Friday, July 20, 2007
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Everything! Scott Van Pelt stole a new catch phrase, and simultaneously launched Flight of the Conchords (New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk paradists) into pop-culture relevance! In SportsCenter's "Not Top Ten", Van Pelt referenced the Conchords (not so) famous rap battle seen on HBO (and seen over and over again on HBO On Demand). During a clip of Phillip Wellman's minor league meltdown, Van Pelt quoted Jermaine/The Hiphopopotamus, saying "Be more constructive with your feedback', (Jermaine's response to colleagues who settle for leveling empty critiques on the his work). Despite their new-found fame, the Conchords stay committed to talking about the issue, but keeping it funky.
In more good news on the shores of Lake Erie, the Memphis Grizzlies have made a contract offer to unrestricted free agent Darko Milicic. The Grizzle, once the front runner in offering a contract to Anderson Varejao, will pay Milicic $7 in his first season. With Memphis out of the picture, it is increasingly likely Varejao will return to the Wine & Gold (and for less than originally thought!), as the only other team will substantial cap space (Milwaukee) is not in the market for a big man. A Varejao signing may finally put an end to my hopes of seeing Mo Williams in a Cavs uniform, unless Ferry can orchestrate a sign-and-trade with the Bucks. Would they take Eric Snow, Ira Newble, and $3 million dollars to help them get Earl Boykins or Steve Blake to run the point for Williams signed for $7-8 million? Maybe not, but the Cavs also have the power to keep a percentage of Newble's contract on their payroll, giving the Bucks even more cap room to make a run at the big name free agents that will be available in '08.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Starters: Larry Hughes, Pavlovic, James, Gooden, & Z
Bench: Varejao, Daniel Gibson, Shannon Brown, Donyell Marshall
Starters: Williams, Hughes, James, Gooden, Z
Bench: Pavlovic, Gibson, Brown, Marshall
Sure the Cavs would need to find another big man, but they could sign someone with comparable numbers for well below what Varejao is slated to make. Williams allows the Cavs to move Larry Hughes back to his natural position at SG (hopefully leaving the errant mid-range jumper behind him) and leaves them with an additional scoring threat off the bench (Pavlovic) to complement the developing Gibson (who is more SG than PG himself). Williams will chip in 15-20 pts a night, and all the Cavs lose is 6pts and 6rebs, some of which can be made up by Drew Gooden seeing more minutes. The addition of Williams would give the Cavs a dimension not yet seen in the LeBron era: A playmaking point guard to get James the ball, while at the same time taking a bit of the scoring load off his shoulders. What's even better about a potential Williams signing, is that he is the type of player who can push the tempo and get James the ball where he is his most unstoppable: in the open floor. Unless his market value somehow soars to $10 million per year, all the Cavs would lose in choosing Williams over Varejao is a back-up big man who at best is an offensive liability (Finals Game 3). Varejao was a great energy player for the Cavs last season, and one I have a personal investment in (I bought his navy blue away jersey for the '07 playoff run), but the fact remains that he is an offensively limited reserve who added to strengths the Cavs already possesed (defense, rebounding). Williams plays the Cavs weakest position (PG) and excels where the Cavs need the most help (offense). Mike Brown's system can turn any player into a good defender (Pavlovic shut down Vince Carter in the Nets series), but needs already strong offensive players to make something out of his Voodoo Offense (Brownanomics). Signing Williams, even at Varejao's expense, would launch the Cavs into the instant Eastern conference favorite again, and solidify the weaknesses exposed during the playoffs. Ferry needs to fend off the ghost of Jim Paxson that undoubtedly haunts his office, consult the VP of Common Sense, and make this move.