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 »

Thanks for being put on a cross for my sins....

Thanks for being put on a cross for my sins.... Pau Gasol: On top of the basketball world. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol: World-beater

September 21, 2009 12:57 PM

Posted by Jay Aych, The Painted Area

Team USA got its redemption with Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008. On Sunday, Team España got its redemption with Eurobasket gold in Katowice, Poland.

After blowing the 2007 Eurobasket gold-medal game to the underdog Russians at home in Madrid, Spain finally won its first Eurobasket title on Sunday, and did so in convincing fashion, beating Serbia 85-63.

Spain thoroughly outplayed Serbia in every facet of the game. The game was never in doubt and the gold medal was essentially wrapped up by halftime. Spain finally ascended to the top of the Euro podium after taking home six silvers and two bronzes all time, including three silvers and a bronze over the past decade.

Speaking of redemption, well, Spanish superstar Pau Gasol’s circle is complete as well. After being roundly criticized for his role in the Lakers’ defeat in the 2008 Finals, Gasol established himself as arguably one of the NBA’s top dozen players in 2008-09, capped off by his skilled performance in L.A.’s championship run through the 2009 Playoffs and Finals. Pau averaged 18.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks while also shooting .600 and doing a fine job defensively against Dwight Howard in the Finals.

Meanwhile, NBA fans may not be as aware that Gasol had unfinished business at the Eurobasket as well, as his disastrous fourth quarter in the 2007 gold-medal game may well have cost Team España the game. As we wrote in 2007

    “After such a tremendous Eurobasket for two weeks, Pau Gasol had a nightmare of a final–he just couldn’t connect on his interior shots. Some of that has to be credited to the Russian defense, but Pau just could not get shots to fall.Then he had a 4th quarter he would soon like to have wiped from the records. Pau was 3/8 on FTs and combined that with 3 TOs, including the costly TO with :25 left. All these miscues would have been forgotten if Pau could have knocked down a desperation jumper with :02 left, but his shot just rimmed out. Overall on the night, the Spanish go-to guy was just 4/13 from the floor and 5/12 at the line (14 pts, 14 reb, 3 ast, 3 blk, 5 TO).”

In 2009, Gasol was the dominant player at the Eurobasket, easily winning the tournament MVP for his terrific all-around play over the last two weeks. Pau’s stat line for the tourney: 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.2 assists, 66 percent from the field, and even four-of-nine from 3-point range. He led the tourney in scoring and blocked shots, and finished second in field goal percentage and rebounds per game.

I am just glad that he suits up for the Lakers….

Jimmy Valvano, thanks for the words of inspiration

Jimmy Valvano, thanks for the words of inspiration

On Wednesday, while I was driving to work, ESPNRadio, along with the rest of the ESPN family had the Jimmy V day, a day marked to stomp out cancer.  While I wanted to hear some sports updates, the cause is a great one.  The Too Old family has had a few family members and friends who had had a variety of cancers, so finding a cure is right behind world peace on my list of things to hope and wish for.  Unlike World Peace, I actually donated 10 dollars to the cause.

Look at Jimmy V running to try to hug someone…

Because of the donation, they continue to hit me up for money.  I really don’t mind, since I can tell them NO, or not answer the phone.  I should have expected this since the motto that Jimmy Valvano made famous is “Don’t give up, Don’t ever give up…”

This motto is one that we can apply to life as well.  When you are in a streak of striking out, that should be a sign that you need to re-double your efforts and work your way out of the slump.  Some of our crew need to remember this extremly valuable lesson.

It happens to all of us...

It happens to all of us...just get back on the horse.

When I was in college, there was this chick named Sarah that I met at the Country Bar in town. (long story short, I wanted to have drinks with some buddies and the bar was close to the hotel…)  Once we starting hooking up,  she would beg me to come by late nights and spend the night.  The desparation routine wore thin, and I stopped coming over as much.  The begging and desparation made her less attractive to me, even though she was very attrractive.

