Only a year to get the ring.  Good move...

Maybe this can be a ring that he actually helps to get…just kidding, you are a Laker, so I got your back…

This is a good sign for Laker fans.  Ronin’s girl Khloe helped Lamar get another ring, so this has to be good right?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, 26, and tennis star Maria Sharapova, 23, are engaged to be married, the basketball player announced before Thursday night’s 120-99 preseason win over the Golden State Warriors.The proposal — which he characterized as “probably old-school” — came on the one-year anniversary of when they first met at a friend’s barbecue. “I had to do it like a gentleman,” Vujacic said.

“She was happy. The answer was yes, so I think she liked it,” said Vujacic, who the Riverside Press-Enterprise said was returning to the court after three games off due to a concussion.

The point guard made his announcement on a night when Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant were both absent — more spotlight for him and his bride.

Now, if we don’t repeat, I will be blaming YOU!  (jk, jk…you should not be the reason we win or lose…) You clearly are the winner here Sasha…

Pau! Right in the kisser!

Pau! Right in the kisser!

And... Pau! Right in the kisser!

Some people including Charles Barkley have lost their minds.

These are the headlines I read today…

LAKERS/SUNS: Chemistry vs. size

This one seems just plain old fashioned racist!!! If I have to explain then It doesn’t matter.

Lakers Get Hot Suns

Why are the Suns so “hot”? Because it took them 6 to get past the #6 Trail Blazers team without Brandon Roy. Or was it the sweep of the #7 AARP Spurs that were only in the semis b/c they on beat up the always ready for a early vacation Mavs? Why else would the league’s 3nd or 4th worst defensive team become a defensive giant during the playoffs?

And get this…

Five Reasons the Suns can Take down the Lakers

I say the Lakers will bi*ch slap the Suns in 4 or 5 games if Los Lagos want to end it in LA. And I don’t need 5 reasons I just need one… Kobe!!!

Why are people believing the hype surrounding the Suns? I dont get it. Lets not forget that the Lakers beat the Suns  3–1 in the regular-season series. And the one loss was on Dec. 28th when Ron Ron had a little too much Egg-Nog on X-Mas and fell down his stairs leaving him on the sidelines.  The other 3 games the Lakers won by a combined 47 points. At every position the Lakers are better except one and Kobe is still the best perimeter presence in the game.

I prefer this headline…

Sorry Phoenix, but Los Angeles Is Not San Antonio

BTW, Phil is already in their heads. haha ha

Well, you got people to talk about you, but it aint gonna be nice.

The first thing to notice is the score.  You got it put on you.  Your shirts did not work and maybe helped your team to get the holy heck beat out of them. Well, at least you got some attention on TV.  That is the only reason to wear those shirts.  How did he lie? Because he left your team and your owner let him out of the contract?  It was for his daughter.  Some of you take that as a shot to Utah the state, when it is a matter of getting the best care.  Are the specialists in Utah for the type of retinal cancer his daughter had?  No.  Are they in LA?  Yes.  They sent him from NYC to LA.  Plus, he was familiar with the Lakers and that is another support unit.  The man LOST 7-8 million dollars resigning with the Lakers, when the team was in shambles.  Kobe wanted to leave, PAU right in the kisser was toiling in Memphis and the Lake Show was struggling to get into the playoffs.  So, your hate was misplaced.  But, that is okay, since you got what was coming to you and now you get to deal with Carlos Boozer leaving.  (I don’t want to hear that you have Milsap to replace him.  Milsap is a nice player, but there is a reason that he was on the bench with Boozer playing.  Now, your depth is weakened tremendously and free agents already do not want to come play there.  That is part of your deep seeded hatred of yourself, since you already think everyone hates you.  We don’t.  We just do not understand you.  Plus, we don’t see you as a threat, since you never win it all.)

This is not shocking, as Jazz fans have done this before.

If only you could punch him in the eye....(H/T Bleacher Report and Alex Kennedy

This type of behavior was commented on and reported about TWO YEARS ago at Bleacher Report.

But, it makes some sense now.  I read the blog of Utah Jazz fan at Jazzbots (maybe Erik can comment since he is a Jazz fan in mourning) and his last paragraph ties it all together.

