Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm  |  24 responses

Links: Best NBA Song Ever?

Plus, the animals are getting ready to attack!!

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

OK, a bunch of random stuff to get to today. New SLAM cover coming tomorrow.

• I thought of about a dozen ways to intro this, but I think it’s probably just better to post it and let you enjoy it:

It’s funny because I have a really vague memory of a rap song about Dominique Wilkins being around when I was a kid, but I was too young to remember much about it other than the “D-O-M-I-N-I-Q-U-E” refrain. Then yesterday my friend Scott sent me a link on The Facebook to the song above, the 1985 classic, “Dominique (Got To Be An All-Star)” by G-Mann, whoever that is. So dope. 1985 ruled.

• Regarding yesterday’s column and the list of guys who deserve All-Star reserve consideration…the Trail Blazers have mounted a campaign to promote LaMarcus Aldridge, while the T-Wolves sent out cologne to promote Kevin Love and the Warriors sent out wine to promote Monta Ellis. For the record, I didn’t receive any of these things, so my picks were completely untainted; actually, the only All-Star voting swag that came my way were posters of Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay via the Memphis Grizzlies.

This right here is what the internet should be used for: Hoopism.com came up with an ingenious, interactive page, on which you can watch every dunk from every NBA dunk contest ever. You can see video of each year and each score, and the whole thing is just awesome. Great work.

• Also, the internet should probably have more movie reviews from Charles Barkley. Here’s The Chuckster reviewing “The Fighter.” (Spoiler alert: He says it’s “Not Turrible.”)

• The Puppy Bowl starting line-ups have been announced. Looks like another strong year. My early money for MVP has to be on no. 14, Little Red.

• We’ve talking for a few weeks about all the weird things happening in the animal world. I guess we should call the situation “developing.” In a zoo in England, a gorilla has started walking around on two legs.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The animals are getting ready for something. For what, I don’t know. If that gorilla opens a twitter account, it’s on.

• Meanwhile, humans aren’t so dumb. Scientists have finally made an invisibility cloak. So far they can only make one big enough to hide a paper clip. But still.

• Knicks fans don’t play.

• Finally, Linkstigator Rob Zimmerman writes with an interesting note…

Hi Lang,

If Kobe and Shaq keep on scoring at their current season averages of 25 and 10 points per game respectively (and play every regular season game until the end of next season), Shaq will finish as the leading career scorer between the two when he (most likely) retires at the end of next year. He would have 29,792 points, Kobe would have 29,638. That’s a difference of only 154 points. But if Shaq keeps missing games at his current rate (already 10 this season), Kobe is more than likely to overtake Shaq while Shaq is still playing! Both players say that they only play for championships, but come on!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    The intro to the Nique song sounds like something out of a JVD or Steven Seagal movie. Awesome. If I had an invisibility cloak, I’d just use it to scare the sh*t out of people.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    Lang posting the links on a daily basis – Did I time warp back to 2004?

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    Glad to have it though.

  • riggs

    aw man all that silverback needs is a machine gun. 2012 is beginning folks

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    There’s thousands (literally) of sharks 100 yards off the coast of Palm Beach for the last 3 days….they haven’t moved. Scientists say they’re are migrating, but as of an hour an ago…they just shut down every beach in a 50 mile radius and they have no idea what to do to get rid of them. They’re gathering….it’s pretty wild.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Love all the links…and I’ve got one more:

    Check the :36 mark!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Someone should try to sign that gorilla to a 10 day. I bet he would be a better defender than Jason Collins and have better hands than Joel Anthony.

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

    This is like flashback to my study days in 2001-03ish checking and reading The Links EVERY DAY around lunchtime (NZ time). Except now I’m at reading at work.

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    Primatology is one my biggest passions in life, next to basketball and stuff of course. Sadly, that video of the gorilla walking made me just as excited as Tyreke Evan’s half court game winner. Damn my nerdiness!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    From :30 seconds to :40 seconds of the gorilla video, I’ve been in the same stance with a similar expression while taking a leak outdoors.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Blake Griffin should dunk on that gorilla.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I think Rudy made one of my favorite SLAM comments of all time: “Primatology is one my biggest passions in life, next to basketball and stuff of course.”

  • karma

    I love studying animal behaviour. I didn’t see anything too out of the ordinary with what the gorilla did though, they’ve stood upright before.

  • karma

    Also, silverback gorillas are beasts, pound for pound one of the strongest most ferocious animals on earth. Its where the terms “alpha male” and “beta male” came from, so pay your dues – those words are a staple of any basketball team.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @karma: Do they walk around on two legs a lot? I’d never seen that before.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Most can sttand and take a couple awkward steps. That fella has been practicing and has gotten good at it. I can see ned flanders running out there and forcing it to walk on all fours again.

  • Double J

    the real ‘links’ is back

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    The structure of their hips is what keeps them forward leaning and usng their knuckles to walk. This guy may have some structural uniqueness or just really strong hip flexors and a fondness for walking upright. He probably enjoys the view. Regardless, ned is coming to rectify the situation.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Also, I remember reading that this guys father had a penchant for walking as well.. ……… And shout out to lang for all the links.

  • ciroqobama

    It’s already been said but I gotta give Lang props for the bringing back the o.g. Links

  • http://bassbesteck.wordpress.com Bassbesteck

    That gorilla just is getting ready to evolve… like a pokemon… into a human…

  • Ronald

    @diesel : cosign what you said. Langs links are the only reason I come to this website.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Tarzan with the win for the Flanders comment.

  • hillbilly

    That was no silverback gorilla. It was just me, walking to the mailbox. Damn you, paparazzo!!! (shakes fist)