Thursday, July 23, 2009
Posted by Kevin Arnovitz
- As of right now, the small-market Jazz are carrying at least $94 million (maybe more) in salaries and potential luxury tax payments into next season. Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune asks, "Nobody from the organization has portrayed it as such, but doesn't spending $28 million more this season than last season constitute a crisis?"
- Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Sportando.net, a Spanish site, is reporting that Cavs' first-rounder Christian Eyenga has signed a deal to play for Ricky Rubio's (once and former?) team, DKV Joventut.
- Blazers Edge tackles fatalism and the sports fan when an e-mailer asks, "If you knew the Blazers weren't going to win a championship in the next ten years would you stop watching or like them less?" Blazers Edge then answers Nate McMillan's question about whether former players make better coaches.
- Miami re-signed center Jamaal Magloire on Wednesday. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel on the Heat's current 13-man roster: "The rotation order at power forward will be decided during camp. But for such a center-centric roster, it sure seems a bit limited at small forward and point guard."
- Zach Harper tells you why you're wrong about Greg Oden: "Greg Oden is a beast of a man, ready to unleash hell on the rest of the NBA. He's a rebounding vacuum. He's a shot-blocking, missile defense system that the Pentagon would be envious of ... He's a decent enough free throw shooter and he moves as smartly without the ball as any young center in the NBA. Greg Oden is not only a good player; he's a sure-fire perennial All-Star who will help his team win a couple of titles. He's a Defensive Player of the Year a couple times over."
- Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer to Bobcat fans: "Sean May never gave up on you. You gave up on him. I have this contrarian hunch his second act might make you wish you'd been more patient."
- Brian Robb of Celtics Hub explores whether Stephon Marbury is worth bringing back to the Celtics.
- Bust-a-Bucket's diagram of NBA off-season moves is a thing of beauty. If the diagram were a route map, the Pistons would be Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest hub in the world.
- At Dime, Ben York makes a strong case for the WNBA.
- Go ahead and add Derek Fisher to the pro-Odom lobby in Los Angeles.
- I could watch old NBA on CBS intros from the 1980s with Brent Musburger all day. Just one question: Did the network really join Game 1 of the 1983 Finals already in progress?