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Evidence for:

  • He looks like he is in costume.
  • More specifically, he looks like he is a college student pulling an all-nighter.
  • Look at his shoes.

Evidence against:

  • We’ve seen that hair before.
  • Never went to college, so might not know how to dress like an undergrad.
  • Costume slippers are usually overtly comical, like a stuffed dog or baby head or something.

Verdict: Just loungin’ at the steakhouse. Not a costume.

Why are referees making so many defensive plays this season? You’re not Ben Wallace or Sidney Moncrief. Chill.

Oh, also, someone should tell Maalik Wayns not to pass to the referee. Just an idea.

Things have been pretty quiet on the Andrew Bynum costume front the last couple of weeks, to the point where we had to move on to other players while our spirit animal devoted himself to more serious pursuits. Lucky for us, he’s finally talking about the main part of his various disguises –his hair.

From the Delaware County Daily Times:

How much higher can the afro grow?
“Oh man, I want it to go forever, man. There’s going to come and point in time where it’s not going to be growing, so I might as well enjoy it while I have it.”

Why flatten it like Dora the Explorer that one time?
“It wasn’t Dora, man. It was ‘Pimp Named Slickback’ (a character from The Boondocks cartoon). No, I flattened it because it gets boring picking it out all the time.”

Just when you thought Andrew Bynum’s hair couldn’t get any better, he goes out and answer questions and compares himself to a cartoon character while worrying that he’ll lose his hair someday. Personally, I hope he never cuts it for the rest of his life so he can be a) the NBA’s first 8-foot tall basketball player and b) asked about it all the time so he can always give great answers.

Every pair of scissors, clippers and shears in all of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas should immediately be thrown in the garbage. Let’s keep this thing around. Forever.

(via SLAM, image via CJ Fogler)

Back before the season started, we all marveled at Jamal Crawford calmly explaining how this summer was the first time he’d ever worked on his game at any level. As a 32-year-old who has played 12 seasons, it was just amazing that he wouldn’t have encountered a coach somewhere who would have told him the importance of practicing and convinced him of its efficacy.

Guess not though, because not practicing is apparently the coolest thing in NBA circles. Just take Evan Turner, for instance. He’s knocking down threes twice as often as last season (currently shooting 44 percent while making 0.8 threes per game, as compared to 0.2 per game at 22 percent last year), and he says it’s because he doesn’t practice them any more. From CSNPhilly.com:

“Not working so hard on it,” he said before scoring 26 points in last Friday’s 95-94 victory over Boston, including the winning basket with 3.9 seconds left in overtime.

Come again?

“I stopped focusing on it,” he said. “That was it. I stopped focusing on it. I worry about my mid-range [game], my driving and my free throws, and that’s it. Honestly, I don’t shoot threes before games. I don’t practice threes anymore.” [...]

To hear him tell it, he did try to work on his three-point shooting over the summer.

“But,” he said, “I wasn’t hitting them. After a while you say, ‘Never mind.’ I just kept working on my mid-range game. I think the more important thing is just to be in a good rhythm.”

There is an important story to learn here, children — if you ever try to do something really hard and can’t do it, just quit, because you’ll eventually figure it out on accident. At least that’s what I think Evan Turner is saying here.

It’s kind of antithetical to the whole “Work hard to get better” school of coaching that literally every coach except for Chubbs from “Happy Gilmore” has employed, but it seems to be working. Turner has already made more threes this season (16) than in either of his first two seasons (14 and 11), he’s shooting a better percentage than guys like Kyle Korver and Steve Novak, and pretty soon defenses might actually bother to guard him when he’s wide-open in the corner, where he’s made 13 of his 16 threes. This not practicing thing has really paid off in spades for Evan Turner.

But what if he starts missing? You’d think he’d want to practice in order to get his shot back, but that’s against his whole thinking right now. So I guess if he starts bricking threes again, he’ll just double up on not practicing and start focusing exclusively on non-jumper shots while taking layup after layup in practice in order to trick himself in to being a good shooter? It doesn’t make sense to me or Jamal Crawford, but maybe Evan Turner is on to something. I mean, he wouldn’t be the first Sixers guard to understand the benefits of not practicing.

