We all know Kobe's drive and determination will eventually bring him back on the court, but how long will it be before we actually get to see Black Mamba do his thing again?
Our very own Lance Fresh joins us to tell you what the three possible scenarios are for Kobe next year.
Will he wind up coaching? Will he sit out?
Watch now to see what Lance thinks about Kobe's return next year and let us know what you think in the comments below.
A fan in attendance at Minute Maid Park in Houston Monday night noticed something peculiar when he went to use the bathroom—a tray of rainbow-colored snow cones sitting on the ground behind an occupied stall door.
The man immediately began filming the incident with his phone, capturing footage of an individual’s pants around his ankles, using the bathroom next to the open cups of ice.
Click here for video of the incident.
The man filming the video becomes increasingly disgusted by the situation, and he eventually confronts someone who appears to be an employee at the stadium. To put it nicely, the man lays out the situation in plain terms to the stadium employee.
“Excuse me, you work here? You know you got a (bleeper) over here, taking a (bleep) with a snow-cone tray right in the (bleeping) bathroom?”
He’s got it right here on tape, he says. The employee walks to investigate the situation, and the video ends with the angry fan—the Captain Planet of food sanitation—saying how vile he finds it all.
The video was shared by the fan with a local NBC news station, and the employee responsible has been fired. Astros president Reid Ryan gave a statement in response to the incident.
The Astros were notified immediately by our partner ARAMARK of the incident involving a vendor on Monday night. We commend the swift reaction displayed by ARAMARK of terminating the employee immediately.
ARAMARK—Minute Maid Stadium’s exclusive concessionaire service—said this was an isolated event and a clear violation of standards.
I just hope those cones were thrown out and the tray was buried deep, deep under the stadium. Think of the children.
What exactly is this injury?
The glenoid labrum is a small ring of cartilage that sits between the upper arm and the cup of the shoulder. It adds stability and some measure of cushioning. It can be frayed, torn or even pulled away from the bone itself.
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He jumpstarted the conversation by reminiscing about one prospect who seem perturbed by the thought of being drug tested.
Best draft interview answers ever part 1: player, can you pass a drug test? [grabs table] TODAY?!?— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
If grabbing the table in fear of a simple drug test isn't a red flag, what is?
One of the cardinal rules of interviewing is always say yes. No matter what they ask, just say yes.
Well, that's not entirely true. You could get yourself in trouble should your potential employer decide to ask: "Do you not want this job?" Saying yes to that would be a career killer.
Let's just go ahead and say that you're never, under any circumstance, supposed to panic at the mention of doping policies then.
While displaying confidence is a must, Morey would also recommend you avoid ignorant pompousness.
He recalled one recruit declaring he was better than every player expected to be drafted ahead of him. That same recruit then immediately conceded to never watching any one of those prospects play.
More best answers: "anyone who is projected ahead of U that U think U R better than?" ALL OF THEM "Have you ever seen them play?" NEVER— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
Bold? Yes. Ridiculous? Also, yes.
But not as ridiculous as Morey's next anecdote, inspired by a player who said he had no agent before admitting he did, in fact, have an agent.
More best answers: "who is your agent?" I don't have an agent. "Who is advising you?" [gives name] "Who is that?" My agent.— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
NBA players are notorious for contradicting themselves (see Kobe Bryant on retirement), but this one hadn't even gone pro yet.
Ah, the youth of today. They'll say anything. They'll apparently pawn anything, too.
Morey came into contact with a player who was evidently involved in something illegal. He allegedly had no idea anything was wrong until he arrived at a pawn shop.
Best answers: "When did U know there might be an issue?" I was carrying [stolen item] 4someone else-knew something up when we got 2pawn shop— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) May 22, 2013
From what we can tell, the only thing he was truly guilty of was being incredibly naive or a really, really bad liar.
Allow Morey's tales to be a lesson in what not to say or do during an interview of any kind.
Avoiding any and all pawn shops beforehand would probably be a good idea as well.
Leave him alone. This is a guy who hopefully ... still has another 10 years to play. Let's not put him in under duress that may not be the right time.
He needs to have a training camp and go through the process of gearing up for another season the right way.
The defending champion Miami Heat eliminated the Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals more than a week ago, a series in which Rose endured much criticism for not suiting up and helping his teammates.
Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, admitted the six-time All-Star was unhappy with the way this past season ended, but believes next year will be better (via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News):
Amar'e Stoudemire’s agent said the veteran forward is unhappy with the way the season ended for him and the Knicks, but that Stoudemire believes he’ll play a bigger role next year.
“You know Amar’e, he’s going to work as hard as he can during the offseason,” said Happy Walters, Stoudemire’s agent. “It was a tough year, but Amar’e is already looking forward to next season. He’ll be ready.”
The power forward's work ethic has never been a question. His ability to remain healthy is a different story.
Amar'e appeared in just 33 total games for the Knicks this past season (playoffs included) and in just 51 total contests the year before (playoffs included). Since arriving in New York, he has battled knee, back and even lacerations, and just hasn't been able to remain a consistent fixture on the floor.
When he was on the court for the Knicks this season, he proved to be a valuable offensive weapon. After working with Hakeem Olajuwon over the offseason, he gave New York its only true low-post scoring threat outside of Carmelo Anthony.
