So the latest trade rumor involving the Hornets has them acquiring Josh Smith. Um, let's just say that one might be better off staying rumor. We like J-Smoove plenty, but it's hard to see how he would fit in with what Rich Cho and the Hornets are currently trying to do. Also, it's a slow week for Hornets links, as you'll see.
Here's a Kobe-centric section of links that was really entertaining this week. First, you had this statue of Kobe wrestling a black mamba, which would be a great addition to any room in the house.
Then you've got the new Sports Illustrated article where Kobe tells you how old he is in basketball years (spoiler alert: he's 70.)
And everyone likes old high school videos, especially when they're from the 90s. This old clip give us a glimpse back at a young Kobe (much younger than 70) who always had that killer instinct.
Last but certainly not least, you've got the lowdown on Brandon Jennings setting twitter aflame by proclaiming some stuff about Kobe in regards to Michael Jordan which is ALWAYS good for Twitter freak outs. A good week for Kobe links. A bad week if you don't like Kobe, or Kobe links.
Stephon Marbury has quite the following in China. Starbury retreated to China several years ago in search of a team and seemingly found a home. He was embraced and led his team to a championship. It was perhaps an unlikely turn for Coney Island's finest, but it really is a nice story. And now it's going to be a play. That Marbury himself will star in. So. YES. Yes yes yes yes yes.
Long time official Dick Bavetta announced his retirement this week. Bavetta officiated games across almost four decades. He also raced Charles Barkley at All-Star Weekend a few years back. He was a staple in the league for 39 years and the most amazing thing is he never missed an assignment. NEVER. In the 39 years!
Cuts for team USA will come at some point on Saturday. Speculation has been running wild since the roster shakeup and fallout from the Paul George injury and Kevin Durant's exit so it will be interesting to see how Team USA moves forward. As Marc Stein mentions here, it appears the only five locks are the starters from Wednesday's game (Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, and Anthony Davis).
The newest Air Jordan model will hit shelves in September, and the Jordan Brand has been hosting open runs in various cities to let folks get a feel for what the newest incarnation will look and feel like on court. Wear testers were even able to get a run in at the house that MJ built (and lived in) near Chicago so that's pretty awesome.
Speaking of shoes, Under Armour is throwing a lot of money at Kevin Durant to get him to wear theirs. Reportedly A LOT OF MONEY.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the landscape of sports and entertainment. Of course the Hornets have taken part as well as Michael Jordan, Steve Clifford and Patrick Ewing recently accepted the challenge. Here is a video complication of every NBA related Ice Bucket Challenge, as of mid-week.
Since someone new seemingly accepts the challenge every hour there are surely some not included as of the time of this post, but you get the idea. It's a great cause and we encourage everyone to keep making a difference by donating at www.ALSA.org and for a Charlotte connection please donate to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation here.