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Keenan Cahill has become somewhat of a YouTube sensation. The freshman in high school was introduced to the world via his Youtube channel after a video he recorded for Katy Perry blew up.  Since that initial rush of fame, Cahill has appeared on Chelsea Lately and recorded a video with 50 Cent. Both fun, but for me, neither compares to this video.

Teaming up with the Knicks ultimate bros, Landry Fields and Andy Rautins, the trio perform a “GO NY GO” remix. Amazing.

While Cahill is the internet star, Fields steals the show. Look at those head bobs. If you include this with his stint acting as a Modell’s employee, it’s pretty clear that in addition to being one of the most talented rookies in the league, Fields is also YouTube gold.

(h/t @mlawyue)

“There’s something sexy about a couple sharing a scent.” – Khloe Kardashian*

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are about to release a new unisex fragrance. According to Odom’s website, the fragrance is called “Unbreakable” and will drop on February 12th, two days before Valentine’s Day. No, this is not a joke. If it seems like an early April Fools’ prank, watch the video.

I wish I could have been in the Lakers locker room when Odom’s teammates watched this for the first time.

Seriously, watch the video.

*Really, Khloe? I think I’m cool with not smelling like a boy.

(via @bomani_jones)

One more sleep before the big fifth anniversary show. Bone up on your basketball tonight, because tomorrow is all about laughs, dancing and good times. Luckily, there’s some nice action to get you through the night.

Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls
Looking forward to this one, Jonesers. Dallas is healthy and playing well enough to beat the Lakers, the Bulls come in having won five of their last seven. Should be a good one, which is why I’m super excited to be flying to Toronto during the entirety of this game. Drats.

Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers
Blake Griffin and the Clippers have the entire 10:30pm ET time slot all to themselves. That’s a nice way to showcase a guy, I’d say. Hopefully people tune in because the Clippers are only on national television five more times this year.

Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Bobcats
OK, great.

Perfect Couples (NBC — 8:30pm ET)
This episode, the first of the series, has been shown to critics and they hated it. But between the very funny writers — Jen Kirkman and Nick “Repeat” Adams among others — and co-star Olivia Munn, it might be worth 30 minutes of your time.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS — 8:00pm ET)
Noted actor Rick Fox guest stars on this show that nerds love. According to his girlfriend, Eliza Dushku, you should watch because Rick looks “HOT HOT YUMMY :).” Totally a great reason.

Tonight’s slate of games is like working from a Starbucks at Barnes and Noble. It kinda stinks and it’s frustrating because nothing is as good as you would hope, but it’s still better than nothing. That might seem like a strained metaphor, but I’m the one typing next to a case of baked goods. Trust me, it’s an apt comparison.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors
Two of the four fastest teams in the league fight each other over who can score the most points in a basketball game. Clearly the “2 Fast 2 Furious” of tonight’s action.

Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets
No Carmelo Anthony and no Chauncey Billups which basically means no chance of winning for the Nuggets. Except they’re at home, which means homecourt advantage. The Nuggs are 10-1 in Denver thus far. I personally guarantee that will change tonight.

Sacramento Kings at Houston Rockets
There’s no way to be sure, but I’d be willing to bet that every single player in this game wishes they played for the Rockets. Maybe not Courtney Lee, but he doesn’t really have a choice.

Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons
The Pistons are bad at everything and play the second slowest basketball in the league. Really a marketer’s dream. “Come see our slow, bad basketball team that features old guys, guys who don’t care and guys who make too much money!” Nope.

Los Angeles Lakers at Washington Wizards
Hey, Andrew Bynum comes back tonight. Predictions for how soon he returns to the injured list? I’ll go 14 games, because I’m a big Sam Perkins fan.

Tonight is the beginning of a brand new NBA basketball season, and we’re all super stoked. It’s like New Years for these teams, with each and every franchise hoping for the best. Heck, even the Cavaliers and Timberwolves are expecting to win 30 games. Hope springs eternal in late October.

What follows are quick and easy reasons that fans of all the teams in this glorious league can be glad to see their team start a new campaign.

