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Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Are the Sixers the newest test case for the Ewing Theory?

Geep over at Sportsfrog thinks so, and Stephen A. Smith agrees with him (for whatever that's worth . . .). Personally, a 4-1 stretch isn't enough for me to invoke the Ewing Theory. If they get all crazy like TO did when Vince was out at the end of the 2002 season, then I'll believe. However, five games is a pretty small sample size. They go 9-1 and I'm listening, but until then I'm voting to keep AI in town.

Monday, March 29, 2004
Guess Who's Almost Back?

The Cavaliers are expected to sign veteran point guard Mateen Cleaves to a 10-day contract today.

And the Cavs are my new pick to win the East . . . just think how high morale will be on that team with my boy Mateen around. Add a Cleaves Cavs jersey to my wishlist.

Friday, March 26, 2004
Apology/Bracket Update

I apologize fort he lack of updates lately. Work and the NCAA tournament have conspired to keep me from seeing much NBA action lately. I'll try to pick it up as the regular season moves towards its conclusion.

Now onto the bracket update. There's a lot of red marks on my bracket (red = missed picks), but 3 of my four Final Four picks are still alive (Way to go Kentucky), one of which is my predicted winner. Basically that means that I don't have to commit to being anyone's best friend yet because I could still win. So in conclusion, go UConn.

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Nothing Inspires Reader Confidence . . .

Like the writer being in last place in his own tourney pick em group (Thanks for nothing Tom Izzo). Well, it's only day one.

For those of you who are interested, the leader at the end of day one is the Knickerlbogger. We'll see if he can keep it up.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Less typing . . .

The NBA will speak to Dallas coach Don Nelson, who made contact with Golden State guard Avery Johnson via e-mail and offered him a position on the Mavericks' coaching staff starting this postseason.

When's the last time Avery Johnson got this much attention for anything? Also, would he win the award for most annoying voice from a coach in a supporting role?

Less talking . . . Part II

"I'm a starter. I've been a starter here for eight years. I'm not a sixth man," Iverson said after the game. "I'm a starter. I know in this league ... if someone comes back from an injury, if he's a starter he starts. What's the difference? If you're going to cut my time down, cut my time down. It doesn't make any difference. I'm a starter."

As most of you know I'm a fan of AI, but this is just plain unacceptable. To refuse to play unless you start? You've got to be kidding me. While some would probably say this is a reason for the Sixers being so far below .500, I would tend to say that it is a consequence of that. I mean, Iverson isn't even the first Sixer to pull something like this. Glenn Robinson, in response to being criticized about his defense (or lack thereof) responded with, "they knew what they were getting when they traded for me." The reason the Sixers record sucks is because they aren't playing well and the injuries are adding up. John Salmons is getting 20 minutes a game. If that isn't a sign, then I don't know what is. But while AIs tirade isn't a reason for the Sixers slide form the playoffs, it most certainly is not acceptable.

Monday, March 15, 2004
Less talking, better playing

"Golden State Warriors rookie Mickael Pietrus apologized Monday for criticizing his teammates and saying he wants out of his contract with the Warriors."

Here's a sample of the "criticizing":
"He also said that he defends 'like a dog,' only to see teammates 'chewing the kebabs.'"

First off, Mike may want to check the similes he uses. At least around here, playing like a dog means you're slacking. And chewing the kebabs? Must be a french thing.

I'm not sure Mikey noticed either, that he is not exactly contributing much himself. Yeah, he plays defense, but the guys is a non-factor on the offensive end for the most part as is exhibited by his sub 30% shooting. Perhaps while he complains about his teammates defensive efforts, they are saying the same things about his offensive efforts.

Monday, March 08, 2004
Gooden Sidelined by Hair Follicles

Infected hair follicles on his leg kept him out? How do you walk into the locker room and tell the guys that? I can't even imagine the ridicule that comes with that.

It's Getting to be That Time

Tournament Time! So I've started a tournament pick em group on Yahoo!. The group ID is 4100 and the password is "eotb". Hope to see you all there.