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Magic has shown no heart
Fox Sports ^ | May 23, 2010 | Jeff Goodman

Posted on 05/23/2010 1:04:40 PM PDT by SmokingJoe

No heart.

I’m not sure you can find a pulsation right now among Orlando’s trio of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis.

With their backs against the proverbial wall, all three came out and laid a gigantic egg.

That’s $50 million that should have just stayed home and watched the Eastern Conference finals on television — because they were all bystanders on Saturday night in Boston’s 94-71 thrashing in Game 3.

Howard went through the first 11:51 without scoring as the Celtics took a 27-12 lead after the first quarter.

The NBA’s most dominant big man finished with a mere seven points in more than 39 minutes on the floor.

Lewis was virtually useless for the third consecutive game in the series, which the Celtics now lead 3-0 with an opportunity to close it out Monday night. Lewis had four points and is averaging five in the series.

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In case you haven’t heard, no team has dug out of a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven NBA series.

Never.

“We’ve got to win one,” Carter said.

These teams don’t bear much resemblance to the ones that took the floor a year ago in the Eastern Conference semifinals, in which Orlando pounded Boston, 101-82, in Game 7 en route to an appearance in the NBA Finals.

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Turkoglu was sensational in the postseason a year ago. He even dished out a dozen assists and was clearly the most valuable player on the court in the decisive seventh game. Lee was critical in giving the Magic an offensive spark off the bench throughout the postseason.

That group seemed to mesh together and thrived as the hunter, sneaking up on its opponents.

Now, they have wilted as the hunted.

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KEYWORDS: celtics; howard; magic; orlando
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Stopped watching after the 3rd quarter. The match was pretty much finished anyways. There was no point in continuing to watch.
1 posted on 05/23/2010 1:04:40 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

As an Atlantan, I can not understand how the hawks can own the Celtics and be owned by the Magic. I still wish they played hoops like they used to. Do they even call palming any more?


2 posted on 05/23/2010 1:08:54 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: SmokingJoe

They clearly miss Turkoglu, Lee and Rafer Alston. Playing Nelson last year was a mistake.


3 posted on 05/23/2010 1:11:51 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: aliquando
As an Atlantan, I can not understand how the hawks can own the Celtics and be owned by the Magic

Well I don't understand how Orlando can own Atlanta and sweep them like that, and then turn round and be totally clobbered by Celtics. Yesterday's match..what the heck! Orlando didn't even put up a fight.

4 posted on 05/23/2010 1:13:08 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

I watched a bit at a bar. Why don’t players follow up the long three point shots? Saw it happening over and over. No rebounding on offense?


5 posted on 05/23/2010 1:13:28 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: FTJM

I agree..we took the Magic to five games last year in the NBA Finals and now they are gonna be swept out of the Eastern Conference finals..they have gone down instead of up. I think Hedo, even though for Toronto he has not been a major factor, he was a great fit in Orlando. The team has folded, from start to finish ZERO effort, but they take their cue from Howard, no effort from him, no effort from the team


6 posted on 05/23/2010 1:13:29 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SmokingJoe

The so-called “Superman” of sports, Howard. What a choker. You’d think that after tasting bitter defeat from the Lakers would have pushed them to find a new drive gear.


7 posted on 05/23/2010 1:18:39 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Somewhere “Red” and all the old Celtics who have passed away are smiling but they know it isn’t over until you put the Lakers away!


8 posted on 05/23/2010 1:20:37 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: max americana
Well at least they got to the finals last year, which is a heck of a lot more than they'll do this year.
It's going to be yet another Lakers/Celtics finals, and the way that the Celtics are laying right now, especially in their away matches, it's going to be really hard for the Lakers to beat them.
Should be an interesting series (I hope), unless The Lakers decide to fold like Orlando just did.
9 posted on 05/23/2010 1:27:22 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: WellyP

HAHA well I’m a die hard Laker fan so my hate for the Celtics goes WAY back. I want Phil to get another ring before he retires


10 posted on 05/23/2010 1:29:25 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SmokingJoe

Conspiracy NBA theorists will say that Stern was steering for another Celts-Lakers finale, just like the fact that no one actually sees the teams win the draft lottery.

