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Jamaal Tinsley was in the wrong place at defiantly the wrong time

Jamaal Tinsley and his crew were shot at early Sunday morning near a downtown Indianapolis hotel after some apparently jealous thugs took issue with the group at a club. The incident went down around 3:40 a.m. when the unknown assailants opened fire with an assault rifle at the three vehicles Tinsley’s friends were in. The group detoured to the hotel once they realized they were being followed. The Pacers equipment manager, sitting in the back seat of Tinsley’s car, was shot in both elbows.

Jamaal’s brother, James Tinsley, opened fire on a gray Chrysler and a dark pickup as two of the cars chased the shooters approximately two blocks away. Jamaal was not involved in the subsequent chase.

And of course, this whole thing is really based on something completely senseless. According to the Indy Star:

A group was giving members of Tinsley’s crew a hard time about the expensive cars they were driving – a Mercedes, Rolls Royce and Dodge Charger – and the amount of money they made.

So you’re telling us that these morons basically approached Tinsley’s crew and said “You guys are rich and have really nice cars. You’re a bunch of losers!” Whatever happened to just being jealous from afar?

Needless to say, even though Pacers coach Jim O’Brien was happy to hear his player wasn’t hurt and gave him the day off because he “wanted him to get away from basketball for the day,” O’Brien wasn’t exactly sympathetic to Tinsley’s situation.

We leave it up to individuals to be responsible. Was I happy that somebody was out at 3 o’clock in the morning? No, I wasn’t. But that’s a decision that was made, and it was the wrong decision to make.

“It wasn’t on a game night. We had off yesterday and we were practicing at 11 o’clock today.

“I would think as we all suspect, nothing good happens after 1 o’clock if you’re around alcohol or around an environment where there could be weapons. Nothing good can happen in that situation.

But the Heat’s Alonzo Mourning went a step further, blaming the flashy NBA lifestyle for bringing the player haters out.

You’ve got to understand that we all are vulnerable when it comes to putting ourselves in situations where the public has access to us. And if we go out and flaunt and expose our luxuries, there are some jealous people out there who want it and put us in a position where we’re targets,” Mourning said. “I’m not saying you’ve got to hide it, but don’t be flamboyant. Don’t walk into a club with a crowd of people wearing a $250,000 chain around your neck or pull out a wad of hundreds for everybody to see. Pull out a credit card instead. I mean, you’re asking for attention and you’re asking for trouble.

Just think of how much trouble Pacman Jones could have avoided if he had whipped out his Visa card instead of making it rain the old fashioned way.


[]: Shots fired at Pacers’ Jamaal Tinsley
[]: Heat curb Clippers, make Riley third NBA coach with 1,200 wins

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Jermaine O’Neal is basically banging on Jerry Buss’ door

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, Jermaine O’Neal wants to get the heck outta Indiana soon.  And of course, he wants to play on a team that can contend for a championship.  After all, Kevin Garnett is finally getting a solid shot at a ring and taking postseason suckers like Paul Pierce and Ray Allen along with him.  But, unlike Garnett who remained quiet and pessimistic about being traded, O’Neal is letting the whole world know that he wants to be wearing the purple and gold next season.

I love L.A.,” O’Neal said. “I normally train here every summer. The last two summers I haven’t trained here because I got hurt, but I love it here. My daughter loves it. My wife loves it. This is one of the prime places that if I were to be traded, I would allow Indiana to trade me here.

Hmm, sounds like he loves L.A.  But the biggest selling point about L.A. is Kobe Bryant and O’Neal didn’t forget to start buttering up the bitter superstar with hopes of rings and “missing piece” dreams.

I think Kobe’s in a position right now where he understands that he needs some help,” O’Neal said. “He needs some help to get to the position where he wants to be. I think he’s the best player in the NBA and the world, but obviously no player can do it by himself. He has a nice group around him, but he needs some help and I can give him some support.

Of course, O’Neal has to be healthy in order to contribute which is something he hasn’t been able to do over the past several seasons.  However, O’Neal is claiming to currently be at 100 percent.  And just to be sure that he didn’t put all of his eggs in one basket, O’Neal lobbed up a distant second choice as he gushed over the Lakers.  

Los Angeles and New Jersey would be my top two teams,” O’Neal said. “I think L.A.’s a real possibility and I think New Jersey’s a possibility too.

What, no New Jersey lovefest?  


[]: California dreamin’

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When mascots attack!

An Indiana Pacers fan is suing the Pacers because he calims that Pacers mascot “Boomer” tackled him during a free throw shooting competition and caused permanent back damage.

In his lawsuit, Jackson says he attended the March 11, 2005, game against Golden State and was asked to participate in a free-throw shooting contest.

He initially declined, citing his recent back surgery, but was assured “there would be no reason for concern or injury,” according to the lawsuit.

After the contest, the lawsuit says, he began to leave the court but was tackled by Boomer. The employee who knew about Jackson’s bad back told the mascot about the surgery, and Boomer responded by kicking at Jackson’s legs, the lawsuit says.

