A survey of the players and teams making moves in last night's playoff games.
1. Zach Randolph
Zach is back! Fourteen career playoff double-doubles! Lost his headband a couple of times! Clearly the beneficiary of a night spent in a hyperbaric chamber where you pump in 8ball & MJG mixtapes instead of oxygen! Steve Nash should try that. Right, Steve Nash?
I received this video of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar punching Kent Benson in the face the other day in an e-mail, and kind of forgot about it. Then last night Kevin Garnett and Kris Humphries got into a tussle, in what was battle number whatever in the siege between Kris and ALL THE DUDES ON THE CELTICS. This beef has history. We all remember this from back in November, right?
So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. You'll find takes on moments you might've missed from the previous night, along with ones you will remember forever.
It Jumped Up a Notch
A couple of notes about the Rondo vs. Humps Garden Party ...
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday.
Mason Plumlee scored 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Rasheed Sulaimon scored all 17 of his points in the second half, as no. 2 Duke staged a 73-68 comeback win over no. 4 Ohio State. "In the end, 'The Little General' just killed us out there," said Buckeyes coach Thad Matta. Unfortunately, it was unclear who he was referring to, since a majority of Duke players and coaches are nicknamed "The Little General."
When the news of Kim Kardashian's split with Kris Humphries broke earlier this week, the boss received an e-mail from reader Marc in San Francisco, who asked the following:
Now that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are getting divorced, who is your bet for the next athlete she'll date? I think some pretty interesting betting pools could be formed from this. My money is on Kyle Korver — he's got the Kardashian-signature double K's, he's from a big market so it helps her publicity, and she seems to have a thing for mediocre backups. Your thoughts?
We immediately put the question to an expert panel of Grantland writers and editors. Here's what they had to say:
As part of our coverage of the NBA lockout, Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams checked in with Brandan Wright, a forward from the University of North Carolina who split last season between the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets, to see how he is spending his newfound free time. Wright discussed his offseason workout, playing under Don Nelson, and having teammates with famous significant others.
Grantland: How have you spent your time this offseason?
Wright: “Working out a lot. The place I work out at is called Art of Strength. It’s not a traditional weightlifting. It uses kettlebells and is aimed at preventing injuries. So it’s pretty much a full-body workout and uses every muscle in your body. I think it’s really good for athletes because it’s functional training, where you’re moving your whole body. You’re not just putting such-and-such weight on a bench press or throwing weight on your back for squats. It’s stuff you have to do on the court. Right now, I’m up to 227 pounds after ending the season at 210. But I’m a lot stronger and I basically don’t have any body fat on me.”