Dreams Blog

June 27, 2014

Carmelo Business
I think that Stephen A. Smith (ESPN.com) gave the best synopsis. “Now that the New York Knicks have both a president of basketball operations and a coach with a championship pedigree, one would think there should be no problem luring players with winning ability to a city that’s been starving for a title since 1973. But as we sit here today, the focus having shifted to compiling a roster that should reap such dividends, the attention now rests squarely on Carmelo Anthony.
Unfortunately, none of us are sure if Melo’s attention is aimed primarily at the Knicks. But the Knicks would need it to be if they’re hoping for any success in the near future.
Understand, the possibility of getting LBJ is slim. Annually, James is competing for championships. He’s doing so surrounded by palm trees and gorgeous weather, for a first-class organization led by a first-class executive in Pat Riley with five titles his resume. He’s doing it in a place devoid of state income taxes and with a cheaper cost of living, with all of it serving as its own recruiting tool for prospective free agents-to-come.
What LeBron cares about is the roster he’s playing with. The organization assembling it. And being happy, because the future is bright wherever he lands.
Cup Thoughts
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) gave his opinion of the growing American presence. “It’s certainly true that the confederation featuring North and Central America has been a force in Brazil, thanks to the resurgence of Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica, but there’s a bigger story developing: the power, elegance and style of South America.
For the moment, put aside Costa Rica’s stunning 1-0 victory over Italy, undoubtedly that country’s greatest sporting moment in 24 years. From this vantage point, the 2014 World Cup is a team full of dancing Colombians (erasing bitter memories of the past). It’s a precision goal from Chile and two gems from Uruguay’s Luis Suarez (who Dwight Perry quoted Fark.com referring to Suarez as ‘Chewy Luis’). It’s Neymar leading Brazil and Lionel Messi rekindling Argentina. It’s the fact that nobody discounts any of these teams as the tournament roars on.
This has been a satisfying World Cup for Major League Soccer, which has players scattered throughout the event and some of the very best, including Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley (among others on the U.S. team), Australia’s sensational Tim Cahill and Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar … From last year’s debacle in the Colorado snow – losing a World Cup qualifier to the U.S. in blizzard conditions – Costa Rica somehow has become the first team to advance from a group including Italy, England and Uruguay. And it’s doing it with players who, for the most part, compete for second-tier clubs.”
Woof!
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) sent along these groaners:
“Attention, cycling buffs
The World Naked Bike Ride was held last week in Portland. Just think of it as The Chafe for the Cup.”
(More On Naked Bike Ride
The Sports Curmudgeon warned us, “Actually, I think there is a far more important message contained in that brief note. Go to Google Images and search for “World Naked Bike Ride Portland”. Now that you have viewed a couple of those images, here is the important lesson for everyone:
Never – as in NOT EVER – should you consider buying a used bicycle in Portland, Oregon.”)
Dwight’s Headline
“At STLtoday.com, on Colorado’s MLB-worst 4.89 ERA: ‘Rockies Horror Pitchers Show.’”
Dwight told us that, “An American Legion baseball game in Juneau, Alaska, was briefly interrupted because a bear was roaming along the outfield fence. It nearly became the first game called on account of game.”
The Oakland A’s signed a new lease to remain in plumbing-plagued O.co Coliseum for another 10 years.
In honor of re-upping during the World Cup, any sewage blockages experienced in the next three weeks will be referred to as stoppage time.”
I’m missing Ralph these days because he represented an era when baseball on television was zoned for total viewer comfort, for relaxation, contemplation and laughter, and where the people with the microphones let the game come to you rather than shovel it at you with both hands.
Ralph
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) remembered radio broadcasts. “In that place, you were basically just hanging out with Kiner and with his broadcast partners Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy at WOR, or you were hanging out with Harry Kalas and his Phillies sidekick Rich Ashburn on WPHL, or you were hanging with the Gunner or with Harry Caray or with Jack Buck or Marty Brennaman or, on occasions too rare, with Vin Scully, the ultimate in plush baseball monologue.
You enjoyed their company, even if Ralph’s essential contribution for nine innings was to say that all of so-and-so’s saves had come in relief appearances.”
More SC
All NFL nose tackles are big human beings. Eagles’ nose tackle, Bennie Logan, added some weight in the off-season as suggested by the Eagles’ coaching staff. Reportedly, he is now a solid 319 lbs. A reporter covering the Eagles must have asked Logan about adding weight to an already sizeable frame and this is how Logan justified his 319 lbs:
“Most people, when they picture a nose tackle, they picture a 330-plus guy, just clogging up the middle. But the way we play our defense, you’ve got to be able to run. And I don’t feel I’d be able to run or do the things our coaches, in our scheme, require us to do. That’s why I’m not 330, or put on that much weight.”
For most “normal folks” purposely adding weight to get up to 319 lbs would be sufficient to have family members put such folk in the Fitness Protection Program.”
Shredded
Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote that, “NCAA president Mark Emmert makes it too easy for his detractors when he does something as preposterous as claim that big-time college athletes are “not hired employees conducting games for entertainment.” That must come as a surprise to the TV networks that pay billions for the rights to entertain America with college football and basketball. And those stadiums and arenas on campus aren’t built with entertainment in mind?”

