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Darko Milicic Scores on His Basket (Video)

If there were any way to perfectly sum up Darko Milicic’s career in 15 seconds, this would be it:

Of course the basket didn’t end up hurting his team as Minnesota beat Washington 109-97. Darko actually had 14 and 11 in the game (not sure if they added in his bucket for the Wizards), but he’s still falling well short of David Kahn’s predictions. Crazy enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve had video of good NBA players scoring on their own hoop.

Check out when it happened to Rasheed Wallace and DeJuan Blair.

Rajon Rondo Has Made a Habit of Beating the Buzzer

In his fifth year in the NBA out of Kentucky, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has established himself as one of the premier point guards in the league. He leads the NBA in assists per game with 13.4 — nearly three assists more than the guy in second, Steve Nash. He’s second only to Chris Paul in steals per game, and is one of only two players, the other being LeBron James, with multiple triple-doubles. Despite all that, this week for Rondo has been about buzzer-beaters. Check out Rondo’s second buzzer-beater of the week (the first came on Monday against the Rockets):

These two shots are far from the first of Rondo’s career. He’s hit quite a few of them, though all but one have come mid-game, as opposed to at the end. This buzzer-beater from last season is the only one to come at the end of regulation. He’s a long way from matching Big Shot Rob, but he’s working on it.

Thanks to RaJon9RoNdo for the video.

Grandmama Sweet Tea by Larry Johnson Coming to a Store Near You

Many of us haven’t heard from Larry Johnson for a while — not the running back who can’t stay out of trouble — but the former basketball player. Johnson starred on UNLV’s 1990 title team, was selected first overall in the ’91 NBA draft, and along with Alonzo Mourning, made the Charlotte Hornets cool. We haven’t heard too much from Grandmama for a while, but Hoops Journal points out we will be hearing from him plenty in the coming months.

Hoops Journal shares the news that LJ has partnered with Hall of Fame Beverages, Inc on a new line of sweet teas. According to Hall of Fame Beverages, “This line of flavored teas is currently in development and will come in sweetened natural flavors reminiscent of the cool refreshment from hot summer afternoons sitting on the porch at Grandmama’s house.” Not that Arizona Iced Teas and Snapple needed any competition in the iced tea market, but I imagine I’m not alone in saying I will try it. Think about it: if I have a choice between a handful of drinks, I’m picking the one with Grandmama on the wrapper. Have you forgotten how amazing he was for Converse?

TV land is a much better place with Grandmama in it, so let’s hope some of his ads will be coming back.

UPDATE: Here’s what appears to be one of his new commercials

LeBron James on Cavs 55-Point Loss: Karma is a B****

A lot of asterisks on LBS today, but that’s just the type of day it’s already shaping up to be.  If LeBron James was serious when he said he wants to embrace his role as a villain, he’s off to a good start.  It apparently offends King James that Cavaliers fans wanted him to stay in Cleveland so badly.  Sure, they reacted unreasonably at times when he announced his decision to leave, but you might too if the best thing that ever happened to your franchise — in the form of a local superstar — up and left without bringing home a championship.

For those of who you were unaware, the Lakers beat the Cavs by 55 points on Tuesday night.  That shouldn’t happen in the NBA.  Scores like 112-57 are normally reserved for the UConn women’s basketball team.  LeBron believes Cleveland deserved it:

Karma, huh?  In other words, the Cavs deserve to get slaughtered because their fans were so pissed off LeBron brought his talents to South Beach.  That makes sense.  It will be interesting to see if he really embraces the villain role or if he tries to backpedal when the media grills him about the tweet.  In fact, a tweet praising Mike Brown an hour later may be a sign that he has already started backtracking.

Derrick Rose Should Be in the Dunk Contest, Not Brandon Jennings

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is listed at 6-foot-3 — not exactly short, but below average by NBA standards. What he lacks in height he more than makes up for with his vertical leap, which is reportedly in the neighborhood of 40 inches. On Monday night against the Pistons, Rose once again showed us why he should be in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest:

I’m assuming the reason Rose has not participated in a dunk contest has more to do with his not wanting to, rather than someone not asking him. Brandon Jennings is participating and he’s really shown nothing that would indicate he has any business being there. Rose on the other hand, has used plays like this, this, and this to prove that he can wow an audience by attacking the rim throughout his NBA career.  Thanks to Flockaball for the video

Tony Parker Benched for Lack of Defense, Stomach Bug Possibly to Blame

If there’s one thing we learned from the Spurs 94-91 victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday, it’s that Gregg Popovich doesn’t play favorites with his stars.  The Spurs may be the best team in the NBA with a 31-6 record, and Tony Parker may be averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 assists per game, but that didn’t stop Pop from benching him on Sunday for what he considered to be a lack of effort on defense.

In the fourth quarter, Parker stood to the side and watched Minnesota guard Luke Ridnour drive by him and dish the ball to Kevin Love for a dunk before Popovich yanked him from the game and gave him an earful.  The Spurs guard watched the remainder of the game from the bench.

It should be noted that Parker missed Friday night’s game against Indiana because of a stomach ailment, but he assured Popovich he was good to go on Sunday.  Whether the stomach issue came into play or not, ready to go is ready to go.  When Parker said he could play that meant he could play without restriction.  That included playing defense.

It’s been a bit of a rough first half of the season for Parker, who first went through a divorce and was now summoned to the bench for not trying.  While Tony’s numbers may have suffered slightly, the Spurs have improved since the Parker-Longoria split and are playing some of their best basketball in years.

Photo Credit: Spurs Nation

LeBron James Says He Has Kind of Embraced the Villain Role

As we have seen over the past year or so, LeBron James is incredibly self-conscious and image-concerned. After his ill-advised “Decision” show inspired incredible amounts of hatred, LeBron grew even more sensitive. He said he was taking mental notes on all the people who criticized him over the summer, and he seemed to be genuinely hurt that so many prominent figures in the basketball world turned on him. The result was a commercial from LeBron’s chief endorser in which a confused LeBron asked if he should accept his role as the villain. Funny enough, four months into his first NBA season with the Miami Heat, he says he has.

After going for 44 points in an impressive shooting display at Portland Sunday night, LeBron finally said he plays the bad guy role well. “I’ve grown accustomed to it,” James said, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of The Palm Beach Post. “I enjoy it,” LeBron added “I’m very comfortable. And I’ve kind of accepted this villain role everyone has placed on me. I’m OK with it. I accept it.”

If you saw LeBron play against Portland, you know where the comments come from. He went 17-26 from the field and made three of five three-pointers, including two big ones in overtime. Since their slow 9-8 start, the Heat has gone 21-1 leaving critics very little ammunition. Many of LeBron’s best games have come in prominent road contests. He went for triple doubles in New York and against the Lakers on Christmas, and he scored a then season-high 38 in Cleveland. It’s pretty clear that LeBron has brought his game to a higher level in the most hostile environments, making the “villain” that much more likable.