Notes on Wednesday's games in the National Basketball Association ...
• Bucks Elbow Past Lakers. With Kobe Bryant serving a one-game suspension for Elbowing a Serb (in Yugoslavia that can get you prison time), the Bucks beat the Lakers 110-90, leading to our early frontrunner for Dumbest Post-Game Interview Question of the Year. It's unclear who is responsible for this, but some reporter actually asked LA's Kwame Brown: "Do you think Kobe would have made a difference tonight?" Um, followup? Was New Orleans affected at all by that flooding? Charlie Villanueva scored a season-high 26 points and Charlie Bell had 20 points for the Bucks. The Lakers were also missing Lamar Odom and Luke Walton and backup forwards Vladimir Radmanovic and Ronny Turiaf, all with injuries.
• Could Have Been Worse. Could Have Been Birth Control Pills. LeBron James has announced his candidacy for president of the Central Division, but more about that in a minute. First, Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter was suspended for 10 games by the NBA after testing positive for phentermine. Hunter said it was his wife's pill, which leads us to this fun Hunter quote: "We do that at our house — if I've got a head cold, I might grab one of her pills. It was just a bonehead mistake on my part." James scored a season-high 41 points as the Cavaliers beat the Pistons 101-97 in overtime victory, pulling to within two games of first-place Detroit in the Central.
• Where Is Mini Ditka When You Need Him? The Curse of the Bulls is over; you may all return to your homes. After three embarrassing losses earlier this season, Miami finally beat Chicago, 103-70, as Shaquille O'Neal had 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Heat.
• Rockabye McGrady, With A Dixie Melody. Tracy McGrady is still the big man on campus, even though Yao Ming is back for the Rockets. McGrady had 25 points and nine assists as Houston beat Boston 111-80, breaking the Celtics' four-game winning streak. We can't wait, by the way, to see Yao in one of those new Nike uniforms.