Jazz fans will boo Derek Fisher for the rest of his career. We will do so because he left Salt Lake for Los Angeles and because we fear he never wanted to be here in the first place. It is a manifestation of our larger frustration with the desire for acceptance and our perceptions of an unbalanced playing field. Perhaps no one can tell Derek Fisher he was wrong for leaving Utah. Just the same, no one can tell Jazz fans they are wrong for rooting against him.

You can boo the man, but when you bring his family into it, then you have crossed the line.  Plus, don’t hate on people who don’t want to live in your state.  He did it for his family and you have to respect that.  He left loot on the table, that HELPED the Jazz. Plus, that year, Fisher did not have his best statistical year.  All reasons to be happy that he left.

DWill was the future and Fish would have stunted his growth.  Things work out for a reason, but Utah seems to have the small mans complex hard.  It is not Fishers fault that you never have won it all.

Now, the shame of it all, the ironic nature of this is that one of the best players on their team, Carlos Boozer, ACTUALLY LIED, and did it to a BLIND MAN, Gordon Gund.

July 14th, 2004
To: Cavaliers Fans
From: Gordon Gund

I know last week’s developments with respect to Carlos Boozer are a source of extreme disappointment for you. I want to assure you that I feel exactly the same way. Like you, I believed in Carlos.

Several days have now gone by. This has helped me to gain perspective. I hope this letter will do the same for you.

First, Jim Paxson has taken a tremendous amount of criticism in the media for what happened. As the team owner, I made the decision not to pick up the option on Carlos’ contract. Any criticism should be directed to me, not to Jim Paxson. I want to be very clear that any fault is mine.

Up until late last week when the trust was broken, I believed in Carlos Boozer, the player, and Carlos Boozer, the person. That is why I tried to do what he said he wanted. We tried to do right by him, by the team and by you in trusting in his repeated insistence that if we showed him respect, he would show respect to us.

Carlos and his agent first approached us in December of 2003, stating his desire for financial security as well as his desire to remain in Cleveland and be a key part of the future of this franchise. He and his agent made it very clear that if we respected them, and provided the security he was looking to gain, he would respect us. Given his record on the court, with the franchise, and in the community, we had every reason to believe his commitment.

Over the course of several months, we had multiple meetings that involved Carlos, his wife and his agent. In our most recent meeting on June 30, Jim Paxson and I told Carlos we had two options. He could play this year on his existing contract and test the market for free agency next year, or we could elect not to exercise the option if we had the understanding with him that as soon as legally possible he would negotiate a contract with us for the maximum we could pay him under league rules.

I told him that as we could not have an agreement at that time given the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, we would have to trust one another’s intentions. I said I define trust as his intention to stay in Cleveland and enter into a long term contract with us as soon as possible under the league rules. In that meeting, we were clear with him that he could make more money in the open market a year from now than we could pay him by redoing his contract this year. I told him he needed to understand that and we did not want him to later think we had taken advantage of him. Jim told him, “There are at least seven teams that have cap space right now who will want to pay you more than we can now. We don’t want to lose you. Why would we not pick up the option?” Carlos said “Because we’d like long term security and we want to stay in Cleveland.” Carlos went on to say that he was happy to be a Cavalier and never indicated any concern with his role on the team or his relationship with Coach Silas.

Carlos, his wife and his agent – all of whom were in that room — knew what our maximum ability would be to pay him. Both Carlos and his wife responded that they wanted financial security now and therefore were anxious to pursue the second option of entering into a long term contract with us as soon as possible and that they would live with any consequences from this decision.

Carlos’ agent then said he wanted to go to another room to talk with his client and his wife alone which they did. When they returned, his agent said he had again explained everything to them so that they understood everything involved and said that their thinking had not changed.

Jim Paxson then told him, “We’d like to begin, as soon as permissible, to negotiate an agreement that we can sign on July 14th.” Carlos responded, “That’s exactly what I want. I want to get this done as quickly as we can.”

Over time Carlos had told Jim and me repeatedly, “If you show respect for me, I will show respect for you.” So, in the June 30 meeting, I reminded him of that and said, “We are all counting on what you said in earlier meetings and again today.” He responded, “That’s right and you can trust me on that.” I asked if we could all trust each other? Carlos, his wife and agent each responded “Yes.” At that point, believing so strongly in Carlos, I said we would not pick up his option. Our intent, as soon as we could do so, was to re-do his contract. The quotes you saw in the media July 1 about his desire to remain here were entirely consistent with what he told us.

