Nick Young on why he doesn’t have tattoos on right arm: ‘Strictly for buckets’ (pic)

Nick Young may be one of the most enigmatic stars in the NBA, but the Los Angeles Lakers shooter might also be one of the most entertaining. During the offseason, that makes him and his antics worthy of attention. On Thursday, Young, a noted tattoo enthusiast(above), posted a photo to Instagram showcasing how he was […] The post Nick Young on why he doesn’t have tattoos on right arm: ‘Strictly for buckets’ (pic) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Stephen Curry Gets Carded for Beer at Restaurant, Waitress Doesn’t Know Him

If you don’t follow basketball, you might not know who Stephen Curry is. If that’s the case, there’s a good chance that you won’t believe that the Golden State Warriors star is over 21 just by looking at him.

As it turns out, Curry was carded this offseason while dining at a California Pizza Kitchen. All the 26-year-old wanted was a beer. Seeing as how the NBA All-Star didn’t have his ID with him at the time, it wasn’t as easy for him to get as it should have been.

Curry explained the funny situation to Dime Magazine, via CSNBayArea.com:

Curry: It happened at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bay Area like 15 minutes from my house. We went, I tried to get a drink after the season, that’s exactly what happened.

Me and my wife went to dinner, and we didn’t have our daughter with us, and she was with the babysitter. So I ordered a beer, and I didn’t have my ID with me, ‘cause I left it in the car and I thought she’d recognize me.

So the waitress asks, and I was like, ‘Uh, is your manager here,’ and I took my chances with him knowing who I was, and … he knew.

But she basically, yeah, she wouldn’t give me the benefit of the doubt, knowing that I didn’t look like I was over 21 and not knowing who I was.

Dime Magazine: Did she apologize at all after the manager came over?

Curry: Not really. I don’t think she knew basketball at all, so I don’t think it registered.

Dime Magazine: Her manager was probably like, ‘Good, so she’s not serving anyone under 21.’

Curry: [Laughs] Exactly, ‘We’re doing our job.’

There aren’t many places in the Bay Area where Curry could go without being recognized. In fact, many people around the country would recognize him. He just happened to pick a bad time to leave his wallet in the car.

On the plus side, the California Pizza Kitchen manager has to be proud that his employee was carding anyone who looked like they were under 21 years old. That said, Curry may want to make sure that he has his ID on him at all times in the future.

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Embiid doesn’t fall that far, goes to 76ers with 3rd pick

Embiid is coming off foot surgery and is taken on his potential

      
 

 

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O’Bannon trial: Survey says public doesn’t want college athletes to be paid

The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction to stop the NCAA from limiting what players can get.

      
 

 

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Marc Gasol Says He Doesn’t See Himself Playing for Any Team Other Than Grizzlies

Amidst all the drama and speculation surrounding the future of Kevin Love, it’s refreshing to hear an NBA All-Star break from the caustic character of his peers and declare—oh so boringly—that he likes it where he is, thank you very much.

The player in question: Marc Gasol, stalwart center for the Memphis Grizzlies and one of the marquee names slated to hit free agency in 2015.

“I’ve always said Memphis is my home away from home,” Gasol recently told Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal (h/t to Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin). “Robert (Pera, Grizzlies owner) knows that. I know that. My teammates know that and that’s all that matters. I live day to day but I don’t see myself anywhere else.”

Every NBA player asked about his future plans manages to throw in some sort of vague caveat. Something about doing what’s best for the family or making the best business decision—that sort of thing.

Gasol, by contrast, really does seem genuine in his desire to stick around West Tennessee for a while. It really is his “home away from home,” after all: He moved to Memphis with his parents when he was 15, shortly after his brother, Pau Gasol, was drafted by the Grizzlies.

While Gasol has the option to sign an extension with Memphis, it makes more sense for him to play out the final year of his deal (worth $15.8 million) and survey the scene the following summer.

At that point, the Grizzlies stand to have only $23 million in committed salaries, meaning Gasol will likely have a significant say in which free agents the team chooses to target.

But as CBS Sports’ James Herbert notes, the Grizzlies have to get their own front-office house in order if they hope to build anything resembling a stable franchise:

Still, the Grizzlies do need to make sure they don’t mess this up. They’ve had a chaotic offseason, with their CEO and assistant general manager walking out the door and their head coach coming close to following them. Zach Randolph could potentially go somewhere else this summer, though it sounds like that would be unlikely. Ed Davis can be a restricted free agent this offseason, too.

When it’s time to negotiate with Gasol, he will need to believe that things are stable and he can win a championship in Memphis. Being comfortable and loyal sounds great now, but there is still some pressure on the Grizzlies.

With head coach Dave Joerger set to return for his second season, the Grizzlies boast a promising skipper with one 50-win season already under his belt.

That, coupled with arguably the best one-two frontcourt punch in the game in Gasol and Zach Randolph—who is expected to exercise his own $16 million player option for next season—is a stable enough basketball base on which to build something solid and sustainable.

Hopefully that continues to include arguably the most versatile center in the game.

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Thibs doesn’t like Joakim Noah shooting threes in practice

This season Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls has demonstrated his ability to be one of the most versatile players in the league. Not only is Noah a defensive anchor, he also is a great facilitator of the offense. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has given Noah the opportunities to run the offense, but according to a tweet sent out by Noah, Thibodeau isn’t ready for him to expand his shooting range just yet: I shot a 3 in practice today…. Thibs started hatin though — Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) March 26, 2014 *** Noah image courtesy of Getty Images

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Nick Young Celebrates 3-Point Shot That Doesn’t Go in the Basket

Nick Young celebrates everything.

Fresh haircuts, new kicks, wins, Kobe Bryant death stares, Iggy Azalea’s lipstick preferences—everything.

Against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers chucker celebrated a three-pointer that didn’t go in:

Leave it to Young to inject some swag into a botched three-point attempt.

On the bright side, the Lakers won, giving Swaggy P the opportunity to finish whatever celebration he started here. 

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Michigan Doesn’t Appear to Be Too Worried About Wofford in 2014 NCAA Tournament

Rule No. 1 of March Madness: Never look ahead.

The Michigan Wolverines apparently don’t know that rule. Last year’s runners-up don’t seem to think very much of their first-round opponents in the 2014 NCAA tournament, the Wofford Terriers.

Check out what was posted on Michigan’s Facebook page:

The Wolverines appear to be more focused on Arizona State than they are on Wofford. But with the amount of success No. 15 seeds have had in recent tournaments, it’s dangerous to give a team bulletin board material in March.

Even though it would wreck many brackets, it would be pretty hilarious to see a third-round matchup between No. 15 Wofford and No. 7 Texas.

The image has since been taken down and replaced by the one below:

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No Phil Jackson shows Kobe Bryant doesn’t run Lakers

Kobe Bryant used to get his way with the Lakers, but the Buss brothers are in control now.

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Joakim Noah doesn’t want people to chant ‘M-V-P’ for him

Says that title belongs to Derrick Rose.

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