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http://www.dailyherald.com/sports/beatwriters.asp?column=mcgraw

Interesting column - wish he'd do more of these things:

The most memorable play of this ugly game comes with three minutes remaining when Golden State’s Troy Murphy, who takes most of his shots from 3-point range, decides to become a tough guy and flagrantly foul Andres Nocioni with a 21-point lead.

Bulls coach Scott Skiles has no complaint, and it’s always possible that Nocioni did something to agitate Murphy somewhere along the line.

What used to bother me was when some third-string power forward for the Miami Heat would deck Fred Hoiberg with 30 seconds left in a blowout. Like Pat Riley was going to appreciate this scrub’s toughness. Maybe he did. …
Eric Piatkowski is at the airport, having flown out a day late because of a stomach virus. He shares this shocking insight: First-class commercial airline travel doesn’t stack up well against NBA charter flights. Maybe Eddie Basden should have stayed behind, too, so there would be a rookie available to carry Piatkowski’s luggage from baggage claim to the taxi stand. …
One thing that’s been noticeable this week is how Nocioni tried to light a fire under his teammates, particularly at the start of the third quarter. Nocioni came onto the floor yelling, clapping his hands and using his typically aggressive style of play. It seemed to work well in Portland when the Bulls faced a 9-point halftime deficit, but not so well against the surging Sonics. Nocioni, by the way, averaged 15.7 points in the first three games of the trip. …
Moving on to Los Angeles on Saturday, Skiles cancels practice, making that 6 a.m. flight from Seattle unnecessary, yet unavoidable. … Actually, practice at Loyola Marymount University might have been interesting, because LMU’s Gersten Pavilion is thought to be inhabited by the ghost of Hank Gathers. This is no joke. There was a big story in the Los Angeles Times about it last year. The school’s basketball and maintenance staff claimed they regularly hear the sound of a bouncing basketball late at night when no one else is around. They say, ‘Good night, Hank’ and turn off the lights. …
 

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The school’s basketball and maintenance staff claimed they regularly hear the sound of a bouncing basketball late at night when no one else is around. They say, ‘Good night, Hank’ and turn off the lights. …
...and then they here a "thunk"

Good read. Like Hunter Thompson without the drugs. Thanks, Mike.
 

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Great column. Kind of reminds me of the stuff the Blazers beat writer for the Oregonian does, always entertaining. IMO, the Herald also has the best guy on the Cubs beat.
 
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