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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.

Boston Celtics Robbed After April Loss to Miami Heat

Boston Celtics fans already felt like their team was robbed when Paul Pierce was ejected during the Game 1 defeat to the Miami Heat. Now we know they have a legitimate gripe because the team really was robbed after an April loss to the Heat during the regular season.

Yahoo! Sports reports that when the Celtics boarded their team bus to leave American Airlines Arena they realized “Someone had snuck onto the bus and stolen cash and belongings from the coaches’ and players’ bags.” It was apparently pretty bad — a lot of money was taken.

It doesn’t get much worse than that. Talk about a serious kick to the balls huh? Athletes are already prime targets for crimes because they are wealthy, have expensive belongings, and because people know their schedule. This just sounds like outright thievery and it totally sucks. Let’s just hope nobody made off with an AK-47 assault weapon during this heist.

Derrick Rose’s Touching MVP Award Acceptance Speech (Video)

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose became the league’s youngest player ever to win an NBA MVP Award. Rose captured 93% of the first-place votes and was a cinch choice for the trophy. People were wondering how his acceptance speech would go because Rose is known as a shy and quiet person. Despite his humble and reserved personality, he absolutely nailed his speech.

It starts at the two minute mark in this video, but make sure you don’t miss the part where he starts talking about his mother at the 5:00 mark. Here’s Derrick Rose’s MVP acceptance speech:

There is little doubt that Rose was on the mark with his speech. What’s also cool is Rose’s Adidas commercial after winning the MVP Award. Prior to the season, Rose suggested it was possible for him to win the award. Turns out he was right. Here’s that cool video:

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LeBron James Left Off Nine MVP Ballots

Derrick Rose won the NBA’s MVP Award in a landslide vote making him the youngest MVP Award winner in league history. Dwight Howard finished second, LeBron James was third, and Kobe and Kevin Durant rounded out the top five. Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the voting — aside from Rose taking 93% of the first place votes — is that LeBron James was left off nine ballots.

That’s right, nine people didn’t think LeBron was a top five most valuable player in the league this year. Three people felt the same way about second-place finisher Dwight Howard. You can see the results of the voting below:

The people who didn’t have LeBron or Dwight on their ballots should have their votes revoked. How can you have followed the NBA this year and not felt those two men were top five players? LeBron was the back-to-back league MVP and his skills certainly did not diminish this season. His scoring was down by three points but the rest of his production was the same and he was still the most efficient player in the league.

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JaVale McGee Has an Alter-Ego and He’s Now Pierre … or Something Like that

Wizards big man JaVale McGee just completed his third year in the NBA. The former first-round pick out of Nevada gained some notoriety for dueling against Blake Griffin in the Slam Dunk contest in February. I have a feeling you’ll be remembering him for a different reason now.

On April 28th, weeks after the regular season ended, McGee announced on his twitter “My alter-ego this summer is Pierre… If u see me out I’m only answering to that.” True to his word, McGee has remained in character since making that proclamation. Here are some of his tweets since then:

Time for Pierre to hit these abs … Pierre is the smooth operator. JaValeMcGee is the monster you’ve grown to know on the court … puttin them wieghts upPIERRE Doesn’t dream cuz hes living one”

This guy is really taking his whole Pierre alter-ego pretty seriously and it’s somewhat worrisome. I really don’t even know what to make of it. I guess it only confirms what we already knew — JaVale McGee is pretty self-centered. Hopefully the same cannot be said about Pierre.

Dallas Mavericks Overcome Dumbest Ending to a First Half to Beat Lakers

The Dallas Mavericks were lucky to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their playoff series Monday night, and not just because Shawn Marion was playing with a cut above his eye. The Mavs had one of the worst endings to a first half of basketball I’ve ever seen. Honestly, the fouls committed by Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki to end the half were two of the dumbest you’ll ever see.

Terry was trying to play aggressive defense on Lamar Odom who was getting ready for a half-court heave with less than a second left. He ended up fouling Odom and giving him three free throws. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Dirk got whistled for a technical after he threw an elbow at Ron Artest on Odom’s third free throw. I understand fighting for position, but let’s be real — there was less than a second left — what was going to happen?

The Dallas Mavericks literally gave away four points to the Lakers to end the half and ended up down 53-44 instead of 49-44. Luckily they won the game otherwise you could point to those four points as the biggest culprit. Honestly, the Mavs may want to open up a loan company if they keep giving away points for free like that. That was truly embarrassing and the team won’t be able to get away with those mental mistakes the rest of the series.

You can see a replay of both stupid fouls at the :50 mark in this video:

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Shawn Marion Cut Himself Walking into a Glass Door

Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was lucky he didn’t have the difficult assignment of guarding Kobe Bryant for all of Game 1 Monday night. From the sounds of things, he has much more simple tasks to worry about.

Marion was sporting a noticeable cut above his right eyelid that required a few stitches. Marion explained he hurt himself leaving the hotel Friday morning after Dallas closed out their first-round series against Portland.

“I got into a battle with a glass door and the glass door won,” Marion said. “Dead serious. It was an accident. I was in a rush trying to get on the bus and I slipped and I had my glasses on and I cut my eye.”

So he got cut because his glasses broke. Non-prescription fashion statement glasses.

Even though Marion loses points for wearing pointless glasses, he regained them by getting stitched up by a team doctor on the plane. That’s pretty hard, Shawn, but it still doesn’t keep you from joining this infamous list.

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