Other Peoples Work

  • NBA Most Overrated as Written by Charley Rosen at Foxsports.com

In this article, Rosen argues that KG, CP3, and Chris Bosh – and others – are overrated.  Rosen’s article has a few legit points, but he has no real proof to his argument.  What is his standard?  

In the article Rosen claims that KG is not clutch and does not come through in important games.  He also states that CP3 does not play defense and is very ineffective in half court offense out side of a pick and roll. 

Anyway.  Take a read.    

  • Sporting News:  Top 50 Coach’s of All-Time

“Headlining the new issue of Sporting News Magazine: our list of sports’ 50 greatest coaches of all time, as selected by a panel of 118 Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts.”

This is a very interesting article by Jeff D’Alessio which lists coaches from all the major sports – i.e. NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and college basketball and football.

Here is the Top-11 from the list, they only question I have.  Don Shula?  Really?  

1. John Wooden, college basketball

2. Vince Lombardi, NFL
3. Bear Bryant, college football
4. Phil Jackson, NBA
5. Don Shula, NFL
6. Red Auerbach, NBA
7. Scotty Bowman, NHL
8. Dean Smith, college basketball
9. Casey Stengel, MLB
10. Knute Rockne, college football
11. Pat Summitt, women’s college basketball

  • All-Metrodome Team

Tyler Mason, from MLB.com, put together an 18 man team of the best players that played in the Metrodome starting in 1982.  It mostly players from the 1987 ’91 Championship Teams, Paul Molter and Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan.   Kirby Puckett

I am good with 98% of the list.  Gladden is questionable when you look at Shane Mack.  But I am not sure where Morneau fits on the team, but he does deserve it – AL MVP. 

Paul Molitorat DH is the biggest question mark.  He had one great season in 1996 and then fell off quickly.   But I am not sure there is a better choice available than Molitor.

  •  Chili Davis 1991-1992
  •  Paul Molitor 1996-1998
  •  David Ortiz 1997-2002
  •  Roy Smalley 1982 & 1985-1987
  •  Dave Winfield 1993-1994
  • Here is the complete ballot.

    PS – Brett Favre = Still Retired.

    Quick Hits 7/28/09

    Brett Favre Staying Retired

    Good god.  Is it over?  A few of the major sports outlets – i.e. ESPN.com, yahoo.com, etc. – are reporting that MN Vikings coach Brad “Why do I still have a job” Childresshas confirmed with the Star Tribune that Favre is staying retired.

    This is really an unlikely outcome to the drama that has played on between Minneapolis and Mississippi.  I really did expecthim to sign with the Vikings, but lately the rumblings were that he was become more and more concerned with his legacy andthat the move to MN would destroy any relationship with the Packer Nation.

    So, those suppose No. 4 Vikings jersey are going to be collector gold if they were actually made.  I have no feeling either way, but I am glad that it is over.

    Mexico 5-0 Over US in Soccer

    This game fell on it’s ass in about 5 minutes.  But they USA were fielding their “C” squad, with none of the players from the Confederations Cup in the stadium.  So take it with a grain of salt.

    Mexico did look amazing with Tottenham’s Givoani Dao Santos and Arsenal’s Carlos Vela looking like they were playing against a JV High School defense. 

    US looked tired in the second half and only Stuart Holden and Kyle Beckerman looked like players who deserve to have a chance to play on the “A” squad.Kevin Durant

    Team USA National Basketball Try-Outs

    The word on the street is the Kevin Durant is dominating the US Try-outs.  And Durant’s his shooting ability is something the team lost with Michael Redd going down with injury – Durant shot 42% from distance this season. 

    Some people are saying, Durant isn’t good enough to play on Team USA, here is a run down of his stats last season.  48% from the field, 42% 3PT%, 86% from the free throw line, 6.5 rebounds per game, 1.3 steals per game and 25.3 points per game. 

    You may say that his team is a losing team and his stats are not legit, but you can not ignore his shooting percentages, no matter the record of the team.

    NBA Noise

    • Drew Gooden and Tim Thomas signwith the Dallas Mavs:  Who cares?  Not me.  Well, I must a little.  I put it in my blog!
    • Tyson Chandler and Omeka Okafer have changed teams:   It is a wash for now.  I like them both, but I think Chandler will struggle away from Chris Paul’s lobs.
    • The Timberwolves trade Etan Thomas, Damien Wilkins and picks for Chucky Atkins:  I like Chucky, and I like the changes.  Now figure out the Ricky Rubio situation!!

    MN Twins Justin Morneau for AL MVPJustin Morneau

    Please do not get blindsided by the easy coast.  Check out the stats.   Morneau is in the Top-10 in every major oeffesive category. 

    There is no other player has that kind of collective stats, maybe teammate and BFF Joe Mauer.  New York’s first basemen Mark Teixeria and Tampa’s third basemen Evan Longoria are close, but Morneau has to be the leading candidate.

