FIBA, which is the French acronym for bored basketball fan civil servants, is floating the idea of introducing a three-on-three tournament for the 2016 Olympics, which leads me to ask a question.Who, other than these blockheads, thought this was needed?I mean, have you ever watched a basketball game and thought, You know, I like this, but there are just too many players to keep track of, and I get confused?Let me answer that for you. No. Nobody. Ever.What this is, the only thing it can be, is medal envy. There is one gold medal winner well, 12, actually, but only one event. Basketball. And since the U.S. usually wins it, nobody in America has ever felt the need to want more.But FIBA sees swimming, which has 130 events or so, and gymnastics, which has about 200, including the always popular stick-figures-waving-ribbons-and-hula-hoops to music you would only play outside houses with criminals inside whom you wish to draw out into the open.And there really is only one other basketball event. I mean, even they wouldnt offer up layup lines, or H-O-R-S-E, or play to 21 by twos. Not even the greatest H-O-R-S-E player ever would watch it, probably because he lives at a playground and doesnt have Internet service.In short, FIBA, having failed to provide an answer to Who Asked For This, Why? or Is This Something You Want To Propose Out In The Open With Your Names Attached To It, Really? doesnt have a compelling argument. True, we didnt ask for an endless series of shows about rich spoiled housewives trying to de-eye each other while wearing ball gowns on television either, but thats our fault for watching to begin with.This is beyond fathoming. 3-on-3 is best in its natural environment, the playground. You know, where you find the teeter totter and the monkey bars and the chain link fence and the round metal backboards and the sand pit and the hopscotch games. Somehow, with Brazil so far unable to provide most of the stadia required of it, this is the one thing they probably can manage.But thats still no reason to give people something they dont want, never wanted, and believe that there will be minimal competition.FIBA, at the very least, should be forced to show that there are other countries that could effectively challenge the U.S. in 3-on-3. I wager there are not there are certainly fewer than challenged the U.S. for gold in stodgy boring old 5-on-5.But once it manages to fabricate that evidence, it should then be forced to produce people who give a damn. That they will not be able to do, unless its by using the Hey, you want more rhythmic gymnastics on TV? argument. And even then theyll barely break even.Oh, well. Progress, I suppose. And now, back to Real Housewives of Council Bluffs, Iowa. This weeks episode, The Grange Meeting Pie Incident.
NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association announced today that it has denied the Toronto Raptors’ protest of their 102-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 20, 2016.
The Raptors’ protest asserted that the game officials incorrectly called for an instant replay review of whether the Raptors’ Terrence Ross released a three-point shot prior to the expiration of actual time remaining in the game. The Replay Center official reviewed video of the play using a digital timer and determined that the actual time remaining in the game expired before Ross released his shot, and the shot therefore did not count.
The league found that calling for an instant replay review in this case was consistent with the playing rules because the game officials determined that there was a clock malfunction on the play.
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After a long five-game road trip, the Kings return to Golden 1 Center Friday night to take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Sacramento is fresh off a win over the Mavericks and looking to make it two in a row.
Following the Knicks game, the road weary Kings fly to Utah to face the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back. Sacramento is 4-4 over its last eight games and trying to claw back towards the .500 mark on the season.
The Knicks were thoroughly embarrassed on their home floor by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, falling by a final of 126-94. Anthony scored just eight points in 24 minutes of action as New York saw their four game win streak fall by the wayside.
Kings by 4.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Darren Collison vs. Brandon Jennings -- Collison is quietly getting his game going after missing the first eight games of the season. After his 19-point performance against Dallas on Wednesday, the 29-year-old point guard is averaging 15 points and four assists over his last three games heading into Friday night. With Derrick Rose expected to miss Friday night’s game, Jennings is likely the starter at the point for New York. He dropped 19 points against Sacramento on Sunday, hitting 5-of-7 from the field in a reserve role.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 8-13, fourth place in Pacific
Knicks: 12-10, third place in Atlantic
Kings: No injuries to report.
Knicks: PG Derrick Rose (knee) unlikely to play.
After losing in New York on Sunday afternoon, Sacramento trails the season series 1-0 to the Knicks. The Kings hold a 153-143 advantage over the Knicks all-time, but New York leads 34-29 during the Sacramento-era.