Amusing All-Star Tidbits

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Putting yourself in a photo not only proves that you showed up to work, but that you are, with a question, a two-bit hack. (Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images)

If you are a hoops fanatic chances are you are doing two things: You’re either in Phoenix right now for 2009 NBA All-Star or you are glued to the computer because reading all of the morsels of information that we are feeding you. [Read more...]

Shaq Makes Levitation a Reality



Shaq is assisted by his “Levitation Process Crew.”
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but during player introductions, Suns center Shaquille O’Neal has been making his way onto the court in quite the unique manner. [Read more...]

Tough Times in Phoenix


Does Steve Nash look lke the type to escalate a fight?
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A new coaching staff. A different style of play – more emphasis on defense and no more “7 seconds or less” on offense. Preseason injuries to their 2 best players. A rookie backing up Steve Nash. Various family matters and league rulings that have pulled players from the lineup. An early schedule that included 5 of the first 7 games away from home. [Read more...]

Shaqman and Robin


O’Neal says that Lopez already ranks among the top 12 centers in the league.
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Last year it was the Amaré Stoudemire Project, this year it is the Robin Lopez Development Program. As Shaq heads into the twilight of his career, he sees himself as not just a player, but a mentor.

His newest protégé, a 7-0, 255-pound center that only spent two years in college, has already made quite an impression on the Big Aristotle. [Read more...]