Archive | July 2009

Hornets trade Chandler to Bobcats for Okafor.

The New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats have exchanged centers, with New Orleans sending Tyson Chandler to Charlotte for Emeka Okafor.

Last season, Chandler averaged 8.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in an injury plagued 45 games. Okafor put up averages of 13.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 82 games.

Statistically, it’s clear that the Hornets got the better end of the deal, which is the impression I’m getting from everywhere I read about this trade. Now, I’m not going to lie: I know very little about Emeka Okafor. I know he was a really good player for Connecticut alongside Ben Gordon when they won the National Championship in 2004, but because he plays for Charlotte and I don’t have cable, I haven’t seen him play since. But looking at his stats, he seems to be a really good player and has averaged a double-double every season of his career. As for Chandler, I’ve seen him play a little since the Hornets are occasionally shown on ABC. He’s taller than Okafor (7’1″ to 6’10”) and that makes him a little more valuable on the defensive end as a result, though both are good shot-blockers. As his stats suggest, Okafor is better on the offensive end. Though Chandler was the recipient of a lot of alley-oops from Chris Paul, his offensive ability is limited.

Bobcats, Hornets complete Okafor-Chandler deal (Yahoo! Sports).
Center swap: Okafor for Chandler (ESPN).

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Michael Vick can play again.

Despite what I wrote when the story of Michael Vick’s dogfighting came to light, I’m glad he’s being allowed to play again. When I wrote an angry post on my Facebook page (pre-blog days), I was caught up in the emotion just like everyone else who wrote an angry blog post of outrage. But now I think different.

I have no problem whatsoever with Michael Vick playing again. He’s been in prison for the past two years and he’s paid his debt to society (I wonder how many times the phrase “debt to society” has been uttered in connection to Vick?). I think he’s legitimately sorry for what he did, unlike some of the other guys in the NFL who have misbehaved (“Pacman” Jones, anyone?). NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the right decision in allowing him to come back.

However, I think the terms of Vick’s return are typical garbage from Roger Goodell. Vick can sign with a team and participate in training camp and the last two games of the pre-season, but he can’t play in the regular season until Week 6. I don’t see what a five game suspension accomplishes after he spent two years in prison. How bad could it be? He’s out of jail with a second chance and he’s getting paid by an NFL team to sit out five games. Why bother? To me, it just seems like the league is piling on.

I’ll be interested to see how Donte Stallworth’s suspension compares.

Vick sweepstakes: One day and, so far, no takers (Yahoo! Sports).
Goodell ruling fails Vick, players (ESPN).
Michael Vick is back in business (sorta) (Deadspin).

Brett Favre is (allegedly) staying retired.

I know, it’s sad news. Not really sad that he’s (supposedly) not coming back, but sad that we wasted our time thinking about the whole fiasco for the past few months. Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress told the AP that Brett Favre will not be on the team. From the story on Yahoo! Sports:

Brett Favre won’t be coming out of retirement to play for Minnesota.

And there you have it: indisputable proof that he’s not coming back. Well, maybe not indisputable. It is Brett Favre after all. And maybe it’s just the way I am (a cynic), but I don’t think this means he’s not coming back. You’ll notice that the story says he’s not coming out of retirement “to play for Minnesota.” That leaves 31 other teams for him to play for. And, as stated before, this is Brett Favre we’re talking about. No one believes him when he says he’s retiring to begin with, so why should we believe him when he says he’s not un-retiring? So no, I don’t think this solves anything. The NFL season starts in September; we’ve still got an entire month for him to waffle about playing some more.

Also from Yahoo Sports: The Brett Favre Timeline

Favre Opts To Stay Retired (ESPN)
Clayton Surprised By Favre’s Decision

Tody in un-news: Brett Favre will let Vikings know whether he’s playing by July 30th.

I doubt it. If he said or did anything definite on the 30th, who would we talk about for the last month of the summer? I still kind of like Brett Favre. I can appreciate his incredible number of consecutive starts and the way he plays, but only when he’s not throwing dumb passes and having them picked off. Despite all the great things he’s done, he’s turned the latter part of his career into a running joke. He says he’s done, no one believes him. He says he’ll make a decision by a set time, no one believes him. And why not? Because it never happens. If he’s so shaky in his decision to retire, then maybe he should wait for more than a couple of weeks after the season to make the decision. But if he did that, then his name wouldn’t be all over the news.

Favre to let Vikes know by July 30

Mariomarathon 2

I don’t know if I get enough views for this to make a difference, but I encourage you to stop by MarioMarathon.com. Over 52 hours ago, a few guys started playing the original Super Mario Bros. on NES, and have since beaten Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. After they did that, they started them again, only this time around they will beat them 100% through. This means that they’ll end up playing Super Mario Galaxy four times: twice with Mario and twice with Luigi.

If you think this marathon is just a bunch of guys with nothing better to do, you’d be wrong. As they are playing through the Mario games, they are actively raising money for Child’s Play Charity. As of right now, they have raised $15,499.00. Not too shabby, am I right?

If you go to the MarioMarathon website (which is linked above) you can watch them play the games, donate, and make comments with your Twitter account. Right now on Twitter, Mario Marathon is #6 on the Trending Topics list, thanks to the many people who have tweeted all their friends on Twitter about the marathon.

Long story short, you should stop by and show your support for a great cause!

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One of those confusing multi-team trades.

Well, I thought I posted this when it happened. Apparently, I never hit the “Publish” button. The timing and relevance of this is now lost, but I’m posting it anyway.

Shawn Marion, Hedo Turkoglu, and several other players have new homes tonight after a four team trade between the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic. I always find these big trades to be confusing, and it usually takes me a couple times to read the story to sort it all out. I also find it interesting that one or more teams always get a better deal than the others. But anyway, here’s the breakdown:

Mavericks get:
Shawn Marion, forward (from Raptors)
Kris Humphries, forward (from Raptors)
Nathan Jawai, center (from Raptors)
Cash (from Raptors)
Greg Buckner (from Grizzlies)

Raptors get:
Hedo Turkoglu, forward (from Magic)
Antoine Wright, guard (from Mavericks)
Devean George, forward (from Mavericks)

Grizzlies get:
Jerry Stackhouse, guard (from Mavericks)
second round draft pick (from Raptors)
cash (from Mavericks and Raptors)

Magic get:
cash (from both Mavericks and Raptors)

When I first saw this trade, I was surprised to see the Magic and Turkoglu involved. Turkoglu was simply going to sign with Toronto as a free-agent but it looks like the Magic jumped in and got some money. I’m interested to see how Turkoglu will team with Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh. Toronto also gets a couple of pretty good perimeter players in Wright and George.

Dallas should have an exciting team next year with Marion joining Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and Josh Howard; don’t be surprised to see all of them on the floor together. Marion will probably be their best defensive player, just as he was with the Phoenix Suns.