27 July 2010
15 July 2010
I continue to approve of the changes the Jazz are making lately.
The Deseret Morning News has reported that Utah are prepared to signed Raja Bell, pending Bell passing a physical.
Bell has played few games over the last two seasons. Since going to the Suns in 2008, he's appeared in only 28 games, moving from Phoenix to Golden State to Charlotte. Considering this will be his 11th season in the league, maybe missing all those games means he's got less wear that we expect.
Regardless, Bell is a career 41% shooter from deep, and hit 47% of his 3-pointers while a Sun. He's also known for his tenacious perimeter defense, and seems to have an ability to get under Kobe's skin to some extent.
In short, he's exactly what the Jazz need after losing Korver and Wes Matthews.
As an aside, it's interesting that now that I feel like the Jazz have some pieces that will help them potentially beat the Lakers in a playoff series, the Heat come along and become the team to watch out for if you're contending for a title.
LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Haslem, Mike Miller, Chalmers and Ilgauskas = seven pieces that can easily win it all next season, in my opinion. And the Heat aren't done signing players, either.
Watch out, NBA.
13 July 2010
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Jazz have agreed to send two future first-round picks to the Wolves in exchange for Jefferson. The deal is expected to be announced later Tuesday.
Sources told ESPN.com on Monday night that the Jazz and Timberwolves were on the verge of completing a trade that would slot Jefferson's contract into the $14 million trade exception that Utah created earlier this week in its sign-and-trade deal sending Carlos Boozer to the Chicago Bulls.
Excellent news for Jazz fans everywhere. I admit I was worried that Kevin O'Connor and company would stand pat after losing Boozer and Korver, partly in order to save money and partly because there just weren't any great big men free agents available.
But just when I thought the Jazz management couldn't possibly be any dumber, they go do and do something like this and totally redeem themselves.
Jefferson is an excellent replacement for Boozer, and an upgrade in many ways. For starters, he averaged close to 20 and 10 in Minnesota, where he was expected to earn every one of those 20 points on his own in the low block. I expect his scoring to go up at least 6 or 8 points per game this year, just because now he'll have Deron Williams feeding him great passes for easy buckets a few times a game.
In addition, while Jefferson is not exactly a defensive specialist, he blocked 1.3 shot attempts per game last year, and is both taller(6" 10") and has a longer wingspan (7' 2") than Boozer. I am also willing to bet his vertical is higher than Boozer's, as well, which isn't really that difficult considering Carlos can jump about 2 inches off the floor.
He is only 25 (Boozer is 29) and his contract expires in 3 years.
Add in the fact that Jefferson is coming from a perennial loser in Minnesota to a playoff team in the Jazz, and he may find a bit more hop in his step come November.
I like this signing. It may be the biggest trade in the history of the franchise, when all is said and done.
And just like that, I'm excited for the 2010-2011 Jazz season.
Well done, Mr. O'Connor.
09 July 2010
After watching LeBron announce he would be signing with Miami last night, I figured Cavs fans would be pretty upset with this decision. Because, you know, it's Cleveland. And their economy is (was) based on LeBron James.
This is a drunk email but I've never felt this betrayed. The deepest circle of hell is reserved for those who betray and LeBron earned his spot.
Think about it, [LeBron] never went to college and has been looked upon as a franchise savior since before he was drafted; now he can live in one of most fun cities in America and play ball with two of his best buddies in the league, and he doesn't have to carry the franchise every night.
Just watched the LeBron train wreck. Just thought what Kobe is doing right now. Bet you he is in the gym right now. That's why LeBron will never win a title. LeBron does crap like this and Kobe gets better.
08 July 2010
02 July 2010
Today I give you Terminal Velocity. Released in 1995, it was one of the first games my family got for our 486 computer.