Wacky NBA preseason shenanigans

Sports

The countdown to the 2013-14 NBA season is now set at 30 full days. That’s 720 hours, which is 43,200 minutes, which is 2,592,000 seconds. Though daunting, it will come with time.

Plus, regardless of whether games are happening or not, there is never a dull moment. It was established that Lamar Odom was never missing, Tracy McGrady stepped down from his 16-year post in the League and Dennis Rodman has announced that he will return to North Korea to hang out with Kim Jong-un.

Since the Lakers dumped him in 2011, LO has never been the same. His double-digit and double-double averages sank to 6.6 points per game and 4.0 points per game with the Mavericks and Clippers, respectively.

Though his marriage to Khloe Kardashian can seem like a positive aspect in a twisted way, lately reports have said their relationship is faltering. A source said he was missing, to which Khloe said she knew exactly where he was, and the story continues tumbling downhill.

He was arrested for a DUI and is reported to suffer from addiction problems—not cotton candy, but as TMZ reports, Oxycontin and cocaine.

I don’t know Lamar personally, yet I’ve watched him on the Lakers through the years. I have seen the ridiculous technical refs tend to call on him and his oftentimes-boyish reactions. From that, he seems like a sensitive player who simply wants to play ball. I hope all of LA sends him well-wishes.

Next on the NBA news radar is T-Mac retiring at 34 years old. He may have been drafted by the Raptors, but he belonged in the red and white Rockets jersey. He and Yao Ming joined forces, gained the support of all of China and put on a show season after season after season.

He now caps off his career with a 14.4 points per game average, and leaves us with legendary memories such as when he rained 13 points on the Spurs in 33 seconds on Dec. 4, 2004 in a Reggie Miller-esque fashion.

On Grantland, Bill Simmons says T-Mac deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame, and I stand by that argument.

Aside from Lamar’s struggle to restart his NBA career and Tracy McGrady’s decision to end his, retired Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has become somewhat of a public diplomat in building relations between the U.S. and North Korea—well, sort of.

Rodman first visited North Korea in March 2013. The trip seemed a success as Rodman, known as the Worm, tweeted his way through it spurring the hashtag “#worminNorthKorea.” He dined and casually went to basketball games with the dictator.

In May 2013, the Worm tweeted at Kim Jong-un to “do me a solid” and release Korean American detainee Kenneth Bae. That didn’t work out so well, yet Rodman told Reuters he is heading back again for another “basketball diplomacy tour.”

It’s baffling imagining a strict, controlling ruler chilling out with Dennis Rodman, who is quite a character with multi-colored hair and multiple piercings. Jong-un Reportedly called Rodman an “awesome guy.” Their relationship is hard proof that sports cross boundaries—even boundaries that have stumped the U.S. government.

As published in the Pepperdine University print student publication, The Graphic.

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