Like much of the blogging community, Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea thinks that much of life is pants-optional. (Why would you want to ear pants when you’re just typing?) What you might not know about him is that his blog over at NBA.com is often funny — sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. He put up a new post just a little while ago today, and we encourage you to go ahead and have a look. The conclusion to his all-lowercase screed about his favorite team, the Lakers: “i expect for them to rise up and deepen their quality of play and bring joy to the people of los angeles.” It’s the simple things that make Flea’s day.
But apparently the celebrity roast of LeBron James went off without a hitch Sunday night. This article includes some of the jokes and digs, but we really can’t imagine making fun of LeBron. We would have been like, “LeBron is so talented at basketball that when he goes up for a windmill dunk, he barely ever misses.” Or: “LeBron has so much money, that I bet he buys a whole bunch of cool stuff.” Really, who’s next on the celebrity roast circuit? Tiger Woods? Roger Federer? Which reminds us, we know who could emcee the latter: The author of this little ditty called “Five reasons why Roger Federer is rubbish.” Seriously, Tim Colebatch, what’s your next top five list? ”Five reasons I don’t enjoy a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.” Reason No. 1: It’s too delicious. Reason No. 2: It’s completely and utterly refreshing. And so on.
Must be, right? Shawn was famous around the NBA for, well, blocking shots as well as dunking balls. And we’ll stop right there. But there must be, what, a dozen guys blogging at The Sons of Shawn Kemp. In any event, he/they remind us of a post near and dear to our hearts from a few weeks back, only now there’s a follow-up: The NBA All-Star cheerleaders have been selected! Representing the Wolves: Sally (pictured below). Congratulations to everyone, voters and dancers alike. No, really. Job well done.
The Wolves coach is out. Randy Wittman will take over, the entire free world is now reporting (except for Timberwolves.com, which as of 4:30 p.m. still had a lead story of “Spotlight on Courtney,” about a member of the dance team.) Our brief thoughts, as we are hardly experts in the ways of the Timberwolves, are that there were all sorts of rumors this was coming before the Wolves got hot a couple weeks ago. The string of overtime wins delayed the inevitable. Was it fair? Probably not. Casey seemed to be improving, i.e. more consistent rotations and an increased understanding of when to use certain players. He’s less of a McHale fall guy than Flip, but that makes two coaches down, and McHale remains — a fact that will leave no shortage of heads unscratched around the Twin Cities. We’ve also long-believed that KG would be traded this season (a gut instinct, nothing more). It seems even more likely now. We’ll leave this thread up for the rest of the day, even if it did obliterate a fascinating post we had ready about McNuggets. Maybe tomorrow. For now, though, your thoughts. Did Casey get a raw deal? Is McHale’s continued presence perplexing, to put it mildly? Is KG outta here? Let’s hear it.
We don’t want to kill the chatter on Brewster, because that will be the “talker” for days to come. But we also think this Wolves situation deserves a little more run. We’re stuck on whether this is a team putting together a slightly overachieving stretch of games, many against bad teams, with a fair amount of good fortune thrown into the mix to win some close, overtime games, or whether they’re figuring things out in a more serious way. We watched most of the fourth quarter and OT yesterday, and we have to say Minnesota caught some big breaks. Aside from some nice possessions early in overtime, the offense is still ragged a lot down the stretch. And if Rip Hamilton buries his wide-open three at the end of regulation, they’re done. If Mark Blount doesn’t drain a bailout three near the end of overtime, they might have lost as well. Bottom line: We’re cautious. While we like the Foye/KG high screens, Foye’s fearlessness, the way Blount is playing, the way Trenton Hassell is playing and, in many games, the way Ricky Davis is playing, we want to see just a little more. Let’s see a game against a top team when everything is firing on all cylinders. Let’s see one more big man in the mix in a swap for Marko Jaric. Let’s see if Rashad McCants can give them some juice, especially from beyond the arc, when he comes back. Then we’ll believe they have another gear. Your thoughts?