In the final analysis, I decided to trust Carlos and show him the respect he asked for. He did not show that trust and respect in return. That’s what happened. I wanted you to hear it directly from me. The decision was mine and I take full responsibility.

We currently have no intention of matching Utah’s offer to Carlos. In order to match it, and within the restrictions of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, we would need to make player personnel moves of such a magnitude that it would have significant negative impact on our team moving forward. We are continuing to look at every possible option that will allow us to improve our team and continue to build on the tremendous momentum we have experienced in recent years. More than ever, we are committed to bringing a championship to this city. Thank you for your continued support of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now, lets juxtapose this letter, with the one that the recently deceased owner of the Jazz, Larry Miller thought about Derek Fisher. Gene Wojciechowski rode with him and got his thoughts

I’m going to give Miller the benefit of the doubt and blame the meadowlarks thing on high altitude. By the way, it’s 1:52 local time. The first quarter has got to be winding down, right? We merge onto I-80. Miller will answer anything. It keeps his mind off the game. In no particular order, he thinks: that the Jazz can win this NBA Finals … that Derek Fisher didn’t deceive the Jazz when he asked out of his contract during the offseason — and then signed with the Lakers (Miller and Fisher chatted briefly before Game 3 of this series) … that he absolutely admires Phoenix’s Steve Nash, “but no question he’s on the downside of his career” … that he never would have brought Shaq to the Suns in the middle of a season … and that even with a draft day mulligan, Miller would still take Deron Williams over Chris Paul with the No. 3 overall pick.

So, if the dude that made the deal thinks he didn’t deceive him, why should two Mormon skanks think so?  Fanatics indeed… BTW, you at least can continue to watch the Lakers on TNT, ESPN and ABC and dream about what it is like to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy up.

This dude does not have to worry about anything....

Having everything you want and not having to want for anything must be nice.  I know its the reason that I continue in the rat race, even though I would rather be at home on the couch.  Sometimes, you see stories on the news and you feel motivated to help, or it touches you that something happened.  Hey, it is part of the reason why we blog.

When you know the story is truly horrific, can be just the tonic for action.  each person should try to do what they can.  You don’t have to be a big baller to help, although if you are, you should do more.  Shaq would qualify as a big baller.  A lot of the things that Shaq or other celebrities/athletes do don’t get the press. We want the salacious details, the embarrassing gaffes that they make.  For some, it makes them feel better about their own miserable life when they see someone else down in the dumps.  This time, we want to celebrate people doing good, especially on Thanksgiving.  Shaq showed how to be thankful for what you have…

Whip them into shape Shaq! Shaq clearly has a soft soft for kids, since he is just an oversized one himself

Shaq pays for N.C. girl’s funeral

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl after being moved by national news coverage of the case of Shaniya Davis, who police say was kidnapped and killed.

Shaniya and her father, Bradley Lockhart. How did this guy get involved with a crackhead mother? My heart goes out to him.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the stories he saw and got in touch with the family to see what he could do to help, a spokeswoman for O’Neal said Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Damn that Henny got ni$@@as making bad decisions

Damn that Henny got ni$@@as making bad decisions, like Kayne

R.I.P. Steve McNair, but this is bigger than the loss of a good man and a better QB. You are getting played bro, and you only have a few more days to come to your senses.  We tried to warn you earlier, but you didn’t listen, so we will try this again.

Kim and Khloe at Australian Fashion show.  Look at Khloes face.  That is the one that you will be waking up to every day....(except when you are on the road and you have your other jumpoffs, or by yourself, which you will come to enjoy....

Kim and Khloe at Australian Fashion show. Look at Khloe's face. That is the one that you will be waking up to every day....(except when you are on the road and you have your other jumpoffs, or by yourself, which you will come to enjoy....

I really don’t care that you are marrying Chyna. That is your business. But, I want you to remember that she has a thing for Black athletes. Maybe she wants to outdo Kim and have a man that actually can win something as a pro. You qualify.

Look at the Donald.  He went broke, got rich again and didnt have to give out his stacks....

Look at the Donald. He went broke, got rich again and didn't have to give out his stacks....

Not to have a prenuptial for a woman that you have only recently starting dating is a recipe for disaster. Do not forget that you are in CA, which means your sh!t is now her sh!t now too. E! Magazine tells the story of how Lamar Odom got emasculated.

Remember, you are not too far from this EVERYDAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

Remember, you are not too far from this EVERYDAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

Khloé Kardashian has nothing to worry about.

