Posted: Monday April 25, 2005 11:03AM; Updated: Monday April 25, 2005 11:03AM
For a second year, Sonics forward Vlad Radmanovic appeared as the Grandfather in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.
Amare Stoudemire has five cars, one for each weekday.
Paul Pierce was denied entry to a P.Diddy/Ja Rule party because he wasn't dressed well enough.
Bulls rookie Andres Nocioni learned English by watching TNT and Cinemax.
Porn star/former California gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey attended an Orlando Magic game as a guest of Magic power forward Mario Kasun.
When he suspected he was about to be traded, Jalen Rose came to a Raptors game dressed in all black, including his underwear.
Blazers coach Mo Cheeks banned popcorn from the locker room.
The Bulls' team bus broke down in Boston, then hit a taxi cab. When they finally got to practice, all the basketballs were frozen from being underneath the bus for so long.
During a Pistons/Magic game in Orlando, a dog involved in the halftime show took a crap on the court under the basket. The feces was discovered by Rasheed Wallace.
After vacationing in the Bahamas over the All-Star break, Rip Hamilton was detained by U.S. Customs officials because they were suspicious of the amount of cash he was carrying.
Yao Ming told Tyson Chandler he was going to make him "swallow his mouthpiece."
Kwame Brown named his daughter Kwameeri.
Artest recently performed a rap concert in Indianapolis, which included his song "Henney," about Hennessey.
The Blazers fined Theo Ratliff $35,000 for missing seven weightlifting sessions, twice the amount it would cost Ratliff to miss seven practices.
Bulls guard Chris Duhon opened the locker room door and popped coach Scott Skiles in the head. Skiles needed several stitches to close the wound.
An Orlando radio station erroneously reported that Cavs forward Drew Gooden was killed in a car accident. Gooden later said he was at home watching Napoleon Dynamite.
Game Of The Week
In honor of the NFL Draft, this week's game is actually a test. Try this sample Wonderlic Test, the quiz that all potential NFL draftees are required to take. And to see how actual NFL quarterbacks have done on the test,click here. Anyone else surprised at Jeff George's score?
Life Improvement Of The Week
This isn't funny or anything, but I thought it was pretty interesting. Now if someone could figure out a way to put weather alerts on the TV screen without blocking the score of the games.
Data Dump Of The Week
While we're looking at science and tests and numbers, we must include Mark Cuban, who has gone back and computed the Mavs record in games with various referees involved. Next time Danny Crawford shows up in Dallas, Cubes better lock him in the dressing room.
Name Game Of The Week
I think we all agree that Michael Vick's supposed alias, Ron Mexico, is one of genius. Now you can create your own here. I was assigned "Hank Iraq," which is sort of disappointing, to be honest. For a better option, try inputting "Terrell Owens."
Lang Whitaker is the online editor at SLAM magazine and writes daily at http://www.SLAMonline.com.