February 18, 2008
Things from All-Star Weekend that, for whatever reason, didn't get a post of their own ...
• Morris Almond didn’t win the D-League's inaugural H-O-R-S-E competition, but he sure made things interesting. In the first round, Idaho center Lance Allred faced off against Fort Wayne’s Jeremy Richardson, and the craziest shot they took was probably a 15-footer with their legs crossed. Ugh. It was a painful start. Thankfully, though, Almond was up next, firing up shots from the floor, behind the backboard, eyes closed ... you know, like the game should be played. So, could it work on the NBA's big stage? Without a doubt. Throw a mic on guys like Garnett, Nash and Sheed, and watch the hilarity ensue. It’s no worse than the Shooting Stars or Skills Challenge, that's for sure.
• Saturday, I was invited by Converse to play in some media pick-up game at Tulane University. In attendance: Chris Broussard and LZ Granderson from ESPN, the blog-father Henry Abbott, Michael Grange from the Globe and many more. Not a whole lot happened to blog home about -- I was hungover and horrible -- but the highlight had to have been when some guy nearly got into a fistfight with DJ Clue. Yes, this DJ Clue. Clue wanted to mix-tape it up! It was surreal.
• Mark Cuban is a happy drunk. I was hanging out at a bar on Bourbon Street with the guys from Hardwood Paroxysm, when we noticed Cubes over at another table. I asked him when the Mavericks were going to land Jason Kidd. “Man, I already got a kid,” he cackled. “No, no, two D’s, Mark.” Well, he thought that was just about the funniest thing he'd ever heard. It really wasn’t that funny. And does Cuban even have a kid? What a guy!
• That same night, Yi Jianlian strolled past me down Bourbon. I had a couple in me, so I ran up to him from behind, tapped him on the elbow (there was no way I could reach his shoulder), and introduced myself. He shook my hand, and that was that. Eazy Yi: tall, polite, firm handshake.