Best NBA stories of '06-07 (cont.)
Posted: Monday April 30, 2007 4:25PM; Updated: Monday April 30, 2007 4:25PM
The Utah Jazz were finally able to unanimously decide to wear black shoes, as former center Greg Ostertag had previously always voted against it.
Drew Gooden was listed as day-to-day after straining his groin on a dunk attempt during warm-ups.
The NBA introduced and sanctioned a new game ball that caused paper cuts on the hands of the players.
Sixers forward Joe Smith selected The Exorcist as the greatest horror film of all time.
Jazz rookie Ronnie Brewer sprained his left ankle by stepping on it with his right foot after he "forgot to stop running."
Jason Collins threw out his back while putting on his sneakers.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, a stomach virus affected "six players, two trainers, one assistant coach, at least three wives and assorted other family members of the Spurs."
Yao Ming decided to walk from the hotel in Minneapolis to the arena even though it was 7 degrees outside.
Nets rookie Mile Ilic took a cab two miles to a New Jersey Wendy's and paid $35 for the trip. "I didn't do that again," he said.
Kwame Brown was accused of stealing a man's birthday cake in Los Angeles.
Andres Nocioni had to leave a Bulls game after getting his tongue split open.
Dikembe Mutombo made a surprise appearance at the State Of The Union address.
Hornets center Marc Jackson detailed his love of all things equestrian thusly: "It's hard to explain the feeling you get when you're on a horse. I just get a true pleasure, a sense of being at peace. No matter if the horse is having a good day or a bad day, I really feel at peace with him."
Upon seeing Marv Albert at back-to-back Nets games, Nets forward Bernard Robinson asked Albert why the Nets were playing on TNT two nights in a row, apparently not understanding that Marv Albert announces all of the Nets games.
Rasheed Wallace dubbed Pistons reserves Dale Davis and Jason Maxiell "The Goon Squad."
Lindsay Hunter was suspended 10 games after testing positive for phentermine, which Hunter said he ingested accidentally. According to Hunter, he was trying to take a pill for a cold he was battling but accidentally took one of his wife's diet pills.
Earl Watson received a technical foul after he was upset by a call and responded by throwing a bounce pass into the butt of referee Ron Lewis.
Yao Ming decided not to watch the Chinese basketball finals on the Internet because he didn't want to pay the $10 fee for Internet access in his hotel room.
Chris Wilcox suffered a laceration after shutting his own locker door on his head.
After scoring a season-high 14 points in a game, Spurs center Francisco Elson attributed his infusion of energy to Red Bull.
Boston coach Doc Rivers made so many curious personnel decisions during a Celtics game that he was forced to announce he wasn't trying to lose on purpose.
Ron Artest sent a text message to his Kings teammates informing them he was going to retire after the season.
Bonzi Wells ended his season early after text messaging the Rockets' trainer that he felt he was being a distraction to the team.
Referee Joey Crawford allegedly challenged Tim Duncan to a fight.
Danny Fortson was able to play but unable to travel on road trips with the Sonics because of a sore knee. Late in the season he missed a trip because of an abscess in his mouth that would allegedly explode at high altitude.
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Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com.