We are starting to see the same thing in Lamar Odom.  On WCLBasketball, I wrote an open letter to Lamar Odom telling him he should fire his agent. It seems as though he is listening to my advice.

I have learned that Lamar Odom had a phone conversation with Lakers owner Jerry Buss on Thursday. I am told the purpose of the call was to rebuild any bridges that Odom’s agent, Jeff Schwartz may have burned by not responding to the Lakers offer of 3-years $30 million, and 4-years for $36 million. CBS

Sometimes, attempting to play hard to get is the last thing that people want to hear and see.  Sometimes, the go-getters actually go and get what they are wanting.  With Sarah, it made me freeze her out. Later, I understood what I was loosing and made a power play move to get back in.  I did, but it wasn’t the same.  Before, it was on lock.  After, I was the one having to do some begging.  It looks like Lamar is doing the same thing…

Just think TLC, aint to proud to beg....

Just think TLC, ain't to proud to beg....

Agents are working for you, just like a good wingman.  Most of the time, the agent or wingman has great advice for you.  You should follow the advice, since you should be on the same page, trying to get and keeping your eyes on the prize.  For Lamar, it should be about 1) Winning 2)Family 3)Getting Paid.  You have made a grip of loot, you are paid in full.

The issue is when you start really feeling yourself and you begin to believe all the press clippings.  Or, you get all introspective and moody and emo, thinking about nobody loves you or respects you or your game.  I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE I KNOW GET LIKE THIS.  Snap OUT of it, I would tell them.

Dont get all EMO on me... Jason is enough...

Don't get all EMO on me... Jason is enough...

So, Lamar, we respect you.  You have unlimited game.  You were a key cog in the championship last year.  Just get the freaking deal signed!

So, instead of being all emo and silent, get out there and BEG!  or at least throw your game so the other person knows you are interested.  Lamar, good job in taking the first step.  Now, if you just fire your agent, you can keep his 4 percent!

Waiting for the Laker game yesterday, we started with the Lottery.  The Lottery is for all the other teams that didnt make the playoffs to dream about the possiblity of being good.

The popular consensus is Blake Griffin is the top pick.

But, would he be the top pick in a free market system?  The NCAA has a built in indentured servants in college players.  Unlike tennis, golf and baseball, you must go to college for at least one year before becoming eligible for the draft.  Even though the Clippers have this guy,

they may think about going with this guy

But they can’t…

The reason is the first three sports are not revenue generating sports for the university, and basketball and football are.  Oscar Robertson makes the point of  how the interest of the school is weighed when making these decisions.

Oscar Robertson on talk of a minimum age limit in the NBA: “I would say this – what about the kids going to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do they go at 18? They do. Yep. That answers that question then. I think what you see now is some talks that may have gone on between the NBA and NCAA about keeping stars in college so the colleges can make a revenue off of them.” Sports Radio Interviews

Wu-Tang had it correct…

I had an experience that caused me to become a turncoat…. and I am not embarrassed about it.

When I was a kid, I was a Philadelphia 76er fan. One big reason is that basketball was not really televised much.  Occasionally, you got a tape delayed game, or you got the game of the week.  Two major moments defined who I rooted for.  The first reason was this

Dr. J was beyond cool in this movie.  Plus, I am a Pisces as well, so there is some symbolism in the movie for me.  The second reason is the TV.  Lots of people are always up in arms about why I am a Laker fan.  It stems from the fact that I was a Sixer fan.

The Sixers were eliminated twice in the Eastern Conference Finals. In 1979, Larry Bird entered the league, reviving the Boston Celtics and the storied Celtics-76ers rivalry; these two teams faced each other in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1980, ’81, ’82, and ’85.

The Bird vs. Dr. J matchup became arguably the top personal rivalry in the sport (along with Bird vs. Magic Johnson), inspiring the early Electronic Arts video game Julius Erving-Larry Bird One-on-One.

