Kobe's Lakers: This is bull. I expect Kobe's Lakers to be one of the best teams in the NBA this season.
Something to think about: Reading this column made me wonder if something like this wouldn't be a good idea for developing NBA players. As a developmental league, it would have enough prestige to be attractive to promising young hoopsters. It would also have a built-in fan base as Team USA. Sort of like Little League for 18-20 year olds.
Take the best player: This SI.com columnist claims that NBA teams should draft the best player rather than fill a specific need.
Exhibit A: against Maurice Clarett joining the NFL early. As some have argued, why should pro football let immature young jerks mess up its product the way the NBA has.
Howsa 'bout keeping a low profile?: While I blame the media for wanting to make hay out of the situation, do we really need a Newsweek cover of Kobe Bryant? Hey, Kobe, you messed up. How about keeping your head down, doing what you do best (basketball), and letting your lawyers try to extricate you from the mess you've made.
A-Rod for MVP?: Have we debated this yet? The issue is should A-Rod be the AL MVP this year. I say no, although I have a feeling that his huge contract is unfairly prejudicing the voters against him.
Best Pitching Performance.: Using this web site to compare Ron Guidry in 1978 and Dwight Gooden in 1985 I was amazed at how similar the stat lines are. Any other candidates for best pitching performance in a single season?
BoSox vs Yankees: Are you ready for some baseball?
From OJ to Kobe: I don't know that I agree with all of Jason Whitlock's analysis, but I certainly feel that his tone is correct. This Kobe trial is not of substance. I don't think anyone thinks that Kobe is a rapist, at least in the sense of the violent crime of rape. Rich celebrities having sex with groupies/available women is not anything new. At least in OJ's case the Trial of the Century was unique; never before had murder, celebrity, and race intersected like that. But this Kobe trial is just people staring at a train wreck, with the media providing blow-by-blow details.
Seabiscuit...the movie: Hope to catch the Seabiscuit movie today. If you haven't read the book, do so. It's some story, hard to believe that it's non-fiction.
That's why we love baseball.: Can't beat this. Yanks vs Red Sox. Pedro against the Boomer. Blown save, Mariano. Kim loses to Yankees, again.
Scott vs Kidd: Is Byron Scott really that bad a coach? Who's the best coach in the NBA, and why?
Overrated Jocks: This should be fun. ESPN's Jeff Merron has a list of all-time overrated jocks. I agree with his choices of Phil Rizzuto, Jose Canseco, Nolan Ryan, and honorable mention Dominique Wilkins, but what was he smoking to consider Pete Maravich, Pete Rose, OJ Simpson, and Sandy Koufax overrated?
Come on, it wasn't that bad: At least if you are a true pro hoops fan, the Spurs-Nets series was okay. Admittedly there wasn't much for the casual fan to get into, but it was good hard-nosed basketball by the NBA's two best defensive teams. The Spurs were the better team, although not by as much as some predicted.
NY/NJ to Texas...Van Gundy takes over Rockets: I'm having trouble comprehending Bill Parcells as coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Jeff Van Gundy as coach of the Houston Rockets. What's going on here?
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