Arenas Baby Mama: “no money” For Food, Xmas

A nine-year relationship involving Gilbert Arenas and the mother of his three children - with another on the way - has gotten ugly.

Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan

The WASHINGTON POST reports that Arenas broke up with the mother of his children, Laura Govan, around Thanksgiving.

More from the WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger:

A representative for Govan - yes, there are reps involved this time - told The Washington Post that Arenas has cut off communication and funds from her and their three children.

Govan, who is four months pregnant with their fourth child, “has not heard from Arenas the whole month of December,” said publicist Laura Wright in an e-mailed statement. “Govan and the children feel like they have been abandoned.”

Wright - who has worked for Govan’s sister Gloria and her fiance, Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes - said that Govan was left at their Great Falls home “with no money to purchase food or Christmas gifts.”

Arenas has yet to comment on the accusation from his former fiancee though he did tell reporters before he was traded from Washington to Orlando that he’d been staying at teammate Nick Young’s home for “about a month.

After he was traded from the Wizards to the Magic, Arenas told the Washington Post on Dec. 20 that he couldn’t wait to jet - literally - from D.C.:

“I went to the airport and left. I didn’t have a chance to say bye to anybody. I didn’t even say bye to the kids.”

This isn’t the first time Govan has had a highly publicized breakup with Arenas. From the Post: Read more…

Lou Holtz And Dwight Howard: Gripping Television

Lou Holtz’s daptacular display with Dwight Howard this week on ESPN makes it official.

We can now never, ever say ESPN doesn’t give us exactly what we want.
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Mexico Border “15 Feet Away” Frightens NBAer

John Denton of reported this week on the NBA staging an exhibition game between the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets in American border town Hidalgo, Texas, on Tuesday. Hidalgo’s basketball arena is, “less than a mile from the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border.

Rashard Lewis afraid to leave hotel room in American border town

(Native Texan Lewis afraid to leave Texas city’s best hotel)

Denton noted that the NBA has often scheduled preseason games in the past in nontraditional pro hoops markets to “spread goodwill” to fans before the regular season opens.

The irony of the trip to Hidalgo is that at least one Magic player refused to leave his hotel room because of concerns about his personal safety.

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See That Ticket? It Costs MORETHANYOURCAR reports from the bleeding edge of insanity ticketing technology that the average ticket price for the Miami Heat home opener against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 29 is $805:

NBA Opening week and holiday game average ticket price from

Would you pay $805 dollars to see the Heat’s home opener?

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Donaghy: “Orlando should dust off its golf clubs”

WEEI midday sports update anchor Chris Villani reports via Twitter today:

Tim Donaghy

WEEI producer called Tim Donaghy & told him who tonight’s Game 6 refs are, Donaghy’s reply “Orlando should dust off their golf clubs.”

The officiating crew for tonight’s Boston-Orlando matchup in Boston is Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen and Ken Mauer.

Celtics Blog has a scouting report, including statistical tendencies, on each guy. Read more…

Black Sunday Coming For Boston Sports Fans?

In 2004, Boston sports fans enjoyed the greatest playoff comeback in sports history, as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 ALCS deficit to defeat the Yankees en route to their first World Series Championship since 1918.

Black Sunday Coming For Boston Sports Fans?

It was hard not to root for the Sox back then. But since 2004, knowing Boston sports fans as I do, it’s been hard not to root against Boston and its insufferable, hipster-strewn “nation” of followers.

While I didn’t care enough earlier this month to actively root against the Boston Bruins as they somehow blew a 3-0 playoff series lead after frittering away a 3-0 Game 7 advantage against Philly, I must admit recent developments in the Orlando-Celtics NBA Eastern Conference Finals have me intrigued.

Consider these comparisons between the 2004 Yankees-Red Sox ALCS and the 2010 series between the Magic and Celtics.

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Can We Plz Get Randy Moss In Here To Translate?

Jason Williams gives us an unfiltered glimpse into West Virginia trailer park life with an oft-unintelligible, expletive-filled rant at reporters after the Magic were slammed by Boston Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final:

Jason Williams launches fbombs at reporters in Boston locker room

Can you guys please move out of my locker I asked you nicely. You don’t want me to get mean I’m sure. Can you guys please back the f— up. Thank you. F—. I asked you three times. What the f— is wrong with y’all man? F—. Don’t get smart man. Don’t get smart buzz, yeah I’m telling you don’t get smart buzz. (Unintelligble exchange with reporter.) … Step the f— back ………….. f—.

“Don’t get smart, Buzz”? Nice of him to throw in the West Virginia state motto while he was at it. Read more…

Magic Fan Speaks After Altercation With NBA Ref

Tuesday night a Magic fan named Franz Hanning was caught on video heckling longtime NBA referee Joe DeRosa at halftime of the Eastern Conference Finals game between Orlando and the Boston Celtics at Orlando’s Amway Arena.

Orlando Magic Fan Franz Hanning And NBA Referee Joe DeRosa

While Hanning was shouting at DeRosa from behind the halfcourt scorer’s table, the referee shocked the fan by tossing him a basketball. Hanning then immediately, softly tossed the ball back to the referee.

After receiving the ball from Hanning, DeRosa signaled arena security to descend on Hanning as the ref went to the locker room for halftime. Hanning was then reportedly “relocated” to another seat. (It’s not known what DeRosa’s intent was in calling for police to handle the situation.)

The incident is a big story in Orlando today, with local media outlets seeking comment from the NBA and Hanning on the situation. While the league this afternoon would only confirm that it is continuing to “review” the situation, Hanning has released a statement about the incident. A statement which might surprise you.

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Inbound Brass: Matt Barnes’ Fake At Kobe’s Face

Matt Barnes was Orlando’s designated instigator against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers Sunday. Exhibit A.:

Matt Barnes fakes pass towards Kobe Bryants face

(Greatest fake since Lamar Odom’s marriage)

In case you think that’s just the angle the video was shot from, here’s the video. Read more…

Dwight Howard Baby Mama Likes To, Umm, Dance

Here’s a photo of Royce Reed at the pool of the Fontainebleau Hotel yesterday. Reed is the baby mama of Dwight Howard’s two-year-old son Braylon.

Dwight Howard Baby Mama Royce Reed Miami Super Bowl Party Photo

(Hope they tipped well)

What, can’t tell it’s her? Then let me help you.

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