Yesterday was quite eventful for the NBA. Teams have already reported to camp and held their annual media day. And yesterday was an awesome day for the NBA. Players demanded trades, showed off their tattoo's, and blamed previous coaches for their crappy season. Here's a look at some of the action from yesterday.
Ask any Kings fan, including myself, who is the most hated player in Sacramento. Everyone right now will say Beno Udrih. The Kings signed Udrih to a five-year, $30 million extension before the beginning of last season. Udrih last season displayed his lack of skill when trying to pass the ball. One problem with this though, he's a point guard. You know, the position on a basketball team that requires the player to make smart passes. Anyways don't tell Udrih that. He's too busy blaming last year's coaches Regie Theus and Kenny Natt for his problems.
"Sometimes last season, I didn't know if I was a small forward or a point guard," the 6'3 Udrih said. "We were definitely confused. We didn't have roles."
"As a point guard, am I just supposed to dribble past half-court and pass the ball? That's how it happened, because everyone wanted the ball, and the coach didn't set roles," Udrih said. "Coaches have to set roles."
Udrih wasn't done after this. Then Udrih went on to blast Kings first round pick Tyreke Evans during media day. Udrih suggested that Evans isn't the a true point guard.
"I just see Sergio [Rodriguez] and I as being the real point guards, the pure point guards," Udrih said. "I see Tyreke as playing the one and the two, as a combination."
If I couldn't hate this guy even more. He's being paid like a superstar and he's completely inept. Then he goes on to blame last year's coaching staff for his struggles? I would never pray for a player to get injured, but I'm praying that good ole Beno blows out both his knee's in training camp. Then I don't have to see him passing the ball to the wrong team.
Yesterday wasn't exactly the greatest day for Washington sports fans. Between the Redskins losing to the Lions on Sunday to the Washington Wizards media day, it was a horrible day in the District.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is coming off another knee surgery and he wasn't happy about how the team treated him. And yesterday Gilbert wasn't exactly happy to be talking at media day.
"If there wasn't a heavy fine coming, I probably wouldn't have done this."
It's going to be a fine year in the district. At least DeShawn Stevenson was there to rescue everyone. Stevenson has a pension for tattoo's and he was ready to show off to everyone the tattoo's he got during the off season. Check out this Abraham Lincoln tattoo he got on his neck.
Now check out this other tattoo Stevenson has. It's a Pittsburgh Pirates style of P on his left check bone. When asked why he would get a Pittsburgh Pirates style of P on his check Steveson said this,
"That's my favorite team," Stevenson said. "Barry Bonds, when he first started." I'm pretty sure more people will remember Bonds as a San Francisco Giant, but oh well DeShawn.
Here's the thing about P, it doesn't look like a P, it looks like a 9. Stevenson has an explanation though.
"No, if you're standing where Dom's standing and looking at me, it looks like a P." Dominic McGuire was standing directly in front of him about 10 yards away, but it still looked like a 9. I think DeShawn meant to say, "when I look in the mirror it looks like a P."
This is going to be a great year in the district.
The Warriors though had the most eventful day out of all the teams yesterday. Stephen Jackson demanded a trade in the off season. One problem though with that, the Warriors said he wasn't going anywhere.
Well Captain Jack once again reiterated his demand to be traded yesterday.
"What I said is how I feel. Point blank," Jackson said. "And that's not going to change."
"I'm made for the playoffs and championships. That's what I play for. I'm Big Shot Jack."
Jackson's statements weren't even the worse. Monta Ellis' comments were far more damaging. When asked about how Ellis felt about sharing the backcourt with first round pick Stephen Curry, Ellis had this little conversation.
Question: "Do you envision yourself playing together in the backcourt?"
Ellis: "I can't. I can't answer that. Us together? No."
Q: "Why not?
Q: "Why not?"
Ellis: "Just can't."
Q: "Too small? Too similar?"
Ellis: "Just can't."
Q: (Do) you understand they say you can?
Ellis: "They say we can, but we can't."
Q: You wouldn't want to give it a shot?
Ellis: "I just want to win. That's not going to win that way."
"You can't put two small guys out there and try to play the 1 (point guard) and the 2 (shooting guard) when you've got big 2 guards (to match up with) in the league," Ellis said. "You just can't do it. Yes we're going to move up and down fast. But eventually the game is going to slow down."
Welcome to the NBA, Stephen. I hope your dad told you about these types of situations.
Is there a worst sports town than Oakland at this moment? You have the A's who would rather play in Freemont, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, or Chico rather than play in Oakland. You have the Raiders who are still the Raiders. And now you have this situation with the Warriors. I'm sorry Oakland, but you are stuck with three of the worst franchises at this moment.
And for all the crap the Kings get for being a bad team, at least their players aren't demanding trades and saying they can't play with another player at the same time.
Anyways I'm happy to have the NBA back. I think we are all better to have the craziness known as the association back.