The Links: New Balls, Shoe Deals and Rashard Lewis Traded?

by Lang Whitaker

Hey. Wednesday. Hump day. Got a flu shot this morning, so I’m slowly getting a sore arm. Fun.

Went to Nets/Mavs last night and filed copious notes, if you ain’t seen them yet.

So let’s get to this before my arm swells up…

“My immune system is good.” — Chris Bosh.
“It seems like we’ve got too many chiefs, not enough Indians. That’s the best way I can put it. Everybody with their own agenda, instead of sticking with the team and winning.” — Kendrick Perkins, on the Celtics.

• Mutoni already noted this, but yesterday the David Stern Robot made an unprecedented admission of error in the handling of the new ball. As Stern said, “I won’t make a spirited defense with respect to the ball. In hindsight, we could have done a better job. I take responsibility for that.” Which basically means: “Someone here screwed up and I’m going to take this out on them. But in public? My bad.”

One other thing I thought was interesting was this:

Only three people, all retired players who are now analysts — Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr — tested the ball. Jackson, now a Nets television analyst, said that they spent less than an hour one day at Madison Square Garden shooting, passing and dribbling.


• Is Rashard Lewis on the way out in Seattle? The Nets should move heaven and earth to get him.

• Chris Bosh is a mess right now. It has nothing to do with the SLAM cover, either.

• Maybe the Grizzlies aren’t ready to be bought after all. After reading that story…you’re telling me Christian Laettner did something half-assed? Seriously? Wow.

• The T-Wolves have a new three-headed monster…of crazy!

• Comparing Chris Duhon to a cockroach.

• Bobby Simmons is out for the season in Milwaukee.

• Check out how the Rockets are making business inroads in China. And anyone else know that Chuck Hayes is endorsing Li Ning shoes? Heck, if he has a Li Ning deal, I want one too. Holler at your boy, Li Ning! Let’s move some product!

• The Celtics have three games in the next four days, so Doc Rivers made sure to have the Celts work overtime at practice yesterday. I love Doc Rivers.

• Anyone remember Antoine Joubert?

• Shavlik Randolph says he’ll be fine. Also, I appreciate his rehab plan: XBox 360.