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Wednesday And-1 links: The most miserable sports city in America is…

Mar 1, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT


Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

What is the most miserable sports city in the United States? Forbes says it’s Atlanta — thanks Hawks for doing your part to get them there.

Kobe Bryant doesn’t like playing in that mask. Shocking.

Credit Tyson Chandler’s halftime speech for the Knicks explosive third quarter Wednesday.

J.J. Barea was seen limping Wednesday night after the game and may miss a few games.

Christian Eyenga slipped coming out of the shower at the Q, cut his foot and needed stiches, which is why he didn’t play Wednesday against the Knicks. You can bet he heard about that one from teammates.

Andray Blatche should be back with the Wizards this weekend. That should solve all their problems.

Chris “Birdman” Andersen got a DNP-CD Wednesday night.

Gavin Maloof talks about the rush and joy of keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

The guys at Magic Basketball did some great stuff over the weekend, getting video of players. They have a lot of stuff like this.

A Charlotte sportswriter pens a moving piece on his battle with depression.

An interview with former NBA player Ron Harper.

I’ll say that a lot of the things you read in Sports Illustrated’s big expose on UCLA’s basketball program are things that have been talked about around pickup games and high school gyms in Los Angeles for a few years. There is a reason UCLA has struggled to recruit Kevin Love/Russell Westbrook type guys the last few years.

Jamario Moon, Dan Gadzuric are now in the D-League.

The Timberwolves have sent Malcolm Lee back to the D-League.

Former NBA player Josh Powell has signed to play in Switzerland.

  1. allmyteamsareterrible - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Lol. If Cleveland isn’t the #1, then it simply is wrong and not worth reading. Get out of here. It’s not even close or negotiable.

    • jobotjones - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      lol Cleveland can’t even win at losing

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        You said it!

      • slowclyde86 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        As a long-suffering Cleveland guy, jobo, that is sincerely a funny line.

    • sasquash20 - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      I agree with the Cleveland. Atlanta is a fake sports town. Maybe the worst sports town in the country is Atlanta, but not the most miserable. Cleveland has hardcore passionate fans, Atlanta doesn’t at all. Cleveland never wins anything, but the city and its fans still support the Cleveland teams. Atlanta stadiums are partially empty when they make the playoffs. My point is in Cleveland they care way more then in Atlanta, thus they are more miserable because they care more. Losing sucks and Cleveland always loses

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    How is Minneapolis/St. Paul not be number 1?

    – baseball team lost 99 games
    – football went 3-13
    – hockey haven’t made playoffs since 08
    – wolves haven’t been to playoffs since 04
    – college football hasn’t been good since ’68
    – college b-ball can’t make NIT for 2 years.

  3. fmlizard - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Atlanta? Home of the Falcons (playoffs), Braves (playoffs), Hawks (playoffs) and a huge bunch of Georgia and Georgia Tech fans and their upper tier football programs.

    Try Minnesota. The Vikings are 0-fer in Super Bowls and are currently one of the 3 worst teams in the NFL. The Twins were dead last in the AL in 2011. The T-Wolves were dead last in the NBA in 2010-11 and have been for years. The Wild are below average. The city has watched a NBA and NHL team walk, and might lose their football team. Throw in the Gophers and their 40+ year NYD bowl drought and their 21 year NCAA tournament win drought (not counting forfeits) and you have America’s most star-crossed sports city/state.

  4. granadafan - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Gotta be Cleveland simply for the fact that it’s, well, Cleveland. Miserable sports owners, miserable city, miserable food.

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