|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized as he battles cancer||02.15.13 at 7:56 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sharks at Blackhawks, 87:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Maine, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: All-Star Celebrity Game, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iona at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Cleveland State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who is battling cancer, has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit and has been visited by former players who are saying what they fear will be their final goodbyes, according to multiple reports.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have stopped by, while a report from radaronline.com indicates the players were visiting Buss because of “what they expect to be his final days.”
Buss, 79, has been hospitalized several times in recent years. His son, Jim, who oversees basketball operations for the team, said Thursday that his father was “doing fine” and declined to offer any details.
The Lakers have won 10 championships under Buss’ ownership, which began in 1979. Despite his health issues, Buss has continued to be involved in team decisions, including the hiring of coach Mike D’Antoni in November.
♦ Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully denied former catcher Mike Piazza‘s accusations that Scully “crushed” him in the media and helped turned the fans against him, leading to Piazza’s trade from the team in 1988.
In his new book, Piazza blamed Scully for referencing the player’s contract negotiations during an interview in 1988 and implying Piazza was not showing loyalty to the club.
“That’s not true at all,” Scully told the Los Angeles Times. “As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things. I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations.
“I have no idea where he is coming from. I really have no idea. I can’t imagine saying something about a player and his contract. I just don’t do that, ever. I’m really flabbergasted by that reference.”
♦ High-powered NBA agent David Falk, who also is a Wizards season ticket-holder, called Washington Post columnist Mike Wise and took the team to task for its inability to compile a quality roster.
“The team is going nowhere,” said Falk, who is perhaps best known for serving as Michael Jordan‘s agent. “[Coach] Randy [Wittman] is doing a great job with minimal talent. You’re one of two things in the NBA: either one player away from contending or you’re rebuilding. The Wizards are in limbo. I love [general manager] Ernie [Grunfeld] and [owner] Ted [Leonsis], but I’d rather have Orlando’s team in four years.”
Another one of Wise’s targets was point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.
“He doesn’t have a feel for the game,” Falk said. “He only knows how to play one speed. … You can develop your jump shot all you want, but if you don’t know how to play more than an up-and-down game by the time you’re about 20 as a point guard, the chances of learning are very slim. I don’t see it happening.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 15, 1985, which Massachusetts-born NHL player scored his 42nd goal of the season to break the league record for American-born players?
|Wizards PG John Wall considers next NBA dunk contest||10.21.11 at 12:12 pm ET|
While dunk contests tend to cater less to point guards and more to high-flying wings and even big men, not many point guards have the athleticism of Wizards point guard John Wall.
That is why Wall told DJ Funkmaster Flex in a Q&A at the launch for his new shoe and apparel line that he may join the next NBA dunk contest, which might not happen in 2012 thanks to the ongoing NBA lockout.
“Yeah I’m thinking about it,” Wall said. “Maybe this year or next year I’ll probably enter the dunk contest.”
With the lockout in place, Wall also said that he is not yet considering going overseas as many other NBA players have done. But if the work stoppage continues over the next month, which would threaten the entire NBA season, Wall said that he would explore his options for playing in Europe and elsewhere. So far this extended offseason, Wall said that he has mostly worked on improving his jump shot.
|Wizards’ Yi Jianlian to have MRI on sprained right knee||12.15.10 at 9:41 am ET|
Wizards forward Yi Jianlian was scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday on the right knee he sprained in Tuesday night’s loss to the Lakers. Yi was hurt while fouling Ron Artest during a layup in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Afterward, Yi said the injury is on the “same spot” as the knee bruise that caused him to miss nine games earlier this season and that it will probably “take some time” before he can play again.
Yi, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Nets, is now just another name to add to the list of knee problems the Wizards are having this season. Point guard John Wall has tendinitis in his right knee, and forward Andray Blatche has been out with a sore left knee.
|Wizards’ John Wall to play, while Gilbert Arenas will miss home opener||11.02.10 at 2:35 pm ET|
According to the Washington Post, basketball fans will get their first chance to see the top two picks in the 2010 NBA draft, as John Wall and Evan Turner face off Tuesday. Wizards coach Flip Saunders indicated that Wall will likely play in the Wizards’ home opener against the 76ers despite a right ankle sprain.
In his first two NBA games, Wall has averaged 21 points and nine assists in two Wizards losses. Wall set a dubious record in the team’s opener, as the Wizards’ 29-point-loss was the worst ever losing deficit for a No. 1 overall pick in NBA history.
