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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Finals Recap, Final Mock Draft, Negotiating News and More

NBA Finals Recap
First off, congrats to the Spurs for winning the NBA title (and of course congrats to me for picking them over the Pistons before the season started). Secondly, let's all jump up an rejoice that this snoozefest of a series is over. I mean wow, two months and countless Larry Brown press conferences later and this thing is finally over. There were a bunch of low scoring games, and with the exception of game 6, none of them were even close. The only good thing that came out of this series you ask? Two things, Tim Duncan has cemented his legacy already with his third title and third Finals MVP. The other is that, well ok the other thing is that this season is finally over. There is hope however, as a new crop of stars has a shot to bring the NBA back to the game that was so popular and exciting as recently as the mid 90's. All we need to do now is hope and pray that Larry Brown doesn't end up in Cleveland, because that could set the league back another generation by slowing down the surge that is Lebron Inc.

Mock Draft III - The Final Prediction
Here is my last stab at predicting the 2005 NBA Draft. One thing to note is that much like ESPN, I think its a forgone colclusion the the Blazers will not select Chris Paul because they have Sebastian Telfair waiting on their bench. However they will more than likely trade the #3 pick, and whoever gets the pick will take Paul, so for now thats where I have him. With that said, here is my final big board!

1. Milwaukee Bucks - Marvin Williams, F UNC
2. Atlanta Hawks - Andrew Bogut, F/C Utah
3. Portland Trailblazers - Chris Paul, G Wake Forest
4. New Orleans Hornets - Deron Williams, G Illinois
5. Charlotte Bobcats - Raymond Felton, G UNC
6. Utah Jazz - Fran Vasquez, F/C Spain
7. Toronto Raptors - Gerald Green, F Texas HS
8. New York Knicks - Channing Frye, F Arizona
9. Golden State Warriors - Danny Granger, F New Mexico
10. LA Lakers - Martell Webster, G Seattle HS
11. Orlando Magic - Ike Diogu, F Arizona St.
12. LA Clippers - Andrew Bynum, F New Jersey HS
13. Charlotte Bobcats - Hakim Warrick, F Syracuse
14. Minnesota Timberwolves - Joey Graham, F Oklahoma St.
15. New Jersey Nets - Antoine Wright, F Texas A&M
16. Toronto Raptors - Charlie Villanueva, F UCONN
17. Indiana Pacers - Johan Petro, C France
18. Boston Celtics - Roko Ukic, G Croatia
19. Memphis Grizzlies - Sean May, F UNC
20. Denver Nuggets - Yaroslav Koralev, F Russia
21. Phoenix Suns - Julius Hodge, F North Carolina St.
22. Denver Nuggets - Jarret Jack, G Georgia Tech
23. Sacramento Kings - Martynas Andriuskevicius, F Lithuania
24. Houston Rockets - Ersan Ilyasova, F Turkey
25. Seattle Sonics - Wayne Simien, F Kansas
26. Detroit Pistons - Ryan Gomes, F Providence
27. Utah Jazz - Rashad McCants, F UNC
28. San Antonio Spurs - Mile Ilic, C Serbia
29. Miami Heat - Francisco Garcia, F Louisville
30. New York Knicks - Andray Blatche, F Conn. HS

Campbell outduels Woods, Johnny Miller Continues to Sound Like an Idiot
Micheal Campbell did a nice job fighting yet another unfair US Open course at Pinehurst #2, and was able to come out with his first major title. Going into the weekend it looked as though a lot of big names had a chance to grab the title, but only Tiger made any sort of charge at the end. However, anytime you can hold off Tiger Woods on the back nine of a major championship, let alone the US Open, you deserve the title and the credit and admiration that comes with it, so congratulations on a job well done.
Now to the more serious issue. Johnny Miller is so jealous of Tiger Woods and it has really gotten out of hand. Every time Tiger makes a shot Miller has a problem with it, and every time he can Miller compliments the course. The course! Last time I checked Johnny, you were supposed to be the next Jack Nicklaus. But wait, you never even came close to living up to that hype. The closest you came was the fact that you had blonde hair and you were chubby. Get over the fact that Tiger is way better than you have ever dreamt of being, and realize that you sound like an idiot criticizing everyone on the course. I'm not saying you can't criticize players, but you can't just criticize them either. Get over yourself and be thankful for the fact you even have a job, considering you are a washed up golfer who never lived up to his hype. I hope its never Miller time again.

NBA Settles Labor Woes, NHL Not Far Behind?
So the NBA settled their collective bargaining agreement and avoided a lockout, which is always nice. Only real new issues are the 19 year old age limit, and the contract length has been shortened a few years to avoid those longer guaranteed deals. I don't really think anyone won, but I also don't think there was much that needed changing. That is to say there weren't any issues to change that could really be changed, such as a 20 or 21 year old age limit. But at least there won't be a work stoppage, so that's good enough for now.
The NHL on the other hand is apparently getting close to a labor agreement. So far, it looks like the major issue, a salary cap, has been settled on. The cap is believed to be between about 22-36 million dollars. There is still a lot of work to do unlike some people seem, but at least there seems to be some sort of agreement, which is nice. I personally could care less about the NHL, but I will keep updating the negotiations until there is a set plan for the 2005-2006 season.

Trivia!
How old was Jim Brown when he retired in 1966?
A) 29
B) 30
C) 28
D) 31
E) 33

answer last week: C) Wilt Chamberlain

Red Sox Week in Review
Record: 5-1 (42-30)
Best Pitching Performance:
(6/19) Matt Clement vs. Pittsburgh: 7 IP 3 H, BB, 9 K
Best Hitting Performance:
(6/21) David Ortiz @ Cleveland 3/4, 2 HR, 3 Runs, 4 RBI
Standings: 1/2 game lead

just a little salt in the wound: Tampa Bay is 8-29 on the road, with 4 of those wins in the Bronx against the Yankees

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