Through 29 regular-season games, Stoudemire was the only player in the NBA to average 14 points in fewer than 25 minutes per game. His per-36 minute averages of 21.8 points and 7.7 rebounds put him in the company of LeBron James as the only two players in the league (minimum 20 games) to post such marks while also shooting better than 55 percent from the field.
Really, that's no surprise. Stoudemire has always been able to score at an All-Star caliber level. Once again, it's his health that has been issue.
Injuries have prevented Stoudemire from making a consistent impact on the floor and also cost him his starting job. He came off the bench in all 33 appearances this season.
Following the Knicks' Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Stoudemire made it clear he wants that role back.
"We didn’t give it a chance," Stoudemire said of reentering the starting lineup (via Marc Berman of the New York Post). "We need to understand exactly what my style of play is and what I bring to the table. It’s something I have to sit down with Coach Woody and express to him."
Mike Woodson and Amar'e had the opportunity to sit down and speak with each other during New York's exit interviews, but Isola notes the former wouldn't commit to making Stoudemire a starter next season. Nor should he.
Stoudemire's frustrations are understandable, but he has to realize he hasn't given the Knicks much to work with. How was Mike Woodson supposed to reinsert him into the starting lineup when he appeared in just 29 regular-season games? And how was he supposed to do that in playoffs, when Stoudemire was only just returning from injury?
Actually, strike that. Statistically, he is the most clutch player in the league.
Per ESPN.com, since LeBron entered the Association in 2003, he has the most game-tying/go-ahead field goals in the postseason's final 24 seconds of fourth quarter and overtime:
Magic never did it. Jordan never did it. Bird never did it. Not even Oscar or Wilt. Only LeBron.
Not too long ago, the discussion was about how LeBron wasn’t clutch. That no longer seems to be a discussion.
Since LeBron came into the league in 2003-04, nobody in the NBA has made more game-tying and go-ahead shots in the final 24 seconds of playoff games than LeBron, who is 7-of-16 on those shots. His 43.8 field goal percentage on those clutch shots ranks the best in the NBA since his rookie season among players with at least 10 attempts. The league average is 28.3 percent on those shots.
Oh how quickly the narrative changes.
Roughly a year ago, LeBron wasn't considered clutch. With the game on the line, he was unreliable; he was a coward.
Now he's a hero. Someone who you want to have the rock in their hands late in the game, more so than anyone else in the league.
In fact, if Schaub doesn't get the Texans over the hump next January, and show that they're among the elite teams in the AFC, 2013 will be his last season in Houston.
Let's examine why.
STUMBLES DOWN THE STRETCH IN 2012
When considering the future of Schaub in Houston, It's important to recognize his late-season failures in 2012.
But a nightmare finish by both Schaub and the team—losing three of their final four games—led to the Texans not even receiving a first-round bye, much less home-field advantage.
The first no-show was a Monday night affair in New England that wasn't as close as the 42-14 final score indicated. It was an absolute white-washing that saw Schaub complete less than 60 percent of his passes and throw zero touchdowns while tossing an interception.
Schaub did rebound the next week in a home victory against the Colts, meaning the Texans needed only one win in their final two games to clinch home-field advantage.
In those two games, a home loss to the Vikings and a road defeat in Indianapolis, Schaub was more frog than prince, throwing no touchdown passes and two interceptions. When the team needed him most, Schaub was unable to deliver, and the Texans, despite winning the AFC South, failed in their goal of attaining a first-round bye.
Stars such as Scott Kazmir, Evan Longoria and David Price are Rays who lived up to their high expectations. The organization, however, has seen a handful of busts and underachieving prospects as well.
Without further delay, here are the four Rays prospects who never lived up to the hype.
In fact, the Vikings may have made a mistake in hiring him at all.
Bill Musgrave found himself with an offensive coordinator job shortly after Darrell Bevell, like so many other former Vikings, found a job with the Seahawks. He left Atlanta, along with Michael Jenkins, functionally earning a promotion from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier were likely hoping that Musgrave could guide Christian Ponder’s development as successfully as he seemed to have guided Matt Ryan’s.
With Christian Ponder struggling, and the passing game mired in 31st, there’s ample reason to question Musgrave. More than that, the curiosity of keeping Percy Harvin out of red-zone packages until given explicit instruction to keep him on the field raises serious concerns about his acumen.
So, what does Musgrave bring to the Vikings offense?
The easiest way to determine if bringing in Musgrave was a mistake is to go through his responsibilities and skills at coordinator.
Bill Musgrave is simply one of the most innovative play designers in the National Football League today. While he won’t get credit for forwarding the concept of the “space” player, Tavon Austin should send him and Harvin a big thank you card for what they did to increase the value of undersized but agile playmakers.
More than that, Musgrave has broken the mold on the types of plays that can be called with “gadget” players and is one of the few people who knows how to create an offense around these sorts of playmakers. More than simply calling end-around and bubble screens, Musgrave has been able to give the ball to Harvin the same way using dozens of different looks.
It’s more than running the same screen pass out of different formations; it’s changing the blocking assignments and creating different lanes and angles for Harvin and Adrian Peterson to run through.
Implementing an inverted wishbone, for example, gave the Vikings new ways to give their best playmakers the ball while still getting an upper hand on the chess match on the field—the Vikings were usually a step ahead of defenses. While they were still going through their checks against new formations, the Vikings had already figured out how the defense was going to attack them, and they adapted.
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