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Now imagine he sent this to your phone. “Hey bud, shot a 7-foot-3 bear today. Callin him Bearvydas Sabonis. Check it out.” Yikes.

(via CBOTV/Cowbell Kingdom)

When I first heard James Johnson was going to wear Brad Miller’s historic No. 52 for the Sacramento Kings, my first thought was “Ummmm…” since James Johnson is one of my all-time least favorite Bulls and Brad Miller is, as everyone on the internet knows, one of my all-time most favorite humans. Then, when Jimmy Johns came out saying he was wearing the ol’ 5-2 for Big Brad I completely changed my mind. Good for you, James Johnson. Way to be smart about number choices.

All that happened this summer though, which means training camp is the first time anyone has had a chance to ask Johnson about his relationship with the NBA’s premier camouflage ambassador. Cowbell Kingdom, a Kings blog, did just that and the answer was as perfect as you can imagine.

Johnson asked Miller for his blessing to wear 52. However, the 25-year-old forward hasn’t asked the former Kings big man, an avid outdoorsman, to take him hunting yet.

“He always sends me pictures,” said Johnson with a smile. “I heard he just got a 7-foot bear just the other day. So, I don’t know if I’m going that extreme. I don’t if I’m that extreme yet – maybe a couple ducks or squirrels (first).”

Imagine you are sitting there building a virtual Jurassic Park on your phone, when all of the sudden a text message from Brad Miller pops up at the top of the screen. You click over and there is Brad Miller, grinning widely while sitting next to a dead alligator or giant bear or some other creature that he just gunned down. That is legitimately James Johnson’s life and he seems pretty happy about it even though I think we can all agree that the first time you get sent a picture of a dead animal out of nowhere is probably a little strange.

That being said, if Brad Miller is sending you anything, it’s probably pictures of recent kills, so you might as well get used to it. Someone should let Nikola Pekovic know though, or else he’s in for quite the surprise.

You might think the greatest honor an NBA player can receive is either a Most Valuable Player award (single season) or enshrinement in the Hall of Fame (career). And yeah, those are great, but the fact of the matter is that 29 different players have won an MVP and there are 152 players in the Hall of Fame. Both of those are hallmark achievements, no doubt, but when push comes to shove the club isn’t quite as exclusive as you think.

No, my friends, there are greater accolades a player can receive, but the circumstances have to be just right. Read this and you’ll know what I mean. From News9.com:

When the Thunder won the Western Conference Championship, it was a big deal here in Oklahoma City. That night was also a big deal out at the zoo: a new red panda was born.

Since the red panda was born on such a big night they gave her a big name. You can call her KayDee.

Although she may not be the most popular K.D. in the city, one look at this little face and she will may very well become a close second.

“She was born the night the Thunder won the Western Conference Championship so as a team we thought it was an appropriate name to have something Thunder related and KayDee just seemed to work,” said Chrislyn Newton, the zookeeper who works closest with the Red Pandas.

I am not exactly sure where on the list of career triumphs having one of the cutest animals in all of nature named after you falls, but I’d imagine it’s pretty high. Just guessing, I’d put it behind a statue but significantly ahead of some family naming their child after a player and the player never knowing about it. How many NBA players do you know with zoo animals named after them? Probably not very many. And how many of those very few are animals that everyone sees and goes “Holy smokes, that thing is cute whatever it is?” Even less, I am guessing.

Of course, you have to wonder if there are other animals at this zoo named for other players on the Thunder. Is there an ornery turtle there named Russell? A bearded dragon named James? A very wise but very slow elephant with a particularly angry disposition called Perk? The possibilities are endless.

(via Royce Young)

Hey guys, have you been wondering what Brad Miller has been up to since his retirement? Me too, obviously.

Well, the answer is pretty much what you’d expect — hunting alligators with fellow Indiananite Jared Jeffries. From the Country Boys Outdoors Twitter:

Me taking jerrod out for his first gator ever

Even in retirement, Brad Miller is still the best. Maybe not at knowing the exact spelling of his hunting buddies’ names, but definitely at everything else including but not limited to wearing a camouflage Chicago Cubs hat and Nikes for a hunting excursion with a random NBA guy who I didn’t even know was a hunter but is indeed a hunter. Brad Miller is the gift that keeps on giving.

(Also, since both of these guys are 6-foot-11 or taller, imagine how big that gator must be. Yikes. Please don’t get eaten, Brad Miller.)

I’m not exactly sure what is going on here — other than the fact that Jeremy Lin and David Lee are fishing for shrimp in a small, indoor pool which I’m sure is normal and not as strange as it seems — but it sure looks like fun.

At least they caught some eventually, I guess. Makes sitting next to that dirty pool for hours totally worth it.

We looked!
Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
Harrison Barnes in the Hat!

And he said to us,
“Why do you sit there like that?”
“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun.
I look funny!”

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“Chris has definitely hit me up for all my hunting contacts,” Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said last week. “He wants to bag a white-tail deer and go hog hunting. So, I’m working on that.”Donnie Nelson, subliminally wooing the recently retired Brad Miller