Oct. 29, 2003
LeBron:
King James vs. the Kings (ESPN, 10:30), in the new No. 23's real NBA debut. Meet Doug Christie, Sacto's nasty defensive specialist.
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
'BRON.  VOYAGE.

In his NBA regular-season debut tonight, LeBron wears two targets:

On his back: From fellow rookies (Miami's Dwyane Wade already put up 18 in a L to the Sixers last night).

On his front: From every vet with something to prove. Not to mention the fans' highest expectations for an NBA rookie -- ever.

Is LeBron the next MJ? Magic? Dr. J? Actually, if you're looking for an appropriate comparison this season, he's a bulkier version of ... Brent Barry.

Before you scoff: 15 pts, 7 ast, 5 reb per game (that's Barry per-48 minute average). Biggest difference is that 'Bron only wishes he could shoot like Brent.

Lakers Roll
Who needs Kobe? Hey, after the Lakers ran over the Mavs without him, someone has to say it.

Seamlessly integrating Payton and Malone in Game 1, the Lakers flashed potential that they would be just fine without Kobe.

Feud quashed or not, Kobe's threat to bolt the team as a free agent after this season is still legit. Now it just makes even more sense to trade him.

Feud Over?
Registered a lot of scoffs yesterday from people who were sure that the Kobe-Shaq feud was NOT an act. OK, then how about Kobe's awkward, Oscar-worthy sideline rah-rah taps toward Shaq last night?

BCS: Testify!
My testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, meeting this morning about the BCS and its exclusion of the small conferences:

IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THE FULL QUICKIE
TODAY'S THREE HOTTEST STORIES
1 LeBron James gets his first look at the real NBA life
2 Lakers crush Mavs and look awesome, even w/o Kobe
3 Senators meet to rip on BCS: No better things to do?
THREE STORIES YOU SHOULD JUST LET GO
1 Mavs as Laker-killers: New talent, new unis, old results
2 THG availability: Forget about it after FDA ban Tuesday
3 Insisting there's no QB controversy in Miami: Oh really?
 
Stop the presses: The BCS concept is about Benjamins! Of all people, politicians should know something about money driving a process.

Until non-BCS schools drive revenue, ratings and response from fans like the BCS schools do, they should quit whimpering and do a better job of making fans care about them.

Then they won't have to gripe; they'll be begged to join.

Jack's Back
The Marlins will bring back manager Jack McKeon, setting the stage for his remarkable transformation from easy-going grandpa of an unexpected champion to doddering old man of a non-playoff dud.

Not back: Yankees hitting coach Rick Down. (Shocker.) The biggest question remains whether the Boss will keep

pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, a Torre buddy. Here's a vote for "Keep."

Trick or Treat
Spreading from Chicago to the rest of the country, the must-have Halloween costume is of infamous Cubs fan Steve Bartman.

Join the fun! Your checklist:

Cubs hat
1980s headphones
Glasses
Turtleneck
Sweatshirt (Renegades)
Baseball (to bobble)

Mavs uniforms:
All that money, and the team can't buy any style. Shimmery, silvery, hideous road unis must have been the REAL reason they got worked over.
 
 
Today on ESPN.com
P2: Simmons' NBA Preview
NBA Season Preview
CFB: Power 16
 
Ranking Halloween Candy:
Snickers
But not a meal replacement
 
Twix
Kids will come back twice
 
Sweetarts
Except the green ones
 
Skittles
You'll be up all night
 
3 Musketeers
A classic; freezer-bound
 

Massive solar blast at noon: Should we be concerned? Radiation? No sweat. Screw up my cell phone? WHAT?! ...

NBA East rankings: NJ, DET, IND, PHI, ORL, CHI, BOS, WAS ...

NBA West rankings: LAL, SA, SAC, DAL, MIN, HOU, POR, PHX ...

Allen Iverson learned from his summer USA Hoops experience: He dropped 11 dimes to go with his usual sick scoring (26 pts) ...

New study links kids' reading problems to too much TV. Bah: I watched a ton of TV and me don't have no language problem ...



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