Wakeup Call: Hit the road, Jack

Wakeup Call: Hit the road, Jack
January 6, 2014, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, January 6:





  • Webb Simpson will enter the final round of the Tournament of Champions with a heavy heart, even though he's tied for the lead: The newborn son of his caddie and friend, Paul Tesori, is in intensive care because of indications of an infection on his brain. (AP)



  • J.R. Smith channels his inner Meadowlark Lemon and unties Shawn Marion's shoelaces while awaiting a free throw. So does that make him a wily veteran . . . or a nut? (Yahoo! Sports)

  • How long has it been since the Warriors last won nine in a row? Well, here's a couple of hints: Gerald Ford was president and Tommy Heinsohn was coaching the Celtics. (AP)

  • The on-again/off-again/on-again/off-again Bynum-for-Gasol trade is off -- again -- and the Cavs may now deal Bynum to the Jazz. Or just release him themselves on Tuesday. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

  • Here's why the trade hasn't come off so far. (Yahoo Sports)

  • Tough luck, Doc: Chris Paul will be out six weeks because of a separated right shoulder. (AP)

  • Continuing on the injury front: Russell Westbrook is off crutches, but no word as to when he'll return to the Thunder after his latest knee surgery. (AP)

  • And Spurs center Tiago Splitter will miss three to five weeks after spraining his shoulder in the same game in which Paul got hurt. (AP)

  • Old friend Leandro Barbosa is about to resurface in Phoenix, where GM Ryan McDonough -- a member of the Celtics' front office when Barbosa was here -- will reportedly sign him to a 10-day contract. (Pro Basketball Talk)

  • The Heat knock those pesky Raptors off their pedestal. (AP)

  • The suddenly rejuvenated, Andre Miller-less Nuggets rout the Lakers in L.A. And that's a nice little present for coach Brian Shaw, the long-time Laker player and assistant who was passed over for the head coaching job after Phil Jackson departed. (AP)

  • Kobe Bryant tells the fans something they should already know: Don't vote me onto the All-Star team. (AP)

  • Looks like the Celtics aren't the only team with feuding teammates. (Pro Basketball Talk)