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Location: Pasadena, CA
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Member since: August 02, 2003
Last visit: June 15, 2013

lilnemo has posted 259 links and 1,493 comments to SportsFilter and 23 links and 532 comments to the Locker Room and 12 columns.

Sports Bio

I watched a Laker game at the forum circa 1995. At every stoppage of play it appeared that Cedric Ceballos and Steve Smith were going to have a cat fight. But on tape you couldn't see anything I saw in person. Eerie.

But Sam Bowie looked just as lost in person as he did on tv.

Favorite teams (in no particular order):

Lakers- even the crappy 92, 93, 94 squads where Worthy was on his last legs, and Van Exel was yet to be a star.
Clippers- everyone's little brother (and farm team).
Sonics- watching Ricky Pierce shoot was hypnotizing mesmerizing.

Good Press

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lilnemo, are you sniggering over the concept of these execs, players, and league having something so base as principles? Cause I'm down with that. - billsaysthis

Lilnemo: answers his own questions faster than he answers yours. - wfrazerjr

That's just cold, lilnemo. And funny. - dusted

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and coming soon...

Bad Press

Recent Links

Calipari, Rose, and Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson settled.: After the NCAA completed an investigation into Rose's SAT scores, they vacated Memphis's 07-08 season and faced 3 years probation. Now comes word that in May of last year, attorneys representing a group of season ticket holders settled a lawsuit against Coach Calipari, Rose, and A.D. Johnson. The suit alleges that the ticket-holders had made donations to the Tiger Scholarship Fund, but that the actions of the accused could lead to further charges against the University's athletic department which would in turn, lower the value of their season tickets.

posted by lilnemo to other at 03:23 PM on October 07, 2011 - 4 comments

Larry Brown steps down.: Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown has resigned today after meeting with team owner Michael Jordan.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 05:50 PM on December 22, 2010 - 7 comments

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to sign Jamaal Tinsley: Less than 2 weeks after Iverson left the team for personal reasons, the Memphis Grizzlies are negotiating a contract with Jamaal Tinsley.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 03:18 PM on November 14, 2009 - 4 comments

"I'm really hurt, and I really feel taken advantage of for all these years,'': is Isiah Thomas's reaction to multiple allegations in "When the Game Was Ours" a new book written by Larry Bird, Jackie MacMullen, and Magic Johnson. Surprisingly, the allegations in the book are made by Magic, Isiah's former friend.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 01:24 PM on October 22, 2009 - 13 comments

The Sporting News names Kobe Bryant NBA 'Athlete of the Decade': Even Shaq has a few nice things to say.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 07:14 PM on September 24, 2009 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Is this where I post my Puig fanfic?

posted by lilnemo at 07:14 PM on June 05, 2013

Pacers' Roy Hibbert Fined for Gay Joke

I think it takes the mainstream media awhile to figure out a really good defensive center unless they are getting a lot of blocks

True. Add rebounds to that list. Ben Wallace didn't get much pub during his time with the Wizards either (league-wide anyway).

It seems that the league as a whole has had trouble evaluating "true" big-men since 2000. There are obviously a number of factors at work there, but more than a handful of guys would have to rise to the top with such little competition. Or so one would think.

Getting back to Hibbert, David Aldridge has a pretty good Q & A with him at the end of this column. Juicy tidbits: - John Thompson, Jr (former Georgetown coach) told him, "You're going to be the tallest mailman ever." - Draft Night 2008 a lot of teams didn't even have Hibbert on their board.

posted by lilnemo at 07:21 PM on June 03, 2013

Magic Johnson-led group is picked as Dodgers' next owner

Spending money hasn't been a problem for the Dodgers for awhile, spending wisely is a whole other ball of wax.

posted by lilnemo at 07:53 PM on April 02, 2012

Calipari, Rose, and Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson settled.

Apologies for the mangled summary. After reading the AP story and some local coverage. I don't know whether this is brilliant, or a bad precedent to set. I can't begin to imagine what the sports landscape would look like should season ticket-holders be allowed to sue for reasons such as this. The tickets are a means unto themselves. They are admission to a sporting event, nothing more or less. I don't think institutions of higher learning, or businesses involved in professional sports should be held accountable for the perceived value of a ticket as some sort of commodity. Nor for the events or actions that alter the quality of that event (or how it is perceived).

We all pay for tickets to events that fail to meet our expectations. Sometimes the drummer sucks, or the singer is drunk. Sometimes the game is a blowout because the coach is an idiot, or the O-Line stinks. Hell I'm a Clippers fan, so I know what a bad fan experience is. But does that give all sports fans, or any member of the ticket-buying public the right to demand recompense when we don't like the outcome? In amateur athletics especially? Where turnover is a constant? Where even those student-athletes who make it on campus fair and square can still be ineligible for bad grades? Where most colleges and fans KNOW that players are itching to leave as soon as possible to start there pro careers? Where players can be ruled ineligible to play by the schools for honor code violations?

I don't know. I find the whole enterprise disingenuous. But thats just me.

posted by lilnemo at 03:45 PM on October 07, 2011

Knicks finally land Anthony

I think Joey over @ Straight Bangin' has got it right:

More than anything, hurtling toward such an uncertain end is what casts the Anthony trade in the same negative light that has shone on the Knicks for years. After working with discipline and purpose to change Knick culture, cultivate opportunity, and repair horrific salary-cap damage, New York reverted to the bad habits which got it in trouble for so long. Only a little more than half a season into sobriety, in effect, the Knicks fell off the wagon, rather than trusting that staying clean and doing right would deliver even better days. New York has made a splash, and it may have set an initial foot on championship terra firma, no matter how circumscribed. Beyond doubt, though, is that New York has taken a huge risk, sacrificed short-term financial flexibility, discarded a big number of basketball assets, and once again placed celebrity glamor before sporting substance. The Knicks may get lucky and find that the organization's addiction to big names and cheap news coverage is finally met by championship basketball. It also might find itself mired in an uncomfortable, untenable morass of its own making yet again. Only time will tell, of course. Here's hoping that we all get to toast the former sometime soon.

posted by lilnemo at 08:28 PM on February 22, 2011

Larry Brown steps down.

