Tweet of the Night: Shawn Marion

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Welcome to Black Friday, a national disgrace.

Pardon my venom this early on a Friday morning, but the very idea of lining up 24 hours before a sale begins has always struck me as beyond ridiculous. And then there are the stores that decide to open only one door, leading the a phenomenon familiar to anyone who remembers what happened in Cincinnati when The Who scheduled a show with festival seating.

Is it really worth spending your Thanksgiving plopped down on the pavement for 12-14 hours just so you can be the first to get a $50 discount on an HDTV? Hasn’t anybody heard of online shopping?

Not that I want to kill the retail sector of our economy, but when I see Americans going through this ritual each and every year, it makes me sick to my stomach.

At least a few retailers are doing the right thing. And since Matrix mentioned Wal-Mart, they’ll get a shout out for opening their doors before Thanksgiving even ended.

From Martinne Geller and Dhanya Skariachan of Reuters: “Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s U.S. discount stores, which have been open on Thanksgiving Day since 1988, offered some “Black Friday” deals at 8 p.m. local time on Thursday and special deals on certain electronics, like Apple Inc iPads, at 10 p.m. The earlier hours lured people who had not previously considered braving the crowds on Black Friday, Jason Buechel, a senior executive in the retail practice of consultancy Accenture, said of his observations from malls. And they also made things more orderly. ”There’s no stress, no bustling, no people busting down doors,” Richard Stargill, a 43-year-old construction worker from New York, said, referring to incidents such as the 2008 death of a Walmart worker who was trampled by a mob of eager shoppers.

We’ll spare you that video, and show you a better Wal-Mart video, instead.

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Daily NBA Trivia Question: Nov. 21, 2012

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Welcome to the newest feature on, the daily NBA trivia question.

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Podcast: Why can’t Clippers, Nets get any love?

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The team sitting atop the Western Conference standings this morning is the Los Angeles Clippers. Ever heard of them?

Sheridan Hoops Most Improved Player Rankings


Yes, we are rankings-crazy here at the home office, where we are now up to five sets of rankings — MVP, Rookies, NBA Power Rankings, Euroleague Rankings … and now Most Improved. We are so rankings crazy we just used the same word four times in the same sentence.

Later in the season, we’ll do the same for Coach of the Year and Sixth Man, which Jamal Crawford has probably already won, right?

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Tyrus Thomas to miss two months

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There is really no such thing as bad news in Charlotte — not after what happened last season.

But they still need their highest-paid players to perform, and that won’t be happening for the next two months after the team announced Monday that forward Tyrus Thomas is expected to miss approximately two months after an MRI revealed a second-degree strain of his left calf muscle and a tear of the plantaris muscle, a smaller muscle that assists the calf in plantar flexing the ankle.

No surgery will be needed for the injury, which Thomas suffered during Saturday night’s game against Memphis.

In eight games played this season, Thomas is averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game for the 4-4 ‘Cats.

A little Thomas history: He played in 4 games with chicago to start the 2009 season; however he fractured his forearm during workouts on November 6, putting him out for 4–6 weeks. Thomas was replaced in the starting lineup by then-rookie Taj Gibson. On February 18, 2010, he was traded to the Bobcats for Ronald “Flip” Murray, Acie Law, and a future first round draft pick.

That pick still belongs to the Bulls, and it becomes unprotected in 2016.