Posted Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:30 PM
Sports teams could have put a man on Mars with all the money thrown away on dead-fish talents and over-the-hill has-beens.
And, with the NHL free agent market open for business Friday and the NBA offseason posing a ton of money questions, two recent contract moves have many people scratching their heads.
In the NHL, the Penguins, Red Wings and Canadiens are waiting on future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr and his expected return to the league.
Jagr, who won numerous scoring titles, league MVPs and two Stanley Cups, has proven there is something left in the tank after his performances on the international level the last few years. Rumor has it, the Penguins tossed their former forward a one-year deal but are waiting on the green light from Jagr and his agent.
Sure, Jagr has been able to pick up his game versus a mishmash of international squads, but can he still cut it in the NHL after playing in the KHL since 2008? He’s one the greatest international player to ever grace the NHL ice but he’s 39 and a well-documented malcontent when things aren’t going well.
Over in the NBA, a looming lockout hasn’t stopped the Trail Blazers from pulling the trigger on the $8.8 million qualifying offer on former first-overall draft choice, Greg Oden.
The highly-touted center was the top pick in the 2007 draft but has only played a total of 82 games since, due to multiple knee surgeries and minor dings. The action allows the Blazers to match any offer t... [More]
Posted Wednesday, June 08, 2011 11:46 AM
It’s been an especially long year for Miami Heat – LeBron James in particular.
Starting with the circus surrounding his signing with the Heat last summer and spanning into Game 5 of the NBA Finals Thursday, James has been going non-stop since he dropped the bomb on the NBA last July.
It seems, looking at his performances versus the Dallas Mavericks, that LeBron may be running out of gas. He’s far less active on the offensive end compared to the previous series and mustered just 11 shots (hitting only three of them) in Game 4’s loss in Dallas Tuesday.
James is 26 for 56 from the floor in the finals, averaging just 14 shots over those four contests. Looking at the previous two series, it seems he’s sucking wind as the finals get into - to take a page from boxing - the championship rounds.
He was 42 for 94 in the five games versus the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals, averaging just under 19 shots a game. And, against the Boston Celtics in the second round, James went 51 for 108 during the five-game series, hoisting an average of 21.6 shots per outing.
Credit must be given to the Mavericks and their defense, which is the main reason they’ve been able to get over the hump in the Western Conference and complete so many miraculous comebacks this postseason. But scorers like LeBron don’t dip this low just because of guys like Shawn Marion and Deshawn Stevenson.
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Posted Wednesday, June 01, 2011 03:29 PM
I originally posted this blog last year once the Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced from the playoffs, thinking this would be the end for Shaquille O'Neal's amazing and entertaining NBA career. I was wrong.
Shaq went on to play (and I use that lightly) for the Boston Celtics in the 2010-11 season, managing to suit up for only 37 games and score just over nine points a night due to a laundry list of ailments. While many claim the extra few years bouncing around the league tarnished O'Neal's legacy, I believe it was just another example of how much he actually enjoys the game of basketball.
Shaq finished his career averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and about 1 million memorable moments - on and off the court. You can be sure this isn't the last we'll hear from the great Wilt Chamberleezy, who will likely be sitting next to Charles, Kenny, and C-Webb in the near future.
So, in honor of Shaq, here are my favorite moments from his Hall-of-Fame career:
Shaq’s amazing personality was apparent as soon as he was drafted by the Magic. His “Who me?” act was the first of many charming and hilarious moments to come.
Remember when Shaq signed with Reebok coming into the league and those life-size cutouts of the big guy were at your neighborhood sporting goods shop, along with the size 22 original Shaq Attack? If you remember anything from this blog, it’s “Don’t fake the funk on a nasty dunk”. Just don’t.
We had seen guys rip do... [More]