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There Really Is No Pleasing Knicks Fans

It’s amazing to see fan behavior. Nobody showed up to Knicks games because the franchise became so putrid under Isiah Thomas’ watch. They even had to start giving away food in fan appreciation days last season just to get people to buy tickets. Now they get a new coach who wants to turn things around, install his system, and win his way. They get a win on opening night — something they weren’t accustomed to the last few years — and then they bitch about a player not getting off the bench during the game?

With some in the Garden crowd surprisingly chanting “We Want Steph [Marbury]” with 11:10 remaining in the fourth (others booed the chant), a stewing [head coach Mike] D’Antoni was caught on MSG Network cameras Wednesday in a tirade, mouthing:

“You’ve got to be (bleeping) kidding me. You’ve got to be (bleeping) kidding me. What a bunch of (bleep) holes.”

[D'Antoni later said at practice the next day]
“Sometimes I don’t think the fans quite get it,” D’Antoni said. “It’s like who you draft. They’re going to boo. When you make a big decision, someone’s going to like it, someone’s not. You’ll hear from the people who don’t.

Those fans are impossible to please. Steph used to be the biggest scapegoat there for the losing and now they want him in the game? That’s like Dodger fans chanting to see Andruw Jones next year. Looks like D’Antoni put a quick end to any future fan requests for Marbury by putting him on the inactive list. I’m cool with D’Antoni doing his thing but I’m still surprised with the way things have gone with Marbury. If they weren’t going to play him, why didn’t they trade him? I refuse to believe that he isn’t talented enough to play in this league so I can’t understand why he’s just rotting away on their bench.

Stephon Marbury Would Like Eddie House to Think About Life, Not Basketball

We already knew that Stephon Marbury was out there. And by out there, I mean from a different planet. He’s responsible for one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever seen, and he also owns one of the oddest tattoos I’ve seen as well. And apparently he picked up some Phil Jackson literature in the offseason because he’s become quite the philosopher lately. Witness his jawing with Eddie House of the Celtics in their pre-season game:

After Marbury drew a foul on Kendrick Perkins and hit two free throws, he turned and screamed at House, from midcourt: “You’re a bum!”

When play returned to the Celtics’ side of the court, House chirped, “Don’t worry about me. You better worry about Ray Allen,” whom Marbury was guarding. Marbury shot back, “You’re nothing!” then added, “You’re caught up in basketball. Get caught up in life.”

That is incredible. Seriously, of all the things in the world, why should House be worrying about basketball, right? Couldn’t he be out helping starvation in the world instead or putting sneakers on kids’ feet one at a time? A nice find by Straight Bangin’, passed on by M. Watson, proprietor of the greatest Detroit Pistons blog around. It’s nice to know where Steph’s head is at.

Devin Harris Schooled by V-Neck Sweater

This is easily one of my favorite videos on YouTube. The title tells the story. Enjoy.

So that was NBA player and soon to be All-Star point guard for the Nets, Devin Harris, getting balled up by a no-name kid from the U.K. — Stuart Tanner. Big ups to SpinMax for passing along the vid that’s already made it’s rounds on ESPN and past 3 million views according to YouTube. Now there is some background on the video provided by Stuart’s brother, Greg Tanner.

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Gilbert Arenas Marrying Girlfriend Laura Govan After Seven Years Together

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Laura Govan, Gilbert Arenas' Girlfriend Laura Govan, Gilbert Arenas' Girlfriend with kid Laura Govan at Baby Shower

Agent Zero may have had his run of awful news lately — three knee surgeries in the last two seasons — but at least he’s going to bookend it with some good news. Gilbert Arenas will be marrying girlfriend Laura Govan, as he got engaged over the weekend. For some background info:

“Life is about growth and getting smarter about the choices we make,” Arenas said in an e-mail. “Being a husband and father will require both of those!”

They met in 2001, when he was a Golden State Warriors draft pick and she was doing PR for the Sacramento Kings. They split two years later but clearly stayed in touch: He was by her side when she delivered their daughter, Izela Semaya, in December 2005. And then a messy paternity dispute — lawyers, ducked subpoenas, the whole catastrophe — that they somehow worked through. He moved her to NoVa in ’06, and in March ’07, she had his son, Alijah Amani.

Gilbert has said before that he was off the market, so I’ll guess he was referring to Laura. The sad thing is Gilbert won’t be able to throw any blowout parties in his Playboy pool as a bachelor. What’s the point of having a pimped out pool like that if you can’t use it to your advantage? And one question: when he does get married, will Gilbert be hobbling to the alter on crutches?

Josh Howard Is Anti-American … and Pretty Dumb

Josh Howard sure is carving out quite the niche here at LBS. Not only did he freely admit to smoking herb as an NBA player, but he also was out partying while his team was losing in the playoffs, and he recently got busted for speeding in his hometown. The latest knock against Howard comes courtesy of my boy HG at You Been Blinded who spotted Josh Howard saying some pretty boneheaded, negative things about the National Anthem. This was from the Allen Iverson Celebrity Football Game back in July. Fast forward to the 1:43 mark.

I’m pretty surprised that the video made its way from You Been Blinded to the Dallas Morning News where Mark Cuban made a comment, and then to ESPN a day later. Sure is an indication that the mainstream media isn’t afraid of stories blogs find. Additionally, I can’t believe how dumb Josh Howard is. Even if he does feel that way, who the heck says so publicly? And Mark Cuban continually defending him? Maybe it’s time he moved on considering Josh Howard isn’t that good as a player.

Greg Oden Sings ‘N Sync in Karaoke, Should Stick to Basketball

Realize here that we’re talking about my favorite pitchman before you read too much into me making fun of Greg Oden for the way he sings karaoke. Anyway, the 7-foot big man did a rendition of ‘N Sync’s It’s Gonna Be Me song (it was hard to tell what song it was from the way Oden was singing) at what looks like some sort of fan event. By popular reader demand via Hard for the Yard, I present Greg Oden singing karaoke:

That dude certainly is a chameleon. At one moment he’s a dominating NBA center, next moment he’s a boy bander. You know, I really can’t rag on Oden because I’m an awful singer, and you can’t rip a guy for being as into it as he was. Did you see that passion? That determination? The best was when he started slipping and sliding around, busting out the dance moves. Besides, anything’s better than the Tony Romo karaoke video. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I wasn’t much of a fan of Greg Oden in college, but now that I’ve seen his personality come out, it’s impossible not to like him. I’m hoping he has a monster season.

Iranian Center Now the Grizzlies’ Haddadi

Deadspin had the story recently that Iranian center Hamed Haddadi would not be able to play in the U.S. unless his club got a license to negotiate with one of our teams. Apparently someone’s jumped through those hoops, because the 23-year-old Iranian has signed to play for the Grizzlies:

Haddadi, 23, led all Olympians in rebounding and blocks during pool play. The 7-2, 254-pound center was a free agent. Several NBA teams were interested in him, but recent media reports in his native country quoted Haddadi saying that he would sign with the Grizzlies.

The Griz wouldn’t release terms of their agreement with Haddadi, but he signed a multiyear deal that is equivalent to that of a mid-first-round draft pick, according to sources.

Mid-first-round pick money? That’s not bad at all. They obviously expect him to produce along the lines of one of the Lopez twins if they’re paying him that type of money. Considering how well Haddadi played against Argentina in the Olympics — a team featuring a handful of NBA players — there’s no reason to think he couldn’t play in the league. And in case you were wondering, Haddadi will become the first Iranian to play in the NBA. What barriers aren’t they crossing these days? Basketball is truly becoming a global game.