Bernucca: Money for nothing, checks for free

THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT: Just watch. (Thanks to Deadspin.)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman, on his winless team:

“I believe these guys can win. I don’t have any doubts. I come in here every day, thinking this is the night. I feel good. … I might be dumb.”

LINE OF THE WEEK: Paul George, Indiana vs. New Orleans, Nov. 21: 34 minutes, 13-21 FGs, 9-13 3-pointers, 2-3 FTs, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, zero turnovers, 37 points in a 115-107 overtime win. George posted a career high in points and also broke Reggie Miller’s team record for 3-pointers in a game but making all of his distance shots after halftime.

LINE OF THE WEAK: Chris Kaman, Dallas vs. LA Lakers, Nov. 24: 24 minutes, 2-12 FGs, 0-0 FTs, three rebounds, zero assists, zero steals, zero blocks, one turnover, six fouls, four points in a 115-89 loss. Kaman also had a minus-19 to go along with his Dairy Queen.

TRILLION WATCH: Magic guard Ish Smith, who usually plays at a speed highly conducive to turnovers, still posted a 4 trillion in Wednesday’s win over Detroit. That lack of effort was matched by Sixers guard Damien Wilkins in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City. Together, they merely equaled season leader Josh Childress of Brooklyn, who had an 8 trillion on Nov. 15.

GAME OF THE WEEK: San Antonio at Miami, Nov. 29. Someone should take the video from this game and produce and market instructional DVDs on the finer points of drive-and-kick offense and help defense. Will Kawhi Leonard be back to present some resistance to LeBron James? And can the slender Chris Bosh hold his ground against Tim Duncan? It should be a great strategic game.

GAME OF THE WEAK: Phoenix at Toronto, Nov. 30. The Colangelo Invitational, featuring six international players that no one cares about.


  1. Evan says

    Unless I completely managed to miss it, one glaring omission would have to be Jeff Green. The man is making bank and doing zilch. He’s had one good game against OKC, and then what does he for an encore…an 0-fer-9’er. Youch. Pity points are available for his heart surgery, but that’s not the topic at hand. Green by technical salary knock-out.

    • says


      You might be right, at least for the honorable mention area. He is averaging 8 ppg which is not bad for a bench player but unacceptable for a $9 million bench player. And just so you know, I’m not a pity guy. Thanks for reading. CB

  2. Jim says

    I couldn’t agree more with your regarding Hibbert, Ilyasova, and Biedrins. They have been awful. But, while he makes less money, Kirk Hinrich for the Bulls has been dreadful. He can’t shoot, defend, or run a team anymore.

    But Tyrus Thomas, has anyone really expected anything out of him the last 2 years? I get your point with the money he makes, but if any Bobcat fan was expecting anything out of him this year they haven’t watched much basketball the last few years.

    And A.J., seriously, you don’t understand when someone is doing a play on words?

    • says


      Thanks for reading. Have to admit haven’t watched much Bulls so can’t speak to Hinrich but it does seem like Nate is playing an awful lot. Bobcats paid Thomas like they expected something. Oh well. At least they saved their amnesty provision. CB

    • says

      WOW this must have been an amazing night! Congratulations on fidning homes for some of these exquisite pieces of art. I understand that you used bespoke tailoring patterns of deceased Savile Row customers for these pieces? How intriguing, I love this idea, thanks for sharing it. I’m gutted I discovered you just too late to see this show! I shall be following you anyway. Happy Friday! Tan

  3. A,J. says

    Umm, Chris … the Dire Straits lyrics said “chicks for free,” not “checks for free.” I’m guessing you also thought the Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” lyrics said, “Excuse me while I kiss this guy.”

    So for the sake of accuracy in reporting, you may want to completely update your post. Discuss all the times Pat Ewing got his apple polished at the Gold Club. Or Jeff Garcia still making the neighborhood gloryhole his home away from home.

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