Nets bigshot Jay-Z is the guy who chose the Brooklyn color scheme of stark black-and-white. He tells the NY Times he had to convince the NBA to allow it because of what the Times calls "their objections to it ... African- American athletes did not look good on TV in black.''
Jay-Z would be wise to be very, very specific about this wildly hot-topic accusation. "The league'' thinks this? Who? Stern? One of Stern's henchmen? Somebody's daughter? A white man? A black woman? Who?
Don't the Heat have black uniforms? Don't the Spurs? The Blazers? The Kings? The Bulls? Toronto? Minny? How'd they get away with it without Jay-Z's "convincing''?
The fans I talk to are far more bothered by white uniforms on white players -- especially if those white players suck.
DONUT 2: Bad Baby Names ...
I actually think Hawkins Romo is pretty cool -- the name, and probably, eventually, the kid, too.
But here's my collection of celebrity baby names that illustrate how unintentionally cruel an "artistic parent'' can be:
*Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf Lee, son of Jason Lee
*Jermajesty Jackson, son of Jermaine Jackson
*Banjo Patrick Taylor, son of Rachel Griffiths
* Egypt Daoud, son of Alicia Keys
*Erykah Badu's kids, Mars Merkaba and Seven Sirius Benjamin
*Sage Moonblood Stallone, the son of Sylvester Stallone and that's all I'm going to say about Sage Moonblood because, sadly, he's no longer with us.
DONUT 3: Thumbs-up to the OKC concept ...
Thumbs-down, however, to the horrible acting of the OKC kids:
It does seem appropriate that the hot-dog Westy would be in charge of the mustard, eh?
Jae's in the gym? Jared's in the gym? Good. They have so much to learn. Oh, O.J. Mayo is down there, too? Good. He has much to prove.
But the whole event -- and indeed, their presence -- is fortified by the presence of Dirk Nowitzki. This remains, as always, a Mavs strength: The little guys don't get away with cutting corners because they see The Big Guy doing everything necessary.
DONUT 5: By the way, about "another wasted season'' ...
The gang at the DMN wrote it again this week: Dirk's career is being wasted while the organization hopes for "the next big thing.
If some folks are going to keep beating that drum, I've got to beat back: What, exactly, should management be doing -- more than it is presently doing -- to make this season less of a Dirk waste? Make a presentation to Deron? Did it. Make a proposal for Dwight? Did it. Upgrade from last season's talent? Did it. Remain a playoff contender? Did it.
What more must be done? What stone is being left unturned? I guess they could call Miami and make an offer for LeBron.
The Thunder has itself a four-year extension with Serge Ibaka worth a reported $48 million. The next trick (and a scary one for the rest of the West and for "Plan Powder''): OKC attempting to do the same with James Harden.
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DONUT 9: The life of a reporter ...
Yeah, that's how I feel sometimes! Seriously, this is the greatest job ever ... and I appreciate y'all's suppport of what we do, especially as we muddle through the dog days of the NBA offseason ... with action about the bust right around the corner!