Frugal ways catch on in NBA

While you’re sitting around the house with the family today enjoying a festive day full of football, turkey and giving thanks for all that life has provided, it’s also a good idea to keep in mind those less fortunate.

An article by David Biderman in Monday’s Wall Street Journal helps to keep it all in perspective by reminding readers that many members of society struggle to get by each day.

Biderman writes of New Yorker Roger Mason Jr., who recently made the gut-wrenching decision to trade in his Bentley convertible for a used Cadillac Escalade.

Brandon Jennings of Milwaukee should be so lucky. He’s driving around Wisconsin in something called a Ford Edge.

When James Jones of Miami needed urgent medical treatment such as massages and muscle therapy, he had to rely on his employer-provided fitness facilities instead of a private trainer.

And you think you have problems.

If you haven’t figured it out, all three men are NBA players who have cut back on expenses in the event team owners decide to lock out the players and force a work stoppage when the collective bargaining agreement expires after this season.

In that case, players would have no money coming in, and those who don’t plan ahead could be in trouble.

At least Biderman identified one baller who refused to be driven to the proletariat.

Cleveland’s J.J. Hickson is spending as freely as ever.

“I don’t know anything about that saving stuff,” he said in the WSJ piece.

■ TURKEY DAY TURKEYS — Few sports-related holiday traditions are better than watching football as Thanksgiving dinner is prepared.

The Lions and Cowboys have had a monopoly on hosting Turkey Day games for what seems like forever, but the holiday schedule was expanded to a triple-header in 2006.

While it has created more games, the idea has not made them any more competitive.

Joe Reedy, the Bengals’ beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, posted on his Twitter account the average margin of victory in Thanksgiving Day NFL games in the past four years is 21.9.

He adds the only game decided by fewer than 10 points since the league went to a Thanksgiving triple-header was a 19-10 Kansas City victory over Denver in 2006.

■ PEARL OF WISDOM — Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has faced criticism from all directions after getting caught lying to the NCAA about recruiting violations.

At least one person, Pearl’s wife, Brandy Pearl, thinks it all has been a bit unfair. According to John Clay’s Kentucky sports blog, Brandy Pearl compared her husband to Jesus Christ.

“Now I know of two Jewish men who have been crucified. Lord be with my hubby’s spirit. We will get through this,” she tweeted.

The comparison might not be as crazy as one might think.

Jesus probably was guilty of several recruiting violations when landing the Apostles. You don’t get both Peter and Paul without cutting a few corners.


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