Demon Bird Moth Balls
I ran across this wonderful little tidbit about our talented swingman, Shawn Marion. The story is confirmed here. Shawn has a tattoo on his leg that was supposed to read "The Matrix," but instead turns out to read "demon bird moth balls." This name isn't all bad. Demon bird moth balls is much more intimidating than the Matrix and besides who can read chinese anyways? It just looks like a bunch of squiggly lines. The fact is, most players in the NBA have tattoos and many even have Chinese lettering. Apparently it is a very common mistake. Other NBA players such as Marquis Daniels also have Chinese lettering with obscure meanings, deviating from their initial wishes. Has this become an accidental art form in American culture where the true meaning of a persons Chinese symbol tattoo takes on a completely ambiguous and awesome meaning? I sure hope so. This way we get to have more people like Marion and Marquis Daniels, who is man enough to rock a tat that translates to "healthy woman roof." Respect.
The guys over at Hoopsaddict wrote up a post about the importance of the length of players in the NBA. In case you're curious, the new man who will be locked up in a Suns uniform for the next 5 years has got some impressive length that gives him the ability to play bigger than his height. Barbosa is 6'3" with a 6'10" wingspan. Now if we can get him to hit the weightroom he could be a real defensive threat.