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Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:29 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

Nash hasn't and won't request a trade from the Suns. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Steve Nash is 38 years old. He's on an expiring contract. And he's playing on a pretty average team.

Common sense might say that Nash would prefer to get out of Phoenix and head to a contender to play out his NBA twilight chasing a ring. Or that the Suns would like to move Nash for a couple of draft picks and young assets to start a rebuild. But so far, neither of those things have happened, nor does it sound like they will.

"I have no idea what the club will eventually do if a bunch of offers are thrown in their face," Nash told SI.com, "but I feel like I'm not nervous about [the trade deadline] and I'm not thinking about -- what's the word? -- I'm not anticipating anything to happen. I feel like I made a commitment and I feel like I owe it to my teammates -- the city, the fans, the club -- to play it out and to play as hard as I can."

Nash has already said he wouldn't request a trade from the Suns. He's loyal, he's committed and he wants to play somewhere he fits. That doesn't mean he might try and look elsewhere next season as a free agent.

But the thing with Nash is, despite being 38, he's having a ridiculous season. He's an All-Star, shooting 56.3 percent from the field and averaging 10.3 assists a game. He's defying age and reason by having maybe his most efficient season yet. And that's without Amar'e Stoudemire or other gifted offensive players. If there was any remaining debate about who made who better, Nash is the constant.

But would the Suns pull the trigger even if Nash is committed? Maybe. And they might actually be getting closer.
One executive whose team has had serious interest in Nash in the past told SI.com that the Suns are "as close as they've ever been" to realizing that they need to seriously consider pulling the trigger on a trade if a young star is offered in return. Still, it appears the greater likelihood is that he remains.

"Our position has been the same all along, which is I've told him that he has earned the right to stay with our franchise as long as he wants provided that he believes in what we're doing, and provided that he's all in and wants to do that," Babby told SI.com.

Nash said he wants to keep playing another couple of years and why wouldn't he? If he's this good at 38, think how good he'll be at 40. Nash is like fine wine -- just better the older it gets.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:01 pm

Create your own Lin Words

Posted by Royce Young

Maybe you're already tired of the Jeremy Lin puns. Linsanity, Lincredible, Super Lintendo, Linderella. Grab a word than starts with "in" and you're all set. But fear not, headline writers everywhere. Some Linterprising entrepreneur has done the work for you. Introducing the Lin Word Generator.

A quick click-through and I got these:
  • Lincumbent
  • Lingulf
  • Lindulgent
  • Linferno
  • Linfluenza
  • Linsulin (what?)
  • Lin Your Face
  • Linvader
  • Linternship
  • Lindestructible
Next step? Jeremy Lin Mad Libs? Mad Lins? I hope this story never stops.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:08 pm

Video: Jeremy Lin gets Taiwainese animated

Posted by Royce Young

A lot of times, the way you know a story has hit the big time is when it gets the Taiwanese animation treatment. It's the new Mom Rule. Instead of using whether or not your mom knows about a story to gauge if it's big, just wait and see if it gets Taiwanese animated.

But you can be sure NWA, the outfit that makes these ridiculous things, has been waiting their whole life for this one. Jeremy Lin, of Taiwanese decent, getting Taiwanese animated. Mind, blown.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:32 pm

Linsanity? MSG stock hits all-time high

Posted by Royce Young

Jeremy Lin has done a lot of things. First, he's led the Knicks to an improbable five-game win streak. Second, he's scored more points in his first four starts than Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan or Allen Iverson. Third, he's created a Tebow-esque NBA phenomenon with everyone losing their minds such as writing about a couch where he sleeps.

But fourth, he's given a major boost to not just the Knicks, but MSG's stock. Via the Wall Street Journal:
We have virtually no compunction about taking unsightly victory laps whenever we chance to hazard a decent guess on where the markets going. So allow us this quick trot around the MarketBeat velodrome, with Madison Square Garden’s shares up 4.1% early, schooling the broader S&P which is up a mere 0.5%. The stock hit an all-time high of $31.34 early Monday.

