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Blake Griffin Dunks on Knicks Russian Timofey Mozgov (Video) – Teabags Him!

Knicks center Timofey Mozgov is a 24-year-old rookie center from Russia. He’s only played 14 games and 168 minutes in his young NBA career, but he officially was baptized on Saturday night. Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin went for 44 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists against the Knicks and had several monster slams. His dunk over the 7’1″ 250lb center is a must-see video if there ever was one. Check out the video of Blake Griffin dunking over Knicks center Timofey Mozgov:

That was straight up nuts to the face action. Griffin got up so high he had to throw the ball down through the cylinder from a few feet away. I don’t think I’ve seen a sicker dunk since Vince Carter jumped over the dude in the Olympics. Yeah, the Clippers may have lost that game and are now 1-11, but they won the street cred battle with that dunk. I guess that’s what they call a Russian teabag party?

Phil Jackson and Ben Gordon Agree the Pistons Aren’t Trying

The Detroit Pistons are the definition of an NBA team with all the talent needed to succeed but no drive.  When you see a roster that consists of names like Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Rip Hamilton, and Tracy McGrady, it’s easy to think you’re reading something about the all-star game.  That clearly isn’t the case anymore.

I don’t want to say washed up, because plenty of these guys have a lot of basketball left in them.  For one reason or another, they just don’t seem to gel as a team.  It probably doesn’t help that they are choosing not to try, which has led to a 4-8 record through 12 games.  When Phil Jackson made a comment about the Pistons being a talented team that wasn’t giving any effort, Gordon wasn’t exactly offended.

Yeah, when you get beat by that much and if you get down by that kind of deficit,” Gordon told the Detroit Free Press on Friday. “It seemed like they got whatever they wanted. We allowed them to move the ball around the perimeter easily without much defensive effort, so that’s an accurate statement.”

We appreciate the honesty, but I’m not sure that’s the best way to sell tickets.  The sad part is Detroit has the talent to make the playoffs and the experience to make a run.  That won’t happen if they continue to simply go through the motions and not care about winning.

Chris Bosh Blows Up for 35 Points Against Suns, Wants to Chill

The same day he was mocked in a video by The Basketball Jones that went viral on the internet, forward Chris Bosh had his biggest game since joining the Miami Heat. Bosh had a season-high 35 points, going 12-for-17 from the field and 11-for-11 at the line. It seemed like getting Bosh involved early was part of the Heat’s gameplan as Chris scored the team’s first eight points of the contest and 14 of the squad’s 27 points in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, with the way things are going for Bosh, he can’t seem to do anything right. After the game he was interviewed by ESPN’s Heather Cox and made comments that would leave anybody questioning his motivation, as Mr. Padres Lakers informed us. Here’s how the exchange went:

Heather Cox: Coach Spoelstra said over the last three days it’s been like training camp, really taken you guys back to the beginning. What was the biggest message he sent during those three days of hard practices?

Chris Bosh: The practice — we got back to getting after it again. I guess he felt that he was loosening it up just a little bit too much and he knows that he has to meet us half way. He wants to work, we want to chill, but we’re going to have to work in order to get everything down and get our timing down and get our chemistry down.

The coach wants to work but the players want to chill. You think you would ever hear that coming from the Celtics or Lakers locker room? I can’t even believe some of the stuff that comes out of this guy’s mouth. It seems pretty obvious that he wasn’t ready for the big time. Maybe he’ll be adjusted in a few months, but things have been difficult to start the year.

Photo Credit: Victor Baldizon/NBAE

Tony Parker Reportedly Involved with Erin Barry, Brent Barry’s Soon-to-be Ex-Wife

I guess this is what you call a wife swap. Not long after it was announced Eva Longoria filed for a divorce from Tony Parker we found out about several cheating incidents. One was an incident that supposedly took place early in the couple’s marriage. The larger issue at hand seemed to be that Longoria found hundreds of texts exchanged between Tony and a teammate’s wife. Obviously everyone wondered who the teammate was, and according to Bryan A. Graham it’s former teammate Brent Barry.

Brent played with Parker on the Spurs for four seasons from 2004-2008, a period during which San Antonio won two titles. Barry and his wife Erin are apparently going through a divorce. Here’s a picture of the two couples from Jose3030:

Before you go off saying how crazy and off-the-wall this story is, allow me to remind you of Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson. Now that will blow your mind.

Eva Longoria, Tony Parker Getting Divorce, Parker Caught Texting Spurs Wife?

Regardless of how happy and fulfilled Eva Longoria always seemed to be in her relationship with Tony Parker, who actually thought that their marriage was a good fit? Longoria is a major publicity whore and busy carrying out her acting career. Tony is an NBA player traveling all the time for games. How could that possibly work?

Obviously things didn’t as Longoria filed for divorce in LA citing “irreconcilable differences.” You have to love it because the filing comes a day after a rep denied that Parker had filed for divorce in Texas. That was purely semantics, because if things were going well between the couple then the rep would have outright denied the claim and dismissed the entire notion as false.

The story was big enough for a reporter to ask Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich if the issue would bother Parker, and he responded saying he never has problems getting his players focused. I put much more confidence in Popovich to maintain a locker room than Mike Brown, who reportedly had to deal with another similar situation.

More details came out from US Magazine saying Longoria found hundreds of texts from Tony to and from another woman. People Magazine reports Longoria told her buddy A.C. Slater that she found hundreds of texts from the wife of one of Parker’s San Antonio teammates, who was later identified as Brent Barry’s wife. Additionally, Longoria says Parker cheated early in their marriage and still kept in touch with the woman through Facebook.

Yikes, the Spurs are rolling at 8-1, but you have to wonder if this report will hurt the locker room. I say there’s a fair chance that happens.

Chauncey Billups Hits 75-Foot Shot But is Called for Traveling (Video)

Chauncey Billups hit an amazing shot last night just before halftime against the Knicks but didn’t get it off in time was called for traveling.  Really, ref?  Traveling?  Players travel on almost every possession and you’re choosing to call it when a guy is heaving up a buzzer-beater?  Check out the video of Chauncey Billups’ 75-foot shot that was called a travel, courtesy of the NBA on YouTube:

Okay, so it’s the right call.  And yes, the ref blew the whistle right when it happened rather than doing it after he saw the result of the play.  I’m not suggesting he had any motive for making the call, but it is strange that they would call it.  I doubt there’s many half-court and beyond shots in NBA history that weren’t accompanied by a travel.  Imagine if the Nuggets lost by two points?  Now that would be interesting.

Devin Harris Ejected for Tackling Blake Griffin, Clippers Still Lose

Just how bad are the Clippers? They’re so bad an opposing team can lose its best player early in the game and still beat them on the road. Yup, the Clippers dropped to 1-10 and lost their sixth straight game falling at home to the Nets 110-96. New Jersey got the win despite point guard Devin Harris getting ejected in the second quarter for tackling forward Blake Griffin.

Griffin broken free in the open court following a turnover and had an easy dunk in front of him. Harris came from behind to deny the easy deuce but wound up being assessed a flagrant 2 foul and getting ejected.

Nets talking puppet head coach Avery Johnson said Devin Harris wasn’t looking to hurt Griffin but he just didn’t want to give up the easy layup. I would agree with that assessment. So did Griffin, who said after the game he could tell there was no malicious intent behind the move.

The Nets didn’t need Harris because Jordan Farmar came on and dished out 12 assists while the team shot 60% from the field. The Clippers hovered slightly below 40% with Eric Bledsoe and Eric Gordon combining to shoot just 33%. They may challenge the Timberwolves for the dubious distinction of worst team in the league.