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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 at 9:44 pm  |  87 responses

Links: NBA Finals Diary, Day 7

Practice? Time to break out the video camera again…

by Lang Whitaker

Wednesday! And just a few hours after last night’s Game Three, it was time to return to The Stapler and to let all the media give the players a hard time. Once again, I declined to do the media room and instead took my camera out to the court to see what was popping.

The answer? Not much. Tons of media members, two dozen players. And today the guys were even more worn out than in Boston. The most interesting thing was that after I posted that video the other day, Big Baby apparently saw it online and took offense to Tony Allen’s report of dunking on him. Tony told me about this last night at the game, so today I decided to give Big Baby a chance to set the record straight. And set it straight he does. (While Gabe Pruitt does his best to stay the heck out of it.)

After practice, on the shuttle back to the hotel, a debate broke out about the hotness of various female celebrities. I was just saying that I wasn’t a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker, and then Khalid, Jemele Hill and John Hollinger and I got into a discussion about which celebrities are overrated and which are rated correctly. I then came up with the greatest idea of the Finals thus far: John Hollinger is known for creating the PER statistic, a way to quantify and rank the contributions of every basketball player on a single scale.

What if, I proposed, Hollinger developed a similar scale to rank the beauty of female celebrities. John immediately suggested calling it the Hotness Efficiency Rating, and I pointed out we could abbreviate it to the H.E.R. I’m sure Hollinger’s working on this as I write.

Got back to the hotel and Jemele and I rode over to In-N-Out and got lunch, and then I needed a nap. Woke up and slapped this video together…

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  • http://www.truthismygame.com/ Kevin

    was hopin that’d vid have more controversy haha.. what was the song in the intro lang?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Oh, the song is “Return of the Tres” by Delinquent Habits.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a transsexual water buffalo. Or Dee Snider.

  • B. Long

    @Russ: I always thought she looked like a circus clown melting. But to each his own.

  • B. Long

    I’m sure that Tony Allen exaggerated the dunk given the fact that he probably thinks he should be starting over Paul Pierce, but if Glen Davis had over a 6″ vertical leap, I’d have a harder time believing it ever happened. I want to see more Andrew Bynum!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Lang, if that female celeb convo happened without any of you reading today’s Big Lead, that’s amazing…http://thebiglead.com/?p=6188

  • http://www.myspace.com/impulseshopper_acquirente its just alex

    Ahahaha poor Gabe. And congrats to you for being on the freeway without traffic. There are few better feelings in LA than driving above 40.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also: another great video. You should be pitching a TA reality show to TNT right now.

  • B. Long

    Why do I get the feeling that Damon Jones is going to become the media evil doppleganger version of Kenny Smith?

  • RV

    Big baby has been studying shaq’s interviews….who was scalabrine talking about?

  • RV

    Lang, are there any players that you know for a fact frequent the site and read our comments?

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

    Scarlett Johansson’s honestly pretty over-rated. She’s supposedly uber-gorgeous and chic and whatnot, but she looks kinda ratty imho. And she was pretty good in Lost In Translation, but that role pretty much had her playing herself. And Sarah Jessica Parker is plain annoying.

  • Brian

    Lang, just wanted to say that the last line of the game 3 notes was outstanding.

  • http://www.heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Double Cinco

    I never thougt Scarlett was that fine until I saw that Justin Timberlake video:”What goes around”. Damn she was fine as hell in that vid.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    rUSS…Or the wicked witch of the west..?

  • Kadavour

    these hottest women lists lost ALL credibility when they put Sarah f*ckin Silverman at 45 and Alicia Keys at 107

  • Chukaz

    WTF, Lang, why is your camara on Scal? The only thing he ever did was that awesome diss track aimed at LeBron James. Scal is as relevand as Scarlett Johansson in this series. BTW, Scarlett is a little overrated. Pre-baby Jessica Alba, now that’s hot.

  • jb

    im pretty sure scalabrine was talking bout kg? lang?

  • Mark Z

    Baby is hilarious. “Look at me, Camera!”

