News broke early yesterday of Tawanna Iverson filing papers for divorce from longtime husband Allen. It is on the record that Tawanna’s demands for her husband to pass the potatoes or pass the wine continued to fall on deaf ears. She also claimed that the man she married became much different than the man she was engaged to back in the 90s. He refused to defend her and took terrible shots at her during arguments.
The Iversons, who have five children together, have cited irreconcilable differences as cause for the breakup. When asked for comment, AI chided: Engagement? We’re talking about engagement?
It did my heart good to see the Dwyane Wades nip the Lakers in overtime last night,114-111, in Miami. Man, what I wouldn’t give to see Wade and Kobe trade places for a season. In 2005-06, the Heat miraculously won a champiosnhip with a decent team at best. Two seasons later, Wade was injured for a good part of it, and that Heat team may have been the worst in the history of the league, the ’72-73 Sixers and ’09-10 Nets included. The loyal Marquette product handled it like a pro and will likely re-sign this offseason with a franchise whose next two best players are a young and inconsistent Michael Beasley and probably Dorell Wright.
If you’re keeping score, Kobe has at his disposal the best big man in the league in Pau Gasol, a top 12 forward in Lamar Odom, an uber-talented big man in Andrew Bynum, and one of the great clutch players of our generation in Derek Fisher.
It’s amazing how the greatest player in the Milky Way galaxy gets me so worked up. Ok, on to last night’s small slate.
Memphis 105, Chicago 96
The Zach Randolph traveling road show continued in Chicago last night as he registered his typical 31 (12-18 fg) and 18 as Memphis came from 17 down to upset Chicago. Rudy Gay has been coming on of late and finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 23 points and Derrick Rose added 20, but played injured. Speaking of injuries, Kirk Hinrich (14 pts, 4 st, 2 bk) rolled and ankle and left last night, returned to the game, and re-rolled it in the fourth quarter. He status has yet to be determined, but it doesn’t look good. Look to add Flip Murray in the meantime.
Utah 116, Phoenix 108
Deron Williams led a late charge as the Jazz came from 11 back with 7:43 to play to upend the Suns in Phoenix. Williams drilled five 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine assists and has been white hot lately, despite playing with an injured wrist. And all it takes is the Phoenix defense to awaken Mehmet Okur from a season-long slumber. The big Turk contributed 24 points and a pair of threes and might be a worthy fantasy play the rest of the season. Ama’re Stoudemire erupted for a game-high 30 points (11-17 fg) and do my eyes deceive me? Two blocked shots!! He has averaged 27.8 points over his last seven and is apparently trying to make up for ruining my season in the Damn Lies league… apology not accepted, Ama’re.
Miami 114, LA lakers 111 (ot)
Wade used all of his powers and all of his skills to muster 27 points and 14 assists in leading his crapola team to the surprising win. Point guard Carlos Arroyo returned to the starting lineup in place of Rafer Alston and recorded an efficient 17 points (6-7 fg) and five assists. Kobe totaled 39 points in the loss and Odom added 13 points (6-8 fg), 11 boards and two steals off the bench. Kudos to Jermaine O’Neal for taking a huge charge on Bryant in the waning moments of the extra period.
There are lots of lopsided-looking games on the board tonight, but Lakers at Bobcats should be interesting. Enjoy the weekend.