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2012-13 NBA Random Thoughts Thread IX: Ode to Joy

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    Among the options being considered by the Toronto Raptors as they weigh the futures of team president Bryan Colangelo and coach Dwane Casey is making a run at Phil Jackson, according to sources with knowledge of Toronto's thinking.

    Now that heavyweight sports executive Tim Leiweke has been hired as the new president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment -- the Canadian conglomerate that owns and operates the Raptors, NHL's Maple Leafs and Toronto FC in Major League Soccer -- Toronto's chances of successfully luring Jackson north of the border appear to be much more realistic.

    Sources told ESPN.com this week that the Raptors have interest in talking with Jackson about the Pat Riley-style role he craves in charge of a team's basketball operations. ESPN.com reported last week that Jackson, after nearly two seasons in retirement, is itching to return to the NBA next season, preferably in a role similar to Riley's in Miami that allows him to oversee both the basketball department and the coaching staff or perhaps as a high-level consultant such as Jerry West in Golden State.

    Leiweke is a major player in the sports industry and Jackson is very familiar with his work in Los Angeles, where Leiweke helped get the Staples Center built for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers as well as the NHL's Kings. Leiweke also has a longstanding working relationship with Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, Jackson's fiancee.
    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/92...on-sources-say

    Wherever Jackson ends up this summer, I think we're definitely losing B-Shaw to that team.

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        http://www.tmz.com/2013/04/27/steve-...nia-alejandra/

        Lakers Star Steve Nash
        In Dogfight
        Over Child Support

        Exclusive
        L.A. Lakers star Steve Nash thinks he has a good reason NOT to pay child support -- if he does, he thinks his ex-wife will spoil the kids with limos and other luxuries.

        Nash is locked in a legal war with Alejandra Nash over their 3 kids. She currently lives in Arizona, where a judge handled their divorce and ruled she was not entitled to child support. She's appealing the ruling and we now know what they're arguing over.

        Steve convinced the divorce judge -- Alejandra doesn't need child support because he made her a millionaire 5 times over in the divorce settlement. On top of that, she pulls in more than $30k a month.

        For her part, Alejandra says Steve makes a million bucks more than her every month, and it's unfair he's not forced to use some of it for the benefit of their kids.

        Steve is saying he's paying plenty -- 90% of medical, school and extracurricular activities, and 82% of the nanny's $2k a month salary. He says he's worried if he pays more, she's an excessive spender who will spoil and damage the kids with crazy luxuries.

        But there's more going on here. As we previously reported ... Alejandra wants to move to L.A. but Steve is objecting. It's really weird, because the b-baller has said he chose to go to the Lakers rather than the Knicks so he could be closer to his kids.

        There's one thing for sure ... if Alejandra moved to L.A., Steve would probably get socked with a big child support bill -- that's just the way it works in California.

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          I could not possibly care less about stuff like that. TMZ is the worst thing on the internet.

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            Originally posted by hackashaq View Post
            What's he saying?

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              Originally posted by Pingu View Post
              What's he saying?
              i don't know. i posted it mainly because Duncan's expression is hillarious. Reminds of this guy:

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                @KBergCBS
                Russell Westbrook underwent knee surgery today and will miss the rest of the playoffs, Thunder announce.

                @KBergCBS
                Doctors repaired, as opposed to remove, Westbrook's meniscus, which requires a longer recovery time but also is a better long-term solution.

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                  the clippers/heat final is going to be epic.

                  It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

                  Division Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
                  Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
                  NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004

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                    Originally posted by Kstat View Post
                    the clippers/heat final is going to be epic.
                    If that is what it is, it won't be epic, it will be a mercy killing. Heat in 5 unless LeBron gets hit by a bus on the way to the arena.

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                      Originally posted by Kstat View Post
                      the clippers/heat final is going to be epic.
                      Vinny The Black won't let Lob City get that far, don't you worry.

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                          Originally posted by hackashaq View Post
                          I like that look on Duncan's face.
                          Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

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                            Originally posted by cdash View Post
                            Vinny The Black won't let Lob City get that far, don't you worry.
                            They may not even get past the Grizzlies

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                              Tom Ziller: The canon of David Kahn - A retrospective

                              Jonny Flynn. Wes Johnson. Tanguy Ngombo. Darko Milicic. David Kahn, this is your life.

                              David Kahn is reportedly done as the personnel boss for the Minnesota Timberwolves. This was supposed to be the season that the Wolves broke the league's longest active playoff drought; it did not happen for several reasons, the largest of which was a double-whammy of injuries to Kevin Love. Also, injuries to basically everyone else.

                              But that's all in the details. In the aggregate, Kahn built a team that should have been good enough to at least compete for the final playoff seed in the West and a team that also should have been way, way better than it was. And frankly, there's a lot of work to do for the next GM of the Wolves -- rumored to be Flip Saunders -- to reach the potential within the roster.

                              Kahn did some good things. He drafted Ricky Rubio despite the Spaniard's lack of comfort with Minneapolis, perilous buyout situation and total lack of jumper. It took a couple of years, but Ricky made it to the NBA, and he made it. He's quite exciting, and plenty of teams would like to have him. Kahn also signed a Kevin McHale draft pick -- Nikola Pekovic -- to a contract that really helped the Wolves not be the worst team in the league the last two seasons. Kahn's best move in the 2012 offseason was surely signing Andrei Kirilenko, who had been in Russia since the lockout, to a two-year, $20 million deal. Kirilenko could have been an All-Star if not for injury, and was the defender this team needed on the wing.