Even at his bachelor party last night, Laker Lamar Odom was on his best behavior with his best bros.

While he decided to cancel the big bash at Les Deux that was originally planned, he opted for a small dinner party at STK with Joe Francis, Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick (aka Kourtney Kardashian‘s baby daddy), fellow Lakers Ron Artest, Sasha Vujacic, Josh Powell and D.J. Mbenga.

Kobe stood you up? It’s because he knows you are making a mistake. For all that everyone says about Kobe, at least he has a family and his wife seems to be in charge of the family while Kobe is ballin outta control.

say what you want about Vanessa, but the marriage is lasting...hopefully NOT because of the fact that he is still playing and she has hella free time...

Say what you want about Vanessa, but the marriage is lasting hopefully NOT because of the fact that he is still playing and she has hella free time...Plus, look how cute she is. Marrying Chyna is not a good look for a Laker player in LA. That's not what a player would do

Lamar’s crew was even joined by some Clippers, including Baron Davis, Marcus Camby and rookie Blake Griffin, who just happened to be having their own party at the club.

Of course they came to the party, because they want to hang out with winners.  You had the B team at your celebration.

Joe, Scott and Rob held court at a table in the main dining room, while Lamar mostly mingled with his basketball boys in the bar area.

Despite one pretty partyer who approached him, Lamar showed little interest in any ladies. Girls were even banned from their booths at Guys & Dolls later in the night. Way to regulate!

See? This is what I mean. You had Joe F. ready to throw you a huge blowout with strippers, hookers and…well what else do you want? Kobe and more of the Lakers might have shown up for the party if it was this type of party.

They like cars and I bet they like basketball

They like cars and I bet they like basketball

Or since he is Joe Francis of “Girls GOne Wild” maybe a party like this…

now that is the type of party Im talking about

now that is the type of party I'm talking about

The only complaint guests might have?

Lamar was tardy to his own party! Teammate Derek Fisher showed at STK at 9 p.m. and waited for Lamar for an hour before ditching to head home to his wife and kids.

Before he left, though, Fisher said he planned to get Odom a whopper of a wedding present: “How about another [NBA championship] ring!”

After dinner, Lamar, Rob, Scott and some Lakers who stayed headed over to Guys & Dolls, where Ron made a toast to his teammate. The guys drank magnums of Ace of Spades champagne.

Lamar was in great spirits, dancing and taking photos with fans. Before calling it a night, he requested Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s “Bonnie and Clyde,” perhaps as a tribute to himself and the bride-to-be.

Another reason why I dislike what you are doing Lamar. Really? At least play the damn original with Tupac. The damn song is about gun love and Jay f’ed up the whole song. Listen to the REAL song.

Although there was a fight that broke out while the boys were inside partying, a source says they weren’t involved.

Remember that other fight that went down at Guys, between Jayde Nicole and Joe Francis?

Speaking of that lawsuit-inducing spat, Jayde’s boyfriend and defender, Brody Jenner, happens to be Khloé’s stepbrother, who wasn’t spotted at the bachelor party last night.

Since Joe threw the party last night, we’re assuming he’s invited to the wedding. And we know Brody’s attending.

The people making the seating chart should have their work cut out for them.

—Additional reporting by Amy Paffrath

Then you got put on blast by your jump-off. I have Bossip to thank for the letter and funny picture.

Really?  LO, you can do much better

Really? LO, you can do much better

IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, I HAVE BEEN WATCHING A CIRCUS UNFOLD. NOW THAT KHLOE KARDASHIAN HAS ANNOUNCED THE WEDDING, I CAN NO LONGER BE QUIET.
I HAVE BEEN WITH LAMAR FOR YEARS. YES WE F*CK. YES HE PAYS MY BILLS. YES…… I HAVE AN APARTMENT. YES HE HAS BOUGHT ME A CAR. YES I WAS WITH HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS WITH HIS BABY MAMA. SOME PEOPLE CALL ME A JUMP OFF. I KNOW WE HAVE A CONNECTION. I HAVE NOT TALKED TO HIM IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, BUT HE WILL BE BACK. HE ALWAYS COMES BACK.

Yes, you are a jump-off. You give him the freedom to roam like a free safety on Sunday.

I SEE THAT THE KARDASHIANS HAVE MANIPULATED THIS SITUATION, MADE THIS A FAIRYTALE.

