Author: Kurt Helin


LeBron says he hasn’t abandoned chalk toss. Wonders how this became a story.


People care about whether LeBron James throws chalk into the air pregame. They just do. In the past week at PBT the story that LeBron has stopped doing the pregame ritual is the sixth most viewed story on this site. It’s become part of his iconography. People care.

LeBron knows they care — before the season he asked fans on twitter if he should resume the ritual. Fans overwhelmingly voted yes.

LeBron hasn’t done the chalk toss in at least four games, but he wants you to know he hasn’t abandoned the ritual. Apparently it’s just on hiatus, taking a winter break like some network television series during the holidays. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

LeBron also said he’s just confused as to why there is such “a fuss” about this and how it became a story in the first place.

Why? Explaining the move’s popularity is like explaining why cat videos own YouTube. People gravitate toward that and nobody really accurately explains the taste of some segments of the American public.

But LeBron, you helped feed this.

You asked fans before the season if you should start doing it again, they said yes. They wanted to see it. Then you stopped. The Cavs have played their best ball the last few games, maybe LeBron is just respecting the streak. Fans can get behind that.

But you helped fuel this, Nike helped fuel this, don’t pretend you’re shocked it’s a story.

Nuggets’ Arron Afflalo fined $15,000 for flagrant foul to Alec Burks head

Alec Burks, Arron Afflalo

There was no intent to injure in that play, Denver’s Arron Afflalo was trying to make a play on the ball. But intent only goes so far — he hit the head hard of an airborne player, Utah’s Alec Burks. That is a dangerous play. Fortunately Burks was okay and continued playing, but Afflalo was rightfully ejected from the game for it.

Tuesday the NBA added a $15,000 fine for the foul.

There was no suspension, which seems fair based on the intent. After the game Afflalo said:

“I’m not trying to be a tough guy, not trying to commit a hard foul. Things that ensue after that is all verbal in front of the refs and a lot of people. To me that means nothing. Honestly I just thought I committed a hard foul and he finished the game so he was OK.”

It was a hard foul. And also a dangerous one. The play may not have been dirty but there is a price to pay for the Nuggets guard. He knows it.

Manu Ginobili pokes fun at Boris Diaw’s one man “fast” break

San Antonio Spurs v Philadelphia 76ers
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The Spurs are just having fun this season.

San Antonio rested the big two Monday in Philadelphia and still were able to hand the Sixers their 17th straight loss. Boris Diaw didn’t get the night off, he was still out there making plays. Very slow plays. That Manu Ginobili is poking fun at.

In his defense, Diaw did make the shot here.