Monthly Archives: September 2008

Last uniform of the offseason

The Oklahoma City Thunder have dropped their new uniforms.  It’s official and everything.

They look like a slightly less ugly version of the Pistons unis from the late 90’s, though that font (especially on the road jerseys) is straight out of the D League.  They should have put “City” beneath the numbers, like the Hornets did that one time.

More non-uniform related things to come from this here website as training camps open.

Another new uni post? Kings are up

Yeah, well, it’s the only thing salient in the NBA right now, and I’m not smart enough for Free Darko style rants.  So the Kings new unis officially come out today, and though the press event is a couple hours away, their team store has the new joints up.

Well, then.  What pops out to me is the fact that “Sacramento” is on the homes, while “Kings” is on the road set.  This has to be the first time in NBA history that a team has put the city name on the home unis and the team name on the primary roads.  It’s . . . different, I’ll give them that.  They’ve got a kind of Houston Rockets “hoops” thing going on the sides.  Never really thought that was something anyone would want to copy.

And some of the color choices are a bit confusing.  Why is the wordmark written in white on the home jersey?  The old set looked a lot better.  And the black numbers on the front of the road jersey are nearly impossible to see.  There’s a reason every team in the NBA uses light numbers on their dark jerseys; because it’s easier to see.  I’d hate to be a Kings broadcaster when they’re on the road.  You’d better not need to look at their numbers to tell the difference between spencer Hawes and Brad Miller.

Overall, these are the worst of all the new full sets this offseason.  In no way did they improve anything on their predecessors (unlike the Wolves, Hornets and Magic) and the stuff that did change was made worse.

More pics to come, but so far I give it a thumbs down.

Farewell White Chocolate

So it’s come to this. Jason Williams has announced his retirement, about a month and a half after signing with the Clippers as free agent.

Williams, who was initially nicknamed White Chocolate upon entering the NBA as the seventh overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Florida, wowed the crowds in Sacramento.  Along with Chris Webber, they made the Kings relevant and important to watch for the first time in, well, ever (no disrespect to Mitch Richmond.)  The flashy handles, court vision and lack of melanin drew comparisons to Pistol Pete, in the same way that every Yakubian over 6’6″ with a jumpshot draws comparisons to Larry Bird.  But he was never quite as good as Pistol.  For every jaw-dropping no-look, there was a jaw-dropping pass to the sidelines, and he was never a better than average scorer.  But he did have WHITEBOY inked accross his knuckles.  So there’s that.  He also showed a flair for both historical inaccuracies and racial insensitivity when he reportedly called an Asian fan in Oakland “a slant-eyed motherfucker” and told him he would “shoot all you Asian motherfuckers.  Do you remember the Vietnam War? I’ll kill y’all just like that.”  Just like Pistol Pete.

In a move that made the Kings a noticeably better team, he was traded to the Grizzlies for Mike Bibby.  But while Bibby was starting in the Western Conference Finals, J Will actually grew up.  Maybe it was because he was playing for Hubie Brown, maybe it was the fact that he was on a not-that-good team in an even smaller market than Sacramento, but Williams played some good ball with the Grizz, cracking the 8 APG mark his first two seasons in Bluff City.

Eventually, Whiteboy wore out his welcome in Memphis, with (probably) the final straw coming after he almost attacked a reporter during the Grizzlies’ first round series against Phoenix in 2005.  He got traded to Miami, where he started on the Heat’s 2006 championship team.  That’s right, Gary Payton was HIS backup on a ring-winning team.  Save that one for trivia contests five years from now, because no one will remember that.

After that, though, he couldn’t stay healthy.  Even when he was fit to go, he wasn’t quite his old self, and at age 33, signed a contract with the Clippers, who now have to rely on Jason Hart to play the point when B Didd inevitably gets injured.

So farewell, J Dub.  We leave you now with this highly underrated Nike commercial.

