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Hiding Weed in a Fake Beverage Can is Tacky and won't work on TSA

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Brooklyn Nets' All-Star D'Angelo Russell was cited for possession of marijuana at LaGuardia Airport in New York before catching a flight to his hometown Louisville, KY. TSA was able to find what appeared to be an Arizona Iced Tea can in a checked bag. TSA Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein gave details to Newsday.


"The marijuana was concealed inside a beverage can with a hidden compartment. It was one of those AriZona [Iced Tea] beverage cans with a screw-off lid that people hide things in."


I can't believe people would buy those to get through airport security, or maybe D'Angelo Russell is the only one dumb enough to do so. Wouldn't you use that fake Arizona beverage can with a hidden compartment to hide something from guests or people you knew would not mess with it? You may have seen the old WD-40 stash can. It has been around way too long to fool TSA and the police. If they find that can, they will inspect it. Please tell me why would one invest in a fake Arizona Iced Tea beverage stash can as your means to fool TSA? Maybe Russell has done it before and gotten away with it. It's human nature to repeat habits when you've gotten away with them in the past. In any case, be more creative D'Angelo, you're a restricted free agent now.

Sneak in the Food and the Booze, just don't get caught

We've all attempted to sneak food or alcohol somewhere and more times than not, if you get away with it, it gives you the confidence to do it again. It's the only explanation I can manufacture for a multi-million dollar NBA athlete like D'Angelo Russell who may have a habit of smoking marijuana and felt an artificial Arizona Iced Tea stash can could be used to hide marijuana from TSA. Perhaps he's somehow gotten away with it in the past and has became a repeat offender. In any case, a risk I usually am not willing to take. Here are a few risks that I am willing to take. It a list of things I believe many of us are or could have been repeat offenders about.

1. Sneaking in candy to movie theater

Sneaking candy to the movie theater seems like the most common confession. It's easy to do. Nobody is really looking for it and the repercussions are minimal. Despite the fact that selling alcohol has become a trend in movie theaters, I would imagine sneaking in alcohol has become a trend to avoid higher prices.

2. Sneaking in alcohol to Texans games back in the day

All throughout middle school and high school the city of Houston did not have a football team. An NFL team eventually returned in the form of the Houston Texans right around the time I was old enough to drink. I'll never forget the first time I went to a Texans game. My entire goal was to go the Texans game, drink and drink on a budget. I bought the flask and quite a bit of alcohol. Skinny jeans weren't a big thing back then and you would be surprised what you could hide. I never stopped doing that until I started doing radio. I never stopped because I never got caught.

3. Sneaking in food to class

I absolutely loved sneaking in food to class when I could get away with it. Depending on where you went to school, this may or may not have been a problem for you. It most certainly was a problem for me at the middle school and high school level. I really hated eating breakfast. Waking up in the morning essentially ruined my appetite as a kid so the timing of my hunger never came at a good time. Normally I tried sneaking in food that did not have loud packaging or was incredibly loud to eat, but I was bold enough to sneak in Doritos and eat them in my day.

4. Sneaking in food and booze to Karaoke bars

At one point, I believed Karaoke bars were a dying industry, but I was wrong. It's still very much a real thing and getting patrons to spend a few bucks before they yell into a microphone can be a challenge sometimes. Some Karaoke bars may even have a two-drink minimum just to participate. A two-drink minimum is also common at stand-up comedic venues. Despite it crossing my mind, I've never had the tendency to sneak in the old flask to comedic events.

Kickers vs. Punters: Who really does better with the ladies?

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Joel Blank, Barry Laminack and myself began to debate on the charm level of kickers and punters in the NFL. How well do they do with the ladies? We figured we'd call someone who's played at the NFL level. Chris Kluwe is a self-admitted geek who played eight seasons in the NFL and gave details on the success he's had with the ladies during his athletic career and the reality of that department among punters and kickers in the league. Listen HERE.

