Sunday, July 22, 2012

Breakdown of current and former NBA players on each Olympic squad

While the US team is the favorite to win it all in London, you'll see a lot of familiar faces on other teams as you watch the Olympic Games, which begin this Friday. Below is a breakdown of each current and former NBA player that will be representing their country in this year's games.

Argentina
Pablo Prigioni, Knicks
Manu Ginobili, Spurs
Carlos Delfino, Bucks
Luis Scola, Suns
Andres Nocioni, formerly Bulls, Kings and 76ers

Australia
Patrick Mills, Spurs
David Andersen, formerly Rockets, Raptors, Hornets

Brazil
Leandro Barbosa, Pacers
Anderson Varejao, Cavs
Nene Hilario, Wizards
Tiago Splitter, Spurs
Marcus Vinicius, formerly Hornets, Grizzlies

China
Yi Jianlian, Mavericks
Wang Zhizhi, formerly Mavs, Clippers, Heat
Sun Yue, formerly Lakers

France
Kevin Seraphin, Wizards
Nicholas Batum, Trail Blazers
Tony Parker, Spurs
Nando de Colo, Spurs
Boris Diaw, Spurs
Ronny Turiaf, Heat
Yakhouba Diawara, formerly Nuggets and Heat
Mickaël Gelabale, formerly Sonics

Great Britain
Luol Deng, Bulls
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, formerly Mavs, Hornets
Robert Archibald, formerly Grizzlies, Suns, Magic, Raptors

Lithuania
Linas Kleiza, Raptors
Jonas Valančiūnas, Raptors
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, formerly Pacers and Warriors
Darius Songaila, formerly Kings, Bulls, Wizards, Hornets and 76ers

Nigeria
Al-Farouq Aminu, Hornets
Ike Diogu, formerly Warriors, Pacers, Blazers, Kings, Hornets, Clippers, Spurs

Russia
Alexey Shved, Timberwolves
Timofey Mozgov, Nuggets
Andrei Kirilenko, formerly Jazz

Spain
Pau Gasol, Lakers
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Serge Ibaka, Thunder
Jose Calderon, Raptors
Rudy Fernandez, formerly Blazers and Nuggets
Sergio Rodriguez, formerly Blazers, Kings, Knicks
Juan Carlos Navarro, formerly Grizzlies

United States (A few NBA players here, of course)
Tyson Chandler, Knicks
Kevin Durant, Thunder
LeBron James, Heat
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Deron Williams, Nets
Andre Iguodala, 76ers
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Kevin Love, Timberwolves
James Harden, Thunder
Chris Paul, Clippers
Anthony Davis, Hornets
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

The only team without an NBA link is Tunisia.

(Image courtesy London2012.com)

Video: Ryan Jimmo ties fastest KO record at UFC 149

After a stellar career fighting for Canadian promotion MFC, Ryan Jimmo made an impact during his UFC debut during Saturday night's prelims on FX. In fact, Jimmo went all Mike D'Antoni offense, putting Anthony Perosh down in just seven seconds.


And here's Ariel Helwani's impressive post-fight interview with Jimmo, from MMA Fighting.com.

Dropping Links: Sunday, July 22, 2012

As we watch the final round of the British Open, some links for your viewing pleasure:

- A roundup of the 30 (30!) NFL arrests of this offseason. |BuzzFeed|

- Opposing pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamels each homered off one another in the same inning yesterday, the first time that's happened since 1990. |Big League Stew|

- Can't afford that jersey of your favorite player? Just shave his last name and number into your back hair, obviously. |SportsGrid|

- Tommy John is the inaugural inductee into the Hall of Very Good. |HOVG|

- The first gameplay footage from NHL 13. |Pastapadre|

Saturday, July 21, 2012

NBC Sports Network will broadcast CFL games in 2012

NBC Universal announced that NBC Sports Network will broadcast 14 Canadian Football League games in 2012, including the division semifinals and finals, and the Grey Cup Championship game.
Coverage of the CFL on NBC Sports Network begins Monday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Edmonton Eskimos host the Toronto Argonauts. The season will conclude with the 100th Grey Cup on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. ET.