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Dreams Blog

June 20, 2014

Foggy Patent Office
Darren Rovell (ESPN.com) wrote, “
The U.S. Patent Office ruled that the Redskins’ trademark protections should be canceled, a decision that applies new financial and political pressure on the team to change its name. Of note:
• The ruling involves six uses of the “Redskins” name trademarked by the team from 1967 to 1990. The team’s logo remains a trademark legally held by the team and is unaffected at this time.
• If the decision stands, it would mean the team can continue to use the name, but it would lose a significant portion of its ability to protect the financial interests connected to it.
• The Redskins have appealed. The cancellation for trademark protections will be on hold while the matter makes its way through the courts. That process could take years.
• This is the second time the federal trademark board had issued an opinion on the case. A similar ruling from 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.
• If the Redskins were to lose the rights to their trademarks, the question will be whether state and common laws would allow them to retain their exclusivity of use. “The law is really unclear on this,” said Fordham law professor Sonia Katyal, who specializes in intellectual property. “We haven’t really had something like this where you have a team and so many other interested parties involved, so we’re treading new ground.”
Although the Redskins name and past logos are involved in the decision, the trademarks that were”
Did you get that? BTW- About that technicality- “In 1999, a panel ruled to cancel the trademarks after a battle with Native American groups. The decision was later overturned on a technicality after the court decided that the plaintiffs were too old and should have filed their complaint soon after the Redskins registered their nickname in 1967.” Never mind what is right or wrong.
Dwight Perry’s (Seattle Times) Headlines
“At Fark.com: World Cup referees run 6 miles during a match-
2 additional miles after making a game-ending call against the home team.”
Perry’s Posts
“A Yankees-A’s game in Oakland was delayed when the field-lights suddenly went out.
Apparently some smart-aleck flushed three clubhouse toilets at the same time.
“According to BaseballReference.com since 2004,there have been nearly seven times as many home runs hit on 0-2 counts (1806) as ones hit on 3-0 counts (267).
(b. Really these guys need to get a life)
From Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle)
“Luckily for Brazil, they were placed in el Grupo de Flopo.”
Scott rented an RV for his visit to Germany for the 2006 games. He called it the “Roadenhogginblogginwagen.”
“Pabst Blue Ribbon’s owner is thinking of buying the Buffalo Bills. The new name will grow on you. The Buffalo Beers.”
Postcard From Yosemite
The Sports Curmudgeon set this along while on holiday with his “Long Suffering Wife.” “I got to the bar area too late to see the USA’s first goal against Ghana; I got there 4 minutes into the game. After Ghana tied it in the 82nd minute, I hoped that the US could hold on for a tie because Ghana had the better part of the game for at least 60 minutes of the game to that point. Only a few moments later, a US sub – pressed into action due to an injury to a starter – scored the winning goal with only 4 minutes of regulation play left. The win puts the US in a good position to advance because Portugal lost its opening game to Germany 4-0. In a tie situation, that kind of goal differential will be hard to overcome.”
Fisher Prince Derek Fisher is furthering his learning at the knee of the “Zen Master” so he must be the “Zen Journeyman.” “How-Evah!” Stephen A. Smith (ESPN.com) talked about Fisher, “So it’s nice to see Fisher as the Knicks’ new $5 million man. To know him is to be sincerely happy for the Knicks’ new coach, who’s epitomized nothing but professionalism and competitiveness throughout his 18-year playing career. But Fisher can only coach what he has. Jackson, in all likelihood, only wants to preside over something worthwhile. And the best way for him to pull that off now is to keep Carmelo Anthony in a Knicks uniform for several years to come, utilizing his “connections” to help formulate a roster worth paying to watch at MSG. There’s an awful lot at stake if the Knicks fail in this quest. And, obviously, there’s a chance we might not just be talking about Melo. Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) gave his opinion on the free-agency, “I’m skeptical that free-agent Carmelo Anthony would leave so much money on the table in New York just for the chance to join the Heat. I also can’t believe Anthony would strengthen Miami’s title prospects- short of the Heat being allowed to play with two basketballs.
Dwight Perry’s (Seattle Times) Patter “In the light of new corruption claims over Qater’s 2022 World Cup bid,” reported Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express, “a FIFA vice president has supported a new round of bribed voting.” “Phil Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open but has finished second a whopping six times. ‘Darned if I can explain it,’ said Phil’s new swing coach, Marv Levy.” “Headline at Fark.com: Knicks decide that Derek Fisher will be their next ex-coach.” “Steelers center Maurice Pouncey, slated to make $3.863 million this season, will more than double that next year after he agreed to a five-year, $44 million contract extension. Or as they call it in snapping circles, a considerable pay hike.” Ah, The French The Sports Curmudgeon had this comment, “I read somewhere that national teams entering the World Cup tournament traditionally generate team slogans for themselves. They are motivational adages if you will. I like the one for the French team this year: ‘Impossible is not a French word.’ I took 2 years of French in college in order to fulfill my foreign language requirement and even with that rudimentary exposure to the language, I can tell you that “impossible” is indeed a French word – and in fact, it is spelled exactly the same in French as in English.”