    League Leaders – 2009
    • Ranks 9th in AL in BA (.315) • Ranks 1st in AL in HR (26)
    • Ranks 1st in AL in RBI (82) • Ranks 6th in AL in R (70)
    • Ranks 9th in AL in BB (54) • Ranks 6th in AL in OBP (.400)
    • Ranks 1st in AL in SLG (.595) • Ranks 2nd in AL in OPS (.994)

    PS – The Twins have four of the top 25 homerun hitters in the AL – that more than NY, the Angels and the Red Soxs.

    Morneau – 26, Kubel – 17, Cuddyer – 18, and Mauer – 17. 

    Random Soccer Bits

    Quick Hits 7/14/09

    So I have taken a couple days off, mostly because I was not moved to write.  But with the shocking news of Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo splitting-up, I felt compelled to voice my concerns.

    Jessica and Tony

    So, you’re saying there is a chance?  No, there is not.

    Timberwolves Coaching Search

    The rumors out there is that the TWolves are looking at Mark Jackson, Kurt Rambis and Rockets assistant Elston Turner.  I would be OK with Rambis or Turner, but not Jackson.  HE HAS NO HEAD COACHING EXPERINCE!!

    Maybe Jackson will have the respect of the players, but still, I am not ready to throw the team Mark Jackson.

    NBA Summer LeagueJonny Flynn

    The TWolves rookies have been playing well and Jonny Flynn looks legit.  Wayne Ellington is playing well.  Check out the highlights at ESPN.com.

    Ellington has scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in two games.  Ellington pulled down 8 rebounds in the first game and then scored 22 points in the second.

    In two games Flynn is averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 assists and 6.5 turnovers.  But looks to be able to control a team and get to the basket and finish against bigger players.

    I just wish they would trade Rick Rubio.  Say good bye to the Spanish wonder and get some draft picks or young talent.

    Blake Griffin had a steller debut. 27 points and 12 rebounds.

    I am putting it out there – Rookie of the Year comes down to Griffin, Flynn, Steph Curry at Golden State, James Harden at Oklahoma City and Tyreke Evans at Sacramento.  Girffin may not get as much PT with other bigs in his way. file_23_8

    Soccer T-Shirt

    I am eagerly awaiting this original Landon Donovan inspired soccer t-shirt I bought at www.objectivo.com.

    They have some pretty original shirts.  Check them out.

    FIFA Rankings

    In the ranking releases on July 1st, Brazil claimed the No. 1 spot after their championship in the Confederations Cup in South America.  Moving up from No. 4

    The US moves up two spots to No. 12 while the Spainish team fell to No. 2.

    Ranking Team Pts
    Jul 09
    +/- Ranking
    Jun 09
    +/- Pts
    Jun 09
    1 Brazil 1672 4   384
    2 Spain 1590 -1   -171
    3 Netherlands 1379 -1   -63
    4 Italy 1229 0   -63
    5 Germany 1207 -2   -171
    6 Russia 1161 3   -6
    7 England 1135 -1   -90
    8 Argentina 1091 -1   -112
    9 France 1082 1   15
    10 Croatia 1031 -2   -169
    11 Greece 1001 6   79
    12 USA 983 2   36
    13 Switzerland 930 3   -1
    14 Serbia 925 6   55
    15 Denmark 909 9   73

    www.fifa.com

    Random Basketball Awesome Fact of the Day

    Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are a part of what elite group that Carmelo Anthony has the possibility of joining?

    If Carmelo wins an NBA title, they will be the only three players since 1979 to win a NCAA, NBA and Olympic Championship – I think.  I am trying to find info to say other wise.

    Now prior to the high school revolutiona and the one-and-dones, it was seen more often.  But I am struggling to find others in the last 30 years.

    Quick Hits 7/07/09

    I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July.  I took the week off and was very much off-line and it was great.  And there is a lot of sports news to filter through.

    American League All-Star 1BJustin Morneau

    I follow baseball very lightly.  I keep track of the MN Twins and have a general understanding of everything else going on.

    I saw the AL Starting Line-Up for the All-Star game and I am going to play the “homer” card here.  New York Yankees first base man, Mark Teixeira, was voted into the starting line-up over Twins slugger Justin Morneau and I have to say that I completely disagree.  I will file this under “East Coast/Yankees basis”, so I thought I would lay down some stats in some of the major offensive categories.

    • Hits: MT – 83, JM – 101
    • HR: MT – 20, JM – 21
    • RBI: MT – 61, JM – 69
    • AVG: MT – .273, JM – .323

    Morneau also leads in OPS, SLG, and OBP.  But I do not really know the calculations that make up these numbers.

    Morneau *Stats pulled from ESPN.

    Ranks 3rd in AL in BA (.323) Ranks 2nd in AL in HR (21)
    Ranks 2nd in AL in RBI (69) Ranks 8th in AL in R (56)
    Ranks 5th in AL in OBP (.399) Ranks 1st in AL in SLG (.601)
    Ranks 1st in AL in OPS (1.000)

    Teixeira

    Ranks 4th in AL in HR (20) Ranks 5th in AL in RBI (61)
    Ranks 6th in AL in BB (48) Ranks 8th in AL in SLG (.546)
    Ranks 8th in AL in OPS (.928)

    Ok, I am done.  I think I have proved my point.  Morneau should start!

