Kerry Eggers: David Stern will be back in the mix negotiating the sale of the Blazers soon, and his recent highly public withdrawal was a tactic to put the pressure on the arena owners. Also, the owners say the 50/50 split of a $300 million sale was never clear.
Joakim Noah was verbally assaulted by a pack of beautiful women, and it wasn't even the big story of his evening. They were the UCLA cheerleaders, and here is Noah's version as reported by Andy Katz: "They were talking a lot of trash. I mean it was crazy," Noah said. "They were just talking crazy to me, like, 'You're so ugly.' I mean, it hurts when you have so many beautiful girls out there just telling you how ugly you are and stuff. I just had to focus on the game. The best thing I could was blow a kiss bye and maybe they would like me."
Larry Hughes will be back very soon.
Ira Winderman is looking at where the Heat might end up in the playoff seeding: "if the gauntlet proves to be Indiana, New Jersey and Detroit, there remain serious questions about whether the Heat would be up to such a challenge."
The Rockets mysterious stat-centric GM designee Daryl Morey speaks to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, and sounds like any other GM: "I think it can bring an advantage, as long as you respect all that is available in traditional scouting... I'm excited about joining Carroll Dawson and the Rockets as assistant general manager. I think I bring another perspective to Carroll and his style. We all have a common goal to put together another championship team...At the end of the day, you're judged by results on the court. Do you win on the court? We plan to do that."
Basketbawful: "You've never heard of David Bleak? Well, that's not too surprising. He has absolutely nothing to do with basketball. But I am nonetheless posting a blog entry about him due to his incredible level of extreme kickassability."