・コービーの娘たちは、父親がMVPだと思っているらしく、この前の試合中“Daddy for MVP.”というカードを掲げていたらしい。
Asked about a potential Lakers-Celtics matchup in the NBA finals, Jackson said: “Maybe some people would roll over in their graves and reappear. It is a nostalgia thing, of course.” The Celtics have an 8-2 record when the teams have met in the finals. It hasn’t happened since 1987. … Bryant’s two young daughters, with an assist from his wife, held up a sign saying: “Daddy for MVP.”
"Other than the glare I felt like it didn't look that bad," Josh Childress said, "I expected a lot worse. Once his head tones down in the shiny department, I feel like it will look fine ... he made a promise and he kept it."
Ever-opinionated Hall of Famer Charles Barkley criticized the Wizards for trash-talking James. “The Washington Wizards have got to be the dumbest team in the history of civilization,” Barkley said in a conference call. “For them to rile up LeBron, who’s the second-best player we’ve got in the NBA … that’s just stupid. I thought (the Wizards) had a chance to win that series. I don’t think that anymore.”
I remember when I made the prediction at the beginning of the year that we would beat Boston, everybody laughed at me after we lost. They had their little short giggles. I’m glad you guys giggled, because I’m going to be giggling the whole summer now.
I think we’re the only team in the league to beat them three times this season. So, giggle giggle giggle back. You all were so quick to kill me, but five months later I got the last laugh.
I ain't even gonna lie, I know how girls feel when guys grab on them and stuff. Because the girls... Woo! Woo! They over me like flies in D.C.! I have this thing where if you don't go out as much, people want you more. You're a hot commodity. I go to the club, once a month, three times a year, and I'm like a wildfire in there! I like to just to go sometimes to put my face out there and show people I'm still here.... If I see a celebrity women I'm going at them. Halle Berry where you at? I'm next.
スポーツに関する小ネタ本を書いている著者が、アリーナスにインタビューしたらしい。その本に載せれなかった分が、ワシントンポストに提供された模様。みんな、彼の本Beat Me with a Frying Panを買ってあげよう。この本で、彼はスポーツに関するみんなの疑問を解決しているらしい。「力士はアメフトのディフェンスラインマンとして活躍できる？」とか「普通の男はWNBAでスタメンになれる？」とか「ファンでもメジャーの投手相手にヒットを打てる？」とか。
I'm trying to get Ficker back. When they moved to the new arena the seats got changed and they moved up the price and he didn't want to do that anymore.
I love heckling because they do get creative. We were playing the Clippers and I'm shooting free throws. This guy starts yelling about how it's the trade deadline and I just got traded to the Knicks, saying I was being traded for Stephon Marbury, and he just named like 12 other players. The crowd started laughing. I made both of them and I started laughing.
So the next player got up there and it was Etan Thomas. The ref thought it was offensive but our whole team thought it was funny. He starts going "Shaka Zulu!" He airballed both of them and everybody just started laughing. It's entertaining. That's what they came there for. Some guys get pissed off, but that's what I want my fans to do is start heckling the opponent. Because as soon as they start interacting with you, they forget about the team.
1. April 30, 1992: Gary Payton throws a lob pass to Shawn Kemp, who somehow catches it, throws it down and is fouled. That play is the turning point in the 119-116 win that gives the Sonics their first playoff series victory in three years.
"Everyone, including me, thought that pass was going to be 10 rows into the stands," Karl said.
4. Oct. 1997-May 1998: With the relationship between Karl and team president Wally Walker deteriorating and Karl's coaching future in jeopardy, the Sonics win 61 games and beat Minnesota in a five-game series, before losing in five to the Lakers. It isn't enough to save Karl's job.
"We had kind of an 'us-against-the world, us-against-management' mentality," Karl said, "and that was a pretty fun coaching year. We took a lot of older guys like Jerome Kersey and Dale Ellis, got Vin Baker and won 61 games."
5. Jan. 25, 1992: Karl's first game as Sonics coach, a 104-103 loss to Utah.
"I was just back from Spain and I was speaking Spanish on the sidelines," Karl said. "And I was thinking to myself, 'Wow, these guys are really going to think I'm smart.' "
Yet it appears that Kaman is on the verge of having his German citizenship granted and setting himself up for a busy summer, which would seriously improve Dirk Nowitzki's chances of realizing his dream this summer by taking his country's national team to the Olympics.
When asked about the possibility of winning the MVP award, Bryant said: “The MVP nowadays is not an individual award, you really have to make your teammates better and elevate your ballclub. I think for me to be nominated in that race is a tremendous honor because that’s really been one of the criticisms people have had of me, how well I make my teammates better. From that standpoint, I feel like I have already won.”
・最近、コービーはシャックとCMで共演した。コービーはあのCMを"Beauty and the Beast."（美男子と野獣）と呼んでいるらしい。
- Kobe Bryant declared his new nickname as "The Cape" in reference to his car jumping commercial. Again folks . . . not real. I couldn't believe how many fellow media members were trying to debate it.
- I asked him about his appearance on American Idol. Bryant said "once I put that hat on, I can perform."
- Finally, Bryant joked that he didn't know that he would be paired with Shaquille O'Neal in the NBA commercial. He said it's "Beauty and the Beast." He continued that he loves the concept and it's great for the game.