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks — All five starters, plus the sixth man return. Sure, that includes Mike Bibby, but consistency counts for something.

Boston Celtics — Not a lot of basketball teams have players who wear No. 86, so that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.

Charlotte Bobcats — Now that Michael Jordan is the team’s owner, he probably won’t wear mom jeans to games quite as often.

Chicago Bulls — Big Mac Brian Scalabrine.

Cleveland Cavaliers — Umm … new jerseys?

Detroit Pistons — Well, at least they don’t have to deal with not living up to expectations when they don’t win a title.

Indiana Pacers — Josh McRoberts didn’t grow his hair out this year.

Miami Heat — Mostly just Don Johnson.

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Chris Bosh

When Toronto-based doctor Anthony Galea was arrested in October 2009 after his assistant was busted the previous month for trying to bring substances into the U.S. which included Human Growth Hormone (HGH), the big story was that Tiger Woods was one of Galea’s high-profile athlete clients. Now, Sports Illustrated reports that Chris Bosh saw Galea last year to help him recover from a left-hamstring injury that caused him to miss training camp.

Galea specializes in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy — where a patient’s blood is extracted and then spun in a centrifuge to create a concentrated dose of tissue-healing platelets which are then injected into the patient’s injured area. Based on Galea’s list of high-profile clients which includes Woods, Bosh, Olympic swimmer Dara Torres and former NFL running back Jamal Lewis, it’s clear that he had a stellar reputation among the sports elite. What his famous patients may or may not have known is that Galea included HGH in some of his PRP injections, as alleged by court documents. If it’s proven in court that Bosh was one of the beneficiaries of this genetic cocktail, he’ll likely face a 10-game suspension under the terms of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Looking at Chris Bosh’s slender frame, he probably doesn’t strike you as the most likely NBA player to use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Of course, Rashard Lewis probably didn’t register on your radar as a likely PED user before he received a 10-game suspension for testing positive for a testosterone-producing steroid. If you didn’t make the joke yourself, you probably heard it from someone else: “If Rashard Lewis used steroids, he should ask for his money back.”

When many of us think of PED users, we remember Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa when they reinvigorated Major League Baseball in 1998. That Sports Illustrated cover declaring them as Sportsmen of the Year is iconic for a very different reason now than it was 12 years ago. It’s symbolic of our willful ignorance of what was going on right under our noses that we simply didn’t want to acknowledge. As McGwire said in his now hilariously ironic guest appearance on The Simpsons: “Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see me sock a few dingers?”

It doesn’t seem to make sense that NBA players would use PEDs like steroids or HGH. They can’t help you improve your jumpshot or your crossover dribble. Similarly, there are people who will point out that PEDs can’t help you hit a baseball — and yet they’re banned from Major League Baseball just as they are banned from the NBA.

At one point last season, my father was watching a Raptors-Magic game with me and when he first saw Dwight Howard’s impressively muscular frame, he said, “That guy’s definitely on steroids.” I came to Dwight’s defense and insisted that he’s always had a big frame and it’s quite possible that he achieved his awesome physique naturally. In spite of the cynicism that many sports fans and commentators now have on this issue, I continue to believe that athletes should be given the benefit of the doubt until concrete evidence proves otherwise.

I’m not nearly as judgmental as a lot of people are about PEDs in sports. If I could have taken drugs that would have made me tall and athletic enough to play in the NBA, I assure you I would have looked into it. “You want to inject me with a combination of cheetah and giraffe blood? Sure thing. My assistant will write you a check while I pull down my pants.”

With this mindset, it strikes me as naive that so few people seem to think PEDs are an issue in the NBA. Hell, if Rashard Lewis was on the juice (knowingly or unknowingly), doesn’t that mean most NBA players should be suspect? It sucks that it’s come to this, but I know that some of you have thought what my dad thought when he saw Dwight Howard. And that’s not fair to Dwight, but these are the times we live in.