James Harden's Eyes could look red for a while

Rockets James Harden injured Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Nobody wants to get poked in the eye. It's definitely going to impact performance regardless of who you are. As a superstar in this league, you would expect James Harden to play through it, and he did. Harden has a laceration in his eyelid and the redness is very apparent. Most likely there are blood vessels that have popped which can take two weeks to no longer be visible. Furthermore, Harden's vision can return despite having extremely red eyes. So as a Rockets fan, don't look at Harden's eyes every time you feel the game is not going Houston's way. It will only make you more angry. Only Harden knows how much this has impacted him. He feels the pain and knows if his vision has not returned to what it once was. Only he knows how sensitive his eyes are to light. He still was able to perform on the road with the injury, I imagine he'll do the same on Saturday at home.

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Here's what to make of the Rockets free agency moves. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

No NBA team with title aspirations entered the offseason with more questions than the Houston Rockets. Ironically, Houston's situation got more precarious as the offseason went along. From head coach Mike D'Antoni walking away after the season to general manager Daryl Morey following suit shortly after that, the Rockets have been a sinking ship in desperate need of stability. They found some of that once new head coach Stephen Silas was hired, but the boat took on more water when star players James Harden and Russell Westbrook demanded to be traded a couple of weeks later.

It's been a giant roller coaster and it was unclear how Houston would approach their free agency. Would they double down on contending for a championship to try and convince their star players to stay or would they be forced to rebuild?

It looks like Houston tried to thread the needle and accomplish both: They appear ready to rebuild if they can't convince James Harden to stay, but also addressed roster needs and acquired better fitting pieces for their stars. It's hard to say whether or not they got better, but they're certainly a lot younger and look to play a lot different. Let's take a look at each player and how they fit into the framework.

Christian Wood

Contract:

3 years, $41 million

Grade:

B+

If there's a signing that embodies Houston's offseason, it's Christian Wood. For obvious reasons and some subtle ones, Wood is the exact kind of player Houston had to acquire this summer. Let's start with the obvious: Wood is the perfect player to have alongside both James Harden and Russell Westbrook because of his unique set of skills. Wood can hit threes at a high clip for someone his size (36.8% for his career) and stretches the floor for the moments you want Russell Westbrook barreling to the rim or James Harden trying to break a trap.

Lob threat

The Rockets didn't have a big man with that capability on the roster last year, so they had to resort to trading for Robert Covington and going small so they could properly space the floor. However, in doing that the Rockets lost their best lob threat and limited themselves on offense even further. This is where Wood solves the second problem: He may not be as good of a lob threat as Clint Capela, but he's damn close.

Over the past few years, the Rockets have slowly phased out pick and roll out of their offense and resorted to isolation. Part of it is because of how teams have defended the pick and roll, but part of it is also them not having the option anymore. James Harden is too good of a pick and roll ball handler for it to not be a part of the Rockets' attack. Adding more pick and roll to Houston's offense should be a priority next season, regardless of what else Silas decides to do.

Clint Capela was the perfect center for James Harden. P.J. Tucker was the perfect center for Russell Westbrook. Christian Wood is the perfect center for both.

Defensive rebounding

Another weakness Houston needed to address this offseason was their defensive rebounding (26th in NBA last season). It got to the point where it was a rarity that Houston would win the rebounding battle against good teams. This was partly by design and partly because of roster weakness. Houston was so porous at rebounding in the beginning of the season, they decided to emphasize turning over opponents to even the possession battle. If Houston were to even marginally improve in defensive rebounding, it could have a drastic positive impact on their defense.

Per 36 minutes:

22.0 PPG

10.6 RPG

1.5 BPG

65.9% True Shooting

Houston also replenished their coffers in the process of acquiring Wood. By flipping Robert Covington to the Blazers, the Rockets netted two draft picks back after losing two the prior offseason in the Westbrook trade. It may not matter in the grand scheme of next season, but these assets could be especially useful if Houston pivots to a rebuild. They could also be useful to upgrade the roster at the trade deadline if Houston gets Harden's buy-in. (As an aside, the series of transactions that led to Wood are impressive and reflect well on new GM Rafael Stone's ability to get deals done.)

