Thursday’s Thoughts

First off, I promise I’ll soon stop my alliterated headlines – I just need to come up with a solid consistent name for my blog on Stepien Rules. When at Hoopsworld, I went under the blog title of “My Two Cents”. I don’t know if I like that anymore, so I need help. I’m not trying to separate myself from Stepien Rules in any way here; it’s just my Title’s suck, suck bad. I was the same in school – my English teacher constantly busted my chops for not delivering a more imaginative Title. For example, we’d be set the task of writing an essay with the subplot being that a murder occurs, it involves a married couple, one of whom is having an affair, it ends with the partner finding out and killing the unfaithful spouse and their lover. My Title would be something like, “Cheating Man Gets His Due”. Something totally crap like that, which entices nobody to read it, and gives away the entire story in five words. But anyways, before I drag up more meaningless issues regarding me and my school days, here’s what’s doing the rounds in my head today…

Gilbert Arenas could be the dumbest guy ever. Ok dude, fake the injury – I’m sure it’s been done before. Don’t admit it though man, come on. You’re basically saying, “Hey, Nick you won’t play at all if I’m around, so I’ll sit this out so you’ll get minutes.” Douchebag. He tries to defend himself by saying, “It’s like you guys want somebody honest, but you don’t want somebody honest.” No Gilbert – we just want our professional athletes, whom we pay good money to see play actually play. You know something, I’d love nothing more than for Flip Saunders to turn around on opening night and give you a DNP-Coaches Decision, and when asked why he just turns around and says, “Gilbert Arenas? We have Nick Young, we didn’t need him tonight”. I can se how you wanted to play the role of “good teammate” here, but surely you can figure out better ways to get it done. You’re normally a creative enough guy, I’m sure you can think of better ways to help Nick out.

Luke Harangody showed us all why he could be the new Brian Scalabrine for Boston with his 16 point, 12 rebound outing against the Knicks. In that same game we had KG getting tossed for arguing with the refs. I know he’s passionate and all that, but Kevin – it’s pre-season, you’re Kevin Garnett, why bother? I’d rather you stop Amare from scoring 30 then bitching at refs being honest.

Have to love Manu Ginobli drawing up the game winning play for the Spurs against the Clippers. It shows that A) Popovich respects his guys, B) Ginobli’s basketball IQ is as strong as ever, and C) The Clippers got beaten by a play designed by the Spurs 6th man. Vinny Del Negro, take a bow…

Greg Oden said in a recent interview that when he’s back he feels he can be an All Star. One step at a time Greg, just get back on the court first. Then you can show us all what you can and cannot do. I personally, well, I’m routing for the guy in a bad way. I’d love nothing more than to see the 7-foot goofball/monster/nude-picture-taker get back into the line-up, destroy teams for fun and get the nod as an All Star. But like I said, bay steps Greg, baby steps…

All I’m going to say on the whole “LeBron Calendar” saga is that you can only laugh…at the idiot who made the mistake and is now without employment. He might also be the dude who buys Drew Gooden jerseys every time he signs for a new team, because you know, this time he’ll stick around longer than five minutes. If LeBron had stayed however, he’d now be kingpin of the office, laying claim to be the guy who in the midst of all the free agency talk believed he’d stay so damn much that he made up a couple thousand calendars with him on the front. From all of us here at Stepien Rules, a big well done.

With Tasmin Mitchell and Cedric Jackson being waived, we now have a 17-man roster. Looking at the guys left, it’s safe to say that Loren Woods will get cut, but who else goes? Well, after Manny Harris’ recent displays I think he stays. Uh oh Danny Green. Unless he lights it up against the Spurs up tonight, he’ll have gone through the entire pre-season without doing anything worthy of warranting a roster spot. Clock’s ticking Danny.

Speaking of Manny Harris, maybe after all the Cavalier wearing number 6 this season will play a part…although not the part we all had hoped.

Before I Go…

DeMar DeRozan should know when to block, and when not to block.

Blake Griffin looks ready to go…

And Finally…

The Heat’s athletic trainer, Jay Sabol, has spoken about LeBron James’ leg cramps. In a statement released today Sabol said, “Em, yeah. He cramped up. He was ok again after like, an hour. I can’t believe ESPN have this as one of their main stories. I can’t believe it’s even regarded as news.”

A host of distraught reporters stood in silence and shock, before one guy just yelled, “So he’s ok?”

At which point Sabol muttered under his breath “moron” before walking off.

I swear to God this actually happened.

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