You did your own laundry?
"The wife took care of me,'' he said.
How long have you been married?
"Two years,'' he said.
That explains it, he was told. See if she's still doing your laundry 10 years from now.
The trip began March 1 when the Sonics departed from Seattle. Over 12 days, they would play seven games with stops in Minneapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Toronto, Indiana and Boston. The Sonics were sitting at their lockers Wednesday in TD Banknorth Garden less than six hours away from the final flight back home. They looked like they were waiting in a bus station.
"Two pairs of sweats and two hoodies,'' rookie forward
What about underwear? Did you bring enough for every day of the trip?
"Yeah,'' Green said, with a strange look. "You've got to stay clean on underwear.''
It was meant as a question of strategy. Why not pack light on the underwear and send out laundry midway through the trip?
"You never send out underwear on the road, because it comes back five sizes too small,'' said
"You don't send out your underwear,'' agreed Sonics broadcaster
He was referring to himself, center
"You look at these guys, at least they're going to back to an apartment or a house or whatever,'' Marshall said. "We're going back to a hotel. It's small, and you've got four big, huge bags right in the middle of the floor, and you're trying to navigate around that, and at nighttime you've got to go to the bathroom, the lights are all off and you're kicking the bags and stuff like that. That's probably the hardest part of the whole thing.''
Said Griffin: "During the day, you try to get your rest. But also you've got to do something to get out. Get to a movie, walk the malls, something. Something so it won't just seem like work, work, work. You've got to relax.''
After further consideration, the newcomers agreed that the hardest part was being away from their families. Griffin's wife and four young children drove from their suburban New York home to meet him in Philadelphia, where the team was given a day off midway through the trip. He rented a connecting room for the kids. The next day he said goodbye, knowing he probably won't see them again until the end of the season.
Marshall saw his family for two nights in Detroit after they had driven up from their home in Cleveland. He and his wife have six children aged 7 to 18, and in a few weeks they'll be visiting him in Seattle during their spring break from school. Marshall wasn't sure where he would take them when they come to Seattle.
"The funniest thing was I got sick as soon as I got traded out there,'' he said. "I was in bed the first four or five days in Seattle with a 102-degree temperature. People ask me, 'How is it in Seattle?' I haven't seen the city yet. By the time I was done being sick, we left; we went out on the road. So I haven't had a chance to do anything.''
"We've got to talk [with the league office] when the year's out,'' coach
Carlesimo was referring to the extended trips taken by the Bulls and Spurs because their arenas are rented out to other events. The Sonics have no such conflicts.
"Maybe because we're so far away,'' Carlesimo said of the Sonics' distance from the East Coast, "the feeling is that this is a good thing. But it's just too long. Everbody's got some [bad trips], but ours aren't caused by our own building. So this is disappointing.''
During the stay in Detroit, Sonics assistant general manager
"Usually I go by myself,'' Green said of his dinner plans on the road. "Or I ask
"That's really how you get to know people,'' Marshall said. "If I'd come in [after the trade] and we'd had a two-week homestand, it probably would have been a bit more difficult. Being on the road, you're forced to hang with each other because that's all you have. I was able to get some time to talk to Jeff and talk to Kevin. I sat down and had talks with Nick. I always talk to Luke on the bench.
"It's been good to go on the road to be able to talk to those guys and know how they are. Because when I was in Cleveland I was a very vocal leader, and being here with these new guys, it's hard because you don't know how they are. You don't know which guys can take criticism and which guys can't. So this trip is probably a good thing because I've been learning a lot more [about his teammates].''
"You can tell by the way they respond if P.J. says something to them,'' Marshall said. "Some of it you can just tell by conversation. You sit there, you really talk to them. You go up the first time and say, 'Kevin, that's not a good shot, you've got to take this or whatever ...'' And if he responds, 'You're right,' then that's how you know how to approach them. Or you can tell by a certain look they give you, like they're saying, 'You're not going to come in here new [and tell me what to do].' You can tell by certain looks you get.''
"My experience in coaching is whenever you show up and there's excitement in the arena and there's a full house, the players don't know the difference,'' Sonics assistant coach
"Excitement,'' fellow assistant
"I don't know what's going to happen,'' Westhead said. "We could lose by 40, we could win by two. But I would guess that they'll play with some excitement. That's my guess. But I've been wrong before.''
The Sonics proved him right early by taking a 19-17 lead. Then Boston tore off a 23-6 run, opened up a 37-point lead and won 111-82. The flight home was scheduled to leave as soon as possible afterward.
