Player of the D.A.Y.

by March 07, 2007

by Lang Whitaker

Whoa! What am I doing here? Not sure. Sam’s out this afternoon so I’m filling in for him, making this officially the first time I’ve ever been charged with choosing the Player of the D.A.Y.

What is the criteria involved? No idea. Nobody gave me any tips or anything, so I’m going off pure instinct, like a tiger in the wild.

Kobe gets nominated just because he elbowed Marko Jaric in the face. Also, because the Lakers managed to play a game that went two overtimes and still lost by 10 points.

Gilbert had a big game, going for 25 in a win over the Raptors.

Stephon put a 40 oz. on the Sonics, but missing that final free throw cost the Knicks a chance to win. And even though Steph is my boy and all, we just can’t reward failure.

Jason Terry dove into an old lady and then gave her a kiss. “I saw that she was dazed,” he said. “I wanted to give her a kiss to wake her up. A little kiss never hurts anyone.” Famous last words, JT.

Kevin Martin helped the Kings win without Ron Ron.

But at the end of the day, my Player of the D.A.Y. is the guy who went above and beyond, and in this case it’s TWolves center Mark Blount. Down six with just over two minutes left, Minnesota coach Randy Wittman improbably turned the game over to Blount, who drained three three-pointers and pushed the game into overtime. Blount had attempted one three-pointer in his career before this season, but it was his sharpshooting that gave the TWolves the chance to win the game.
And to keep it completely gangsta, Blount refused to comment after the game.

That’s class.

That’s intensity.

That’s your Player of the D.A.Y.