Thursday, August 10th, 2006 at 12:43 pm  |  13 responses

KG, Paul Pierce and The Mailman

Today’s NBA news and notes…

by Lang Whitaker

Wow. There is very little basketball news out there today, so little that our exclusive Kevin Garnett interview that I posted late yesterday is all over the front of a few NBA sites.

So, other than that…

• Yesterday I wrote about former Hawks player “Fast” Eddie Johnson and his arrest in Florida. The Chicago Tribune did the same thing but instead described the other Eddie Johnson, the nice guy who played for Phoenix and Seattle and, whoops!, is from Chicago. The Tribune published a long apology today and say they don’t want to blame deadlines but, whaddya know, the deadlines messed them up. Skip Bayless also got it wrong, but I guess that’s not much of a surprise.

And here, the good Eddie Johnson talks about being confused for the troublemaking Eddie Johnson for so many years. If you were the good guy, wouldn’t you just start going by “Ed”?

Paul Pierce had minor surgery on his elbow yesterday, and they think he should be back in time for training camp to start. My question is, Why wait until this week for the surgery?

• Portland GM Steve Patterson tells The Oregonian that when they have news about any trades or anything they’ll “get in touch.”

• To be completely honest, I wouldn’t want Isiah Thomas trying to kiss me on the cheek either, but that doesn’t mean I can sue him for millions. Isiah says he did nothing wrong.

• The new Sonics owner met the press in Seattle yesterday and basically said he wants a new arena, without ever actually saying he wants a new arena.

DeShawn Stevenson opted out of his contract with the Orlando Magic after he says his agent convinced him there was a big payday waiting for him. Turns out all that was waiting was a pay cut. Not surprisingly, he fired his agent.

• They love Pops Mensah-Bonsu down in Dallas.

Karl Malone is opening a Huddle House franchise in Louisiana. There’s nothing in this press release about Huddle House being a blatant rip-off of Waffle House. It is, though.

• Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick Van Exel, whose mother passed away yesterday in Houston.

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  • Allen


    I called that one in the comments before it happened (the mix up of the Eddies). I get a cookie.

  • Alex

    This Eddie Johnson story is unbelivable. I feel really bad for the good guy. I wonder if the guy at the Tribune that made this mistake got canned…

  • Tommy Jackson

    Lang – in the article about Pops Mensah-Bonsu you linked to from Dallas, the writer incorrectly declares he was the “best player on a surprise Final Four team.” Pops played for George WASHINGTON, who certainly did not make the Final Four this year (or any year I know of). That surprise team was George MASON, as you well know. Just a heads up ;)

  • Tommy Jackson

    By the way, does anyone think if they still played the now defunct “consolation” game that George Mason would have won? I do.

  • Drew

    hmm the huddle house looks more like a Denny’s than a blatant Waffle House rip off.. then again it’s been 20 years since I’ve been to a Waffle house :-)

  • Stevo

    Condolences to Nick Van Exel, Rest In Peace.
    really touched me, i hope her legacy will live on.

    about that isiah story, have you gooogled that *itch thats suing him? no offense, but she looks like a old aged brown dog with a wig. and thats a portfolio picture

  • Patrick

    Huddle House takes debit & credit cards. Waffle House caters to those who only ever carry cash.

  • Posey

    “If you were the good guy, wouldn’t you just start going by “Ed”?”

    I sure would!

    /s/ Jay Williams

  • TKJC

    Shouldn’t they put Isiah in jail for what he did to the Knicks anyways?

  • Seph

    For years I have always assumed the “Huddle House” was a strip club. Be alot cooler if it was.

  • Nine XXVI

    To TKJC response: Yes and no.
    Yes becuase it is a crime to what he did to one of the most notable franchises in the NBA. And no, because face it, he went up the river, what in the world would we talk about that amusing?

    Lang, that Kevin Garnett interview was very nicely done.

    And until I went to the South recently, I’ve never seen a “Waffle House”. And that’s a clear rip-off. But’s it’s “THE MAILMAN” so I’m sure he’ll get away with it.

  • Gilbert0

    i think my arteries clogged just looking at the menu of huddle house

  • matthew

    love the new site guys. hit it up everyday. helps me get through these 10 hrs of work a day i put in with my pops. anyway, when i’m not here i’m at the worldwide leader and while i was over there i read scoop’s piece on big papi winning the mvp. wow, that was really wierd to write. long time reader, copped every ish since mique’ was on the cover and just wanted to nice keep up the good work.