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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Upset He Has No Statue Outside Staples Center

Generally in American society, we practice modesty. That’s just the way it is. Talking about your own accomplishments is usually seen as bragging or “tooting your own horn,” and that is something that is frowned upon in our culture. Why do you think people like LeBron James are so hated? Could it be because he says things like, “I’ve decided to take my talents to South Beach?” Yes, that’s exactly why.

Apparently Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would disagree with the aforementioned assesment of American culture.  Either that, or he’s so pissed off that he doesn’t care if he sounds like a jerk by bragging.  Kareem recently told The Sporting News in an interview that he has no idea why the Lakers have yet to construct a statue of him outside the Staples Center, especially considering that every person in the world of sports seems to be getting one these days.

“I don’t understand (it). It’s either an oversight or they’re taking me for granted,” Abdul-Jabbar explained in the interview. “I’m not going to try to read people’s minds, but it doesn’t make me happy. It’s definitely a slight. I feel slighted.”

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Enough of the Forced Apologies, Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Andrew Bynum

Wthe immediacy of modern technology, it is way too easy to write something or disseminate information that will be regretted about 3½ seconds later. (Please see: many of the other articles I have written.) Imagine if the requisite hackneyed apology existed throughout history. Nero: “Perhaps in retrospect, I probably should have done something else but play a lousy musical instrument while Rome burned to the ground.” Ivan The Terrible: “I got a bad rap. It’s not like I chose that nickname.” Attila the Hun: “I’m sorry for my actions. This is not how a barbarian is supposed to act.” Fortunately for these figures, immediacy of communication was a little spotty. Perhaps if there were YouTube clips of the Massacre of Novgorod or CNN footage of the Battle of Châlons, then things would have been different. (Feel free to Google the references.) Anyway, the recordings would be grainy. Flash forward to the present generation, where actions are posted and relived on the Internet before the left brain has had a chance to figure out what the right brain just did.

Sports figures give modern society innumerable chances to teach lessons to others by repeatedly completing the sentence, “See what happens when you…” To break it down into perplexes and oh no’s, the general playbook of athlete stupidity usually reads the same way: 1) Commit Stupidity 2) Wait for public backlash 3) Make heart-felt/gun-in-the-back apology at the request of media/PR person 4) Enumerate the number of people and entities you’ve let down and how you’d like to learn/move on from said foolishness and no longer answer any questions on the topic so as to not revisit the past (where have you gone, George Santayana?).

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David Kahn Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for Suggesting Lottery is Fixed

At some point on Tuesday night, the discussion about the NBA draft lottery shifted away from the Cleveland Cavaliers winning two of the top four picks in the draft to David Kahn’s humorous accusation. Kahn, the Timberwolves GM, is known for making asinine remarks such as his assertion that Darko Milicic was similar to Chris Webber. After Webber expressed indignation with the comments, Kahn called him a schmuck. No surprise the notorious mouth of Kahn has opened once again, and this time it let out some words that will likely involve a six-figure fine by NBA commissioner David Stern.

After ending up with the second overall pick despite being the favorite to receive the top overall pick (they had a 25% chance to win the lottery), Kahn said “This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines. Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: ‘We’re toast.’ This is not happening for us and I was right.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves Sell Out $2 Season Tickets After Promotion

The Minnesota Timberwolves may get mocked because of GM David Kahn’s questionable decisions, but there definitely is one thing the franchise does well and that is create ticket promotions. Two years ago we praised them for lowering prices, and now we have to applaud them for their fourth annual “Pay the Pick” promotion.

Here’s how the promotion works: “Fans will have the opportunity to purchase an upper level season ticket that corresponds to the Wolves first-round draft selection — as low as $1 per seat per game if the team gets the No. 1 pick and capped at $4 per seat per game. Fans need to purchase their tickets prior to the NBA Draft Lottery to take advantage of the “Pay the Pick” promotion.”

Does it get any easier than that? At the maximum, season tickets were going to cost $164 and at minimum they would be $41. Season tickets turned out to be $82 for anyone who bought the “Pay the Pick” promotion which is something that yields few complaints. In fact, we learned that it was promptly sold out.

Between this, lowering prices, and their canned food giveaway, the T-Wolves sure know how to run a ticket promotion. Now if they can just do something about the product on the court …

Briefcase bump to Darren Rovell for the story

Nick Gilbert Earns Street Cred with ‘Gang Sign’ After Cavs Win NBA Draft Lottery

The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to have Nick Gilbert represent them at the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night. Nick is the son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, and the 14-year-old was born with a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. Not only did Nick raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis with his appearance, but he also won the hearts of viewers with his charisma. Oh yeah, he also picked up some nice street credit by throwing up what some people interpreted to be a gang sign.

For instance, Wizards center JaVale Mcgee, tweeting under his alter-ego of “Pierre,wrote on twitter “He just thru up gang signs for the number 1 pick…. Dan Gilbert son a gangsta.”

Like I said, kid picked up some serious street cred with his appearance. Oh yeah, he also helped the Cavs (with his good luck?) get the #1 and #4 pick in the draft. The top pick came from the Clippers in the Baron Davis trade and it only had a 2.8% chance of winning. It’s OK, the Cavs will find a way to screw it up. If not because of their bad moves, but because the pick is partially cursed because of its ties to the Clippers.

Picture courtesy of Jose 3030 on twitter who is a must follow if you already aren’t.

Charles Barkley: the Miami Heat are a ‘Whiny Bunch’

Charles Barkley has something to say about the Miami Heat? I know, it’s shocking. The same guy who sees no problem with college athletes taking money from agents and thinks truTV is the white BET is still flapping his gums about America’s most hated team.  At least Sir Charles has taken a step back from calling LeBron and company a bunch of punks.  In fact, Barkley’s latest comments actually make perfect sense for a change.

Pro Basketball Talk passed along Barkley’s insight about the Heat on Tuesday, in which he voices his belief that the Big Three paved the way for people to root against them, and not simply because they are great players.

“[The Heat players] say [the people in the media] don’t like the Miami Heat. First of all, that’s not true at all,” Barkley said. “Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple times this year, ‘Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].’ Please don’t flatter yourself. C’mon man.

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How Would Dirk Nowitzki’s Legacy Change if Dallas Mavericks Won the Title?

What if during the summer of LeBron, a regular season featuring Derrick Rose as MVP, and a streak of Finals between the Lakers and Celtics, it was the Dallas Mavericks who sneaked in and won the NBA Championship? Discarded as a bunch of losers and postseason chokers, could the sports world handle the Mavericks winning a title?

Dallas has been written off by most people and they’ve deserved it. Since blowing a 2-0 series lead to the Miami Heat in the ’06 Finals, the Mavericks have only won one playoff series while losing in the first round on three occasions. The glaring blemish on their list of postseason failures was a first-round series loss to the Golden State Warriors in the ’07 playoffs, the same year they had the best record in the NBA and Dirk won MVP.

Nobody I know of gave the Mavericks a shot to win it all this year. They tied the Lakers for the second-best record in the West (57-25), and had the fourth-best record in the NBA, but that was typical Dallas — good in the regular season, an easy out in the postseason. They were hardly considered a threat to do damage. But then something funny happened.

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