James Lang Blog
Taking advantage of the virtually unfettered media access to James Lang, I introduce Part I of the James Lang Blog, which, frankly, might not ever get beyond Part I, and sadly, will not be written in the first person, at least not yet, but sure is long.
In Part I, we're in Philadelphia, discussing the various magic marker scribblings on James Lang's sneakers.
Where it says "10-17-81," that's an RIP for James Lang's best friend, who was hit by a car and passed away.
Where it says "Kaniece," that's for his daughter Kaniece, age 2.
And where it says either "QB" or "Queen Boy," that's for his nickname, Queen Boy, which his grandma gave him. He said the meaning is hard to explain, but that the nickname kind of runs in the family. Needless to say, Tim Hardaway would not be pleased. But James said it was actually one of at least six nicknames he has. Naturally, I asked what the others were.
"Baby Boy," he told me. "Big Baby." "Big Smoothie," a name apparently coined by Eddie Jordan, because "I guess my game is smooth," James said. "Jang-a-Lang," which Antonio Daniels prefers. Oh, and also "Lil' C."
Me: What's 'C'?
JL: My middle name.
Me: Which is what?
JL: Oh, I can't....
Me: C'mon man.
JL: It's a secret.
Me: Your middle name's a secret? Everyone in here knows what it is?
JL: I don't know.
Me: Roger, what's his middle name?
Roger Mason: His? No idea.
Dre Blatche: What's up?
Me: What's up man, what's his middle name?
DB: I forgot. I know what it is. I forgot though.
So this clearly deserved more research. I went over to the Antonio Daniels-Jarvis Hayes side of the room, since James Lang had told me that A.D. knew his nicknames better than anyone else. And we're off.
Me: What's his middle name?
AD: No, it's Jang-a-Lang.
Someone else: Cornell.
AD: No, that's right, that is right. It is Cornell.
Me: That's not bad a middle name. What's wrong with that?
JH: What's wrong with Cornell?
AD: It's better than Francis.
JH: What's wrong with Cornell?
AD: It's a whole lot better than Francis.
Me: Is that really...
AD: It is Cornell, that's his middle name, it is Cornell.
Me: Where'd that come from?
AD: I think his people graduated from the university, right? I think that's where he was conceived. He was conceived at Cornell University, so...
Etc. The truth of the matter is, the middle name "Cornell" runs in the Lang family. James said his father, grandfather and various uncles have "Cornell" as a middle name. Aside from wondering why no one calls Jang-a-Lang "Big Red," I don't see why he'd be embarrassed. But anyhow, the nearly endless dialogue didn't end there. To appreciate the rest of this, you'll have to bear in mind that, for some reason, A.D. and Jarvis take pleasure in telling people that James Lang is not really from Alabama. This drives James Lang nuts, absolutely nuts. Ivan sorta mentioned this once. Ok, and we're off again.
JH: He really from the sticks.
AD: No, he's really from Mississippi.
JH: The sticks.
AD: He from Mississippi, he ain't from Alabama. He from Mississippi, originally.
JH: By way of Memphis, Tennessee.
AD: Right. He's from Mississippi, originally. He tells everybody he's from Alabama, but he's from Mississippi, you know what I'm saying, originally. Donell [Taylor] is from Alabama.
JH: Donell is really from Alabama.
AD: Yeah, Donell is really from Alabama. But he's from Mississippi.
Me: Why's he got "Bama's Finest" on his arm then?
AD: That's just what I tell him every day, that's like me putting "Korea's Finest" on my arm. I'm from Columbus, you know what I mean?
JH: You know Bow Wow, right? He's really from Ohio, but he rep Atlanta. Same thing.
AD: That's right. Bow Wow from Columbus, but he rep Atlanta. And he from Mississippi, but he rep Alabama.
James Lang: I'm from Alabama, ok?
AD: I don't know, you know what I mean, I don't know. Maybe Alabama sounds a lot better than Mississippi, you know what I mean, when it roll off your tongue. [Softly] 'I'm from Missisippi.' [Loudly] 'I'm from 'Bama.' You know what I mean, it just sounds better, I guess. I don't know.
Me: Right right, plus it'd be hard to put 'Mississippi's Finest' on his arm.
AD: Right, that's what I thought too, because 'Mississippi's Finest' on your arm would take up a lot of space. 'Bama's Finest,' you can just shorten up.
JH: He's got the first and only jersey that's retired from Alabaster High.
AD: In Mississippi. He was the first guy to ever come out of Mississippi out of high school.
James Lang: That's a lie.
JH: It's ok, James, it's ok. It's ok to come from Mississippi.
JL: Ask him. [Pointing to trainer Eric Waters, massaging Caron Butler.] Eric, where am I from?
AD: Mobile, Mississippi.
James Lang: It's really Mobile Alabama, ok?
Etc. End of James Lang Blog Part I. Man those guys can talk.
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