Former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen had a sculpture made in his likeness and the bust was unveiled at halftime of the Bulls-Celtics game Thursday night. The former seven-time All-Star and six-time NBA champ was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year, so having the statue made is just another honor in his post-career. The statue will be on permanent display in the United Center near Gate 7. Here are more pictures of Scottie Pippen’s bust from the Chicago Tribune.
As LBS reported earlier, Gloria James, mother of NBA superstar LeBron James, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly beating up a valet employee at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
LBS has obtained the official police report of the incident and it has some interesting details. The arrest was made at 5:15 AM on Thursday morning. We all know that unless you are going to work at that hour, nothing good can come of it.
The police report states that when the officer arrived on the scene, James’ SUV was trying to drive off. When he stopped the vehicle to question Gloria and her driver, they both refused to answer. Gloria also had “bloodshot eyes and a strong oder of alcohol on her breath.” However, she was just the passenger of the vehicle.
But all of this pales in comparison to the final line of the police report. It states that after Gloria James was taken in to custody, she refused to take photos, requested a phone call and was “released to Miami Heat Executive Mr. Steve Stowe.” Not even her own son came to pick her up? At this point, it is unclear if she even called LeBron or if her permitted phone call was made directly to the Miami Heat organization. But the simple fact that LeBron wouldn’t be the one picking her up if off-putting.
Below is a copy of the official police report.
Tyreke Evans dunked so hard on Gary Neal of the Spurs even he had to smile about it. His teammates were loving it, Tyreke had a sly grin, and the play-by-play announcer nailed it when he said “we’ll see you on every highlight reel in America, Mr. Evans.” Perfectly said.
Let me start out by saying I’m all for the New Jersey Nets moving to Brooklyn. Their new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, certainly has tried to give fans the impression he means business and being right in New York should only improve the team’s fan base. Mark Cuban may disagree, but Prokhorov at least deserves a a shot at turning the franchise around. However, he has yet to assemble the pieces needed to pull that off.
The Deron Williams billboard above is an unfriendly reminder that the Nets need a superstar. Don’t get me wrong — Deron Williams is a great player. He’s an All-Star caliber point guard, but is he a superstar? Not really. Something like “LeBron James and the Nets bound for Brooklyn,” or “Carmelo Anthony and the Nets bound for Brooklyn,” would have looked and sounded much better on a billboard. The Nets are working with what they have, but the billboard should serve as a strong indication that they don’t yet have enough.
On Saturday, Knicks big man Amare Stoudemire called Lakers forward Pau Gasol soft. He was at the Foot Locker House of Hoops and was asked what it was like going up against Pau Gasol when he got off the blast. Here’s the video via Slam Online:
When word got back to Lakers center Andrew Bynum, he immediately questioned Amare’s place to call Gasol soft, writing on twitter, “The NBA is a weird place! How can a man that plays 0 defense call a 2 time champion soft?”
But the best response of all came from Ron Artest, no surprise given his level of craziness. According to Beto Duran, Artest said before the Lakers’ loss to the Jazz Tuesday night “Amare butt naked in magazines and Pau’s soft?” That of course was a reference to Amare’s participation in a partially nude spread in a magazine. And if that wasn’t enough, perhaps making an Amare sailor outfit reference would have worked just as well.
The NBA, where hypocritical happens.
By now we all know at least something about the feud between Duke and Michigan that the documentary, The Fab Five, brought back into light. In particular, Jalen Rose had plenty of not-so-nice things to say about Duke and the players they recruit. Bobby Hurley fired back at Rose, but the real war of words emerged between Rose and Grant Hill, who took offense to Jalen calling black players that play for Duke “Uncle Toms.”
Rather than letting it grow into something ridiculous, Rose and Hill both decided to be professionals and settle their differences. They took to Twitter and supposedly met face-to-face, concluding that they respect one another’s opinion and would let bygones be bygones. Unfortunately, there are people who are still not over it.
On Wednesday, Pro Basketball Talk shared a story with us about a Chicago Bulls fan that swore at and attempted to spit on Hill. Grant became understandably upset and had to be held back by a security guard.
“He said some profanity and spit in my direction,” Hill said. “I’m not going to let somebody spit at me. He knew he did wrong because he took off running.”
No fan should be acting like that toward any player, but it’s almost worse to do it to Grant Hill. He’s known across the NBA for being a class act and is very well liked. Not to mention, he has every right to be offended by Rose’s comments. The security guard should have let Hill deck the guy.
I’m sick of sitting here and complaining about how bad of a season it was in college hoops and how uninspiring this year’s tournament was. It’s time to call things out for what they are and make some changes that will improve the game for players, coaches, and fans.
First off, the college game is lacking stars and recognizable players. Most of the interesting players leave school after one year and very few stay longer. The two biggest stars in the sport this year were Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker, both of whom stayed at least three years (the Jimmer just finished his senior season and Kemba completed his junior year).
When March rolls around, do we prepare ourselves to see the familiar faces from a year ago? Or do we learn about every new player based on a crash course in the tournament? The game would be a lot more enjoyable if the fans were more familiar with the players around the country.
Secondly, building powerful teams and programs is much more difficult because coaches never know when a player will leave for the NBA. Should they recruit players they think are pretty good but will at least stay all four years, or should they go after the one-and-done hero who can help win a title now? If you go for the latter strategy, you’re forced to constantly reload and it creates a fluctuation in performance. Think about it: who was the last dynasty in college hoops? It was Florida, and only because their star players decided to return to school for another year. Before that, you’d probably have to go back 20 years to Duke.
The recruiting process and scholarship process will be much easier for coaches if they know how long they’ll have players rather than being forced to guess about who will stay and who will go. This is an issue of continuity, and college basketball is sorely lacking in that regard.
So what can we do about it?