The Charity Stripe: Lakers/Celtics Inseparable, Miss Playoffs?

8400310uspw_5124848The Charity Stripe is a collection of links around the NBA. They may not have gotten their own posts on here but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth reading. Go ahead and hit ‘em from the Charity Stripe.

Amin Vafa of Hardwood Paroxysm is preparing for an NBA postseason without the Lakers and the Celtics. That hasn’t been seen since 1994 and it would certainly make for an interesting playoffs.

Brian Robb writes at Celtics Hub about Kevin Garnett getting traded to the Clippers. There are many reasons why he won’t let the Celtics get dealt. Plus he takes a closer look at Garnett’s current contract, including the rare no-trade clause.

Jabari Davis writes writes at Lakers Nation that the Lakers are at a crossroads. The Lakers have won back-to-back games on the road and while Dwight Howard is out, his current team will be facing the team that he wanted to go, too, in the summer.

Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs wants to participate in the three-point shootout. Jose Grijalva of Project Spurs makes a good case for Bonner. It’s not really about winning or losing for Bonner; the Red Rocket just wants to experience the contest.

Andy Miller of Always Miller Time ranks the shooting guards of the Central Division. They were certainly digging deep when they put the Cavaliers’ Daniel Gibson in the mix.

Fred Katz of ClipperBlog talks about Eric Bledsoe making it mainstream and no longer being the Clippers’ best kept secret. He compared it to an indy band going pop.

He was signed as Magic Johnson’s back-up but Magic’s shocking retirement due to HIV pushed Sedale Threatt to the spotlight as the new Lakers’ starting point guard. And there’s a nearly 14-minute YouTube mix of him. Enjoy “The Thief”, as legendary Lakers play-by-play man Chick Hearn called him.

Thanks to Royce Young of Daily Thunder for finding a picture of Russell Westbrook’s outfit last night.

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Linsanity. I don’t think we will ever see anything like this again.


Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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