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New York Knicks Reportedly Sign Shooting Guard Roger Mason Jr.

August 6th, 2010

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks have agreed to a deal with journeyman Roger Mason Jr. It's a one-year contract the tune of $1.4 million

The soon-to-be 30-year-old is a natural shooting guard, and will add depth to the Knicks bench. More importantly, he will be the oldest Knick and will bring a veteran presence to the young team. 

Mason has bounce around quite a bit, playing for the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. He also did a stint overseas, playing for the Greek team Olympiacos B.C. and for Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. in the Israeli League. 

Mason had his best year in 2008-09 with the Spurs, posting career highs in points per game (11.8), asissts per game (2.1) and rebounds per game (3.1). His numbers have decreased over all since then, but there is no doubt that he will be able to help the Knicks this coming season.

MLB Trade Rumors Live Blog: Coverage of The Final Hours of The Deadline

July 31st, 2010

12:28pm CDT - John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has been saying the same thing I said earlier. If the Giants want to acquire a guy like Jose Bautista from Toronto, or one of their relievers, Jonathan Sanchez is going to have to be the guy in coversation. Otherwise, they won't land what they need.

12:26pm CDT - The White Sox have yet to hear a counter offer from the Dodgers on Manny Ramirez so USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the Sox are moving on.

12:24pm CDT -'s Jon Heyman talked to an executive that is after Adam Dunn and he told Heyman that the Nationals are tough to deal with. Apparently the Nationals brought up Matt Garza's name with the Rays prior to him throwing a no-hitter.

12:23pm CDT - Jon Paul Morosi says the Orioles are not close to dealing infielder Ty Wigginton but "not all doors are closed."

12:22pm CDT - Looks like there's a waiting game in terms of Manny Ramirez. He will likely clear waivers in August and could be had after that.

12:21pm CDT - The Red Sox are dealing with the reality that they will have to overpay to acquire a reliever. Looks like they may not make a move before the deadline.

12:14pm CDT - Ryan Ludwick not expected to join the Padres until tomorrow. The front four of their lineup could look like Jerry Hairston Jr, Ryan Ludwick, Adrian Gonzalez, and Miguel Tejada.

12:08pm CDT - I'm a little surprised the Giants haven't swung a deal with Toronto for Jose Bautista.'s Jon Heyman says the Jays want Jonathan Sanchez in return or there's no deal. If I'm the Giants or Brian Sabean, I think Bautista is worth that.

12:05pm CDT - Nothing on Adam Dunn as of yet. If the White Sox have called the Dodgers about Manny Ramirez, a deal for Dunn might be off.

12:04pm CDT - The Seattle Mariners are still getting hits on a few of their relievers but are not motivated to move them unless they get the right players in return.

11:57am CDT - A five player deal between the Pirates and Arizona has just become official and here's how this shakes out.

To Pittsburgh: Chris Snyder and Pedro Ciriaco plus cash

To Arizona: Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby, and DJ Carrasco

11:54am CDT - The other prospect from the Padres is Nick Greenwood who will go to the Cardinals according to Marty Caswell of XX Sports Radio in San Diego.

11:53am CDT - The Diamondbacks rejected an offer from the Giants that would have sent Kelly Johnson to San Francisco. According to Heyman, the Giants offered Joe Hernandez and one other prospect for Johnson.

11:50am CDT - There are conflicting reports from's Jon Heyman and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Heyman tweets that the Giants and Blue Jays are working on a deal for either Jason Frasor or Scott Downs but Rosenthal reports that the Giants have no interest in Frasor and the two sides can't find a middle ground for Downs.

11:48am CDT - There were rumors that the Padres were after Pirates' left-hander Paul Maholm late yesterday but Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse says there's no chance of that happening now.

11:47am CDT - Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse says the Padres will take on all of Ryan Ludwick's $8 million salary next season.

11:46am CDT - One prospect in the deal from the Padres is Triple-A pitcher Corey Kluber who will head to the Cleveland Indians. No word on the other prospect to the Cardinals as of yet.

11:43am CDT - There's a lot going on this morning so we're trying to keep track of everything. Looks like the three-team deal between the Cardinals, Indians, and Padres is complete so outfielder Ryan Ludwick and right-hander Jake Westbrook should be joining their new teams either tonight or tomorrow.

