Thursday, May 24, 2007

D's Day

Former NBA player, the Detroit Pistons’ current President of Basketball Operations, and Hall-of-Famer Joe Dumars is a young 44 today. He and Isiah Thomas formed the stud backcourt of the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys” teams of the 80’s and early 90’s. Fortunately for him, he’s a much better executive than his backcourt mate. He was the NBA Finals MVP in 1989 when the Pistons swept the (injured) Los Angeles Lakers for their first of their back-to-back titles. He was selected to the NBA All-Star team six times and the NBA All-Defensive team four times. According to Michael Jordan, Dumars was the best defender he ever faced. His bio is available on and Wikipedia.

It’s also Rockets forward Tracy McGrady’s birthday today. The second-best scorer in the NBA when he’s on (behind Kobe), McGrady is 28 today.

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan celebrates his 66th birthday today. I alternate between loving Dylan and just wondering about him, but I do love the songs that he’s written (Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin’, Mr. Tambourine Man, Like a Rolling Stone, All Along the Watchtower, Lay Lady Lay). I just can’t understand half of them when he sings.

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