Short version of a Twitter exchange from early this morning: Austin asked how many followers would a current President (not just Barack Obama) get on Twitter if he had a page that he actually updated himself; reader Amar suggested half-a-billion easy, with every head of state and journalist and political blogger at the front of the line.
With Obama specifically, another group of people who’d flock to his Twitter page would be basketball fans. Read More »
The USA men’s basketball team’s well-documented shortcomings in 2002, 2004 and 2006 created a stone-cold sober climate before the Beijing Games in 2008. Players and coaches approached their commitment to winning gold with a sense of gravity largely absent from the years marred by defeat. However, amid all of the seriousness of Team USA’s run through Beijing, there were moments away from the media spotlight in which these 14 guys loosened up and became a team.
Seriously, how many guys in the League can do what Blake Griffin did on that lefty put-back? Hamed Haddadi nearly pooped his pants when he saw BG soaring over the top and banging that back with his off hand. I’m not sure that anyone outside of Dwight, Josh Smith and LeBron could do that.
Coming into the League, Anthony Randolph earned comparisons to Lamar Odom and Tayshaun Prince. In the scheme of prospects, that’s actually pretty high praise. (Jonny Flynn‘s “best-case” comparison on Draft Express is Earl Watson.) But, seeing as Randolph has been a complete monster in the summer league thus far, should we raise his comparison ceiling?
If Ron Artest just inked a three-year, $18 million deal to come to Los Angeles, what business does Lamar Odom have holding out for nothing less than five years, $50 mil?
This seems silly. The Lakers’ management had an offer to Lamar Odom on the table for about a week worth $36 million over four years or $30 million over three. They’re already sporting the League’s largest pay role. But L.O. won’t budge. So now they’ve taken the deal off the table.
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You read about his 27-point, 12-board performance. Sure he’s dominating the same competition as last year at OU, but notice that he’s doing it from different spots on the floor. Instead of simply overpowering everyone on the block, Blake shows some handle and works beautifully facing the basket.
Just after inking their 3.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg backup center to a $34 million extension, the Magic had to wake up to the following headline this morning: “Gortat disappointed about return to Magic.”
Marcin Gortat’s agent Guy Zucker is talking like he’s representing a perennial All-Star. Dude, take your money, help your team try to get back to the Finals, and shut up. I thought Eastern European big men were supposed to be tough guys, not divas.
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Up until July, Orlando’s Otis Smith and Toronto’s Bryan Colangelo were the two most proactive GM’s in the League. But now, Dwyane Wade is coming for that crown. After lobbying for Allen Iverson, Wade is now reportedly working on getting Carlos Boozer to the Heat.