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Monday Bullets

  • CBA to San Jose players: hope you like North Dakota!

  • Some things I learned from Thayer Evans in today's New York Times: Hakeem Olajuwon lives in Amman, Jordan and visits Houston every summer. (I'd be interested to read an article by someone who has visited him in Jordan.) Also, Ike Diogu and Andre Iguodala are eligible for the Nigerian national team that Olajuwon is tutoring, but are not playing in the World Championships.

  • A very fancy, movie-themed Carnival of the NBA.

  • David Thorpe: the U.S. national team is a very good basketball team. But expecting them to be the superteam of the past--dominating all comers for a decade--is unrealistic. And that's OK.

  • There's something fantastic about the YAYsports! slideshow on flickr.

  • Pape Sow broke his neck, not his will.

  • Brian Berger says Seattle officials want Paul Allen to move the Blazers north.

  • Skeets strikes gold: YouTube of an old Bill Russell commercial. I swear something goes terribly wrong right at the end.

  • Darnell Mayberry asks Rasual Butler about the fact that his Hornets don't have a shooting guard: “Shooting is shooting, whether it’s a true shooting guard or a true small forward,” Butler said. “If you’ve got enough shooting on the floor, there’s your shooting guard."

  • Stuart Eskenazi of the Seattle Times: "I'm a fairly intelligent guy — a newspaper reporter, even — so I realize that when Mr. Latte Pants and his pals asked for a massive public subsidy to finance a better arena because their team is losing money, then turned around and sold the team for $150 million more than they paid for it just five years ago, they played us all as fools. Part of me says, 'Go ahead and move the team to Okie City. It's past time for a city to take a stand against greedy sports owners.' Then my heart takes over."

  • Sorry Washington: Team USA broke Gilbert Arenas. Specifically, his, um, groin. Or, conceivably Team USA has a hair-trigger on sending players home this week as the roster has to get from 14 to 12 without hurting feelings long-term.

  • Jay-Z's 40/40 club--so popular with NBA players it's borderline official NBA territory--is accused of various substandard business practices, including paying a designer to design one club, then using the same design in more than one club. TheSmokingGun.com with related news from the archives. (via Nah Right)

  • Donald Sterling was accused of institutionalizing racism as regards housing. That's bad, right? Very bad. People get in trouble for saying racist things. Keeping them from having homes, if proved true, is surely much worse than that. Why isn't it a bigger deal in the media? Kudos to Golden State of Mind for making an appropriate ruckus behind the scenes, Bomani Jones for raising a flag, and to FreeDarko for writing the essay.

  • Brian Windhorst's trade kicker gazette: "James and Wade get 15 percent trade kickers (bonuses) if they are traded. Anthony got 5 percent or $1 million, whichever is more; Bosh does not have one. Zydrunas Ilgauskas also has a 15 percent trade kicker in his deal."

  • Pretty serious look at the Chinese National Team.

  • Loren Woods: not bad for Sacramento. He has had his moments.

  • Grades for the new kids in the Nets' lockerroom.

  • Shira Springer gets a ride in Sebastian Telfair's Bentley.

  • "Casino Waitress #214F, your hand is, uh.. nevermind…" Scroll down. It'll all make sense...

  • You know what just occured to me? When Yao Ming's China plays Dirk Nowitzki's Germany (as they recently did in an exhibition) in a weird way it's the Battle of Texas. Now that's globalization.