June 2006 - Posts
Don't know if I can top the lead off paragraphs to this story about Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin:
On March 30, Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash.
Several of the 911 callers that night said Griffin was drunk. One witness said Griffin told him he was watching pornography in a DVD player mounted on the dashboard of his Cadillac Escalade SUV when he struck a Chevy Suburban parked on University Avenue Southeast.
Abed Hassuneh, who is the brother of the victim, said Griffin told him, "That he was masturbating himself going down that street. That's how the accident happened because he was not paying attention. He's paying attention to that video and all of a sudden he's shoveled somebody's car on the top of the sidewalk."
Interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan ordered an internal affairs investigation of the conduct of the two officers who responded to the scene, after WCCO-TV made Dolan aware of allegations about the incident. Key questions are why Griffin wasn't tested for alcohol and why the officers drove him out of the city to his home in St. Paul. Griffin also received tickets for not having a license and inattentive driving.
What a juicy story! A pro NBA player, pornography, masturbation, alcohol, police officers who “looked the other way”... an enticing and proud story for the great city of Minneapolis. Just when you thought that the Minnesota Viking's off-field antics with booze and hookers couldn't be topped, Griffin steps up to the plate and knocks one out of the park!
Check out the complete story - it includes a news report video worth watching, which has several choice clips from the security camera of the liquor store where the accident occured.
Yeah, I've been meaning to write a blog entry about the now-concluded Finals, about the new champions, yadda yadda, but that will have to wait, because today I read that the Knicks have fired Larry Brown and are making Isaih Thomas head coach. This isn't too great of a shocker - Brown didn't have a repore with his players and had a terrible season record (due in part to a terrible cast of characters and an insane President and GM in Thomas, whose front office acumen makes me think a trained seal might do a better job) and many have said that Thomas has privately expressed an interest in returning to coaching... but... this makes no business sense.
Who's running the Knicks? Whose money is funding this insanity? Who hires Brown for four years and then cuts him the next year with $40 million dollars still on contract? Who pays the kind of salaries to the Knicks pathetic roster that's backcourt heavy and full of selfish players? And who keeps cutting checks to Zeke, who has in large part made this mess and whose coaching tenure is only slightly less disparaging than his record heading the CBA? (He had a great team with the Pacers and, in two years, took them nowhere except to early exits from the playoffs. And they had a talented front court that included Jermaine O'Neal and Brad Miller in a size-starved Eastern Conference!)
Zeke was a helluva player on the court, but his front office and coaching resume is rather bleak. What amazes me is that time and time again, he's given the same opportunities that he's previously choked on. It's hard to imagine how someone could be smart and savvy enough to make their riches, only to “invest” in Isaiah Thomas. What are the Knicks thinking?
Will Zeke have better luck coaching the Knicks than Larry Brown? Probably, he's a former player and probably won't be such a tight ass as Brown is known to be. Despite that, though, the Knicks will still suck and have a disappointing season. Not even the greatest coach - which Thomas is clearly not - could make the current Knick roster into a playoff-calliber team. Madness, I tell you.
Michael Jordan. LeBron James. And now Dwayne Wade. That short list is the list of players who, over time, have, by their mere presence, been sufficient cause for watching a pro basketball game. I watched as many games in the Detroit/Cavs series as I could, not because I really cared much about the outcome, but because LeBron James had achieved that rarified status of, I've got to watch in case he does something that will amaze me. And now, after Wade's performances in the last three Finals game, D. Wade is on that list, too.
Tonight the Heat won Game 5 in OT, beating the Mavs by 1. The last few minutes in regulation plus most of overtime were one incredible play after another. Dwayne Wade's incredible shots; Dirk's swish over an extended Shaq; D. Wade hitting two free throws with the NBA CHAMPIONSHIP on the line. Amazing. The playoffs this year have been absolutely phenomenal, the best in memory since 1992 (which had the immortalized Bulls/Knicks series plus a rather great Finals series to boot).
But this playoff series, from both conferences, in all three rounds, has had its share of amazing plays, exciting games, and nail-biting finishes. Wow. As they used to say back in the 90s, I love this game.