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Armen Gilliam (l.) plays 13 NBA seasons, including three with the New Jersey Nets. He faces up against Patrick Ewing in Game Four of the 1994 Eastern Conference quarterfinals (below).

Wednesday, July 6th 2011, 6:21 PM

Former Nets and UNLV power forward Armen Gilliam died Tuesday after playing a pickup game of hoops at the LA Fitness gym in Bridgeville, Penn. He was 47.

The former Rebel star played for the Nets for three seasons from 1993-1996, appearing in all but four games during that stretch. He also played for the Suns, Hornets, 76ers, Bucks and Jazz and averaged 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during his career from 1988-2000.

“Armen was a true professional who carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court,” the Nets said in a statement.

Gilliam was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame and had his number 35 retired in 2007.

“There’s no question he’s one of the all-time greats,” said UNLV Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations and Communications Andy Grossman. “Any longtime Running Rebel fan remembers him playing here, how important he was to the program.”

In his final year at the university, he played on the 1987 Rebel team that reached the NCAA Final Four. That season, he was named Big West Conference Player of the Year and broke the UNLV records for most points and field goals in a season – records that still stand today. Following the 1986-87 season, he was selcted No. 2 overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA draft, behind David Robinson.

Gilliam’s coach at UNLV, Jerry Tarkanian, released a statement, saying, “He was such a gentle person and such a caring guy. I am all shook up over it.”

from:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2011/07/06/2011-07-06_armen_gilliam_former_nets_forward_and_member_of_unlv_final_four_team_dies_after_.html


Armon Louis Gilliam was born on May 28th, 1964 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armen_Gilliam

May 28th, 1964

5 + 28 +1+9+6+4 = 53 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Having a warriot spirit.


May 28th, 1964

May 28th

5 + 28 +2+0+1+1 = 37 = his personal year (from May 28th, 2011 to May 27th, 2012) = Heartfelt.  A heart-centered leader. 

37 year + 6 (June) = 43 = his personal month (from June 28th, 2011 to July 27th, 2011) = Playing a [basketball] game with friends.

43 month + 5 (5th of the month on Tuesday July 5th, 2011) = 48 = his personal day = Remembrance.


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Why DeShawn Stevenson has Lincoln tattooed on his neck

Mon Jun 20 06:41pm EDT

Well, of course DeShawn Stevenson(notes) got an
Abraham Lincoln tattoo on his neck because the 16th president of the United
States issued
the Emancipation Proclamation
, even during a time when the states weren’t
technically united. We knew that, but it’s nice for DeShawn to clarify it.

has been some quibble
as to why Stevenson put the tattoo of Lincoln,
surrounded by two number 5s (Lincoln, for our international readers, is featured
on the American five-dollar bill) on his neck two years ago. But DeShawn, in an
interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas (as presented to us by Sports
Radio Interviews
), has finally clarified the thing that was pretty obvious
from the outset:

“I was going to get Martin Luther King and I told Gilbert Arenas(notes). You
should never tell nobody your idea. That summer, he came back and got it. So I
didn’t know who to get. I got Abraham Lincoln because he freed the slaves. I
just had Abraham Lincoln and, from a distance, everybody kept saying, ‘Who is
that?’ So I put the five-dollar bill so everybody would stop asking

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Why-DeShawn-Stevenson-has-Lincoln-tattooed-on-hi?urn=nba-wp5288


DeShawn Stevenson was born on April 3rd, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeShawn_Stevenson

April 3rd, 1981

4 + 3 +1+9+8+1 = 26 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Popularity.  Photos.  The media.  In the news.


using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

DeShawn Stevenso

4                   55   5

the most important thing he can do (DE), how he appears to the world (DN), and how he obtains his heart’s desire (DN) all = 45 = Tattoos.

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Is Jonas Valanciunas worth waiting for?

Tue Jun 21 02:35pm EDT

You may not have heard of him a month ago —
heck, I hadn’t heard of him a week ago — but Lithuanian center Jonas
Valanciunas has become a bit of hot commodity. He’s got a top-five pick of a
game (at least in this draft), hops for days, and has room to grow. The issue is
his availability. The buyout issues following the 19-year-old center have some
mock drafts pushing him nearly out of the lottery. After all, why select someone
that you might not see until the 2012-13 season, at best?