Dreams Blog

June 13, 2014

Possible Landmark Decision
J. Brady McCollough (Pgh Post-Gazette) is covering Ed O’Bannion’s suit against the NCAA for using his image on a video-game without his permission. Here is some of that, “The room was mostly quiet as the tall man in the tan suit jacket waited on Judge Claudia Ann Wilken to make her appearance.
But O’Bannon, 41, who sells Toyotas in Las Vegas less than a decade after his professional basketball career ended overseas without the glory he imagined as a youth growing up in Los Angeles, would soon be put to work. As the face of this lawsuit aiming for injunctive relief that would free current and former college athletes of the restrictions the NCAA’s eligibility rules placed on players’ ability to sell their own names, images and likenesses while they are in school, O’Bannon would give his testimony first. There would be no opening arguments, only the announcement by attorneys to Judge Wilken of a huge development in a case that was once tied directly to O’Bannon’s: The lawsuit brought by former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller accusing the NCAA of conspiring to use college athletes’ likenesses in video games without compensation had been settled for $20 million.
Keller was supposed to go to court in March 2015. Without that date on the docket any longer, O’Bannon was alone as he marched his 6-foot-8 frame up to the stand at Judge Wilken’s left. O’Bannon’s words likely wouldn’t mean as much to Judge Wilken’s eventual decision as those of the second witness — Stanford economics professor Roger Noll would later outline the ways that, in his expert opinion, the NCAA runs its business like a “cartel” — but it was O’Bannon’s name on the case.
Through the questioning of his client, Hausfeld’s goal was to create the impression of the Ed O’Bannon who wore No. 31 in UCLA blue and gold, a basketball player “masquerading as a student,” as O’Bannon put it. Drum Beats Big Chief Triangle hired a new coach, Derek Fisher, the Knicks; I hear he’s getting $25million over 5 years. That sure is a lot of money to pay someone who has NEVER been a head coach. I’m going to wait and see if Fisher wears an earpiece, while coaching, that is directly connected with Jackson who might really be the coach with “One degree of separation. More Drums We had the Derek Fisher intro-presser described by Johnette Howard (ESPNNY.com), “Fisher absolutely knocked his news conference out of the park Tuesday in his introductory appearance as the Knicks’ 26th head coach. (It only feels like 24 of them have been hired in the past five years.) We’ll have to see if he’s just as good at actually winning games, which would be nice since the Knicks reportedly gave him a five-year, $25 million contract. They’re paying him like the Erik Spoelstras and Tom Thibodeaus of the league, though he’s never coached a game. But in the half hour or so that Fisher fielded questions, with Jackson sitting to his left, beaming like a proud dad, Fisher didn’t set a foot wrong once. Fisher exuded poise and intelligence and the sort of no-nonsense logic that made him sound eminently capable of confronting challenges head on. Before anyone could ask him, he admitted the concern that he’s never been a head coach is “factually true,” but said, “I am experienced. … Basketball is a game that I’m experienced playing, understanding, leading in, guiding in, helping other people achieve the greatest gift in the world that a professional athlete can have, which is being a champion. “That I do have experience in.” Fisher’s speech is even marbled with many of the same themes Jackson touches on when he’s at his Zen Master best. Buzzwords and phrases like “commitment,” “accountability,” “re-establishing a culture of success,” “embracing the challenge” and “living greatness daily” all came up. Jackson said Fisher excels at speaking to other players’ “spirits and hearts” and Fisher said the Knicks job was “an opportunity that spoke to me right away.” Whole Lotta’ Love Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) recognized the competitions to sign Timberwolves Kevin Love, “The Timberwolves want draft picks, and the Celtics have a bundle, including this year’s No.6 selection. They’d like to snag Love, hold onto Rajon Rondo, then lure Carmelo Anthony and old friend Paul Pierce off the free agent market.” “(Greg) Popovich is rightfully appalled by one of the NBA’s worst-ever ideas: interviewing coaches during the game. He gives those terse, tension-filled answers as a form of protest, and good for him. One problem: His stance is often hilarious. The exchanges have become must-see viewing.” Moninaro Marinara Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote: “Whenever an athlete receives a bazillion-dollar contract, media and fans feel compelled to exhaust themselves in a debate over, whether the jock is worth this fortune. And in every instance, from the deal Colin Kaepernick just signed with the 49ers back to the larval stages of pro sports, the answer has always been the same. An athlete is worth whatever the team’s owner is willing to pay.” “What does it say about women’s tennis in 2014 that 99% of the coaches and personal trainers are men? By now, you’d think women strategists and glorified babysitters would be more visible at the highest level.” Dwight (Seattle Times)Perry’s Patter “Just when you think MLB can’t possibly come up with yet another statistical sub-category, along comes this nugget. The Yankees are 12-1 this season when a rookie pitcher starts a road game.” Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted, “Albert Chen of SI.com, after Boston manager John Farrell and two of his acting successors were ejected in a 3-2 win over the Rays: “It wasn’t clear who was next in the line of managerial succession for the Red Sox. Maybe Secretary of State John Kerry?” Quite The Cut-up Greg Cote (Miami Herald) wrote, “There has been a spate of Tommy John surgeries 40 years after the first one. It must have been so weird having a major surgery named after you. ‘Don’t I