BUT the horrid performance of the Magic negates the fact. I admit that the Celts were running on fumes right before the start of the playoffs and for a bunch of “old, over the hill dudes” they really showed me.

-max (typing on a blackberry in Los Angeles) ;)


11 posted on 05/23/2010 1:31:57 PM PDT by max americana
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To: aliquando
Do they even call palming any more?
 
No, they haven't enforced the rulebook for about 20 years now.
 
I used to be an NBA fanatic, but now just the thought of NBA hoops - well, it doesn't "disgust" me, and it doesn't even "bore" me - you know, the truth of the matter is that I don't even THINK about NBA hoops anymore.
 
It's just completely irrelevant to my life now.
 
LOL'ed.
12 posted on 05/23/2010 1:33:05 PM PDT by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
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To: max americana

I still think Shaquille O’Neal is the Superman of the NBA.


13 posted on 05/23/2010 1:34:44 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Can’t say I am a diehard Laker fan anymore.. but I hate the Celtics. I miss the Lakers of the 80s. Those were my Lakers. Kobe, good player, but he’s not like Magic, Worthy, Scott, Green, Cooper, Kareem or Rambis. Just something about those guys...


14 posted on 05/23/2010 1:36:33 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: GlennBeck08

“Superman” couldn’t save leChoke..I mean lebron.


15 posted on 05/23/2010 1:37:24 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana
What a choker.
 
I might get banned for saying this [or at least have the comment deleted], but I am fairly certain that a lot of the bruthas are probably "chokers" in more ways than one - just google the term "on the down low".
 
Hillbuzz recently had a piece about that phenomenon as regards our esteemed Commander-in-Chief [and be sure to read the comments at Hillbuzz].
16 posted on 05/23/2010 1:39:12 PM PDT by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
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To: SmokingJoe
NBA = Not Basketball Anymore
17 posted on 05/23/2010 1:39:26 PM PDT by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: max americana
Conspiracy NBA theorists will say that Stern was steering for another Celts-Lakers finale,

Conspiracy theorists always say that whenever the Lakers meet Celtics in the finals, which has happened 11 times already:

Year Winner Series
1959 Boston Celtics 4–0
1962 Boston Celtics 4–3
1963 Boston Celtics 4–2
1965 Boston Celtics 4–1
1966 Boston Celtics 4–3
1968 Boston Celtics 4–2
1969 Boston Celtics 4–3
1984 Boston Celtics 4–3
1985 Los Angeles Lakers 4–2
1987 Los Angeles Lakers 4–2
2008 Boston Celtics 4–2

18 posted on 05/23/2010 1:47:06 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: GlennBeck08
Magic, Worthy, Scott, Green, Cooper, Kareem or Rambis
 
You know, I was in love with that old Lakers team, but Magic turned out to be at least "Bi", and Worthy cheated ruthlessly on his wife [she wrote a book about it], and Kareem is a Muslim and a world-class kook.
 
Even Michael Jordan [who played with Worthy on the 1982 NCAA championship team] turned out to be a total loser of a human being - a lot of people now believe that his 1994-1995 sabbatical from the NBA, "to pursue a childhood dream of playing Major League baseball", was, in fact, a secret two-year ban imposed on him by the league for gambling with the mafia.
19 posted on 05/23/2010 1:47:59 PM PDT by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
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To: max americana

Nah, Shaq’s a bit old to save anybody at this point in his career. I’m not sure Lebron has the leadership yet to lead a team to the title. I did think with Shaq going to Clev. and providing a veteran leadership presence, they’d at least make it to the Finals. Shaq v. Kobe with Kobe’s Lakers winning it all.


20 posted on 05/23/2010 1:48:27 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: GlennBeck08

Well yeah there is NO comparison to showtime..those were the days..seeing Magic now kissing the butt of the Celtics is really, well, disappointing. Yesterday after the game on ESPN Magic was all giddy about the Celtics..its freakin Magic Johnson, the icon, and he is kissing the Celtics butts..YUCK


21 posted on 05/23/2010 1:50:16 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

It’s unfortunate that they didn’t live up to the personalities I liked on the court. I’m glad I never had athletes as role models. I have my grandpa for that.


