Category Archives: Basketball

Can we please not use “classy” and Jason Kidd in the same sentence?

I don’t think it is an unreasonable request. Can we please use other adjectives for Jason Kidd and not call him a class act? Has everyone really forgotten him pleading guilty to assaulting his wife?

Credit to The Smoking Gun

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Shaquille O’Neal Press Conference

Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement this week marking the end of one of the greatest careers in NBA history.

There really hasn’t been anyone as dominant as him in a long time. To me he really was the total package. He was great on the court (even with his troubles on the free throw line) and hilarious off of it. He always seemed have “it”. He knew how a star like him should act and how he should market himself. I can’t think of another athlete in recent memory who was as good as him on the field of play and handled him or herself in a great manner off of it the Shaq always did. He was never afraid to laugh at himself and that was part of his charm.

He invited the basketball media to his mansion in Orlando for his press conference because he said he wanted to thank each one of them personally. I’m sure part of it that he wants a future in the media and he didn’t shy  away from that letting ESPN,TNT and CNN among others know that he was looking for a job. TNT needs to hire him immediately. Put him as the fourth member of TNT’s crew with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. It would be must watch TV each and every time. ESPN has apparently reached out to him already.

You can watch the press conference here.
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Barack Obama and Reggie Love

By now unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere you should know that Barack Obama is a big time basketball fan. Not only does he watch basketball, he plays a lot of basketball. It has been well documented on Twitter too where Christina Bellantoni of “Talking Points Memo” created the brilliant hashtag called “#potuslovessports

Some of you might be aware that the President is holding another pickup game today. I’m guessing that came up in today’s press briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Watch the video to see what happened.

Obama playing hoops, blocking a shot by aide Reggie Love (Whi... on Twitpic

Reggie Love for those who aren’t aware of it is the personal aide to the President. The “body man” as they are called. If you’re a “West Wing” nerd like me you’ll make the immediate connection to “Charlie.” This is what Reggie Love does. What makes this basketball story better is that Reggie Love actually played for Duke. He was part of a pretty loaded Duke team that won a national title. A total of 5 players from the team ended up going to the NBA.

Saw another piece on Obama and Basketball today. ABC did a little reporting and wants to know why there have been no women involved in these pickup games?

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NCAA Tournament

How is everyone’s bracket shaping up? I ended up with three 1s and a 2 in the Final Four. I have a couple of groups going on ESPN and Yahoo. If you’re interested send me an e-mail.

Andy Katz keeps getting nice basketball exclusives with President Obama. First it was the election day basketball game with then Candidate Obama. As part of that Obama agreed to fill out a NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN. They actually put up his original bracket too.

ESPN actually submitted the entry from POTUS into their Tournament Challenge.