LET ME TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

LAMAR ODOM IS A DOG. HE CANNOT BE FAITHFUL TO ONE WOMAN. PERIOD. HE WILL WAKE UP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND WILL REALIZE HE HAS F*CKED HIMSELF. LAMAR IS UNSTABLE. LAMAR IS BIPOLAR. LAMAR HAS GIRLS IN EVERY CITY. KHLOE AND HER FAMILY MAY THINK THEY HAVE STRUCK GOLD – BUT WHEN HE TRAVELS DURING THE SEASON, HE WILL F*CK AROUND. HE HAS F*CKED HER FRIENDS BEFORE THEY EVEN MET. I KNOW MY SITUATION AND I DEAL WITH IT, BUT I AM NOT OKAY WITH THE KARDASHIANS PRETENDING HE IS SOMETHING HE IS NOT.

I DO NOT LIKE HIS BABY MAMA, LIZA. BUT I KNOW HE DID HER DIRTY. WHEN HIS SON PASSED AWAY, HE WASN’T WITH HER. HE WAS WITH ME. HE DOESN’T SPEND TIME WITH THE KIDS. DOES NOT PAY CHILD SUPPORT. OBVIOUSLY, HE HAS LOST HIS MIND BECAUSE HE DOES NOT CARE THAT THE KIDS ARE IN SHOCK. WILL NOT ATTEND THEIR OWN DAD’S WEDDING. HE IS RUINING HIS FAMILY AND HIS CHILDREN’S LIVES FOR THIS TRICK NAMED KHLOE. NBA AND NFL D*CK HAS RAN THROUGH THAT. SIX DEGREES OF KHLOE KARDASHIAN. LOOK AT THEIR GOLD DIGGING MOTHER. SHE WHORES OUT HER OWN CHILDREN. I HEAR FROM HIS PEOPLE THAT THERE IS NO PRENUP. WHAT AN IDIOT. I HOPE HE IS BROKE FROM THIS. BETTER BELIEVE I WILL MAKE SURE I CASH OUT BEFORE ALL OF IT IS GONE. HE DID SIGN A HUGE CONTRACT, AFTER ALL.

Damn, Lamar, I didnt know you were this naive...

Damn, Lamar, I didn't know you were this naive...

HIS FAMILY WILL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM. HE IS TURNING HIS BACK ON HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PUT IT LIKE THIS, IF YOU ARE BROKE AND BLACK – YOU ARE NO LONGER IN HIS LIFE. TRUE LOVE MY @SS. TAKE NOTE HOW NO BLACK PEOPLE WILL BE THERE. MAYBE A SPRINKLE OF THE ACCEPTABLE ONES THAT KRIS APPROVES OF.

LO, how are you just going to get your business out in the street? Even if the “wedding” is just a stunt for the failing ratings of the show, you are put on front street as a clown. STEP YOUR GAME UP! You are better than this!

Just remember this…not in order, although he was the last one soaking up your fiancees panties….

Khloe, and Derek Ward, RB

Khloe, and Derek Ward, RB

that was this year…

This was in MAY OF not 08, but yes of 2009

This was in MAY OF not 08, but yes of 2009

Then there was Rashad McCants, who more than likely beat the brakes off the box.  But, that might have started her desire for basketball players.  He is kinda scrubby, so you won’t have to worry about him talking about her on the court.

He was killing it for awhile...

He was killing it for awhile...

I am not saying that you have to throw on a chastity belt and quit dating, but you should not have the next man’s seed in your shorts going to the next date, like you are Katelyn Faber…

Don’t take it from me, go here to see the merry-go-round.

Tell me how my ASS taste?

August 23, 2008

What comes around goes around. This is one of the many proverbs that we here at Too Old try to comport our lives by. The reasoning is simple. The way you treat people has a way of coming back on you, usually twice as much. So, I had to laugh when I saw this story about Shaq.

In the sake of disclosure, I am a Laker fan. I root for the Lakers, so I have the back of Kobe.

Also, Kobe was clearly wrong for throwing Shaq under the bus when he was caught up in the Colorado situation.