22 posted on 05/23/2010 1:54:20 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I remember when Bird retired and Magic took off his warm-up jersey to reveal a Celtics shirt.. I almost pooped myself. I do respect the Celtics, afterall a lot of my NBA memories involve them and the Lakers from the 80s. But I don’t think I can talk good about them. I think I’d have laughed if I seen Magic going gaga over the Celtics. I hope he hasn’t went to the darkside though... ;)


23 posted on 05/23/2010 2:01:27 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: SmokingJoe

A ratings bonanza for sure.


24 posted on 05/23/2010 2:07:18 PM PDT by max americana
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To: GlennBeck08

Well, supposedly Lebrawn will be heading to the Bulls because his sick and tired of choking in Cleveland, so he’ll bring his hype there. LBJ is definitely carrying his overated supporting cast and that includes an aging Shaq.


25 posted on 05/23/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT by max americana
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To: GlennBeck08
Did you ever read that Sports Illustrated piece about how Larry Bird had abandoned his daughter, Corrie Bird [by Janet Condra Bird Hargrave]?
 
For years - throughout her entire childhood - the poor girl would write him heartsick letters, begging him to come visit her, and he never replied to any of them.
 
A lot of these guys are nothing more than thugs with a gift for bouncing a basketball.
26 posted on 05/23/2010 2:09:22 PM PDT by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
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To: max americana

No matter where he goes, I’ll think he’s overhyped until he leads a team to the title. But then the hype will only get worse... so maybe I’ll always think he’s overhyped.


27 posted on 05/23/2010 2:15:33 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

Nothing about pro athletes suprise me. A lot of them are narcissistic to a fault and that’s what drives them to success in athletics.


28 posted on 05/23/2010 2:21:23 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: WellyP

That ain’t gonna happen! Lakers rule, Celtics drool!!


29 posted on 05/23/2010 2:58:23 PM PDT by getarope (One Big Ass Mistake, America!)
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To: GlennBeck08
Which describes many [if not most? maybe even all?] of the upper echelons of our society.
 
I assume that there must be good politicians and good CEOs and good entreprenuers out there somewhere, but all of the ones I read about seem to be skewed pretty hard towards the sociopathic & the pyschopathic.
 
Of course, there are certainly elements of our society who would like to convince you that there aren't any good people anymore.
30 posted on 05/23/2010 3:32:27 PM PDT by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
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To: GlennBeck08

I was watching some ESPN now and AGAIN he was kissing the Celtics butts. Hey it’s all good, let ESPN and others pick the Celtics to win it all, then we can be the underdogs and win. Same thing happened with the Cavs, Barkley and others picked the Cavs to win and what happened..BAM, knocked out 2nd round..so I say let everyone have their fun, we will have the last laugh(hopefully) my friend’s brother flew to Arizona last night to be at the game so he is contributing to the Arizona economy..so TAKE THAT stupid Dems in LA, we are giving back to Arizona, but we are also gonna beat the Suns :-)
As far as Magic goes, I saw him once at the mall here, he seemed like a nice guy, but I’d tell him straight up to give back his 10 percent ownership if he keeps on butt kissing the hated ones. The only player I like on the Celtics is Rondo..amazing ball player..would love to have him on our side


31 posted on 05/23/2010 3:40:52 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: getarope

HELL YEAH GO LAKERS!!!


32 posted on 05/23/2010 3:41:13 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

Same here. I stopped being an avid fan of NBA after the retirements by Karl Malone and John Stockton, the end of the “Golden Age” of NBA, IMHO.


33 posted on 05/23/2010 3:48:01 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: SmokingJoe; cleveland gop

I have been surprised at how easily the Celtics have handled the Prestidigitators so far, but one thing I knew... the Celtics would play with heart. R. Allen, Rondo, Pierce, T. Allen, Garnett, Perkins..they are all about heart.

They struggled through a overly injury plagued season and started to get healthy just a few weeks before the playoffs began. This was a team that before the season started many had predicted would lose less than ten games.

