Rising star was key to getting Bucks to buy into Allen-for-Payton swap. Why? When team decides not to re-sign Payton for next season, leftover Mason is starting 2-guard.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
The NBA's big Ray Allen-for-Gary Payton trade
between the Bucks and Sonics might almost make you
forget that the Grammy Awards are on Sunday night.
The Quickie wants to put you at the nexus of sports
and music (kind of like Larry Hughes making an
extended cameo in the video of Grammy-contender
"Dilemma," by Nelly and Kelly). Here are the nominees
(feel free to sing along):
News item: One game shy of his 1000th
as a Sonic, the Glove is shipped to Milwaukee, where
the biggest short-term story might be his reunion with
George Karl but the big-picture question remains
whether the cost-aware Bucks can sign him at
Record of the Year Nominee: "A Thousand
Miles," by Vanessa Carlton
Makin' my way to Key,
Dressed in green,
But playing for Milwaukee.
Knowing fans out here,
They will cheer,
They appreciate me:
If I could figure out this trade
Do you think Karl can get me paid?
I could play a thousand games
But Schultz, don't blame:
My deal-demands stay the same,
News item: Expensive Ray Allen (and scrubs)
shipped to Seattle, where he makes the Sonics younger
but must replace a franchise legend.
Record of the Year Nominee: "This is How You
Remind Me," by Nickelback
Never made it playing great D
Hope Supe fans Glove me like Gary.
Though my ankles are flimsy,
"Ray I Am": Pair me with B-Barry.
And this is how I'll remind you of what was traded
Not like Karl to say sorry!
Yeah, Milwaukee fans should be worried!
Not like motives are too veiled:
I'm paid too much; the Bucks are for sale!
And this is how I'll remind you of what was traded
Record of the Year Nominee: "Dilemma,"
by Nelly and Kelly Rowland
No matter what I do,
||"WEEKEND PREVIEW" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. All eyes on Kobe: He can't keep it up, can he?|
2. Bucks at Sonics, even though Glove isn't playing
3. Bracket Buster: Mid-majors, please stop whining
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. NBA trade week: If not for Supes/Bucks, a dud|
2. Clifford Etienne: Just a pawn in the Tyson Game
3. Zora and Evan (Your 15 minutes are up)
All people see is my tattoo.
I'm missing a few screws,
That explains this strange tattoo.
I was feeling sick and blue,
Might have been that damn tattoo.
For money, anything I'd do,
Now I'm stuck with this tattoo.
News item: Tiger is seven shots behind
leader Fred Funk after first round of Nissan Open.
Woods was freaked out (rightly) by an obnoxious
cell-phone ring as he tried a simple shot on a late
Record of the Year Nominee: "Don't Know Why,"
by Norah Jones
I muffed a birdie at seventeen,
Short putt for par, not much green.
I waited 'til the crowd was hushed,
Didn't want to feel too rushed.
My shot: It ... just ... went ... wide!
That cell ring's on my mind!
I cursed that phone; its owner too.
Don't know why he's such a fool ...
Don't know why he's such a fool.
News item: Shaq expected to return to action Friday against the Blazers.
Record of the Year Nominee: "Without Me," by
This looks like a job for me:
Everybody's staring at Ko-be.
But he's hobbling on one good knee,
Ain't no four-peat, without me.
Who you think will stop Rasheed?
Don't you even mention Sa-ma-ki.
I sure could use arth-ro-sco-py:
But there ain't no four-peat, without me.
SI Swimsuit Issue
Has the standard-bearer for swimsuit issues
everywhere jumped the shark? Or has it just been a
victim of external circumstances?
The Answer: No-name models aside, the explosion
of sports-n-skin "dude mags" leaves me yawning when
I'm presented with some once-a-year display of a
random Czech hottie on some tropical beach.
The Solution: An unscientific survey of members
of the target audience shows, however, that interest
is captured by the novelty of pics of
athlete-celebrities, who are featured regularly in
these dude mags.
Top 5 Athletes Who Deserve Their Own Swimsuit
Issue: 1) Anna; 2) Serena; 3) Sue Bird; 4)
Mariah Carey in a Jordan jersey; 5) Does Jennifer
Tyson stumbles past Etienne ... Kobe
doesn't hit his 40 vs. Portland ... Creighton beats Fresno State in best of
"Bracket Buster" mid-major college-hoops showcase ... Tiger stays winless in Nissan Open (that's
right, no lesson learned from last week's pick against
Tiger) ... Grammys: Norah
Jones, Nelly are big winners.
||Kevin Ollie and Ron Murray:
Trade throw-ins become Seattle's only traditional PGs. Team immediately says "Who needs traditional point guards?" and says Brent Barry will
start with Ray Allen.
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|IN: NFL Draft|
Best NBA trade rumor: Cassell (plus 1) for Spree.
Could you imagine that invincible Payton-Spree
Had to end sometime: The Mavs finally come up big
against a good team and the Spurs finally lose, after
9 wins in a row ...
Looking for a pre-NCAA Tourney "statement" game? Try
Wake Forest winning AT Georgia Tech ...
Bud Selig isn't going to consider reinstating Pete
Rose before Opening Day (so I guess Pete's free to
join March Madness, uh, "pools") ...
Is that an anti-Trista backlash or are you just happy
to see me? ...
I'm not saying Michael Jackson was vindicated by "the
footage you were never meant to see," but the original
had some judicious editing ...
Footage you were never meant to see: The Quickie
returns Monday morning ...