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This is from a couple weeks back, when Jordan Brand was visiting Asia and doing all sorts of things. Things like, I don’t know, having its three biggest endorsers throw out the first pitch at a Chinese baseball game, but not before getting instructions on various poses they need to do prior to pitching. It’s like watching season two of “Eastbound & Down,” only when these guys get confused by what’s happening, they just look at each other rather than raging and trying to break stuff.

Here’s a Tuesday afternoon bummer for you, via ESPN New York’s Ian Begley:

Benjamin “Ossie” Schectman, a Knick who is credited with scoring the 1st basket in the NBA in 1946, has died, the team announced.

As you can see from the above clip of Schectman’s first basket, his hoop wasn’t technically an NBA basket, as the league was still called the Basketball Association of America until 1949. But still, it was for the New York Knicks, who I think you’ve heard about, so it counts. And that means we’ve all lost a little bit of history today, even if Ossie Schectman isn’t a household name. Though I have to imagine, with fastbreak gliding skills like the one he used on that very first basket, maybe he could have been in another time.

But that’s not the only interesting thing about Schectman’s first basket, as the NBA’s official NBA History Twitter feed also passed on this little bit of ol’ timey lore:

Ossie Schectman (1919-2013) First @NBA game: @NYKnicks at Toronto Huskies: If you were taller than the tallest Husky (6-8), you got in free

Schechtman only played a single season for the Knicks, but he scored the first basket in NBA history AND was on hand to witness the first gimmick promotion in league history. Pretty solid career for only playing 54 total games.

RIP Ossie Schectman.

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First this, from rapper The Game last Wednesday:

So #MoneyGang plays #LAUNFD this Sunday in #TheDrew at 12:15pm & @baron_davis just called me & told me he wanna put 50k on it…. BET N—A

Just to clarify through the very high hashtag to words ratio, Baron Davis runs a Drew League team called LAUNFD and The Game runs another one called Money Gang, so they agreed to bet $50,000 on the outcome of a game betwixt the two, a game that took place yesterday. (Assuming this bet was actually happening, which I am, since no one wants to back out on such a public wager.)

Which makes this tweet, courtesy of the Drew League’s official account, quite relevant:

Final: Money Gang defeats LAUNFD 92-90. @KDTrey5 misses the game winning three-pointer. #TheDrew

So basically, Kevin Durant cost Baron Davis $50,000. Guess they’re even for those months of lost lockout income when Baron was a lumberjack negotiator. Seems fair enough.

Then again, Kevin’s in the middle of a max contract with another decade of career ahead of him, and Baron hasn’t worked for a year, so maybe KD can pick this one up. Caring counts.

Congratulations John, on your wedding. Congratulations other John, for making a cool $99 for recording a video message. Congratulations to all the other Johns too, just because.

(via Reddit)

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I really don’t feel like going in to a long-worded explanation about how the internet has changed how athletes relate to their fans, the advantages and disadvantages of social media, or any of that stuff. You know all about that, so let’s just move on to the part where I tell you Iman Shumpert may have made the most important teammate move of the Social Media Era, or at the very least the most noteworthy internet policing in the league since Chris Bosh won all those domain names.

Here is what I’m talking about, courtesy of Alan Hahn:

Shumpert has been traveling in Asia for Adidas and the NBA, but has maintained close contact with goings on in New York, especially with the recent signing of Metta World Peace. As he usually is, Shumpert has been very active on Twitter and reacted angrily to a follower with a handle that disparaged Amar’e Stoudemire (We won’t promote the handle here because we don’t want any copycats looking to flex).

Upon noticing the follower’s handle, Shumpert on Monday sent the person a direct message that said, “This ain’t funny. It’s disrespectful to a man. A father. A warrior. A role model. And one of my good friends. Delete this page.”

The person, of course, posted the DM proudly to show off how Shumpert contacted him. Shumpert replied publicly, saying again, “Delete ur profile and do the right thing.”

Shortly thereafter, the account was gone.

Shumpert tweeted, “#shotout to the fans for getting that account suspended.”

If you want the full tweet-by-tweet breakdown, head over to Dime to check out everything that Hahn summarized above. But isn’t that nice of Iman Shumpert? It’s basically the internet equivalent of having your bro’s back in a fight. And come to think of it, Iman and Amar’e sounds like a great tag team. I imagine they’d dress like something from “The Warriors,” only with brighter colors and better haircuts.

But while I applaud Shumpert for having STAT’s internet back, I hope this doesn’t lead to him becoming Amar’e Stoudemire’s unofficial Twitter bodyguard. Because between the diminished output, penchant for wearing silly hats and untimely fire extinguisher punching, there are many opportunities for Amar’e parody accounts. Sure @AmarKnee is down, but what of @WhereAreAmaresSleeves, @IsAmareHurt and @StoudemiredInMediocrity, which are all probably available and laden with potential jokes. Iman Shumpert may have just bitten off more than he can chew. Best of luck, FlatTop.

Let’s be honest — “Home & Family Metta World Peace Cornhole,” as this clip of MWP playing bags is called, reads like the body of a spam email. But as it turns out, it’s really just a clip from a show on the Hallmark Channel called “Home & Family” where Metta World Peace plays a game of, well, throwing bags in a hole on a board, which has a bunch of different names, including cornhole, which I’ve always thought was weird.

Not quite as weird as watching a clip of an NBA player playing bags, only for childhood crush Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, to show up as well, but still pretty weird.

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I know you are thinking that the title of this post is some kind of weird Mad Lib that is actually believable considering Tyson Chandler once said “anybody can wear” drop crotch pants, but I promise you it is 100 percent real. You see TyChan and his wife are in Australia right now, and they’re reporting back on their purchases for Style.com. Here’s what his wife, Kimberly, had to say:

While Down Under in Australia, Tyson and I discovered Alistair Trung in the bustling neighborhood of Paddington. Alistair is a Vietnamese-Aussie designer with a fresh take—his clothes transcending size, age, and gender. His boutique is a favorite among artists and those seeking original designs. We both hit the jackpot, walking away with matching drop-crotch pants and button-down tops. Alistair’s shop is located at 128 Oxford Street, Paddington.

There you go — Alistair Trung is Australia’s go-to place for matching men’s and women’s drop crotch pants and button down tops. I don’t know if this changes your shopping plans for the summer, but considering Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union also wear the same pants, it might be smart to get together with your significant other, go pants shopping and pick out something you both like. It’s the cool, new NBA thing to do. If you don’t match your pants to your main squeeze’s pants, you might as well not even wear pants. It’s that crucial.

Oh, and about the boomerang — they bought one. Here’s Tyson:

I was on a mission to find a vintage boomerang while vacationing with Kimberly in Australia. I found the boomerang and plenty more at 76 Mitchell Road, the antique and design center. This huge antique shopping mall had the feel of walking straight into a time warp, with pieces dating back to the 1800s.

I don’t think anybody would be surprised to find out you can buy vintage boomerangs in an Australian antique shop, but I thought it was important that you know I wasn’t lying earlier when I said Tyson Chandler and his wife bought all this stuff on their vacation. Now you know, which means we’re all a step closer to realizing that Tyson Chandler is one of the low-key renaissance men of the NBA. He takes pictures, matches pants with his wife, grows giant beards and dresses like a trendy Amish guy — what’s not to love?

(via Posting and Toasting)