– Joseph Blair is averaging 8.2 points and 8.0 rebounds for Spartak St Petersburg, while also shooting 43% from the free throw line. So maybe Blair’s scouting report on himself on his website wasn’t too off-message. Joseph also wrote a New Year’s message, for us, his fans. You can read it here. (Note: even though Joseph himself says that he’s not in St Petersburg, he is. Someone should tell him.)
– Will Blalock averages 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck.
– Corie Blount is….indisposed.
– The last time we checked in on Tony Bobbitt, the man who killed his mother had just been convicted. That’s not something I’ve ever said before. (Note: The link given in the previous post no longer works, so try this one.) Unfortunately, there’s no new Tony Bobbitt news to report, since he has not signed anywhere this season. So I guess we’ll have to leave it at that.
– Dejan Bodiroga, formerly the best player in Europe, retired a while ago and is now the General Manager of his final team, Lottomatica Roma.
– In keeping with tradition, Curtis Borchardt has had many injuries in recent years, limiting his court time drastically. He’s also been injured again this season, and missed four weeks of action. But upon returning in mid-November, he’s played very well for Granada, the team he’s been with since leaving the NBA over three years ago. So well has he played, in fact, that he was named the MVP for the month of December. (Or at least, I think he was. My ability to read Spanish isn’t up to much.) Borchardt averages 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game on the season.
– Ruben Boumtje Boumtje didn’t pan out as an NBA player. Nevertheless, now 30 years old, Boom Boom averages 7.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 fouls for EWE Baskets Oldenburg, a team battling for the German title.
– Justin Bowen left the D-League and went to Australia. For the Gold Coast Blaze, Bowen is averaging 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. No jokes here.
– Brandon Bowman is but one more player now playing in Germany, leading his team with averages of 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while playing alongside Vincent Yarborough.
– Lastly, Earl Boykins has caused himself a bit of a scandal. After becoming the highest-paid player in Italy this summer, Boykins requested that his team, Virtus Bologna, let him go home over Christmas for a four-day break, but Bologna refused. Boykins then exacted his revenge by “striking” for a game (whereby he Gilbert Arenas’d it up by refusing to take a shot in 21 minutes, despite being the team’s leading scorer), and then went home anyway. The team announced that they would cut Boykins, but his agent Mark Termini talked Boykins’s way back into favour, and he has remained with the club, even though they may all hate him now. The lesson, as always – this threat of a mass European migration really doesn’t appear to be too serious right now.