|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant shows frustration as Lakers lose again||11.08.12 at 6:42 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Colts at Jaguars, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Florida State at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Lakers are 1-4 after Wednesday’s 95-86 loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City, and Kobe Bryant, who only days ago was ripping impatient critics, is having trouble containing his frustration with everyone around him.
Bryant played Wednesday night with an anger he acknowledged he had not displayed in a while, although he wouldn’t say the reason for his motivation.
“Nothing I care to share,” said Bryant, who finished with 29 points and six turnovers.
Said teammate Dwight Howard: “Sometimes I think as a team, we ought to be able to not really show our frustrations that much. A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won’t get down on themselves.
“I know [Bryant] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do. We’ve just got to stay together, remember it’s a process and stay focused.”
Meanwhile, Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss isn’t ready to give up on coach Mike Brown.
“I have no problems with Mike Brown at all,” Buss said. “He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening.”
♦ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also been the team’s general manager for many years, but former coach Jimmy Johnson insists that Jones’ implication that he was calling the shots during the team’s dynasty years in the early 1990s is false.
“This is completely a bunch of crock,” Johnson said in an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left. He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there. He was just the owner.”
Actually, Jones was listed as president and GM while Johnson was coaching, but that means little to Johnson.
“It was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions,” Johnson said. “It was all in my contract, and he didn’t allow anybody to have that in their contract after I left.”
♦ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he spoke to center Joakim Noah about his decision to shoot a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of a 99-93 victory over the Magic in an attempt to win free hamburgers for fans at Chicago’s United Center. If the Bulls had scored 100 points, all fans in attendance would have received the free burger.
After Noah missed one free throw with 23 seconds left and teammate Kirk Hinrich missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, the fans missed out on the treat, and many of them booed at the final buzzer.
“You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen in a game,” Noah said. “I just got caught up in the moment and I was trying to get the people a Big Mac. They really wanted a Big Mac [judging by how loud the crowd was getting] and I felt like, not only did I take the shot and miss the shot, we didn’t even get the Big Mac. Next time, I won’t take that 3-pointer.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley continues feud with Miami fans||05.24.11 at 7:53 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ NBA legend Charles Barkley continues to hog the spotlight with his inflammatory words and actions. The TNT analyst gave taunting Miami fans a double-middle-finger salute Sunday, and then he offered this comeback: “They were telling me I suck. They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, ‘Come on, give me something better than that, dude.’ I always laugh at that statement, ‘You didn’t get a ring.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, you work at McDonald’s. My life’s a lot better than yours. You relax.’ ”
In The Miami Herald, Dan Le Batard has a look at Barkley’s love/hate relationship with the city.
♦ With Bulls center Joakim Noah being fined $50,000 for his gay slur at a fan in Sunday’s game, Mike Berardino at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel questions how much abuse players must take from the public. Noah, who accepted responsibility for his actions, called the taunts he was receiving “disrespectful.” Said teammate Taj Gibson: “It was heavy.”
♦ Mets owner Fred Wilpon is taking heat after his comments in an upcoming story in The New Yorker. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro begs Wilpon to sell the team. Also in the Post, it’s noted that Bernie Madoff turned down an opportunity to become a part-owner.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 24, 1988, a power outage caused the suspension of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Oilers. What was the score of the game when it was called in the second period?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bulls’ Joakim Noah apologizes after exchange with fan||05.23.11 at 7:27 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Lightning at Bruins, 8 p.m. (VERSUS)
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls’ 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. “I apologize,” Noah said. “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. I was frustrated and I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”
Noah said he expected to be fined by the league, which docked Kobe Bryant $100,000 for similar behavior last month.
♦ Tyler Hamilton accused former cycling teammate Lance Armstrong of cheating and encouraging teammates to do the same. “I feel bad that I had to go here and do this,” Hamilton said during an interview on “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night. “But I think at end of the day, like I said, long-term, the sport’s going to be better for it.” Hamilton also said that despite Armstrong’s claims that he never failed a test, Armstrong confided to Hamilton that he did fail a test in 2001 but made a deal with the International Cycling Union to have it covered up.