(via SLAM)

Because you read every single word that has ever been typed on this website, you already know that Nick Young made his miracle shot and had a legitimately amazing fourth quarter where he kind of carried an actual NBA team to a real-life victory. But that is not all that Nick Young did last night.

Here are some other things that Nick Young did last night which were arguably as awesome as those two things.

He Wore A Shirt with His Own Nickname On It

I don’t think it will shock anyone to learn that Nick Young has a sweatshirt with his own nickname on it. That’s like finding out Kobe Bryant appreciated a college kid scoring 138 points in a game — not surprising.

He Wants Others to Have the Same Shirt but He Doesn’t Even Know Where He Got It

From The 700 Level:

“Make sure you all go buy one of these,” Swaggy said referring to his sweatshirt bearing his name.

The funny thing was he doesn’t even know where you can get one because a fan sent it to him. He wasn’t even planning on wearing it, he said, but after the Sixers had such a wild successful fourth quarter, he obviously had a change of swag.

From the looks of it, he either got that sweatshirt from Pharrell Williams or my old website.

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Told you it wasn’t that bad of a shot.

In February of 2009, Andrew Bynum tore his right MCL after Kobe Bryant fell in to his knee in a game against the Grizzlies. He eventually returned and helped the Lakers win the first of their back-to-back titles. Following the season, the Lakers went to China for a little goodwill tour and a little celebration. Andrew Bynum was there and we’re guessing that’s when the above picture was taken.

That photo is on the celebrity wall at China’s Macau Tower, the second-highest bungee jump in the world. There’s no video or other photos of Bynum completing the jump, but thanks to TBJ fan John Chick who recently snapped the picture during a visit to the tower, we know that it’s pretty likely he took the plunge. I’m guessing they don’t put your picture up unless you complete the jump, plus the harness he’s wearing is the exact same that other people wear when they’re doing this stuff.

The kicker? Bungee jumping is specifically prohibited by the standard player contract, as stated on the NBA Players Association’s website:

12. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES.

The Player and the Team acknowledge and agree that the Player’s participation in certain other activities may impair or destroy his ability and skill as a basketball player, and the Player’s participation in any game or exhibition of basketball other than at the request of the Team may result in injury to him. Accordingly, the Player agrees that he will not, without the written consent of the Team, engage in any activity that a reasonable person would recognize as involving or exposing the participant to a substantial risk of bodily injury including, but not limited to: (i) sky-diving, hang gliding, snow skiing, rock or mountain climbing (as distinguished from hiking), rappelling, and bungee jumping; (ii) any fighting, boxing, or wrestling; (iii) driving or riding on a motorcycle or moped; (iv) riding in or on any motorized vehicle in any kind of race or racing contest; (v) operating an aircraft of any kind; (vi) engaging in any other activity excluded or prohibited by or under any insurance policy which the Team procures against the injury, illness or disability to or of the Player, or death of the Player, for which the Player has received written notice from the Team prior to the execution of this Contract; or (vii) participating in any game or exhibition of basketball, football, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, or other team sport or competition. If the Player violates this Paragraph 12, he shall be subject to discipline imposed by the Team and/or the Commissioner of the NBA. Nothing contained herein shall be intended to require the Player to obtain the written consent of the Team in order to enable the Player to participate in, as an amateur, the sports of golf, tennis, handball, swimming, hiking, softball, volleyball, and other similar sports that a reasonable person would not recognize as involving or exposing the participant to a substantial risk of bodily injury.

Bynum was definitely under contract at the time, having signed his big extension earlier in the 2008-09 season, and it’s a safe bet that a team signing a young 7-footer to a huge contract as he is returning from a serious knee injury would include a clause like this in their contracts. So either Bynum had the consent of the team to go bungee jumping — which is theoretically possible since he was traveling with the team — or this was an unsanctioned thing that the Lakers brass would probably be upset about if they knew that’s what he was doing with his free time. Or maybe he has a “For the Love of the Bungee” clause in his contract, where he’s allowed to bungee jump any place, any time and can’t get in trouble. Always a possibility, I suppose.

Nothing bad happened, as Bynum a) is still alive to this very day and b) put up 26 points and 13 rebounds while starting during in Lakers’ season-opening win against the Clippers during the 2009-10 season. But in light of his recent bowling setback, it’s good to remember that Andrew Bynum has always subscribed to the tenets of YOLO, even before it was a hashtag.