The battle lines had been drawn.  I wore out the Commodore 64 playing this game on the green screen, then finally in color.

I was clearly rooting for Dr. J, just like I rooted for Magic and Michigan St against Larry and Indiana St in the finals of the NCAA tournament as a kid.  It would continue later, in a different form.

The Dr. J, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Mo Cheeks and Andrew Toney team was the reason that I played basketball.  With other personalities like Darryl Dawkins and Marc Ivaroni, this team was ready to roll.

Philadelphia finally had its missing ingredient. Malone’s physical presence and tireless rebounding took the pressure off the rest of the 76ers, and the team jelled as never before. Malone was MVP for the second year in a row, becoming the only man to win the award in consecutive years for different teams. He averaged a team-high 24.5 ppg and a league-leading 15.3 rpg, and also gave Philadelphia a last resort: Whenever the offense broke down or got stuck, the Sixers would simply dump the ball in to Malone, who would wheel to the basket and either score or get fouled (Malone would make 600 of 788 free throw attempts, both league highs).

Meanwhile, Julius Erving averaged 21.4 ppg and was spectacular at one forward, joining Malone on the All-NBA First Team. Marc Iavaroni was the silent banger at the other forward spot, with All-NBA Defensive First Team selection and fast-break finisher Bobby Jones coming off the bench. Andrew Toney, a deadly shooter whose proficiency against the hated Celtics earned him the nickname. “The Boston Strangler,” averaged 19.7 ppg and teamed with playmaker Maurice Cheeks (6.9 apg, 184 steals) in a classic backcourt. Clint Richardson and Clemon Johnson were other key reserves for Head Coach Billy Cunningham, who was emerging as a strong NBA bench leader with the able support of assistant Chuck Daly.

The Sixers raced through the regular season, finishing with a league-best 65-17 record. Heading into the Finals, Malone was asked for his prediction and responded with the classic “Fo’, fo’ fo’.” Philadelphia came close to living up to Malone’s prediction of an unblemished playoff record, sweeping New York, beating Milwaukee 4-1 and then sweeping a Los Angeles Lakers team weakened by injuries to Norm Nixon and Bob McAdoo in the NBA Finals. Philadelphia’s 12-1 playoff record is the best in NBA history, and an amended version of Malone’s prediction was engraved on the players’ championship rings: “Fo’, five, fo’.”

That 82-83 team was the only one to break through the wall of green known as the Celtics.  I hated watching them beat my team in seven games most years.  As soon as the Eastern Conference Finals were over, I was ready to root for the West.  Almost every year, it would be the Lakers playing the Celtics.

That, coupled with the Video Games, I finally decided that I rooted for the Lakers.  They have been the only team I root for since 86.  Its funny that my friends get so up in arms that I root for the Lakers. It makes me laugh because its only an issue when they are doing well.  I wasn’t hearing this when Magic retired and I was rooting for Ced Ceballos, who quit to go hang out at Lake Havasu one year.  I supported the local team, the Warriors, until the one player I really liked, Mitch Richmond, was dealt on opening night, with me in the stands.  I stopped rooting and supporting  for the local team, except when they play my team, or its the playoffs, since playoff basketball has a special feel to it.

Plus, they forget that I lived in LA as a kid for awhile and I worked at LMU, where the Lakers routinely held practice and summer scrimmages, but there is not ever a need to remind them, since they are just pissed about the fates of their own teams.

Another person has seen the light and has decided to change affiliations.

Specter To Switch Parties

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter’s decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken’s victory in the state Supreme Court.)

“I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”

He added: “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”

Specter as a Democrat would also fundamentally alter the 2010 calculus in Pennsylvania as he was expected to face a difficult primary challenge next year from former Rep. Pat Toomey. The only announced Democrat in the race is former National Constitution Center head Joe Torsella although several other candidates are looking at the race.

This is a weapon that Obama has to use.  This is what Democrats were hoping for in the election, the 60 person majority that can block filibuster attempts that could prevent measures from getting past.  This is a powerful tool Presidents can use to drive their agenda.

