04.30.06

Morrison’s Agent : My Client’s A Moron

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Gonzaga cut-up Adam Morrison, sabotaging his own draft prospects? From the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy.


Both Morrison and his father talked about the long-term perils of diabetes – such as circulation and heart complications – during recent interviews. During one sit-down – in what agent Mark Bartlestein insists was merely an off-hand attempt at humor – the wise-cracking Morrison feigned concern over losing his fingers and toes, and that as a result he must enter the draft ASAP.

By the time news of that interview reached one league executive last week, doubt had settled in.

œWhy would he even say something like that, the executive said, unaware that Morrison was apparently speaking in jest. œIf you™re thinking about taking him, what are you supposed to think?

Can you say damage control?

œThe whole thing was taken out of context, Bartlestein said. œI™ve talked to his doctor – a guy he™s had since he was a kid – and he said there was absolutely no problem.

œUnfortunately, people ran with it, and now we have this. But I will make sure that everyone in the league knows what is up with that.

DC’s Jordan : Hoping That LeBron Gets Called For Hopping

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Claiming the Black President “doesn’t get the calls LeBron gets”, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is steamed about the whistle swallowing that ensued after King James hopped his way to the winning shot with seconds remaining in Friday’s Game 2 between Cleveland and Washington.  From the Baltimore Sun :

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said yesterday, what he thinks should have been a traveling call is part of a pattern of James’ getting protection from referees. He said that’s the type of help Washington’s own All-Star, Gilbert Arenas, isn’t receiving in the first-round Eastern Conference series that the Cleveland Cavaliers lead 2-1.

“I’m not going to get fined for saying what’s obvious. Everybody sees it,” Jordan said after practice ahead of today’s Game 4 against the Cavaliers.

“Officials are human, and they see a great move by a great player … or they see a hop-through move that’s a travel, and they say, ‘That’s a great move by a great player, and it’s an exciting move. It’s a great finish. We’ll let it go.’ That’s how I look at it,” Jordan said.

Reggie Evans Charged With Cock Block

Posted in Basketball at 10:58 am by

The NBA Playoffs are only 8 days old, but we’ll struggle to find a hotter story than today’s coverage of the Clippers’ Game 3 win over the Nuggets by the Denver Post’s Mark Kizla.

You don’t expect to tune in a playoff game on the tube and see a display so offensive it should be rated TV-14 for sexual situations.

It was obscene, not to mention cowardly, the way Denver forward Reggie Evans touched the private parts of L.A. center Chris Kaman during the second quarter.

“I felt violated,” Kaman said, ambushed below the belt by Evans, as the Nuggets scored on a rare clean jumper to cut L.A.’s lead to 30-27. “I felt I got a little violated by another man.”

There are many inventive ways to establish rebound position, but until Evans groped Kaman below the belt under the basket, I thought I had seen every dirty trick in basketball’s book.

Not to suggest the way Evans touched Kaman was risqué, but I’m not sure Kim Cattrall ever did a more graphic scene on “Sex and the City.”

Kaman angrily responded by knocking Evans to the floor.

“I think it would have been stupid to swing or throw a punch, so I just kind of shoved him,” Kaman said.

There are not many unwritten rules in sports. Evans, however, broke No. 1: Do not mess with a man’s private business.

“It’s just inappropriate for a basketball game. Or any sport,” Kaman said.

If the Nuggets’ basketball IQ were any lower, somebody would have to water them as plants.

Pelfrey’s Eastern League Debut

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Mike Pelfrey, the highly touted Wichita State alumn selected 9th overall in last June’s amateur draft, pitched 5 and 2/3rds scoreless innings in his first start for the Binghamton Mets last night. Pelfrey struck out 8 while allowing 3 hits in the 1-0 loss to the Erie Seawolves.

Norfolk beat Rochester on Saturday night, 4-3, a game that ended on Lastings Milledge’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. Heath Bell collected the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief ; Jeremi Gonzalez allowed 3 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings in getting the start. On Friday, Jose Lima was relatively competent, giving up 3 runs and 4 hits over 7 innings (7 K’s, two walks) in a 5-1 loss to Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Mays : Bonds Couldn’t Touch Me

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From the LA Times’ Larry Stewart :

In a taped interview to be shown on Bob Costas’ HBO show Tuesday, Costas asks Mays: “Have you ever seen anybody as a contemporary? Have you ever seen anybody who [made you say]: ‘That guy is as good or better than me?’ “

Says Mays: “I can’t. You name one and I’ll tell you no. Just name one. Anybody.”

