The three big prizes in the NBA Free Agent trove…
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where things just keep on changing
NBA: Draft and Free Agent Frenzy
The NBA Draft was this past Thursday and to no ones surprise the Timberwolves quickly grabbed Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns with the top pick, and Duke wunderkind Jahlil Okafor was expected to be picked by the Lakers, but in a real stunner the Lake show selected D’Angelo Russell from Ohio State and the giddy Sixers pounced on Okafor who was about as sullen as one could be by the selection. Okafor knew he was headed to west coast to be a Laker but instead is a part of the eternal Sixer rebuilding project. He was just as sullen when introduced to the Philly press the next day, he looked like someone who had his dreams of milk and honey dashed for the cold Philly reality. To no ones surprise, the Knicks picked a project in Kristaps Porzingis the Euro project from Latvia. Only 19, Porzingis looks like he could have potential but will the Knicks have the patience. For some reason I have the feeling that the Zinger wont be in a Knicks uniform at the start of the season. There were no trades of lottery picks though the Celtics were super hot to get into the lottery picks, reportedly offering as many as 6 picks to get into the top ten. I think that they were hot on Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky who was drafted ninth by the Hornets. I think Ronde Hollis-Jefferson will be the real steal of the draft by the Blazers, especially if LaMarcus Aldridge leaves in free agency, speaking of which
The countdown to the start of the NBA Free Agency period starts Wednesday and to no ones surprise LeBron James notified the Cavs that he was utilizing his player option to become a free agent. Many wonks think that James will test the market and could be wooed hard by other teams to make the NE Ohio basketball faithful very nervous. The problem with that speculation is that James can make the most money staying right where he is and I doubt he would dare risk his standing with the people he seems to take so much pride in to leave once again. The movers and shakers will be others, the aforementioned Aldridge, Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies and Dwyane Wade of the Heat who will be looking for the monster payday. Wade feels that he has been massively underpaid in his years with the Heat, taking smaller pay to get other players like Shaq, Chris Bosh and Lebron to South Beach. Now at 33 he want $16 mil for for 3 years. Will he get it? Hes got a lot of hard hard miles on him and has never played a full 82 game season in his career and hasn’t played more than 70 games in the last five, will a team take a chance on that big a payout on an aging superstar?
USWNT Soccer: Ladies going for the title in Canada
The ladies of the US National soccer team is getting close. Looking for their first World Cup title since that magical 99 squad the ladies are set to battle the high scoring #1 ranked German squad. The US ladies are a defensive unit and haven’t given up a goal in 423 game minutes, but this will be their strongest test against a German squad who scores in bunches and presses the action with a fierceness not seen in a while. I think the US can win this game and face a Cinderella English squad who are on a magical run of their own. That will be ironic, US vs England in Canada on the day after the 4th.
This weeks Dap goes to of all people…me. Playing in a softball tourney last weekend I went 9-11 with two homers, five doubles and 8 RBI’s in 3 games. Hey, its my column. I can pat myself on the back every once in a while.
To the MLB voters who seem to want to vote 7 Kansas City Royals to the All Star game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. I have no beef with the Royals who sport a sparkling 44-29 record, the best percentage record in the AL but they really don’t deserve seven starters. This hearkens back to ironically when seven starters in the NL elected in 1957 were Cincinnati Redlegs as the Cincy faithful stuffed the ballot box to get seven Reds on the team to start. Had the results stood, a couple players would have been left out, they weren’t important only Stan Musial, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. Ford Frick (who I always thought as sanctimonious) took the balloting away from the fans after that and it wouldn’t come back until 1970 and one would wonder if more restrictive balloting may be needed. But the ballot stuffing may be helping local star Todd Frazier who has rallied late to get within 40,000 votes to the 3rd base NL starting position. It’s a messy situation at very worst.
Does Jimmy Butler deserve a max deal?
Calipari stays at UK…for now. Would he leave if say, the Knicks or Lakers called?
Why the sudden hate for Russell Wilson wanting to get paid? Hes only took the Seahawks to the last two Super Bowls?
I never thought that much of Demarcus Cousins or George Karl for that matter I think that they deserve one another in Sac-town.
Is the college football season started yet???
Am I sounding like a partisan by thinking the Vikings are a sleeper team in 2015?
Didn’t it used to be called the British Open and Wimbeldon? Now its just the Open and the Championships?
Things have been tough in the Hoodwood, and I appreciate everyones patience. With having to job hunt, relocate and deal with personal matters writing has been a bit far down the list. Ill try to get more things out next week. And football is on the horizon…
Until next post fellow sports fans!