Brad Rock: Rock On: John Stockton is one of Isiah's big shocks

Published: Tuesday, April 10 2012 11:22 p.m. MDT

Isiah Thomas presents John Stockton to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony on September 11, 2009 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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BE MY NEIGHBOR

A San Antonio school district superintendent apologized, then reprimanded students for chanting "USA! USA!" at a basketball game last month.

Alamo Heights High School, which is predominantly Caucasian, beat Edison High, predominantly Hispanic, in a region basketball championship. A complaint claimed the taunt insinuated the Edison students weren't naturalized.

You have to wonder what the taunters were thinking.

Considering the high schools are only four miles apart — and both well within the USA border — you also have to wonder: Don't any of these kids take geography in school?

GLOBALLY CHALLENGED

Speaking of geography, don't go to Major League Soccer for directions.

A month ago, if you clicked on MLS's link to Real Salt Lake's 2012 media guide, the San Jose Earthquakes' guide popped up. If you clicked on San Jose's, you got the Seattle Sounders.

New York Red Bulls? Nothing doing, cheese-steak breath.

You ended up with the Philadelphia Union.

Meanwhile, in the MLS's printed media guide, under a tab saying Portland Timbers, it had Real Salt Lake's team breakdown.

And you thought it was just the Euro leagues that had trouble identifying MLS teams.

DOUBTING THOMAS

Isiah Thomas is out as coach at Florida International after compiling a three-year record of 26-65.

"This," Thomas huffed, "is the most surprising thing that has happened to me in basketball."

Not counting the sexual harassment suit, the CBA meltdown, and seeing John Stockton picked over him for the 1992 Dream Team.

MTN. FEVER

Sports Business Journal is saying The Mtn., television network of the Mountain West Conference, will cease on May 31.

But sources say that after May, loyalists can still experience a Mtn. kind of feel by vainly searching the dial for times and teams, just as they always did.

'TAG TALK

Ex-Jazz center Greg Ostertag was in the house, Monday night in the Jazz's win over San Antonio.

Afterward, he walked past coach Ty Corbin and breezily asked, "Coach, you need a big guy who can set a pick?"

Of course they do, 'Tag, same as they did 15 years ago. Same as they did 15 years ago.

LAP OF LUXURY

After Minnesota's Kevin Love recently logged 30 points and 21 rebounds against Denver, Nuggets coach George Karl told The New York Times, "I think we used to call him kind of a poor man's Larry Bird. I think you can take 'poor man's' off that comparison now."

Considering NBA players average $5 million a year, is it ever a good idea to call anyone a poor man's anything?

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