What is a ridiculously wealthy NBAer to do with his summer and a near certain lockout looming? Head to the World Series of Poker! Paul Pierce is in Vegas. So is Donyell Marshall. Both were playing yesterday in a $1500 Hold 'Em event and Pierce decided to roll out the most intimidating card protector we've ever seen. Yes, that would be a Celtics world champion brick ring on his right hand next to the Red Bull. Paul's poker day revisited - JUMP!
Dallas Mavericks' guard J.J. Barea is one lucky little Puerto Rican. He's now an NBA champion & dating fellow Puerto Rican Zuleyka Rivera, who was Miss Universe in 2006. The guy goes from riding the pine, to NBA Finals stud, dropping three-point bombs and driving past LeBron. But you knew that. What you might have missed were his WAG's tweets. Translations, please! JUMP!
Ohio Governor John Kasich jumped on the "bash LeBron" bandwagon this afternoon by signing a resolution praising the Dallas Mavericks and their fans. Part of the resolution reads "Whereas, the proud city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio share in the excitement of Dallas Mavericks fans everywhere." That's right, Bron Bron, even state governments are against you. Full resolution in all its glory - JUMP!
And the photos keep rolling in. We now have Dirk Nowitzki appearing slightly hammered making his infamous Dirk face before or after his two-handed swig off this soon-to-be most Googled Ace of Spade bottle in history. We've seen estimates from Twitter dorks that these bottles go for $80k in the clubs. Frankly, we could care less. It's more than a case of Summer Shandy so it's expensive. There are also reports that Cuban ordered 100 regular Ace of Spade bottles to keep the party "popping" as the kids call it these days. DRUNK DIRK FACE FULL SHOT! JUMP!
Who knew we'd be talking about 31-year-old has-been Rashard Lewis at this point of June? But we are, and dude was trending for most of yesterday afternoon thanks to rumormongering gossip sites saying LeBron's poor Game 4 was due to Lewis hooking up with Bron's baby mama. How horrible to start such a rumor. Anyway, we found that Lewis was actually partying on South Beach this past weekend and was drunk. Your move, Stephen A. Smith.
NBA analyst Charles Barkley has repeatedly said the Miami Heat players are a bunch of whiners, but he went a step further on Wednesday, calling the team's fans the worst in the NBA. It's highly likely this opinion is a result of Sir Charles being crushed by Heat fans during the Eastern Conference Finals. But, research speaks volumes & these photos prove our point. Miami Heat Douchebag Fans! An Investigative Gallery! JUMP!
Miami Heat forward LeBron James has been MIA during the NBA Finals. Maybe that's because his mind is elsewhere. Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis, according to an urban gossip mongering website, allegedly had a tryst with LeBron's special lady, Savannah Brinson, while visiting South Beach. Ru-roh, Raggy! The DETAILS - after the jump!
And you didn't think we'd get into the "Bieber-Gomez attend Game 4" discussion today. Pffft. Our photo editors have been pouring over the photos and sent an email. "We've looked through 243 photos and the consensus in this office is that Selena might of had a few Fuzzy Navels before tip. Just a hunch," squawks BC Photo Editor Big Gay Rich. Two things instantly stood out from this dump: (a.) nice Texas Rangers hat, douche and (b.) she does look drunk. JUMP!
We've told you guys time and time and time again to stop it with your fascination with the NBA and black guys who hold press conferences to say where they'll be taking their talents. We are beyond excited that LeBron went scoreless in the 4th quarter. We're high-fiving ourselves that the guy barely showed a pulse from the field because it's going to be funny when he drops 35 on the Mavs in Game 5 and slices the throat of those of you who ride a guy for a night off. He had an off night. Just watch his pre-game speech - AFTER THE JUMP - to see it was just a bad night.
Just got back to Ohio from a Pa.-NYC trip & for some reason we have photos of Charles Barkley in late May at a Philly-area Pathmark grocery store in our inbox. Not sure why it's funny to see a NBA 50 Greatest All-Timer pushing a grocery cart around a grocery, but a famous guy preparing to attack the dessert aisle resonates with us. We want to see Chuck fill that cart with Oreo cheesecake. Maybe throw on one of those giant tubs of ice cream. More of Barkley's adventure - JUMP!
Here is what BC reader Jason B. sent to us while our Honda was headed towards NYC yesterday afternoon. "I don't know if this is BC material but nevertheless here is some nice NBA Finals behind the bench double cleavage," Jason wrote. Is it BC material? Is that a joke? Of course we love tipsters sending us images of cleav from sporting events. Actually encourage it. Full shot and challenge from Busted Coverage - after the jump!