    USA Soccer

    I am a huge soccer rub and I watched the US team in the blowouts and the victories of the Confederations Cup and I was very impressed with the turn around Bob Bradley’s team made from the group stage to the finals.

    The US team proved they can compete and are a legit top-15 team in the world, but they need to play more consistent.  As cliche’ as that sounds, the US was incredible versus Egypt, Spain and Brazil and then very “sheepish” against Italy and Brazil – the first time.Landon Donovan

    Landon Donovanshowed he is a European level player, Oguchi Onyewu signed with AC Milan, and Jozy Altidore may get some time in Spain.

    I am not completely convinced that Bob Bradley is the coach that can take the team to their full potential, but he did take a US team to the finals of a semi-major tournament that include soccer power houses.

    There are concerns that the US brass to consider, but my major issue is this:  How the hell is Freddy Adu not on the pitch?  Other than Donovan and maybe Clint Dempsey, Adu is the most creative player on this roster who can create scoring opportunities in open play.

    The back line is solid, goal keeping is top-notch, the mid-field is improved with Ricardo Clark playing the defensive holding midfielder, and speedster Charlie Davies is great counter-part to the strength of Altidore up front.

    We will see how they handle the next step in the evaluation of a potentially strong team in the World Cup.

    NBA Free Agency Grades

    Rasheed Wallace to the Celtics = A.  This makes sense for both sides.  Wallace will get a chance at another title and the Celtics get KG knee insurance.

    Hedu Turkaglu to the Raptors = B.  Portland would have been a good fit, but I the roster is similar to the Magic, it will depend on the style.

    Trevor Arizia to the Rockets = C+.  Should have gone to LeBrons house.  Rockets are in rebuilding mode, but if he stays could be a crucial part of the foundation.

    Ben Gordon to the Pistons = B+.  I don’t know what this means for Richard Hamilton, but Gordon can score and the Pistons needs help.

    Charlie Villanuevato the Pistons = B.  Rasheed Wallace Jr.  He will have the oppurtunity to grow and become a major player.

    Marcin Gortatto the Mavericks = C.  I am not sure why, unless he is there to replace Erik Dampier.

    Ron Artestto the Lakers = A-.  This move has the potential to be messy, but Artest is a good player now.  Solid defensively and better than Arzia offensively.  Lakers are better.

    Over all, the teams made themselves better.  Wallace and Artest are very short-term fixes, but their teams are pushing to the title now.  It will be a tough year in the East and Houston is going to struggle without Yao and who knows what they will get from Tracy McGrady.

    Day After (or a week) The 2009 NBA Draft

    My head is still spinning.  With a the point guards and all the trades prior, it is was very crazy.

    MN T’Wolves Equals PG

    When I sat down and look at what I hoped that Timberwolves leadership would do tonight, picked four point guards was not in the top ten scenarios possible.

    Granted, UNC guard TY Lawson is headed to Denver and Florida guard Nick Calathes is going to Dallas.  And everything I have heard and read is that there is going to be a deal with including Ricky Rubio.

    Wayne Ellington at 28 is a good pick, but it is tough to give them a grade when it still seems up in the air.

    Carter to the Magic

    I get the need to fill the void of Hedu Turkaglu and Vince Carter replaces the scoring, but trading Country Lee makes me sad.  He was something they did not have, a good defensive player who could get to he basket and make a mid-range jumper.  Carter is going to have to figure out how to play with a quality big man, which he has not done, ever.  And Carter will have to find how to be effective with out the ball in his hands.

    This trade is a reaction to various things.

    1. Trade - With Shaq coming to Ohio and the Wizards adding Mike Miller and Randy Foye, the Magic needed to improve as top in the east got a little more crowded.
    2. Hedu Opting Out - With Turkeglu opting out of his contract, the Magic would have had a hole in the line-up.
    3. The Economy – it makes sense for teams to dump salary.

    Many NBA “experts” like this trade and I am not sure I do.  Mainly because you lose Courtney Lee.  If this because he missed that lay-up?  Pau Gosal hit the rim and the pass pulled him behind the backboard.  Just leave him alone.  I think Lee is going to blow-up in Jersey – ala Devin Harris – and those two could become the best young backcourt in the league.

    Clippers – So Far So Good

    Lets be honest, it would have been pretty hard for the em to mess this up, but there is still time, it’s the Clippers for cry-out-loud.

    Blake’s brother, Tyler, was drafted at 48 to Phoenix.

    Panthers in the 2nd Round

    Both DeJuan Blair and Sam Young fell into the second and were picked back-to-back with Young going to Memphis at No. 36 and Blair to the Spurs at No. 37.  I think Blair fell because of his knees and Young because of his age.  Both will grow and will be assets the moment the put on a uniform.