Monday , Dec , 08 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

9th Edition – 12/06/2003

Time for a pop quiz!

Can anyone tell me who the following guys are and what organization they are associated with? Carlos Arroyo, Raja Bell, Curtis Borchardt, Keon Clark, Jarron Collins, Ben Handlogten, Matt Harpring, Andrei Kirilenko, Raul Lopez, Greg Ostertag, Aleksandar Pavlovic, Michael Ruffin, DeShawn Stevenson, and Maurice Williams.

I probably gave it away with Greg Ostertag, but I bet without that hint, few people could answer the question. For those of you still in dark, these are your Utah Jazz!

Your 11-7 (as of Saturday), a game and half out of first place in the Midwest Division, Karl Malone and John Stockton-less, Utah Jazz. It’s absolutely unbelievable yet extremely impressive. I may be premature in announcing this, but Jerry Sloan is my Coach of the Year.

To get this type of effort and production out of a bunch of (for lack of a better term) no names has been astounding and a resounding statement of what the NBA should be about. I don’t know how he’s doing it. Maybe he’s constantly reminding them that if not for the Jazz organization, none of them would be in the league. I’m not kidding… Nonetheless I appreciate their play especially since many predicted that they wouldn’t win twenty games this season. It makes me wonder what the Orlando Magic’s problem is given the fact that they play in a weaker conference.


9th Edition - 12/06/2003

Saying that another member of the Portland Trail Blazers got in trouble with the law has become as ordinary as the sun shining in Southern California.

Zach Randolph was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants early last Tuesday morning. The arresting officer smelled the scent of burning marijuana in Randolph’s car after pulling him over for failure to drive in a lane. The Trail Blazer forward was also cited for not having an Oregon driver’s license and no insurance.

I mean for the love of God…! Don’t these dudes get it? It’s like the Barry Switzer era of the Dallas Cowboys all over again. I’m starting to think the Blazers are doing this on purpose. It’s like some covert scheme to divert all the attention away from their underachievement on the court. Has there ever been a team that talented and unaccomplished in the history of the NBA? I guess management is asking the same question since they traded Bonzi Wells for Wesley Person. Let the house cleaning commence.


Remember Michigan’s Fab Five? Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Whatever happened to Jimmy and Ray? Anyway, the Fab Five was a phenomenon and I thought once they got to the NBA, they would continue to succeed collectively. Now here we are nine years later and Chris Webber is still more famous for his ill-advised timeout than anything he’s done in the league, Juwan Howard is floundering in Orlando, and Jalen Rose is on his FOURTH team.

The Chicago Bulls traded him, Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter to the Toronto Raptors for Antonio Davis, Jerome Williams and Chris Jefferies. The logistics of the swap makes sense because both teams will benefit. Chicago gets veteran leadership, improved rebounding, and hustle, while Toronto adds more scoring to a lineup that SORELY needs it.

But what’s happened to Jalen Rose’s career? When he was apart of the Pacers team that got to the Finals in 2000, I thought he found his place. But something went wrong and he was banished to Chicago (The Land of the Lost) where they found him to be a problem child. I thought he was going to be a star, a 6’8″ guy with ball handling skills, good shooting range and playmaking abilities. All that and he never materialized, hopefully for his sake he can turn his career around in Toronto, because a person only gets so many fresh starts.


On ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were discussing whether the NBA is watch-able. That there are too many bad teams, especially in the east. Damn, has it gotten that bad? Is the “Eastern Conference” as Wilbon suggested, “killing the NBA?” I have my issues with the Eastern Conference, but the NBA is definitely not un-watch-able. But here’s the funny thing, there are A LOT of mediocre teams in the NFL, what makes that league so special?


After watching Dennis Rodman on ESPN’s “The Season,” I’ve come to the conclusion that he should be ASHAMED of himself.


I guess Dikembe Mutombo has discovered the fountain of youth… But in all seriousness, he’s playing well for the Knicks and it’s good to see. And props to Antonio McDyess for making it back to the court.


Are the New Jersey Net players TRYING to get Byron Scott fired?


In Friday’s overtime home loss to the T-Wolves, why did Sacramento head coach Rick Adelman leave Peja Stojakovic on the bench for the MAJORITY of the fourth quarter? He’s only their BEST PLAYER!

Aiight, that’s all for now.