Dreams Blog

June 6, 2014

Disgraceful
A news report said that 47% of the eligible UFT voters approved the new contract that calls for 18% raises- but ZERO back pay for recently retired members.
This sounds like, “I got mine- I don’t care about you.
Time Issues
Bob Molinaro (HamptomRoads.com) wrote, “In a story by Sports Illustrated baseball writer extraordinaire Tom Verducci on how to combat the glacial pace of big league games, he cites a half-inning of a recent Dodgers-Mets game in which there were no runs, no hits, and just three balls put into play that took 21 minutes and 44 seconds.
It’s not just that games are taking longer. The problem is that so little is happening when pitchers and batters conspire to go deep into every count. Is anybody old enough to remember when hitters went after the first pitch?”
Alain Vigneault Compared to Joe Torre
Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com) spoke with Brian Cashman who said, “A player’s coach doesn’t need to care more about soothing a player’s ego than he does about winning a title. “It’s probably a very stressful time for the Rangers,” Cashman said, “but they’ve got to focus on the fact that being up 3-2 is the position you want to be in. When a team like Montreal has nothing to lose in a series the public and the fans already believed was over, you have to match that level on the other end. It’s a hard thing to create, but I think Vigneault already showed he’s coaching like there’s no tomorrow by pulling his goalie. And that’s a good thing.” Over the phone Wednesday, Cashman started reading from the Bill Walsh book, “Finding the Winning Edge,” in which the hall of fame coach revisited his decision to bench Joe Montana in favor of Steve Young in a January 1988 playoff loss to Minnesota. Montana had already won two of his four Super Bowls, and yet Walsh wasn’t afraid to sacrifice him in the middle of his prime to give his team a jolt. Alain Vigneault isn’t Bill Walsh or Joe Torre, not yet, anyway. But he’s shown the nerve of a potential champ by twice pulling his own franchise player, Lundqvist, in these playoffs. If it means giving the Rangers a better chance at winning the Cup for the first time since 1994, you bet he’ll go for the hat trick.” Quoted By Dwight Perry (Seattle Times)
“Greg Cote (Miami Herald): U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsman surprisingly left Landon Donovan off the World Cup roster.
It’s an outrage according to quadrennial American soccer experts who have not watched a match since 2010 and could not name another U.S. player.”
“New Titans backup QB Charlie Whitehurst lost his bid to get his usual uniform number when he lost an arm-wrestling contest with the incumbent wearer of jersey No. 6, Brett Kerth.
Kerth is the punter.”
“Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammals, according to one study.
Coming in a close second: Chicago Cubs.”
“Norman Chad on NBCSN: “Nothing But Costas and Soccer Network.”
Dwight wondered, “Shouldn’t hitting a single, a double, a triple, and an inside-the-park home run in one game be known as a motor cycle?”
Watch For It
Tampa pitcher David Price is getting a reputation for being a “Head-hunter”. He hit both, Red Sox David Ortiz and Mike Carp in one week and used the usual excuse that he was trying to claim the inside part of the plate.
Modern hitters don’t remember pitchers like Sal Maglie, Don Drysdale, or Bob Gibson who had hitters look for a soft spot to fall down when they got in the batter’s box.
Perhaps we’ll see one of the offended hitters drop a bunt down the first base line so they could run over the fielding pitcher.
Remember, NL pitchers have to bat and are targets themselves.
Oh, BTW- David Ortiz homered twice off Price in last season’s ALDS.
More To Watch
So the former CEO at Microsoft Steve Ballmer agrees to pay $2billion for an NBA team valued at $550million (that was the value of the Milwaukee Bucks when they were sold in May).
So after dropping this much and living in Seattle as he does, what are the chances that the Clippers will stay in LA? I wonder if any though was given to the history of Seattle’s poor attendance record for basketball.
Derek Fisher
I hope Phil Jackson isn’t taken in by Fisher’s glib tongue. He was once head of the NBAPA (but was bounced) and accused the owners of being disingenuous and being dishonest. This was after several requested contract releases were granted in order for him to tend family business.
Brad Rock (Deseret News) said, “I won’t say Fisher is a fake, a` la Lance Armstrong. As far as I know he hasn’t taken performance-enhancing drugs. But his moves have certainly enhanced his resume, at the expense of some teams. Now he stands to become a head coach, without a day of experience.

I stopped taking everything he says at face value when he left Dallas. All I really know about the 39-year-old Fisher is he’ll never be an All-Star, but his career as a politician has already taken flight.”

Pardon My French
Brad Rock (DereretNews) wrote, “Following Nicholas Mahut’s first-round loss in the French Open, a reporter began the press conference by saying, “Congratulations.”
“Congratulations?” Mahut said. “I lost.”
Reporter: “You lost? OK. So what happened out there?”
Mahut: “Are you serious? Did you watch the match?”
Reporter: “No, I didn’t. I was told that you won. I’m sorry.”
Mahut (awkward pause): “Questions in French, please.”
Brad suggested that the reporter skip Greg Popovich’s pressers- at least for his own safety.
Game 5
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) criticized the Heat-Pacers, “Game 5 of the Heat-Pacers series became a dreary spectacle when James, picking up five fouls in just 13 minutes, played only 24 minutes. We’ll say it again, echoing Pete Newell’s suggestion from long ago: Eliminate the foul-out rule. From the sixth foul on, it’s two shots and the ball for the opposition. Superstars are the attraction – and this would take a tremendous amount of pressure off the refs.”

