10 February 2007

Lawsuits, NBA, homophobia -- you know, the usual.

The definition of frivolous lawsuit: a guy sued the Angels for discriminating against men for a Mothers Day promotion in which tote bags were given to women. He's expected to appeal. Utterly absurd. Next he'll be suing them for age discrimination for giving baseball cards to 8-year olds.

Said Angels attorney Bill Custer: "You can quibble about whether we should have sent somebody up to pinch-hit, but not about this." Bill Shearer, another Angels attorney, said he expected Rava to appeal.

In case you haven't read the reactions of Steven Hunter, Shavlik Randolph, and LeBron James to John Amaechi coming out, I'll just say they're despicable and leave it at that.

Some other NBA thoughts:

  • The 76ers have little going for them beyond homophobia among their players and Kyle Korver's half Geico cave man/half Ashton Kutcher thing. But it does seem that AI's exit has forced Andre Iguodala to develop his offense game more and become more assertive. I haven't been able to watch him play lately (but honestly, who would want to watch that team?), but peep the stats from 4 February games: 24.3 points, 7 rebs, 9.3 assists, 2 steals. He had a triple double the other day and has games of 13 and 15 assists this month. He was pretty good before that, too. Basically I think Iguodala is Dwyane Wade with less offensive instincts and a better natural defender. Both are insanely athletic, strong, able to drive past anyone to the basket, great rebounding guards, and can't shoot the 3. Here's to hoping the 76ers get someone in the lottery to match his skills.
  • I promise this is the last one about the team from Iladelph: Joe Smith had $100,000 in jewelry stolen from his hotel room. This is not why this team is bad, but I think we're beginning to get the picture.
  • The Rockets are my sleeper playoff team. I still don't think they can beat the Suns or the Mavs, but they've been rolling since T Mac came back, despite Yao's injury. T Mac looks like his old self -- please watch the back -- and not too long ago, I was wondering if he'd ever resurface.
  • Pau Gasol's averaging 20.6 points, 8.8 rebs, 3.1 assists, and 2.3 blocks since coming back from injury and is lighting it up so far in February. He's become one of the best passing big men in the game. As for the team, they're miserable but have more pieces than the 76ers, I think. It's just a shame that Damon Stoudamire is their best guard. If they can pick someone up like Acie Law IV in the draft, they'll have a nice core of Law IV, Gasol, Rudy Gay, Hakim Warrick, and Mike Miller plus roleplayers Lawrence Roberts and Stromile Swift, one of LIO's favorite players and an amazing human. Then again, West may blow it all up and trade Gasol away for nothing -- looks like there's a chance of that happening.
  • This might as well go in the NBA section: I love Kevin Durant. But who doesn't? That's all about him. Oh and I can't wait until the NBA draft when Chad Ford talks about how long he is about 547 times. If this were a drinking game, we'd all be dead.
Did you hear? Mike Tyson checked himself into rehab to deal with "various addictions." Why couldn't this have happened before he spent $400 million dollars and bought the two white bengal tigers? Actually, keep the tigers.

And then there's this wonderful blurb from Joakim Noah, generously passed along by Bullwinkle:

"John Lennon, great guy, really held it down in the 60's," Noah said. "To me, John Lennon, New York City, he's a Beatle, just a guy against war. It means a lot. I know my Mom really likes him -- that's why I put him up there. Big-time dude, John Lennon."

The article, which is about Noah, Corey Brewer, Al Horford, and Taurean Green and is quite good, can be found here.