Kobe not the greatest Laker by a longshot

New York

Fascinating that two-thirds of the people who did all the talking — Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss — at Kobe Bryant’s jerseys retirement had nothing to do with him becoming a Laker and winning five championships.

Why invite Jerry West’s statue inside Staples just to sit stonily at courtside?

I’m guessing people would have loved to hear the Lakers’ GM describe the high school kid’s fabled pre-1996 draft workout, illuminate what Kobe did that day against Michael Cooper that provoked West to proposition a dozen teams before Charlotte agreed to trade the rights to the 13 pick for Vlade Divac, LA’s central nervous system at 28.

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The real story behind Carmelo’s trade to Knicks

New York
Enough of this recklessness and ridiculousness! Enough of the misconceptions and mistaken beliefs! Enough of the fibs and fairytales!
Virtually seven years have passed (Feb. 22, 2011) since the Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, yet 11 out of 10 chroniclers continue to muck up many relevant facts.
While many obsess on Melo’s unsatisfactory (the box makes him look a lot better than he did in real time) and unsuccessful return last night to Madison Square Garden … and the rest assess his accountability for the Thunder’s 14-15 mediocrity, my unfeasible objective is to set the record straight, as well as the recorders of NBA history, regarding New York’s disastrous deal.
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Other shoe certain to drop in hoop harassment cases

New York
 
As of today, the moment I’m sending this baby to bed, not a single NBA owner, executive, coach, player, or anyone affiliated with the league’s TV partners, past and present, has been accused of sexual transgression, assault, or harassment.
 
Is it humanely possible basketball people exercise more social skills than politicians, comedians, journalists, stock brokers, musical conductors, actors, producers, doctors, more politicians, religious officials, more producers, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera?
 
Don’t be ridiculous!
 
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Lack of probing into Fizdale firing very telling

New York
There is just one explanation why nobody whose duty it is to cover the NBA has bothered to confirm or deny my account concerning the sudden extraction of David Fizdale as Grizzlies head coach:
The buddy-buddy system that permeates my profession … though I suppose, a good case could be made that sheer laziness is also a fundamental factor.
On the day Fizdale and the Grizzlies ended their alliance after one season and 19 games (7-12), I revealed he’d forced management to fire him by refusing to reconcile differences with Marc Gasol.
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