If a guy can get $2.5M out of the Phillies fanatic because he hugged him too hard, imagine how much this guy is going to get from the Pacers for being tackled. As if the Pacers organization isn’t throwing enough money away as it is on Dunleavy and Troy Murphy.

[Indy Star]: Even the mascot is having legal troubles

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Odds and Ends: What not to say to Ben Wallace

According to the Smoking Gun, the phrase that fanned the flames at the Malace in the Palace was “You can suck my balls”. In an interview by NBA Security investigating the incident, Matt Dobek, the Pistons VP of Public relations stated that’s what he heard Artest say to Ben Wallace as he lay on the scorer’s table. In related news, the fan who threw the cup of beer at Artest has been banned for life from Pistons games. Oh for old times’ sake, let’s take a look at the video again.

In other news…

[AP]: Report: NBA union OKs supplement deal

[Elephant’s In Oakland]: A’s hire Geren as manager

[NY Daily News]: Giants Should have passed on Eli

[Yahoo]: Even though nobody watches the series, Cards get record $20M split

[The Wizard of Odds]: hating on Michigan

[Post-Gazette]: A Texas high school team has started doing the haka (minus the handbags)

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Odds and Ends: "Pacers’ Jackson kicked disabled man during melee"

Roll up bitch! Roll up!

You read that headline and immediately imagined Stephen Jackson kicking a guy in a toppled over wheelchair right? So did we. But before they had the good sense to change it, that’s exactly what the Indy Star had in their news feed. It turns out Jackson kicked a guy with a short arm. And while technically the guy was disabled, it’s nowhere near as egregious as kicking a guy without the use of his legs (presumably cause the guy can’t kick back). We like funny/ironic headlines as much as the next guy but that was tantamount to saying “Michael Jackson touches young boy” and not mentioning that it was on the shoulder. In any case, Stephen Jackson has apologized and is “happy to be alive“… blah blah blah… but he will still be charged with a felony in the strip club incident.

In other news…

[MSNBC]: Stern tells players to stop bitching about his new balls

[AZ Central]: Floyd Landis REALLY wants you to believe him

[The State]: Spurrier “probably” sorry for humiliating assistant coach

[Sign On San Diego]: Is $2000 really enough for that inevitable “ring stinger”?

[The Golf Blog]: Play Burnout Revenge vs Natalie Gulbis… ummm.. wouldn’t Tiger Woods 07 be more appropriate?

[MSNBC]: Yankees aren’t trading A-Rod, Cashman claims

[]: Vote for the top college fight song

[IHT]: Oh thank god… chess championship to be unified

[There’s Your Karma]: “if my understanding of aging beef is correct, a Bevo XIII Appreciation Dinner can be scheduled for, oh, 10 days out.”

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Odds and Ends: more on the Stephen Jackson shooting

Stephen Jackson will get off relatively scott free for his strip club shooting incident because his actions “appear to be on safe legal ground” but today it was announced that he will get another year of probation on the charges he faced for the brawl in Detroit. However, the extra year of probation has nothing to do with the shooting as no charges were filed in the incident. Meanwhile, an Indianapolis man was arrested in connection with the incident and Reggie Miller is ripping Pacers players for standing by Jackson.

You shouldn’t stand behind a player that is someone slapping you guys in the face during the middle of training camp being out at a strip club at 3 o’clock in the morning shooting it up like it’s the Wild, Wild West.

In other news…

[]: Art Shell says Walter will remain the starter until Aaron Brooks comes back

[Baltimore Sun]: Ravens team plane makes emergency landing. Ivy in stable condition with kidney tear

[Craig Sager’s Suit]: This explains Sager’s taste in clothes

[The Offside]: Materazzi writing a joke book on Zidane headbutt

[There’s Your Karma, Ripe as Peaches]: The Missing Link Retains WBA Heavyweight Title

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Indiana Pacers retire Reggie Millers #31

What more do I have to say that isn’t said by this video of the 1995 playoffs game 1 against the Knicks where Reggie scores 8 points in 32 seconds to beat the Knicks.

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Kings reject trade for Ron Artest

Update 1/24: Artest says he’ll go anywhere and now the trade is on again. Make up your mind already. I’m beginning to hate this story.

Update 6:40 PM: Kings reject trade for Ron Artest. How come no one loves Ron-Ron?

Update: Artest traded to Kings for Peja Stojakovic. I guess Vecsey finally got one right.

We previously said that the Golden State Warriors were the last potential suckers suitors for Ron Artest but it looks like the Sacramento Kings have jumped into the fray. According to the NY Post, the trade is “exceedingly close” and just waiting for the Kings to pull the trigger. However, this was reported by Peter Vecsey “on excellent authority” so that means the trade probably won’t happen.


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Artest for Magette off again

Despite Al Harrington’s big mouth, the Artest for Magette trade won’t happen because the Pacers are concerned with his left foot. Despite his ability to both write and paint with it, the Pacers are concerned that he might be be able to be reactivated this season due to a tendon problem. This leaves basically only the Golden State Warriors as possible suitors.

[]: Flirting with Artest