Not who you think will win, because that’s kind of pointless. Who you want to win, because I want to see if you’re with me:
Last year, a photographer named Ari Marcopoulos published a fan “zine”—a print publication circulated to a small audience—about Tyson Chandler, from when Chandler played for the Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t know if Chandler would even see it. As it turned out, Chandler was flattered by it….
And their unlikely friendship will be on display Wednesday at a Unicef benefit auction of Chandler’s photographs. The show’s 15 pictures include a portrait of ex-Knick Jeremy Lin and one of Carmelo Anthony in a towel. There is a print of Team USA’s locker-room whiteboard from the Olympic gold-medal game and even shots of exotic wildlife. The exhibit, called “A Year in a New York Minute,” was curated by Marcopoulos.
Good read from the Journal on Chandler’s foray into the downtown art scene and his relationship with Marcopoulos, a one-time associate of Andy Warhol’s.
For me, all tall-man art exhibits start and end with Shaq’s, but good for Chandler for pursuing an off-court interest.
INSTEAD of peanut M&Ms, think Tumbador’s PB&J chocolate bar, handmade in Sunset Park. Instead of Häagen-Dazs, think Blue Marble ice cream. Instead of Tostitos, chips from the Brooklyn Salsa Company. This is the new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets with food about as local as stadium fare gets….
The final selection is a mix of Brooklyn standbys like Nathan’s Famous and L&B Spumoni Gardens and newer artisan entrepreneurs including McClure’s Pickles, Brooklyn Cupcake and Calexico.
Good read from the Times on the food that’ll be available at the Barclays Center. It’s probably worth noting that local businesses who hook up with Ratner and the arena risk alienating some portion of their existing customer base, since there are a lot of people in the area pretty upset about the arena’s construction.
As for the food: I can’t vouch for all of it, as the Brooklyn foodscape changes pretty rapidly. But I can say that McClure’s Pickles and Calexico are delicious, and Blue Marble ice cream is without a doubt the best ice cream I’ve ever had.
A Blue Marble opened up on Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights when I lived around the corner on Lincoln Place. It seemed like a pretty random spot for an upscale free-range grass-fed fair-trade type ice-cream spot at the time, on a block dotted with old Chinese-food places, shabby bodegas and empty storefronts that appeared to be storage spaces for people’s random old electronics.
Since there were so few places to get food in the immediate vicinity I went to check it out soon after it opened. About one spoonful in, I realized it was better than any ice cream I had ever tasted in my entire life. It’s so unbelievably creamy and tasty, but not greasy or heavy in the way that Coldstone Creamery’s ice cream is. A couple days later I spotted my friend who lived around the block on her way out of Blue Marble with a cup of it, and at first she was kind of cagey and acted like she was just trying it for the first time. But when I said it was the best ice cream I had ever had she admitted she felt the same way, and copped to the fact that she had already been there three times in the week since it had opened.
So check that out, is what I’m saying.
New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Oscar Bellfield, center Henry Sims and forwards John Shurna and Mychel Thompson to contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
– New York Knicks.
OK, so this news comes right on the heels of even further evidence that James Dolan just absolutely cannot quit Isiah Thomas, which is almost unspeakably hilarious and enough to keep me from rooting for the Knicks in earnest anytime soon.
But Sims went from massive disappointment to fan favorite by rededicating himself to basketball during the summer before his senior year at Georgetown, and seemed to entertain the hell out of his teammates in the process. If he even makes the club, I’m not sure his presence enough will be able to hold my attention with the new-look Nets firing up across the East River, but he’ll almost certainly be better for the Knicks than Isiah Thomas will.
I know a lot of you don’t follow Georgetown basketball and its alumni the way I do. But if you pay any attention to college or NBA basketball and you don’t love Roy Hibbert, you’re doing something wrong.
If you’re unfamiliar, the 7-foot-2 Hibbert entered Georgetown as a gangly freshman in 2004, unable to do a single push-up and useful on the court mostly just for his height. But he bulked up in the weight room and developed into a good passer and a surprisingly good shooter, well-suited to the modified Princeton offense the Hoyas run. By his junior year, he was a first team All Big East player and helped the Hoyas to a Final Four run. Then he passed up a potential lottery-pick payoff to return for his senior year because he promised his mother he would graduate.
Across four years in the NBA, Hibbert has again improved from very-tall guy to good player, pacing the Pacers in rebounds and blocks the last two seasons and earning his first All-Star nod this year. You may know him from his excellent cameos in Parks and Recreation. He also does stuff like this, which prompted this post.
