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NBA coast to coast: At least Samuel L. Jackson left out the profanity

The actor, guest-starring in New Orleans for Hornets player introductions, offers a fresh take on one of his 'Pulp Fiction' speeches. Thankfully he skips the one from 'Snakes on a Plane.'

March 24, 2012|By Baxter Holmes
  • Samuel Jackson does the player introductions before the Hornets-Clippers in New Orleans on Thursday.
Samuel Jackson does the player introductions before the Hornets-Clippers… (Gerald Herbert / Associated…)

Vengeance on the court

In February, actor-comedian Will Ferrell delivered a few humorous pregame player introductions before a Bulls-Hornets game in New Orleans. Here were a few of his one-liners:

"At forward, No. 5, he still lives with his mother . . . Carlos Boozer.

"At center, No. 13, he's a Scorpio and a horrible dancer . . . Joakim Noah.

"At guard, No. 1, his favorite movie is 'The Notebook' . . . Derrick Rose."

How do you top that?

Actor Samuel L. Jackson did on Thursday when the Hornets played host to the Clippers. Before he introduced the Hornets' starters he recited an updated version of the famous speech his character, Jules, powerfully delivered in the 1994 film classic "Pulp Fiction."

"And they will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy New Orleans," Jackson bellowed into the microphone. "And you will know their name is the Hornets when they lay their vengeance upon thee."

The Hornets' Jason Smith struck down the Clippers' Blake Griffin on a fastbreak in the fourth quarter, body-checking him with his shoulder.

Smith earned a flagrant 2 foul and an ejection for that play — and a two-game suspension. And the Hornets, the Western Conference's worst team, picked up only their fifth win at home this season.

Steph does the Finals

Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury broke down in tears when his current team, the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Assn., reached the league's finals last Sunday.

"I feel amazing," the 35-year-old guard told reporters. "I can't really explain the feeling. It's my first time making it that far in my basketball career."

The Brooklyn native spent 13 seasons in the NBA, most recently 2008-09, but played in only 32 playoff games.

It was also the first time the Ducks had made it to the league finals in the franchise's 17-year history.

Fashion statement

The Toronto Raptors on Wednesday became the first NBA team to wear camouflage jerseys in their game at home against Chicago.

The Raptors lost by 12 — their third loss in a row.

Maybe they hoped no one would notice?

Center of all tweets

Buzzfeed.com compiled 21 tweets from the man it called "The NBA's Weirdest Player On Twitter."

That player would be Denver center JaVale McGee (@JaValeMcGee34) and here are some of his choice tweets:

"My love is in shampooable! I mean conditional –"

"Ever recognize when somebody say no disrespect they about to say the most disrespectful stuff"

"The children are our future!"

"I feel like deleting twitter."

—Baxter Holmes

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