Friday, April 27, 2007

Devin "James" Brown:

Nice to see hard work pay off.

Hornets Swarm into Salina
Hornets guard Devin Brown's jersey to be retired by USBL team

Oklahoma City - The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets announced today that guard Devin Brown and members of the Honeybees dance team will make a special appearance at a United States Basketball League (USBL) game in Salina, Kansas on Friday, April 27.The Kansas Cagerz of the USBL will retire Brown's number 14 jersey to honor his career with the team. In 2002 he was named the USBL Rookie of the Year after averaging 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Cagerz.

"This is a real honor for me," said Brown, who was then named MVP of the NBA Development League one year later. "The USBL played a huge role in my professional development and the experience I gained there helped me to become the player I am today."

In addition to Brown's jersey retirement, the Honeybees will be in attendance performing throughout the game and at halftime, and will be available for a pre-game autograph session.


Despite only scoring 15 points in game 2, Kobe Bryant has put the L.A. LAKERS on his back, and last night he got his second wind. His 45 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds gave the LAKERS their first playoff win against a SUNS team that had been blazing hot. With all the hype surrounding Lebron, Josh Howard and Kevin Durrant and Greg Oden, it's hard to ignore what K/O/B/E has done for a team that doesn't even have a solid point guard, let alone a second option. Withot a true center and a true second scorer, the LAKERS will have to relay on getting the ball to Kobe and scoring on every easy basket they can. Jordan Farmer can't be held responsible for the ball control troubles, neither can Smush Parker, they're both back-ups in this league. Matter of fact, I don't see either of them starting in the league. Farmer and Smush can only hope to stay in the league. You can't bank on the LAKERS making it to the finals. The west is just too deep for the LAKERS to get past, but I wonder if Kobe see this series as a moment of truth, a chance to prove he's a champion in his own right?

Shaq proved he could get to the NBA finals again and, in fact, he proved he could win. I hate Kobe and I posted on him twice in a short span. You can't deny his talent but, what is it that holds him back from his very own personal chip?