You read that right — Colorado Rockies players Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi had some free time during Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona and decided to hit the theater. They did exactly what any typical bulky, muscular, All-American tough-guy ballplayers would do … watch Justin Bieber’s movie, Never Say Never.
But that’s not all — The Denver Post says Tulo and Giambino ran into former
roider Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez at the theater.
See, Gonzo I could picture heading out to Bieber’s movie. He seems like a sweet, family type of guy who would find a chick flick charming. Tulo we already knew is a Miley Cyrus fan, so hearing he went to see the Biebs’ movie is no surprise. But Giambi? The Rick Vaughn of the Rockies, going to see Bieber?
Not only is it true, but he actually liked it saying “it was really, really good.”
Apparently the once proud prankster is changing, admitting that “The Big G’s getting old,” so maybe his idea of going out is different from what it once was. He sure seems a lot more tame than he used to be, and I for one am horrified.
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It’s Spring Training for the Kansas City Royals which is good news because they’re still in contention for the AL Central crown. Apparently veteran catcher Jason Kendall didn’t get that memo, because it’s only been a week and he already has a bug up his butt. Overhearing an interview Kansas City radio host Nick Wright was conducting with hot prospect Mike Moustakas, Kendall jumped in to interject after hearing a question he didn’t like. Royals Review transcribed the interview and we have the audio below:
Wright: (To Moustakas) “There’s a decent chance that no matter how well you do this Spring Training, you might still start the year off in the minors just because of baseball’s rules and wanting to hold on to eligibility, all that stuff. Do you think about that?”
Kendall: (Jumping in) “No, he wants to stay in the minor leagues all f—ing year. Are you s—ing me right now?”
Wright went on to “rephrase” his question by asking the exact same thing again. Kendall clearly was overreacting and trying to look out for a younger player but he had no business being so edgy. If he had heard it, he would have realized it was a perfectly legitimate question. It’s actually good that Kendall was backing up Moustakas because it’s not like he has much else to offer the club.
Here’s the transcribed clip: [audio:http://larrybrownsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/jason-kendall.mp3|titles=jason-kendall]
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Just when it looked like the New Jersey Nets were a lock to acquire Carmelo Anthony in the blockbuster trade of the year, the New York Knicks swept in and made the Nuggets an offer worth accepting. Sources told the Denver Post on Monday night that an Anthony to New York is completed. Here is the framework of the alleged deal:
Knicks get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Nuggets get: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two future Warriors’ second round picks, and $3 million in cash.
New York was said to be stern with its initial offer, which didn’t include Mozgov, either of the Warriors’ picks, or cash. Obviously the Knicks knew they had to make the deal and they weren’t about to lose it over a couple of late draft picks.
If reports of New Jersey’s offer were accurate, we have to assume the deal fell through because Anthony had no interest in playing for the Nets. The trade included Derrick Favors and four first-round picks and was said to be contingent upon Anthony agreeing to a contract extension, which obviously didn’t happen. He also referred to Mikhail Prokhorov as “that guy” and denied that there was any meeting set to take place between he and Nets team executives.
Meanwhile, Amare Stoudemire and Anthony have accomplished two-thirds of their goal. At Carmelo’s wedding over the summer, the two reportedly discussed forming their own Big 3 with Chris Paul in the future. The third piece could end up being Deron Williams, but there is no denying the Anthony deal makes the Knicks immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference.
When I first saw the Johnny McEntee trick shot video two weeks ago, I thought it was one of the coolest videos I had ever seen. The LBS staff was so intrigued by the talents and creativity displayed by the UConn quarterback we had to contact one of the video’s producers and McEntee’s high school coach for more info.
A week later, we posted a video of soccer player Lassi Hurskainen lighting it up with his amazing footwork on the field. As impressive as the two videos were, it’s hard not to feel as if we’re entering the realm of over-saturation with the latest video. From the fantastic college football site Kegs ‘N Eggs comes this video of Monmouth quarterback Alex Tanney who decided to show that McEntee isn’t the only QB with some serious chops. Check it out:
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Everyone expected Blake Griffin to win the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, so it came as no surprise when he was given the crown. When you can do things like this, this, this, and this, it kind of makes you an easy favorite. Earlier, we showed you a compilation of all the dunks from Saturday night. Griffin may have had the better dunk when it mattered in the final round, but there are a lot of people — myself included — who thought JaVale McGee had the dunk of the night. Maybe he should have saved it for the last round rather than using it in the first. In any event, let’s look at the two slams to determine which was better.
