HUUUUUGE Upgrade from anything remotely related to the Bobcats.
Anyone who says this is a childish move is an Idiot. KG has made it known Ray Allen is dead to him, that’s Allens fault for trying to be Mr. Nice guy, no room for that in sports. This is competition. Garnett has fans to protect and hes standing up for the city of Boston. When you’re a leader that’s just what you do.. Ray Ray made his bed, now hes got to lay in it.
Apparently civil rights leaders in Minneapolis think so.
Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul’s African American leadership council, told the Star-Tribune that he thinks the unbalanced roster could be seen as a ploy by the ownership to sell the team to a majority-white fan base.
“How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?” Terrell said to the Star-Tribune. “I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance.”
Is this guy serious? Before you start playing the race card Tyrone, you should know some facts – Of the 15 players on the Minnesota squad, 5 are black, 5 are European born (all from different countries) and 5 are “white,” born in the US. Sounds like a pretty diverse team to me…shoot might be the most diverse team in the NBA (white/black aside). So I say you sit back and enjoy a wonderfully fundamentally sound season in Minnesota and keep your trap shut T. 🙂
ESPN – ESPN – Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk was charged with a DUI in New Lenox, Ill., on Monday after he was found unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle, which was found in the middle of a corn field, according to New Lenox police.
“Around 7:20 (Monday) night, we received a couple of calls about a vehicle in a field,” Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz said. “When officers went over there, they found Mr. Fisk unconscious behind the wheel.
This is amazing… Fisk, 7:00 pm on a Monday night. Take notes fellas apparently Carlton is a hall of famer in more areas then one… absolutely phenomenal story… Like I have so many questions I want to ask him about this night.
Just dancing around his car doing this:
I wonder what this guys And 1 Mix-tape looks like? He goes hard in the paint. he cant run jump or shoot but a semi professional basketball tryout is exactly what he wants to do. Get your geriatric ass off the court blue.
I mean it was totally getting to a point of no return as he was wearing a XXXL headband for the past two years. Every time he got fouled and the play caused it to move he put that thing back in place faster than you can say Delonte West banged your mom. I dont know if it was superstition and he wasnt touching a thing until he won a championship or what, but he’s back to having a full head of hair remarkably. 9 times out of 10, basketball players opt for the shaved look…in 2012 prissy Lebron went with hair implants. Michael Jordan is rolling over in his luxury box.
‘Twan blew through $110,000,000??? Dude get a financial advisor already. You would have been safer following ‘Miggles’ picks every week. If you need some scratch I do need my lawn mowed.. cant pay much but it could help you get on your feet.
Shouldve signed up for the 401k .
Looks like things for UNC could get worse in the months to come. But then again, this will probably just get swept under the rug like the Lance Thomas jewelry deal over in Durham.
CHAPEL THRILL – Matt Kupec, a star quarterback for UNC Chapel Hill who later returned to become its chief fundraiser, resigned Sunday after an internal investigation showed he and another university fundraiser appear to have taken personal trips together at the university’s expense, Chancellor Holden Thorp said Monday.
Thorp said Kupec, the vice chancellor for university advancement, offered his resignation Sunday night after Thorp told Kupec a review of his travel with Tami Hansbrough, who is also the divorced mother of former UNC star basketball player Tyler Hansbrough, showed trips that did not appear to be university related. Thorp said those trips appear to have included destinations where her other son, Ben Hansbrough, then a star basketball player at Notre Dame, was playing, but Thorp did not say how many.
“Last night I told Matt what I had been finding and I was going to have to do a thorough investigation of his travel, and he offered his resignation,” Thorp said, adding he accepted it.
“It was difficult because Matt has been such a great person for the university and has raised billions of dollars for us,” Thorp added, “but I had to share with him what we had been finding and it didn’t look good and that it’s likely that this sort of personally driven travel was unacceptable, and we are going to need to do a pretty thorough investigation of it.”
The personnel changes and internal investigation involving the mother of one of UNC’s most popular basketball players come amid a yearlong academic fraud investigation that also has ties to athletics. But Thorp said he did not see the fundraising controversy as being an athletics concern.
Thorp said Tami Hansbrough, a major gifts officer who earns $95,000 annually, has been placed on administrative leave as that investigation continues. Kupec declined to be interviewed Monday night but released a statement confirming the resignation. He did not provide details but thanked the university for his time there. Hansbrough could not be reached.
The personnel changes give another twist to Hansbrough’s unusual work history at UNC Chapel Hill. She was originally hired on Dec. 8, 2008, as a fundraiser for the foundation that serves UNC’s dental school.
At the time, her son Tyler, a senior, was beginning his final season on the basketball team, a season that would bring the university a national championship. Tyler Hansbrough was named an All-America and now plays in the NBA.
Thorp confirmed that a dental foundation audit later found that during that championship run, Tami Hansbrough had been traveling to cities in which Tyler Hansbrough was playing basketball. But Thorp said those foundation-paid trips were legitimate because she was raising money for the university, and UNC fans traveling to those games would have been good candidates to make donations.
