||Celeb Lakers fan Ashton Kutcher:
May spot him at Staples this week, but he's got the buzz today for a Rolling Stone interview describing partying with the Bush twins.
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Two Words For You:
Much like those preposterously premature
Election Night projections, I'm calling it after two
games: The Lakers are finished.
When Spurs designated defensive stopper Bruce Bowen can go
off for 27 ... when L.A. wheezes after San Antonio's
speed and depth ... when the Lakers slide behind 13, 17
and 27 at quarterly intervals ... when Kobe misses most
of his 24 shots and season-long scrub "Not
That" Kareem flings up 13 ... the champs are
Going home, gimpy Devean George, Zen Master
mind-tricks, the aura of hoops royalty ... the dynasty
has no chance when the masses are finally primed for
revolution. The kings are dead, so long live the
Kings. Or, maybe at this rate, the Spurs.
Who says shove off to Michael
Jordan? If nothing else, you have to admire Abe
Pollin's Spaldings, if not the way the Wizards owner axed M, with a shockingly dismissive wave of his hand.
Apparently, no discussion necessary -- let alone a
mere explanation -- when you're the boss. The Greatest
Player Ever left stunned? There's the surprise.
What's next? MJ has his choice of
opportunities, from Charlotte's ground floor to
Atlanta's lower-than-ground-floor to Dallas'
Cuban-will-do-anything-for-you. Meanwhile, the Wizards
will still stink, only without the cachet of Michael
Nets Blitz C's
If Danny Ainge takes the reported (and
strangely timed) job offer to head Boston's basketball
ops, his first move should be to pawn Antoine Walker
(another soul-sapping 3-of-15 performance) to
whomever will take him. Much like the Spurs gunning
past the two-star Lakers, the Nets have
||"HE'S MJ AND YOU'RE STILL THE WIZ" EDITION
|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND|
1 Minny at Vancouver: Nothing beats an NHL Game 7|
2 Kings at Mavs: Look out for another rout
3 Sixers at Pistons: Watch Billups' ankle situation
|THE SIT-DOWN: RETIRE THESE CONVERSATION TOPICS|
1 Tigers as Worst Ever: Swept -- swept! -- Orioles|
2 Tiger/caddy split: "Getting along fine," emails Woods
3 Josh as "Idol" (thankfully); Kimberley gets boot next
too much of everything for the two-star (one star?) Celtics.
Wild, Canucks Go 7
In scheduling a Game 7 on back-to-back
nights with Game 6, the NHL should get credit for
seizing on momentum, but in an era where hype-building
is everything, the league is marketing tone-deaf.
And what about player fatigue? Minnesota could
care less. In coming back from its second
straight 3-1 series deficit (with 5-1 emphasis
last night), the Wild has all the momentum.
Maybe Alabama football should hire state
favorite son (and rejuvenated "Idol" finalist) Ruben
Studdard: Short of that, it looks like ex-Tide
QB/NFL assistant Mike Shula is the guy. Love his youth
(only 37), but fans will cringe at his head-coaching
inexperience (uh, none).
As for the ex ... Reportedly, there's a "For Sale" sign on Mike
Price's front lawn ... to go with the "Kick Me" sign on
But here's the bigger issue: If he was
"too drunk to really know" what he did on his Big
Night, how can he also dispute some of SI's
eye-opening allegations about his conduct?
Jose, Can You See?
Jose Canseco said he was told three years ago he
was being "blackballed" by baseball. Actually,
Bash Bro, everyone just knew you couldn't play
Filling the playoff-season void in sports
journalism, pop star (and hoops fan) Justin
Timberlake will be TV's newest NBA reporter. After
watching him school Kenny Smith at last year's
All-Star Weekend, he's got cred. As if attracting the
hotties wasn't enough.
||Wizards owner Abe Pollin:
Maybe MJ didn't show the greatest management acumen, but Abe's tactics in dismissing him weren't exactly "HR 101."
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|Today on ESPN.com|
|IN: Euro Diaries|
|P2: Being Mr. Met|
|"Justin Timberlake" Edition|
|Bye Bye Bye|
|MJ dismissed in D.C. ...|
|Dance With Me|
|... But unlimited opps in Charlotte|
|Cry Me a River|
|Lakers can't blame refs now|
|It's Gonna Be Me|
|Mike Shula in at Bama?|
|Antoine annoyed with own performance|
Mike Mussina improved to 7-0, and Cy is his to lose;
meanwhile, DJ went 1-for-3 in Trenton and may be
back with Big Boys by Tuesday ...|
The NBA All-Rookie first team is fine, but none are
still playing. Give me Spurs revelation Manu
Rumor Mill: Mets' Robbie Alomar to Cards for Fernando
Who quits an NBA GM job to be a college-hoops
assistant? Jeff Bower of the Hornets, leaving for powerhouse Penn St
Auction this: That Angels employee who tried to sell Series ring on eBay is suing team for wrongful
Bobcats, Dragons, Flight: None of the potential
Charlotte NBA nicknames inspire. Forced to choose one?