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    I’m with Chukaz whereas Scarlett is most def classy beautiful, Jessica Alba is just too hot – kind of foxy yet beautiful girl who just screams “*uck me HARD”, I’ll take that everyday over the “let’s have vegetarian food tonight honey”-type that Scarlett represents. Sarah Jessica looks like she has been preserved for too long, very mumie-like IMO. Also Glen “Fat baby” Davis is fat in the athletic-way, sure he was dunked on .

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Scaloppini was talking about Boston’s defensive coach/coordinator (Tom T – can’t remember his last name) dude has been getting a lot of props all season for Celts D, and is getting mentioned whenever there is an head coach vacancy.

  • Money Bill Williams

    i think scarlet looks like she run into a parked car on most days but i was watching that flick The Island and Ms Johannson was deadset smokin. In the words of ghostface – she made my dingaling hard!

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Scal wasn’t talking about Doc, i hope.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    I’d pick Kim Catrall over Sarah Jessica.

  • Money Bill Williams

    who is the guy in the video in all white with the jesus piece on? does he have something to do with the NBA?

  • Money Bill Williams

    Chou, i’d take a rottweiler with three legs and rabies over Sarah Jessica

  • d1n

    Tom Thibodeau

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

    Great intro song Lang. Big Baby was looking like he was ready to eat Tony Allen.

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

    Quit lying, Lang: That song is a live recording of the mariachi band that all media members are assigned during Finals week. They were in the back seat of your rental car.
    Nice work.

  • Randy Brown

    @Money, isn’t it Damon Jones? If it is, then no, he doesn’t really have much to do with the NBA

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

    Tony Allen is becoming one my favorite guys in the L.

  • BigBallaShotColla

    All y’all are wack. Sara Jessica Parker has got to be one of the top ten white hollywood triznatches. I repeat top ten WHITE hollywood ladies.

  • starbury&stevey(scalabrine´s fan club)

    @chukaz..take YOUR camera,and TRY to find your KB24 and ASK him for an interview..do you think it´s very easy what Lang does?scalabrine is funniest than PP,ray-ray..

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

    Sarah Jessica Parker looks like the last sh*t I took.

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

    Whatever a “triznatche” is, i’m sure it is not USDA approved. I’ll pass, thanks.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    “Everybody gets dunked on.”

  • ciolkstar

    Delinquent Habits!

  • ciolkstar

    Sarah Jessica Parker is wrecked for sure. Eva Longoria is overrated (at about the same rate that TP is underrated on this site) Scarlett Johansen is by far my favorite celebrity chick. Although, Myles’ “GOD” pieces featuring Her were wack.

  • B. Long

    What about the chick from Transformers? I think her name is Megan Good? She officially took Angelina’s place with that sexy ass side tatoo.

  • B. Long

    Whoa, I was WAY off. Megan Good is the sexy ass girl in that Tyrese movie. What is the girl from transformers name?

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

    Meagan Good is the “truth”, not Paul Pierce.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Megan Fox
    -
    End of Internet.

  • ciolkstar

    Megan Fox is rif*ckingdiculously hot.

  • ciolkstar

    Jessica Biel too. Ass for days.

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

    Megan Fox is the real Machine…….The SEX Machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • B. Long

    Finally me and ciolkstar have something we agree on. My world is complete.

  • B. Long

    One night with Megan Good and Megan Fox could change my religon.

  • http://youtube.com/watch?v=-cza2yIk_yU SMK

    Scal has certainly mastered the “suck up to the boss to keep your job” part of things – of course we knew that when he picked Ainge’s number to wear when he got to Boston. Scalabrine = crazy like a ginger fox

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

    One night with Meagan Good would make me GET religion.

  • Young Chris MP3

    I’ll say this… Before the knee injury, Tony Allen would be yammin on Baby at EVERY practice

  • Permaculture

    Way to go Lang on the video – such a dose of fresh air compared to post game interviews in suits. I love In-and-Out, too. There’s a little bit of religion there for those of you not familiar with it or if the name didn’t give you a naughty hint.

  • B. Long

    I’m gonna throw this out there and probably get roasted for it but what the hell. Rachel Ray is on my Top 5 list. Thirty Min. Meals, Baby!