Evidently they will dispense with the Prestidigitators, and then they will be big underdogs to the Lakers...just like they were two years ago. Likely they will lose...anyone wanna bet against them?


34 posted on 05/23/2010 3:53:09 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I agree, let the pontificators pontificate and hopefully motivate the Lakers. A motivated Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant is a nightmare. Even though I dislike Kobe, I don’t root against him. If he wasn’t a Laker, I would though. Rondo is outstanding. I wonder if Artest could guard him every now and again and rattle him? I am a diehard Dodgers fan, but would almost buy a Dbacks hat, just to show support to the state. I might have to track down some sort of Arizona gear and no, not the jeans. ;)


35 posted on 05/23/2010 3:58:10 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

I don’t know about most or all. Most of the well to do I know on a personal level are pretty good people. I know a few doctors and busines owners from where I’m from and they’re the first to help if you need it.


36 posted on 05/23/2010 4:02:55 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: GlennBeck08

I’m an Angels fan, been one since 2002 when the won the championship(My cousin used to work for the organization, but AFTER they won the title, ever since they haven’t won squat :( ) Can’t stand Ray Allan, can’t stand KG, and I definitely cannot stand Paul Pierce and his wheelchair faking stuff that he did in 2008, that is what we call him on the Laker boards, wheelchair. So Rondo is the only guy I respect on the team, he basically IS the team, the only reason they are kicking Orlando’s behinds is because of him. I think Ron Ron can guard Rondo..but we would need the crazy Ron to guard him, the crazy Ron going into the stands kinda Ron instead of the nice Ron, yeah he could do it. That is why we got him and got rid of Trevor, for his defensive ability so I think he could do it. It’s Pau and Lamar that have been playing great right now, or maybe its pure luck, according to Amare LOL.


37 posted on 05/23/2010 4:07:08 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo

“they haven’t enforced the rulebook for about 20 years now.”

I have to laugh everytime someone takes 3 or 4 steps to the basket (not dribbling just walking), and the refs just stand there watching.


38 posted on 05/23/2010 4:38:37 PM PDT by Cedar
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To: big'ol_freeper
and then they will be big underdogs to the Lakers...just like they were two years ago

No.
Few people are going to make the Celtics underdogs against anybody, given their current virtually unbeatable form, after so easily disposing of the # 1 and # 2 regular season teams (the Cavs and Orlando).
Remember in 2008, Celtics kept losing all their away matches in the first 2 rounds of their playoffs games. This year, they have won 4 straight away games in their playoffs, against the top 2 teams in the league. That's virtually unheard of. The Lakers are gonna find it really hard to subdue these guys.

39 posted on 05/23/2010 4:42:47 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Lamar has been soooo lucky, right? That was stupid of Amare to say. Now look, Amare, he’s even luckier! :) I never was a big fan of Garnett but I did like Ray Allen for a bit when he was with the Bucks. If crazy Ron guards him, it’ll be like when Rodman guarded Jordan and drove him nuts. Loved Rodman even though he’s nuts. The Angels? Yeeech. Los Doyers!


40 posted on 05/23/2010 4:42:47 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: SmokingJoe

They are deep. Stop one guy and there are four others. Tough line up to control...and they like to play defense.


41 posted on 05/23/2010 4:46:51 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: SmokingJoe

The Flyers they ain’t.


42 posted on 05/23/2010 4:48:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: GlennBeck08

Lamar has his moments. He is capable of being a really great player, except he is NOT consistant..He will have 1 great game followed by a sub par game followed by another great game..but if Amare lit the match under Lamar’s ass and made him play better, then I am THRILLED..usually only candy makes Lamar play well LOL. Ron is capable of playing great defense, he just has to piss off Rondo and he will get into his head. Thank God for Pau, he has been the MVP of this team so far..finally so far he is NOT GaSOFT


43 posted on 05/23/2010 4:59:57 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Agreed, with all of that. I hope Artest plays just physical enough and annoyingly enough to get under his skin and take him out of his game. And yes, Pau’s been the man these play-offs. He’s stepped up like I hoped he would’ve the past few years during the play-offs. He’s always been good, but this year he has some sort of “killer” instinct.