On Sunday afternoon, Purdue won its biggest game of the year when the Boilmakers beat Ohio State at home, 76-63. Purdue’s student section, The Paint Crew, had as much fun during the win as you would expect and then some. In the second half with Purdue leading by only five, Jared Sullinger stepped to the line to shoot free throws. The entire student section began belting out Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA, ragging on Sullinger for the video he and his teammates made back in January. Sullinger hit both free throws, but we’re giving the Paint Crew an A for creativity anyway. Here’s the video, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks via The Dagger:
Sullinger tweeted after the game that he “loved it” and “it almost made (him) laugh,” so at least he was a good sport about it. As The Dagger mentioned, Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist failed to even mention what was going on while the student section was singing. A coordinated effort like that deserves a little recognition. Stiffs.
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Bob Knight did some crazy things during his Hall of Fame career as a college basketball coach, but even he had limits. He may have tapped a player under the chin and thrown an occasional chair, but I can never remember him assaulting a player to the extent that John O’Connor assaulted Matt Kravchuk of his Holy Family University men’s basketball team.
Kravchuk, a sophomore, was participating in an intense 1-on-1 rebounding drill in late January when O’Connor lost his cool and shoved him over, causing him to hurt his wrist and drawing blood from his mouth. O’Connor has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, but after seeing Fox 29 in Philly’s exclusive footage of the incident it would be tough to imagine the coach not getting in serious trouble with the university and the law. Check it out:
LenDale White is still pissed off at the world — especially you, Pete Carroll. Remember when White unloaded on Carroll a few months ago after the Seahawks cut him? It would seem he’s still mad about that and a lot of other things. In fact, there aren’t very many people in the world LenDale likes at the moment.
TMZ caught up with the not-so-successful Broncos running back during All-Star Weekend and asked him about the new Concept 1 shoes that have been banned in the NBA because of what they are made with. White did what any normal person would do and responded by giving the world a big “f*** you.” You can check out the video here. This is just a guess, but he seemed hammered to me. Here’s what LenDale had to say about the sneakers:
If it ain’t Chauncey Billups or Kobe Bryant … f*ck ’em. Or if it ain’t the Denver Broncos or Chris Johnson … f*ck ’em. Or D-Byrd … or the Trojans … minus Pete Carroll — f*ck you.”
That’s exactly how I feel about the Concept 1 sneaker situation. Screw Pete Carroll.
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If you weren’t watching the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night, I can’t say I blame you. Personally, the competition has become too much about gimmicks and less about actual skill to keep my interest. There were, however, a few sights worth seeing. Blake Griffin’s dunk over the car (even if it was only over the hood) was impressive, but the most difficult dunk of the night was JaVale McGee throwing down two slams at once on 13-foot hoops. McGee should have won the contest, but Blake Griffin was such a heavy favorite that the judges undoubtedly felt pressure to make him the winner. Check out the video of all the dunks from the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, courtesy of YouTube user roengsakcartwright:
Anyone out there not think McGee got robbed? Better yet, does anyone care?
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Why do we need to police the media when Kobe Bryant can do it for us? Speaking after winning MVP of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, 24 said he was bouncing around and energized in the game because of all the young players around him. FOXSports.com writer and notoriously controversial columnist Jason Whitlock followed up with something pretty ridiculous. Check out this video via CBS Sports and Matt Moore on twitter:
I’m glad Kobe set things straight and that Whitlock asked the question in person to get shot down. Had he not been in attendance for the press conference, we may have been looking at a 1000-word essay on how Kobe was indirectly bitching at the front office for not getting him more help. That’s one mini-controversy we managed to avoid, and we can thank the Mamba for it.