Dunk on Oden and get paid. That’s the word on the street. Kevin Martin of the Sacramento Kings got his.
He crossed-over Rudy Fernandez, went down the lane and dunked on Oden (up for discussion – it was more like “between” Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge) nights ago during a preseason game. I dropped a quick postgame email to Sam Amick –the renowned Kings beat writer – and asked how the Blazers looked in Sac town.
He hit me back telling how Martin won a cool $1000 from Mikki Moore for the throwdown. And sure enough, “dunk for dough” made the news. This from the Sacramento Bee (not courtesy of Amick unfortunately):
Martin also won a $1,000 bet with teammate Mikki Moore on who would be the first to dunk on Oden. “I had to go get my money,” Martin said. Asked if he knew Oden and Aldridge would be there when he crossed over Fernandez, Martin laughed.”Them guys have 7-(foot)-5 wingspans, so even if you don’t think they are going to be there, they are going to be there,” Martin said. “I’m glad they were there. I got a little richer today.”
On Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ricky Davis added to the bounty.
This from the Los Angeles Times:
The Clippers’ Ricky Davis, taking a break from his pre-game dinner, came up with another number. Why be predictable and imitate someone else? Davis threw it down: $500 for dunking on Oden. “I’ll leave it up to you all three,” he said. That caught the attention of rookies Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan and second-year man Al Thornton.
Gordon apparently wanted the ante at $5000 before Davis laughed the rookie off the bus.
No dunk. No dough. The question now is who is next? And what is the going rate?
I haven’t asked Oden about “dunk for dough” yet – the downer about not traveling with the team and having access on the road will do that to a guy. Perhaps by the time Portland returns home to face the San Antonio Spurs in the home opener , either Jason Quick or Joe Freeman – the Oregonian’s own – will have beat me to the punch.
I have a hunch Oden will take the Hines Ward approach regardless.
“I’m not worried about what a guy says about a bounty,” Ward said about the reported hit-parade the Baltimore Ravens have out on the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.
“There’s nothing I can do about it.”
True. But there’s a difference in the Oden and Hines discussion here - besides Hines bringing it upon himself.
If Ray Lewis puts a lick on Ward the end result could be a coma.
“Dunking for dough” will either bruise an ego or cause Oden to be that much more of a beast when guys come down the lane – probably the latter.
I’d buy that for a dollar.
pic via: post-gazette.com