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News » Straight shooting: Rambis could face big trouble

Straight shooting: Rambis could face big trouble

Straight shooting: Rambis could face big trouble
Several extremely well-qualified NBA assistant and ex-head coaches didn't even apply for the Minnesota job because they think the front office is loaded with know-nothings. Case in point, the insistence from the team's brain trust that they expect to have a losing record in the upcoming season. Losing is, in fact, OK.

This admission, as true as it very well might be, is asking for trouble.

Of course, every player, especially those at the end of the bench, has to maintain a constant, if minimal, degree of readiness in case of emergencies. But too many surprises for the guys in the rotation translate into too many unproductive minutes while they warm to the occasion.

This is just one more reason why Nellie Ball — which many of his peers actually call "Junk Ball" — doesn't really work.

Here's hoping that Quentin Richardson hasn't sent out his laundry in the past several months. Or made too many non-returnable deposits on living quarters.

At this point, he should be happy that there are still teams who value his services. But he should also be wondering if his expiring contract is worth more to his team-of-the-moment than his expiring game.

LeBron has again made a point of defending his post-Game 6 dissing of the Magic last spring by saying that he's "moving on," which is exactly what the athletic director at Louisville said in reference to Rick Pitino's recently revealed sex scandal.

At least, however, Pitino did issue a mild mea culpa, which is more than LBJ did.

"Moving on."

Here's what that phrase really means: I am not willing to accept any personal responsibility for any criticisms that have been leveled at me for whatever past misdeeds I might have committed. I refuse to make any further comments about it/them, and as far as I'm concerned it/they never really happened. Any media that persists in raising what I consider to be a dead issue will be considered a non-person.

So there's Stephon Marbury eating a jar of Vaseline and then smoking a joint in public view. He insists that he's entitled to do these things — mostly getting high while being videoed — because he's a "grown man," and not under contract.

In fact, Marbury is proving to be even more self-destructive than the NBA's resident nut-job — Ron Artest — ever was.

How long, though, before Marbury calls a press conference to declare that he, too, is "moving on"?

Has Allen Iverson really come to the end of his NBA career? If so, it's about time that NBA decision-makers have realized that — because A.I. loathes practice, is a ball hog, takes too many bad shots, makes feckless gambles on defense, is reluctant to be part of a disciplined offense, insists on starting, and is perpetually on the verge of off-court trouble —- the guy's more trouble than he's worth.

Too bad, because Iverson had the talent and the courage to be a truly elite player. Instead, he's become little more than a minimally appealing sideshow.

I am hereby proposing a new nickname for Nate Robinson.

Peter Pan.

That's because he can fly, and despite his dimunitive stature he can accomplish magical things.

But mostly because he never wants to grow up.

Several bloggers have taken me to task for "stealing" the Artest-underwear story from's Bill Simmons. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Here's what actually happened: Artest's bizarre behavior was first communicated to me several weeks ago by an NBA veteran turned radio sports host. But I refrained from reporting the incident until I could discover another verifying source, which I eventually did — an ex-NBA coach. Only then did I think it appropriate to print the anecdote.

Moreover, I never, ever read Simmons.

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Added: August 20, 2009


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