Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday, Monday, Michael Michaels, and on and on.....

Reggie Bush was just on ESPN News saying he is "absolutely 100 percent not concerned" about any wrongdoings with the house his parents had been living in. He also went on to say there is
"nothing to hide" and the truth will come out and show there was nothing wrong or illegal about the situation.

Ok, so we can hold off in engraving the Pac-10 Championship rings for the 2005 Oregon Ducks, at least for now.

Bring Back Trader Bob
So how about that Bob Whitsitt? More and more I am getting word from various sources around the NBA that Bob Whitsitt either has a group ready to go, or is real close, to make a serious bid to buy the Blazers and the Rose Garden. What would Blazer fans think of that situation? For one, the team may be one step closer to winning again.
Some things to keep in mind when you begin bashing "Trader Bob:"

1) 17 Years as GM/President in the NBA-his teams made the playoffs 16 times, and the other season the team was 41-41. Looks pretty good right now after 27 and 21 win seasons.
2) The team already had trouble before he got to Portland-remember Salt Lake City-rape allegations and the young girls?
3) Before he came to Portland, the Blazers already had the second highest payroll in the NBA. Since leaving, the new group of management has spent (some say wasted) huge dollars on Theo Ratliff, Darius Miles and Zach Randolph. In other words, Whitsitt isn't the only guy spending big money today or yesterday in the NBA. The current team is 12th in payroll, not too good for the worst team in the league on the floor.

Whitsitt told Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen earlier this year, in regards to trying to own an NBA team someday, "That's something I've always had a strong desire to do before my career is over. That would be the natural next step for me, and I think I could bring a lot to the table from an ownership level.
"Have I talked to people about that? Yes, I have. Would I be very open to something like that? Yes, I would.
"I know enough people that we could put something together at the right time. But it has to be the right team, the right sport and the finances have to make sense because of the economics of some of these teams and how much they lose."


The downside is the 20 or so legal issues the team had during his tenure. But wouldn't you trade a couple of legal woes for a trip back to the postseason?
Bring back Trader Bob I say!

Finally.....from the different strokes for different folks file: SI.com's Kelly Dwyer gives grades to the NBA's local television teams, and Mike Barrett and Mike Rice were in the bottom third of the league with a C+. Ok, his opinion, which I disagree with. But then when I saw he preferred Hot Rod Hundley over Craig Bolerjack, and gave Steve Jones an A, I realized this guy's opinion is really different than mine. He also gave some praise to Craig Ehlo. WHAT??!!!???! The thing about broadcasting is everyone's taste differs, but in the case of Barrett, I have said it before and will say it again-he is a real pro, his delivery is mellow and on an even keel (especially compared to Brian Wheeler) but a real easy listen. Rice is great. I listened to Ron Boone for years in Salt Lake, and I know what a bad commentator sounds like (by the way, Dwyer likes Boone-shocking!). Rice sees things you and I don't, he is well prepared, and both he and Rice do a good job overall. Are they schills for the team? YES! But they get paid by the team, so what do you expect. To read more, here you go...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/kelly_dwyer/04/11/announcers.grades3/index.html

Have a good day, thank you and goodbye!