Random NBA Thoughts

  • So it looks like Monta Ellis got injured while riding a mo-ped. The accident is being categorized as a “low-speed” accident, which is kind of redundant.  The fastest mo-ped in the world can probably do like 12 mph.  No details about the accident right now, but I can’t wait for them to leak to learn about how one tears a ligament on a mo-ped.
  • Allan Houston will be at Knicks training camp, as will Stephon Marbury.  Because when I think the run n’ gun style of Mike D’antoni, I think of a 37-year-old with bad knees.  I’m sure he’ll “barely” be one of the last guys cut in camp and wind up taking a spot on the coaching staff or in the front office.
  • It looks like Portland’s going to pass on Shaun Livingston, so now the Wolves are looking at him.  As one of the only Wolves fans left in the entire world, I hope they bring him in.  At the very least it would give them some depth, and they could get a potentially great player out of it.  And it will stave off his possible descent into Joe Theissman territory, where he’ll become an annoyingly apologetic color commentator who will eventually get replaced by Eric Snow on TNT.
  • There’s going to be a debate tomorrow.  Count on it.
  • And finally, even more new uniforms, as the Raptors have busted out a black alternate that totally doesn’t make them look like the Blazers.

Oh, the Bucks have a new alternate set as well

And this is it

And this is it

Well that flew under the radar.  Amidst all the uni talk of the Wolves, Magic, Hornets and OKC Thunder, the Bucks dropped an alternate this offseason as well.  And there it is.

It’s the first red uniform in Bucks history and the first alternate since these bad boys from the mid 90’s.  I’m loving the fact that they say Milwaukee on the front, arched in 70’s style but with the modern beveled font.

Big thumbs up and a plus for keeping it under the radar as long as they did.

Orlando Magic unveil new unis

The angled pinstripe aspect isn’t too bad, and is kind of a refreshing take on a uniform trend I normally hate.  They look really good on the road unis, and might look decent on the homes if anyone could actually see them.  Why not go with blue pinstripes on the white background?  If they wanted something barely visible, they might as well have just went with pinstipes only on the road unis.  The letter/number font is also an improvement from their last set, as the old ones were too generic in my opinion.

Overall, a surprising upgrade, especially the road unis.

What “real” Americans want to do with Josh Howard

Mark Cuban gets emails.  Lots of emails.  That’s to be expected when you’re a billionaire NBA team owner/movie producer/blogger, and Cubes decided to share some of the more interesting emails he got regarding Josh Howard declaring he wants to fly a plane into the White House while giving Bristol Palin a government-subsidized abortion, because that’s what elitists like him are doing these days.  Thankfully, he did not redact the email addresses of these American heroes, so hopefully their inboxes will get flooded with all the gratitude they deserve.  Here’s a sampling.

From: “Billy Leto” <billy.leto@gmail.com> Add Address to Contacts
To: mark.cuban@dallasmavs.com
Date: 09/18/2008 09:20 AM
Subject: are you kidding me?
MC,
Tell Howard that him and Hussein Obama can go to another country and live if they don’t want to support our symbol of freedom.–
Billy
Yes, Obama really should have not been in that video.
From: “Manuel Rodriguez” <manuel_rodriguez_7126@yahoo.com> Add Address to Contacts
Cc: <Mark.Cuban@dallasmavs.com>
Date: 09/17/2008 10:09 PM
Subject: Maverick Josh Howard

You better get that piece of work out of your team for talking and disrespecting the national anthem or you are going to pay the price for it…..  What kind of org. allows a looser and an idiot play for them?  You are so low you make me vomit!!!!  If you allow a hate of America play for your team, you also Hate AMERICA.  GET OUT OF HERE!!!!

Have a Blessed Day:

Manuel A. Rodriguez

When having a cheery signature goes wrong.

From: George Bannon <georgebannon@sbcglobal.net> Add Address to Contacts
To: markcuban@dallasmavs.com
Date: 09/18/2008 08:25 PM
Subject: MARK & TEAM NEED TO MOVE TEAM AND YOU TO MOSCOW RUSSIA OR CUBA OR CHINA ETC.ETC.
1ST STRIKE – YOU HAD THE ANTI-AMERICAN CANADIAN PIG VOMIT ON YOUR TEAM
2ND STRIKE – YOU FUNDED ANTI-AMERICAN/TROOPS MOVIE
3RD STRIKE – “I DONT DO THIS SHIT’ DURING MY NATIONAL ANTHEM  –  THIS NATION MADE YOU PIG VOMITS RICH BEYOND MY DREAMS AND THIS IS HOW YOU REPAY US. THREE STRIKES YOUR OUT! TELL PIG VOMIT HE IS FREE TO MOVE OUT OF MY COUNTRY ANYTIME HE WANTS. TRY CHINA,THEY HAVE FREE SPEACH  –  NOT!
Steve Nash is “Anti-American Canadian Pig Vomit?”  I knew it!
And that’s not even getting into the racist ones (which are quite plentiful.)  Check them all out here, and to quote Manuel, Have a Blessed Day.