David Stern on Allen Iverson, as told to Ian O'Connor: "Because of his cornrows and tattoos, people who didn't understand Allen were put off by him. But those who watched his game had an enormous amount of respect for the competitor that he is." Does that mean, commissioner, that they were wrong to pre-judge him based on appearance? Or that he never should have had those cornrows and tattoos? (And is his image better when he takes the cornrows out and goes full 'fro?)
More wacky stats! According to the "USA Today Divergent Skills Gauge" Shawn Marion is the best at... divergent skills. Technically speaking, making waffles while hitting golf balls, juggling live tunas, and curtsying are all divergent skills.
The oddsmakers are picking the Pistons over the Blazers by fourteen. The Pistons have played down to their competition a few times. With that many points, I'd bet Blazers, and I think that's my head and not my heart talking.
DeJuan Wagner's stepdad gets life in prison for crack trafficking.
Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio and Reggie Miller are singled out as highlights of the sports media this year.
A Baron Davis/Raef LaFrentz pissing match decides a game.
Darius Songaila's play of late takes him out of the "big stiff" category and puts him into the "darned helpful" group.
Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson met with Ron Artest for hours, and O'Neal didn't change his tune: "I was upfront with him and told him the team is upset with him and we're going to move on without him." (Via HoopsHype)
Mike Koreen: "During morning shootaround, the visiting team's name on the scoreboard was spelled Rapters. 'Does the scoreboard not come with spellcheck?' Raptors forward Matt Bonner quipped."