  • BigBallaShotColla

    @B. Long – I have to agree, Rachel Ray has it going on.

  • riggs

    rachel ray got a booty, shed definately get it.

  • riggs

    jessica alba is not hot, hollywood f*cked her fake ass latin self up.

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

    @ riggs:

    Rachael Ray: hot

    Jessica Alba: not hot

    riggs receives a lifetime ban on commenting on anything needing a man’s opinion.

  • B. Long

    @Eboy:WORD. Ripping Jessica Alba is just blasphmous.

  • http://guerillabitchin.blogspot.com/ ic3

    delinquent habits! thats my sh*t right there

  • Rico

    @B.Long – Who’s hotter, Jessica Alba or Rachelle Ray?

  • B. Long

    @Rico: I’m not gonna be your dancing monkey, sorry.

  • Rico

    @Rico…by asking a legitimate question? Are you afraid if you answered wrong the others might laugh at you. You’re pathetic man, your not as fresh as you think.

  • ciolkstar

    Jessica Alba is way hotter than Rachel Ray (top 5 ?! Really?), but a little over rated in my opinion. If the premise was who would I rather have cook dinner for me then bang. Rachel Ray would start to be competeive, but still not top 5. There’s hotter chicks in my office right now.

  • dfrance

    Rachel Ray has that frumpy kinda cute secretary look. Not really that hot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    the chick form transformers? really? man you guys need to get out more. that girl is pretty much standard random girl material. nothing exceptional about her. now scarlett j, she’s undeniably hot. any dude who doesn’t like her needs to get his life together.

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

    If Megan Fox is standard/random, I’m going to Starbucks right now to get two of her.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    also kerry washington is the mf’n truth. and i still rep for jada pinkett, even though she’s “older” now she still puts 80 percent of worldwide women to shame. i’m serious.

  • Rico

    @B.Long – by asking a legitimate question? Are you afraid if you answered wrong the others might laugh at you. You’re pathetic man, your not as fresh as you think.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    myles go right ahead then. i can’t believe dudes like her so much.

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

    Kerry Washington is nice, but i’ll still take my girl Meagan Good.

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

    Kha, i’m with you on the Fox thing. Just doesn’t do much for me, sorry.

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

    I dont even like her that much. I just dont think shes average.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    tad: i’m not mad at meagan good, not mad at all.

    myles: not saying the transformers chick is average but she’s not amazing. i can think of 20 women easily who are better looking.

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

    Speaking of oldies but goodies, anyone see Stacey Dash recently in XXL?

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

    Shes no Dania Ramirez.

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

    Dania is fine as hell.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    is dania ramirez the latina chick from heroes? because yeah she is arguably the hottest actress in the game.

    and yeah tad, stacey dash, can’t believe she’s single. she must be crazy or something like halle berry. thats the only reason i could see why a woman like that isn’t locked down.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Myles surfaces late, but with the solid comments…esp. regarding Dania.

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

    Haven’t seen Heroes but yeah, I think that is the same chick. She is marrying some music video producer. I thought Stacy was married?

  • http://www.ballerblogger.com Brandon Hoffman

    The funniest part of that video is when Big Baby says, “look at me, does it look like he (Tony Allen) could dunk on me?” Lol. Sorry Glen, but you don’t “look” like a shot blocker.

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

    Sarah Jessica Parker, in the words of Peter Griffin, looks like a foot.

  • vtrobot

    Rachel Ray, oh man. Eva Mendez is the “hottest” woman alive. That Stacey Dash cover shot was ridiculously good.

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

    i’d like to throw in Salma Hayek into this fun discussion.

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

    Ahhhhh…..yes! Salma in From Dusk Til Dawn made me want to drink Tequila and wear a sombrero.

  • B. Long

    Rosario Dawson deserves sum love too.

  • dfrance

    Eva Mendez it totally overrated! Kerry Washington is wassup. Jada is cute and all, but she got the body of a little leaguer. I still think Alyssa Milano can gt it…

  • http://slamonline.com BK

    I was looking at those other clips and I have one question…..what happened to Vince Carter?

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