Phone home, Sam: You Been Blinded toured the "ESPY Style Suites" (whatever they are) and caught up with Celtics' guard Sam Cassell to ask him about those pole-dancing judge rumors: "I didn’t do that man c’mon. I’m gonna be a head coach soon so I can’t do something like that." Coaches can't judge pole-dancing competitions? [You Been Blinded]

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Murray Chass gets Fire Joe Morganized: Inevitable. Hilarious, as always, but inevitable: "I, for one, am sick of wrongheaded writers telling me I love to hate them when in fact I hate to hate them. A note to Baylessian contrarians: you should take no joy in being so wrong about something that throngs of people rise up as one to denounce you. This should not be what it means to be a writer. When thousands of people write you angry emails about something you said or wrote that was wrong, you should not shrug your shoulders and say, "I must be doing something right if I got so many people interested!" No, sir. Sir, no. You were wrong. That is the end of the story. You were so wrong you made people angry. There is no glory in your profound wrongitude. Please stop doing this." [FJM]

Is James Posey the Hornets' savior?: "He’s got the experience and energy to make a difference off the bench, as demonstrated in these playoffs, the three-point range to stretch the defense when Stojakovic is off the floor and keep the defense from keying on the Hornets’ potent Paul-and-West/Chandler pick-and-roll game, and he’s got the length and savvy, at 6′8″ and 31, to bother 2s and 3s alike." It's a theory. [The Arena]

Ex-Vike Carl Eller still likes a tall, cool bottle of suds: Carl Eller, awaiting trial on his DUI/assault charges, was just kicking back enjoying a Coronita at a Minneapolis Mexican restaurant opening when a nosy reporter decided to go all "Should you really be drinking?" Did not end well. [SBB]