11:41am CDT - The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are in talks that would send infielder Kelly Johnson to the Bay Area.

11:39am CDT - Baseball's union has agreed to the three-team deal so here's how it shakes out.

Jake Westbrook goes from Cleveland to St. Louis

Ryan Ludwick goes from St. Louis to San Diego

The Padres will send one prospect to each of the two teams.

11:38am CDT - Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Cubs are likely to send both Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly to the Dodgers. Nothing official on that yet.

11:37am CDT -'s Jon Heyman says the deal between the Cardinals and Indians has been agreed to which means the three-team deal is just about complete. Will have the breakdown shortly.

11:35am CDT - Buster Olney wonders why the Dodgers wouldn't want to move Ramirez and shed some of their payroll

11:33am CDT - Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says that while the Dodgers are not shopping Manny Ramirez, they are taking phone calls on him. Ramirez says he would be open to a trade.

11:32am CDT - Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that the White Sox will make another run at acquiring Manny Ramirez, though his efforts may be futile at this point.

11:31am CDT - According to multiple sources, the Dodgers and Cubs are still working on a Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly deal.

11:29am CDT - Even if the Indians deal Westbrook to the Cardinals today, Anthony Castrovince of says the Indians will make a serious run at him in free agency after the season.

11:27am CDT - Dan Hayes of the North County Times says a non-Padres source tells him that the deal, while not done, is "real far" and that the Padres will win big.

11:25am CDT - Anthony Castrovince of says the Padres will receive outfielder Ryan Ludwick in the three-team deal between them, St. Louis, and Cleveland if the deal is finalized.

11:24am CDT - Joel Sherman of the New York Daily News thinks the Mets should make a run at Houston Astros' right-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

11:19am CDT - Joel Sherman confirms Buster Olney's report. He too says the Padres are still in the deal.

11:18am CDT - Contradictory report from Buster Olney. After Joel Sherman reported that the Padres were out of the three-team deal with the Indians and Cardinals, Buster says the Padres are still in the deal.

11:15am CDT - The Tigers, White Sox, and Rays are still in on Adam Dunn

11:13am CDT - Jake Westbrook has agreed to lower the $2 million part of his bonus to make this trade happen.

11:11am CDT - The Padres have apparently fallen out of the three-way deal with the Cardinals and Indians. No word as to whether that means they are losing out on Ryan Ludwick.

11:05am CDT - The New York Mets proposed a deal to the Cubs last night. The Mets wanted to send Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo to the Cubs in return for Carlos Zambrano. Not surprisingly, though, the Cubs turned them down.

11:03am CDT - Looks like the San Diego Padres will assume all of Ryan Ludwick's $8 million next season according to Tom Krasovic.

11:00am CDT - Update on the three-team deal. The Padres would get outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the Cardinals, Jake Westbrook goes from the Indians to the Cardinals and the Padres would send one prospect each to the Indians and Cardinals.

10:58am CDT - Tom Krasovic reporting that the San Diego Padres are the third team involved in the Jake Westbrook deal with Jake Ludwick going to San Diego and Westbrook going from Cleveland to St. Louis.

10:57am CDT - Another deal I failed to mention from last night was the Yankees acquiring Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians.

10:56am CDT - Looks like the Adam Dunn deal to the White Sox is dead according to Joe Cowley.

10:52am CDT - Anthony Castrovince, beat writer for the Cleveland Indians, reports that there is now a third team involved in the Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals deal. More details still to come.

10:51am CDT - The White Sox apparently called the Dodgers about acquiring Manny Ramirez. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the White Sox wanted the Dodgers to pay all but $1 million of what was left of Ramirez's contract with no player coming back.

10:49am CDT - The Arizona Diamondbacks still would like to move Kelly Johnson or Adam LaRoche according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

10:46am CDT - The San Diego Padres are apparently deep in talks with the Cardinals about outfielder Ryan Ludwick. The Padres have been in need of an outfield bat and his .281 batting average to go along with 11 home runs would fit the bill.

10:39am CDT - Let's get to the news of the morning so far.

Adam Dunn is still a member of the Washington Nationals and apparently the White Sox are none too happy with how things have transpired thus far.

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded catcher Chris Snyder last night for cash and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates say they have no interest in flipping Snyder to another team.

