A Role For World Metta Peace: Little Britain’s “Desiree”

With reports surfacing that Los Angeles Lakers’ Ron Arte…er…I mean Metta World Peace was being courted by the Cheshire Jets to play in the United Kingdom, the team is apparently also said to be dangling a role in a British soap opera. The Jets, unlike other clubs such as Besiktas, don’t have the same finances to be able to pay top dollar for NBA stars. Officials for the team admit they can’t afford Artest so they feel this is the next best thing.

“Our commitment is to help raise Ron’s profile in the U.K. in order to help him develop his music and movie career over here while playing basketball,” the Jets’ Peter Hawkins told ESPN.com.

Even though his publicist denies there’s a deal in the works, Artest seems more than excited about the opportunity based his recent tweet: “Go Jets!!!!! Uk , here we come!!! Jets are the best!!!” While the name of the soap opera hasn’t been released, many news outlets in the U.K are suggesting that Artest could appear on some of the popular soap shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Crossroads.

But my pick for soap show? Why not the sketch comedy Little Britain? He could easily fill in as Bubbles DeVere’s rival Desiree. Don’t know who Bubbles is? Check out the following video. #NSFW


LeBron Might Of Went To South Beach…But Kevin Love Is Taking His Talents To Manhattan Beach

What do you do when there’s an NBA lockout about to happen? You start playing volleyball and hang out with some pretty hot ladies. From Larry Brown Sports, Kevin Love announced this afternoon that he’s going to be playing in the Manhattan Beach Open next month. The Timberwolves Power Forward is trading in his sneakers for bare feet.

“Jose Cuervo came to me and said that they wanted me to be a part of it and I took it and ran with it — I thought it was a home run. It’s a different thing I could use throughout the lockout to keep active and kind of have fun with, so I’m very excited about it.”

When asked if he has more ideas like this for the future during the lockout…

“I’m not opposed to anything. I’m down to try new things and new sports, so I’m definitely taking the Ochocinco route. I’m definitely down to try anything, I think it’s fun.”

Forget Turkey and overseas ball. I’d stick with volleyball K. Love…Sun, Jose Cuervo, and Hot Girls? You my friend, are spending your time wisely.

All new episodes of Tim and Sid: Uncut begin airing tomorrow Tim and Sidizens! #CantWait

Tim and Sidizens: Team Live Deliver Some Video Classics

In true form, you can always count on Tim and Sidizens around the nation to help out with the Tim and Sid: Uncut review blog. I’ve been meaning to post these videos here for awhile, but I honestly kept forgetting to do it until this afternoon during lunch. And since the show is currently on a hiatus, there’s no better time than now. Again, we celebrate everything that is the Tim and Sid: Uncut radio show/podcast so here’s some more great videos from Team Live.

The first video tweeted my way was from Tim and Sidzen, Ross aka @thenxtbabyjesus. He sent me this great clip I’ll call “Hainser Destroys Burger”.

Our second clip was brought to you by our boy Ross once again. It’s an old clip from December 2008 which shows Seixeiro murdering Will Strickland in a little debate during theScore’s The Shot Clock.

Jonas Valanciunas’ Training Camp Update: Off To The Second Round

According to Sportas.delfi.It (lithuanian sports site), it’s been reported that Jonas Valanciunas has made it to the next round of the men’s national basketball team try-outs for the upcoming EuroBasket 2011. The first training camp took place in the city of Druskininkai and players Mindaugas Lukauskis and Arthuras Jomantas were sent home Saturday night.

The remaining 17 potentials, including Jonas, will now pack up and head to Palanga for the second stage of camp that begins Monday. Good luck to Valaciunas from all the Tim and Sidizens.


TimSidizen’s Update: Michael Jordan Brought Some Friends To NBA 2K12

* Atari’s 1978 BASKETBALL

Sorry Tim and Sidizens…another blog entry in hopes of keeping you entertained until Tim and Sid: Uncut return next week.

Need something to help cure the impending NBA lockout blues? Did you enjoy last year’s NBA 2K11 starring the one and only Michael Jordan? Well, the NBA video game franchise isn’t wasting any time on their next game in the series. Late this past week, the video game franchise announced that they will have three different covers for NBA 2K12 as NBA legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will join Michael Jordan in this year’s edition.

Up until last year, the only gaming system I ever had was the Super Nintendo; but when NBA 2K11 announced Jordan was coming back to the video game world for the first time in almost a decade, I went out and purchased an XBOX in anticipation for it’s release. For me personally, NBA 2K11 isn’t just a video game, it’s a piece of memorabilia.

In my eyes, NBA 2K11 was the greatest simulation basketball game I’ve ever played; the key feature being the ability to duplicate 10 of the greatest moments in Michael Jordan’s career. But this got me thinking, video games have come a long way since my SNES days and memories of past NBA games in my childhood began flooding back. Here’s a breakdown of my favourite basketball simulation games growing up and proof that the gaming world continues to get better.