Thorp said the university’s compliance office reviewed information about the travel for compliance with NCAA regulations.
The audit led to the exit of Hansbrough’s boss at the foundation, Brad Bodager, Thorp confirmed. Attempts to reach Bodager over the past few weeks have been unsuccessful.
In mid-2010, Kupec sought to hire a fundraiser. By then, Kupec was in a relationship with Hansbrough, Thorp said, and Thorp had heard that she might be interested in the job. When Thorp learned that she would be reporting to Kupec in the new job, Thorp told Kupec he could not hire her because it would violate the university’s nepotism policy since they were in a relationship.
The position disappeared and was never filled. A short time later, another fundraising position surfaced, only this time it reported to Winston Crisp, who is the vice chancellor for student affairs. Thorp said he had supported the position being created.
After what Thorp said was a proper job search with multiple candidates, Crisp hired Hansbrough for the job. But Hansbrough traveled regularly with Kupec, who separated from his wife in October 2009. The marriage ended two years later, Orange County records show.
The divorce papers indicate that Kupec had committed “marital misconduct” according to North Carolina law.
Kupec first joined the university as a fundraiser in 1992 and became the vice chancellor for university advancement in 1995. He made a $349,800 annual salary.
Tami Hansbrough is divorced from Tyler and Ben Hansbrough’s father.
Thorp said he began hearing concerns regarding Kupec’s and Hansbrough’s travel weeks ago and initiated an investigation.
The (Raleigh) News & Observer sought to obtain a copy of the dental foundation audit and related expense records four weeks ago, but the foundation’s new director, Paul Gardner, said they were not public record because the foundation is a nonprofit and not a public agency. He forwarded The N&O’s request to UNC’s legal department, which so far has not provided information.
Past and current members of the dental foundation either said they knew nothing about the audit or declined to comment. But one board member, Dr. Bettie McKaig, a Raleigh dentist, said Hansbrough had been a good fundraiser for the foundation.
Last week, The N&O contacted Thorp and asked him about the audit, Kupec’s relationship with Hansbrough and how she got hired. Thorp said he could not talk about the matter then, but called The N&O early Monday evening and confirmed several details.
Kupec said in his statement that “I have been privileged to have worked with incredibly talented faculty, students, administrators and staff. I have worked with gifted Chancellors. But most of all, I have been fortunate to work with a score of passionate alumni and friends who love this University and who have paved the way through their generosity to make Carolina a true gem.
“I will miss you all but in my heart I will always be a part of the Carolina family.”
Kupec said he was proud to have led to led two major fundraising campaigns – the $440 million Bicentennial Campaign for Carolina and the $2.38 billion raised during the Carolina First Campaign. Overall, he said, he raised $4 billion for the university.
Kupec played quarterback for Carolina from 1976 through 1979 and set or broke 19 passing records, according to his university biography.
DOOKIEVILLE – We may be on the midst of another NCAA investigation in the triangle. This dumbass over in Durham could possibly cost Duke, and Coach K, not only vacated wins, but the National Championship in 2010 as well.
Lawsuit: Duke player purchased $100,000 in jewelry A starter on Duke’s 2010 national championship team purchased nearly $100,000 in custom jewelry that season from a New York firm that caters to professional athletes and is now suing him for failing to pay the balance of what he owes.
Lance Thomas purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry at a cost of $97,800 on Dec. 21, 2009, in the middle of his senior season, according the lawsuit. Documents included with the suit indicate he made a $30,000 down payment and received $67,800 in credit from the firm, the balance that remains unpaid.
Ok ok, so you wanted some dope jewelry and shit. I get it. But this is what you buy?
A black diamond necklace, a diamond-encrusted wiz-atch, a pair of diamond stud earings, a diamond cross and a black diamond pendant in the shape of Jesus’ head.
Dude, we know you don’t have the money, that’s why you haven’t paid it back. Better start working on that J son.
Thomas started 39 games at forward during the 2009-2010 season, including the Blue Devils’ 61-59 victory over Butler in the championship game. He wasn’t drafted by an NBA team but played last season for the New Orleans Hornets.
The Associated Press recently obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed in January but hasn’t been publicly disclosed. It was filed in Austin, Texas, because Thomas was playing for the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League at the time.
A Duke spokesman said the university knows about the lawsuit and is looking into it.
“We have been made aware of a lawsuit filed by a jeweler against former men’s basketball player Lance Thomas and we are currently looking into the matter,” said Jon Jackson, the school’s associate athletic director for media relations.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the organization also is aware of the matter and is in communication with Duke.
NCAA rules regarding amateurism prohibit athletes from receiving benefits that aren’t available to all students. Speaking generally, Osburn said “the test” for such a violation is whether “the general student body, or someone similarly situated, would be able to get the same benefit or treatment.”