One deal this morning is close and it's the St. Louis Cardinals who are very close to landing Cleveland Indians' right-hander Jake Westbrook. Several sources are reporting it but the deal is not complete. Westbrook is scheduled to pitch for the Indians in a few hours from now so we'll see what happens.

10:37am CDT - Good afternoon baseball fans and welcome to one of the most exciting days of the baseball season, maybe even more so than the All-Star festivities. It's the trade deadline.

This is the day where all of us fans sit on the edge of our seats waiting to see what kind of deals our teams are going to make. We want certain players, we hear certain rumors, we get our hopes up, and we wait.

We'll have all of the breaking news of the day and all of the rumors from now until the end of the deadline later this afternoon. So hang with us all day, join in on the conversation, and we'll keep you up to date all day long.

Signs Point To LeBron James Joining The New York Knicks

July 8th, 2010

Since ESPN announced that LeBron James will declare "The Decision" Thursday Night at 9 pm (ET), rumors and speculation have been flying about where The King will go.

In the midst of speculation, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both announced their decision to sign with the Miami Heat, which drastically affects LeBron's decision. 

He can go to Miami and sign with the Heat, but the Heat would have to trade Michael Beasley and clear up cap room first. He can go to Chicago and sign with the Bulls, but won't have Chris Bosh or Amar'e Stoudemire partnering with him. He can return to Cleveland, and play in his home town. Or, he can sign with the Knicks—a situation that has become increasingly intriguing since Stoudemire's term agreement with New York.

Shockingly, the latest developments point to LeBron actually signing in New York.

At around 1 pm, Chad Ochocinco tweeted to LeBron James (who joined Twitter yesterday and already has around 250,000 followers), "big bruh can i break the news now or do i still have to wait?"

Ochocinco then followed that tweet up with this update: "*Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink*only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6".

About a half hour later, Phoenix Sun's role player Jared Dudley announced via Twitter that his "sources" tell him that James will sign in New York.

Then, the New York Daily news reported that LeBron is in Greenwich, Connecticut and will announce "The Decision" from Allan Houston's home.

Allan Houston, of course, is a former Knicks player and Assistant to the President for Basketball Operations for the Knicks.

Does this mean that LeBron is in fact going to New York?

Granted, these reports are just mere speculation from members of the public eye for the sake of publicity. But at the same time, if all of these reports are true, the signs certainly do point to LeBron joining Amar'e in New York.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see, but meanwhile, these reports definitely are interesting and captivating. Only 29 more hours until "The Decision"!

UPDATE - NY Daily News writer Frank Isola had written the article, in which the title claimed the house in Greenwich belonged to Allan Houston. However, since I wrote this article, the title has been changed, and makes no mention to Allan Houston's house. However, Isola's tweet, which states a Knicks source claimed the location is Houston's house, still remains. 

Since Isola's report, it has been confirmed that the announcement will take place at the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich

Greenwich is conveniently close to ESPN headquarters (ESPN of course is airing "The Decision"), but it's even closer to the Knicks' training facilities in Greenburgh, NY.

Home Run Derby Lineup: Why Some Sluggers Are Afraid To Participate

July 8th, 2010

Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long shook his head at the news that Robinson Cano had agreed to take part in Monday's Home Run Derby in Anaheim.

"I would prefer he's not involved in it, but that's not my decision," Kevin Long said, as reported by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

If this is the showcase event for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, why would anyone associated with the game prefer his player not participate?

It's because the prevailing wisdom is that it hurts a player's swing. The negative results can prove costly to the participating player's team in the long run.

Whether it's fiction or fact, correlation or coincidence, conventional wisdom does seem to err on the side of having your star player stay far, far away from this event.

Just ask David Wright and Bobby Abreu.

Both players saw their power numbers decline after taking part in the derby. Was it the result of fatigue and/or bad habits resulting from having participated in the event, or something else?

Count Joe Girardi as one who believes in the former rather than the latter.

"I think it's a lot of swings for a player; physically, I think it's somewhat of a grind, but it's an honor to be involved," Girardi said. "If that in any way would fatigue him, then I would prefer that he didn't get fatigued."

Speaking of the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez has indicated that he wouldn't take part in the derby due to concerns about the negative impact, though not necessarily due to fatigue.

"The effect in the second half might be more mechanics and potentially developing bad habits," A-Rod said.

