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.

Mark Cuban on Miami Heat’s Early Season Struggles: Hallelujah

Unless you live the Miami area or are a Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, or Chris Bosh fan, you’re more than likely rooting for the Miami Heat to fail.  When their superstars are saying things like “it’s all about being on TV,” and the organization thinks it’s a good idea to use individual spotlights in the pregame introductions, pulling for the Heat is no easy task.  Mark Cuban may be a Western Conference guy, but he isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to rooting against the talk of the East.

Deadspin drew our attention an interview ESPN Dallas Radio’s Ben and Skin Show had with Cuban on Monday morning.  The Mavericks owner made no bones about the fact that he wants the Heat to fail, but his assessment of the team’s early season struggles was spot on.

Hallelujah, boys, is that great or what? … How cool is that? Now, they could still turn it around and win out for all that matters, but you’re starting to see some of the problems. Any team with a strong, big guy that can score, they’re getting abused by. Paul Millsap goes out and pulls a Tracy McGrady. What, Tracy McGrady scored 13 and 30 and Paul Millsap scores 11 in 29 seconds or something like that? They just don’t have size to battle. They have the fewest points in the paint of any team and that’s tough.”

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Rajon Rondo Dunks on Chris Bosh (Video)

The Miami Heat were given a huge wake-up call when the Boston Celtics beat them on Thursday night for the second time in nine games.  Boston dominated Miami the second time around more than the first, and this time the game was played in South Beach.  After the game, Paul Pierce used his Twitter to rag on LeBron James’ announcement on The Decision by tweeting, “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach now on to Memphis.”  You won’t hear Pierce claiming his Twitter account was hacked this time.

Every member of the Heat needs to get better, but Chris Bosh has been particularly soft.  He looks lost in the Miami offense and frightened on defense.  I’m sure he’s unfamiliar with not being “the guy,” but it’s something he, LeBron, and Dwyane Wade are going to have to get used to.  Check out this video of Rajon Rondo dunking on Chris Bosh, courtey of YouTube user libogking:

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