On Friday, we wondered aloud about whether the sports, entertainment and media company could get a bounce from the unheralded arrival of Jeremy Lin as the New York Knicks’ newly minted star point guard.

While it’s tough to prove, we think Lin’s 38-point performance against the Lakers Friday night, and his gutsy 20-point effort versus Minnesota Saturday — including hitting a free throw with less than 5 seconds left to lift the Knicks to their fifth straight win — might have something to do with it.

Newsday also reported that Nielsen ratings on the MSG Network jumped 36 percent. Linsanity is real, you guys. 

The WSJ report says it probably won't be a long-term boost for the shares because merchandise sales aren't typically a big driver for earning results for MSG. It's more about the eyeballs watching their network. There's a current dispute between MSG and Time Warner that's keeping Knicks games off a lot of TVs in the New York area, but some analysts thing that the Lin Mania could restart discussions. Why? Because there's money to be made.

Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:16 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 1:41 pm

Enlargement pills got Roburt Sallie cut?

Roburt Sallie was cut from his team for a... different reason. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Some stories are more delicate than others. Especially ones involving private parts.

Roburt Sallie, a former Memphis Tiger who once scored 35 points in 36 minutes during the NCAA tournament by going 10-15 from 3, has been playing in Spain chasing his NBA dream. But he had a setback this week as he was cut from his team.

That's not news. Because you probably have no idea who Roburt Sallie is. It's the reason Sallie was cut. According to Spanish basketball news site tubasket.com, with the help of Google Translate:
Yes, you heard. The truth is stranger than fiction. Roburt Sallie, escort 25 and 1.95 m.'s Basketball 20117 Tarragona (Adecco Gold), was cut early in the month of December, officially, for disciplinary reasons. Now, with the Catalan newspaper 'The 9 Esportiu', we learn the real reason for his dismissal.

On 18 November, his team won the ENIAC Knet & Rioja, 83-75, with his 5 points in 20 minutes. After the party he had to pass the drug test and then was caught. When asked if he was taking any medications, acknowledged that yes, some pills named 'Extends' to lengthen the penis.

Nothing bad if not for the 'little' detail that can make for testosterone doping, and worse, because nobody in the club knew, with consequent damage to the Tarragona in case of receiving a sanction.

It was then understood why the player, formed at the University of Memphis and graduated a year before finishing his basketball career in the NCAA, his poor relationship with peers, and almost never take a shower in the locker room, or after the matches or training, not to see him naked peers.

Not exactly the ideal way for your time to end with a team. Getting busted on doping is one thing, but for using "Extends?" I guess PEDs in sports really are out of control.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:00 pm

Brandon Bass out 10-14 days

Posted by Royce Young

The Celtics are a team that need their depth because they're older and in this lockout condensed season. But one part of it will be missing for the 10-14 days as Brandon Bass because of an inflammation in his right knee.

Via ESPN Boston:
Bass felt some discomfort in the knee during a win over the New York Knicks on Feb. 3. He sat out the following game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but played in three games last week. Rivers said the news came as a bit of a surprise to him, as he was informed by team trainer Eddie Lacerte on Sunday morning that Bass almost certainly will be out through the All-Star break, which begins Feb. 23.

"We knew his knee was bothering him, but then he got the treatment, and he missed that one game," Rivers said. "There was nothing said after the Toronto game. Then Eddie called me this morning and told me he was out, and out for a while. That was a surprise."

The Celtics are already kind of scratching and clawing their way along so losing their top reserve player for two weeks isn't something to just dismiss. Boston needs their depth as much as anyone and have already been hit hard by injuries and other things.

Behind him the Celtics have Chris Wilcox, but he's been starting because of an injury to Jermaine O'Neal. Rookie JaJuan Johnson saw big minutes Sunday against the Bulls and produced relatively well.

