March, 30, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Should NCAA players be paid? Frontline digs deeply. You can watch producer Lowell Bergman's 21-minute report online, featuring Sonny Vaccaro on "the complete fraud of amateurism" and Joakim Noah on exploitation he saw with his own eyes. For instance, Noah says he he had Florida teammates who starred in a multibillion dollar enterprise but couldn't afford to bring their families to watch them play in the Final Four. Writer Michael Lewis says, tongue-in-cheek "you shouldn't care unless you have some weird obsession with justice." An economist says the NCAA is in a "fraudulent position." It's all going to come before a judge with Ed O'Bannon's court case. HBO's Real Sports is also on the topic.
- Kevin Garnett twists metaphors like a green squirrel. Honestly, just read this thing. If you don't enjoy it thoroughly, come on back for a full refund.
- John Hollinger (Insider) once again not getting invited to hang out backstage next time James Dolan's blues band performs: "The Knicks are an average team, or at best a slightly above-average one, and are likely to continue in that orbit until Stoudemire's knees give out. Melo will be blamed for this, but it's not his fault. The Knicks made a superstar trade for a player they should have known darn well wasn't a superstar, and denuded the roster in the process. As a result, they'll have trouble winning a single playoff series, either this year or in future ones."
- More class from Dan Gilbert. Being a stickler for your team's parking garage ... fine. But crowing about it on Twitter?
- Nothing about being a billionaire guarantees happiness. In related news, one of the richest owners in sports, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is publishing a book laced with bitterness about his relationship with Microsoft and Bill Gates.
- Dallas has a better road record than home record.
- A promo for an upcoming Golden State Warriors TV documentary. "It's going to be a great feeling and your'e going to feel it," says Monta Ellis. If Kevin Pritchard is any precedent, a lot of the NBA will be bitter at Joe Lacob and the Warriors for taking credit for anything before the wins really start rolling in.
- Knuckle sandwich. That's what John Salley says he got for trying to place peacemaker among his Pistons teammates.
- Might the Pistons sale actually go through soon?
- Shawn Marion's pinky and his jumper are both clearly not right, but good enough.
- The D-League is a strange beast. You kill it all season to earn the top playoff seed, and by the time of the playoffs most of your good players are off in the NBA.
- Doug Collins is coaching his brains out, but does it really make sense to play Andres Nocioni?
- Missing David West.
- How the Heat helped the Cavaliers shoot like Ray Allen.
- Is it wrong to want your team to lose? What about if you're a Wizards fan? Now, I'm going to juxtapose that idea with a quote from Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, way out of context, just to create drama: "If a brand is going to rebuild, it has to first realize a reset is necessary. Once that is agreed upon, everyone in the organization needs to understand the philosophy, strategy, goals and metrics. Realize it won’t be easy, and be cognizant that deviation from the plan, while it may appear to be a short-term gain, likely will have long-term negative ramifications. Once you have established strategy, you rely on your various organizational leaders to execute the plan." (Via Ted's Take)