I guess we can call him the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest now that he changed his name to Metta World Peace, right?
After a month delay of being able to change his name to unpaid parking tickets, Ron Artest officially had his name changed to Metta World Peace this morning by an L.A. judge.
Artest filed to change his name 3 months ago. Now we want a basketball season so we can see if any refs cal la foul on World Peace. Hmm.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Is It Too Late To Change My Name From DrFunkenberry?
Tony Romo married Candace Crawford at a private event in a tent in Dallas over the weekend. The couple have been together for 2 years and Romo proposed late last year. Candace is the sister of Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford....
Shaquille O'Neil announced his retirement via Twitter yesterday 19 years in the game. Shaq, who started his career in Orlando and came to the Los Angeles Lakers and won 3 championships with Kobe Bryant before their relationship exploded and Shaq was traded to the Heat where he won 1 more ring. He finished his career in Clevelend and Boston. Although Shaq wore enemy jerseys, The Lakers announced they will be retiring Shaq's Jersey next season....
LeBron James is just 3 games away from winning his first ring and from the looks of what the Miami Heat did to the Dallas Mavericks in game 1, they may already be sizing up their ring finger. Dirk Nowitzki tore tendons in a shooting finger and aside from Dirk, Dallas's offense was stagnant. The NBA Finals continue tonight with game 2, where Miami is looking to take a 2 game lead over the hurting Mavericks......Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Only A Week Away Til You Can't Use Lebron's Ring Jokes
Kobe Bryant made a formal apology for his use of a homophobic slur during Tuesday's game calling his comments "Stupid and ignorant" as he called into the Dan Patrick show earlier today.
Bryant added "In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That's why it's very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word."
The Los Angeles Lakers have taken the apology a step further and have reached out to GLAAD which stands for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, to get rid of the word entirely in the NBA. Good luck with that.
"In light of this slur, there is a real opportunity to build support for our community and educate fans of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the NBA about the use of such words," said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios."The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a positive step and we look forward to working with them to create messages from players and coaches that combat bullying. We also suggested and will continue to advocate for zero tolerance policies for anti-gay slurs at home games, similar to what the New York Yankees adopted last year."
Although Kobe has apologized, he is still appealing the fine. Kobe, instead, accept the fine and donate $100,000 to GLAAD. That way, your fine and the donation is actually tax deductible.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Surprised Kobe Just Didn't Buy The Ref A Ring
Justin Bieber & Jaden Smith were on hand along with Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington to watch the Los Angeles Lakers win their season opener against the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers also recieved their championship rings before tip-off.
Jaden and Justin? Is this new Hollywood or what?-Dr.FB
It was in July that Lebron James announced he was" taking his talents to South Beach" making enemieseverywhere withhis decision. It's a decision that he needs to live with and the only way to do it is to dominate. Easier said than done however.
"Did you hear that Lebron James is getting his own I-Phone? The phone will only be able to vibrate though? Why? Just like Lebron, it has no rings."
We all heard the joke. Now, what will Lebron do about it?
I said he made enemies and he made them everywhere. In Cleveland, in Chicago, in New York, In Orlando, and even in Los Angeles. The defending champions feel disrespected. All the attention on Lebron, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade when they have not won anything yet. However, the move is actually good for Kobe. Why?
The Los Angeles Lakers along withthe Boston Celtics are beloved franchises..and also the most hated. That day in July, both teams became less hated. The Lakers were now baby faces. A friend of mine who hates the Lakers with a passion says he will be rooting for the Lakers when they play the Heat on Christmas day and other games. I am not sure everyone who plays in the Lakers division feels the same way.
