New Laettner Article For the Atlanta Hawks christian laettner, playing the game is the easy part . in Athens at the FIBA World Championship of basketball this August. http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/6217/media.html
Extractions: For the Atlanta Hawks' Christian Laettner, playing the game is the easy part. Getting there, however, is another issue altogether. Just leaving the house this season has been a chore for Laettner, a first-time father whose attachment to 10-month-old daughter Sophia is harder to shake than Karl Malone. Laettner, whose Hawks came up short to the Hornets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, will be playing for gold at this summer's World Championship in Athens. This, of course, is contrary to the ornery reputation Laettner admittedly has fostered over the years. This is the same guy who once stepped on a player's chest during a sparkling career at Duke, who has been notoriously chilly with the media, who lashed out at the Minnesota Timberwolves, igniting a 1996 trade to Atlanta. And there were other transgressions, real or imagined. All that, and it turns out Christian Laettner is a cream puff. At least when it comes to his little girl. "It's hard to go on the road when it's a week-long trip. Shoot, it's hard to leave home any time," Laettner said. "I miss her for even the shortest time away. My wife [Lisa] and I have only been married a few years, so it's still brand new to us. Like any other happily married man, you miss your wife and baby when you're away. It's tough." In a year or so, Laettner expects that little Sophia will aid him in going to work. "When she starts talking and says stuff like, 'Daddy, play hard,' she'll be more motivational," he said. "But right now, she's just making me miss her."
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Extractions: THE WORD : Maybe it was his long hair or his vacant demeanor or maybe his increasingly passive game, but it came as no shock to learn Christian Laettner had been suspended 5 games by the League for testing positive for drugs. And we'll bet the house he got busted for smoking weed. But since when is smoking weed a punishable offense in the NBA? As Charles Oakley astutely estimated, at least 60% of the League smokes dope on a regular basis. Well, the new Collective Bargaining Agreement introduced testing for marijuana among players - but it's got to be the most laughable testing policy we've ever seen. A player has to test positive for marijuana 3 times - and we're talking about once a YEAR testing - for the player to get suspended 5 games as did Laettner. 1 or 2 failures forces the player into the "Marijuana Program" to quit smoking and a pitiful $15,000 fine the second time. Wow, what a deterrent - the NBA's Marijuana Testing joke gets the honor of the Queen of Hearts in our Deck of 52 Most Wanted.
Extractions: http://www.bravesbeat.com/mt-tb.cgi/8956 Kornheiser. PTI improved my opinion of him immensely, but that's only because he had hit rock bottom. Posted by: egghead at July 21, 2005 10:08 AM Kornheiser. What a turd. I was listening to talk radio the other day and the caller was b*tching out all the hosts, who were getting mad, and I was like, "Who is this jackass?" Then they said, "After the break, we'll talk more with Tony Kornheiser." Yes, I thought. Of course. PTI could actually be a good show if it weren't for his biting, self-important attitude. Wilbon is smart. Kornheiser ruins it. And his book is awful. Posted by: jenny at July 21, 2005 10:12 AM
Extractions: F ANTASY B ASKETBALL S TATISTICS October 7, 1998 A typical fantasy basketball league has 12 teams with 10 starting players on each team. To get an idea of what the average stats for a player active on a starting fantasy roster would be I analyzed the statistics of the 120 players who averaged the most minutes played per game last season (hey ... what else are you going to do during The Lockout ... watch baseball? ... I don't think so!). The averages for 8 common statistical categories are shown in the table below. Also, to determine how the players stats were distributed above and below the averages I found the standard deviation of the 120 players for each stat category. A 'bell' shaped distribution would predict that 68% of the players would fall within one standard deviation of the average. Hang with me now ... the goal will be to determine who the fantasy basketball studs are ... not to put you to sleep! CATEGORY AVG PER GAME STND DEV STND DEV/AVG Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Treys Free Throws FG% In the same manner the fantasy stiffs can be identified. Calbert Cheany and Joe Smith managed to be in the top 120 in minutes played per game but were below average in all 8 of the categories investigated. By the way OnHoops.com readers, LJ was below average in 6 of the 8 categories! That's kind of stiff too.
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