44 posted on 05/23/2010 5:06:42 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: Sarah Barracuda
He is capable of being a really great player, except he is NOT consistant..He will have 1 great game followed by a sub par game followed by another great game

The # 1 reason why the Lakers got clobbered good by Celtics in 2008 was Lamar Odom's pathetic performance in that series, especially in that last match in Boston when the Lakers got destroyed. Just made me physically ill watching that match. Have never really trusted Lamar Odom much since that terrible performance.
Mind you, he's played the best I have seen him play in quite a while, in these last two matches against Phoenix.
Anyways, on to the Phoenix game. Lets see how the Lakers do against Phoenix in Phoenix. They are quite hard to beat at home. I think it's going to be a very good game.

45 posted on 05/23/2010 5:37:34 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

It will be a really good game and I hope the Lakers come out early and CLOBBER them, show them who is boss and Phoenix will fold..they will fold as quickly as Orlando folded last night. If they can beat Utah IN Utah, a place which is really difficult to play in, they can win in Phoenix..all depends on if the Laker bench steps up and if the refs play fair..and your right about Lamar, Mr Inconsistency should be his name..you never know which guy is gonna show up


46 posted on 05/23/2010 5:45:51 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: GlennBeck08
Now look, Amare, he’s even luckier! :)

What's with Amare's mother anyways?



Amare Stoudemire’s Mom Arrested in Front of Him
NEW YORK (CBS) The mother of Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire was arrested Saturday by Scottsdale, Ariz. police for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device. The device acts as a breathalyzer and is designed to prevent people who are legally drunk from driving.

According to a police report, Carrie Stoudemire, 54, was stopped Saturday at 3:15 p.m. by an officer who noticed that her Lincoln Navigator was cruising at 60 miles per hour while straddling two lanes.

The officer pulled Stoudemire over and noticed that her license indicated “Interlock device required.” But the device was not on that particular vehicle, the report says.

Carrie Stoudemmire stated, “I'm not drunk, I'm on the way to my alcohol class now,” but the officer said her eyes were “watery and glassy.”

After the officer returned to his patrol car, Stoudemire became indignant and began honking her horn, says the report. She refused to take any of the sobriety tests, crossed her arms, and stated, “Arrest me then if you have enough.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20005381-504083.html

47 posted on 05/23/2010 5:49:20 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

El oh el. I mean it isn’t funny, but it’s really funny.


48 posted on 05/23/2010 5:53:26 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: GlennBeck08; max americana; big'ol_freeper; advertising guy

Yep, LeBoob is all hype, and this playoff performance proved it. The Drama Queen kept whining about the elbow hurting him. Yet Kobe gets his knee drained and only goes out and kicks ass.

In retrospect the CAVS needed to get Amare and not Antwain at the deadline. That would have given them the 2nd scorer it was missing. Shick is just too old and slow to have been a threat to Boston.

Can the C’s beat the Lake Show? Why not? The fact that KG’S 100% healthy has made all the difference and turned Rajon Rondo loose. And Pierce and Allen don’t have to carry the load together anymore....

Geez, Marv just interviewed Zero? DAMNIT!!


49 posted on 05/23/2010 6:21:05 PM PDT by cleveland gop (Kiefer Sutherland thanks for the 8 year thrill ride that was 24!!!!You've run out of time...)
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To: cleveland gop

Lebron’s a good player, he just doesn’t have the ability to carry a team on his back quite yet. I think he’s overhyped for what he brings though. Like you said, he needed somebody to take some of the offensive burden off of him.

The Celtics do worry me as a Laker fan. I hope Pau Gasol can keep playing like he has the last half of the season through now. Kobe will be Kobe, Bynum and Odum will have to step it up a bit defensively though. I am glad I am at work and not watching TV or I might have completely shut the game down before the great zilch was interviewed. At least the Sirius/XM has the Lakers radio feed :)


50 posted on 05/23/2010 6:30:16 PM PDT by GlennBeck08
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