Costas: “Barry Bonds?”

Mays: “No. Barry couldn’t throw with me. He might not have been able to run with me. Let’s give him hitting, since he hit 73 [in 2001]. Don’t think I can hit 73 home runs. I give him that. But what else?”

John Kenneth Galbraith, RIP

Posted in Dead Authors, The Marketplace at 1:11 am by

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, political advisor, author and scholar, died yesterday at the age of 97.

Galbraith’s better known works included “The Affluent Society”, “The Nature Of Mass Poverty”, “The Anatomy Of Power” and “American Capitalism”. There is no truth to the rumor that his passing was in any preceeded by a cursory glance at the New York Knicks payroll.

04.29.06

Mets Extend Lead Over Atlanta To 7 Games

Posted in Baseball at 9:15 pm by

Mets 1, Braves 0

Don Sutton and Joe Simpson were quick to remind us that John Thompson “only made one mistake” (presumably leaving a fat one over the plate for Paul Lo Duca to knock over the left field fence), but these days, anyone facing the New York Mets will have to get used to having little margin for error. Tom Glavine — who not so long ago was dunking his former club — was masterful in allowing just 4 hits in 7 shutout innings. Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner pitched scoreless 8th and 9th innings respectively ; Wagner is now 7 for 9 in save opportunities.

Carlos Beltran went 1 for 3 with a double in his first game back after an extended absence due to a sore hamstring. 2B Kaz Matsui extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a single in the 8th inning.

Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd were a combined 0 for 8, the former striking out 4 times and the latter seeing his batting average dip to .181. The latter, however, made a pair of terrific catches in left, the first of which saved a run.

some other post-game celebratory musings :

Prescription for beating the Braves: Take one vintage Tom Glavine, mix in one longball from Lo Duca, add a few splashes of near-flawless defense, a dose of Aaron Heilman at his unhittable best, and cap it off with our slider-slinging closer. For the second night in a row, that insidious tomahawk chop chant died in the throats of Braves fans that are losing faith in their old magic.

Question for that snazzy new Japanese second baseman: Who the hell are you, and what have you done with Kaz Matsui?Mike’s Mets

I’ve seen the Braves lie in the weeds until midsummer too many times to get giddy, NL East April records notwithstanding, and heard too much oddly dour/swaggering early-season talk from the respective clubhouses to doubt the Braves will be the thing under the bed until our division’s sun finally rises and proves them a figment of our collective imaginations. But something feels different this year, and I think I know what it is. And it’s corny as all get-out: Whatever this year’s crop of Mets believes about the Braves/Mets rivalry or Turner Field is a lot less important than the fact that this team believes in itself. – Jason, Faith & Fear In Flushing

Cliff Floyd had another awesome game, and of course looked terrible doing it. He runs like Muhammed Ali talks, and his dives are the belly-flops of a giant and diseased whale. I never think he will get to the ball ” but he does, and he did last year, and I think something changed last season. Not the healthy bit ” that much is obvious ” but I think in the way he approached staying healthy while playing hard enough at the same time. The ugly way he moves speaks of a very large man trying not to kill himself while simultaneously propelling his bulk at extraordinary speed. I think it works.East Coast Agony

The Braves’ little league offense has reached a new level of ineptitude, being completely shut down yet again, this time by Glavine and the Mets bullpen.  Thomson™s ERA for the season is 1.32. He has had 4 starts and hasn™t allowed more than one run in any of them. He doesn™t have any wins. That is extremely difficult to accomplish. – Jamie Kirby, Tomahawk

This is unbelievably depressing. The Braves have now lost five games in a row, mostly with good pitching. Tonight, John Thomson made one mistake, allowing an opposite-field homer to Paul Lo Duca in the sixth, and finally got a decision because the Braves couldn’t score at all.

We can complain about Bobby loading the lineup with righthanders after watching that fail against Glavine for a decade, but Brian Jordan had two of the team’s five hits, and the other two against Glavine were by Renteria and another of the platoon guys, Diaz. The Braves’ only real scoring chance was erased when the other platoon guy, Pratt, had a soft liner taken down by Floyd in left. – Mac Thomason, Braves Journal