Then again, with a player with Valanciunas’ athleticism, skills and drive in
question, why not wait until 2012? Especially when there might not be much of a
2011-12 season. And especially if you’re a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers, finally
fully committed to rebuilding, and possessing two of the top four picks in
Thursday’s draft? With the first, sure, they’re taking Kyrie Irving. They’d be
Kahn-ish not to. But with the fourth, in a limited draft like this? With Enes
Kanter an odd thing to bank on? With Jan Veesly not really offering immediate
answers? With Brandon Knight all Brandon Knight-ish?

Why not go with Jonas? Even if you have to wait a year?

Cavs the Blog’s John Krolik wants to go with Jonas. And John agrees with my
personal draft sage, who handed me his mock draft the other night, which in turn
me agreeing with John when he writes this

Here’s my justification: Do I think that Valanciunas will be a better player
in the 2012-13 season than Kanter or any other non-point guard player who will
be available at the #4 spot? I do. Do I believe the Cavs are ready to make a
serious playoff run in 2011-12? I do not. Given those two conclusions, I think
it makes sense to take the best player, wait the year, and not settle on a
lesser player because of impatience.

The trick behind that is that you have to sell your fans, your angry and
rabid fans, on a player that they might not see for a year. But that uneasiness
will last for, what, two days’ worth of a news cycle? All while you’re
introducing the clear top player in this draft? All before you potentially close
up shop for months as we head into a lockout? Take a chance on the big.
Especially if the buyout works, and he ends up in Cleveland, throwing down dunks
on the break with Irving leading the way.

UPDATE: Mark Deeks of
, who is as about as respected as they come in terms of
international scouting, has a Twitter reply to the headline above:

answer: yes.

from:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Is-Jonas-Valanciunas-worth-waiting-for-?urn=nba-wp5329


Jonas Valančiūnas was born on May 6th, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Valanciunas

May 6th, 1992

5 + 6 +1+9+9+2 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  #1.  Blockbuster.






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dwane Casey

Jun 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

We’ve been telling you this was coming since last week, everybody except your mom has been telling you Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey would coach the Raptors since last week. (She kept telling you not to forget Father’s Day.)

Now it is official, Casey is the man in Toronto.

Bryan Colangelo — the GM that built the seven-seconds-or-less Suns before going to the Raptors — has changed the course of this team with this hire. Defense is now the priority in Toronto. For the past two seasons the Raptors finished dead last in the league in defensive efficiency, Casey is supposed to change that.

Casey replaces Jay Triano, who led the Raptors to just 22 wins last season. Triano is a good guy. Triano could not get the Raptors to play defense. This was a wildly undisciplined group on that end of the floor. For two seasons.

Casey has some real work ahead of him to change the defensive culture in Toronto, because the roster is not defensive minded. Dallas had veterans that would do what it takes to win, Toronto has Andrea Bargnani. More than schemes and focus, the Raptors needs some better defensive players, too. But a real forced commitment on that end of the floor will help.

Casey was 53-69 during a year and a half with the Timberwolves from 2005 to 2007. He started his second season 20-20 when he was fired, the Wolves went 12-30 the rest of the way (that roster had Kevin Garnett then the next best player was Ricky Davis). The last two seasons the Wolves couldn’t win 20 games when they had a full 82 games to try.

Casey been a defensive minded assistant in a few places now and had success, including in Dallas during these playoffs. He got a head job he deserved. But this is going to be a real challenge for him.

from:  http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/06/21/not-a-surprise-but-now-official-casey-to-coach-raptors/


Dwane Casey was born on April 17th, 1957 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwane_Casey

April 17th, 1957

April 17th

4 + 17 +2+0+1+1 = 25 = his personal year (from April 17th, 2011 to April 16th, 2012) = Adventure.  Excitement.  Rooting for the underdog.  Change of residence.

25 year + 6 (June) = 31 = his personal month (from June 17th, 2011 to July 16th, 2011) = Competitive.  Rising to the challenge.  Striving to be #1.


April 17th, 1957

4 + 17 +1+9+5+7 = 43 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Congratulations.




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