We knew the NBA offseason was going to be weird when Hedo Turkoglu flew to Portland to sign with the Blazers, then changed his mind and flew to Toronto instead.
We knew things were a little off when the Milwaukee Bucks gave Richard Jefferson away, when the Timberwolves drafted two point guards, when the Knicks didn't sign or otherwise acquire three overpaid stiffs, and when Kobe Bryant decided not to terminate his contract and become a free agent.
Now, we know things are out of control when Quentin Richardson gets traded four times and that's not the most disturbing thing that happened this summer. Not even close.
My colleague, Gregg Doyel, already has opined on the bizarre unraveling of Stephon Marbury and proclaimed the NBA to be rife with steroid abuse. But now we have the Wizards' Brendan Haywood unnecessarily questioning Marbury's sexual orientation in an ill-advised radio interview. Maybe my mind has been numbed by Dwight Howard's repeated Twitter updates that begin with, "Yuuuuuaaaaaaa ...." but enough is enough.
I can't wait until the offseason ends and the onseason begins.
Brendan Haywood, what are you thinking? I've had my issues with Starbury over the years, but can't you just let the man eat Vaseline, smoke marijuana, and generally self-destruct live on his webcam without piling on? And besides, have you forgotten about the intern and the truck?
The only bit of worthwhile opinion in Haywood's interview came when he said this of Marbury: "I have no idea what’s going on with the guy. It’s almost like he’s trying to end his own career." That's pretty much guaranteed at this point. But Haywood didn't have to go there.
When Haywood overstepped by saying Marbury's bizarre behavior should be a warning to potential teammates changing in the same locker room, he was guilty of worse behavior than Marbury.
UPDATE: Haywood offered the obligatory "I'm sorry if I offended anyone" apology in his blog Tuesday. Meanwhile, some of my Twitter followers pointed out that I missed two more annoying incidents from this offseason: the battle for Twitter followers between Chris Bosh and Charlie Villanueva (yawn), and my pal Ron Artest's ceaseless promotion of a new musical artist, Shin Shin, during a trip to China.
Oh, and did I mention that both Artest and Marbury have given out their phone numbers on Twitter? Go ahead, call them up.
All I can really say at this point is: 1) All of this proves NBA players don't use steroids during the offseason because they're way too busy acting like idiots, and 2) I've never been so eager for the preseason to begin.