I think this list started way back in June or July. I’d hate to let all of these interesting topics go to waste on my account of having gotten too busy.
Shall we dive in:
- The Shaquille O’Neal trade to Cleveland is bigger than a blockbuster — it’s a mockbuster. Everybody thought they had the team they wanted, then Shaq teleported to the eastern conference screwing everything up. Now, everybody’s after their favorite fantasy basketball players — no kidding — and half the teams tore up their rosters this summer in order to stay competitive with the most dominant team on paper. Even Stephen Jackson of my lowly Golden State Warriors wants in on the action. It’s a ripple effect that I just didn’t have time to write about.
- Ricky Rubio has ended my summer on a high note. We’re talking the ultimate ‘eff you.’ Yes sir, he can flip his bird with the big boys and I for one do not blame him. As hard as the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to chase after the little bugger, he wasn’t interested in living in cold-ass nowhere land. I’m sure growing up in Europe he had dreams of America and living the big life in New York, Miami, Chicago or San Francisco. What can you say, people love the city. But then reality sinks in too fast when you have a 75 percent chance shitty-town syndrome come draft day. It gets even worse when you start to consider market size, with places like Minnesota on the bottom rung of pro basketball’s TV black hole. The T’Wolves haven’t been relevant since Kevin Garnett. Next year isn’t changing that. Ricky Rubio couldn’t change that. And I think he figured that out soon enough, which is why he’s going to Barcelona, baby.
I often think that maybe if I started going to church again, God might finally give my sports teams some good luck. Cause He sure seems to hate them now. He’d probably see right through my plan though, and maybe strike Kevin Martin with lightning. I can’t have that on my conscience. Better not chance it.
The Good Lord took another cheap shot at me during the NBA draft lottery, when he gave my Sacramento Kings the fourth pick in the draft. Under the current system, that’s the absolute lowest they could’ve fallen. Well played old man.
So no Blake Griffin for us. Likely no Ricky Rubio. Stephen Curry? He’s not the best player in the draft, or the true point guard that we need, but I like the kid and I don’t know who else is available and good. I was ready for Griffin, but now I need to do my research.
Pouring salt in the wound, the NBA gave the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Clippers. Fake an injury, Blake. Make it look serious. Believe me, you want to find a way to drop to at least number two. I don’t care how many interviews he does where he claims to want to be a Clipper, I’m not buying it. He’s gotta be pissed.
How many times is the NBA going to allow the Clippers to pick first and ruin a young star’s career? They shouldn’t be allowed in the top 10. They shouldn’t be allowed in the league, really. Who’s done less team building in the draft?
Here are their picks in the top 10 going backward from 2004: Shaun Livingston at No. 4, Chris Kaman at No. 6, Chris Wilcox at No. 8, Tyson Chandler at No. 2, Darius Miles at No. 3, Lamar Odom at No. 4, Michael Olowokandi at No. 1, Lorenzen Wright at No. 7, Antonio McDyess at No. 2, Lamond Murray at No. 7, Bo Kimble at No. 8, Danny Ferry at No. 2 and Danny Manning at No. 1. You have to go back to 1988 to find a value pick. Any others that have had success in the league have done it on other teams.
It would seem hard for them to screw up the Griffin pick, but you’ve got to have faith. They’re the one team God hates more than mine.