Dreams Blog

July 17, 2015

Wasted Effort
As of 7/13, John Kerry has now been sitting at the table 17 days, supposedly negotiating with Iran for a nuclear agreement. As far as I can see Iran is following their usual successful tactic with the US- they keep stalling until the US negotiators run out of patience and agree to undesirable conditions just to get any kind of an agreement. How would Trump negotiate?
Well, the Iranians were able to get exactly what they wanted all along- removal of all of the financial sanctions that supposedly had been removed from consideration. Now they are able to pay for what they want to do.
Summer League
I watched Kris Porzingis play in that opener in Vegas and was impressed. He went to the hoop confidently and blocked a couple of shots. I can see a need for him to bulk up but he’s only 19 and doesn’t have his “man-muscles” yet. I think when their gotten he has the possibility of turning into a Shaq type center. I hope.
Ian Begley wrote about his 2nd game: “In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they’ve seen thus far.
Porzingis again showed a nice touch around the basket and moved well without the ball, setting screens and cutting well.
He also moved his feet well on the defensive end. He had a strong challenge at the rim on a Jordan Clarkson drive late in the fourth quarter but also was overpowered by Julius Randle on a move in the paint in the fourth.
In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they’ve seen thus far.
Triangle adjustments? The summer league Knicks seem to be getting into their triangle sets much more quickly than the Knicks did in the 2014-15 regular season. Maybe this is a result of some players being familiar with the system. The Knicks also haven’t run the triangle on every possession in summer league. They’re running sets that feature more screen and roll and don’t originate from the triangle’s basic early-possession formation.
Last season, as noted here, the Knicks began to run pick and roll more frequently as the season progress. What we’re seeing in summer league may be a continuation of that trend.
Turn Around
The media covering this mess of a situation went hyperbolic when relating DeAndre Jordan’s value and his defensive prowess. He is indeed a good defender and rebounder but let us keep this in the realm of reality:
DeAndre Jordan is not now and will not be “The Next Bill Russell”.
Somehow, if Mark Cuban – or any owner – reneged on a verbal deal before the signing period opened, I doubt they would be treated nearly as kindly by the folks covering the story.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) quoted John Smoltz, “People don’t realize what’s going on out there,” Hall of Famer John Smoltz told USA Today, sounding the alarm on elbow and shoulder injuries to kid pitchers. “I’m blown away with people not having a clue. We’ve asked kids to do too much, too early, and at a high velocity at a young age, and you’re just not able to handle that over time.
“It’s like RPM-ing your car. If you red-line it enough, you’re going to blow your engine.’’
The Minnesota Twins — channeling Christmas’ one-in-a-million optimism from “Dumb and Dumber” — rallied from a 6-1 deficit with two outs in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers.
According to ESPN teams entering the final inning trailing by five runs over the past two seasons had only a 0-1,057 record to show for it.
Sure sign that your team’s corpulent slugger might need an intervention: His idea of a nutritional makeover is switching to the new thin Oreos.
“What a rip off!” claimed comedy writer Tim Hunter. “I bought a pair of running shorts; they haven’t moved since I got ‘em!”;
Ex-QB Kenny Stabler, who died Wednesday at age 69, on the swashbuckling Raiders of the 1970s: “We were the only team in pro football whose team picture showed both a front and side view.” Quickie scouting report: Speeds in the mid-90s and tricky curves could make for lots of sliders.
Spotted on a fan’s sign at the All-Star Home Run Derby: “Downtown goes Frazier.”
Solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040, triggering a “mini ice age,” according to a statistical model created at England’s Northumbira University.
And if that cold snap reaches hell, Cubs fans — World Series, here we come!
49ers Hall of Famer safety Ronnie Lott, on The Rich Eisen Show, upon seeing his left pinkie finger for the first time after surgeons amputated the tip in 1986: “I’ll never forget. I was sitting there going, ‘Man, that looks like ET’s head.’ ”
Solar activity will drop by more than half between 2030 and 2040, triggering a “mini ice age,” according to a statistical model created at England’s Northumbira University.
And if that cold snap reaches hell, Cubs fans — World Series, here we come!
49ers Hall of Famer safety Ronnie Lott, on The Rich Eisen Show, upon seeing his left pinkie finger for the first time after surgeons amputated the tip in 1986: “I’ll never forget. I was sitting there going, ‘Man, that looks like ET’s head.’ 
Among this year’s cancelled NFL promotions: The Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul/ “We’re No.1” Foam finger night.
At Cleveland.com, ‘Cavaliers’ payroll taking shape, and that shape is XL.
Yo, Mike Trout: You do know it’s the Baseball All-Star Game and not the Celebrity Softball Game, right?
How else to explain the young Angels star putting up slowpitch numbers — a .500 batting average and a 1.200 slugging percentage — in 10 at-bats against the National League’s best pitchers in four All-Star appearances?”

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