One month ago, Marshall had been living with his family in Cleveland and looking ahead to a potential return with
"The thing that ended up working out is with my 18-year-old,'' Marshall said. "She's a senior, and we were trying to plan her graduation party. The thing that was funny, when I was in Cleveland we had a chance to go to the championship [finals], so we didn't know if I was going to be home for graduation. Now we know. I guess that she was kind of happy about that.''
I can't speak for the rest of us "guys.'' All I'm trying to do is convey where players might be chosen, and I'm guessing that Gallinari is going to be a high pick compared to the other candidates in the draft. What in my story created the impression that he'll be the greatest player ever?
I can't account for the rest of the "media.'' But if you're asking me, I will tell you that international players are a low priority in the draft. Over the last five years, only four have gone in the top 10 of the draft: Milicic, a bust at No. 2 in 2003; Bargnani, No. 1 in 2006, who is decent as you say;
Of the top 50 picks over the last five years, 46 came out of American colleges or high schools. A big number of them were overhyped and turned out to be busts.
You're going to have to explain how I could possibly "keep disrespecting'' Mayo, when I've written about the draft only two times this season. I was thinking about including Mayo among the
Since when has Horry ever been a goon? The man is a three-point shooter. Goons are not usually 6-10 guys who play on the perimeter. In addition, Horry was 36 years old at the time of that foul.
When Ben Wallace was contending with the Pistons, who was their so-called inside scorer? The answer is
What I hear from people in the league who watch NBA games more than I do and record every little thing that happens is that Ben Wallace -- to be most effective -- needs to be paired up front with length and offensive skill. Teaming him with a purely back-to-basket guy, as Mr. Dilts so courteously suggests, would not be the best approach. The right partner for Ben Wallace would have been a power forward who could do a bit of everything, who could score in a variety of ways while enabling Ben to space himself accordingly. Or is Mr. Dilts going to argue that Rasheed Wallace wasn't an excellent complement to Ben Wallace?
I also hear from people in the league that Aldridge is the second coming of Rasheed. The Trail Blazers are working with him on his low-post game as well as his three-point range; coach
Aldridge won't be the same player at 25 that he is now as a 22-year-old NBA sophomore. He'll continue to improve along the lines of Rasheed, in part because Aldridge is a reliable personality and an extremely hard worker. When Mr. Dilts asserts that Aldridge doesn't rebound well, then I suppose he would make the same complaint about Rasheed, who throughout his career has averaged one rebound every 4.9 minutes. Over his two years, Aldridge is producing a rebound every 4.6 minutes.
My point on the 6-11 Aldridge is that he might have provided the length and offensive balance that Ben Wallace needed in the short term. Plus, Aldridge could have grown and improved for the long term with the Bulls' young core of
As for e-mailer Larry (which is a good name to have in Boston), I'm sure the Bulls would like to have Chandler now. But it's fair to ask whether Chandler would have elevated his numbers by remaining in Chicago, where his relationship with coach
Here's an early look at how my All-NBA ballot would look if it were due today. Fortunately, I don't have to turn it in for another month, and a few positions may yet change by then. Note that the official All-NBA teams categorize players simply as centers, forwards and guards; they don't differentiate shooting guards from point guards, or power forwards from small forwards. But I prefer to break it down by specific position as follows.
Stoudemire spent most of the season at center. He ranks third among all players in statistical efficiency.
I can't believe Nash isn't the first-teamer, but as of today Paul is having a better year statistically and his Hornets have won more games than the Suns.
Garnett edged out Duncan based on the Celtics' full-court dominance of the regular season.
As for Williams, he's in a photo finish with Davis for the final spot among point guards. I put Baron ahead by a nose for being even more valuable to the Warriors than Williams is to the Jazz, but I reserve the right to change my opinion at season's end.
"They've just aced one-fourth of their season,'' an NBA advance scout noted after the Rockets won their 20th straight Wednesday at Atlanta.
How are they continuing to win without Yao? Of course they have McGrady and a versatile roster with
Now we're finding the answers to both questions. The Rockets are No. 2 in field-goal defense (42.9 percent) and No. 4 in scoring defense (91.8 points) as if Van Gundy were still coaching that end of the floor. And after a first half of the season in which they had difficulty establishing their new offense, they're now scoring like an Adelman team.
Don't assume that this marriage of styles will extend beyond this season. The longer they go without Van Gundy's demands, the less likely they'll be to maintain their high standard of defense. This is one of those rare NBA honeymoons and the Rockets need to max it out -- even without Yao.