The 2012 schedule also includes the defending Grey Cup Champion BC Lions vs. the Montreal Alouettes at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 31; Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Eskimos at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7; and Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Previously in the US, CFL games were carried by NFL Network.

The broadcast agreement could help both entities. NBC Sports Network has been struggling for years and the switch from Versus hasn't sparked ratings like anticipated. The addition of live football should help.

For the CFL, it will be a new American outlet, which should help grow the game. Our friend Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing and 55-Yard Line has a nice breakdown of what this deal could mean for the CFL and NBC Sports Network.

(Photo courtesy Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Peyton Manning loves calling audibles in his Buick

This commercial has been out for a few days but if all the mainstream sites like Yahoo can be three days behind with the Michelle Jenneke video (blatant page view grab) than I can be late with this.

It's Peyton Manning's new Buick commercial.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Phillies minor leaguer Jiwan James with an awesome barehanded grab at the wall

Reading Phillies (Double A) outfielder Jiwan James made quite the athletic catch, perhaps not robbing a home run, but snagging a ball at the wall nonetheless... with his bare hand.


(Hat tip to BuzzFeed)

Ray Allen thanks Celtics fans with ad in Boston Globe

As has become custom of players switching teams lately, Ray Allen took out an ad in The Boston Globe thanking Celtics fans.


A nice gesture from a classy man.

Dropping Links: Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some lazy Sunday links for your perusing pleasure:

- Charlie Weis says Brady Quinn could have been NFL starter for him, which is why Charlie Weis doesn't coach in the NFL. |Shutdown Corner|

- A look at the currently sad state of WWE, unless you're six years old, in which case it's totally awesome! |Ringside Rants|

- The Padres beat the Dodgers last night. Even more shocking is that they did it by stealing home... twice. |SportsGrid|

- Amazon.com is offering a $15 promo credit if you purchase NHL 13 through the website. |Pastapadre|

(Image courtesy The Palm Beach Post)

Knicks would be wise to let Lin go to Houston

It looks like the Knicks might be ready to say goodbye to Linsanity.

News came down late Saturday night that the Knicks and Blazers agreed to a sign-and-trade deal to bring the ageless Kurt Thomas and point guard Raymond Felton back to New York. This amid reports that Knicks GM Glen Grunwald was dodging the Rockets' delivery of their offer sheet for Jeremy Lin so the team would have more time to work a deal and figure out just what they wanted to do about the situation.

If the Knicks are, indeed, moving on without Jeremy Lin, it's the smart move. Granted, Lin brings back so much money in marketing and ticket sales, but what if he isn't as good as he was for that short stretch in February. That stretch where the team was constructed differently than it is now. That stretch where he wasn't competing with the vacuum of Carmelo Anthony and he could run Mike D'Antoni's offense as it was intended, the same D'Antoni who isn't the coach anymore.

Lest we forget that Lin is also coming off knee surgery. Sure, he might be a good NBA point guard but there are few believers that he'll be the 30+ points per night guy he was in the winter.

There are so many question marks surrounding Lin that it isn't worth the risk of potentially having to pay him almost $15 million in year three of this contract. In that year, the Knicks will also still be responsible for Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amar'e Stoudemire, all of whom make hefty sums.

Aside from the on-court and salary cap issues, too much has been made of "Linsanity" and his marketing stroke. The Knicks drew a full Garden through all those terrible seasons in the first decade of the 2000's and they will draw without Lin. Say he bombs and becomes a low minute bench player, how will he be marketed then? And does anyone honestly think he will be the marketing and revenue draw in Houston that he is in New York?

With Lin, there is too much up in the air to guarantee $25 million. If he leaves New York and really is that superstar that we saw in February, the Knicks will regret it. But if the Knicks spend all that cash for Lin and he isn't what all the hype says over the course of three years, it will look even worse.

For a franchise that's always spent the wrong way, the Knicks have to be conservative here. Even if it is "Linsane."

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shaq gets his own terrible TV show

Shaquille O’Neal is expanding his television horizons.

From The Hollywood Reporter:
TruTV has greenlighted Upload with Shaquille O’Neal,a series centered on the former basketball star scouring the Internet in search of the funniest online videos to comment on as well as creating his own viral videos and parodies. He will be joined on-screen by host Gary Owen(Think Life a Man) and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show).

