Sunday, August 24th, 2008 at 8:49 am  |  52 responses

Line Of The Night – Gold Medal Edition

Plus: The Spanish J.R. Smith and the Formal Apology Of The Night

by Shannon Booher

Line Of The Night:

Dwyane Wade – 27 points, 4 steals, 2 boards, 2 assists

After starring in the pre-Olympic warm-up games, D-Wade had not had the same impact in the official competition. But with gold at this fingertips, he was locked in from the moment he subbed in, clearly proving Miami could throw him in the 6th man role next year if they are in need of some extra hardware. His D resulted in a bunch of breakaways throughout the game, and he had the outside shot working, making him unguardable. Then in the fourth, lost in the Doug Collins/Kobe Bryant love fest, Wade put perhaps the final nail in the coffin, hitting a three to give Team USA a 111-104 lead with 2:08 remaining. Bob Marley.

Worst Of The Night:

Hey Kobe… NEVER FOUL THE 3-POINT SHOOTER (1st quarter, 6:30)!

Hey Rudy… NEVER FOUL THE 3-POINT SHOOTER (4th quarter, 3:10)! Especially if it leads to such an annoying celebration from the Kobster. Any more replays of him putting his finger to his lips or of Coach K in general, and the L.O.N. offices would have been re-painted Spanish red and yellow with “La Marcha Real” playing in the background.

Eat Your Breakfast Of The Night:

After spotting noted breakfast chef Rudy Fernandez on the perimeter, mid-way through the fourth quarter, The Kobster decided it was time to reward all of teammate Dwight Howard’s hard work with a complimentary breakfast, so he gambled and missed on a steal attempt. Rudy took it baseline and BOOOOOOOOOOOOSH! EAT YOUR BREAKFAST DWIGHT!!!!!!! MAGDALENA AND CHURRO SPECIALS ALL DAY!

The Spanish J.R. Smith Of The Night:

Rudy Fernandez – 22 points, 2 assists, 2 boards, 1 steal, 1 breakfast served, 1 fade away three-pointer over on of the best individual defenders in the world (Prince).

The gold medal game was Rudy’s coming out party for real… except for the fact it happened in the middle of the night and maybe no one saw it. He did all of his damage in only 17 minutes, creating highlight after highlight while keeping his team in the game. And honestly, have you ever seen him, Rex Chapman and J.R. Smith in the same room at the same time? Didn’t think so.

What Could Have Been Of The Night:

Argentina – 1 bronze medal

Carlos Delfino (and his eyeliner) dropped 20 on Lithuania to bring home a disappointing bronze medal for the Manu-less Argentinians. After seeing the difficulty Spain gave Team USA, Manu’s ankle injury just minutes into the semi-final game is only underscored further as a pivotal moment. What if he plays that whole game? What if Jose Calderon is available for the final? What if Pac decided to skip that weekend in Vegas? We will never know.

Formal Apology Of The Night:

Juan Carlos Navarro – 18 points, 4 assists, 3 boards

After witnessing Mr. Navarro step up and ball out in Jose Calderon’s absence, L.O.N. would like to formally apologize to Mr. Navarro, his family, and his friends. He never quite made it fully onto our radar this past NBA season, and as a result, we never launched an official “Free Juan Carlos Navarro” campaign, and now we’ve lost his talent to the either of Euroleague. While it is definitely too little too late… FREE JUAN CARLOS NAVARRO!!!! Now that he is battling Andre Barrett for playing time, maybe the campaign IS still necessary.

Olympics Hangover Of The Night:

During any other off-season, LeBron James would be celebrating the acquisition of point guard Mo Williams by the Cleveland Cavs management right about now. After all, going from Delonte West, Boobie Gibson, Eric Snow and Damon Jones to Mo is a nice little upgrade, right?. However, LeBron has been sharing the court with a bit of a different point guard crowd lately, and it will be an adjustment. Sorry, Mo.

Double R Of The Night:

Ricky Rubio – 6 points, 6 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals

It has been a while since the Ruff Ryders had the streets on lock, but Ricky might be able to provide the Dean fam once last shot at glory. Think of the marketing opportunities! The And-1 Double R Edition, featuring Rubio highlights over Ruff Ryder tracks? Europe would be a wrap. They already have the start of a legit mix from the gold medal game alone, with the sick fast break no look to Pau and the Jason Kidd double-serve up – once on the perimeter and once on a break in which Ricky took on Kidd and LeBron. And if we have to stomach the Euro killing the dollar, then they should have to dealwith Drag-On and Eve.

Seriously though, while his deficiencies (fatigue, a milli deflected passes) showed as the game went on, let the L.O.N. co-signed Rubio for #1 campaign begin.

