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Is Baron Davis Playing the Field?

Earlier in the month we had rumors that Baron Davis and Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher were smitten with each other. People said they were practically in love. If that’s the case, then what’s up with Baron being seen around town with Lauren London? Does that make the rumors false? Maybe not, says Bossip:

A source close to Bossip says that the “relationship” between Baron and Lauren is just for her press coverage, but his relationship with the cougar actress is genuine. The snitch also mentioned that Lauren is a gold digger that gets around and is definitely f*ckin for tracks publicity.

Maybe Baron’s just trying to throw all of us off the scent. Who knows. But I’m all for the Baron + Teri hookup. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other. In fact, wouldn’t it be tight if the entire Desperate crew dated NBA stars?

Bryan Matthews Has Magical Hands

You might remember Bryant Matthews as a forward who averaged over 20ppg for Virginia Tech his senior year in ’03-’04. He never made it in the NBA, and subsequently signed on to play pro basketball in Australia. Things were going swell for Matthews up until recently, when it was announced he would be sentenced to 18 months in jail on rape charges. And by goodness, these aren’t just any rape charges. Oh no, not your typical charges.

Matthews was at a Sydney hotel with friends on August 30 last year where the group met a 21-year-old woman.

One of the men took the woman to a property at Erskineville, in Sydney’s inner west, where they had sex.

Other members of the group, including Matthews, later visited the property where they watched the couple having sex through a door to the room which was slightly ajar.

Judge Ainslie-Wallace said Matthews, under the influence of alcohol, entered the room, sat on the bed and inserted his fingers into the woman’s vagina.

“The victim became alarmed when she realised she could see both of her partner’s hands,” Judge Ainslie-Wallace said.

“(Matthews) said that when she did that he rolled off the bed and lay on the floor trying to hide.

“In relation to inserting his fingers into her vagina he (said he) thought it was cool with her.”

My friends, that is what we call “The Houdini.” I’ll let you figure that one out on your own. And honestly, what judge and jury wouldn’t buy that excuse?

Talk and the NBA Will Fine You

I was pretty incensed when the NBA was talking about fining Mark Cuban because of what he said about Michael Finley. To me, it just seemed like they were going entirely overboard. Well, this latest story, that the Sonics co-owner will be fined $250,000 (which is pretty sizable), pretty much has me thinking that it’s best to just keep your lips sealed in the Association these days.

The NBA has fined Sonics co-owner Aubrey McClendon $250,000 for comments he made about the team’s future in Seattle, an NBA source confirmed late Wednesday.

In an Aug. 12 story in an Oklahoma business newspaper, McClendon was quoted as saying: “But we didn’t buy the team to keep it in Seattle. We hoped to come here. We know it’s a little more difficult financially here in Oklahoma City, but we think it’s great for the community and if we could break even, we’d be thrilled.”

Here’s my favorite part:

The specific violation of NBA rules was not disclosed, but Commissioner David Stern has wide latitude to levy fines for behavior and statements he deems not in the best interest of the league.

Now, if that ain’t some messed up crap, I don’t know what is. Talk about ruling with an iron fist. This is like Communist Russia man. Basically, just keep your mouth shut and you’re all good. Oh yeah, but refs betting on games? That’s totally cool.

Richard Jefferson One-Ups Gilbert Arenas

We learned in Gilbert’s latest blog entry that he has a healthy competition running with fellow Arizona Wildcat, Richard Jefferson. To recap:

Me and Richard, for some reason, always end up having a bragging session when we’re around each other and try to out-do one another. For some reason, he thinks he’s better than me. He can’t fathom that he’s only the third best player from Arizona, and I’m No. 1. He just hates that I’m No. 1. He hates to see me on my own video game, he hates that I’m a three-time All-Star, he hates the fact that he only got a bronze medal … all of that. He is bitter about it.

It seems as if Richard Jefferson heard what Gil said about him, and he responded. Boy did he ever. Jefferson out-did even Captain Limpwrist, donating what’s believed to be the largest amount of money by a player to a university.

But Jefferson became the No. 1 donor among former Wildcat players Friday, pledging $3.5 million toward the University of Arizona’s future basketball and volleyball practice facility. UA officials believe it is the largest donation ever from a former player to a school he played for, surpassing the $3 million that NBA star Carmelo Anthony gave Syracuse University last year.