"Shaquille O'Neal has such a great personality, and he really has a lot of fun with the format and the material in this new truTV series," said truTV EVP and COO Marc Juris. "This show is going to be a great fit with truTV's comedic shows like Impractical Jokers and the upcoming Killer Karaoke."
I prefer “greenlit” myself, but anyway.

TruTV is a Turner network, where Shaq provides poor commentary and analysis on Inside the NBA. Surely this show will be an awful re-hash of others like it, such as Tosh.0 and Ridiculousness, all of which spawned from campy hits like America’s Funniest Home Videos.

TruTV, though, features tons of shows that are as bad or worse than Upload will be. The network, formerly Court TV, also runs masterpieces like Southern Fried Stings, South Beach Tow, Disorder in the Court, along with the aforementioned Impractical Jokers.

Juris is right. This show will be a great fit.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Kerry Wood finds Andre Dawson in Wrigley Field ivy

Here is State Farm's newest "Discount Double Check" commercial, featuring freshly retired Kerry Wood.

Knicks and Rockets agree to sign-and-trade for Marcus Camby

Marcus Camby is returning to the New York Knicks.

From Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Rockets will receive guard Toney Douglas, forward Josh Harrellson, center Jerome Jordan, second-round picks in 2014 and '15 and cash used to pay Douglas' salary from the Knicks. Camby will get a three-year, $13.2 million contract that contains a partial guarantee in the third season, sources said.
While it seems like a bit of a haul to give up for a 37-year-old backup, Douglas became an end-of-the-bencher last year for the Knicks, with Harrellson and Jordan hardly playing. Camby provides the Knicks with defense and rebounding when Tyson Chandler is off the court and, unlike Jared Jeffries, can score down low.

Giving up the two draft picks might be more of a loss but the Knicks love wasting them on Europeans that never make it to the NBA anyway.

Doc Rivers has it all wrong about Ray Allen

Doc Rivers seems to think Ray Allen’s feeling unwanted by the Boston Celtics is because the team made re-signing Kevin Garnett their top priority.

From CSNNE.com:
"No, I didn’t agree, but that doesn’t matter,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what I think. I just wish we could have found a way [to sign Allen], and we didn’t. Always put it on us — it’s easier.”

“Kevin Garnett was our focal point, and he should have been,” said Rivers. “If that got anyone ruffled, then that’s probably too bad . . . He probably got bent sideways a bit by us courting Kevin. I really don’t know, honestly.”
No, Doc it probably was when President Danny Ainge agreed to sign Jason Terry that Allen felt like he didn’t fit anymore.

Mix that with Allen’s loss of playing time last year thanks to Avery Bradley’s emergence and a defending champion Heat team full of guys recruiting him, and Jesus Shuttlesworth ends up in South Beach.

For all the talk of loyalty, Allen owes nothing to the Celtics. The team has shopped him around for the last few seasons, with a deal in place this spring to send the sharpshooter to Memphis before pulling it off the table. Besides, he came to Boston to win a ring and then took a less-than-he-was-worth contract to stay there.

He’s done the same thing in going to the Miami Heat.

(Image courtesy Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blake Griffin dunked a basketball

Shocking, I know. This one, from Team USA practice, is pretty nice though.

Dropping Links: Sunday, July 8, 2012

I'm alive! Here's some links:

- Mike Lupica, in his typical three-sentences-in-one structure, waxes poetic about how it would be best for Jeremy Lin to join the Rockets. He makes good points but Lin really has no say in the matter and, whether it makes on-court sense or not, the Knicks will likely match the offer sheet for their marketing cash cow. |New York Daily News|

- According to Ryan Feldman, Ray Allen is a good fit for the Heat. (Duh) |ESPN TrueHoop|

- Eric Gordon won't stop talking about how much he wants to play for Phoenix. Except he has no control over that. |Ball Don't Lie|

- Some video and details from NCAA Football 13, which hits stores this Tuesday. |Pastapadre|

- English soccer coach Graham Wesley cut eight guys from his squad...via mass text. |SportsGrid|