Don’t Be this Dad
It’s been a rough week for former Chicago Bull Rod Higgins. Not only is Rod the coach of the woebegone Charlotte Bobcats but he’s also eliminated himself from the running for Father of the Year. Higgins released his son Cory, the team’s backup point guard, over the weekend to make room for a front court player. In making Cory a former NBA player his dad has robbed him of the chance to marry a Kardashian and ruined Christmas in one fell swoop. Nice going Dad.
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LeBron James is the Cure for Post-Superbowl Blues
Because football isn’t a year-round sport.
Much to the chagrin of Jim Harbaugh the NFL season came to a stunning and sudden end last week when the Baltimore Ravens held off the 49ers to claim victory in Super Bowl XLVII. The days following the game offered a whirlwind of revelry (Ravens’ Parade), late night television spots, debate, and complaints about officiating, but actual football games weren’t on the docket. What’s a sports fan to do now that football has ended, the NCAA tournament is a month away, and baseball is nothing but a tease with its sun drenched reports for the next six weeks?
There’s LeBron James.Pin It Tweet
The All-Time Worst Sports Nicknames
Tampa Bay Bucs running back Doug Martin is having a superb rookie season but there may be one fact that he’d like to hide. When Martin exploded for four rushing touchdowns against theOakland Raiders in Week 9 of the NFL season he became the darling of fantasy football owners everywhere and the laughingstock of Twitter due to his nickname. It seems that Martin earned the nickname Muscle Hamster during his time at Boise State. Martin claims that his offensive lineman gave him the name for his weight room exploits and diminutive size. Let’s hope so. A Muscle Hamster sounds like something you buy to chase the mice out of your garage or a dance craze sweeping through gay nightclubs. Martin may soon be an All Pro running back but he has the nickname of a Mighty Mouse villain.
Don’t be this Dad!: Lamar Odom Edition
As if Lamar Odom hadn’t done enough to tarnish his image by hooking up with the Kardashian clan and loafing his way out of Dallas his antics in New York family court last week should permanently land him on the bad dad list. Odom fell asleep in a hearing to determine the custody of his 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.
Odom’s estranged baby mama, Liza Morales, reportedly only speaks to the hoopster through third parties. Morales apparently spent a decade with Odom and gave birth to three of his children before he tossed her aside for a spot in Khloe Kardashian’s bed and a chance at reality TV stardom. I’ve heard that the first rule of fatherhood is to love the mother of your children, and I always assumed that the first rule of custody proceedings is to not fall asleep in court; Lamar has failed miserably on both counts.Pin It Tweet
Don’t Be This Dad!: NBA Edition
Oh, who am I kidding, these could pretty much all be called NBA Edition. The NBA, despite employing the fewest number of athletes, seems to have the largest pool of staggeringly inept fathers among all pro sports leagues. The Association is at it again.
This time it’s Terrence Williams of the Celtics, formerly of the Kentucky Wildcats and Nets, who has garnered our attention for all the wrong reasons. Williams was arrested over the weekend in Kent, Wa. after he allegedly brandished a weapon during an argument with the mother of his child. Williams was reportedly meeting the woman in order to pick up his 10-year-old son for a scheduled visitation. Yes, that’s right, the 25-year-old Williams has a 10-year-old. Dear old dad seems to be setting a fine example. I always thought that my first duty as a father was to first love the mother of my kids. Sounds like Terrence Williams learned a different lesson.Pin It Tweet
Alex Len’s Lottery Selection Bittersweet for Terps Fans
Alex Len, former center at the University of Maryland, was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the fifth overall selection in last week’s NBA draft. The Suns clearly chose Len more for what he could become than for anything he did with the Terps. The selection was a bittersweet development for Maryland fans as Len leaves behind a trail of “what ifs” in College Park.
Len’s ascension up pre-draft prospect rankings led many Baltimore sports personalities to discuss one of their least favorite topics; the NBA. The league is generally met with disinterest or derogatory comments. The fact that the Terps’ frustratingly inconsistent sophomore center was considered a top draft prospect seemed to fuel the fire of many local NBA haters, media and fans alike.Pin It Tweet
NBA Stories to Watch
The NBA season is getting underway and basketball fans can obsess over various storylines. Here’re a few I’ll be keeping tabs on this season.
Can Greg Oden and Michael Beasley contribute in Miami?
The defending champs haven’t had much in the way of cap space over the past three seasons. In the offseason Miami cut the oft-injured Mike Miller and made a pair of low-risk, potential high-reward signings. Beasley is a proven scorer who has traditionally preferred weed and tattoos to playing defense. After burning out in Minnesota and Phoenix, Beasley is back with the team that made him the #2 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Beasley should give coach Erik Spoelstra another big wing on the second unit and may even allow LeBron James and Dwyane Wade the chance to hit the bench simultaneously on occasion. If Beasley can steer clear of South Beach he could offer Miami a dynamic scorer off the bench to pair with Ray Allen.Pin It Tweet
Terrence Jones Tops NBA Early Season Breakouts
The Houston Rockets have been big winners in each of the past two NBA offseasons with the trade for James Harden prior to the 2012-13 season and the signing of free agent big man Dwight Howard last summer. Harden and Howard have made the Rockets relevant but the emergence of second year forward Terrence Jones has solidified Houston’s starting lineup. After spending most of his rookie season in the NBA Developmental League Jones has been one of the league’s early breakout stars this seasons. The 2012 first round draft pick was inserted into the starting lineup replacing Omir Asik in the fifth game of the season and has scored in double digits in six of his eight starts. After averaging just 5.5 points in 19 games as a rookie Jones is averaging 9.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and shooting a robust 54% from the floor. Jones has teamed with Howard and small forward Chandler Parsons one of the NBA’s most productive front courts.
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