Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bowling for Hornets

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 8:12 PM

The above video is of Hornets rookie forward Julian Wright bowling alongside teammate Hilton Armstrong. A couple of things that should be noted:

  • Wright, despite playing for only two years, is quite adept at the sport
  • He also bowls at a frenetic pace, as noted by his use two lanes per game
  • His shoes — sporting his alma mater’s (Kansas) colors — look strikingly the rentals at AMF All-Star lanes in Kenner.

Turns out that this is a regular exercise for Wright on off days. He says his average is I around 215 and his highest ever score was 278. Yesterday he bowled seven games for an average of 203 and a high of 246. Of course, that doesn’t include his low game of 146, when he played left-handed.

Also playing with Wright and Armstrong yesterday was Hornets ball boy Chase Forestier, who’s been bowling since he was 8 years old. This was the first time Forestier has played with Wright and he said he was surprised at how refined the basketball player’s game was.

“I expected him to look a little more awkward being so tall,” he said. “How tall are you, Julian? 6-8?”

“6-8 and a half,” Julian growled back jokingly.

Check out the pictures and more about Wright's day bowling, after the jump.

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PAR Analyzes Good, Bad, Ugly of Reform Session

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 5:05 PM

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), a longtime independent watchdog group, has released an excellent analysis of the just-completed special legislative session on ethics reform. Here it is.

The special legislative session that adjourned on Tuesday yielded an impressive set of reforms to the state’s ethics, campaign finance and other laws. Several long-resisted changes were enacted to disclose public officials’ personal financial dealings, forbid state officials from personally profiting through state contracts, eliminate many of the freebies officials have traditionally enjoyed, require more reporting on lobbyist-official interaction, and make state budget information more accessible to the public. Unfortunately, both the Legislature and administration also both expressed a clear and unashamed commitment to maintain certain protections and exceptions that PAR has long held should be eliminated.

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All-Star Antawn Jamison's Katrina story

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 4:15 AM

Antawn and the kids

At first glance, nothing seems amiss in this photo. Wizards forward Antawn Jamison with 20 kids he bought tickets for through his “A Better Tomorrow” foundation. Many players all over the league buy tickets to home games for kids.

But take a closer look at the background and see that those are the lower-bowl seats inside the Hornets Arena. This photo was taken at Monday night’s Hornets-Wizards game at the Hive. Turns out that Jamison, though he played his high school ball in North Carolina, was born in Shreveport, La.

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Morgan In The Middle

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 4:05 AM

Has anyone else noticed the similarities in the two characters Morgan Freeman portrays in his most recent DVD releases, Feast of Love and Gone Baby Gone? These two films could not be more different in all aspects.

Feast of Love, directed by Robert Benton, is about eight couples who grapple with the different levels of love. Morgan Freeman plays Harry, a professor who has taken a leave from the University to deal with the grief of losing his son to a drug overdose. Gone Baby Gone is the tale of a Boston community torn apart by a missing child. In this film, directed by Ben Affleck and starring little brother Casey, Freeman plays a police officer who heads a special unit which deals with missing children.

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