Kobe's arrogance is now seen as part of his game. His love. His determination for it. The NBA wants to see Kobe and the Lakers knock off the Heat. Well, aside from the South Florida area. Last year at this time? Lakers were hated. Here they were bringing in thug Ron Artest and the decision did not sit well with Laker faithful. Kobe along with Phil Jackson and GM Mitch Kupcheck said they brought Artest to handle the Celtics. I thought it was BS but in the end, Artest was the one who put the nail in the coffin against the Suns and then stepped up in Game 7 to beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
Everyone was expecting a Cavs/Lakers match-up in the Finals, with the Cavs taking the 2 regular season games against the Lakers. I knew it was not meant to be. How? In a regular season game against the Celtics, the Cavs had a 20+ point lead going into the 4th quarter. They lost by 10 to an aging Celtics team that had no business winning. They had what Lebron lacked then and that was the heart of a champion. I got flack for that comment but guaranteed that the Cavs would not make it to the NBA Finals. They didn't.
Lebron still has yet to show me he has heart or even a heart of a champion. He said it flat out in Sports Illustrated that he hates the "pressure of taking the last shot" and is relieved "that Wade will be the go to guy at the end of the game." Doesn't sound like heart to me.
The NBA has a true team to root against right now in the Heat. The Celtics will be their main rivals and the Lakers the pot of gold at the end of their journey if they actually can make it.
Last season, I did not watch a single game until the NBA Finals. I did not care. I knew what was going to happen. Until the Finals. The Celtics had heart and were not going to lay down for the Lakers. The regular season was boring to me. This season? Not so much. I plan on watching the Lakers get their rings tonight. I didn't do that last year. Again, I did not care.
This season, I do care. I will follow every Laker game and from time to time, check my Blackberry to see who I am rooting for against the Heat.-Dr.FB
Rick Fox is improving week by week on "Dancing With The Stars" and last night was no exception.
First off, a visit with his former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson. Then, Rick puts on the police uniform and dances his way to the "Hill Street Blues" theme song.
I think Rick killed it although a lot of people says he just tries to stand around and just smile. I think he has the moves.
What do YOU think?-Dr.FB
I am going to say it; I never liked Lebron James. There was something about him that just rubbed me the wrong way. Last week, he gave me a reason to not like him so I don't feel guilty for my feelings.
Let's be real here; we all knew that Lebum was not going to resign with Cleveland or else he would have done it last year when a huge offer was on the table. This was planned since at least 2006 with Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebum. They all signed deals in 2007 to be free agents in 2010 with hopes of playing somewhere together.
The NBA says they will look into player tampering and Marc Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is hoping David Stern takes off the kid gloves with this situation.
Los Angeles Laker free agent Derek Fisher met with the Heat on Saturday and Lebum was there to greet him and ask him to join the darkside....at least i think that is what he asked.
My sources say Fisher has no intention of signing with the Heat, but is letting the Lakers know he has options and to stop low-balling him in contract negotiations.
My advice to Lebum is to start laying low and let this blow over. That being said, the Heat are going to get a LOT of coverage over the upcoming NBA season. Expect TNT to carry a lot of games. Expect a Christmas game between the Heat and the Cavs in Cleveland. They are going to be the team that everyone is going to root against. Kind of like the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL. People may not have a favorite team but they tune in just to root against them and that means ratings.
Note to Jerry Jones. I love the Dallas Cowboys.
So for now, Lebum, take a seat, somewhere. Maybe on South Beach. Maybe in your new Villa in Miami. But for a while, please go away. Either that, or I am going to have to talk about you and seriously, I hate talking about you more than I hate talking about Lindsay Lohan.-Dr.FB
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Is it hard to believe that it was only 2 weeks ago when I said this Lakers/Celtics series would be "one for the ages?"
It has, and it has been one for the ages and tonight.....is the icing on the cake. Game 7. It all comes down to one game. One of, if not the biggest rivalry in sports, the Los Angeles Lakers versus the Boston Celtics gets a game 7. Any celebrity in L.A. or from Boston will be at the game tonight.
Fox 11 is saying stubhub.com is selling to tickets for $82,500. Yes, you read that right. Unless George Lopez gives me a call, I will be watching courtside...er..I mean couchside.
So......who will win this game 7 to one of the biggest games ever in NBA & sports history?