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It’s been a crazy past couple of days in the NBA. Chris Paul trade rumors were flying, and Knicks fans like myself were psyched at the possibility of landing him, but nervous about losing our leader Amar’e Stoudemire in the process. Then, the three team deal with the Lakers and Rockets popped up, sending Chris Paul to L.A., Pau Gasol to Houston, and Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola to New Orleans. As a Knicks fan, I took a deep breath, happy that Stoudemire wasn’t going anywhere, but a little deflated about not landing Chris Paul. Then, the trade got vetoed by David Stern and the NBA owners. What? That can happen? Crazy! But amidst Chris Paul stuff, the Knicks acquired big man Tyson Chandler (who just won a championship with the Mavs), which is a guy I’ve been saying since last season they needed to go after. They had to get rid of Chauncey Billups in the process but I’m not sweating that. In the end, as a Knicks fan, I’m happy with what has transpired. We needed a true center, and we got the best one on the market. And as I write this, it sounds like the Chris Paul three team trade deal is being re-submitted for approval by David Stern. So we’ll see what happens with that. It’s going to be an interesting NBA season to say the least. I’m fired up for the Knicks, and psyched for the Westcheddar Hoops League fantasy season to get underway as well.

On Friday afternoon, in the aftermath of the big trade veto, ESPN’s Bill Simmons sat down with Michael Rapaport, a major New York sports fan and one of my actors, on Simmons’ podcast The B.S. Report. Rapaport, who also directed the excellent A Tribe Called Quest documentary that came out on DVD in October, talked to Simmons about the Chris Paul trade veto, the state of the NBA, the Knicks, classic sports movies, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, parenthood, playing against Justin Bieber during All-Star weekend, the Tribe doc, and much more. This is my first time listening to The B.S. Report, and I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Simmons is a cool guy, and of course Rapaport, who name drops old school New York players like Herb Williams and Mark Bavaro during the podcast, is the man. Love that guy. Link below…

The B.S. Report with guest Michael Rapaport : Stream | Download

If you don’t have it already, get yourself a copy of Bill Simmons’ The Book Of Basketball HERE. It’s a must own for any true NBA hoops fan. And stay tuned to Westcheddar for more NBA coverage throughout the season…

*BONUS*

Got a couple Michael Rapaport related bonuses. First, a classic appearance with him on Conan O’Brien in 1997. Rosie Perez was also a guest. Fun clip…

Also, here’s Rapaport with Stones Throw captain and Tribe doc music supervisor Peanut Butter Wolf on Amoeba Records series What’s In My Bag?

Let’s go Knicks!!!!!!!

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