Archive for June, 2009

2009 NBA Draft: What Were They Thinking?

June 28, 2009
The "Kandi" Man can?

The "Kandi" Man can?

 

How does potential smell?

How does potential smell?

 

 

 

 

The NBA Draft has officially spiralled out of control.  While it’s true that after a certain point in each draft it is a crapshoot.  However, some GM’s turn it into a self-fulfilled prophecy with guys like Rodrigue Beaubois and Christian Eyenga being taken in the first round.  With many teams selling their picks or just picking any Euro trash player they can when they can’t sell their picks, the NBA Draft is officially pathetic.  How bad has it gotten?  There will be more serviceable NBA players from the first 10 picks in the 2nd round, than from picks 10-20 in the 1st round.   I just want to send a big “thank you” to all of the AAU coaches out there who have single handedly destroyed the NBA in the past 10 years. 

Here is a list of GM’s in the NBA who really make you scratch you’re head and ask “What Were They Thinking?”:

1) Chris Wallace – Memphis: After the Pau Gasol debacle, how does this guy still have a job?  They have some above average young talent, but if i were a Grizz fan i sure would want a better player at #2 than the Tanzanian Dalembert.  Really, what is Thabeet’s upside?  He plays 20 minutes a game, gets a couple of blocks, a rebound or two (he’s a terrible rebounder), and scores 6-8 points per game on Alley-oops and putbacks.  Sound enticing, Memphis?  I bet a twin towers scenario of Thabeet and the other Gasol gets your motors running though.  It seems like Memphis may be a little too late to the “Hack a Shaq” party.  You may have the worst GM in the NBA, but the following guys are gunning for  Chris Wallace.

2) David Kahn- T’Wolves:  Although he comes from a good pedigree and he did finally oust Kevin McHale, he is stockpiling point guards like the Detroit Lions have stockpiled wide receivers in the past.  We all know how that has worked out, right?  It’s always a good idea to take an 18-year old kid from Spain who has no intention of ever even coming to Minnesota (as seen by him skipping his introductory press conference) and, oh by the way, has 2 years left on his European contract.  Can they ask for a “takeback” on their trade with the Wizards and get Foye and Miller back? They officially have no shooters on their roster now.  The Minnesota Timberwolves are like a Doublemint commercial.  First, they would show Jefferson and Love, who both play the same position and then they could pan to Rubio and Flynn riding a tandem bike.  It would be perfect. 

3) Bryan Colangelo – Toronto:  Oh, where to start here.  He is still hanging his hat on hitting the jackpot with signing Steve Nash in free agency and getting a career year out of Boris Diaw after trading away Joe Johnson in Phoenix.  If you have a franchise player who is all but packed his bags after this year, i would certainly want to do more than to draft a 19-year old who was just okay last year at USC.  He’s got potential, right?  And i thought they would go for another European this year. 

4) Ed Stefanski- Sixers: It’s too easy to pick on your hometown GM when ESPN reports two days prior to the draft, you are shopping last year’s big signing who still happens to have $65 million left on his balky contract.  And, you thought it was tough to find a taker for Dalembert?  The Sixers are still without a point guard who can step in and play this year and they still have nothing resembling an NBA 2-guard.  By the way, i am tired of hearing that the Sixers draft well.  Outside of Iguodala who fell in their laps thanks to the ineptitude of Toronto’s previous regime (not you, Bryan Colangelo), who have they really drafted that is a good NBA player.  Thaddeus Young?  He was exposed in the playoffs.  Kyle Korver?  He’s a good guy with a nice shot but not athletic enough to cover anybody or create his own shot.  Lou Williams?  I despise him because he is so inconsistent, which is another hallmark of today’s NBA.  Willie Green?  Ugh.  Jason Smith?  Please.  Case closed.

