Random Shizzle – WCOB edition

Published: August 23, 2006

Lazy, lazy days. The summer keeps rolling along at a snail's pace, and if it wasn't for Chris Paul and Team USA providing some relief, my head would have been in the oven weeks ago.

With nothing better to do, let's take a look at how some familiar names are doing in the FIBA World Championship of Basketball over in Japan. We'll start with the obvious…

The best point guard in the Worlds

Chris Paul, Team USA:
Three games deep and Team USA look impressive, having notched double-digit wins over Puerto Rico, Yao and Slovenia. Having started all three games, the future of our franchise has dished out 26 assists, compared to just 3 turnovers. That's a ratio of almost 9:1, which is absolutely ridiculous. Paul is also averaging three steals per game, while contributing 11ppg on 58% shooting.

Man, I can't wait for November.

Arvydas Macijauskas, Lithuania:
This may be the last thing I ever write about Macas, so savor it. His team seems to be struggling so far in the tournament, having dropped two of their four games to date. The best Lithuanian ever to play for the Hornets has been impressive however, averaging 16.8ppg on 49% shooting. He's also been dishing out 3.5 assists and grabbing 2.8 boards per game. Nice numbers, right?

Somewhere, Byron Scott is shrugging his shoulders and saying "I don't really give a shit."

Bostjan Nachbar, Slovenia:
Another former lodger in Byron Scott's dog house, Nachbar faced off against Team USA yesterday, doing damage to the tune of 15 points and 7 rebounds. Still, his team got creamed, 114-95. The Slovenians are now 2-2 after trumping Puerto Rico earlier this morning.

The Boston Snackbar is averaging 12.5 points on 42% shooting.

Alex Garcia, Brazil:
Brazil have lost two of their three games so far. Garcia, the one time Baron Davis backup, has been quiet, averaging just 6.3 points and 3.3 boards in about 19 minutes per.

And that's it.

Our second round draft pick, Marcus Vinicius (or Marquinhos, as he likes to be called) isn't on the roster for Brazil, presumably because he's still rehabbing from that hand injury, or maybe he just sucks and they don't want him.

In other news, there is no other news, but Hornet Henry is back answering questions over at The Official. I read through that and didn't feel the urge to kick him in the face like last time, so I guess that means he's getting better.

Oh, and Warriors fans believe that Baron Davis is about to have a huge year, and they don't mean huge in terms of his contract, his waist, or even his swollen ankles. I'm just glad we're no longer the ones being disappointed annually by B-Diddy.

Also, some news regarding this here fine site:

The whole thing might be down for a few days next week when we try switching over to a new server. The estimate is 24-48 hours downtime, but these things have a tendency to make estimates look stupid, so we don't really know. I'll throw an update in right here when we know more. 

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