Saturday, February 16th, 2008 at 11:31 am  |  11 responses

The Morning After… it’s good to be here

Back in business…

By Sam Rubenstein

For all of our All-Star 2008 coverage, click here.

Good morning New Orleans! Note to bosses: this is supposed to be a free internet connection we have in the rooms. That wasn’t happening. You’re on the hook for $15 today. I’m way beyond giving a f–k.

Yesterday as Lang, Khalid, and myself sat around at one of our “bonus stops” on the journey down here, we were discussing how much whining we could get away with. Lang made the point that we are lucky to be here, we get to have a lot of fun for free, so what’s some inconveniences in the grand scheme of things? After wallowing in self-pity for a while… I agree.

I mean nine hours ago, I was at the bar at the Jordan party next to a quiet young man named Rajon Rondo, just taking in the scene. I turn around, and in line behind me was Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, and Rudy Gay. The women there were not unattractive. The sightings list is too long to get into at this time. Lang has notes that he’ll get around to writing about later on, but right now him and Ben and Aggrey Sam are attending a Peace Players event for work.

We did it quasi-big last night, hitting a few parties, ending a long day at 3 A.M.

One funny observation, I was standing near the Michael Jordan V.I.P. area of his party. Believe it or not, the guy has heavy security. Charles Oakley came in, and tried to get into that V.I.P. area, and a security team member jokingly tried to stop him. The death stare he received was awesome.

As far as the complaining goes… SERENITY NOW! I just called the baggage information number to track down lost luggage. Hope you didn’t have anything valuable in yours, Khalid.

I wish I could talk about some basketball from yesterday, but all I saw was the ESPNnews highlights. The closest I came to anything basketball-related was witnessing up close the shape of Steve Stoute’s head. I was supposed to interview someone who played in the celebrity game for the next issue of SLAM, but we missed that game, as well as the game after that.

Okay… this is my complaint post. Gotta take care of some business. More thorough party report and other stuff later.

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  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    A Charles Oakley sighting?This is outrageous,I demand to be there.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Someone needs to send Oak to the FEMA offices and the White House. In fact, I’d vote for an Obama/Oakley ticket as many times as I could get away with it.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    I can see the “Oakley or else..” slogan being very successful.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    Trust me, Lang will have many more exciting sightings than just old NBA players. We closed at the night at the espn late-night breakfast. At the end of what we went through yesterday… it may have been the best meal of all-time.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I remember reading somewhere that Obama would be best-served having a pitbull Cheney type as a vice-president. That way, he can back his generally friendly approach by saying ‘look, if we DON’T figure this out peacefully, you’re going to have to deal with HIM.’ I can think of no better person to fill that role than Charles Oakley.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    Insert snarky comment here.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Hi Tariq

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Word, last night’s breakfast was the best ever. The only complaints I have left are directed at the NBA media office, which wouldn’t stay open 15 minutes late last night so I could get my credential TO COVER THEIR EVENT, and then wouldn’t open 15 minutes early this morning, so there has been a lot of back-and-forth from the hotel. But we’re here, the weather’s nice, and practice media availability starts in an hour or so. Too bad Shaq won’t be at practice to re-enact his dance-off with Dwight. Not that Shaq isn’t in town; we saw him in the front seat of a Rolls on our way back from the late-night breakfast last night…

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Ah! Sam, so happy you guys are there and have finally got things rolling. I know yesterday probably made you want to tear your hair out, but whatever, its all good from here. I cannot wait to read Lang’s notes and hear all of the name-dropping stories from that party. I can’t imagine ever seeing Oak in person, Rondo must just be loving life and Jordan? Well… I am so excited for more notes. Have a great All-Star Saturday, and I wish you luck in tracking down Khalid’s luggage!!

  • RV

    how old is tj kidd?? dude looks like a teenager, but I dont think its been that long??

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