Friday Bullets

  • The Donaghy family kids, and dog, join an apologetic Tim before the camera. Can't hurt the ol' sentencing to be seen as the soft and cuddly referee.

  • Former referee Mike Mathis talks to Fred Kerber of the New York Post: "(We) accept unbelievable, mediocre and bad officiating," Mathis said. "The commentator says, 'He must have seen something we didn't.' No, he didn't. It's either he's guessing, he's incompetent or there's some funny stuff going on."

  • Little Dirk!

  • It's not a good sign when they're laughing at you, Commissioner Stern.

  • Barack Obama playing high school basketball.

  • Cheerleader party report. And thoughts about cheerleaders from DJ Fuzzy Logic at Golden State of Mind: "We take cheerleaders performing at sporting events as a natural phenomenon as white on rice (though the white on rice hegemony is being destabilized with the emergence of the 'healthier' brown rice). Then I thought, why are there no cheerleaders in baseball? It wasn't until a few years ago that the Boston Celtics dance team arrived on the scene. Why was that? Based on the varied responses on this blog alone, dancers provide (or are supposed to provide) top-notch dancing, sexual desires of men and maybe even some support for the team. If we juxtapose these three demands (and anymore that I might have left out), you can begin to ask yourself 1) why are cheerleaders always women? and 2) why does cheerleading necessitate being eye candy for men? A few folks that commented on GSoM recently accused cheerleaders of looking like prostitutes. Are the Warrior girls necessarily to blame for their outfits? Who provides the costumes and why? We have had some intriguing dialogues here on GSoM about the significance of race to sports, but we rarely interrogate how sports is active in producing ideas, not just reflecting, ideas about gender--specifically of femininity. More specifically, why is it that cheerleaders end up looking the way they do? And is it necessarily fair that we blame them for those particular representations?"

  • The numbers: Wes Unseld was really good.

  • The details of the Juan Carlos Navarro trade.

  • Tracy McGrady is in court, over a dispute about child support payments. (Via The Big Lead)

  • Team USA keeps losing to international teams. One solution: send the Pistons instead. It would solve the international problem, but it would unfairly tax the Pistons, I'd think.

  • ESPN's Chris Sheridan (who has spent, it would seem to me, about half of 2007 in Las Vegas on assignment, which is an interesting comment on the NBA in general) talks to LeBron James about the improved Eastern Conference (he's all for it) and the lack of improvement of the Cavaliers (he's honest that they need some things, but playing the part of good soldier). Sheridan also throws us William Wesley heads a bone: "Among the NBA folks attending the first two days of practice were Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, Nets coach Lawrence Frank, Sonics general manager Sam Presti, Warriors general manager Chris Mullin and of course, William Wesley."

  • You know I have been a big advocate of transparency in refereeing: letting the public into the process of grading the performance of referees. I have a feeling that process will happen with or without help from the NBA. And if it happens without the help of the NBA, it might look a little like this guy Jimmy Justice, who is something of a citizen journalist using video to expose New York City Police Officers who do bad things.

  • The language of the game: matador defense.

  • Guillermo Diaz signed with the Clippers. Here's some good insight from his former trainer.

  • The big ol' schedule of games from the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament.

  • In USA Today, Roscoe Nance talks to some lawyers who predict that at some point we'll hear specifics about exactly which games Tim Donaghy bet on: "The more games Donaghy bet on and the more money he was paid, McGuire added, the higher his range of punishment will be. 'How are you really going to know how much damage was done?' McGuire said. 'The public and the players and the NBA are victims. We're entitled to know. If they plan on keeping that secret, that's some pretty crafty plea negotiating going on, which I commend the defense lawyer for.'"

  • Gene Bartow, the coach who replaced John Wooden at UCLA, will run the business of the Grizzlies.