Bass, who was acquired for Glen Davis right before the season, is averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, both career-highs.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 6:24 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 11:27 pm

Report Card: Celtics survive Rose-less Bulls

Posted by Royce Young

 Rondo put together maybe the finest lines of the season when his team needed it most. (Getty Images)

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Rajon Rondo
Rondo's line: 32 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds. That, boys and girls, is quite the triple-double. When the Celtics needed something from someone the most, Rondo was there. He played his best game of the season, albeit against C.J. Watson and not against Derrick Rose. Still, he stepped up big time for Boston and carried his limping team to a win.
Kobe Bryant
Kobe isn't always as clutch as some like to pretend he is, but he still can hit that shot that breaks your back. With the Lakers looking at an ugly loss in Toronto, Kobe drilled an impossible baseline jumper to put L.A. up one, which they held on to for a tougher-than-expected win over the scrappy Raptors. 27 points on 23 shots is probably more "B" worthy and the Lakers won this game because of Pau Gasol but who cares, game-winner!
Boston Celtics
The Celtics need wins any way they can get them. And if that means beating the Bulls without Derrick Rose, so be it. It's still a win over the East's best team (record wise), which counts for something. Boston had dropped two straight including a bad one to the Raptors. The Celtics tried to blow a 14-point lead late in the fourth but held on to put away a nice win. So they didn't have to beat Rose. Boston's taking them any way it can get them. Besides, the Bulls have played pretty well without Rose and the rest of that roster isn't trash.
Chicago Bulls Down three with a minute left, you know Tom Thibodeau had to be looking at Derrick Rose thinking, "Hmm, maybe I could squeeze just a minute..." Even without their MVP, the Bulls battled back from 14 down and had a real chance to completely devastate the Celtics. They came up short, but it was definitely a noble effort. And finished 6-3 on a nine-game road trip.
Boston's "Big 3"
Good thing Rondo did the heavy lifting, because the Celtics' Big Three certainly did not. Kevin Garnett's help defense was terrific, but in terms of the box score, Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce combined for just 33 points on 12-27 shooting. Again, Rondo had 32 by himself.
C.J. Watson Filling the shoes of Derrick Rose is like stepping into a couple size 50s. C.J. Watson has done serviceable work, but he was very average against Boston. He gave up a triple-double to Rondo and while he had 23 points, he needed 23 shots to get it and took a miserable, contested deep 2-pointer with 22 seconds left and the Bulls down three.
Chicago's bench
Most like to call the Bulls' bench mob the best in the league, but they were completely worthless Sunday. A total of 16 points on 6-23 shooting from the Chicago reserves. John Lucas III actually was their top scorer off the pine with eight. That's not going to get it done when you don't have Rose. 
Scott Foster
The same official that blew the goaltending call in the Portland-Oklahoma City game appears to have gaffed again with a crucial late call in the Toronto-Lakers contest. The Raptors had possession with four seconds left down 93-92, taking the ball out at midcourt. With Dwane Casey trying to call a timeout from the bench, Foster called the Raps for a five second call after failing to get the ball in. Problem is, besides missing the timeout from Casey, is Foster appeared to blow the whistle at four seconds. (Update: The NBA says Foster got the call right with the official time being 5.8 seconds. He still didn't award Casey a timeout though.)

Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 5:53 pm

New Jeremy Lin rap song 'Nick of Time'

Posted by Royce Young

You know what Linsanity was missing? A second song. There's already "Linning," which isn't the best thing in the world, but a song with words about Jeremy Lin. But now there's "Nick of Time" by rapper MC Jin, a rapper born in Miami who lived in New York and now based in Hong Kong.

It has a religious theme to it, which is part of Lin's story. He's a player of faith and the song certainly reflects that.

So Lin has two songs in a week. How much longer do we have to wait on the movie? Geez, Hollywood. You're slipping.
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