Dreams Blog

June 6, 2014

Disgraceful
A news report said that 47% of the eligible UFT voters approved the new contract that calls for 18% raises- but ZERO back pay for recently retired members.
This sounds like, “I got mine- I don’t care about you.
Time Issues
Bob Molinaro (HamptomRoads.com) wrote, “In a story by Sports Illustrated baseball writer extraordinaire Tom Verducci on how to combat the glacial pace of big league games, he cites a half-inning of a recent Dodgers-Mets game in which there were no runs, no hits, and just three balls put into play that took 21 minutes and 44 seconds.
It’s not just that games are taking longer. The problem is that so little is happening when pitchers and batters conspire to go deep into every count. Is anybody old enough to remember when hitters went after the first pitch?”
Alain Vigneault Compared to Joe Torre
Ian O’Connor (ESPN.com) spoke with Brian Cashman who said, “A player’s coach doesn’t need to care more about soothing a player’s ego than he does about winning a title. “It’s probably a very stressful time for the Rangers,” Cashman said, “but they’ve got to focus on the fact that being up 3-2 is the position you want to be in. When a team like Montreal has nothing to lose in a series the public and the fans already believed was over, you have to match that level on the other end. It’s a hard thing to create, but I think Vigneault already showed he’s coaching like there’s no tomorrow by pulling his goalie. And that’s a good thing.” Over the phone Wednesday, Cashman started reading from the Bill Walsh book, “Finding the Winning Edge,” in which the hall of fame coach revisited his decision to bench Joe Montana in favor of Steve Young in a January 1988 playoff loss to Minnesota. Montana had already won two of his four Super Bowls, and yet Walsh wasn’t afraid to sacrifice him in the middle of his prime to give his team a jolt. Alain Vigneault isn’t Bill Walsh or Joe Torre, not yet, anyway. But he’s shown the nerve of a potential champ by twice pulling his own franchise player, Lundqvist, in these playoffs. If it means giving the Rangers a better chance at winning the Cup for the first time since 1994, you bet he’ll go for the hat trick.” Quoted By Dwight Perry (Seattle Times)
“Greg Cote (Miami Herald): U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsman surprisingly left Landon Donovan off the World Cup roster.
It’s an outrage according to quadrennial American soccer experts who have not watched a match since 2010 and could not name another U.S. player.”
“New Titans backup QB Charlie Whitehurst lost his bid to get his usual uniform number when he lost an arm-wrestling contest with the incumbent wearer of jersey No. 6, Brett Kerth.
Kerth is the punter.”
“Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammals, according to one study.
Coming in a close second: Chicago Cubs.”
“Norman Chad on NBCSN: “Nothing But Costas and Soccer Network.”
