Picture in your mind the bar scene from Star Wars. For those not with us in 1976, here's what I'm talking about as re-enacted by the Great Richard Pryor (and if you don't know who he is then we can't be friends).
That's what this Network-wide Open Playoff Thread Game is and forever shall be. It's a big bar scene with NBA
freaks fans coming together to chat about Star Wars.
Be friendly to the alien life forms you might encounter here or the thread's bouncers might be forced to BLAST YOU with their laser blaster ban pistols.
"These are not the trolls you are looking for."
Sunday's Playoff Game Schedule:
The Knicks lead 3-0 and will go for the sweep over their big bros to the north but will be w/o the elbows of J.R. Smith who's serving a suspension for laying too much pipe. Seriously though, who among us hasn't dreamed of elbowing Jason Terry in the grill?
LeBron will sweep the Bucks. Game over. Open your beer now and pour one out for the Bucks.
Beat LA! Mission about to be accomplished.
Chances are good the start of the best game of the day won't be shown on TV because Turner can't figure out how to use its dedicated NBA channel to handle situations where the early game runs late (as they always do). So, let me say in advance, GRRRRRRR!
And because this is SO GOOD and you were probably too lazy to click the link that I provided above...
Talk about reading the tea leaves and wondering if they're just simply tea leaves...
Yesterday, some Suns bloggers received a LinkedIn request from longtime NBA executive Mark Warkentien to 'connect'. For those who don't know anything about LinkedIn, it's a business-oriented social networking site that hooks up like-minded business folks. The application find people like you and suggests virtual hookups, then it's up to you to initiate the connection.
Warkentien currently lists himself as Director of Player Personnel for the New York Knicks, with prior affiliations to the Rockets, Nuggets and Cavaliers.
Three-plus decades as a Team Builder in a myriad of major-college and NBA environments; three collegiate Final Fours at UNLV, 1000+ NBA wins while never experiencing a losing season as teams won Division Championships in Seattle, Portland, Denver and New York.
Absolute professional goal is to procure a NBA Championship ring to go along with NCAA Championship ring won at UNLV in 1990.
Warkentien was NBA Executive of the Year in 2009 when Denver went to the Western Conference Finals with Carmelo Anthony leading the way on the court.
A year later, he was out of a job along with Rex Chapman as Denver turned to Masai Ujiri to try to keep Carmelo happy in Denver when Anthony wanted a bigger market. Ujiri ended up trading Anthony, as you all know.
That summer of 2010, Warkentien was on Lon Babby's list of potentials for the GM position. Warkentien requested permission from the Nuggets to talk to three teams that summer, none of whom hired him. He eventually left Denver, made a short stopover in Houston, and landed in New York.
As he said above, he's been in the NBA for a long, long time and never experienced a losing season.
Interestingly, Warkentien makes several references on his LinkedIn profile to high attendance figures in seasons he was part of NBA front offices. With the Suns coming off their worst attendance in twenty years, this could be a selling point to Babby and Sarver.
The hiring of Warkentien certainly checks off a lot of items on Babby's list:
Reading the tea leaves indeed...