I know I said I never owned a gaming system until the SNES was released…but the Commodore 64 we owned at the time was never used for games; it was used for grade 4 writing projects. My friend Tony DeBartolo owned the game and after school, we would spend hours playing Jordan vs. Bird: One on One. At that time, neither of us wanted to play as the white kid from Indiana.

Circa 1988 – I played Double Dribble for the first time. I was in grade 5 and never owned a Nintendo. I had to save my weekly allowance in order to rent the system and game at the local corner store down the street. At the time, the video game dunks had to be the greatest thing I’d ever seen in a video game and the “straight-arm” shot didn’t seem to bother me.

Finally on my 14th birthday, I received my very first gaming system – the Super Nintendo. Despite my parents wishes, my aunt and uncle came through and delivered every boy’s wish at the time. The first games I owned? NHL ’94 and Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs. By this time, I was rockin’ the Jordan sneakers and wishing I was the man himself. I would spend hours playing this video game and it wasn’t until I watched this little video below that I remembered little characteristics of the game that made it so special: the noise from shooting a brick, the wonky net, and how difficult it was to dunk (or at least getting into the lane). However, after months of playing, I found an error in the game which allowed the player to hit a three-pointer 100% of the time. I used to dribble just past halfcourt, move my character to the bottom corner, and shot the trey…money every time. Eventually it became a contest to see how many three-pointers I could hit with Jordan in one game.

By 1997, I was just finishing high school and the last simulated basketball game I played until NBA 2K11 was released was the Playstation’s NBA Live ’97. I was working at Blockbuster at the time and during the weekends, if the PSX hadn’t been rented out, I’d take the system home for a couple of days. This was the first game I had every played where the video game closely resembled players’ shots, layups, dunks, and alley-oops. “Here’s the tip.” (the PSX version was hard to find but below is the Super Nintendo version of the game – very similar)

And that was it…soon girls became important, beer was available without a fake ID, George Street became a constant routine, and provincial basketball took up much of my time. Now, 14 years later…pretending to be Michael Jordan doesn’t seem to get old.

Tim Sidizen’s Update: Hang Your Head High Hoya Destroya

Several news agencies reported Thursday evening that the Detroit Pistons have named Lawrence Frank as their new head coach and a deal will be made sometime over the weekend. Congratulations Lawrence and all the best with your new venture.

But a big shout-out to NBA Legend Patrick Ewing – assistant coach for the Orlando Magic since 2007 – for finally getting an interview regarding a head coaching position. From what he told the New York Daily News in June, Ewing sounded like a man who was dying for the chance to be a head coach:

“It’s disappointing that I haven’t moved to the next step to getting a head coaching job, but all I can do is keep working hard and keep on preparing myself for whenever that opportunity arises. “I’m not just a big man’s coach. I’m a coach.”

Ewing goes on to say that he feels somewhat pigeonholed as a “big man’s” coach after having success working with Yao Ming in Houston and now Dwight Howard in Orlando – something he believes to be unfair.

But hang in there Ewing – something’s bound to come your way eventually. And don’t settle for just anything…I know David Kahn is looking for someone but it might be best to stay away from that circus.

Another BEST OF Tim and Sid: Uncut will air this afternoon at 4PM ET. Tune in live at theScore Radio or on SIRIUS Radio Channel 158. Have a good weekend Tim and Sidizens!

Tristan Thompson: “I’m Definitely Looking Forward To Wearing The Red and White…”

This past Friday, Canada Basketball announced their training camp roster for the Senior Men’s National Team, as well as the summer competition staff and schedule. The training camp roster is a list of 17 players, which features professionals from all over the world. It is highlighted by several athletes from last summer’s team including the NBA’s Joel Anthony (MIA), Andy Rautins (NYK), and European professionals such as Jermaine Anderson, Denham Brown, Levon Kendall, Jevohn Shepherd, and Aaron Doomekamp.

Also worthy to note (clearly a plug for my home province), Newfoundlander and national team veteran, Carl English will also be attending the camp after being sidelined from the team due to an injury last summer. During that time, English was playing some of his best basketball as a starter with DKV Joventut before the injury happened. You can check out the entire training camp roster here.

What’s interesting about the list of names that are attending the training camp are the names NOT on the list, notably recent NBA Draft picks Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson. While I understand both men are obviously busy with their new teams, contract negotiations, and working out, I think I was most surprised not to see Tristan Thompson’s name on the list especially after his recent interview with Tim and Sid: Uncut and claiming that he’s looking forward to wearing the red and white. Check out Thompson’s commitment to and discussion with Tim and Sid on Canada Basketball below.

Tim and Sid: Uncut – July 8th, 2011

I understand that the Cleveland Cavaliers may be another factor influencing Thompson’s decision not to play, but in that case, I probably would have been better with him telling the boys that he’s not 100% sure what he’s going to do when it comes to representing Canada. But who am I to criticize – I’m just a fan of basketball, Team Canada, and Tristan Thompson and I’m only providing the information. You would have given the team a boost Tristan.