R.I.P. Mel Simon (1926-2009)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Mel Simon, the co-owner of the Indiana Pacers and the founder of Simon Property Group, died Wednesday at the age of 82. Simon, who bought the Pacers in 1983, made his fortune in commercial real estate, building malls across the country along with his brother Herb. Mel belonged to my synagogue in ...

Snowstorm Comes Early To Indiana

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Last week, we touched on the Indiana Pacers', and more specifically Larry Bird's affinity for an endangered species - the caucasian American professional basketball player. A month ago, Bird drafted North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough to bring the team's white count to a league-leading six. (Jeff Foster, Troy Murphy, Travis Diener, Josh ...

It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White (Unless You’re Larry Bird)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

I'm sure with Michael Jackson's recent passing you've probably heard on average four MJ songs an hour. So I'm sure you've heard the 1991 hit "Black or White." In it, a chromatically confused Jackson belts, “It don’t matter if you’re black or white.” Paging Larry Bird. In last month’s NBA Draft, the ...

McD’s I Have Nothing Better To Do Tonight NBA Draft Live Blogapalooza

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

6:50 - Evening. This is around the 5,000th live blog of the NBA Draft going on tonight, and at least 1,000 of those are more qualified to dissect tonight's picks than I am. But hey, screw it, I need something to do tonight. I'll be live-blogging with a heavy heart ...

NBA Draft: A Look Back At The Decade That Was

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The NBA Draft is Thursday, and this year's draft, which many are already calling the weakest in recent memory, is as unpredictable as any I can remember. After Blake Griffin, everything is a toss up. There are a ton of question marks. And you just know at least half of the ...

TheBaker’s 2009 NBA Mock Draft

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin, PF (Oklahoma) Duh. Not even the Clippers can botch this one...I think. Griffin is this year’s prize. After him, the draft starts to taste a lot like Coors Light - watered down. Local take: Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times. 2. Memphis Grizzlies - Hasheem ...

NBA: Homegrown Edition

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

  Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the NBA: Homegrown Edition. And no, that doesn't mean a league where Bonzi Wells, Melo, Damon Stoudemire, Zach Randolph and Darius Miles score by taking bong hits. I'll explain. The NBA Draft Lottery was holding to form on Tuesday. The order was working up until Memphis ...