Just a fantastic moment of an Ohio news team learning that the Cavaliers came back to win, a week ago, on LeBron James' last-second 3.
Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue: "... the NCAA should ban athletic scholarships entirely. College isn't a place for training athletes. It is a place for developing minds. If the NCAA stopped offering athletics-only scholarships entirely then the professional sports leagues would be forced to pick up the slack and found development leagues for athletes who only want to play sports."
When I see the Magic, I see an offensive style not unlike the Blazers I follow so closely. In a nutshell: Burly, elite rebounder of a big man (Joel Przybilla or Greg Oden, somewhat like Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat) plus four shooters, with one guy (Hedo Turkoglu/Brandon Roy) empowered to probe with the dribble. Everyone except the stays spaced and ready to finish quickly. LaMarcus Aldridge is even a little like Rashard Lewis (long power forward who loves jumpers). I'm not the only one seeing similarities in that team, however. Here's convincing case that another team that fits the mold is the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Well, with an effort like that, Brian Windhorst is never going to win the "biggest microphone in the world" competition. Might as well just hand Sammy Hagar the trophy now. UPDATE: Apparently, that's David Lee Roth, and I need to take Van Halen 101 again.
DeJuan Blair has lost insane amounts of weight training at IMG in Bradenton with David Thorpe. (Via Sactown Royalty) Thorpe joked to me that he's going to retire as a trainer and make his millions running weight loss camps. How did Blair do it? I don't understand the mechanism entirely, but I can tell you that just by jumping every time Thorpe said "jump" I lost more than seven pounds in three days, and I started skinny! If I spent a month there, I probably would have disappeared entirely.
Rick Majerus, R-rated. Again.
50 greatest Heat players of all time. Earl Barron literally just missed the cut.
Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune: "Do the Jazz make the playoffs next season if Carlos Boozer leaves without them acquiring anything in return? What happens to an offense predicated on the pick-and-roll without Boozer? Can you write off the last two seasons with Boozer to injuries and personal issues? Do you worry about losing a two-time All-Star, who regularly posts 20-point, 10-rebound games, in the prime of his career at age 27?"