                              Kahn also somehow was possibly involved in bringing Rick Adelman aboard. Whether Kahn had anything to do with it or not, let's just say that it was the best coaching decision of Kahn's tenure.

                              But the list of things Kahn did wrong is significantly longer. The draft was not kind to Kahn. One pick after Rubio, the Wolves took Jonny Flynn. Who is already out of the NBA. In that draft, Stephen Curry went one pick later, Brandon Jennings went four picks later and Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson and Jeff Teague went more than a dozen picks later. Kahn actually picked Lawson on behalf of the Nuggets; in return, the Wolves -- now set at PG with Rubio and Flynn -- received the pick that became Luke Babbitt, who was traded for a Martell Webster rental. Webster was waived by Kahn after two poor seasons.

                              The 2010 draft was no kinder to Kahn. He took Wesley Johnson at No. 4, in front of DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Larry Sanders, Eric Bledsoe and Avery Bradley. How did Wes do in Minnesota? After two awful seasons, Kahn had to package him with a first-round pick to ship him out; Minnesota got a trio of future second-round picks in the deal. Well done!

                              The jury is still out on 2011 and beyond. Kahn took Derrick Williams, a near consensus No. 2 pick, at No. 2 in 2011 and didn't have his 2012 pick on account of an old McHale trade that's been looming for nearly a decade. (Seriously, the pick that became Austin Rivers for the Hornets last June was traded by McHale in 2005. Marko Jaric!) There was lots of other weird stuff in 2011: Kahn traded down about 2,000 times, somehow relinquishing the best international prospect available (Nikola Mirotic) in the process, and then used a late second on a 26-year-old Qatari ineligible for the draft DUE TO BEING 26 YEARS OLD.

                              The draft was but one of Kahn's problem, if you can believe it. He is responsible for Kurt Rambis' two-year reign of horror. The best part is how that whole experience ended: in the slowest, most public battle of wills ever. It seemed clear that Rambis would be fired after Sam Vincenting two seasons. But Kahn didn't do the job quickly to help everyone forget he paid Rambis gobs of money. He gave Rambis a take-home test with apparent essay questions about the future of the team. He let Rambis' fate hang in the balance all the way through draft prep season ... which allowed things like "Rambis and Kahn standing 10 feet apart, not speaking or acknowledging each other in front of 50 NBA scouts and GMs at a group workout" to happen. In the end, the Wolves canned Rambis, but had to sell draft picks to pay his buyout. Awesome!

                              The Kevin Love disaster is the single Kahntastrophe that could still screw Wolves fans into the future. In some way, Kahn lowballed Love in 2011, the offseason he was eligible for an early extension. It remains disputed exactly what happened, but essentially while Love was eligible for a five-year extension that would have kept the All-Star forward under contract through 2017, Kahn didn't offer it. Kahn wanted to maintain flexibility. Under the new collective bargaining agreement that went into effect in the 2011 offseason, teams had to choose which young rookie scale star would receive a five-year early extension, because you could only have one such contract on the books at any time. Kahn apparently wanted to save this for Rubio or maybe Wesley Johnson. (Who knows?! This is Kahn.) So he didn't offer it to Love, who was a top-10 player in the NBA. The entire NBA.

                              Understandably, Love was miffed. He eventually agreed to a four-year early extension ... but only if Kahn included an early termination option after three years. So instead of being locked up through 2017, Love can now opt out in 2015. How's that for flexibility? Love spent the following year being quoted as frustrated with Kahn, the bad job Kahn was doing and the lack of progress the team had made since he'd been drafted by McHale in 2008. No one knows if canning Kahn will brighten Love's spirits; the damage between the power forward and the franchise may have already been done. Certainly, nerves will be racked if Minnesota has another rough season, and we may start hearing about trades by the deadline (even though Love is under contract for 2014-15 as well).

                              That's all bad enough, right? We're not done...CONTINUE READING ON SBNATION.
                              This is the darkest timeline.

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                                http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.c...l-memorabilia/

                                Kobe’s mom ready to auction off his high school memorabilia


                                Would you like some Kobe Bryant Lower Merion High School memorabilia? Like an actual game-worn jersey (which if you actually try to wear you’re a fool… and probably really skinny, who can fit into their high school clothes?).

                                Kobe’s mom is about to auction things off through Golden Auctions reports Tom Hofarth at the Los Angeles Daily News.

                                The main draw will be a maroon uniform — jersey and shorts — from his freshman year when he wore No. 24. It is believed to be the only authentic game worn #24 Kobe Bryant LMHS jersey in existence. He switched to No. 33 for the rest of his high school days before going to the NBA.

                                There’s more: practice jerseys from high school, the version of his 2000 NBA championship ring he paid the Lakers to have make for his mom, his 1998 and 2000 NBA All-Star Game rings, 1996 high school state championship ring, his 1996 High School McDonald’s All American ring and even his he surfboard-shaped “Teen’s Choice” Award from Nickelodeon.

                                I know, I can’t believe he’d want to give up the Nikolodian award either.

                                My mom tried to sell off the stuff from my room after I left. I think she make $1.73.

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