NBA edition of Mike Tyson’s Punchout

While watching a Miami Heat game it’s hard to not focus on Joel Anthony’s enormous forehead and while Mike of did so he envisioned Soda Popinski, the character from the NES hit Mike Tyson’s Punchout.

That got him thinking and resulted in one of the most hilarious lists of the season.

“If we were going to cast a live action version of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, which basketball players and coaches would make the cut? As it turns out, there are some pretty great choices for all of the roles. Also, as it turns out, Mike Tyson’s Punchout was one gigantic racist stereotype party. That definitely did not register with me in first grade. Well,  I put together a list of NBA characters who I think were born to play these roles. Here is who I propose:

Glass Joe/Chase Budinger

Von Kaiser/Italian Vintage Mike D’Antoni

Piston Honda/Yao Ming

Don Flamenco/Manu Ginobili

King Hippo/Eddy Curry

Great Tiger/Hamed Haddadi

Bald Bull/Matt Geiger

Soda Popinski/Joel Anthony



Mr. Sandman/ Sofoklis Schortsanitis (aka Greek Shaq)

Super Macho Man/Pat Riley

Li’l Mac and Doc/JJ Redick and Mike Woodson

And of course, based more on behavior than appearance, the logical and topical choice to play Mike Tyson, Ron Artest.

Mario/Stan Van Gundy

To tank or not to tank: When winning just isn’t all that important

Kobe-vs-DenverI was watching Lakers-Nuggets Game Five the other night.  You remember that game in Los the Staples Center where Kobe Bryant scored 43, yet his team still couldn’t close out the series? All anyone in the bar could talk about was whether the Lakers wanted to close things out that night, or whether it was more conducive for them to drop a game, let the series go a game or two longer, thereby allowing for the return of the oft-suspended, former defensive player of the year and recurring troublemaker, Metta World Peace. Peace (that just sounds so silly) was suspended seven games for catching the back of James Harden’s head with an allegedly, inadvertent elbow.  Accordingly, Los Angeles has had to play their opening series against the Nuggets without him.  After a Game Six loss, the series has gone a full seven games. Read more here…

Is Metta World Peace worth saving?


metta-world-peace-elbowThe NBA suspended Metta World Peace for seven games after a vicious elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder sixth man of the year James Harden.

League commissioner David Stern issued a statement on the league’s website.

“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” Stern said. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak issued his own statement on behalf of the team.

“Metta has for the most part been a model citizen both on and off the court since joining the Lakers. Still, his most recent lapse in judgment is not to be condoned or accepted. His actions could have seriously injured another player, and his absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well. While we accept the league’s decision, we will be supportive of Metta and try to help him be more professional on the court.”

As angry as a lot of NBA fans are, there is a bigger issue that is not being addressed.

Artest has a problem. It is a well documented problem. The anger that rides shotgun to these mishaps often takes center stage instead of his problem.  Artest himself has done a lot of charity work to help children afflicted with his problem.

It is no one’s right to deny someone the ability to make a living because they have a problem. Unless, that problem brings harm to others or prevents others from making that same living that the offender enjoys.

That’s the difference between what Robin Lopez did to Blake Griffin last week and what Ron Artest does every time he loses control of himself.

For the past 48 or so hours, how many times have you heard statements like ‘you would think he would have learned by now.’

Again the root of his problem is being pushed aside. I’ll admit it; I got swept right up in it. I saw the situation live as it unfolded and it made me sick to my stomach.

Now that time is putting some perspective on this, if the NBA really wants to do the right thing, they will help Artest find a permanent solution to managing his anger in the workplace.

If the NBA really wants to do the right thing for James Harden, they will help set a course for a true wellness plan that will help Artest complete some of the work that he has already started for himself.

If this doesn’t happen, something will happen again. And when you deal with this type of issue, you can’t predict the severity of the event. You only survey and gauge the damage done.

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