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Rajon Rondo Elbow Injury Video

We have a whole category of nasty injuries here at LBS, and it pains us anytime we see a play that goes there. Sadly for the Celtics, point guard Rajon Rondo was dragged down in the third quarter of Game 3 by Dwyane Wade and dislocated his elbow.

The good news is the dislocated elbow was popped back in by the medical staff and Rondo prepared to reenter the game for Boston. I knew Rondo was a gamer, but he proved how tough he is by returning from that nasty injury.

Phil Jackson Gets Upset with Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol has been completely absent during the playoffs and has struggled to produce against the Mavericks. We may have the reason why Gasol is playing without much fire, but that hasn’t stopped Phil Jackson from trying to slap him out of it. Literally. Phil got physical with Pau during Game 3 in Dallas, confronting him several times when Pau went to the bench. Let’s roll the tape:

I got the sense earlier in the series that Pau was deferring to Kobe too much and wasn’t really acting for himself. It seemed like he was conditioned to think “I don’t have to do anything because Kobe is our leader. I’ll do my job and get the ball to him.” With that sort of mentality, you lose aggression and don’t hunt down shots on your own. That’s what seemed to be going on with Pau, but the problem is the team has needed him and he hasn’t delivered.

Dirk Nowitzki is handling him on both sides of the floor and completely outclassing him. It’s a sad state of affairs and not one I expected to see from Gasol. It certainly isn’t what Phil expected, and that’s why he’s trying to shake some life into his star forward.

Derrick Rose Gets MVP Chants from Atlanta Hawks Crowd (Video)

Someone needs to remind the Atlanta Hawks fans which team they’re supposed to cheer for, because having MVP chants for an opposing player shouldn’t happen in your own building. Check out this embarrassing video of Derrick Rose MVP chants breaking out at Phillips Arena, courtesy of Mock Session:

Pitcher Cliff Lee once said Philly fans don’t need a teleprompter to tell them when to cheer. After seeing that, I’m beginning to think Hawks fans may need one to tell them when not to. What a joke.

Bomani Jones Rips on LeBron’s Hairline Again (Video)

Two weeks ago, media personality Bomani Jones filmed a humorous video for The Score where he criticized LeBron James for trying to cover up his jacked up hairline. One of Bomani’s greatest lines came on twitter when he said looking at LeBron’s hairline made him want to listen to some Wu-Tang Clan. I never really had thought about it until Bomani kept bringing it up, and now it’s all in my head.

When Bomani won Around the Horn on Friday, he took the opportunity to sound off on LeBron once again. Here’s the video courtesy of Sports Grid:

Will Inspectah Deck come to save the day? The world may never find out.

Are Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant Fighting Over Girl Trouble?

The Los Angeles Lakers are down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks and face a pivotal Game 3 Friday night. It’s looking bleak for the Lakers and a lot of their problems seem to be related to “trust issues,” as Andrew Bynum described it.

Many people didn’t know what to think of Bynum’s postgame comments, but it’s painfully obvious the Lakers aren’t playing the brand of basketball that’s gotten them to three straight NBA Finals and netted them back-to-back championships.

A lot of the Lakers’ struggles have been pinned on their superstar power forward, Pau Gasol. Pau’s averaging just 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game against Dallas in the postseason and a putrid 13.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2010-11 playoffs, all below his All-Star worthy season. Now we’re hearing that Pau may be sulking because of personal problems that may also involve Kobe Bryant. The OC Register explains:

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Charles Barkley Breaks Club on First Tee

Charles Barkley is a notoriously bad golfer. He’s got one of the ugliest celebrity swings due to an inexplicable hitch in the middle of his swing.  So anytime Charles decides to pick up a club, comedy ensues. Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek was bound to be comedy gold and it didn’t disappoint.

When Barkley swings, he typically winds up and then stalls in the middle only to raise his club again, reset his feet and then try and cruch the ball as his body spins violently on one leg. It’s not the way they teach you but it is hilarious and normally the only thing that breaks Charles’ ego. On Wednesday, things didn’t go as smoothly.

On the very first tee of the day, Charles lined up the ball, shook his legs and… destroyed his golf club. Yes, his swing was so bad that the head on his driver came flying off and went down the fairway. Check out the video:

Charles blamed the clubs, saying that he left them out of the bag and they were frozen so when he hit the ball, err, the ground, it broke the club. Good thing they were free.

Video: Ron Artest Clotheslines J.J. Barea

The Lakers were losing to the Mavericks at the end of Game 2 when Ron Artest decided to go Ron Artest. In a move only someone as numbskulled as him could have conceived, Artest ran into Mavs guard J.J. Barea clothesline style.

Artest received a technical foul and ejection for his actions. I know some people will defend him and say he shouldn’t be suspended, but there’s little doubt in my mind that he should be. The game was no longer in question, there was 30 seconds left, and Artest’s intent to harm Barea was clear. That’s a lot different from a physical play or doing something in the heat of the moment. This was clearly planned out by Artest and he should have to pay the price. Sadly, with the way he’s been playing, it might not be the worst thing for the Lakers if he missed Game 3.

UPDATE: As the Mavericks were getting ready to finish a sweep of the Lakers, Andrew Bynum leveled Barea with an even worse cheap shot.