Tony Parker spoke to reporters in Paris yesterday about a variety of subjects, including his assessment of the future prospects of the Spurs.
Of those NBA title hopes, Parker said:
“It was sort of our last chance this season. .. We are aging. We must be realistic.
“We can’t count on trades to happen. We’re going to have to rely on the draft but Pop (Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich) has made many good choices.“
Parker also gave fresh perspective on the four-year contract extension he signed with the club before the season, and if Joakim Noah will play for France - with Parker - in this summer’s European Championship tournament.
Tuesday Magic Johnson told Bloomberg News he would’ve never teamed up with other star NBA players the way LeBron James elected to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat:
Magic: “We didn’t think about it ’cause that’s not what we were about. From college, I was trying to figure out how to beat Larry Bird.”
Unfortunately for Johnson, newspaper archives exist. Specifically, the June 5, 1991, edition of the LOS ANGELES TIMES in which Johnson essentially admitted to doing exactly what James recently did. Read more…
Michael Jordan’s son Marcus, a freshman basketball player at the Univ. of Central Florida, became rather opinionated last night when the NBA Finals Game 7 telecast featuring the Lakers and Celtics aired a graphic showing a statistical comparison between his dad and Kobe Bryant in NBA Finals series.
Kentucky Coach John Calipari Tweeted Friday morning:
I’ve said many times that I’ve got the best job in the country. Still the speculation runs wild and I can’t stop that … I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let’s finish what we started!
Translation: A recruit called Calipari this morning and asked him if he was leaving UK.
The ’speculation’ that Calipari claims comes out of thin air most recently had him considering the head coaching position with the Bulls - if LeBron James was to join the same team. Calipari was also seen attending Cavaliers playoff games, further fueling ’speculation’ involving a connection between the two.
So with Calipari unequivocably confirming that he’ll be back at UK next season, could that be taken as a sign James is not considering joining the Bulls?
As Mike Brown is reportedly soon to be let go as Cavaliers coach, could that also be a sign that Calipari knows James won’t be staying in Cleveland? Read more…
One of the hardest parts of my job is trying to figure out the difference between sports marketing ploys and genuine sports news as it pertains to LeBron James. LeBron changing his number? Sports marketing. LeBron playing football? Sports marketing.
(Mussa “Pants On the Ground” fan)
LeBron being an a-hole to a ballboy during a Bulls-Cavs playoff game? Not sports marketing. Read more…
In case you didn’t think it was possible for an NBA player to tie his shoe will possessing the ball during live game action, you haven’t been watching the Chicago Bulls lately.
That’s Raptors guard Jarrett Jack last night against the Bulls at the United Center tying his shoe while an apparently enraptured Luol Deng has the courtesy to leave the point guard undisturbed in his endeavor.
Not coincidentally, the Raps destroyed Chicago in the game, 110-78 - after jumping out to a 37-16 first quarter lead. Video after the jump. Read more…
Shame shame if you missed tonight’s Bulls-Nuggets game; it featured one of the closest game-ending calls in recent memory - certainly the closest of the young season. Quick recap to set the scene: Nuggets lead throughout the 4th quarter, only to see the Bulls make up a 7-point deficit late and tie the game at 89. Chauncey Billups gets the ball, gets fouled on the last shot by Kirk Hinrich (it was a good call, if not one that always gets called on the last play of the game), and goes to the line with under a second left. Hits the first, misses the second on purpose, Bulls get it and immediately call timeout. Clock runs out… but the officials put 0.3 seconds back on the clock! So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance! After the timeout, the Bulls inbound from their side of the court, get it to Brad Miller who gets the shot off as soon as he touches it, aaaaand….
(…well? Good? No?)
The shot miraculously goes in, and the refs call it good. It’s a celebration, bitches! Naturally, they go to the sideline monitor to review the play, because wow. And they keep reviewing. And keep reviewing. And–look, I’m going to write that over and over until you have to read it for five minutes, because that’s how long it took before the referees called it no good and gave the win to the Nuggets. Video, courtesy of the always-clutch @jose3030, is after the break.