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Fat Sixers Fan Shakes it up with Earth-Shattering Dance (Video)

The Sixers may have lost to the Heat Thursday night, but don’t tell it to this fan:

Paint on his stomach? Was he planted there? Seems intentional but I’ll take it.

Thanks to Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks and The 700 Level for the video

Kevin Garnett Called ‘Punk and a Coward’ by Anonymous Player

Hate for Kevin Garnett from opposing players? He’s been beat up for being a dirty player so many times this year it’s almost lost it’s appeal. Almost.

Red’s Army called our attention to ESPN the Magazine’s Player X feature where the anonymous player writing for the magazine takes aim at KG. What else is new?

The anonymous player writes “Garnett is a punk and a coward. I know, I know. Easy for me to say behind this column. Don’t worry, I’ll tell him to his face, too. And I’m not the only one who thinks that: If you’re not on his team, chances are you hate the guy.”

That’s very true — we often hear that sentiment about passionate players. With players like KG, you love him if he’s on your team but hate him if he’s not. This anonymous player adds that if you stand up to KG and stare him down, or if you’re bigger than him, then he’s going to back down. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’d sure like to see it happen. I’m sick of KG talking and I’m sure many other people are as well.

Let’s look at his history:

KG certainly is a punk, I’m not sure if he’s a coward, and there’s no doubt his trash talk gives him a competitive advantage on the floor. Even the anonymous player recognized that. Thanks to our man Sugar Shane for sharing the story.

Lamar Odom Upset with Bill Plaschke Column Questioning Effect of Reality Show

It’s been an up-and-down week for Lakers forward Lamar Odom who was both rewarded and questioned by the media. Odom won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award Tuesday and was able to celebrate by reading a column questioning him. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times wrote about Lamar’s reality TV show Khloe & Lamar, said it portrayed Odom as soft, and wondered if it was making Lamar play poorly. Keep in mind this is the same show Lamar wanted to quit after three days because it was too much for him.

Some of the criticism from Plaschke included calling the show a “cheesy series” and labeling Khloe Kardashian a “D-League celebrity.” Then Plaschke talked about Lamar getting pushed around on the show by the Kardashian women. He wrote “I’m wondering how Odom can watch or hear about himself portrayed in this manner, then go out and easily become the aggressor on the basketball court.” He says the show makes Odom look soft and he argues that its release should have been delayed until after the postseason. It was a powerful column with a lot of strong criticisms and it was poorly received by Odom.

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Jared Jeffries Replaces Carmelo Anthony as Public Enemy No. 1 in New York

After the Knicks lost Game 1 of their series to the Celtics, fans were prepared to disown Carmelo Anthony and ship him off to Minnesota. But between the no-call on Melo’s airball to the intentional trip by Kevin Garnett, the fans eased up. What also helped was seeing Melo go for 42 points with 17 rebounds in Game 2 of the series.

Melo stepped up with Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups both hurt, but this time it was Jared Jeffries who had a final possession blunder. Check out this video of the finish to see where it got away from the Knicks:

Jeffries had the ball taken away from him by Kevin Garnett when he should have gone up strong, just like LBS contributor Arsen noted. The team was only down one at that point and could have gone ahead either with a layup or free throws, yet they blew it. I’m guessing Knicks fans will regret making this video for Jeffries after that performance. They’re down 0-2 in the series but should have plenty of confidence heading home.

NBA TV Ratings: Bobcats and Bucks Attendance Higher Than TV Viewership

The NBA’s local TV ratings are in and some of the numbers are not pretty. As expected, some of the top teams in the league have very good ratings while the teams at the bottom are struggling mightily. Actually, struggling mightily would be an understatement. The Nets posted a rating of 0.29, so yeah — literally nobody cares about the Nets yet despite Mikhail Prokhorov’s tough talk.

Deadspin called our attention to the most alarming note from Sports Business Journal‘s ratings (which can be seen in their entirety here).  The Charlotte Bobcats averaged 15,846 fans per home game this season.  That number certainly isn’t great, but it’s not terrible as it ranks 21st in the league.  The Milwaukee Bucks averaged an attendance of 15,412, which put them at 23rd in the league.  What’s embarrassing is that both of these teams averaged less household viewership than attendance, with Milwuakee bringing in an average of 13,000 viewers and Charlotte 12,000.

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Yao Ming Pimping BMW Plug-in Hybrid

Yao Ming apparently has a long standing relationship with BMW and now he’ll be pimping one of their cars. The Rockets made an appearance at the Shanghai auto show and helped BMW unveil a plug-in hybrid sedan based on the 5 Series. Right now it’s an electronic concept car that is set to go into production in 2013. It will be produced by BMW’s partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.

Yao missed nearly the entire season after re-injuring his foot in November. The 7’6″ center will be a free agent this summer.

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Doug Collins Knows Miami Heat Are Superior to 76ers

Don’t accuse Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins of being unrealistic because the man is not stupid. After watching his team get outclassed in Miami Monday evening 94-73 by the Heat, he spoke in a matter-of-fact tone to the media.

“If they’re playing great, they’re a better team. OK? If they’re playing on top of their game, they’re a better team,” Collins stated. “They won 58 we won 41. That doesn’t mean that we’re not going to play, compete and fight. But when they come out and defend they way they did, and Bosh and LeBron play the way they did, and Joel Anthony gives them the lift off the bench defensively that he did, it’s going to be very difficult for us to beat them.”

Just because the Heat were on top of their game Monday doesn’t mean they’re going to win the Finals, and it certainly doesn’t mean they’ve already won this series. Games are completely different at home compared to on the road, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves just because the Heat have played well. But like Collins said, the Heat are simply better when they’re on.

The question is can the Sixers disrupt Miami somewhat when the series goes to Philly for the next two games. I think so, and we’ll likely see close games like Game 1 of the series.

Here’s the video clip of Collins speaking after the loss.