The subtle reason Wood embodies their offseason is his age, 25 years old. Wood would immediately become the youngest starter on the team and be a building block piece on the next iteration of the Rockets. He's also old enough to make an immediate impact should Houston acquire a ready-made blue chip prospect in a James Harden trade. With the 76ers rumored to be a team interested in Harden's services, it probably isn't a coincidence that Ben Simmons (24 years old) falls neatly into Wood's age group. It also probably isn't a coincidence that the ideal team for Simmons has always been imagined to be a team that can spread the floor at the four other positions on the court. Having Wood is great start to try and accomplish that.

David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, and Jae'Sean Tate

Contracts:

Negligible

Grade:

B-

Nwaba, Brown, and Tate are all being placed in one category because it's quite clear what the Rockets are trying to accomplish: Take bets on young, cheap wings on the market and hope one pans out enough to make the final rotation for Stephen Silas.

While David Nwaba technically wasn't signed this offseason, he's essentially a free agency signing because the Rockets signed him up a few months ago with the knowledge he wouldn't be able to play in the first year of his deal. He's the oldest of this group (27 years old), has the largest wingspan (7'0"), and has logged the most NBA minutes (3295). Because of all this, he's probably the safest bet to make Houston's final rotation. However, just because he's the 'safest bet' doesn't mean he's a 'safe bet' per se.

Nwaba suffered a season-ending achilles injury on December 9th of last season and has spent the past year rehabbing. It's unclear how he will respond from this, but before the injury, Nwaba had found a nice role in Brooklyn as a combo forward who could shoot well enough from beyond the perimeter (34.4% for his career). The Rockets have desperately needed competent perimeter defenders off the bench since their 2017-18 campaign and a healthy Nwaba was just that.

Sterling Brown, 24, found his way on the fringes of the Bucks' rotation the past few seasons and gained the trust of head coach Mike Budenholzer enough to play nearly 15 minutes a game. Brown is a pesky defender and average three-point shooter (34.5% for his career) and like the other wings in this category, he doesn't need the ball. He's probably the second most proven wing here and if he cracks the rotation, it's unlikely he will have to play more than he did in Milwaukee.

Jae'Sean Tate, 25, is probably the most intriguing prospect of this bunch as he's never played in the NBA before. Tate played under new Rockets assistant coach Will Weaver on the Sidney Kings and averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists on 66.0% shooting from the field last season while earning first-team All-NBL honors. He's 6'4" with a 6'8" wingspan and was considered to be one of the top basketball prospects outside the NBA before signing with Houston. The Rockets appear to be quite high on him considering they used part of their mid-level exception to sign him to a three-year deal.

The Rockets already have much of their rotation locked in:

James Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely play at least 35 minutes a piece, P.J. Tucker will probably play around 32 minutes, and finally Danuel House and Christian Wood will likely play around 30 minutes each. That leaves 78 minutes for a bench that already has Eric Gordon and Ben McLemore. Also, Houston will probably sign another center before the season starts. Now, the Rockets may try to ease the load off of some of their older starters, in which case there might be more time available. However, whatever way you slice it, they really only need one of these wings to crack the rotation for regular season purposes.

It's unlikely all three signings end up backfiring for them, but we'll see. Stranger things have happened.

It's also convenient that all three of these players are 27 years or younger should the Rockets decide to trade Harden at the trade deadline. Like Wood, these signings give Houston the option to pivot in another direction. Because of Houston's lack of room under the apron, they didn't have the option to use their full mid-level or bi-annual exception. Ring-chaser types also weren't going to sign with the Rockets for the minimum given the uncertainty surrounding their stars. This was a nice way for Houston to hedge their bets while also filling out the roster with possible contributors.

The Rockets aren't done making moves yet, but they're close. Understanding the circumstances, it's hard to be too critical of what they did in free agency.

Overall Grade: B

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