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Chris Andersen

“Birdman” Chris Andersen makes cameo on HBO’s “Ballers”


I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched HBO’s vehicle for The Rock, “Ballers.” It’s about the transition of a former NFL player (Dwayne Johnson) to life as a mentor/manager trying to guide younger players after his NFL career ended. That pretty much sums up what I know.

Well, that and it has gotten a lot of cameos from NFL players.

And now an NBA one — Chris Andersen from the Heat. The Birdman and his ink tower over this scene, which is a pretty extended cameo (hat tip to Eye on Basketball).

Note: Due to language this is NSFW. If you are offended by that kind of thing, do not push play.

I love the insult they use to get under Birdman’s skin (and tats) is “LeBron made the right choice” heading back to Cleveland. And I love Andersen’s reaction.

Andersen is pretty good in this. If I had to guess, his next role will be in an episode of Chris Kaman’s reality show. From there, I expect he could land pretty much anywhere except Rachel Ray’s show.


Chris Kaman has new reality show, to air on Mark Cuban’s network

Philadelphia 76ers v Los Angeles Lakers

That is a clip of the reality show… well, let’s stop right there. Chris Kaman’s reality is not like anyone else in the NBA’s. When he first signed his deal last summer with Portland, he asked how the pig hunting in the area was. In Dallas, he tried to bond with Dirk Nowitzki by taking him hunting. He may own more guns than some small nations.

That makes for good reality television, so Kaman put together the “Exploring Kaman” Web reality show. It’s something Kaman himself described this way:

“I think someone who would watch this would think there is something wrong with me and something wrong with my friends.”

The show has been picked up by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, and the network will run six episodes, reports CSNNW.com. Here is how the press release describes it.

Throughout the six-week run, the series gives viewers a front-row seat on this one-of-a-kind adventure, as the NBA big man and his buddies catch a 20-pound tuna in Cabo San Lucas; romance local senoritas… with disastrous results; and deal with bruised egos, clogged toilets, and more, as they attempt to reel in a 1,000-pound marlin while keeping their friendship—and sanity—intact. With his witty personality and passion for fishing, Kaman is the perfect guide for this immensely entertaining journey that is as heartfelt as it is hilarious.

Cuban likes people who just speak their mind, even if all those people do is spout nonsense.

What might have been a better reality show is the first 10 days of the Mavericks’ free agency this year.

Trail Blazers sign Cliff Alexander, Phil Pressey to contracts

Brooklyn Nets v Orlando Magic-White

Kansas big man Cliff Alexander was one of the best players not drafted back on June 25. He was considered a bubble first round guy who just plummeted off the board. He has a big, NBA-ready body as a center with fantastic athleticism. What he lacked was much of an offensive touch — he has a straight-line game that relies on his athleticism to get things done. He was a project.

The Nets gave him a chance in Summer League and he looked athletic and raw. In 22 minutes a game he averaged 8.3 points, but on 37.7 percent shooting, plus he grabbed 7.8 boards a game.

That was enough for Portland to sign him — and point guard Phil Pressey – to contracts, the team announced.

Pressey’s contract is guaranteed for one year. Alexander’s is a make-good deal — there is some buyout cash but he needs to make the roster to really get paid.

While the Trail Blazers have a couple potential roster spots available, it’s going to be hard for Alexander to earn one. They will start Mason Plumlee at the five with veteran Chris Kaman behind him, plus Meyers Leonard can play the four or five depending on the lineup.

The more likely scenario is Alexander heads to the D-League to work on his game, and if he can add some offensive versatility he will get a call-up next season. He’s got the tools; it’s just a matter of learning how to use them.


Arron Afflalo, Chris Kaman out Game 2 against Grizzlies

Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers

It seemed injuries would dictate the Trail Blazers-Grizzlies series, and they did in Game 1.

Mike Conley and Tony Allen, despite pre-playoff concerns about their availability, excelled. Arron Afflalo didn’t play. And Memphis got a resounding 100-86 win.

The Trail Blazers aren’t getting any good news for Game 2 tonight.

Jason Quick of The Oregonian:

Wesley Matthews is out for the season, and Portland probably needs to advance further to get back Dorell Wight.

But Afflalo’s absence looms large. C.J. McCollum seemed to be playing over his head while starting and shooting just 1-for-8 in Game 1. Plus, if McCollum starts, that’s one less spark off the bench.

Chris Kaman, who injured his ankle in practice this week, is a big body to throw at Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. But more playing time for Meyers Leonard might be preferable, anyway.

Lou Williams wins Sixth Man of the Year

Toronto Raptors v Atlanta Hawks

Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams were the only eligible players to average at least 15 points per game.

Unsurprisingly, they filled the top three of Sixth Man of the Year voting.

But it was Williams, who ranked third with 15.5 points per game, who took the award.

Here’s the full voting with player, team (first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, points):

1. Lou Williams, Toronto (78-34-10-502)

2. Isaiah Thomas, Boston (33-46-21-324)

3. Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers (8-18-37-131)

4. Andre Iguodala, Golden State (7-16-17-100)

5. Tristan Thompson, Cleveland (0-6-15-33)

6. Nikola Mirotic, Chicago (1-4-7-24)

7. Marreese Speights, Golden State (1-2-9-20)

9. Corey Brewer, Houston (1-1-4-12)

9. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio (0-3-3-12)

10. Taj Gibson, Chicago (1-0-3-8)

11. Aaron Brooks, Chicago (0-0-1-1)

11. Chris Kaman, Portland (0-0-1-1)

11. Anthony Morrow, Oklahoma City (0-0-1-1)

11. Dennis Schröder, Atlanta (0-0-1-1)

Williams was a strong candidate, and three of the four of us put him on our hypothetical ballots, including Kurt Helin slotting him at the top. Williams often took over the Raptors’ offense, especially late in games and quarters, and made plays. He wasn’t the most efficient, but Toronto often didn’t put him in position to be.

From top to bottom of this list, there are no egregious choices. I’d have a tough time ranking some of these players a top-three reserve this season, but at least they’re all pretty good and in a reasonable order.

That said, am I the only one who would have voted for Rudy Gobert, even if it’s just on a technicality?