Meanwhile, three American League players committed to join Cano in the Home Run Derby on Tuesday: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Toronto's Vernon Wells and Boston's David Ortiz. 

Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins has declined to participate, though he says it's just so he can have a day off.

The National League team has commitments from the Brewers' Corey Hart, who is tied for third in the league with 19 homers, as well as the Cardinals' Matt Holliday.

Two of the biggest power threats in the NL may not be allowed to participate this year.

Cincinnati's Joey Votto, the NL home run leader with 21, has not been chosen for the game but could still get in through online fan voting or through player withdrawals.

Defending champion Prince Fielder of the Brewers did not make the NL All-Star Game roster.

So, is there any correlation between the derby and future performance?

The Hardball Times did a study last July, using projections rather than actual second-half performance as the parameter of the study.

Why? If a player over-performs his true talent level in the first half, he stands a better chance of being selected to the Derby. Because he over-performed, though, he's bound to play worse in the second half.

The bottom line results indicate that, despite conventional wisdom, it doesn't look like derby participants play any worse during the second half of the season.

Do the players who last longer in the tournament, including the winners, fare any worse for wear?

Nope. No matter how long a hitter lasts or how many home runs he hits, THT still didn't see any signs of a second-half decline.

Since we all know that perception can be reality, I have an idea.

Since the event is sponsored by State Farm, perhaps an insurance policy protecting players against a second-half power decline would be the incentive some need to participate.


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NBA Trade Rumors: Tony Parker Could Make Knick Fans Forget About LeBron James

July 4th, 2010

Last April, the New York Daily News reported that talks for point guard Tony Parker were going on between the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs. Well, the talks and the rumors are starting to heat up again.

The experts and the oddsmakers at Brobury Sports labeled the Knicks as long shots to land LeBron James, but that won't stop the Knicks from pursuing other top players in the NBA.

They have already reportedly signed Amare Stoudemire to a deal and now they are using him and the lure of New York to attract other NBA superstars. The first on the list is point guard Tony Parker.

Tony Parker would fit in great with the offense that is run by Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni.

As the Daily News reported , the Spurs’ point guard is hoping to be traded to the Knicks and has long wanted to play with Stoudemire. A person close to both players said Stoudemire and Parker hatched a plan to join forces in either Miami or New York.

“It’s perfect for Tony because he wants to be in New York and he wants to play with Amar’e,” said the source.

Since Parker is under contract with San Antonio, the Knicks would have to work out a trade, which would likely require the club taking back a big contract.

The Knicks have some trade value in players like Wilson Chandler and Eddie Curry since Curry has a very attractive expiring contract. This could be done and may not be the only move the Knicks will complete this summer.

Amare Stoudemire is becoming quite the spokesman and recruiter for the Knicks. After seeing a show in New York he was asked about bringing other players to the Big Apple by ESPN.

“I’ve talked to Carmelo Anthony and [told him] that he needs to come here,” Stoudemire said while standing on the corner of 47th St. and 8th Ave. after the show. “I’ve talked to Tony Parker. Both guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here. So we’ll see if we can work it out.”

Brobury Sports has posted odds for free agents to join teams this summer and with all of the speculation they actually had to pull odds or rapidly change odds for each player.

This is proving to be one crazy summer.

Donnie Walsh and the Knicks are finally making a real move in free agency and showing fans that even if they do not land LeBron the Knicks will still be a contender in the East next year.

Eddy Curry Meets with LeBron James, Does Not Discuss Joining the Knicks

June 22nd, 2010

The New York Daily News is reporting that in May, Eddy Curry and LeBron James had a sit-down discussion with regard to Curry's rather than LeBron's future. 

In fact, it may have been LeBron doing the actual recruiting for a change, as the conversation focused on the possibility of Curry returning to the Chicago Bulls, where he spent his early years in the league, or joining the Cleveland Cavaliers—two of LeBron's potential destinations.

Curry has one year remaining on his current contract with the Knicks, and he has publicly stated that he would welcome a buyout.

However, such a buyout seems unlikely, as Knicks president Donnie Walsh still believes that Curry can be a useful contributor. Moreover, many people in New York feel that Curry may be further motivated this season, as a strong performance could possibly reward him with a decent contract for the 2011-12 season.

Additionally, the Knicks may potentially look to use Curry's large, expiring contract as trade bait in the near future.

Originally, LeBron had reached out to Curry with an offer to work out together in early May.