If Chris Bosh does end up receiving the mandatory 10-game suspension for using HGH, it will create a brief ripple of scandal which will eventually be overlooked since he’s now merely the third-best player on his team. But if a superstar like LeBron James ever gets exposed in a similar scandal, that will elicit an entirely different reaction. Regardless, the Galea story leads me to believe that it’s probably only a matter of time before one of the biggest NBA stars is cast into disrepute from using PEDs.

All of this speculative talk leads us to this inevitable question: Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see Dwight Howard dunk on a 12-foot basket again?

I spent last weekend in Wedding land. No, I wasn’t becoming a Mrs, but I was home in Nova Scotia for a friend’s wedding. After a weekend dedicated to togetherness and partnerships, I’ve been thinking about this lovely game and some people I’d like to see together for the greater good of the NBA.

Here’s a list of some pairings that could only make this game better:

Gregg Popovich/Spurs trading for J.R. Smith and helping him finally get it together  — With the news that Denver is looking to unload J.R. Smith after an altercation that took place at the Nuggets training facility, I can’t help but wish him to the Spurs. I’ve long thought this would be a perfect pairing and now, after another season of inconsistency with the Nuggets, that sentiment remains. Popovich runs a tight ship: His players hold themselves accountable and understand what is expected of them while representing the Spurs franchise. The players are also low key. Tim Duncan, one of the greatest of all time, keeps things level. Even Tony Parker, who is married to Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, fades into the background. Maybe being surrounded by a group of guys who shun the spotlight for success would help J.R. realize his talent as well as teach him how to rein it in. If you need another reason to convince you why this might work, look at Stephen Jackson. Stack Jack won a championship ring with the Spurs and left town being called one of the greatest teammates Duncan has ever played with. Popovich and Jackson developed a relationship built on respect and his time with the Spurs organization helped shape Jackson into an NBA player. Who better than Pop to help Smith reach his potential?

Greg Oden and the Suns
training staff pairing up for some health and fitness — Is there a team in the league with more vets who have had renewed careers than the Phoenix Suns? From Grant Hill to a suddenly healed Shaquille O’Neal post-trade to Steve Nash who has found the fountain of youth, I can’t help but wish the training staff could pair up with Portland’s Greg Oden. Don’t worry, Blazers fans, before you get angry with me, I’m not suggesting a trade or anything, just wishing that they could give your Go(l)den boy the gift of a long, prosperous career. It’s pretty wild to think that Grant Hill is 15 years older than Greg Oden. The 37 year-old Hill has played in 163 of 164 possible games over the past two seasons. By comparison, 22 year-old Oden appeared in 82 of a possible 164 games, missing a full 82 games because of injury. Yes, a partnership between the Suns trainers and Oden would be near the top of my list.

Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol on the same team — Because it would be fun for two brothers to play on the same squad and it would be really fun to hear tales from practice when younger brother beats up on older brother, forcing him to shed the “soft” title. I’d also like to see Marc play on a team where he’d get more shine on national television. He’s a player that’s a thrill to watch compete. Giving every ounce of effort on each play and wearing his emotions on his, uh, non-existing sleeve, the younger Gasol brother shoots down the thought that an 82-game NBA season is too long or that players only play hard in the postseason. Even though he’s never been there, Marc Gasol brings a playoff mentality every night. If he were paired up with his brother, that intensity would only increase and it would be us, the viewing public, that would benefit.

Sam Mitchell joining the Celtics coaching staff for Garnett’s final season — Earlier this week, Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game linked to a few clips of Smitch and KG’s relationship in a piece about mentorship in the NBA and I can’t help but wish the two could be reunited for KG’s final season. Having covered the Raptors during Mitchell’s final season here, I was blessed with some amazing stories about his time in Minnesota with a Wolves squad that also included a rookie KG. When Mitchell talks about Garnett, he sounds like he is talking about his younger brother. Their relationship has remained intact over the years as you can see from this NBATV clip (check the 1:20 mark). While Mitchell is now with Avery Johnson and the Nets, having him on the sidelines (and perhaps picking up a ring) with the Celtics and a wiser, veteran KG would just feel right.