DONUT 1: LeBron James calls the NBA "watered down'' and in doing so, isn't exactly helping his players' union brothers … or their cause in the coming labor strife.
"Hopefully,'' LeBron says, "the league can figure out one way where it can go back to the '80s where you had three or four All-Stars, three or four superstars, three or four Hall of Famers on the same team. The league was great. It wasn't as watered down as it is."
James thinks it would be better for the league if some of the top players on the bottom teams were able to play for more successful teams.
"It's not my job,'' he says. "I'm a player. But that is why the league was so great," James said. "Imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesota and add him to another team and you shrink the (league). Looking at some of the teams that aren't that great, you take Brook Lopez or you take Devin Harris off these teams that aren't that good right now and you add him to a team that could be really good … I'm not saying let's take New Jersey and let's take Minnesota out of the league. But hey, you guys are not stupid, I'm not stupid, it would be great for the league."
Speaking of "stupid'' … LeBron, you just publicly supported contraction -- and thus supported claims of ill health by owners and thus supported the loss of jobs of fellow union members.
The players, partnering up with 106.1 KISS FM and Buckner Family Services, were joined by family members of their own. Novak's wife was part of the gathering, and Chandler was joined by 13 members of his extended family.
And Jason Terry got into the act, too, hosting foster children at a party at Speed Zone.
DONUT 3: The two Mavs centers are among the NBA leaders in dunking
DONUT 4: The Ohio State football players bartered their way to getting tattoos. That's an NCAA violation, so the five Buckeyes will be punished …
AFTER they participate in Ohio State's upcoming bowl game.
Ain't amateur sports grand?
DONUT 5: Remember Richard Henne? Conman father of "Balloon Boy''? That Father of the Year is back, forcing his kids to pimp themselves out in a "music video'' that promotes his latest scam, "The Bear Scratch''!
What is "The Bear Scratch''? It's a song. It's a website at BearScratch.com. And it appears to be a piece of tree limb. That you can use to scratch your back with.
You can get it for only $29.99.
I think you should get Vote here a DB.com Mavs t-shirt instead.
DONUT 6: The Spurs lost to Orlando this week, a result that snapped a 10-game winning streak. And yes, this was the "new Spurs'' – eight Spurs were in double figures scoring, but they also allowed Orlando to shoot 59.5 percent.
"I wasn't too disturbed about anything," Pop said. "I didn't like it, but when it was 18-0 in fast break points at halftime, you know the juice just isn't there … You can only push so far, and teams are made up of people. Situations arise and you have to understand what's going on."
This is the "new Spurs.'' Pop even joked pre-game about hoping the Spurs could keep Orlando under 130.
He was close. Orlando 123, San Antonio 101.
Interesting to see how the "new Spurs'' hold up – and how Pop talks of it -- when the schedule demands more meetings with teams on Orlando's level and fewer teams on Minnesota's level.
DONUT 8: Louisville coach Rick Pitino as coach of the Puerto Rican national basketball team?
Cool! Because he wants to help the sport around the world! And because he likes hanging out with JJ Barea! And because Pitino is just a giving person!
Yeah. Plus, according to Scout.com, the top-ranked shooting guard in America in the Class of 2012 is named Ricky Ledo. … and Louisville wants him.
And Ricky Ledo is of Puerto Rican descent. … eligible, of course, to play with the Puerto Rican national team.
So yeah. There's that reason, too.
Ain't amateur sports grand?
DONUT 9: The Bucks say Brandon Jennings has broken a bone in his foot. And that he will miss about four weeks with the foot injury.
What's that specific injury, again, Bucks?
A fractured fifth metatarsal?
Four weeks? They might wanna ask Roddy B about that.
DONUT 10: They say Paul Westphal is in trouble in Sacto, and I understand that. … off to a 5-21 start and all. But – and I admit I am biased toward the former Mavs staffer here – didn't Kings upper management hand him a team of half-baked knuckleheads that it knew was going to have to remain in the oven for a while?
Did they think Tyreke Evans was going to become a safe driver overnight?
Did they think DeMarcus Cousins was anything but the sort of punk who would waltz into the lane after an opponent's missed free throw and make the "choke'' sign?
DONUT 11: Steve Novak gets two Donuts?
Yes! Novak is credted in the New York Times as being the career leaderListen to the of the Trillion Club.
DONUT 12: Are you sick of the Miami Heat? Join the Marcin Gortat club. You know what, I ain't watching ESPN anymore,'' the NBA center says. "I ain't watching ESPN unless there's a game. When the Miami Heat had this losing streak, people started talking less about them, and that was the right time to start talking about the different teams who are really good like the Boston Celtics, San Antonio. Now you've just got to hope that this losing streak's going to start today.''