Golden State Warriors Hosting First Ever Bollywood Night with Got Curry Shirts

The Golden State Warriors may be a sub-.500 team, but that hasn’t changed how engaged their fans are. Warriors fans are amongst the most hardcore in the NBA and they routinely pack the house to watch a non-playoff contending team. They’re 13th in the league in attendance, and the team has come up with an extremely creative idea to promote its March 16th game. As I learned from Golden State of Mind writer Poor Man’s Commish, the team is promoting its first ever “Bollywood Night.”

The promotion includes a free Got Curry? shirt for the first 19,000 fans in attendance, $10 off all tickets, and a variety of Indian-themed entertainment.

The pregame performance will be by Aerodance, the national anthem will be performed by Anoop Desai, and the halftime performance by Bhangra Empire. Indian food will be available at concession stands, and Bollywood dances will be performed by the dance team. No doubt this is one of the most interesting themed nights for a team I’ve seen. The question is whether or not it will work and whether the fans will enjoy. That will be curious to see.

Ron Artest Runs a Fan Over, Spills Beer Everywhere (Video)

Have you ever sat in the front row at a sporting event with a beer in hand? If you can answer yes to that question, I’d be willing to bet the thought of wearing your beer by the end of the game has crossed your mind at some point. The fear became a reality for a fan named Bob from San Antonio on Sunday, only his incident was a little worse. When a player came crashing into Bob, he ended up with a cup of coffee all over his white shirt. Check out the video of Ron Artest running over a fan, courtesy of Black Sports Online via SI Hot Clicks:

With how much people are paying for courtside seats these days, you might think the ticket comes with a personal butler.  Unfortunately for Bob, that isn’t the case.  Needless to say he’ll be on his toes for a full 48 minutes if he ever has floor seats to a basketball game again.

Chris Paul Collision Video Looked Worse than it Was

The New Orleans Hornets were wearing their Mardi Gras jerseys on Sunday against the Cavaliers but it wasn’t a party for star point guard Chris Paul. Midway through the third quarter CP3 was penetrating when he lost a handle on the ball and collided with Ramon Sessions trying to get it back. It was a nasty collision that looked awful, and it resulted in Paul getting carted off. Here’s the Chris Paul collision video:

Though Paul was carted off the court, he gave the thumbs up sign almost to indicate too big of a production was being made of his collision. Tests came back negative and Paul even flew out with his team to Chicago though he’ll miss the next game. He was diagnosed with a concussion and those can be tricky. It’s been enough to keep Sidney Crosby out for two months in Pittsburgh and enough to keep Justin Morneau out half a year for the Twins. Let’s hope Paul makes a quicker comeback than some other athletes do from concussions.

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Erik Spoelstra: Heat Players Crying in Locker Room After Loss to Bulls

The Miami Heat have a bit of a problem on their hands. Aside from the fact that they have lost four straight games and five out of their last six, they seem to lack leadership and guts. Furthermore, statistics prove that they have struggled mightily in clutch situations this season.  Not to worry, Heat fans — the players are very upset over their current skid.

Miami lost a heart-breaker to the Bulls on Sunday afternoon, with the same issues plaguing the Heat as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both had chances to win the game in its final seconds and failed to get the job done.  According to Erik Spoelstra, the team took the loss pretty hard — perhaps too hard.

Sports by Brooks Live called our attention to the following tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel:

There’s nothing wrong with showing some emotion, but what ever happened to toughing it out and turning things around?  The whole crying thing seems to be an emerging theme, as evidenced by Chris Bosh’s postgame press conference when the Heat blew a 24-point lead to the Magic.  Assuming Spoelstra is telling the truth, Miami might want to consider drying the tears and trying a different approach.  However they’re choosing to deal with their losses right now obviously isn’t getting it done.

Jaylin Fleming, 11-Year-Old Baller (Video)

Every once in a while, a kid who isn’t even in junior high school yet comes along who’s better than I am at sports.  Thankfully it doesn’t happen that often, or I’d probably be a man with zero confidence.  Good thing there’s only one Jaylin Fleming.  The Chicago Tribune called our attention to the 5th grader, who can absolutely ball.  His handle alone will probably take him to the NBA one day.  Check out the Jaylin Fleming 11-year-old superstar video:

Kind of wish we got to see a jump shot, but maybe he doesn’t have one yet.  We may be looking at the next Rajon Rondo.

Elgin Baylor Drops Racial Discrimination Claim Against Donald Sterling

The lawsuit Elgin Baylor filed against the Los Angeles Clippers and owner Donald Sterling appears to be weakening. Sterling has been accused of racism multiple times in his tenure as Clippers owner.  Earlier this week, we questioned whether or not his Black History month ad — which was run in March instead of during Black History Month — was anything more than a PR stunt.  Baylor’s claim that Sterling had a “plantation mentality” in dealing with him as an employee is just one tidbit in an abundance of information that has turned people into skeptics.

On Friday, Baylor dropped the racial discrimination claim in his lawsuit against the Clippers.  The teams executive vice president and general manager from 1986-2008, Baylor filed a wrongful termination suit in February 2009 alleging wrongful termination due to his age and race.  According to Baylor’s attorney, Carl Douglas, the race claim was “going to survive” but Baylor chose to voluntarily dismiss it.  Like many of the racism accusations against Sterling, an ongoing game of “he said, she said” probably wasn’t going to cut it in the court room.

When you consider that Baylor worked for the Clippers for 22 years — four of which saw the team qualify for the postseason — it should come as no surprise that he voluntarily dropped the racial discrimination claim.  Proving age discrimination will also be a challenge considering he worked for the team into his 70s.

This is not the first racial discrimination suit against Sterling that has been settled, so a pattern has obviously developed over the years.  At this point, one has to either believe that Sterling is not a racist, or he’s just extremely effective in covering his tracks.

Matt Barnes, Snoop Dogg, and a Bong

Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been out nearly two months with a knee injury. On Thursday, he tweeted that he was hoping to be back on the court soon for the Lakers. He even shared a picture of himself with Snoop Dogg because he plans to wear Snoop’s Adidas shoes (which we previously profiled). Here’s the picture, and take notice of the tall, narrow glass item on the left:

I’m sure there’s a thousand good reasons why a water pipe is in the room, just like there was a good reason for the water pipe in Michael Phelps’ hands. I’m just saying it’s not the look you want, particularly coming from your own twitter account. Oh wait, I get it — Barnes’ account was hacked and the bong was photoshopped into the picture. Has to be it!