And he did this in one of the most exciting regular-season sporting events I’ve ever seen. This was the first three-pointer Hibbert ever attempted in his college career:
If [Mark Cuban signs Deron Williams], I will crush him in the kickboxing throwdown.
Florida guard Erving Walker has been charged with stealing a taco and running from police.
Walker, a senior who ranks first in school history in assists, was arrested and given a notice to appear in court early Friday. He was charged with petty theft and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He was not taken to jail.
Gainesville Police say Walker ordered a $3 taco from a street vendor, got the food and ran away without paying. When a police officer caught up with him and told him stop, Walker kept going, according to the police report.
When officers finally caught Walker with help from “several marked patrol cars,” he told them he was “just playing around,” the report said.
TedQuarters does not endorse this type of behavior. No matter how many assists you have in your college career, you still need to dish out $3 for a taco. Worst-case scenario, kindly explain to the vendor that you’re really hungry, you forgot your wallet and you will absolutely get him back the next time you pass by. Maybe he’s an understanding dude and he’ll trust you. Do not steal the taco, no matter how delicious it looks.
Thanks to the six or seven people who tipped me off to this news.
Briefly: This is the day for filling out NCAA Tournament brackets, as you probably know. As you might also know, I have a horse in the race.
Every bracket I fill out will have the Georgetown Hoyas going all the way. I actually think they have a shot this year, but that has nothing to do with it. Every year Georgetown is in the Tournament, I pick them to win it all.
A bunch of people will be all, “Oh, well I have my team too, so what I do is fill out one bracket with my team winning and one bracket with the team I think will win,” like that’s some sort of genius innovation. It’s b.s. if you ask me. And it establishes a messy scenario in which I might stand to win money by my team losing, and I never want to face that.
I want unconditional glory: My team winning and, if at all possible, winning me a lot of money. Oh, and when Georgetown loses in the first round, I usually stop paying attention altogether.
Yet Smart was one of many coaches — college and pro — who passed on Lin and he has no regrets.
“Everyone said, ‘Well, you should’ve played him more,’” Smart said. “Well, you had Monta Ellis, a top five NBA scorer, Steph Curry, a runner-up for Rookie of the Year. You had Acie Law and Reggie Williams and you had a young, undrafted guy who didn’t know how to play in the NBA yet.”
Smart says Lin fell into a perfect storm with the Knicks, who desperately needed a competent point guard because of the injury to Baron Davis and the ineffective play of Toney Douglas.
When I stepped into the coffee shop this morning, the cute girl behind the counter beamed. “Did you see the game last night?” she asked.
“They won by 15 points. He only scored 10 but-”
“I know. Amazing… Seven in a row.”
This is Linsanity. In the narrowest of coffee shops and out in the avenues, from the subways to high-rise office buildings, all New York City’s small talk and awkward pleasantries have been replaced by daily rehashings of Jeremy Lin’s latest heroics.
Many of us haven’t even seen most of them, but perhaps all the better. They are swiftly becoming the stuff of folk legend: This undrafted, Harvard-educated, Taiwanese-American, twice-waived point guard turning an unlikely window into the opportunity to put a seemingly forever-woeful team on his back and carry it to win after win after win after win.
It’s awesome. And the timing, in the short lull between the Giants’ improbable championship and the start of baseball’s Spring Training, is impeccable.
But after reading articles like the one from Zagoria linked above, and after a conversation with Mike Salfino yesterday, I urge you to consider something too frequently overlooked in sports: Think of all the scenarios in which Jeremy Lin — this Jeremy Lin, Linsanity — never happens. Think of the slew of injuries and setbacks it took to get Lin on the Knicks’ roster, and the numerous ways and reasons Lin might have been cut before he ever got a chance to shine.
Then try to tell me there aren’t 100 guys bagging groceries or selling phones somewhere with the talent and the drive to succeed in professional sports who haven’t yet and likely never will get that chance.
It’s that randomness thing again. Lin’s story is an amazing one, and he deserves all the credit he’s currently getting on every corner. The Knicks have won seven straight games with him running the point, and even if he ultimately regresses a bit Lin has likely proven himself a viable NBA player who’ll earn millions in the game.
But as heartwarming and unifying and stunningly awesome as this is, it should also be another reminder not to count out athletes with histories of success at every level just because they’ve been counted out before. Stories like Lin’s are great because they are so rare, but they are by no means unprecedented. Sometimes the entire professional sporting establishment just misses a guy. Sometimes that guy eventually gets a shot, and, I’m assuming, many times he does not.
Today’s Daily News sports section: