TAG: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

NBA / Apr 20, 2010 / 4:20 pm

My Top 10 favorite Nuggets of the past 25 years

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony, Dime #53

I don’t smoke tweeds, but I grew up much closer to the greenery than just listening to The Chronic and Cypress Hill. So while 4/20 is more significant to me because the new season of “Deadliest Warrior” debuts tonight, I understand the importance of the stoner’s holiday.

According to some of my more laid-back colleagues, “nuggets” is a term commonly associated with 4/20. You can probably guess why. So with that, here are my 10 favorite Denver Nuggets of the past 25 years: Read More »

Smack / Mar 24, 2010 / 4:26 am

Carmelo & Danilo go toe-to-toe; more problems for the Wizards

Carmelo Anthony

Good to know that a Nuggets/Knicks game at MSG can be entertaining and even playground-style competitive without innocent rich people getting trampled in the front row and Carmelo Anthony having to do a Floyd Mayweather Jr. impersonation … Instead of fighting, ‘Melo just got into a little harmless smack-talk with Danilo Gallinari. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but much like Andrea Bargnani, Gallo kind of snuck up on the League (as much as a guy playing in New York can do it low-key) as a legit problem for defenses. Read More »

NBA / Mar 23, 2010 / 10:00 am

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf still getting buckets at age 41

Back in the day...

Back in the day...

Kevin Willis is the oldest man to play in more than one NBA game during a season; he was 44 when he made five appearances with the Mavericks at the tail end of the 2007 campaign. Before that, Robert Parish was 43 years old when he played in 40-plus games (including the playoffs) for the Bulls during their ’97 championship run.

Making an impact as a middle-aged man in a young man’s sport is tough for anybody. Read More »

Smack / Dec 19, 2009 / 7:09 am

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki = MMA fighter?

If all it takes to earn a reputation for toughness is a couple of confirmed badass stories that can morph into tall tales in due time, Dirk Nowitzki might be on his way to shedding that “soft” label he’s had hung on him for years by his harshest critics. In the second quarter of Mavs/Rockets, Dirk was driving the lane when his elbow caught Carl Landry in the mouth — or more accurately, his elbow caught some of Carl Landry’s mouth — while drawing a foul. Multiple teeth were lost in the collision, one of them, amazingly, wound up embedded in Dirk’s elbow flesh. Gross. Dirk gets tough-guy points for shooting the ensuing free throws with his left hand and even making one, but he also might lose some points with some people because he left the game after that and didn’t return. Read More »

NBA / Nov 25, 2009 / 4:27 pm

Controversy in Portland? Brandon Roy and the National Anthem

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

Now that somebody has called attention to it, let’s see how this one plays out.

In today’s Oregonian, columnist John Canzano writes about something most people didn’t even know about Brandon Roy: That he takes the time during the every-game playing of the National Anthem to say a prayer. By himself. In the tunnel and away from the court. Read More »

NBA, Where Are They Now? / Sep 15, 2009 / 10:10 am

Where Are They Now: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Nobody who followed basketball in the ’90s could ever forget the name Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Some may remember him as the high scoring, diminutive guard with the silky-smooth shooting touch. But chances are, most just associate him as the guy who refused to stand during the national anthem in 1996. At that time, he was possibly the most controversial and hated athlete in all of sports. Read More »

NBA / Jun 12, 2009 / 2:10 pm

Coaches don’t miss free throws

Dwight Howard NBA trade rumors

Dwight Howard (photo. Mannion)

Everybody has their opinion on how and why the Magic lost Game 4 and, ultimately, their shot at a championship. Take FOXSports’ Edgy And Controversial token Jason Whitlock, who echoes the most common reaction by putting the blame on Stan Van Gundy:

Van Gundy is responsible for one of the greatest choke jobs in NBA playoff history. If he had any pride, he’d resign today and let Patrick Ewing coach Game 5 on Sunday. Read More »