It was great to watch basketball without all of the constant commercials/timeout breaks/tv network crap the NBA forces on us. Too bad we still had to deal with Mike Breen’s opinions… The Etching Strikes Back: LeBron James’ “Gold Medal” shoe features Nike’s version of the plague… Spain’s turnovers must have been killing Jose Calderon on the bench. He was in uniform, too, so you know he wanted to sneak out there… At one point Tayshaun Prince faked a pass then hit a lay-up, showing more flash in that single play then he has in his entire NBA career. And of course, Olympics replay highlights are pretty much non-existent, so it basically never happened!… David Stern had a long day/night/something before this game. He was in the crowd looking rough… And who was next to him in the purple shades? Some sort of futuristic, secret service, alien? Wild… Navarro: Spanish for “floater”… Carlos: Spanish for “runner”… Juan: Spanish for “tear-drop”… Really, Jason?… Melo getting his Mateen Cleaves on was comedy. You could probably catch him sleeping on the bench in Denver…

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  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Mission accomplished. Flash is back, watch out NBA.

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

    I hope they replay the game, cuz i just couldn’t stay awake. I opened my eyes and had missed everything! UGH!

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

    Oh, right. And I can’t wait for the Heat to begin!

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Good luck seeing Wade play on a sh*thouse team again Cherryl and that health wont last long if hes the man trying to do everything every play of the game. Marion can’t create and Beasley is the only other option really. Chalmers is a rook and their centre is DJ Mbenga for gods sake. I really hope he stays healthy and the heat are respectable again, but I just dont see it with that roster.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Been a great last 5 weeks of Basketball, with the pre olympic qualifiers, followed by the friendlies for the redeemers, then the main event. Heaven. Especially considering the minimal coverage over here in the old continent.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Wade is making me eat my breakfast. seriously.

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    sweet, really good game to watch, yeah I had to get up at 7AM to watch it on a sunday, but id do it again I tell ya, id do it again, go flash!

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Dwyane needs to switch to the swoosh (although converse belongs to them now) for real.
    he was slipping and sliding allover the place in this game, lots of dribble penetrations where he crashed to the court without anyone really close by. But still, it is a pleasure watching the guy play ball.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Boy, Shannon Booher really hates Kobe.
    She’s like the anti Holly McKenzie.
    Kobe did some good things too, like 6 assist and 2 block shots

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    BTW, Ryan called. He wanted you to meet LeBron James..

  • WhaHuh

    Not a great photo for Wade, he missed and landed HARD on that one. I didnt understand the Bob Marley reference though?

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

    Shannon is now officially the only SLAM writer on the roster with a TON of sense. Everyone else has it, but’s Shannon’s is above and beyond.

    And to compare Rudy’s monster dunk to a move in the past, John Starks on Horace and Michael in the 92-93 Playoffs come to mind except Michael was still in the play, Kobe was about 5 steps behind. GANGSTA!

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

    Shannon, I humbly thank you for pointing out Kobe and his knack for fouling the 3-point shooter and then his classless finger to the mouth move in the 4th quarter. I’m not going to pile on Kobe because he showed genuine emotion and happiness after the game and I loved that. But that finger to the lips move reminded me why I don’t root for him.
    You stay classy there, Bean.

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

    Stop hating on Kobe loser!

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

    What about Dwade with that face after hitting a three and starring everyone down? Oooo yeah, you guys just have too many d1cks up your as$es to realize real talent. Kobe laughs at you all trying to find the smallest thing wrong with him.

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

    James: Um yeah, please re-read. I did KB credit too, or did you overlook that part? Also, did I ever question Kobe’s talent? I just don’t personally root for him. I’m glad you do. Stay classy bro.

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

    *I did GIVE KB credit

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

    im talking about Shannon mostly but who cares if he used his finger to silence Spain. Its basketball. Dwade starred everyone down. And on two occasions.. well way more than two but during this game Lebronze had two And 1′s and looked like he was angry at the world. And while angry sticking his chest out and holding fists. SO i mean, if we want to say something on Kobe lets bring everything up on everyone else. I think people are just mad because they want Bron to be the hero but Kobe made the shots when it counted.

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

    I could care less who the hero was/is. This was a collective team effort and everyone played their part. This was for the USA, not for individual glory. I guess my problem with what Kobe did was that the finger gesture is normally reserved for someone trying to quiet down the opposing teams fans when you are not playing on your homecourt, but we were not in Spain. So what exactly was the point?

  • KA

    eat your breakfast! I love it.

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

    Well first, no one thinks its a team effort when they complain all day about Kobe. And how he doenst play as a team and all the other bullsh1t. And the point was to quiet down Spain because they were jumping around like a bunch of retard europeans!!

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

    James: Being purely objective, Kobe did not put his best foot forward during the whole tournement. The man continuously forced contested 3′s, stalled ball movement, and didn’t always give his best defensive effort. This is just fact. To be fair, I thought Melo also looked lost on offense numerous times, that CP3 played subpar, that Dwight was outplayed by Bosh numerous times, that LeBron also forced shots and made some questionable decisions with the ball, that Kidd was an absolute liability on defense, etc. All the players can catch blame. No one is without faults. I just think that when you are considered the best player in the game and the recent MVP, your flaws will be more scrutinized. It is just the way it is.

