Battier Dagger Makes Me Look Like a Prophet; Reggie Bush Trouble; Nevada Player Catches a Bad One, Gets Kicked Off Team
Battier three with 2.5 seconds left lifts Rockets to victory.
Booed a little in intros, Kobe set out to prove he is no slouch and set to take it out on the Rockets. Both teams were tight early culminating in an abundance of missed shots, but when Kobe scored the first bucket of the game on a left handed lay up off glass, you knew he was about to explode. He finished with 19 pts. at half, another 18 in the fourth quarter–almost willing the Lakers back from 12 down with less than two minutes left–and 45 for the game. (If you remember yesterday I said Kobe would get 45 in a loss. Never seems to work when I play the Powerball though.) Kobe was 13-32 from the field and went to the line a ridiculous 27 times, but had nine of the Laker’s 18 misses from the charity stripe. Tracy McGrady hit for 30 and Yao Ming scored 25 and ripped down 12 to aid in a team victory. With all the trade rumors surrounding the team leading up to opening night, Kobe seemed contrite when asked about the fan reaction:
“I understand where they’re coming from, but they really don’t know the entire situation because I just keep my mouth shut — as I should,” Bryant said. “They shouldn’t worry about it, just focus on watching us play and watching us do what we do, and the business side of it should remain behind closed doors.”But it was good to see them come back to normal later in the game.”
I personally don’t think he’ll be traded. The NBA needed something to bury the Tim Donaghy referee scandal and Kobe was their man. Remember last year this time? Same story.
Even Magic Johnson is sick of the whole ordeal and opined there were too many mouths addressing the media. He also said that the Lakers need to either move on, or reinforce Kobe is here to stay to build team confidence.
Houston is a new look team. They seemed very aggressive and took advantage of Rick Adelman’s up tempo style. If they play a lick of defense like they seemed to do on occasion under Van Gundy, this team could possibly represent the West.
Until Lamar Odom gets back to offer a second option, the Lakers will fill the stands, Kobe fills the cup, but in the end the Lakers lose.
In other scores, the defending champion Spurs received their rings and dusted off the Greg Oden less Portland Trailblazers 107-96. LaMarcus Aldridge, 27 points and looking like a chill Rasheed Wallace and Martell Webster, 21 points looked well in the loss. Bruce Bowen put the clamps on Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy–holding him to 7 points. Tim Duncan had 24 points, 13 rips and Tony Parker added 19 in the victory.
I was wrong here. The Jazz whip the Warriors 117-96 on the road. Carlos Boozer had 32 pts. and 15 rebounds; Deron Williams 24 pts. and 8 assists to lead Utah. Baron Davis had 25 pts. in the loss. This may be Utah’s year. Boozer is a monster and Deron Williams seems to have taken his already nice game to another level. Don’t sleep.
Reggie Bush’s troubles at USC might be coming to light.
A sports marketer has filed suit seeking repayment of gifts and money lent to Bush and his family in 2005.
The suit filed by Lloyd Lake on Tuesday in Superior Court claims Bush and his family received $291,600 in cash, living arrangements and other benefits between November 2004 and January 2006.
“We tried for over a year to resolve this amicably and Bush and his attorney didn’t want to reach any resolution,” said Lake’s attorney, Brian E. Watkins. “They wanted the truth to come out. Now it’s out.”
Watkins said NCAA investigators are scheduled to meet with Lake on Friday in San Diego.
“We will answer their questions and provide them with documents and other evidence,” Watkins said. “The lawsuit’s out there. It spells it out. We’ve been putting the NCAA off for quite a while. We’re going to agree to cooperate.”
The suit comes nearly two years after allegations first surfaced and has prompted the NCAA and Pac-10 to launch their own investigation.
Bush’s attorney, David Cornwell, did not immediately return a phone call or an e-mail seeking comment.
“At one time we asked for out-of-pocket costs,” Watkins said. “They wouldn’t even work with us at all.”
Lake’s lawsuit said Bush’s family “had fallen on hard times financially and required immediate and significant financial assistance to support their respective lifestyles.”
Lake and partner Michael Michaels have said they provided money to Bush’s family as well as a home for which his family had failed to pay more than $50,000 in rent. The conflict was made public after Bush, now a New Orleans Saints running back, signed with another sports agent.
Bush, the Heisman Trophy winner as a junior in 2005, is in his second season with the Saints. He has said repeatedly that neither he nor his family did anything wrong in dealings with Michaels and Lake.
Michaels reached a settlement with Bush and his family last April.
If this proves to be true, the entire USC football program could be affected. Championships, victories and his 2005 Heisman could be stripped. Speculation of course, but if the Bush family did accept these benefits, then one could understand why he didn’t offer to repay with his NFL salary–thus creating a paper trail.
Nevada player robbed, gets booted from team.
A Nevada basketball player, who was beaten unconscious and robbed at a Halloween party where three people were shot to death, has been kicked off the team because he had been told not to go out that night, Wolf Pack coach Mark Fox said Tuesday night. Tyrone Hanson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward from New York, was severely beaten early Sunday at a Reno home where a fight erupted, resulting in the triple homicide, police said. He was treated and released from a Reno hospital.
Fox said Hanson, who played in all 30 games for the Wolf Pack off the bench last season, already had been held out of a scrimmage on Saturday for violating team rules.
“He again violated our policy by going out socially that evening while he had been directed not to,” Fox said.
“Tyrone and other student-athletes in attendance did not break the law, but Tyrone understands the high standard of behavior that is expected in our program,” he said.
Hanson said in a statement released by the university Tuesday night that he understood the decision and wanted to extend his sympathies to the three victims.
“I have enjoyed my time here at Nevada and I am sad to see it come to an end. I want to thank Coach Fox for helping me understand what it means to be a man,” he said.
Dude should have listened to his coach. Basketball is secondary obviously to almost losing his life. Curfews are put in place because of these type of results. Yeah, he’s a kid and should be allowed to chill, but at what cost.