In a rather humdrum day in the NBA, here’s what’s making news: Lamar Odom was officially charged with DUI, the Warriors tweeted that Andrew Bogut is finally 100% healthy, and Lithuanian sensation Jonas Valanciunas shining in Eurobasket ’13 games. (We have a fresh update on Eurobasket ’13 from international editor A.J. Mitnick, who reports on a bunch of Eurostash players and Euroleague stars, along with who is sitting pretty (Italy, France) and who is not (Croatia, Greece — although they did defeat Spain to keep their hopes alive.)
Evening News: Odom officaially charged with DUI; Bogut deemed 100% healthy; Valanciunas balling in Eurobasket games
Being in the league alone justifies your level of talent. But it takes more than talent to survive.
While it may not be drugs that are bringing Minnesota’s Derrick Williams down, the former No. 2 overall draft pick faces an uncertain future in Minnesota.
SH Blog: Julius Erving and Gary Payton exclude MJ in Top-Five list, Doc Rivers explains why KG joined Nets
When you talk about the “Greatest of All-Time” (aka “GOAT”), Michael Jordan is generally in that discussion, along with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Ask some of the past greats, however, and you may be surprised to hear some of the players on their personal lists. Take the great Julius Erving, for example, from Eric Pincus of Los Angeles Times:
Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J.” Erving listed his picks as the top five NBA players of all time on Fox Sports Live on Tuesday, and he included three former Lakers.
“I decided on my five when I was about 15 years old — that was Wilt [Chamberlain], Bill [Russell], [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Oscar Robertson,” Erving said. “That’s my five.”
Oddly, Erving didn’t include Lakers’ center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but in the same breath called him the “best who ever played in the NBA.”
In today’s lead NBA news item, the situation surrounding troubled free agent forward is far from clear.
At this point, most are aware of the fact that former NBA forward Lamar Odom has been dealing with drug issues and is likely in need of help and support from those that know and are around him. Those on the outside may judge him in a negative light – how can someone so successful take the things he has for granted to this extent and jeopardize everything over drugs?
The truth about Odom’s situation appears to be more than trivial when you look over everything the man has had to endure over the years. Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles wrote an emotional piece about the forward that provided a sense of why things seem to be spiraling out of control for him:
As Lee Jenkins wrote poignantly in a 2009 Sports Illustrated profile:
“The happiest Laker is one whose father was addicted to heroin; whose mother died of colon cancer when he was 12; who attended three high schools; had his first college scholarship revoked before the fall of his freshman year; became a subject of three college investigations; declared for the NBA draft; tried unsuccessfully to pull out of the draft; was picked by arguably the worst franchise in sports; violated the league’s antidrug policy twice within eight months; and, after finally getting his life together, went home to New York City for an aunt’s funeral and wound up burying his 6 1/2-month-old son, Jayden, then getting robbed at gunpoint.”