Originally written on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Three games (one which involved the Raptors and another that featured the Hornets minus Anthony Davis) didn’t really provide the type of material necessary for a good “Starting Lineup,” so I decided to roll with “Things That Happened” instead.  Hopefully this video-based blurb of a post will quench your thirst for NBA information, but keep in mind that I didn’t have a whole hell of a lot to work with. Nick Young made the following shot: Observe this impossible jump shot from the one and only Nick “Swaggy P” Young, who scored 23 points to lead the Sixers past the Craptors… Let’s say there are 20 million dollars on the line.  I need to choose a player to attempt this exact shot, and if he makes it, I never have to work another day in my life.  Aside from Kobe Bryant, who is the consensus master of nonsensicaly-difficult corner three-pointers, I think I’d bank my financial future on the talents of Nick Young.  I mean, when you think about it… Swaggy P has essentially made a career out of making baskets only slightly less difficult than this one at a 40% clip.  He’d probably offer me a little better than a puncher’s chance, which is about all I could ask for. Jason Richardson got his head stepped on: J-Rich got curb stomped by Philly native Kyle Lowry, but he didn’t let a head contusion stop him from going off on the Craptors. Richardson had been hot earlier in the game, and he returned to put together an individual 6-0 run in the final two minutes.  Despite his headache, Richardson drove to the rack for an and-one layup.  Ironically, he not only knocked Amir Johnson to the floor, but stepped on Johnson’s torso in the process.  Richardson’s score/revenge stomp was followed by his fourth three-pointer of the game, which was the one that sent the dinosaurs into extinction.  He finished with 21 points. On behalf of his foundation, Kobe Bryant tried to wager with Gerald Wallace: In the closing moments of the Lakers’ victory over the Nets, Kobe Bean could be seen talking a whole lot of trash with/to Gerald Wallace as he toed the line and sunk four straight free throws to put the game away. After the game, Kobe told Ernie Johnson exactly what the f@ck was going on here.  According to Kobe, this whole discussion was an attempt to get Wallace to “make a contribution to [his] foundation.”  In other words, the Bean tried to talk Gerald into betting against his clutchness at the stripe — a losing proposition for sure — for the sake of charity.  Trash talking for a cause?  I love it!  As for Wallace, he wanted Bryant to shoot the free throws with his eyes closed, and the two were ultimately unable to come to an agreement. Booo! Reggie Evans flopped: Not only were Reginald’s 11 rebounds for naught, but he can expect to find a citation in his mailbox when the Nets return home from their road trip. Evans has already been warned by the league for a previous flop, so this one figures to leave him $5,000 lighter in the wallet.  I wonder, can Evans write this off on his tax return?  I mean, isn’t a Reggie Evans flop something of a business expense?  Or does it not work that way because it’s against the rules? Rasheed Wallace said “THAT BALL DON’T LIE!”: ‘Sheed committed a blatant reach-in foul on Austin Rivers, but that didn’t keep him from loudly making his most famous proclamation (twice) when Rivers clunked the first free throw. If you listen carefully throughout the video you will hear a few more gems from Rasheed, including “I DIDN’T DIRECT THAT AT NOBODY!” and “I CAN YELL!  I CAN YELL ALL I WANT!” And we sincerely hope you do yell all you want, Rasheed! James White dunked: James “Flight” White threw down his first NBA dunk since 2007 in New York’s battering of New Orleans.  Don’t get overly excited, ’cause it was basically routine with just the slightest hint of flair. JR Smith had an opportunity to toss a lob to White, but he thought better of it (would’ve been a risky pass).  I liked you better when you made all the bad decisions, JR.  As for you, Mr. White, you couldn’t have given us a mini windmill or something?  I know there were a couple Hornets on your trail, but I think the space was sufficient for a little somethin’ somethin’. That’s all, folks. Twenty-eight teams are in action this evening, so expect more words than you’ll care to read on Thanksgiving Day.
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