It seems that these two players have been in contact with one another due to the fact that they share the same agent, Leon Rose, and are both involved with influential NBA personality William Wesley.  

Nevertheless, only time will tell how free agency pans out, and the possibility remains that Curry and James may become teammates, not only in Chicago or Cleveland, but in New York.

Yuri Foreman vs. Miguel Cotto II Requested, but Unlikely

June 9th, 2010

The doctor who examined Yuri Foreman’s torn meniscus during the Miguel Cotto fight expects him to make a full recovery, according to The New York Daily News.

Dr. Gerard Varlotta said if Foreman, the former WBA super welterweight champ, has surgery done on his right knee, it could restore his trademark speed and increase his punching power.

Foreman apparently tore the meniscus in his right knee during the seventh round of his bout against Cotto. As a consequence, he was unable to move side to side and became a virtual punching bag for Cotto’s huge haymakers.

Foreman’s trainer threw in the towel in the eighth round, but in one the most bizarre moves by a referee in the history of boxing, the ref threw the towel out of the ring angrily and asked Foreman if he wanted to continue—to which he replied yes.

From there, Foreman made it only one more round, and was TKO’d in the ninth.

Now, coming off of his first defeat in his professional career, Foreman wants a rematch, but will he get one? I don’t think so.

Cotto is back on top of his game again. This fight against Foreman was the perfect confidence booster for the Puerto Rican boxer, who considered retiring if he didn’t come out of Yankee Stadium victorious.

Cotto probably would be open to the idea of fighting Foreman again, if he wasn’t plotting revenge on some of his former opponents as well.

Cotto’s win over a worthy opponent could put him back in the ring with Manny Pacquiao or Antonio Margarito—both of whom defeated Cotto by way of knockout. Cotto was also mentioned in conversation with Venezuelan boxing champ Sergio Martinez.

Foreman will probably be unhappy with the outcome, if Cotto declines the rematch, but he only has himself to blame. Even before the Foreman knee injury, two judges had the bout scored 79-73, while the third marked 78-74 all for Cotto.

That being said, Foreman will likely have to go back to the drawing board and sort through his options.

Don’t get me wrong, Foreman still has plenty of opportunities to fight great boxers, but as for now his shot at another championship begins with surgery.

Chad Gaudin Re-Acquired To Help New York Yankees’ Depleted Bullpen

May 27th, 2010

The Yankees are about to get a familiar face back on their pitching staff.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees and Chad Gaudin have reached an agreement for the 2010 season.

Gaudin pitched very well for the Yankees both as a starter and reliever in 2009, going 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts.

Since all of the Yankees' starters are healthy, Gaudin will be heading to the bullpen for a long relief/middle relief role.

More importantly, Gaudin will be taking over the role of Alfredo Aceves.

Aceves has been on the disabled list since the beginning of May with a back injury. The Star-Ledger had reported that while trying to throw on flat ground, Aceves' back flared up again on Tuesday.

The Daily News said that Aceves could be headed towards surgery to fix a herniated disk in the back, so Aceves' return date is now unknown.

The 27-year-old Gaudin will bring a fresh arm to a Yankees pitching staff that needs stability in the worst way.

Gaudin was 0-2 with an 8.83 ERA with the Oakland A's this season before he was released on May 21. Because Gaudin refused a minor league assignment, it made him a free agent.

As long as Gaudin pitches the way he did in 2009, where he was not only undefeated, but the Yankees were undefeated every time he started, then he might be a great addition and a good luck charm of sorts for the Yankees.

Gaudin could also be a sixth starter just in case any one of the five starters in the rotation gets injured. If Gaudin started, it could also keep Sergio Mitre in the bullpen as the long reliever, which is where Mitre has pitched much better from rather than Mitre as a starter.

With the Yankees five games back of the first-place Rays right now, the Yankees need all the help and extra arms they can get. Time will tell to see if this re-addition of Gaudin will help the Yankees.

DeMarcus Cousins To Detroit? Three Reasons Why Not

May 26th, 2010

As always seems to be the case during this time of year, draft rumors are swirling faster than a twister in Kansas.

Some of the rumors are meant as a means of misdirection; a way for teams to bluff each other into making foolish deals.

Some rumors are ridiculous and should be discarded as quickly as they are heard.