シャキーノの呪いとは、バンビーノの呪いのもじり。レッドソックスがベーブ・ルースをヤンキースに放出してから低迷したように、マジックがシャックを放出してから低迷していること。シャックの主張は、要は俺並にプレーオフで勝て、ということ。Curse of the Bambinoについて詳しく知りたい人はこちらで。
"I like Big Cactus. Why? Because I'm old and because nobody really knows what type of cactus I am. But I will prick your ass if you touch me the wrong way."
Suns center Shaquille O'Neal, delving into the truly important stuff -- now that his new team has its on-court business flowing so nicely -- by explaining why he sees no need to amend his latest nickname, as you might have expected, to the Big Shaq-tus.
O'Neal, furthermore, is not dropping his latest inflammatory assertion that Orlando's Dwight Howard has not earned the right to associate himself with Superman, as Shaq has done for years. "Anyone can win a slam-dunk contest," O'Neal said last week. "The real Superman is dead. He was assassinated by Pat Riley. I'm the Big Cactus now and ready to roll again."
That quote popped into my head when I saw Shaq on Monday wearing a pair of custom-made Superman sneaks on his way out of practice. When I jokingly asked him what he was doing with Dwight's shoes on, Shaq promptly (and sternly) informed me (after a few unprintables) that Howard still has to "get past the Shaquino" in the playoffs for such a privilege.
If you're losing track -- not hard when it comes to Shaq and all of his monikers -- "Shaquino" is a reference to what is known among Magic fans as the "Curse of the Shaquino," which blames O'Neal's abrupt free-agent defection to the Lakers in the summer of 1996 for Orlando's subsequent decade-plus of woe.
Udrih was the only Kings starter who didn’t wear a headband. “I never wear it before so I’m not going to do that,” he said afterward in the locker room. “Look, I have three headbands in my locker because they kept throwing them at me, saying ‘come on wear one, wear one.”’
Howard, the all-powerful Magic center, left practice early Tuesday after getting elbowed in the mouth by little-used rookie teammate Marcin Gortat, causing a bloody cut that required six stitches to close.
Battie was the first of several Magic players this season who were injured playing against, or practicing with, Howard, who has become the most powerful center in the NBA, sometimes dominating games with his combination of strength and athletic ability.
Battie was trying to defend Howard in a one-on-one drill just before training camp, using his left arm extended, to keep him out of the lane. It was a technique Battie had used hundreds of times against NBA opponents. But against Howard and his strength, the shoulder popped.
It was an elbow from Howard that caught Jameer Nelson in the mouth in a game last month, causing him to miss the next two games with concussion-like symptoms. It was Howard who broke a bone in the right hand of forward Brian Cook when he tried slapping the ball away from him.
During a drill before a game in Miami, Howard accidentally hit assistant coach Patrick Ewing in the mouth, sending him to the dentist with a loosened tooth.
“It’s nice that we can play a role in the Western Conference,” coach Reggie Theus said. “The guys understand we have a role to play. If our role is to muck it up, that’s what we’ll do. It gives us something to play for and it’s a big win for us down the stretch.”
“I love playing back-to-back games, especially after a loss,” said Allen Iverson, who led Denver with 31 points. “You get a chance to get at it again and try to make sure you don’t have the same nightmares from the night before. All I was thinking about was the loss yesterday until we started playing today.
“I couldn’t sleep all last night because of that loss.”
“You don’t want to watch TV because you might see the highlights from that game. You stay away from the sports channels,” Iverson said. “I woke up and tried to watch movies and tried to stay away from sports.”
The freshman standout -- a virtual lock to be an NBA lottery pick in June -- sat out almost eight minutes of the Tigers' victory over Michigan State in an NCAA South Regional semifinal last week, resisting stitches after he was cut above his right eye.
"I thought they were stitching him, and I was mad at the doctors," Memphis Coach John Calipari said. "How can it take you that long to stitch him? Go tell them to hurry."
Scared and upset, Rose kept resisting until doctors finally glued the wound closed instead, and he returned to the game.
"That shows you," Calipari said. "He's just a young kid."
Rose's needle phobia might stem from a childhood bicycle accident, although for some reason it hasn't prevented him from getting tattoos. But rest assured, Calipari said, it is real.
"When I tell you terrified, I mean, like if there's something that scares you where your heart races," he said. "Like snakes, or a spider or mice, whatever fear you have, that's his. Sweat pours from him. He's deathly afraid of needles."
A stomach virus this season nearly undid Rose.
"He threw up, so now he's dehydrated," Calipari said. "If they give him the medicine through the IV, you're good in 24 hours.
"He's laying on the table. He's tight. He's sweating. His veins are small because he's dehydrated. So they go to do it, and the first one, they miss. Now he's like, 'No!'
"So I've got to come off the practice floor, and I've got to talk to him. . . . And I'm holding his hand. He's saying, 'Coach, I can't do it!' Tears coming down. So I start pinching his arm, telling him, this is what it's going to feel like.
"I'm rubbing his arm. I'm holding his hand. Finally they get it in, and 24 hours later, he's fine."
Mike Trudell of Timberwolves.com interviews Al Jefferson.
Well, I was going to ask you who's funnier: Your favorite actor Eddie Murphy, or Mad Dog? I have to go with Eddie Murphy, but Mad Dog is crazy. He'll surprise you. He'll say something and you're like 'Wow, that's Mad Dog!' Every time someone makes a joke on him, he can reverse it. Every time.
How many times has Dog mentioned his two championship rings to close an argument? Oh man. (Thinking). I've heard it probably, 25 to 40 ... thousand times.