♦ Penguins forward Mike Rupp, who led his team with 24 fights the past two seasons, talked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about how the death of Rangers 28-year-old enforcer Derek Boogaard might affect his profession. “If [Boogaard's death] is linked to fighting, it could change the face of hockey,” Rupp said. “I would think the league would have to look to go down that road [to banning fighting].”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 23, 1996, which player became the first Red Sox pitcher in 10 years to get a hit when he recorded an eighth-inning single?
|Pacers’ Danny Granger calls Bulls’ Joakim Noah ‘cowardly’||04.27.11 at 10:53 am ET|
Pacers forward Danny Granger was not happy with Bulls big man Joakim Noah following Tuesday night’s Chicago victory that eliminated Indianapolis in their opening-round series.
“He pulled a cowardly move,” said Granger, who tried to get at Noah after the game but was intercepted by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “He cheap-shotted a couple of my teammates, and one gets thrown out.”
Added Granger: “The refs never catch what he did. … It’s cowardly. And I’m going to say something about it. I wanted to say something about it all the way to the game was over. I just don’t think the game should be played that way. You can play hard and fight and battle, but when you start cheap-shotting people, it gets out of hand.”
Josh McRoberts was the Pacers player who was ejected, but he played down the incident.
“I’m not mad about it,” he said. “He got a good hit on me. They caught me trying to hit him back. It’s part of the game. I’m not going to say it’s dirty. That’s Game 5 of a playoff series. You can’t say it’s dirty, it’s part of basketball.”
Noah didn’t get upset when informed of Granger’s comments. “I wasn’t dirtier than anyone else,” he said. “It was a battle down there. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody. I was just trying to win.”
|Joakim Noah will undergo thumb surgery, could miss up to 10 weeks||12.16.10 at 11:19 am ET|
Bulls center Joakim Noah will have surgery to repair a torn ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb, which he will undergo on Thursday, ESPN reports. Noah started in the Bulls lineup on Wednesday against the Raptors, but after surgery is expected to miss about 8-10 weeks.
Noah had 11 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday in a 110-93 Bulls victory, but according to Noah, the injury kept him from playing at a high level.
“It’s hurting and I’m playing and I’ve got to take anti-inflammatories every time I play,” Noah said after the game on Wednesday. “I can’t practice. I have to get right. I have to get right and get back to this team. I’m going to miss playing with the guys. It’s frustrating because I feel like we have a chance to be really, really good. And I’ve never been in a situation where we’re winning like this.”
The injury, according to ESPN, was suffered back on Nov. 27 in a win over the Kings, and was tweaked again on Dec. 4 in a game against the Rockets. Noah said on Wednesday that he believes he has three torn ligaments.
|Bulls concerned about Joakim Noah’s hand||12.15.10 at 12:47 pm ET|
The Bulls are concerned there may be ligament damage in center Joakim Noah‘s right thumb. General manager Gar Forman told ESPNChicago.com before Wednesday morning’s shootaround that the Bulls are still evaluating the situation and Noah will be re-examined once he returns to Chicago on Thursday. If an examination reveals the need for surgery, Noah would most likely be out for a minimum of eight weeks.
Noah originally hurt the thumb back on Nov. 27 in a 96-85 win over the Kings, and he tweaked it again in a 119-116 win over the Rockets on Dec. 4.
When asked specifically on Wednesday if there was any structural damage in his thumb, Noah said: “I’m not sure yet. We’ll find out [Wednesday night].”
Noah, who has been averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds, is expected to still play Wednesday against the Raptors.
|Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls?||09.10.10 at 8:35 am ET|
Unlike his fellow draft class of 2003 alums, Carmelo Anthony was not a free agent this past summer. You’ve probably heard of the other guys — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Perhaps ‘Melo was feeling left out because he has become the hottest trade target on the NBA market. Yahoo! reported that the Knicks and Bulls were tops on his wish list, while ESPN Chicago has a source saying that the Bulls would be very interested; but not for Joakim Noah.
As Chris Webber would say, “Good luck.” At this point it seems like more smoke than fire, but until he signs the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have on the table, the longer he’s in play.
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