Ween played a show in Nashville on their tour last year and we're told the owner of the New Orleans Hornets showed up with his son to enjoy some Chocolate and Cheese. Being that my brother is fishing buddies with Deaner, I got a first hand report from the Ween guitarist that after hanging out and enjoying a few cold ones back in Nashville, Deaner got an open invite to come watch the Hornets play sometime. Well, New Orleans was in town to play the Sixers on Monday night and Deaner did, in fact, get the rockstar treatment down at the Wachovia Center.
For those unfamiliar, Dean is a huge Philly sports fan. The orange and black are his favorite team to watch but like many of us, he's just a big sports guy.
Two minutes after pulling up to the player's entrance and being surrounded by Escalades and Bentleys, Dean found himself sitting next to Peja Stojakovic and Tyson Chandler in the visitor's locker room. Five minutes after that, he was on the court tossing Peja loose balls as the sniper practiced from beyond the arc.
Unfortunately for us, the Sixers lost but Deaner said the obvious highlight of the night was getting to meet former Rookie of the Year, All Star, and Olympic gold medalist, Chris Paul. He says that CP3 is a "super friendly dude."
The NBA: where rockstars being smitten by Chris Paul happens.
>>Previously: Surf Fishing With Dean Ween [The700Level]
NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.
Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Sheldon Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.
A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.
Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.
Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati
Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.
Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.
Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.
PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.
Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.
Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.
George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.
Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).