Nate Robinson Tweets with Pete Carroll About Trying Out for Seahawks

Earlier in July Nate Robinson talked about trying to play football during the NBA lockout. Robinson played football in college at Washington before switching exclusively to basketball, so he has talent. Turns out he may be serious about the venture.

Robinson tweeted at Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday to ask for a tryout and Carroll played along.

Carroll responded to Robinson’s request for a tryout saying “I always knew you had skills, that’s why we tried to get you before… you still got em?”

Robinson replied “Yes coach I do.”

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Is Amar’e Stoudemire Getting Carried Away with the Fashion Thing?

Amar’e Stoudemire is big into fashion, and that’s perfectly alright.  Even massive athletes care about the way they and other people dress.  Amar’e recently joined Big Lead Sports and will be writing about fashion and sports in his free time, but is his latest Twitter avatar a little much?  Check it out:

Pink pants? Pink book? A photo of Amar’e being photographed?  People harass the crap out of Tom Brady for doing similar stuff, so fair is fair.  At least we know Stoudemire has a career lined up if he ever decides to buy a half-dozen Siberian Tigers and blow his New York Knicks money.

Kevin Durant Lights Up Rucker Park (Video)

NBA All-Star Kevin Durant gave the fans of New York City a thrill Monday night when he showed up for a game at the famed Rucker Park. Durant was playing for his DC Power team and fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing at the storied venue. New York Post reporter Joseph Staszewski says Durant scored 66 points on 9-11 three-point shooting. His team won a close game thanks to a monster three-pointer he nailed. Check out the video courtesy of Staszewski, as shared by I am a GM:

After the game, Durant tweeted “No lie, just had one of the best times of my life at Rucker park..wow! I love NY.”

Who needs the NBA when they can just televise streetball games? These park games aren’t the real thing, but we’ll take our highlights any way we can get em.

Kobe Bryant: People Need to Back Off LeBron James

Kobe Bryant sat down with George Smith for an interview during the Sunday Night Conversation. Kobe, who’s fresh off showing his soccer skills, was asked about the way the Lakers’ season ended. He admitted the Lakers lost to a team that was playing better than they were. He also said he watched the finals between the Mavericks and Heat. That prompted a question about the venom LeBron received. Kobe defended LeBron.

“I think people need to lay off that kid. That’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well from playing with the Olympic team. I think people need to just back off of him and just let him play, let him live his life. Let him make his decisions. Let him mature as a player. It’s tough to be under the microscope like that all the time. I would like everybody to just kind of back off of him and let him play.”

You might think that Kobe was defending his fellow puppeteer because of their endorsement ties, but I think it’s more than that. Recall this is actually the second time Kobe defended the Heat players this season.

Kobe knows what it’s like to be the best player in the league and have everything you do get scrutinized. It’s not fun I’m sure, and it really wears on a person. I’ve said before that we’re ruining our superstars with all our criticism. That’s probably why Kobe wants everyone to back off and let LeBron be.

George Karl: 1996 Sonics Were Top 20 Team in NBA History

If you’re scratching your head right now thinking that’s a pretty bold statement, you’re not alone. When you think of the best teams in NBA history you immediately think of the Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, and maybe the dominant 76ers or Bucks. But you probably don’t think of the Seattle Sonics.

Former coach George Karl thinks you should.

Karl was on hand for Sonics night at Safeco Field in Seattle Friday night and he joined Dave Sims in the broadcast booth on Root Sports. He was asked for his standout moment in Seattle and mentioned his ’95-’96 Sonics team.

“Playing in the championship round in the NBA Finals against Chicago and Michael’s team. I thought our team and their team should be in the Top 20 teams in NBA history even though we didn’t win a championship. They won 73 games and we won 64.

If Nate McMillan would have been healthy I thought it would have been a very equal series. The opportunity to play in the Finals is an honor and a privilege — it’s amazing how few people get to be in that situation.”

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Lockout Could Result in NBA Players Passing on London Olympics

If you are one of those people who enjoys Olympic basketball and still thinks about the Dream Team, the NBA lockout could put a kink in your plans. If the lockout continues and the upcoming NBA season is cancelled, the Players’ Association will almost certainly pressure the players to bail on the 2012 USA Olympic team.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the NBA and USA Olympic team are too intertwined for NBA players to take part in the 2012 London Games. He refers to Team USA as a “David Stern production,” adding that while it will be a sticky public relations situation there’s no way NBA players and coaches could represent Team USA while the labor situation is uncertain. Jerry Colangelo, the managing director for USA Basketball, works under Stern. Additionally, the NBA’s biggest sponsor is Nike, which is also the top sponsor of Team USA.

After a disappointing 2004 performance in Greece that resulted in a bronze medal, the star power returned to Team USA and Mike Krzyzewski led a rejuvenated squad to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. While USA Basketball will not be a top priority until a new NBA collective bargaining agreement is hammered out, it would be disappointing to see USA Basketball take yet another fall from grace.

H/T to I am a GM

Note: This post also appeared at Yardbarker’s Olympics Blog Medal Detector.

Amar’e Stoudemire to Join Big Lead Sports, Talk Sports and Fashion

One lockout has ended and another is looming.  Now that football is back, we get to rest our heads — very briefly for NBA fans.  The most significant difference that we can see so far between the NFL and NBA lockout situations is NBA players talking about playing overseas.  Personally, I find this annoying.  No one cares about Ron Artest possibly maybe sort of thinking about playing in Finland.  Kobe and LeBron will both be on NBA rosters when the situation is sorted out, so why waste our time talking about it.

While everyone else tries to figure out if it’s worth signing with a European team to play in the fall, Amar’e Stoudemire has decided to come over to our world.  By that I mean the Knicks franchise forward is going to be banging some keys and joining the blog world.  According to the NY Post, Stoudemire has made a deal with Big Lead Sports to launch his own website in exchange for a revenue-sharing agreement and small equity stake in the company.

Stoudemire will reportedly talk sports and fashion and aim to help make fantasy basketball more popular in an educational way.

“This is definitely a great opportunity,” he told the Post on Tuesday. “From fantasy basketball, it’s a great way to learn math without you even knowing it.”

Educational? That might be a stretch, but there’s no denying this is great news for the blogosphere.  Having athletes on-board with what we do is huge.  I’m not sure how much success Amar’e can have in growing fantasy basketball, but an NBA All-Star as a blog contributor can only mean good things for all of us.