However, some rumors may have a nugget of truth to them. These are the rumors that tend to stick around longer than others. This is why we will continue to hear the "LeBron James to Chicago" rumor all summer and why we heard the "Carlos Boozer to Detroit" rumor all last year.

On Saturday, there was a report in the New York Daily News that said that Detroit Pistons team president Joe Dumars was interested in making a deal to move up to get former Kentucky power forward DeMarcus Cousins.

While it is too early to tell what type of rumor this is, Pistons fans should be thinking the same thing—please let this be a bluff.

At face value, Cousins may seem like a good pick. He has size, strength,  and a decent post game. He is young, but he has the physical tools to potentially contribute right away.

So why not make a move for Cousins? 


At what cost?

First, a move like this will be costly. Cousins is projected as the top front court prospect, and therefore could go anywhere in the top five. Given the teams drafting, it is a safe bet to assume that he will not fall past Sacramento at number five, and he could go number two to Philadelphia.

A move into the top five of the draft would, at the very least, cost Detroit their second round pick. Given all the holes on this team, the second round is valuable real estate, especially a pick in the early second round where Detroit is slotted.

Sure, Dumars has had a terrible track record with his lottery picks, but he has been brilliant with second rounders. Jonas Jerebko, Memo Okur, and Amir Johnson were all second round picks by Detroit, and all started games last year (albeit Okur and Johnson started for other squads).

While the first round is thin at point guard (a huge position of need for Detroit), the second round is flushed with plenty of players that could compete right away for the starting gig (Scottie Reynolds, Courtney Fortson and Ben Uzoh amongst others). If Detroit deals away this pick, it is likely to come back and bite them in the end.

Another possibility could be trading a future second rounder, but Detroit likely will not be a playoff team again next year, meaning that they would likely be in the same position they are in now.

Yet another possibility could involve Detroit dealing a player to move up. This would undoubtedly lead to the Pistons being forced to take back another player, likely one with a bad salary. So say Detroit works out a deal with Sacramento to trade Tayshaun Prince for the number five pick. They would likely be forced to take back bad contracts like Beno Udrih and/or Andres Nocioni.


Have plate, will travel

Secondly (and most importantly), Cousins is the wrong guy for this team. Sure, he has size, but he also has a considerable amount of red flags attached to him.

I have been telling anyone that will listen that this kid has bust written on his forehead, and recent reports that he showed up to the Chicago pre-draft workouts in horrible shape only add to that feeling. There have been reports that Cousins weighed in at just under 300 lbs and had a body fat percentage over 16.

According to the Golden State Warriors blog Golden State of Mind, Warriors sources compare Cousins to Benoit Benjamin, a center that essentially ate himself out of the league after being drafted number three overall in the 1980's.

Personally, I think this kid has Derrick Coleman written all over him, with the eating potential of Shawn Kemp.

Perhaps I am making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but why would a player let themselves balloon up right before they are scheduled to get poked and prodded by NBA executives who hold millions of dollars in their wallets? It's not like the NCAA season ended six months ago. Cousins' last game was just over a month ago. That kind of eating takes real effort.

The fact is, this shows a lack of maturity that borders on laziness. What happens when his first NBA season ends and he has six months to kill and enough money to buy the really expensive treats?

Besides his weight issues, I see a real issue with Cousins' game. He seemed to freeze up in the big games, especially during the NCAA tournament. In their loss to West Virginia, Cousins looked aloof and somewhat scared, especially when he went to the line.

Despite the fact that he played for a stacked offensive team consisting of great perimeter players, Cousins seemed to disappear for minutes at a time, leaving his teammates to fend for themselves. Mid way through the second half, teammate John Wall began force-feeding the big man, and Cousins seemed content shooting fadeaways. With his size, and West Virginia's lack thereof, he should have dominated the boards and attacked the hoop.

Obviously, this is just one game, but it was the most important game of the season and Cousins was nowhere to be seen.


Other options abound

Lastly, Detroit is not without options besides Cousins. If Dumars wants to move up, move up and grab Derick Favors, a power forward that could be as good as Antonio McDyess before the injuries.

If Dumars wants to move down, he could potentially package the pick and grab a veteran or maybe another second round pick. And as I have stated before, he could make a move on Chris Paul, who (mark my words) may be available.

