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I'm just saying: third edition

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  August 14, 2008 10:33 PM

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So last night I checked out the USA men’s hoops team against Greece. Of course the Americans rolled.

But a few things I noticed:

A. Kobe Bryant received the loudest applause when the teams were introduced. Every time he touched the ball, the crowd went nuts. I mean Kobe is nice, but geez ... like he needed any more reason to fill up his already big ego. I’m just saying.

B. There were some stars in the house. Chris Tucker is in China again (minus Jackie Chan). I guess he is trying to plot out another Rush Hour flick since he can’t seem to produce any other type of film. My 504 homeboy Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”) was woofing it up after every emphatic slam dunk by the Americans. But the most puzzling sight was seeing former Olympic gold medalist Evander Holyfield was in the house. Isn’t he supposed to be broke? I’m just saying…..

C. Why the Greek were fans standing, cheering and chanting the entire game, even when they were getting whipped by the USA? I’m just saying…

Following the game, I went to this area called Sanlitun Bar Street with a friend who lives in Boston. The street is a strip of bars that has outdoor street seating. There were Budweiser, Corona and Heineken bars. We saw a lot of interesting sights there. We saw some working girls. Every bar had hustlers trying to get you to go to their spot. We settled on the Corona joint, where inside there were girls on stage dancing and singing to hip hop. But my question was why were they moving like they were in Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” video? I’m just saying ...

Man I swear the Chinese does random checks on Facebook, because sometimes when I try to access the site, it does not come on from time to time. I guess the Chinese are putting their billion-person population to work. I guess they think I am going to write about some Chinese propaganda? I better quiet down before they shut down Boston.com while I am in China. I’m just saying ...

While on the bus to the basketball arena, I spotted a Peugeot dealership. They don’t sell these cars in America. You don’t understand. My first car was my parents’ old maroon Peugeot. Man that was my car. I took it on my first internship to Memphis. I thought I was styling. But one thing I always remember is when I took it to get serviced, the mechanics asked me if the car had ever had a tune up. They showed me the spark plugs and they were pretty messed up. Yet, my dad would tell me I ran down that car. Yeah, right, he never got a tuneup for the car for seven years. What kind of mess is that? I’m just saying. ...

And finally, there has been some controversy in the hoops world here. Spain’s men’s team posed for a picture in which they were stretching their eyes. There has been a lukewarm firestorm. If the United States men’s team would have done that, it would have elicited a much stronger reaction. That’s the double standard NBA players are always presented with. Sometimes some of my colleagues in the industry just don’t want to understand that. I’m just saying ...

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1 comments so far...
  1. Greg,
    I love the blog. Great stuff! I will check back regularly, now that I've found it.

    Posted by Mike Woolfolk August 16, 08 05:23 PM
 

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