Garden Party


by Mack Williams
23 May 2014

I. 911 Is A Joke

Finally Wolfeboro, NH police commissioner Robert Copeland – the police commissioner that referred to President Obama as the “N-Word” – has resigned…under duress, I’m sure, as he resisted resignation for days.

However, as a result of the outrage from the good people of Wolfeboro, including homeowner Gov. Mitt Romney, he was forced to step down. He will not be missed.

II. Timing Is Everything

Good thing Jay Z decided to take Roc Nation into the player representation business when he did, one reason being that he was able to make a big splash with an extremely high-profile signee, Robinson Cano.

Another reason is that going into player representation meant that he had to sell his ownership share in the Brooklyn Nets. Given what has happened with Donald Sterling, Jay might have had to get fined or worse for releasing “N___as in Paris” with the soon-to-be-married in Paris Kanye West.

III. If Only I Could Shoot Like Him

In this blog last week I spoke of how the efficient Spurs offense made me think of how Princeton University’s team would look with star-quality talent. Then last night Reggie Miller drew an analogy between the Spurs and Princeton.

Two hours before last night’s Spurs-Thunder game, I told my son – who did not see game 1 – that if Serge Ibaka’s agent needed any ammunition in order to get Serge a bigger contract, he had it now. Then during the game Reggie spoke of how Ibaka’s absence showed he deserved a big raise. If only I could shoot like Reggie!

One area of disagreement: Reggie spoke several times of how the Spurs went up 2-0 on OKC two years ago, only to lose the next four games. Good point…and OKC does have that guy KD-MVP and Russell Westbrook…but here are two reasons why I doubt that will occur this year:

1) James Harden is on the Rockets.
2) Serge Ibaka is in street clothes.

IV. Stone Cold Steve

Just when the media folks and, presumably, Phil Jackson were just about to call realtors on behalf of Steve Kerr, he goes and takes the Golden State Warriors job (which, of course, never should have been open anyway).  I figure the Splash Brothers may have had something to do with the decision in addition to family considerations.

In retrospect, perhaps we should have known something before since Steve hadn’t moved on the job that everyone knew he was offered for a month.

V. Young Fellas

Last year we in the basketball world thought that we were witnessing the evolution – especially after that flying dunk on LeBron – of a star in Paul George. A great moment was when James subsequently hit a third-quarter ending three-pointer, and after which told George, “I got you back, young fella” – and they slapped five.

This year’s version is Lance Stevenson – and the Pacers’ trip to the Finals may be more due to him than George.

VI. Another One

If you turn the channel from the Pacers’ game to that of the Dodgers, you may hear some of the same knocks on Lance Stevenson applied to Yasiel Puig. Puig is hitting .333, by the way. So much for the “sophomore slump.”

VII. For The New Yorkers

Why is it that Not In Service seems to be the most prevalent bus line in the city…along with Next Bus Please?

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