So we're using marijuana use as a test for whether someone is a quality human being?
I've never touched the stuff (or alcohol for that matter) and I fail to see why anyone would care if NBA players are smoking weed.
So what you are saying is that you don't mind if the "idols" of millions of kids do drugs regularly and make all the kids think it's ok also. It's against the law so I feel that breaking the law is a fair test if you are a quality human being. I personally think it's stupid that it's illegal but that's beside the point, as of now it's against the law.
And for the record, the NBA's arrest rate is lower than the NFL's and only barely above the NHL's.
But no one cares when NHL players get DUIs.
Very rarely do you ever hear of an NHL player getting in any kind of trouble. The NBA on the other hand regularly has weapon arrests, fights in clubs, drug charges, theft charges, I could go on but we will just have to agree to disagree here.
It's not always the NBA players directly but they have a posse of people in their groups that usually cause a lot of problems and that is the players faults for hanging with bad people.
"Violence marred post-NBA All-Star Game partying as shootings left three people in critical condition and stamped an ugly footnote on what should have been a time of celebration.
Police arrested 362 people during the All-Star Game weekend as scattered fights broke out along the main casino strip early Monday even though police had braced themselves for the post-celebratory mayhem.
"These people have been here since Wednesday so they have been here for several days and were getting very little sleep," police spokesman Jose Montoya said. "This was their last night in Vegas and we figured if something was going to happen it would be near the end of the events."
Police also had extra officers to control rowdy crowds at the Las Vegas airport where thousands of weary NBA fans missed their flights Monday.
Montoya said four people were shot in two separate shootings and a manhunt was on for one of the gunmen who shot three people outside the Minxx nightclub.
A manager, security guard and female customer were all in critical condition Monday, he said.
Another man was shot in the hip at 4 a.m. in the front entrance of the luxury MGM Grand Hotel and Casino early Monday. It was followed by a brawl less than half an hour later in a club at the Wynn hotel.
Montoya said even though the Minxx victims were shot outside in the parking lot, police believe the shooter had the gun inside the club earlier in the evening.
"There are criminal elements that try to take advantage of big crowds and they have targets," Montoya said.
Montoya said even with Vegas' reputation for partying and hosting big shows, this is the first time the desert city has hosted an event on this scale.
Las Vegas is the first non-NBA city to be awarded the All-Star Game and is actively trying to pursue obtaining an NBA team.
"We can't even compare this to New Year's Eve," said Montoya, adding 56 percent of those arrested were from out of town.
"New Year's Eve is a 14-hour event but this (All-Star Game festivities) went on for five days all over the valley and included after-game events and private parties so it is very different."
The Las Vegas airport was also a scene of chaos Monday as thousands of weary travellers missed flights in one of the busiest days ever.
"We have officers at the airport and they have handled several small fights," Montoya said.
Scattered fighting broke out among Southwest Airlines passengers who missed their flights on Monday when the airline couldn't cope with long queues that stretched for close to 1.6 km (one mile).
Tempers were short as passengers reported flight delays of up to five hours and holiday makers scrambled to re-book flights and hotels.
"I have lived in Las Vegas for 20 years and I have never seen it as bad as this," said one veteran taxi driver who makes regular trips to the airport.
One enterprising traveller tried to profit off the situation with a sign offering his place near the front of the line for 1,000 dollars.
"I was in line three hours and I missed my flight," passenger Ria Hardy said. "They said they would book us on another one but who knows when that will be."
I like the NHL much more than the NBA, but the misconceptions about the majority of the players in the NBA that are being thrown around in this thread are pretty pathetic.
The league is being taken over by young guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Brandon Roy, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Monta Ellis and Al Horford. If you can't find that group likable as human beings, then the problem is with you.
I dunno. The way it's always worked out for me is that for the NBA, there's several folks there that I kind of like but I don't care for the majority of 'em, whereas for the NHL there's a few folks I can't stand but I like the rest.
For the most part, tho, I'm bitter towards the NBA due to David Stern sending us Gary Bettman. But obviously that's not the players' fault.
But back to 1460.... on the ride home yesterday, they were discussing something about best plays of Columbus teams or something along those lines and landed on the best CBJ goals and they obviously went with to the Nash Phoenix goal. That is until football-brain Spielman said "what about the first Blue Jacket goal in the first Blue Jacket game". All I heard were crickets after that. Someone said "who scored it?". No response. If I told them Bruce Gardiner, they'd probably say... "who?". I would honestly prefer to never hear about hockey on 1460 because no one except Torgie seems to have a clue. Spielman is borderline the worst radio personality in the history of human speech. Which goes hand in hand with his cro-mag intellect.
These guys do own a stake in the team, the least they could do is promote the NHL over that other league.
That would be the blowhard Rob Oller. He's like a prairie dog, every now and again popping his head up to say something, then disappearing for months. I guess he picked this week to talk about the CBJ and also the NBA in the same breath. The Dispatch should limit articles to Reed, Portzline and Arace for the CBJ.
Meh, this is just speculation and heresay. Don't forget the Whalers were "interested" in Columbus, but really that was little more than an attempt to turn up the heat on Hartford and other potential cities to promote a bidding war.
Get serious sports folks. The Cavs and the Pacers will welcome a Columbus NBA team with the same cookies and ice cream that the Sabres and Leafs have extended for the last 20 years to the Hamilton NHL team. Other than the Buckeyes and football lite, the CBJ are the only pro team here. The 1460 halfwits might want to spend their energies on the 2020 Summer Olympics or 2022 Winter Olympics in Columbus. They're better bets than a NBA, NFL, or MLB entry. What about moving the United Nations here? Or Broadway? Or the Atlantic Ocean?
At noon, our favorite radio station was once again trashing the NHL. They are all a twitter over the remote possibity of landing an NBA team (Hornets). A lot of talk about how the NBA is waaaaaaay more popular than the NHL (although the Hornets are moving.....guess they're not popular??), NHL has no run on ESPN, etc., blah, blah, blah.........
Ricordoti was positively giddy over all this.............
No offense, but you're absolutely wrong on the movement of NBA teams as an indication of popularity
Seattle was another rumored team to be heading Columbus. However, their new owners want them in OKLA City.
Why? Arena deal. The same reason why the Penguins would've been in Kansas City next season, not because they didn't have the fan's support because we all know that's quite contrary to that logic.