1) Can Stu Jackson Catch a Break? The NBA’s Enforcement Czar seems to be at the center of every NBA controversy. He’s also atop Shaq’s NBA Enemies List. Now he’s raised the ire of just about every player who matters by replacing the league’s old-school leather ball with a new-age composite.
Steve Nash Obviosuly Loves the New Ball.
The ball has caused more bitchin’ than forcing them to wear jackets ever did. Shaq should actually love the new rock. Now he’ll actually have an excuse for him jack-hammer free-throws.
“It definitely hurt, though, the pain of thinking I might be finished was almost indescribable. It hurts in your heart; it’s something you think about day in, day out,” he told ESPN.com, whiule in Germany for preseason games. “You think about the type of player you used to be, the type of player you are now. I’m always thinking about something else to do in life. Life is more than just a game of basketball. Basketball allows me an introduction to the world. I definitely want to go back to school, experience different jobs, different cultures, just enjoy life.”
Stoudemire score six points and had six rebounds in 18 minutes Tuesday against the Phildelphia 76ers.
But he’s trying to ignore those thoughts and focus on his rehab He’s still a kid but it would be a shame if he cannot recover.
3) Are the Mavs one-shot wonders?It all fell into place last year for Dallas. Hot coach. Hot star and the right menagerie of role players. After taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals against Miami, they lost an opportunity to take control of the series in Game 3 and lost four straight. Those losses were devastating. Can they endure an 82-game season and early playoffs just to get back where they feel they should be?
The Mavs Still Taste It
4) Isiah Thomas? We’ll see. Oh, will we see.
5) Who else is Packin’? After Pacer forward Stephen Jackson whipped out a gun to protect himself last Friday after being punched in the mouth and hit by a car at 3 a.m. (what else does he thinks happens at 3 a.m.?) outside an Indianapolis strip joint, is anyone else wondering just how many other players carry guns?