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Gilbert Arenas: Javaris Crittenton has Become ‘More Hood’

Call it the gun incident that will never die.  Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton cannot seem to get out from underneath their locker room gun controversy, and at this point there is no telling if they ever will.  As you may remember, Arenas recently hinted that the Wizards leaked the gun story and used it as a tool to end his career in Washington.

With Crittenton currently mixed up in a murder investigation, Mike Wise of the Washington Post passed along some tidbits from a conversation he had with Arenas a while back.  Here is what Gilbert had to say when he was asked if he had spoken to Crittenton since the incident which resulted in both of their suspensions.

“No, but I heard he became more hard,” Arenas said. “You know, like some people turn over a new leaf when something bad like that changes their life. I heard Javaris went the other way — he became more ’hood, more hardened in that way. I don’t know if that’s the case, but that’s what I heard.”

As Pro Basketball Talk pointed out, Crittenton doesn’t need to worry about Arenas’ comments influencing the murder investigation since it is second-hand information.  Still, those aren’t the types of rumors Javaris needs floating around about him when he is trying to clear his name — regardless of the source.

Video Highlights from Melo League vs. Goodman League Exhibition Game

Several NBA stars got together Tuesday night in Baltimore for a Melo League vs. Goodman League exhibition game at Morgan State University. As we told you on Saturday, Kevin Durant headlined the Goodman League team while LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul all starred for the Melo League squad. The Melo All-Stars won 149-141, getting 38 from LeBron and 36 from Carmelo. Kevin Durant lit it up for 59 points in a losing cause, representing the Washington D.C.-based team.

Here are some video highlights from the event shared by Ben Golliver at CBS Sports:

As you could tell, there wasn’t much defense being played (what gave that away, the 290 combined points scored?). Fans reportedly paid as much as $100 for tickets, so there’s little doubt they were excited to see offensive highlights. One fan even took video and got a little too excited about a Kevin Durant three pointer over LeBron. Check out the video:

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Brandon Jennings: Kobe Bryant Should Not Represent Drew League Team Because He Wasn’t Born in LA

Brandon Jennings has already made a name for himself in the NBA with his game, but he seems determined to make one with his mouth as well.  As we all know, Kobe Bryant has been doing what Kobe Bryant does while playing in the Drew League this summer.  The Drew League is based in Los Angeles.  Why do I tell you that?  Because apparently that matters significantly to Jennings.

According to ESPN’s Chris Palmer on Twitter via I Am a GM, Jennings does not think Kobe should represent the Drew League Team in competition with other leagues like D.C.’s Goodman Team since he was not born in L.A.

“People mad because I said Kobe shouldn’t play for the Drew League team cuz he wasn’t born in #LA,” Jennings wrote on Twitter. “So that’s a lie? I never said Kobe (shouldn’t) play in the Drew League I can careless. I’m talking about the Drew League TEAM! That hooped against DC.”

In other words Kobe shouldn’t be a part of the actual west coast vs. east coast rivalry because he is not originally from California.  He has, however, played for L.A.’s team for 15 seasons.  During that span he made 13 All-Star appearances, won five NBA titles, and earned two NBA Finals MVP awards.  If you can earn your way into representing the Drew League Team, I think Kobe has built an ample resume.  Jennings wants to take the next step with his NBA game and obviously he thinks going after Kobe in public can help get him there.

Clipper Fan Darrell Will Sleep Outside Staples Center in Protest of NBA Lockout

Clipper Darrell is one of the most notable fans in the NBA. You may recognize him from his custom made Clippers car or his custom made Clippers suit. He’s such a dedicated, enthusiastic fan that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once met with him and tried to hire him to work for Dallas. Darrell didn’t bite.

But Darrell’s not just a goofy guy with a suit; he’s a pioneer. He led a rally hoping to convince LeBron James to sign with the Clippers as a free agent, and he protested the team last season after their poor start. Now he’s organizing a sleepover at Staples Center to protest the NBA lockout.

Clipper Darrell first mentioned the sleepover protest on his twitter account August 16th. “I WANT BASKETBALL BACK!! The LA Clippers finally get a superstar & now it’s an NBA lockout. I WILL SLEEP @STAPLES starting OCT.1 ..are u in?” Clipper Darrell wrote. He’s been running a countdown to the sleepover, mentioning it every few days. He’s even trying to recruit other people to join him “All NBA fans arena & restaurant employees camera people & anybody else this affects on Oct 1 protest lockout sleep over Staples Center.”

Darrell says he won’t leave Staples Center until the lockout ends but I don’t buy it. What he doesn’t realize is that this is going to go on through at least the end of the year. No way he goes Ghandi on everyone and remains at Staples for months — it’s just not going to happen.

Darrell talked a big game when he said he was protesting the Clippers but he only lasted one half. Also, his efforts (much like his recruitment of LeBron) are misguided. Sleeping out at Staples Center won’t change the labor situation; it’s just a waste of time. But it’s funny watching Darrell trying to rally the troops.

LeBron James to Join Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant in Baltimore Exhibition

While players like Kevin Durant, Brandon Jennings, and Kobe Bryant have been active playing in summer leagues the last several weeks, LeBron James has been quiet. He did go on tour in Asia (and got embarrassed by a Taiwanese player), but until now we haven’t heard much about him playing in rec leagues. The Washington Post says LeBron will play for Carmelo Anthony’s team in a Melo League vs. Goodman League all-star exhibition Tuesday.

LeBron, Melo, and Chris Paul will highlight the Melo League team while Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Jennings will represent the Goodman League team. Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls says he plans to bring Ater Majok and Arinze Onuaku as well. Donte Greene, Gary Neal, Josh Selby, Eric Bledsoe have also committed to the Melo League team.

The game was initially scheduled to take place Sunday but was postponed until Tuesday because of Hurricane Irene. They still need to decide on a venue, but it should be a fun game. Oh yeah, and feel free to resume the “Chris Paul to the Knicks” talk. It seems like the two flirt with each other every summer.

Jimmer Fredette Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott

Welcome to 2011, where athletes share the news of their engagements on the public forum of Twitter. Former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette did just that Friday night and shared this picture for proof:

Jimmer added the following commentary to the picture “I’m officially engaged everyone. She said yes and she was completely surprised! It was perfect!!” Please, like she was really going to say no. Whitney Wonnacott, a BYU cheerleader, has been loyally by his side since college. Congratulations to the couple. Now we have to wonder how Jimmer will be able to afford a honeymoon with a lockout ongoing.

Ron Artest’s Metta World Peace Name Change Delayed Due to Traffic Warrants

Ron Artest headed to court Friday morning to officially change his name to “Metta World Peace.” Because nothing is as easy as it should be for Ron Ron, the change was not approved.

Reporters were informed that Artest has some outstanding traffic warrants to clear before the change can take effect. His next court date is for September 16th, which could interfere with his busy British soap opera schedule.

So after months of build up, the plan has been postponed because of the most Ron Artest reason possible. Come on Ron, pay your parking tickets bro!