Switching to an NBA playoff game after watching an NHL playoff game can often be pretty dissapointing. NBA players simply do not play as hard or intense as hockey players in the midst of a stanley cup run. They obviously try harder than the regular season, where they simply go through the motions on many nights, but there is still a genuine lack of effort and mental lapses that plague the NBA game……….is there anything is sports more ridiculous than the war of words between Mark Cuban and Kenyon Martin. Below is a piece from hoopshype.com;
” There’s a new Cuban Missile Crisis. It has to do with the shots that continue to be launched between Dallas owner Mark Cuban and Denver forward Kenyon Martin. “He’s a coward,” Martin said Saturday about Cuban, a week after Cuban made an unflattering comment to Martin’s mother during a West semifinal series, with Martin believing Cuban has yet to apology in an appropriate manner. Meanwhile, Cuban admits he “made a mistake” in having apologized to Martin’s mother on his blog and not having yet done so personally in a timely fashion. But Cuban, in an e-mail to HoopsHype.com, wrote he wants Martin to take responsibility for his actions, which he wrote included calling a wife of a Mavericks staff member a “(expletive) fat pig” and making an obscene gesture. It all heated up May 9 after Game 3. After the Nuggets won a controversial game in Dallas, when the NBA later admitted a foul should have been called on Mavericks guard Antoine Wright and a game-winning three-pointer from Denver forward Carmelo Anthony wiped out, Cuban was incensed. He passed by Martin’s mother, Lydia Moore, and has admitted saying “that includes your son” when a fan called Nuggets players thugs.”
So basically you’ve got a jerk billionaire squaring off against a jerk millionaire. Both Cuban and Martin have shown little or no class throughout thier careers as owner and player respectively.
It’s stories like this that make you realize you have to watch alot of professional sports with one hand squeezing your nose……..No NHL on Wed. night, the next game is Thurday night’s game 2 between Carolina and Pittsburgh. Tomorrow night the Cavaliers and Magic get started. It seems like the Cavs haven’t played in a month, will they have some rust from too much rest? I doubt it.