Oh, and his entire staff has apparently been sacked as well. And a successor is in line to take over by tomorrow? Strange, usually there are a few holdovers in situations like these. I'm not too thrown off by the "mutual parting of ways" the team seems pretty tepid at this point. But I don't see how a coaching change improves their standing this season. Or what hiring a new coach mid-season accomplishes for the following season.

posted by lilnemo at 06:08 PM on December 22, 2010

Magic Add Arenas, Turkoglu, Two Others for Lewis, Carter, Gortat and Pietrus

This is baffling. Orlando has just shipped out most of their rotation, and the Suns have just handcuffed their offense.

For the Magic, is this a vote of no confidence for Jameer Nelson? ESPN paints GM Smith as a pretty avid Arenas supporter. My best guess:

  1. Jameer Nelson
  2. Jason Richardson
  3. Hedo Turkoglu
  4. Brandon Bass
  5. Dwight Howard
With Arenas spelling Nelson off the bench as 6th man. Hedo could slide to the 4 and Quentin Richardson could start at the 3. But given Hedo's recent history at the 4 I doubt it.

The Suns have taken another big bite out of their offense in search of a big man. It's how I know it is officially winter. I foresee Gortat's usage rate going up and his production tapering down. Pietrus would fit in nicely if his skill set didn't mirror Childress/Dudley. As if this wasn't depressing enough, Carter's ball-stopping and ISO forays are going to have this squad in the lottery rather than treading water for playoff contention. And thats if Nash isn't the next to go.

And the Wiz? Well, they are definitely swingman heavy. They have officially waved the white flag on this season (before X-Mas?), and are having open auditions for John Wall's running mate. I don't think they're done dealing yet.

posted by lilnemo at 08:07 PM on December 18, 2010

Shaq is now a Green man.

I'm not really worried about his offense, more his defense.

A thousand times this. The Celtics have ran there bigs out to show on EVERY pick and roll during the "Big Three" era. This was part of why assistant coach Thibodeau's defensive scheme worked so well. I don't foresee Rivers changing defensive schemes (even with Thibodeau now coaching in Chicago). Which makes me question exactly what they are going to do to hide Shaq on defense. There are very few back-to-the-basket centers left, which only further marginalizes one of Shaq's defensive strengths (the ability to body up and go one-on-one down low). Most big men now either set up on the high post (if they have any kind of offensive game), run screen-rolls, or set pin down screens. Shaq's questionable position in the Celtics defensive schemes mitigates any offensive or rebounding contributions he could make.

I don't understand this signing. This couldn't have been done to counter Dwight Howard, they seem to play him rather well. I'm still drawing straws, any one have a better read on this?

posted by lilnemo at 08:28 PM on August 05, 2010

Timberwolves President: Beasley 'Smoked Too Much Marijuana'

This is the same guy who traded Al Jefferson (for Kosta Koufos and two future first round picks) because he traded for Beasley (giving up a second rounder, and the rights to swap future first round picks) after signing Darko Milicic to a 4 year $20 Million deal? And he's accusing Beasley of smoking too much pot?

Pot meet fucking kettle.

posted by lilnemo at 06:40 PM on July 30, 2010

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Okay so who had 3 games in the Inevitable Grizzlies/Iverson Split-Up predictions?

posted by lilnemo at 10:42 PM on November 16, 2009

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to sign Jamaal Tinsley

Help them do what, exactly?

You know something? I'm not quite sure. To be quite honest, I'm befuddled by the decision. The Grizzlies have amassed a sizable number of young guards via the draft, trade, or free agency over the last 3-4 years. But they haven't committed to developing (much less to giving PT) to any of them. Mayo may be the exception, though I fully expect the Grizz to foul up his option years in much the same manner they have Rudy Gay's.

posted by lilnemo at 08:47 PM on November 14, 2009

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to sign Jamaal Tinsley

Tinsley has had off the court problems which led to his being deactivated before the beginning of last season while the Pacers sought a trade. The union filed a grievance on Tinsley's behalf around the All-Star break, but the situation was ultimately resolved when Tinsley was waived after the season concluded in July. The Pacers endured a long season, and some collateral damage.

I'm not so sure its a good idea to sign Tinsley (and his attendant baggage), when the Grizzlies' honeymoon with Iverson lasted one game. Tinsley could possibly turn things around for himself and earn another contract. And I don't think he would have a problem coming off of the bench, if need be. But having sat out an entire season, during the prime years of his career, I wonder if he will get in game shape soon enough to help the Grizzlies. Or if he will help at all.

posted by lilnemo at 03:49 PM on November 14, 2009

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?

I'm it still OK to say "fuck Gary Bettman"?

Of course. Whats wrong with calling the man by his full name?

posted by lilnemo at 05:28 PM on November 05, 2009

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

One less person that believes in my campaign to bring back Mo Vaughn.

We have the technology: Buffalo wings and sliders. Dude! We could rebuild him.

posted by lilnemo at 05:23 PM on November 05, 2009

Hooking Delicious and Twitter to the Huddle

Yeah yeah, but who the hell is Jenis and why the hell is she spamming me via the SpoFi GoogleGroup?


posted by lilnemo at 05:45 PM on October 30, 2009