Wanna know a secret to getting a spot here on LBS? Do something really radical with permanent ink on your body and you’re guaranteed a mention. That’s how this Steelers fan made it on LBS — he got a tattoo of Brett Keisel across his forearm. Same thing with the Canucks fan who lost a bet to his friend and got a Bruins tattoo on his leg.
The 2011 NBA Draft was full of foreign players with whom most of us are unfamiliar. Jan Vesely probably would have been just as unknown as all the other foreign players if it weren’t for the big smooch he shared with girlfriend Eva Kodouskova after he was drafted. Check it out:
Jan is a forward from the Czech Republic and his girlfriend plays for the country’s national team, according to SB Nation D.C. Explaining their passionate kiss, Jan told reporters “It’s my girfriend. It was a big moment for me and for her for my family, so I don’t know. It was just casual, so I don’t know what to say.”
Welp, the good news is at least his English is in top form. Plus, it could have been worse — at least he wasn’t been blown off for a kiss like this guy was.
Whenever former coach and current analyst Jeff Van Gundy talks about the Orlando Magic, we pay extra close attention. Van Gundy’s brother is Stan Van Gundy who is the head coach at Orlando. Not only does Jeff speak honestly when providing analysis, but we figure his words reflect the thoughts of his brother when he talks about the Magic. As Orlando was getting ready to make its second round pick Thursday night at the draft, Jeff Van Gundy provided the following analysis of the team:
“They’ve gotten older, Rashard Lewis got older,” Van Gundy said. “Turkoglu in his second turn back did not play real well. They’ve had some injuries and some turnover. They’ve just have a lot of age creep in. I just think they have to get their chemistry right again. Clowns kill chemistry and they’ve got to get serious minded professionals who come ready to play every single night.”
It was the last part of his remarks that caught my attention. He’s saying that chemistry is a problem with the Magic that needs to be fixed. When he talks about clowns on the team, there’s only one person that comes to mind: Gilbert Arenas. Arenas is the same guy who talked about faking an injury to avoid being booed, and who recently live-tweeted a blind date gone wrong. Gilbert tried to change his persona and become all business last year but now he’s back to being a joker.
Now Van Gundy could be talking about newcomers like Jason or Quentin Richardson with his remark, but I’m pretty sure Arenas is in the group too. He got traded to Orlando mid-season and has a reputation as a clown. I’m guessing that Dwight Howard’s plea to have Gilbert play more won’t come to fruition after hearing this.
The same phrases are uttered ad nauseum on draft night. It doesn’t matter if it’s the NBA or the NFL draft, you hear all the same words to describe prospects. It’s usually “upside,” or “freak ability,” or “intangibles,” that are commonly mentioned. Our friend Matt Moore listed all the key phrases before the draft on twitter, and he wrote about it last year. The Sports Bank also created a drinking game for this year’s draft. Well one of the common gimmicks is taking a drink anytime the word “wingspan” is mentioned. The joke is so widespread that analyst Jay Bilas referenced it on TV, as Miami radio host Jorge Sedano pointed out. Check out the video:
We’ve given Bilas a hard time in the past, but after seeing that, I may have to give him a break. He’s definitely a good sport.
Thanks to Sedano Show for the tip
Kyrie Irving became the top overall pick in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland had one of the worst teams in the League, a year after having the best regular season record. Their dropoff was the result of losing LeBron James to Miami. The Cavs got lucky by winning the lottery which gave them the first and fourth picks in the draft. Irving will be viewed as the team’s next franchise player, resulting in immense pressure. That was the role LeBron James used to have for Cleveland. Thankfully, neither Irving nor Derrick Williams wants to follow his model:
When both players gave their answers, they weren’t taking shots at LeBron. Rather, they were responding to questions from reporters looking to hear their thoughts. Kyrie gave the obvious answer, saying he’s not anything like LeBron as a player. Williams’ reply seemed to revolve around the reputation James has developed. Both are wise to distance themselves from James; not only did he upset the city of Cleveland, but turning the Cavs into one of the best teams in the NBA the way James did is unlikely.
Ron Artest, one of the wackiest dudes in the NBA, has done something you would expect him to do — he’s trying to change his name to “Metta World Peace.” According to TMZ, “Ron’s filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court to change his name to — World Peace.”
We already know what “world peace” means, so naturally you’re asking what “metta” is. Metta apparently is a Buddhist term for the virtue of kindness.
Artest’s representative has confirmed the story to the Mason & Ireland show. The best part is Ron wants to have “Peace” written on the back of his jersey, apparently in aspirations of being like Chad Ochocinco who did the same thing. When it comes to Artest, should this really surprise us?
I actually would have been disappointed if Artest hadn’t come up with something like this.
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is one of the highest-profile players in this year’s NBA draft. We say he’ll be a borderline starter in our NBA draft guide (a must-read), and it’s possible he could go in the top 10 now that Sacramento has moved up in the draft. Jimmer will be a popular player wherever he goes (or at least well known), and his girlfriend, Whitney Wonnacott, seems to be as psyched for the draft as any prospect out there.
On Monday she tweeted “Seriously can’t wait to get to New York.” The next day she wrote “Time to pack. 3:00 am wake up call. SO EXCITED! Thursday can’t come soon enough.” And of course on draft day she said “HAPPY DRAFT DAY!! Goodluck to my boy jimmerfredette such an exciting day!”
So why do we bring Whitney up? Beside every great draft pick is a woman (unless you’re a Pouncey twin), and how they act on draft day is critical. Remember when Brady Quinn’s girlfriend blew him off on a kiss because he slipped in the draft? Embarrass your man on national TV like that and you’ll end up dumped as she was. This is a time when you’re going to get the most television exposure in your life. Look good, keep it cool, and support your boyfriend. And don’t be afraid to play to the camera the way Greg McElroy’s sister did — at the least you’ll pick up a few hundred new followers on twitter.