Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Recently, a trade sending Mike Conley to Milwakee for Ramon Sessions and Joe Alexander has been rumored to be in the works.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tonight, Cleveland Guard Delonte West went down with a fractured wrist. It's too early to tell how long he'll be out, but the Cavs now need a point guard.
Mike Conley Jr.Memphis gets:
Wally Szczerbiak (enormous expiring contract)Cash considerations (to pay for above contact)A future [late] first rounder (that will turn into a player like Conley, but cheaper)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thank you for your comments. I have enjoyed reading them.
- The most significant theme was that Miles' injury wasn't reviewed by team doctors. That's true, and I apologize for the error. According to CNNSI's Steve Aschburner: "An independent medical examiner approved by both the league and the NBA Players' Association determined that Miles' ailing right knee was damaged enough to qualify [as career ending]".
My intent was not to ridicule the team for labelling the injury as career ending. In fact, I'll bet most reasonable Doctors would have agreed that there was a strong possibility Miles wouldn't contribute to a team again. However, there was always the possiblity, however small, that Miles would rehabilitate. Regardless of who assessed the injury, the Blazers should have (and may have) understood the risk.
What surprises me is that the misdiagnosis upsets Blazer fans.
In fact, this assessment benefitted the Blazers who gained financial flexibility, which allowed them to make moves until Miles proved otherwise (this week). The alternative is that Miles would have remained the Blazers' responsibility, and his contract would have been an even bigger headache for the Blazers who are in less need of his services than the Grizzlies.
- The second main theme is the Grizzlies are bad, the Blazers will get the last laugh, and it's sad that this is something that brings joy to Grizzlies fans.
That is all true.
The Grizzlies are terrible, whereas the Blazers have a solid team, that is not only up-and-coming, but also enjoying moderate success this today.
The Grizzlies on the other hand are entering their 5th lottery bound season out of 8 in Memphis. It gets worse when you consider time in Vancouver or that the Grizzlies were embarassed out of the playoffs in each 'successful' season.
Top it off with a number of transactions, culminating with the Pau Gasol trade, where the Grizzlies don't exactly hit it out of the park, and you can see that the Miles transaction, which has no downside and punishes arrogant behavior, makes a short list of enjoyable Grizzlies moves.
You might say that the Grizzlies are so bad that Darius Miles can show up and score 13 points in his third appearance with the team after rehabilitating from a career ending injury.
- There was a third theme of comments I don't understand like:
"Tell Kevin Love that his team just screwed over his home."
Perhaps the reader thinks Love plays for the Grizzlies?
"Why don't call anymore?"
I have no excuse here...
- Finally, "I can't believe I just waisted 15 minutes of my life reading a Grizzly Blog. Sheesh!"
15 minutes ain't too bad. This blog goes back a few years.
- It had little chance of accomplishing the Blazers' goal.
- The tone and content were unprofessional.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The Grizzlies have been busy over the past month losing games and making deals.
- When you threaten something outrageous, it is not wise to do so in email form to a wide distribution list.
- There's almost no way for the Blazers to prove a team's intent. Did they expect a press conference where the GM told the press: " We don't really think Miles can contribute, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to screw one of our competitors out of several million dollars."
- Perhaps the Blazers did understand they were unlikely to be able to take legal action against a team. Maybe they were just bluffing and hoping a little intimidation would save their asses. Isn't such behavior worse than 80% of what the JailBlazers got into half a decade ago? (I say 80% because I'm sure Ruben Patterson did a few things worse than this.)