  • Young Chris MP3

    James the balla is probably around 14, just disregard him TAD, just disregard him…

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

    hahaha i wish i was 14. Hopefully once my ACL heals up you guys can catch me on the international scene. But go check MJ and see how he played. Same as Kobe. He forced shots to But when your the best in the world, it comes with the territory.

  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    L.O.N. stands for Line Of the Night…. that makes sense. I thought it was Leaders Of the New school.

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

    “You have to play ugly,” Argentina’s Luis Scola said. “If you try to play ‘Showtime’ the way they play, if you try to throw the ball up for alley-oops, they’re going to get it.

    “They jump higher, they run faster, they’re stronger. You got to play ugly. Physical. You’ve got to make them uncomfortable. That’s the only way.”

  • Jose

    flash.ur back.u not only redeemed the usa but u redeemed urself.

  • PatRick

    Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! That dunk past Howard was nasty! go blazers.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    yeah he is the writer with the most sense because he hates kobe. man get that bias bullsh*t out of here man. that’s not to you shannon, great article.

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

    DP, you’re sounding like a sucker, son.

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

    Again, it’s not all about 24. Shannon made about 8 other fantastic observations, many which hadn’t been discussed because everyone was dick riding the Kobester’s really good 4 minutes.

  • Jackie Moon

    Wait, so if you’re on defense and your teammate gambles for a steal and you have to help, that automatically means you get dunked on? That sucks.

  • Jackie Moon

    Re: the Jason Kidd link – that’s a very interesting story, in which the motives for Ason giving Steve Wynn’s wife his gold meadal totally depend upon what Mrs. Wynn looks like.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    as much as i’ve bashed Kobe, i will say that after looking at the replay Kobe didn’t foul Navarro on the 3, Navarro just flopped.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    that Kidd story is kind of umm, weird, just give her the mdeal because she’s a good person? I dont think i’d even take a medal I didn’t win, unless it was my kid giving it to me or sumn….I was expecting more as a motive, surely Kidd can find someone closer to him that should get it.

  • Airswade

    Wade is the best player in the world now he is injury free, just like he used to be. Closely followed by CP-3. Kobe’s shot selection throughout this whole tournament was just plain awful. M.J. My ass….

  • Boing Dynasty

    Waah Dean makes the top 5 all-time best name list.

  • http://SLAMONLINE Kelly

    Whoever Shannon is, someone needs to boo her.

    No individual on the team should be talked negatively about (including Kobe). Sure at given times different ones stepped up more than others & they all at some point made unwise plays/decisions, but everyone on the team contributed (within their assigned role). It would be nice if the “Kobe Haters” would let it rest at least this once; and let all the USA team members & those who supported the
    “TEAM” enjoy the moment.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Shannon is a man. Buy our magazine sometime and learn, Kelly.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Ben, I stopped buying the magazine since I learned that the discussion on the web site is much more interesting, also I never read an article from Shannon in the mag. Forgive my ignorance.
    Anyway, this article is supposedly about Dwayne Wade stats yet He bashed Kobe throughout and made a JR Smith reference so I Assume that Mr Shannon (That doesn’t sound right) is from Denver.

  • http://SLAMONLINE Kelly

    I apologize for assuming the wrong gender of Shannon, and I appreciate the correction; however, I stand by my comment. Also, FYI. I had a scription to SLAM for about a year, but I discontinued it because of the foul language used in “Trash Talk” that a lot of children are reading. I would be glad to re-subscribe to your magazine (because I did enjoyed the articles on the players very much) if your trash talk contributors would “learn” more of the available words to express themselves, and not settle for such a limited vocabulary.

    SLAM, other than the language problem mentioned above, is a wonderful magazine. Have you considered “cleaning up” the language in “Trash Talk”.

  • Boing Dynasty

    The same kids your worried about reading the foul language are the same kids writting the foul language. You should know that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    If i remember correctly, NOYZ has been a lot more PG for a while now. Possibly over a year, maybe more.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yeh, when the last editor left (Ryan Jones?) it got a bit cleaner, then they took the sexual advertisements out. Bring back Slam Radio!

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Well, at least Kelly is trying to be a good parent

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Kelly never said that he/she was a parent Sesa.

  • matt the jazz fan

    next year’s all star game – and all years going forward – should be usa against the world… even if it means that some less deserving non-americans are selected over more deserving americans (plus if you add duncan to the non-u.s. team that might even things out a bit)

  • chintao

    Foul language is part of the essence. That’s why, when I went to the first USA/Spain game, the people behind me were chanting “KO-BE,” but I was chanting, “BLOW ME!”

  • chintao

    Also, as far as Steve Wynn’s wife goes…. Ain’t no way I give her The Gold. I would be hard pressed to give her a Milkbone.

  • mookie

    i bet all the slam writers loved it when Lebron went in and hugged Doug Collins.