Most likely, Jefferson will remind Arenas of his gift often. Jefferson’s donation will ensure his name is a part of the $20 million complex, which also includes a diving well and a renovated gymnastics facility. It is scheduled for completion in September 2008.

Gilbert, ball’s in your court, my man. What you got to say about that?

(photo courtesy David Sanders/Arizona Daily Star)

Tim Donaghy Was Pretty Good at That Whole Fixing Games Thing

Henry Abbott at True Hoop has some excellent info on the Tim Donaghy scandal. Matter of fact, it was so good, ESPN was promoting it on the front page of their website. Betting expert and founder of Pregame.com, RJ Bell, sent an email over to Henry with some juicy content. From True Hoop:

Fact #1: The first 15 games of the 2006-07 refereed by Tim Donaghy that had big enough betting to move the point spread by at least 1.5 points were PERFECT against Las Vegas – meaning that the big money gamblers won a 15 of 15 times on his games. The odds of that happening randomly are 32,768 to 1.

Last season alone, 13 games refereed by Tim Donaghy fell within A SINGLE POINT of the Las Vegas point spread. In the last two seasons alone, the winner of 14 NBA games refereed by Tim Donaghy was decided by a single bucket or less.

Yeah, what I said in the title was a complete understatement.  This guy knew exactly what he was doing.  And from the sounds of things, he was getting paid quite well for his services.

More Tim Donaghy on LBS:
Tim Donaghy’s Bookies Were Only Mob Wanna-Be’s
Uh Oh, Did an NBA Ref Bet on Games?

Mark Cuban Would Tank Games in Certain Situations

I hope he’s not going to get mad at me for using that headline, but I’m trying to be fair given what he shared on the radio. If I were going for the entirely sensational headline, I would have just said “Mark Cuban would tank games.” Mind you however, that when Cuban joined Michael Irvin and Mike Fisher on FOX Sports Radio, he said he would tank games in certain circumstances:

Irvin: I can dance with you all day right there, it sounds like you’re saying I’d rather just tank a couple games, but I won’t even go there Mark, let’s move on.

Cuban: I’ll be the first to admit Michael, I would tank a lot of games.

Irvin: You would tank games? Mark wait, you would tank games to get the first pick in the draft?

Cuban: Yes, yes see it depends on where you are.

The depends on where you are has to deal with the recent history of your franchise, Cuban went on to say. For instance, Cuban argued (and I agree), that having a team stuck around 40 wins each year is the worst position a franchise can be in. Stuck on 40 wins means you’re not good enough to go far in the playoffs, and you’re not bad enough to get a great player in the lottery. So Cuban said that if his team were stuck around that area, he would want them to get better in the lottery — essentially by tanking playing younger players. Only problem … look what happened to Boston.

More Cuban and NBA Lottery on LBS:
Cuban Tampering with Michael Finley?
Ed Snider Wants to Change the NBA Draft Lottery System

Baron Davis + Teri Hatcher = Lovely

One’s a desperate housewife, one’s a desperate basketball player. They’re a perfect match wouldn’t you say? Hey, if the rumors are true, then I’m all for it. So how in the eff did it happen?

Tony [Parker]… introduced the brunette star to a fellow NBA guard, the Golden State Warriors’ Baron Davis, 28, at the newlyweds’ reception on July 7. And after that, Stephen Kay back home seemed to be miles from the actress’ mind!

“Baron and Teri really hit it off,” said a friend of the TV beauty. “They talked and danced all night and had a great time. They couldn’t seem to get enough of each other!”…

On July 24 [Teri and Baron] were spotted together again at the Hollywood eatery Pace, where they sat on the same side of a four-person table, “looking like a couple of love-struck teenagers!”

Honestly, I’m not a fan of either of them, so it works perfectly in my mind. Here’s one thing though, didn’t know Baron Davis was friends with T. Parker. And here’s another, I was really just looking for an excuse to share with you the information that I saw Nicole Sheridan in a soft core movie the other night. I got really excited until I realized Nicollette Sheridan was the Desperate Housewife. That just bummed me out.

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