Dwight wondered, “Shouldn’t hitting a single, a double, a triple, and an inside-the-park home run in one game be known as a motor cycle?”
Watch For It
Tampa pitcher David Price is getting a reputation for being a “Head-hunter”. He hit both, Red Sox David Ortiz and Mike Carp in one week and used the usual excuse that he was trying to claim the inside part of the plate.
Modern hitters don’t remember pitchers like Sal Maglie, Don Drysdale, or Bob Gibson who had hitters look for a soft spot to fall down when they got in the batter’s box.
Perhaps we’ll see one of the offended hitters drop a bunt down the first base line so they could run over the fielding pitcher.
Remember, NL pitchers have to bat and are targets themselves.
Oh, BTW- David Ortiz homered twice off Price in last season’s ALDS.
More To Watch
So the former CEO at Microsoft Steve Ballmer agrees to pay $2billion for an NBA team valued at $550million (that was the value of the Milwaukee Bucks when they were sold in May).
So after dropping this much and living in Seattle as he does, what are the chances that the Clippers will stay in LA? I wonder if any though was given to the history of Seattle’s poor attendance record for basketball.
Derek Fisher
I hope Phil Jackson isn’t taken in by Fisher’s glib tongue. He was once head of the NBAPA (but was bounced) and accused the owners of being disingenuous and being dishonest. This was after several requested contract releases were granted in order for him to tend family business.
Brad Rock (Deseret News) said, “I won’t say Fisher is a fake, a` la Lance Armstrong. As far as I know he hasn’t taken performance-enhancing drugs. But his moves have certainly enhanced his resume, at the expense of some teams. Now he stands to become a head coach, without a day of experience.

I stopped taking everything he says at face value when he left Dallas. All I really know about the 39-year-old Fisher is he’ll never be an All-Star, but his career as a politician has already taken flight.”

Pardon My French
Brad Rock (DereretNews) wrote, “Following Nicholas Mahut’s first-round loss in the French Open, a reporter began the press conference by saying, “Congratulations.”
“Congratulations?” Mahut said. “I lost.”
Reporter: “You lost? OK. So what happened out there?”
Mahut: “Are you serious? Did you watch the match?”
Reporter: “No, I didn’t. I was told that you won. I’m sorry.”
Mahut (awkward pause): “Questions in French, please.”
Brad suggested that the reporter skip Greg Popovich’s pressers- at least for his own safety.
Game 5
Bruce Jenkins (SF Chronicle) criticized the Heat-Pacers, “Game 5 of the Heat-Pacers series became a dreary spectacle when James, picking up five fouls in just 13 minutes, played only 24 minutes. We’ll say it again, echoing Pete Newell’s suggestion from long ago: Eliminate the foul-out rule. From the sixth foul on, it’s two shots and the ball for the opposition. Superstars are the attraction – and this would take a tremendous amount of pressure off the refs.”