We tuned in to the Detroit and Cleveland game thinking “Hey, it’s Kyrie‘s first game!” Six minutes in, it was 7-6. Sudden reminder that these two teams are really, really bad. But we like that Ben Gordon didn’t lose his desire to shoot over the lockout. We counted three times by the first TV timeout that Gentle Ben rose up on long jumpers. He did miss all three though, which is kinda surprising … Cleveland did go on to win 91-87, mostly because Irving showed he’s going to do just fine, going for 21 points and six rebounds while somehow getting to the line 15 times … The Wizards’ uniforms alone were more reason to watch the Wiz get spanked by Philly 103-78 than that ugly game out in Mo-town. Lou Williams picked up where he left off last year, dropping 19 off the bench while Andray Blatche countered with 18 of his own. Midway through the second quarter, the Wiz’ broadcast team called Jordan Crawford a budding young superstar after he went baseline for a dunk. Calm down now. We’d say he has to become maybe the best player on his own team before he starts talking All-Star, but Jordan thinks he’s the best “Jordan” of all time so there goes that. Outside of Andray Blatche doing whatever it is he does, the only highlight for Washington was John Wall‘s move near the end of the third quarter, crossing the s#$% out of Evan Turner and then smashing on Craig Brackins. Where did all the people who liked Evan Turner more than John Wall go? … The Bulls and Derrick Rose (16 points) pulled away from Indiana late to win by nine, and while it was the two team’s first preseason games, Tyler Hansbrough (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Paul George (17 points, 10 rebounds) looked like they were in great shape … And while the results weren’t positive, we like O.J. Mayo‘s attitude. 15 shots and seven turnovers in 15 minutes? At least we can say he’ll go down swinging, especially in the closing minutes when Mayo missed a number of threes and had a turnover as well as the Hornets won their first game in the post-CP era, 97-90. Is Jarrett Jack going to be a surprise fantasy stud this year? With all the minutes he could get, don’t be surprised if we see a lot of 24, six and six nights like he had in this one … When it rains, it pours. Kobe hasn’t had the best offseason coming off the Lakers’ disappointing finish to last year, and seems to be losing out on everybody for the holidays. Now, his wife Vanessa, is filing for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” TMZ is reporting it’s because Bryant’s been unfaithful. Kobe’s always said he’s leaned on MJ for advice. He’s going to be making that call soon … The Sacramento Kings’ radio producer Kevin Sherrets reports that Jimmer Fredette is starting alongside Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton tomorrow … Gary Washburn from the Boston Globe tweeted that it appears Jeff Green will miss significant time. “Ill let you guess,” Doc Rivers said on how long he’ll be out. The Celtics are supposed to make an official announcement on the situation today … And Scott, the editor of the well-known blog Waiting For Next Year, tweeted this yesterday: [Dan] Gilbert on when Cleveland wins a championship: “It will be one big-ass party, my friend.” We need a sip of what he’s drinking … We’re out like Vanessa.
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