Thursday, May 10, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
The NBA is well into its most crowd-attracting part of the season and there have been more than a few clock busters.
However, there were some other stats which were unsavory in nature and pointed out some violent acts, NBA style. Jordan Hill, the back-up center for the L.A. Lakers, was charged with domestic assault on a girlfriend which had occurred back in February (at that time he was a member of the Houston Rockets). He was officially charged at the beginning of the playoffs. Shame on you, Mr. Hill, a mountain-size man attacking a small woman and double shame on you for having such awful tattoos.
Andrew Bynum, the veteran center of the Lakers, reportedly sent out some tweets like a long and drawn out “wow” coupled with an “unbelievable” worthy of Marv Albert. Why tweet? Could he have just told him in person?
Rajon Rondo chest-bumped the referee in his first playoff game with the Hawks. The NBA handed out a quick decision April 30. Naturally, the Celt denied the charge, claiming he had slipped. Sorry, Ron man, the taped replay didn’t show any slipping. Rondo was supposedly demonstrating against a “bad call.”
Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire committed mayhem on himself after their loss to the Heat. He threw a left hook to one of those glass encased fire extinguishers. The forecast was that he would probably miss a few playoff games. Not to worry Amar’e, your services probably won’t be needed after three more games. But is it wise to go on a punching spree after game one?
We will end this mayhem segment by mentioning the latest episode of Metta World Peace. No, that is not the name of a book, it is the new monicker of one Ron Artest. Remember when he was using that name and charging into the stands in the upper Midwest? Now he is wearing the Lakers’ colors and did not play in the game late Sunday night against the Nuggets. He had downed an opponent with a vicious elbow in an earlier game. He called it a “celebratory reaction” to a great play. The league called it something else. Hey, Mr. Metta (whatever that means), what is it about “peace” that you don’t get?
After Sunday’s games, there was still just one completed sweep, the Thunder over the Mavericks. There were some others on the brink – the Celtics and Hawks 3-1, the Heat and the Knicks 3-1, Philly and Chicago 3-1, and the Lakers and the Nuggets 3-1.
The Griz had home court advantage snatched from them with that resounding loss in game one. They had a chance to reclaim it in Monday night’s game.
At least one fan thinks I jinxed them with the word “fizz” at the end of last week’s column. It could have been premature, but an evaporated 27-point lead?
Anyway, I wish that I possessed the intestinal fortitude to give you the champion, but I don’t.
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