In the spirit of the NBA playoffs, 6th grader Patrick Gonzalez paid tribute to his favorite San Antonio Spurs player by having Matt Boner’s picture shaved into the back of his head… but now Gonzalez in trouble with the school for being a distraction. “My 1st period teacher called the principal. She told her it was a distraction,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is in trouble with the administration despite his mom asking for permission beforehand, “I didn’t want any kind of problems with any of the principals. I know there are rules and regulations anywhere else you go,” Mrs. Gonzalez told local news.
But Bonner is coming to the defense of the young fan, “Couldn’t you just move him to the back of the class?” Bonner said.“Then nobody would see it; it wouldn’t be a distraction. Otherwise, the nicest thing a fan has ever done for me is ruined.”
Despite the hairy situation, the Spurs lead the series 1-0 against the Los Angles Clippers.
Khole Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s reality show is “on hold” just like the NBA star’s career. The couple are disputing reports the series was canceled. A rep told People, “It’s just on hold now while schedules are figured out. It will depend on their schedules, as Lamar’s basketball schedule is a priority.”
The 14-year veteran is said to be wanting to focus on his basketball career after an embarrassing 2012 season, which many blame on distractions from the reality show and his wife’s family. Odom is ineligible to play for another team this season after being released by the Dallas Mavericks but can sign elsewhere this offseason. Averaging just 6-points a game, it is a far cry from when Odom was the 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
E! is hoping to convince Kardashian and Odom to reconsider. Just last week, it was announced that the Kardashian family signed the biggest deal in reality television history, worth a reported $40 million for three years. Despite the contract, Kardashian and Odom will only make occasional appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Though it is reported, Odom has hired a team of personal trainers to get him back into shape, he was photographed yesterday teaching sister-in-law Kim how to play basketball for scenes for the news season of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
Playing for your country isn’t enough for some NBA players. FoxSports.com is reporting future Hall of Famers Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade want to be paid to play in the Olympics in London this summer.
According to Allen, “Everybody says, ‘Play for your country.’ But [N.B.A. players are] commodities, your businesses. You think about it, you do camps in the summer, you have various opportunities to make money. When you go overseas and play basketball, you lose those opportunities, what you may make… If I’m an accountant and I get outsourced by my firm, I’m going to make some money somewhere else.”
Apparently making $18 million a season isn’t enough for the Miami Heat super star. Wade told ESPN: “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell. We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well.”
Wade and Allen have both been apart of Olympic gold medal teams in 2008 and 2004 respectivley. But in 2004, in the midst of player rifts and lack of enthusiasm Team USA finished a disappointing third becoming the first U.S. men’s basketball team with NBA players to lose an Olympic game. It was reported Wade along with Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Carlos Boozer made a pact to win gold, earning the nickname redeem team. But apparently, green is better than gold.
Lamar Odom has worn out his southern hospital welcome and has been released by the Dallas Mavericks. Fans of the show Khloe and Lamar have seen first hand Odom’s difficult transition as a member of the Mavericks. In the 50-games this season, Odom has only started four and averaged a career low 6 points per game. Odom also took a personal leave of absence to attend to his father in LA.
In a statement to ESPNDallas.com Odom said: “The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”
Because Odom was still on the roster at the March 15 trade deadline, he is ineligible to play for another NBA team this season. However, instead of releasing Odom Mavericks are making him inactive. The Mavericks owe Odom $8.2 million for the 2012 and 2013 season, and hope to dump some of his contract by trading him in the offseason.
But it may be difficult to find another team willing to take a chance on the 13-year veteran. Last month, even head coach Rick Carisle called out Odom’s commitment, “Our fans want to know that Lamar’s in. Our players want to know that Lamar’s in. It’s not about how many points he’s scoring or rebounds … Our fans, our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire and we haven’t seen that so far and that’s got to change.”