Friday, 15 October 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (10/14/10)
The biggest star in the NBA right now is big in more ways than one at the moment. King James is the only athlete in sports named to Fortune's "40 Under 40" list this year. A list that highlights young stars in the business world. Now who said life begins at 40? To put this in even more legendary perspective James at 25 is the youngest person on the list. A whole year younger than Facebook founder, CEO and number 2 on the list Mark Zuckerberg. The former number 23, jersey wearer hit the halfway mark coming in at number 20 on the list. LeBron hit the charts like Jay-Z as his position came from the estimated $42.4 million that he earned in and away from basketball. I guess 'Bron really can throw that Rocafella sign even more now. He really is a dynasty.
Following a crackdown by referees on players overt gestures in response to calls, the NBA is getting more technical with its discipline on players. Still however that doesn't mean that the players of the NBA are going to shut up and take this. The NBA Players Association thinks this is a bad call and will continue to argue this with planned legal action. The association doesn't like the National Basketballs Association's decision to give out more technical fouls. The Players Association are saying no T's please to plans for referee's blowing the whistle on players who are too short with their gestures on court. Orlando's Dwight Howard believes players gestures will be hard to control in the emotional game of basketball. Most recently this Wednesday Kevin Garnett was whistled for two techs during his Boston Celtics matchup with the New York Knicks. Looks like the powers that be aren't discriminating. They won't stand for any childish behaviour, even from 'Da Kid'.
In an ironic twist to the Arena of Agent 0 news, Gilbert Arenas has injured his groin just days after faking an injury so his teammate Nick Young could play and have a career night. Gilbert's first home game since being suspended for bringing guns into the lockeroom only lasted 3 minutes as he left the game in the first quarter due to a strained right groin. Arenas may have gone all Alanis Morrisette then not logging a single quarter or a point but he still impressed recording three steals, one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot in 180 seconds of play. Arenas shared the ball well with John Wall one player who he will have to share a lot more with this upcoming season. The Wizards trainers must have momentarily treated Gil like the player that cried wolf, but now Arenas is actually injured for the time he's out it won't just be him that will be hurting. TIM DAVID HARVEY.