Finally, grow up and move on Shaq. Kobe has nothing to say about you because you are not relevant anymore. During your heyday, you truly earned the nickname MDE, Most Dominant Ever. You would crush out the opposing bigs and just run the show down low. It could have been a great marriage, but egos got in the way and broke up something that could have been great. I don’t mind that you got another ring; in fact I was happy to see you and Pat win it. But now, you are on the back page of the news, only showing up as a spectacle, not as the true main attraction. I didn’t blog about your divorce, or your reported baby mama drama from MediaTakeout or your step down from Shaunie girlfriend. It was just because your moment in the sun has past. You are looking more pathetic that you can’t leave the past alone. It’s really sad…


Shaquille O’Neal took the mic at a NYC club last night, unleashing a freestyle verbal assault directed at his arch-enemy Kobe Bryant — blaming his former teammate for ruining his marriage and imploring him to “Tell me how my ass tastes.”

After spending several verses shredding Kobe apart for losing in the NBA playoffs, Shaq drops the line, “I’m a horse, Kobe ratted me out, that’s why I’m getting divorced.”

The line most likely references a comment Kobe made during his infamous 2003 rape case, when he told Colorado police that he “Should have done what Shaq does … Shaq would pay his women not to say anything.” The two became famously bitter rivals after the incident.

Calls to Kobe’s reps were not returned.

It’s amazing how catchy that song is: Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes?

You can even download it here. Remix!

Again, as someone who attempts to be objective, the saying does roll off the tongue. (Yes, it’s kinda bomb…) It has even been a sometime saying on a few boards that I participate on, and makes a great cap off when playing video games online. Putting that aside (the fact that saying “tell me how my ass tastes” is so rewarding as a term of art) Shaq, you are getting yours now. TMZ is putting you on blast for the fact that you are stalking someone and have a restraining order against you. All I can say is that you do have a deep voice and your heavy breathing could clearly scare someone.


Alexis Miller, an Atlanta hip-hop artist who goes by MaryJane, just got a restraining order against Shaquille O’Neal, alleging he threatened to hurt her and harassed her with heavy-breathing over the phone.

The docs claim following their break-up last month, Shaq “threatened to ‘blackball” [her] from the recording industry by paying established artists….$50,000 each for their agreement to refuse to perform or record with her in the future…”

According to court docs Shaq wrote her one email that reads, “I dnt no who the fuk u think u dealin wit u will neva be heard from one phone call is all I gotta make no try me. Sho me.”
The docs also allege Shaq sent her “an unsolicited vulgar and offensive illustration of a man physically restraining a woman while forcing her to engage in sexual intercourse with him.”

O’Neal is scheduled to appear before a judge on Sept. 4.

A call to Shaq’s rep was not returned.

UPDATE: MaryJane’s lawyer, L. David Wolfe, tells us his client has known Shaq for 18 months. We’re told Shaq has sent her multiple emails that have caused her concern.

This is sad… texting has made people sound stupid and seem extremely ignorant. Also, after the success of CSI, you would think that criminals would play it much smarter and have to understand that they have the technology to trace what you are doing. It’s the reason that Rae Carruth is doing his time in a cell right now, since they were able to triangulate where he and his phone were.

As the NBA summer league kicks into full gear and players begin to look towards next season it seems that some NBA stars have been hitting the rock a bit too hard and running their mouth to the media.  Case-in-point: Paul Pierce’s latest interview while doing a hoops camp in Madrid:

“Q: Is Kobe really the best player in the world? Pierce: I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”  (thanks to the yahoo hoops blog “Ball Don’t Lie” for this gem)

Seriously?  I mean, Pierce, a ten-year veteran of the league with one ring and ZERO MVP’s to his name has the audacity to challenge the best man to step on the court since Jordan?  Granted, Kobe has two more years of league experience (because he was NBA-ready straight out of high school, unlike a certain aforementioned Kansas Jayhawk) but he also has two more rings, four more finals appearances, and a nice little trophy that says “Most Valuable Player” on it.  What exactly does Pierce have?  An NBA finals MVP award?  Congrats Paul, you played well for 6 games, but may not have even been the MVP of the Celts over the full season (KG anyone?).  Add to this that Pierce is the most pathetic, injury-faking baby in the NBA (we all saw him crying like a small child while being hauled off the court by teammates, only to “miraculously” return and start banging threes) and you have the makings for the NBA’s most over-hyped player, perhaps, but certainly not the greatest.  Pierce needs to eat a slice of humble pie, kiss the rings (yes, once again, ringS – plural) and recognize how a true champion reps himself.  As my man Kobe says: “What I’m doing right now, I’m chasing perfection.”