One last thing on the Rihanna-Chris Brown situation and I’m done. Radio stations across the country have stopped playing Chris Brown’s music even though no charges have been filed. I’ve also heard word that stations have threatened to stop playing Rihanna’s music if she takes Chris Brown back after this is all over because it sets a bad example for young women. I think these ideas are ridiculous. If you are going to boycott the music of every musician who has ever allegedly been involved in some illegal activity, who is left? I mean I bought James Blunt’s album just like you did, but I don’t want to hear him all the time. Second, how can you boycott the music of a woman trying to go on with her life? If she goes back to Chris Brown, that’s her decision. Your thoughts?
Marion’s days of getting a big deal are over and if I’m Cleveland, I want no part of him. He’s proved he needs an up-tempo pace to succeed. Case in point: In 4 games with the Raptors, Marion has two double doubles. You’d have to go back to the middle of January to find his last two double doubles with the Heat. He didn’t get to run in Miami and he won’t get to run in Cleveland. Both teams play a “half court, watch our star operate and get out of the way” type of game. I think he’d be a good fit in a place like New Orleans. Chris Paul will get him some easy buckets in transition and even a few of those hideous three’s he has a thing for. Plus, he’s pretty much made it know that he’d rather be the star on a bad team than be a part of a great team. I can’t see too many teams throwing a lot of money at a guy built for one system, who can’t get his own shot, and is on the wrong side of 30. Not a good thing when his game is dependent on his athleticism.
Cleveland might have enough as it is to do some damage in the playoffs. They are in the two spot right now and could make up some ground with KG out for 2-3 weeks. If they can get the #1 seed, they are pretty much locked into the Finals because they’ve lost only one home game all season. Did you see LeBron the other night? During his 55 point game against Milwaukee he had a stretch where he scored 16 points in a little over two minutes.
I think the announcer wet himself. If he gets on like that, they won’t need anyone else.
You follow the NFL Draft/Combine talk much?
I caught a Youtube video of Siciliano’s “best” hits. Just dreadful stuff and if you ever want to jump him or anything, count me in. He kind of reminds me of this guy for some reason. I couldn’t find any video of Sargent other than her “incident” at ESPN. I will keep my eyes out for her, but I can’t understand why people get fired for saying obscenities on TV anymore. Racial slurs? Sure, but profanity? It was on ESPN News so who was offended? Dozens?
Speaking of ESPN, are you a fan of Rick Reilly?
UK was thrashed last night. South Carolina absolutely manhandled us. USC had 16 blocks. That is not a typo. They had 15 blocks in their three previous games combined. We were outplayed, outhustled, and outcoached. USC reminds me of Tennessee in the fact that they have compiled a team full of great athletes. The difference is they have a guy who can take over in Devan Downey, and a good coach in Darrin Horn that is teaching great athletes to play basketball as opposed to letting them run around. We had 20 turnovers, shot the ball terribly and Patrick Patterson had the quietest 28 points and 12 boards I’ve ever seen in my life. He was blocked numerous times, and late in the game went out of his way to attempt to dunk on USC. He was again blocked. I don’t even know where to start with this game. USC defended the basket better than any team I’ve seen all season, which is pretty much a triple dog dare for Jodie Meeks to kill you from outside. But he didn’t. He had 18 points on 11 shots which isn’t a bad night, but the team as a whole was terrified to go inside. Sam Muldrow and Domonique Archie combined for 11 blocks and defied anyone to enter the paint. UK was without Kevin Galloway, probably their best point guard and perimeter defender, and we missed him dearly. Michael Porter had 5 turnovers to 0 assists in 11 minutes. No starter had an assist. Liggins came off the bench with 7 assists, but shot 0-6. As a matter of fact, no one on the bench had a single field goal. Perry Stevenson, A.J. Stewart and Josh Harrellson combined to play 22 minutes. The three players that could have matched up the best with USC’s size and athleticism played 22 minutes. Gillispie instead tried to surround Patrick Patterson with 4 guards to spread the floor but forgot one thing: We can’t shoot. Other than Meeks, there isn’t one above average shooter on this team. This is the crew Gillispie hoped would spread the floor around Patterson and Meeks:
Liggins- 21% from the three point line
Ramon Harris- 19%
Darius Miller- 29%
Why would you leave these assassins out there when you are getting killed inside? Would you not at least try a lineup of Harrellson-Stevenson-Stewart-Meeks-Liggins for an extended amount of time? Of course not, that makes too much sense. Gillispie’s lineup of bombers worked to no avail: 4-12 from beyond the arc, and Meeks hit all four. There was no spacing for Patterson and he had a bad game because of it. I think Coach Gillispie summed it up best after the game by saying, “It’s one of the best games I’ve ever seen a guy play inside.” Really, Billy? Even though 9 of USC’s blocks came against Patterson and he passed up open teammates and went away from the offense just to take on USC defenders? THAT’S the best you’ve ever seen?
It’s almost baseball time. I know this, not because my calendar tells me so or because I feel the weather getting warmer. I can tell because I am seeing Rays and Phillies hats galore. Hats I have never seen before. Are you seeing what I’m seeing?