“What’s forbidden is always desirable. And athletes, particularly men, are susceptible to all the things they are offered,” Masha Lopatova (above, right) said before the Jazz’s loss to Charlotte on Wednesday. “It’s the same way raising children – If I tell my child, ‘No pizza, no pizza, no pizza,’ what does he want more than anything? Pizza.”

I was having enough trouble coming to grips with The Good Lady Kirilenko’s theory when Jerome James (3 points, 5 fouls in 11 minutes tonight) called. It seems Larry Brown keeps telling him that Eating IS cheating, and now he doesn’t know what to think!

James’ Knicks lost their 23rd out of their last 25 earlier tonight,108-101 to Chicago. If Larry Brown’s stomach is hurting, it probably isn’t from too much pizza.

Andrei Kirilenko’s Utah Jazz are leading the Clippers, 39-27. Carlos Boozer looked so authoritive posterizing Chris Kamen a few moments ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if the former got a last minute invite to Larry Miller’s Oscar Party.

At the conclusion of Philly’s 119-113 win over Washington, Allan Iverson (47 points) blew off a blonde female who tried to high-five him at courtside. It was sort of the opposite of the time Patrick Ewing put a love-struck male fan in a bear hug when the Knicks eliminated the Bulls in ’94. But it’s good to know that A.I. can succeed in spite of the town’s negativity.

How does animal rights activist Jane Wiedlin feel about Papa John’s turning the Go-Go’s “We Got The Beat” into “We Got The Meat”? And more to the point, wasn’t Tesco Vee’s “Meat Crimes” available for license?