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The Golden State Warriors' Matt Barnes apparently got a tattoo the other day featuring praying hands and the word "Believe." I imagine it's for religious reasons. But the long-suffering fans in the Bay Area will be happy to hop on the bandwagon. Tonight's game was a lot of fun to watch. Whatever his extracurricular convictions, I've long been a fan of Barnes's willingness to sweat the small stuff. He singlehandedly imparted discipline to UCLA teams that would otherwise have drifted aimlessly in La-La Land. And then there's his former teammate Baron Davis, who was one of my favorite Pac-10 players to watch. Even though I side with the Bruins' older brothers up north, I was crushed to watch Baron blow out his knee in an NCAA tournament game against Kentucky. And I've been delighted to see him find a way to make his mark in the NBA. He has been money, of late, combining the irrepressible, smile-happy spirit of his amateur days with a gravity befitting a professional. In that regard, he's a lot like his friend and mentor Magic Johnson. Anyway, it's nice to see the Warriors finally winning games that matter. Even if they fail to top the heavily-favored Mavericks in what would be one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, they have given the basketball world a real treat in their first-round series. Their performance won't resurrect the Macarthur Maze, much less the Son of Man, but it matters both to the faithful and those souls who had been tempted up to Arco or, heaven forfend, the Staples Center during the team's years in the wilderness.

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letter_2elise From: letter_2elise Date: April 30th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wasn't that a great game??? Damn if I haven't had a great stretch of sports viewing for the last week or two.

I was this close to an arrangement with Matt Barnes to do a small fundraiser for one of my school sites, and it fell through because of personal differences between him and the person coordinating the event. I'm quite bummed about that, but it was out of my hands. I am being offered a potential new deal with a member of the Kings, but I couldn't help but think of what my organization will miss out on by not working with Matt. Oh well.

And I couldn't help but wonder how the hell all those people made it to the Coliseum? BART must be crazy.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 30th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Personal differences? Strange. I can't believe all those people made it there either. Damn, what a mess the work week will be.

Oh, and I was catching up on my "Friends" list this morning and learned about Z's flu. How did that turn out? It sounded alarmingly bad. Did you make it to your spa date?
letter_2elise From: letter_2elise Date: April 30th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Personal differences - a more PC way to say that the personal relationship ended! I have a dear friend who dates NBA players. She's also a sports promoter, so my organization benefits from community service efforts she helps arrange (at least as long as she is getting along with said player).

Z's flu was brutal. I don't think she's ever been that sick, but a few days later it cleared-up. Thanks for asking. And I did go to the spa thing - which was somewhat relaxing. I am just not able to dive in to relaxation mode I guess. I'm glad I went, but I didn't walk away feeling like a new person or anything.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 30th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I see. . . Glad Z is better. That sort of thing is hellish to deal with.

Also, the sort of person who walks away "a new person" after a spa visit is not the sort of person, before or after, that you or I can stand!
siyeh From: siyeh Date: April 30th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey there. Are we still on for lunch today? I will be around campus until 1230 or 1, so just let me know before then. Give me a call. I'll be in the pool for about 45 but that's about it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 30th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Just saw your e-mail too. I want to, but it may get complicated, since I have many student appointments. Can you call me -- 626-0775 -- in the office or on my cell around 10:30am to see how things are looking?

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 30th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Free around 12:35pm. Call me on my work line -- 626-0775 -- as I left the cell in the car.
schencka From: schencka Date: April 30th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I mourn the Mavs (don't think they'll come back), but they're obviously being outplayed. Their team chemistry vanished. They used to play an uptempo halfcourt game, and get offensive rebound after offensive rebound, and then go get stops. They're not doing any of those things.
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