HoopsHype Chris Andersen rumors

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It all started in 2000 at Route 66 Tattoo in Albuquerque, N.M. Chris Andersen had grown up in tiny Iola, Texas, the son of Linda Holubec. She rode a Harley-Davidson and had a number of tattoos. When Andersen was in high school in the late 1980s, Holubec had gotten flowers, vines and butterflies inked on her ankles, legs and back. Her son liked what he saw. “He thought they were cool and he wanted to get a tattoo, so I said I would pay for it,’’ Holubec said. “But he wanted to take his time before he got one.’’ FOXSports Florida

The time arrived when Andersen, after having played in China, was 21 and with the minor-league New Mexico Slam in 1999-2000. Holubec had rode her Harley 800 miles from Iola, population 430, to Albuquerque to see her son play. The two then went to Route 66 Tattoo on Central Avenue, which really is part of the historic highway. Andersen had Chinese symbols inked on the insides of his forearms. The one on the left stands for “Good’’ and the one on the right for “Evil.’’ Since then, Andersen’s tattoos have increased at a brisk pace. It’s gotten to point that Denver-based John Slaughter, his regular tattoo artist, estimates he has them on 75 percent of his body. FOXSports Florida

When Andersen asked for the “Free Bird’’ tattoo, Slaughter said that’s the only time he’s really double checked to make sure he really knew what he was doing. “I was like, 'Tattoo your neck. Yeah, right, you’re crazy,’ ’’ said Slaughter, 41, who is heavily tattooed himself. “With the ‘Free Bird’ one, as far as I was concerned, I was thinking of his career. But he said, ‘Let’s do it.’ ’’ So Slaughter did it. He said it took three or four sessions and about 10 to 12 total hours to complete the work. FOXSports Florida

Slaughter said a typical tattoo at his shop costs $300 to $400. He said if a regular customer were paying, the “Free Bird’’ tattoo would cost a “couple of thousand’’ dollars and the wings on Andersen’s arms “five to eight thousand.’’ But Slaughter never charges the Birdman. “He takes care of me,’’ Slaughter said. “He’s very generous. He gave me a $600 tip once. He’s gotten me rims for my car. I had a Hummer like he did. He got me a car stereo once.’’ Slaughter said Andersen has been great for his business. During his years with the Nuggets, teammates Andersen sent to Tribe Tattoo included J.R. Smith, Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler, Al Harrington and Gary Forbes. FOXSports Florida

Remember the toddler who dressed up as Chris “Birdman” Andersen, complete with tattoo sleeves and mohawk? Well, his devotion (or, more realistically, his parents’) has finally paid off. As the Heat prepare for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, @hoopmixtape has posted an Instagram photo of Baby Birdman meeting Grown-Up Birdman. For The Win

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So what does Chris "Birdman" Andersen look like when he lets his hair down? The national media was able to get a glance during Friday's media day at AmericanAirlines Arena amid this two- day break during the NBA Finals. Andersen, better known for his game-night spiked Mohawk, had seven points and three rebounds in 13 minutes in the Heat's series-opening 92-88 loss Thursday night to the San Antonio Spurs. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Alex Kennedy: I asked Chris Andersen what he saw from Miami prior to signing with them in January, and he proceeded to give me the best quote of the day. "I wasn't watching basketball, bro. I was out in the country. I was hunting hogs, messing around, hanging out with the homeboys." Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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A regretful Andersen was relegated to watching the Heat lose to the Indiana Pacers 91-77 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals from a television in his hotel room alone. "Birdman" was suspended for Game 6 after getting into a skirmish with Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5. Andersen will be eligible to play in the deciding Game 7 in Miami on Monday. "It was tough," Andersen told Yahoo! Sports. "My palms were sweating. My adrenaline was pumping. I was yelling at the TV just trying to cheer my guys on. I tried to support them from my room. It's tough, but that's the way it went." Yahoo! Sports

"It was real tough to watch, bro. A lesson learned," Andersen said. "I got to be able to control my composure no matter how rough the game gets. I just got to continue to play the way I play. Just play smart. Play the right way. "Of course I could have made a difference in the rebounding. But we're still the Miami Heat. It's a tough series. Indiana is tough. But you know what, we got to go back home and the good thing is we have our home-court advantage. We'll go back to Miami and take care of business on Monday." Yahoo! Sports

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The NBA suspended Andersen one game without pay because he "knocked Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough to the floor, escalated the altercation by shoving Hansbrough and resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end" in the second quarter of Game 5 on Thursday. "I have to deal with repercussions of it and I'm missing this game. I know my guys are going to go out there and they're going to handle business," Andersen said. "It was just the heat of the moment. The heat of the battle pushed me out of my comfort zone. I got out of my composure and I let it get the best of me. But now I'm dealing with it." USA Today Sports

Spoelstra had a private conversation with Andersen but did not divulge specifics. "We have to accept it and move on and we already did. We went through that process yesterday and today," Spoelstra said "It's irrelevant whether you agree or disagree. We talked with the league yesterday about what they decided. Next man up. We're ready for the game tonight, and that's all our focus is right now. We're leaving the shootaround understanding we have a great opportunity right now and we want to take advantage of it." USA Today Sports

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