This past weekend was a great weekend in college football and pro football and it was also a long weekend for a lot of you, which is always fun. Even with all the great football, there was plenty going around the NBA and Thunder world. Check out the Tuesday links. Enjoy!
There's no denying that the Thunder are a great home team, but if you ask any of the players, they want to be a deadly road team, as well. Darnell Mayberry explains what the Thunder have to prove in the upcoming road trip.
For as good as the Thunder's bench has been this season, it's role players have yet to put it together on the road. Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher all are shooting considerably lower percentages in opposing arenas. Jackson's field goal percentage is 10 percent lower on the road, Lamb's falls by slightly more than 18 percent and Fisher has seen a 25 percent drop off.
On Monday, the NBA announced the conference players of the week. For the East, it was LeBron James and for the West, it was Kevin Durant.
We've seen Nate Robinson do some really cool things at his height. Coming from a short guy, we appreciate was "little Nate" does on the court. But Nate hasn't always been the most liked played, especially from opposing teams. Now, he thinks NBA referees hate him, too.
Robinson smirked when talking about it.
"They hate me, they hate me," he said. "I don't know why, but it is what it is. I already know I've got the target on my back, but I'll play through it; I don't care. I really don't. It doesn't bother me none. If I get a call, I get a call. If I don't, I don't. If I get a tech, hopefully it's not in the fourth quarter. Hopefully I don't get any more. But I know I will. It's nothing new for me."
This next story is funny in so many levels. So, it turns out former Knicks forward, Anthony Mason would act as a bouncer at LL Cool J's barbecues. Now, I'm a young guy, but I've seen Anthony Mason videos and he was a tough dude. Can you imagine him getting angry at you and telling you that you have to leave a barbecue? I love burgers and steak as much as the next guy, but not enough to fight with him.
SLAM: You grew up in New York City. Always been a Knicks fan?
LL: I grew up a Knicks fan, but you know what? I was always conflicted because Mike was so inspiring during the time when I was coming up in New York. But Pat Ewing was always a good friend of mine. Oakley [was a good friend], after he came to New York. I knew all the players. Anthony Mason was my man-he used to be in Queens all the time in my neighborhood. He used to throw guys out of barbecues for me. They were talking trash to me and Anthony Mason used to come in and grab them and be like, "Y'all gotta go! Y'all gotta go!" He was my man.