While Wizards fans can look forward to Wall’s regular season debut in D.C., they’ll have to wait to see Gilbert Arenas, who was ruled out of Tuesday’s game. Arenas has yet to make his 2010-11 debut because of a sprained tendon in his right ankle that he suffered during the preseason. The team’s starting point guard has not played a regular season game since Jan. 5.
|Boston Sports Drinks (shaken, not stirred)||09.20.10 at 5:45 pm ET|
Sitting on my North End roof deck, watching the sun set over the Garden, sipping a John Daly (a take on the Arnold Palmer: lemonade and sweet tea vodka), I got to thinking. Miami nightclubs already have a drink named after LeBron James. Kentucky bars have a shot named after John Wall, and he only spent a year there. How come Boston doesn’t have signature drinks named after its high-profile sports personalities? Enlisting the help of Boston’s best bartender, Sarah Pemberton, we came up with five cocktails every Boston establishment should add to its menu.
THE LASER SHOT (a.k.a. The Dustin Pedroia)
1 oz. Patrón Silver
1 fresh lime slice
Squirt of Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Combine tequila and juice of one lime slice over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a shot class, and add a squirt of Frank’s RedHot.
This shooter is like The Laser Show himself–compact and fiery. The Patrón gives a nod to the second baseman’s 2008 Silver Slugger Award, and the squirt of Frank’s RedHot obviously reflects the 5-foot-something Red Sox star’s impassioned personality.
THE SHPNOTAQ (a.k.a., The Shaquille O’Neal)
3 oz. Hpnotiq
0.25 oz. Midori
0.5 oz. sloe gin
3 crushed mint leaves
Dash of Sprite
Combine Hpnotiq, Midori and crushed mint over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour over a tall glass of ice, add a dash of Sprite and float the sloe gin over top. Garnish with a cherry.
A tall of drink of (not) water, this cocktail won’t cost much, and it can only help you rebound from that Game 7 hangover. Finding ingredients that end in Q is never easy, so the Hpnotiq is a natural fit. The Midori adds some Celtics green, and the mint is the next-best thing to a clover. Despite the aged legend’s sluggish pace (hence the sloe gin), we hope he’s still nimble (like the sprite).
THE SUPER BOWL (a.k.a., The Bill Belichick)
4 oz. Gale Force Gin
4 oz. ClearHeart Vodka
2 oz. Pusser’s British Navy dark rum
4 oz. Bacardi 151 over-proof rum
4 oz. Bacardi Silver light rum
2 oz. Blue Curaçao
2 oz. sour mix
6 oz. Hawaiian Punch
12 oz. Nantucket Nectars Pineapple Orange Guava
Fill a tiki bowl with about 20 ounces of ice. Add liqueurs. Mix in juice, top with sour mix and stir well. Makes enough for 3-5 people.
This concoction exposes your weaknesses. It’s 40 ounces– like you’d see a homeless man in a cutoff sweatshirt drinking. The gin and juice come from Belichick’s adopted home of Nantucket. The Bacardi Silver and Blue Curaçao add Pats colors. The vodka puts a twist on the Friday Night Lights “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” mantra. The Hawaiian Punch represents his two Pro Bowl coaching stints. He’ll surpass 150 regular-season victories this year, hence the 151. The sour mix reflects Belichick’s ever-present sourpuss. And the dark rum recognizes his father’s contribution to the Naval Academy.
THE BLACK ‘N’ GOLD (a.k.a., The Milan Lucic)
1 oz. black rum
1 oz. gold rum
0.5 oz. Chambord
Dash of Canada Dry Ginger Ale
Combine rum and Chambord over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a tumbler, add a dash of ginger ale and garnish with a yellow twist.
This drink will pull your sweater over your head and knock you out. Share a hat trick of these with a lady friend, and you’re definitely scoring. The combination is simple: the Bruins’ Black & Gold, a taste of Lucic’s home country (the ginger ale) and an appreciation for his slamming of people into the boards (the Chambord).
THE BIG O (a.k.a., The Glenn Ordway)
4 oz. stout
4 oz. Arrogant Bastard Ale
0.5 oz. Glenfiddich
0.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
In a pint glass, pour the stout slowly over a spoon to float atop the ale. Add the scotch and Irish cream to a shot glass. Drop the shot glass into the beer and chug.
Warning: This drink may cause you to talk over people, and it’ll stay in your mustache for hours. It’s a take on the Black & Tan, neither of which represents Glenn. But The Big O is admittedly stout, and he gets called “a fat bastard” by a handful of callers a day.
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