The annual visit to The Great White North is upon us.
Speaking of white, I just realized Sacramento has the least Caucasian team in the Pacific Division, possibly the league.
Let's investigate Western Conference whiteness:
Golden State - Mike Dunleavy Jr., Troy Murphy, Andris Biedrins, Zarko Cabarkapa.
Phoenix - Steve Nash, Pat Burke, Nikoloz Tskitishvili.
LA Lakers - Chris Mihm, Luke Walton, Slava Medvedenko, Sasha Vujacic.
LA Clippers - Yaroslav Korolev, Zeljko Rebraca, Chris Kaman.
Seattle - Luke Ridnour, Vladmir Radmanovic, Vitaly Potapenko, Robert Swift.
Denver - Linas Kleiza, Eduardo Najera.
Minnesota - Marko Jaric, Richie Frahm, Mark Madsen.
Utah - Andrei Kirilenko, Matt Harpring, Gordan Giricek, Greg Ostertag, Mehmet Okur.
Portland - Steve Blake, Viktor Khryapa, Sergei Monia, Joel Pryzbilla.
Memphis - Pau Gasol, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, Jake Tsakalidis.
Dallas - Dirk Nowitski, Keith Van Horn, Pavel Podkolzin.
NOOCH - Jackson Vroman, Maciej Lampe, Arvydas Macijauskas, Bostjan Nachbar.
San Antonio - Manu Ginobili, Brent Barry, Rasho Nesterovic, Fabricio Oberto, Beno Udrih.
Houston - Ryan Bowen, Bob Sura, Jon Barry.
Sacramento - Brad Miller.
To the color-blind lineups!
PG - Mike James
SG - Jalen Rose? Morris Peterson?
SF - Joey Graham? Morris Peterson?
PF - Chris Bosh
C - Rafael Araujo
PG - MB10
SG - #23
SF - #93
PF - K-9
C - B-52
The line: -1.5. Yep, this team is a favorite. Feel the winds of change.
Fun bet o' the night: Will Bonzi get a smell of minutes? (He's been day-to-day since midweek and completed his first full practice on Friday.) I say no. Wait til Tuesday at home.
Sideshow most likely to be entertaining: This game should have absolutely no interest around it. But I guarantee that if the Kings win or Artest scores 20+, it'll be capsuled in the first 10 minutes of SportsCenter.
Best matchup: Bosh vs. K-9/Reef. With lots of backside help from Ron-Ron.
Four o'clock West Coast start time. Let's win one for the Ron-Ron!