Thomas, 24, is from Scotch Plains, N.J., and played at prep power St. Benedict’s, according to his biography on the Duke website. The site said his mother is a manager at a Ford plant in New Jersey.
John Spencer, an agent who has represented Thomas, said he wasn’t aware of the jewelry purchase. He referred all comment on the lawsuit to an Austin attorney who is representing Thomas in the matter. The attorney didn’t return phone messages from the AP.
Rafaello & Co., which also does business as A+A Diamonds Ltd., promotes itself as a “deluxe” jeweler whose customers include New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and actors Jamie Foxx and Don Cheadle.
Damn Lance, get a little ahead of yourself there buddy? Really? One hundred thousand dollars worth of jewelry and you didn’t even get fucking drafted. What a douche bag.
Mike Bowers, the firm’s attorney, said Thomas purchased a black diamond necklace, a diamond-encrusted watch, a pair of diamond studs, a diamond cross and a black diamond pendant in the shape of Jesus’ head. According to the purchase order, signed by Thomas, the player agreed to pay a deposit of at least 25 percent of the purchase price and the remainder in 15 days.
Bowers said he was unaware of how Thomas made the required down payment.
Bowers said he’s seen no evidence that anyone other than Thomas was involved in the transaction and he doesn’t know why the Duke player was extended credit for most of the purchase.
“It was a clean, clear-cut transaction between Mr. Thomas and my client, and I don’t see anything that warrants me asking anything beyond that,” Bowers said. “Speaking hypothetically, if he came in on a bicycle with tattered jeans, I doubt seriously he would have been sold jewelry, but I’m not drawing conclusions. The terms here are clear.”
Rafaello & Co. filed a similar lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant last year, claiming he hadn’t paid $240,000 for jewelry he purchased between January and May 2010. The purchases detailed in that suit, which has since been settled, occurred after Bryant announced he was leaving Oklahoma State and was entering the 2010 NFL draft.
KDKA – A Pittsburgh-area bowling fanatic has gotten a Utah company to fashion a bowling ball urn for his ashes.
Forty-eight-year-old Tony Guarino tells KDKA-TV (http://cbsloc.al/MzZc1u ) that his wife Stacy called Storm Products Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, when he began wondering if the bowling ball company could make such a container.
Nothing better than a bowling ball urn for your ashes made by a cult in Utah, you know who I am talking about.
Company official Mike Stewart (who has never had a drink in his life) says Storm was “honored” by the request and has since delivered the ball.
Guarino, of Wilkins Township, is an avid bowler whose only perfect, 300 game was bowled using a Storm ball.
Stacy Guarino says the ball urn won’t be used for bowling it will go into her husband’s bowling bag along with a ball his father used.
I have compiled 10 sports related urn ideas below. Add yours in the comment section below.
1. #88 Mountain Dew Chevy NASCAR Urn
2. Taylor Made R11 Urn
3. Jerry Sandusky Bobble Head Urn
4. Nancy Kerrigan Plaster Knee Mold Urn
5. Bocce Ball Urn
6. Nalgene Bottle Urn
7. Apollo Ohno Speed Skate Urn
8. Jose Canseco Syringe Urn
9. Horace Grant Rec Specs Urn
10. Metta World Peace’s 9 MM Urn
This has been up for debate for some time now. I actually hate debating things that cannot technically be proven, but this one was just too juicy to leave alone, especially since many of the people are leaning on the wrong side of the debate. Lets start with “The Dream Team”; Of course Michael Jordan is everyone’s first point in their debate. I get he changed the sport, I get he was ahead of his time, what people seem to forget though that just like humans, sports evolve. Yes he evolved faster than some back then, but as you can see today the sport has changed. Lets just say if a 6 ft 9’ 275 lb Lebron James was playing back in 1992 he would have been head and shoulders (literally) above Michael Jordan. The next point “Dream Teamers” like to bring up is the height difference and the discrepancy in big men. I agree this could be an issue for the 2012 team to overcome, but tell me how “The Dream Team” with all its height are gonna guard a 7ft guard the likes of Kevin Durant? “Dream Team” loyalists like to bring up Magic and Bird. This one’s easy for me, Magic was in his 2nd year of his “HIV” and Bird could barely stand cause of his back issues. Finally, “Dream Teamers” love pointing out their margin of victory. This one is so warped as the world was just catching on to the sport at the time and weren’t nearly at the level they are at now. At no point did “The Dream Team” play the likes of Manu Ginobli and Serge Ibaka. The bottom line, like I referred to earlier, is the sport and humans have evolved. You take the best defender Scottie Pippen and put him on Lebron, that still leaves Kobe, Durant, Westbrook, Anthony, Paul, and on and on, all of which are faster and stronger than their counterparts on “The Dream Team”. 2012 Olympic win a close hard fought game, but the 92’ boys are just no match for the speed, power and athleticism of what the world has to offer today.
2012 Olympic Team 112 – “Dream Team 98
Oh and Mike Tyson beats Muhammad Ali 10 times out of 10.