This does not mean that Obama can rest.  It is always possible to lose members of your party on the more controversial issues that can drive the proverbial wedge between supporters.  But, with numbers like this, you can force  Republicans to the drawing table, where negotiations on issues can take place.

Crazy day that Corie Blount had.  No, not this…

Im KING of the World! And no, I dont have penis envy, or roll them huge to overcompensate for anything...

I'm KING of the World! And no, I don't have penis envy, or roll them huge to overcompensate for anything...I just like weed

Not this…

But, this guy

I have definitely seen better days...

I have definitely seen better days...

LIBERTY TWP. – Basketball star Corie Blount grew up poor in southern California, amid a culture where “everybody wanted to sell drugs,” he told UC Magazine in its September issue.

Blount seemed to escape that fate. His athletic prowess gave him the chance to play for the University of Cincinnati’s 1991-92 Final Four team, and to enjoy an 11-year, multimillion-dollar NBA career. Blount was a volunteer coach this season at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and earned a degree this year in criminal justice.

Now Blount stands accused of being deeply involved in the drug business.

On Thursday, Butler County authorities arrested Blount after he accepted a U.S. Postal Service delivery of 11 pounds of marijuana at a Liberty Township property he owns. They followed Blount to his home nearby and arrested him. There, they found 18 more pounds of pot.

Drug-sniffing dogs found the dope even though it was enveloped in mustard, plastic wrap and fragrant clothes-dryer sheets, police said. The drugs came from an undisclosed location in California, and authorities there are investigating, officials said.

In addition to the pot, police confiscated $29,500 in cash, a Mercedes-Benz, a Cadillac Escalade, a Chevrolet Suburban and three guns – one of them an SKS assault rifle, said Butler County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Hackney.

The situation has left friends, fans – even police – wondering how such a successful athlete could take such a wrong turn.

hmmm… could it be that he likes weed and can afford it?
but you have to think that he could have easily gotten one of his boys to drive it out for like 5 stacks…

I am sure that he went through a wave of emotions.

First he is anxious, waiting for the package to come.

Then, he is happy once that it arrives and he is summoned to pick it up.

Then he is thinking how smart he is for getting the USPS to do his dirty work

Then its fear when he hears the sirens.

Finally, its despair, when he is in the cuffs and he knows that they are going to go to his house and find the rest of the drugs, guns and money.

I cant believe that this little plant is going to cost me everything!

I can't believe that this little plant is going to cost me everything!

I’m not a Warriors fan per-se and neither is Steve (I rep the Jazz, Steve the Lakers) but Nate is and so is my brother so we notice when the local team gets repped in various music that passes through our earwaves. My bro hipped me to a pretty sweet track tonight that I thought I’d share with you (also featured on the myspace page):

This jam reminded me of this crew called the Trackrunners that Steve came across a few months ago who also did some tracks a bit more specifically about the Warriors. Their more popular Warriors song is called “Game Time” a portion of which is featured in the video (the full track can be heard on their myspace page):

The Trackrunners also have a track on their myspace page (linked above) called “Be Right back” which is certainly worth a listen.

Both of the above songs are kinda tight in their own way and certainly way better than some of the lame songs I’ve heard over the years repping other professional sports teams (I’ll spare you the videos made by the Chicago Bears and LA Dodgers in the 80’s for your sake).

Speaking of bay area basketball, I know it was hard for Steve to watch but how about local Oakland boy Leon Powe coming HUGE against the Lakers in game two last night? As if planned and orchestrated by the folks at ABC, Powe goes for 21 coming off the bench to help lead the Celtics to a game 2 victory on the same night ABC does a special on him (coming up on the streets of Oakland) for the half-time coverage. I was rooting for the Lakers because I generally detest (as a rule) all fans of New England area teams but at least it was Oakland Tech and Cal hoops alumnus Powe that did them in.

Lemme know what y’all think about those tracks…