blow. Supposedly one can lose up to 15 pounds overnight on this stuff. Have to be careful though. Side effects include explosive vomiting and volcanic diarrhea.

  • Tommy Patron

    The real “Him” is, of course, Captain Chaos.

  • Chris

    Charlie Brown’s one ugly sumanabtch

  • AKIMANA

    I’m with Cheryl I thought of Mac too. “Him downstairs.’ ‘Who the F is him? Like I aint got no name.’”
    Classic

  • E.

    Way overboard on the typo. Dunleavy sucks and all but this is just more clipper bashing.

  • Justin

    If a black man had said “him played good” or “him rebound good” or “him made all those shots” and Lang commented on it, he (Lang) would be considered a racist. Just showing you how stupid the race card seems when people play it. Then you would have the Permed Al Sharpton come out of nowhere and start making up words trying to get Lang fired.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    whatttt?

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