A week ago this post was published with a plea for Mark Cuban to return to his old drunken, hanging on woman ways. Well, it seems the NBA Finals HAS brought out the old Cuban. We've been keeping an eye on Twitter for Cuban partying on South Beach photos and can show you what the billionaire has been up to. Check out the chick wrapping her arms around Mark - JUMP!
Spanish, Uruguayan and Argentinian web outlets are abuzz today after photos of Diego Forlan and his fiance Zaira Nara frolicking in Miami hit the interwebs, giving gossip sites something to chatter about. Never heard of these two? Then you aren't up-to-date on your Uruguayan and Argentinian WAG rankings. Zaira is #47 on FHM's hottest models list and Diego is famous for looking like a young Roger Daltrey. Diego has a month off until Copa America. Time to hit the NBA Finals! Photos - JUMP!
We're pretty sure this is a major moment in Twitter history. Shaquille O'Neal just became the first-ballot NBA Hall of Famer to retire via video posted on Twitter. That's right, America, the Diesel uploaded a video 31 minutes ago with the simple message of im retiring Video and #ShaqRetires. See the video here. Sad to see him go. Maybe we'll get another season of those smash hit Shaq vs. shows on ABC. Can't wait.
For those who've been loyal Busted Coverage readers over the years, you know how this web operation likes to handle our major sporting event coverage a little differently than the rest of the bloggers. Take tonight's NBA coverage. Instead of some stupid preview, BC is breaking out its infamous Craziest Craigslist Casual Encounters of the NBA Finals. Preferably we'd never open another M4W or M4M classified the rest of our lives. But you guys like car wrecks. Here are the best of the best for Game 1 in Dallas. JUMP!
At this point Bar Refaeli should just call France home. The SI swimsuit model went from amazing bikini shots on boats at Cannes to yesterday's trip to the French Open in Paris. Oh, and that isn't the only news out of the Bar camp. How about a photo of her and friend Israeli NBAer Omri Casspi (Sacramento Kings) getting cozy for a Yfrog upload last night while "celebrating a Maccabbi victory." Um, could this be the start of a possible Bar Refaeli NBA WAG situation? Take a look for yourself. JUMP!
The news of Kim Kardashian (also referred to on Busted Coverage as The Giant Ass) and N.J. Nets forward Kris Humphries official engagement popped into our inbox like 30 minutes ago. Then there were 3-4 follow-up emails detailing her sisters excitement. Of course the media blitz is on. Magazines will sell. TV shows will follow. The wedding will be a spectacle. A pregnant Kim Kardashian should be a treat to look at. Etc. The engagement photo motherlode - JUMP!
So Ray Allen is having a little trouble selling his 10,000+ sq. ft. Seattle pad, even at the lowered price of $3,700,000. Your mortgage on this 5 bedroom, 6 3/4 bath home with 20% down will only run you just over $16,000/month. But just look at all you get: private well irrigation, 4.5 acres, pool, putting green, jacuzzi, a killer barbecue and a theater in the basement. Get a better look at what you're buying - JUMP!
It's good to see everyone made it through The Rapture and returned to work this morning full of energy and excitement for life. Clippers center Chris Kaman made some news over the weekend, thanks to his pre-Rapture buying spree at a gun store where he had cameras snapping as he felt up some new weaponry to ward off those responsible for the end of the world. What we really learned about Kaman is that this guy really is the Ted Nugent of the NBA and his Twitpics prove it. JUMP!
Puerto Ricans are abuzz today over an innocent interview from WFAA in Dallas with Mavericks guard JJ Barea. Asked whether he'll be marrying his insanely hot girlfriend, the guard told a reporter "Maybe, we'll see," when pressed on his future plans. Could Barea possibly do any better? This is the mountain we all aspire to climb. It's the Mount Everest for men, especially tools that wear those stupid Euro knee shorts. Step up, Barea. Gallery of Ms. Rivera - JUMP!
Take a hot Asian chick from Maine, throw her into the pages of Playboy and tell us she's willing to talk about her fascination with the Boston Celtics and we instantly send 5 Questions Editor Joe Student in for the interview. Would she like to play F, Marry, Kill with Boston's Big 3? You'll have to see for yourself - JUMP!
14-year-old Nick Gilbert (cool Twitter account) took the stage in Secaucus, New Jersey last night as the representative of the Cleveland Cavaliers and stole the hearts and minds of millions of viewers with his designer glasses and a stellar bow tie. Whether you hate Dan Gilbert, his father and owner of the Cavs, that's for another day. Little Nick has suffered from nerve disorder Neurofibromatosis since birth, making it a feel good story that the teen walked away with the #1 pick in the upcoming draft. And that's where this story kinda ends. The NBA will eventually lock out its players and this sport is in for a huge labor battle. If you think the NFL lockout is ugly, you haven't seen anything. More pics of Nick's cool adventure...JUMP!