The latest in a weekly segment, here's the best of the web this week as I see it (or at least what I came across that made me stop in my digital tracks)
WOULD SOMEBODY CLOSE THE DANCER-GATE...PLEASE?!
Because it's timely and because this paper is certainly not immune to criticism: One mega fan speaks for many in response to today's coverage of what I dubbed the 'Dancer Debacle,' while others debate the topic at kingsfans.com and even have a poll going (although you folks need to feel free to leave your opinions on our new comment feature here, too:). For those who haven't seen it, here's today's front page story and here's a blog post I had two days prior.
IHATE THE IROY CAMPAIGN BECAUSE ITHINK BARON DAVIS GOT IHOSED
First of all, enjoy this weekend's All-Star festivities that begin with the rookie challenge and youth jam tonight. For the fourth straight year, no Kings players will take part in any part of the festivities, but there's still plenty to enjoy. I'll be doing so from my couch, as we have the one and only Scott Howard-Cooper reporting from the Bayou.
Now what irks me is that Golden State's Baron Davis may as well be watching the event in just the same sort of disconnected fashion. And as if it's not bad enough that he didn't get voted onto the team and Portland's Brandon Roy did, I was late catching on to this promotional campaign pushing Roy that makes the whole thing even worse. IPods for everyone if Roy gets in the game! Lame on so many levels.
As for the snub, the common belief is that Davis' reputation and lack of friends among the voting coaches in the Western Conference - combined with the pristine reputation of the talented Roy - made for a snub that was nothing short of personal. On merit alone, though, Davis has the better numbers, the greater impact, the team with the better record and no less of a storyline as it pertains to his team's success.
SHOULD WE START A SPREWELL CHARITY FUND?
In the who-could've-seen-this-coming? category, it turns out Latrell Sprewell was - in a sense - concerned about having enough millions to feed his family when he made the infamous comment back in 2004. Look what happened to him this week.
PIETRUS SAYS 'GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!!'
Ron Artest says the Kings would be better off without him, which many considered a round-a-bout way of asking for a trade.
But Golden State's Mickael Pietrus? He shows us the not-so-subtle approaching, deciding to just go ahead and say it, and say it, and say it, and say it...
Shaq will always win in a war of words. As a matter of fact, I've decided I may have to find at least one Shaq clip a week and make him a standing element within this feature. This time, it was Bill Walton questioning Shaquille O'Neal's work ethic and honesty regarding a hip injury that kept him out while in Miami. Now with Phoenix, of course, Shaq doesn't take kindly to the criticism from his colleague.