5) Danny Ferry – Cleveland:  So you’ve just put all your chips in, you’ve traded for Shaq, and with your first round pick, you take……….Christian Eyenga from the Congo.  No, Danny who are you really taking?  Well, i’m sure Dejuan Blair would have just been a terrible fit.  Who needs a great rebounder, who provides a huge physical presence in the post?  Oh, that’ right, the Cleveland Cavaliers do.  Sorry Cleveland, when Lebron leaves you can just look at your GM and point the finger.

Ladies and gentlemen, the NBA in 2009 is “Inconsistently but Potentially Fantastic.”

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Phillies = Mets (For Now)

June 26, 2009

For at least the last two weeks, the tables have turned.

Though clinging to a half game lead, the Phillies have become painful to watch.  It used to be that you could count them in every game until they decided to start phoning it in.  And you couldn’t blame J-Roll for this one.  Charlie decided to bench Rollins and led off with Victorino who provided a listless 0-4 at the top of the order.

In true Mets fashion, a night after Rollins forgot how slow Pat Burrell was after watching him attempt to run for over a decade, Pedro Feliz picked up the mental lapse slack and “forgot how many outs there were.”

Oh and let’s make another deal, Matt Stairs never plays in the field again.  Ever.

On the other hand up in Flushing, a scrappy bunch of nobodies missing the majority of their best players took two from the Cardinals and head into this weekend’s subway series with a little bit of momentum.  The David Wright & Random Bunch of Latin Players I’ve Never Heard Of Show refuses to go away in what should have been a great opportunity for the Phils to leave the Mets in their rearview.  At this point, I expect the Mets to sign Miguel Cairo by next weekend and he’ll hit at least two walk offs.

Not having Ibaenez in the order doesn’t exactly equate with missing Reyes, Delgado, and Beltran.   I can go on a tirade about how each player is overrated but how would the Phillies be without Ibaenez, Howard AND Utley?  I don’t think the Eric Bruntlett/Greg Dobbs duo would strike fear in opposing pitchers/hit above .3oo combined.

Rheal "Tachner"

Rheal "Taschner"

With a starting rotation consisting of two and a half legitimate starters at the moment, could be a good time for Amaro to get some help or call up Drabek.  Also if starters can’t make it out of the third inning, they should be replaced by pitching machines through the sixth inning.  It would give the bullpen a rest and maybe the pitching machine could have an ERA under 7.

Admittedly, this could just be the typical Phillies slump but this hurts worse than normal.  Lidge is back (who knows what condition he’s in) and Eyre should be off the DL shortly so we can end the Tachsner horror show.  Could someone check medical records to make sure Taschner isn’t actually Rheal Cormier using an alias?

For now we can go back to hoping Luis Castillo drops several pop ups this weekend.  And oh yea, the Marlins are a game behind, nothing to worry about there……

The Phillies usually play their best with their backs against the wall so maybe they should just forfeit the next week and come back 5 games behind, hungry and ready to play baseball properly.

Rollins Spots Rays First Out A Day Before Game

June 25, 2009
Jimmy will be performing with his Dru Hill tribute band tomorrow instead of batting

Jimmy will be performing with his Dru Hill tribute band tomorrow instead of batting

Jimmy Rollins has already agreed to spot Rays’ starter Andy Sonnanstine the first out in tomorrow’s rubber match.

When asked how this should be reflected in the box score Rollins said, “I popped out.”

Rollins then went on to say, “Might as well put me down for an error in the, let’s say 6th inning.  I’m going to throw my glove at a fly ball.”

When asked whether he would further stand Rollins’ insubordination, Charlie Manuel said, “Jimmy’s being honest.  There’s no way he’s getting on base tomorrow.  As long as he get to the game on time and at least jogs when he pops out, my hands are tied.”

Manuel was asked what Rollins would need to do to be moved out of lead off spot.

After thinking long and hard, Charlie said, “Jimmy would  have to literally murder Chase Utley.”

And with no further explanation, Manuel returned to blowing on a jug with the rest of his Country Bears.

Manuel tries to explain to Christopher Walken why he won't leadoff with Victorino

Manuel tries to explain to Christopher Walken why he won't leadoff with Victorino