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Hating the Heat good for NBA biz

Hating the Heat good for NBA biz

I’ve been watching the NBA playoffs and I have to say, I’m really enjoying them, even though I believe Shaquille O’Neal is only on the broadcasts to prove how large a man can fit on how small a barstool. And if Kevin Garnett pounds his chest one more...
BALD IS-BEAUTIFUL NBA’S LATEST BAD FAD

BALD IS-BEAUTIFUL NBA’S LATEST BAD FAD

It is not my place, as a travel-weary journalist with a clanking jump shot, to offer sky-walking, world-famous, unspeakably rich professional basketball players a hair-styling tip.

But I’ll do it anyhow.

Yo. NBA.

What’s with all the bald heads?

I go to a Pistons game last weekend, I’m lost. I can’t tell half the players apart. Bald. Bald. Bald. It’s like a Hare Krishna convention.

No less than six, count ’em, six totally hairless Pistons. Half the team. And I’m not including Ron Rothstein, who is losing his hair the old-fashioned way, though stress.

NBA FINALS DEMAND A HOLLYWOOD FINISH

NBA FINALS DEMAND A HOLLYWOOD FINISH

LAKERS-PACERS? A prediction?

No problem.

* GAME 1: The opening tip is delayed 90 minutes due to a limousine backup outside the Staples Center. Because so many movie stars are there — Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Denzel Washington — scalpers’ prices soar to
$10,000 a ticket. Several Lakers scrubs, realizing they’re not going to play anyhow, sell their seats, leaving Kevin Bacon, Jim Belushi and Ben Stiller actually sitting on the LA bench.

WITH NO POLICY, IS NBA GOING TO POT?

WITH NO POLICY, IS NBA GOING TO POT?

Let me give you the straight dope on the NBA’s marijuana policy: There is no policy.

You heard me. Under NBA rules, if a player wants to puff a joint, then go out and play a game, there is nothing to stop him. Nothing, of course, except that it’s against the law in most places. But if the player can beat that, the league has no punishment. It won’t even test him.

This is astounding. In a sport that pays for and depends on maximum physical performance, there is no testing for marijuana? No penalties for being arrested for possession?

IN THE NEW NBA, YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG

IN THE NEW NBA, YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG

NEWS ITEM: Kobe Bryant, a 17-year-old high school basketball player, announced last week that he would skip college and immediately enter the NBA draft. He follows 19-year-old Kevin Garnett, who did the same thing last year. Many worry that the pattern will continue, and that college may one day be seen as a meaningless step in a pro sports career. “How much younger can it get?” one coach wondered . . .

LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2014 — Six-year-old Joey (Slamma) Jamma called a press conference to announce that he was skipping elementary school and jumping straight to the NBA draft.

NHL PLAYERS IN DREAMLAND, UNLIKE SPITEFUL NBA BRETHREN

NHL PLAYERS IN DREAMLAND, UNLIKE SPITEFUL NBA BRETHREN

NAGANO, Japan — I have this nightmare every now and then. I close my eyes, and I am back in Barcelona, watching Charles Barkley tell a packed audience that the NBA had arrived, so the rest of the world “should just take their ass-whipping and go home.”

I wake up in a cold sweat.

Like a switch thrown by Dr. Frankenstein, the original Dream Team spawned a monster too large to subdue. Letting multimillionaire basketball stars into the Olympics was like letting Imelda Marcos into the Athlete’s Foot.

PISTONS JUST DESERVE THIS NBA TITLE MORE

PISTONS JUST DESERVE THIS NBA TITLE MORE

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — So this is what it comes down to for the Detroit Pistons: 48 minutes to live or die. They are skin and bone now, a cornered animal, a team without its captain that is relying on prayers, guts and the power within.

One game. The world championship.

“Are you hoping for a miracle?” someone asked Isiah Thomas, their star, as he sat beside his crutches during a press conference Monday.

“Yes,” he said slowly. “Yes, I am.”

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