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Clippers announcer wants Chris Andersen to get tattoos on his knees (Video)

Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler is a real character.

During Wednesday’s Miami Heat-Los Angeles Clippers game, Lawler and commentator Michael Smith joked about Chris Birdman Andersen’s tattoos when the Heat forward came to the free throw line. It’s nothing new for announcers to talk about Birdman’s tats, but Lawler took it a different direction. Making light of all of Birdman’s ink, Lawler suggested the block machine get some tattoos on his knees since those are bare:

Chris Andersen knees

Lawler man, love that guy. He calls a clean game and adds in some shtick without being too overwhelming. And he’s hilarious. Remember how stunned he was to find out JJ Barea was married to Miss Universe? That was great. Maybe Birdman will hit him up for some advice on designs.

ESPN ‘Branded’ thinks Joakim Noah, Birdman, Shelden Williams are ugly

ESPN’s Nine for IX documentary “Branded” debuted this week, and the film took unnecessary jabs at the looks of a few male athletes.

The documentary focused on the inequality between male and female athletes when it comes to pay and sponsorship opportunities. The thesis was that looks matter for female athletes, but they’re not as important for male athletes.

At one point in the film, former star women’s basketball player and current Phoenix Mercury president Ann Meyers Drysdale was talking about the issue and made a comparison.

“Whether you like it or not, if you don’t show it, how do you get people to come? Remember that it’s a part of selling this whole thing. I think basketball needs to change their uniforms … not look like guys in what they’re wearing,” Meyers Drysdale says.

“There is a double-standard with women. Believe me, there’s a lot of guys that are not very good-looking guys that play sports. And they get to make a lot of money because people concentrate on their ability to play.”

There was nothing wrong with what Meyers Drysdale said. Few would disagree with her. But it’s what the filmmakers did that was out of line.

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Birdman levels, pushes Tyler Hansbrough for flagrant foul (Video)

Birdman Tyler HansbroughChris Birdman Andersen was assessed a flagrant-1 foul during the second quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night for leveling Tyler Hansbrough and then pushing him.

Miami Heat guard Norris Cole missed a layup and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George rebounded the ball. Then, Birdman decided to run into Hansbrough and check him with his shoulder, sending Psycho T to the ground. After Hansbrough got up, the two bumped chests and Birdman pushed the Pacers forward.

“I don’t know what his deal is,” Hansbrough said after the game per USA Today. “Was I surprised? No, I wasn’t surprised. I was caught off-guard.”

Both players received technical fouls on the play, while Birdman got the flagrant foul. Hansbrough made one of two free throws.

Andersen definitely should have received a flagrant-2 foul and automatic ejection for his actions. Instead, he remained in the game and blocked a Hansbrough shot less than a minute later:

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Birdman, Mike Miller sing ‘Ice, Ice Baby’ at Miami Heat karaoke (Video)

birdman mike millerIf you could have picked one song for Miami Heat players Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mike Miller to perform at karaoke, Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” would have been it, right? Birdman totally has the Vanilla Ice persona down perfectly. He’s got the tats, the attitude, and the skin color. And he and Miller knew the song perfectly.

Personally, I prefer Derek Huff’s rendition of “Ice, Ice Baby” at the Great Valley Senior High talent show, but this wasn’t bad.

According to Hot Hot Hoops’ Surya Fernandez, the karaoke competition occurred at Shane Battier’s “Battioke 2013″ at the Eden Roc Hotel in South Beach. Below is video of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade rocking out with a duet:

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Miami Heat reportedly working out Birdman

chris birdman andersenThe Miami Heat held a team meeting over the weekend to address their poor rebounding, and now they’re hoping a free agent can help their problems.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Heat brought in Chris “Birdman” Andersen Monday for a physical and plan to work him out over the next few days.

The Heat have two open roster spots after releasing Josh Harrelson on Monday.

Miami was outrebounded by the Chicago Bulls 48-28 on Friday. They’re being outrebounded by 2.8 per game, and they’re allowing the second-most (15.5) second chances in the league.

Birdman’s specialty is rebounding and blocking shots, as well as energizing the crowd. He played in 32 games last season for the Denver Nuggets and was waived in July. He has averaged 10.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per 36 minutes during his career, and he could provide the Heat with what they’re looking for on the interior. It would be pretty awesome if the Heat added his personality to their mix of characters.

Birdman may be victim of extortion attempt

As soon as Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s name was attached to a child pornography investigation, we figured his reputation might be permanently stained. But according to his lawyer, he may just be a victim in the case.

On Friday, The Denver Post shared a statement issued by Andersen’s lawyer. In the statement, the attorney says a California woman sent Birdman some scantily-clad photos in 2010 that grabbed his interest. She flew out to Colorado to meet him last year, but he apparently was uninterested. According to the statement, the woman “threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration.”

We’re not sure how this story resulted in an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children unit. It’s possible the female fan turned out to be underage, or it’s possible she did some something else to get him in trouble in that regard.

The good news is things are looking much better for people who were hoping Birdman didn’t have any involvement in child pornography. Hopefully more information will bring clarity to the investigation.

Birdman investigated for child porn

All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but Chris “Birdman” Andersen is going to have a hard time shaking his new reputation.

The Nuggets forward’s home was searched on Thursday as part of an investigation by the sheriff department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Property from his home (likely computers and other devices with Internet access) was seized for investigation, but he has not been arrested nor charged with a crime.

There aren’t any specifics about the investigation, but you really don’t need much when it comes to sexually exploiting children.

“It could include many different things. Right now we’re not saying. They literally just got the property this morning,” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deborah Sherman said on Thursday. “The Sheriff’s Office did contact him this morning while he was at his house, and he cooperated fully.”

The Denver Post reports that another person could live at the home, so it would be possible for him to be not guilty even if there were crimes committed at his house.

Another disturbing aspect of the investigation is that Birdman’s media guide profile lists his involvement in several children charities.

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