Opening night and arenas still dark
LOS ANGELES — The 66th NBA season was supposed to start Tuesday, but the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t play Oklahoma City at Staples Center.
The Dallas Mavericks were scheduled to get their rings Tuesday at home against Chicago, not that Lakers fans would have watched, though Shaquille O’neal was set to make his TNT debut with Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.
In a less-enthralling opening day matchup, the NBA wanted Utah to play host to Houston, but Energysolutions Arena was decidedly dark Tuesday night. Next week will bring “Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove.”
Instead, NBA players are scattered around the globe, some playing elsewhere, some just working out, while arenas remain quiet because of the lockout.
There was plenty of activity off the court.
Two Thunder players were busy Tuesday, but they weren’t worried about stopping Kobe Bryant.
James Harden tweeted: “I’m on my way to Nike Town in Santa Monica.” Serge Ibaka went to bed early, tweeting: “Goodnight everyone. early flight in the AM to Israel tel Aviv.”
And Luke Walton, scheduled to start his ninth season with the Lakers, was getting ready for his first game as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. The 11th-ranked Tigers open the season Wednesday with an exhibition against Lemoyne-owen College.
Cleveland made Duke’s Kyrie Irving the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in June, but he’s yet to cash an NBA paycheque because of the lockout. He spent Tuesday watching a high school game in Winston-salem, North Carolina.
And Chris Paul watched Family Feud.
Pau Gasol noted on Twitter that it was 10 years since his first NBA game.
Then he hopped on a flight from Los Angeles to Barcelona and left behind the message that he was “hoping the lockout gets resolved soon.”
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has 500,000 costly reasons why he wants the lockout to end.
Detroit Pistons centre Ben Wallace pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf might play together this weekend for a French team against another French team featuring the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum.
New Jersey forward Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian officially filed for ... I can’t even write it. Why bother?