A Case of the Mondays (2/20)
Recapping the important events of the weekend...
- Lebron James scored 29 points to lead the East to a come from behind victory over the West in the NBA All Star Game Sunday. The Lebrons also contributed to the victory by fouling Tracy McGrady as he attempted a game tying shot with seconds left. Said LBJ, "On his way up I got a piece of his arm and a piece of the ball, which made it short." While his honesty might be refreshing, his game no longer is. King James, the man-child who would revolutionize the game as the second coming of Magic Johnson, is officially a chucker.
Sunday, he jacked up 10 three pointers and he averages 4.8 three point attempts per game in the regular season, hitting at 34.5%. Until yesterday, I believed that he was just hoisting up so many shots (22.9 per game) because he didn't want to pass to Drew Gooden or Damon Jones, which is somewhat understandable. Now, I am concerned that LBJ has learned that it doesn't pay to pass in today's NBA. He can get away with this, as he is a great scorer, but passing was the aspect of his game that made him so appealing and refreshing. Hopefully, LBJ will realize that the association already has a Kobe and put more of an emphasis on using his sick talents to drop dimes.
- Ricky Williams has failed his fourth drug test, according to reports. If true, the violation means that Williams will face a year long suspension, although it might as well be forever. Ricky seemed to have salvaged his career during the 2005 season and teams around the league had started to ask the Dolphins about the running back's availability via trade. In other words, Williams might have been a starter once again in 2006. I'm certainly sympathetic, but he has clearly smoked himself retarded. If he wanted to be a stoner, why did he come back at all? If he wanted to come back and make money, then why risk it for a bong toke?
- Steve Francis continues to be shopped around the league. The Knicks, Nuggets, Timberwolves, and the Sonics have inquired about the PG but the best fit for a deal is with the Lakers. A swap of Lamar Odom, Stanislav Medvedenko, and Aaron McKie for Francis and Hedo Turkoglu works under the cap and makes sense for both teams. The Magic get better value in Odom than the trash the T'Wolves, Knicks, and Nuggets have been offering, as well as significant cap space, the driving force behind most NBA trades. The Lakers get an impact point guard while Turkoglu replaces Odom capably. The Lakers would lose rebounding but would gain lineup flexibility and scoring. So why won't this trade happen before Thursday's deadline? Lakers GM Mitch Kupchek overvalues Odom, even though he hasn't proven the best fit with Kobe, and he won't part with a draft pick. Instead, the Lakers will play it safe and try to get under the cap in the summer of '07, when Chris Bosh becomes a free agent.
- Speedskater Shani Davis became the first black athlete to win a Winter Olympics gold medal. To do so, Davis declined to compete with the U.S. relay team so that he focus on the individual 1000 meter event that he eventually won. Teammate Chad "The Weiner" Hedrick took issue with Davis' decision, as it denied "The Weiner" a chance at winning 5 medals during one Olympic Games. Some critics have asserted that Davis was chosen as a member of the U.S. Team, and therefore should have no choice but to compete in every race available.
Let's take a step back here. First of all, Davis did nothing wrong or uncommon. Pacing yourself is a common (and successful) theme in sports. Roger Clemens doesn't pitch every inning for his team and Jarome Iginla isn't on the ice for every minute of every game. Second of all, the man just broke a fairly large racial barrier and made history. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. "The Weiner" has got it twisted.
- Due to sickness, Tiger Woods pulled out of the Nissan Open on Saturday after making the cut Friday. Tiger said, "I had a funny feeling in my stomach and then I just knew I was going to explode if I didn't pull out. It was just too risky, and it could have gotten messy. I had to pull out before it was too late or I might regret it for years." His partner for the round would have been John (J.B) Holmes. When asked if he would ever consider pulling out, John Holmes chuckled to himself and asked if there was a "map of Hawaii" involved.
- The Noob Sports Family