The most likely scenario involves Dumars staying put at number seven. Even this is better than moving up for Cousins. The players that likely will be available at number seven include Greg Monroe, Ekpe Udoh, Hassan Whiteside, and potentially the best of the group, Ed Davis.

Each of these players is big, but has a flaw of some sort. Monroe is a polished offensive player, but he seems soft on the boards and lacks elite athleticism. Udoh is a great defender, but may be a project on offense. The same goes for Whiteside, although he is bigger and longer. Davis took a step back last year, and needs to add bulk.

However, Davis reminds me a lot of Favors, and could be the steal of the lottery. He plays hard, crashes the boards, and has elite athleticism. Comparisons to Amir Johnson will definitely come out, but Davis has the benefit of two years in college at an elite program (North Carolina).

Regardless, the rumors will continue to blow. Hopefully the "Cousins to Detroit" rumor will die out over the Midwest and harmlessly pass by.


Is LeBron James Serious About Becoming the First Billionaire Athlete?

May 21st, 2010

LeBron James has been quoted as saying he wants to become the first billionaire athlete.  If that is true, then his best option may be joining the New York Knicks this summer.

There are a number of General Managers who believe LeBron is the answer. That with him it is possible to build a championship team.  However, the real question is does LeBron believe in himself?

If he believes that he is the best player in the NBA and can recruit anyone to come play with him, then the Knicks should be his choice.

As reported by LeBron can buy stock in the Madison Square Garden, Inc. (MSG).  This company was spun-off from Cablevision earlier this year and owns Madison Square Garden, the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty.

The New York Knicks are the only team owned by a publicly-traded company.  Even though the team cannot include in LeBron’s contract stock in MSG, there is nothing that would prevent him from buying it on his own.  There is no doubt that LeBron and whatever other high profile free agent he brings with him to New York would increase the value of that stock.

For the last two seasons there has been speculation that LeBron would become a member of the Knicks.  His favorite baseball team is the Yankees, he loves playing in the Garden, and it was always suggested he could make more money from marketing opportunities in New York. 

LeBron James has been successful marketing himself to date.  Being in Cleveland has not hurt his global status as one of the greatest athletes on the planet.  Also, despite speculation, there is no clause in LeBron’s contract with Nike which will give him a bonus if he plays in New York or any other larger market.  However, the ability to invest in the Knicks offers an opportunity that no other NBA team can offer.

There is evidence that James is at least considering relocating to New York this summer.  The New York Daily News reported that he contacted Knicks center Eddy Curry about working out together at some point this offseason. 

Curry is one of only four players currently under contract with the Knicks.  That number could increase to seven if the team picks up the options on Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens, and extends a qualifying offer to Sergio Rodriguez.

If the Knicks aren’t convinced that Curry is part of the future, then there are other possibilities.   There have been rumors of a Curry for Gilbert Arenas swap.  The Washington Wizards won the draft lottery, and are expected to select John Wall making Arenas expendable.

If the team traded for Arenas there would still be enough capspace to resign David Lee, or possibly sign Carlos Boozer.  Any such contract could have a starting salary of $10-12 million.

As well, Tracy McGrady was quoted as saying when he was acquired by the Knicks that he would be willing to take a pay-cut if New York acquired two max-contract players this summer. 

McGrady did not play well in a Knicks’ uniform, but he was still recovering from surgery and he wasn’t in game shape having not played almost the entire season.  If he is willing to sign for the veteran minimum, approximately $1.4 million based on his experience, I can’t picture anyone complaining about him being the 3rd or 4th option on the team.

The Knicks would then be left to fill out their roster with minimum contract players.  The team would most likely resign Earl Barron as the backup center.  Then find other players who would jump at the opportunity to play with LeBron.

New York has shown over the years that ownership is willing to spend past the luxury-tax threshold to put a perpetual 25-35 win team on the floor, so there is no reason to think they would stop spending once LeBron James joins the team.

Unlike a lot of small-market teams the Knicks basically have an unlimited budget. And even though it is unlikely they would win the title next season, it would be possible in a year or two.

If the New York Knicks become an annual title contender then there is no reason to suspect MSG’s stock price will drop.  And if LeBron is smart, he would invest in himself and buy that stock.  I’m sure all of his advisors, including friend and legendary investor Warren Buffett would tell James that if he truly wants to become the first billionaire athlete, then this is the move to make.

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