From the Orange County Register :

Police said today that they are investigating whether Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown was involved in a reported sexual assault.

œThe assault is alleged to have occurred in the early morning hours of April 29, said officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman.

The Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series the night before.

The case is under investigation by the department™s Robbery Homicide Division. Police have notified the District Attorney™s Office of the investigation.

(guy on the left explains the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” to the guy on the right)

No word yet whether or not Brown will be in the lineup for the Lakers tonight against the Suns. If the build-up for a the possible Lakers/Clippers 2nd round tilt wasn’t headspinning enough, consider that said series would only require Bill Simmons to commute for 20 minutes to see every game. If that isn’t reason enough to root for Phoenix, I don’t know what is.

34 points for Vince Carter tonight, as the Nets go up 3-2 on the Pacers. That’s why we don’t give the dog people-food.

Here’s a gem from Dave D’Allesandro’s mailbag ;

Dave: These refs are emasculating the game. Totally taking the fun out of it for me in this postseason. I wanna gag.

JR: We all seem to forget that just as every player mistake is magnified this time of year, so is every decision by the refs “- not granting Nash that timeout in overtime of Game 4 at LA, not calling the travel on LeBron at the end of Game 3 at D.C., (and speaking of emasculation) not catching Reggie Evans groping Chris Kaman in Game 4 at Denver, etc., etc. The highlight for me is probably Bernie Fryer thinking that L-Frank was giving him some kind of Justice Scalia goomba thing and nailing him with a technical. Yeah, they™ve been screwing up a lot, but as you suggest, it™s not the errors of omission that bother me as much as the unnecessary calls. I attribute this to the annual league mandate that they have to crack down on the cheap stuff, without finding that balance between order and the physical play that becomes more prevalent in postseason. But have no fear, it usually gets better with each succeeding round.