For more thoughts from Stan Van Gundy, head over to — unbelievably — Magic.com to watch his full media interview, in which he admits that his bosses have told him that Dwight Howards has asked them to fire him.
Tim Donahue of 8 Points, 9 Seconds talks Pacers on this latest episode. The holidays and this compressed NBA schedule wreaked havoc with plans to get more podcasts up, but here is the latest. It’s all Pacers all the time so be advised if you’re looking for leaguewide talk. And follow Tim on Twitter.
Former SLAM magazine head honcho Russ Bengtson wrote a list of “The Top 25 Sneakers That Should Be Retroed Right Now.” That’s all well and good — and his top choice is the close-to-my-heart, florescent Nike pumps worn by Sir Billy Ho in White Men Can’t Jump. But the real gold is the two 80s commercials he dug up.
I had forgotten about this wonderful ‘Nique “Reebok Double Pump” spot and never seen the even better (for comedic reasons) Hakeem ad for some store that sold his Etonics signature shoe.
Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated’s hoops blog The Point Forward stopped by to talk about Chris Paul and David Stern. Of course, this is the NBA story of the offseason, so we dug into the conspiracy theories and other possible explanations for why the commissioner of the league opted to veto the three-team trade that would have made Chris Paul a Los Angeles Laker.
In other chatter, we talk about the under-discussed juggernaut that is the Memphis Grizzlies, the unthreatening offenses of the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers, and the sad end of the road for the Boston Celtics as a true contender. For stuff like this and more basketball talk all season, do follow Zach on Twitter as well @ZachLowe_SI.