SportsNet - July 2012
It's mid-July and the NBA free-agency period has died down as NBA teams are in the midst of inking up their final free agent targets and snatching up recently waived players. However, the best player available, Dwight Howard, remains a man without a team.
The Brooklyn Nets took themselves out of the Howard sweepstakes after signing restricted free agent Brook Lopez to a four-year $60 million contract. Thus their prime trade asset, Brook Lopez, won't be tradable until Jan. 15.
Howard has had his heart set on becoming a Net for at least a year, however, it's time to face the facts that even Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z cannot swing a deal for Howard before Orlando trades him during the offseason.
Brooklyn cannot receive a player in a sign-and-trade in the summer of 2012 because the Nets are more than $4 million over the luxury tax.
The Magic finally seem ready to dump Howard in either Los Angeles or Houston.
If Howard is traded to the Rockets, Daryl Morey believes he can convince Howard to re-sign and would hold on to him until he finally becomes a free agent next summer.
On Tuesday night, the New York Knicks offcially decided that Linsanity would have only a one-season run on Broadway.
Lin is headed back to Houston after the Knicks decided on Tuesday that they wouldn't match the Rockets' three-year, $25 million offer for the restricted free agent.
The 23-year-old point guard, who went undrafted out of Harvard, became an international phenomenon and the biggest story in sports during one dazzling month in the Big Apple. But the Knicks decided keeping the show in town was too costly.
"Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!" Lin posted on his Twitter account. "Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support the past year...easily the best year of my life."
Lin will return to Houston, where he spent two weeks in training camp in December, before the Rockets waived him. General manager Daryl Morey later regretted the move and alluded to the mistake as he celebrated the re-acquisition of Lin on Twitter late Tuesday:
"Welcome to Houston @JLin7. We plan to hang on this time. You will love #RedNation."
The decision by Stuart Pearce to axe David Beckham from the England Olympic football team now looks even more stupid than even at first thought. Not that Pearce gives a monkeys anyway, but how many more people would have been attending the football matches had Beckham been in the team?
Now we have the spectacle of stadiums staging the football matches being less than half full. The Olympic committee have come up with what they consider to be a clever solution by closing off vast portions of the stadiums so as to coral those spectators attending into a smaller area, thus, they say, to make it look as though there are more people actually there.
Instead of going to all that expense and PR nonsense, why doesnt somebody in authority, just box Pearces ears and explain what the Olympics mean to the country`s standing in the international sporting arena. No wonder we could not manage to get the World Cup. FIFA must be patting each others backs at the decision not to allow England to host the World Cup when they see the fragmented and bitterly divided people who are supposed to be in charge of the Olympic football team.
Much like the town they call home, the Indiana Pacers are content to thrive in relative anonymity. While they haven't made a big splash in free agency or a blockbuster trade, the Pacers have been quietly improving a team that took the Heat to six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
This off season's biggest news for the Pacers thus far has been Larry Bird's leave of absence. In his place is former Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard who stepped up when David Morway resigned prior to Bird's leaving. Former Pacer's general manager Donnie Walsh, the architect of the Reggie Miller era Pacers, was also brought on board in a consulting role.
Pritchard and Walsh have been busy. First, they inked restricted free agent All-Star center Roy Hibbert to a max contract. They also re-upped Indy native and versatile guard, George Hill. Then they went to work reshaping the roster, focusing on building depth and role players around Hibbert, Hill, Danny Granger, and Paul George.
Premier League: If Lionel Messi Left La Liga For The Premier League Which Club Would Be The Best Fit?
If Messi was to leave Barcelona for the Premier League today, which club is best suited?
Lionel Messi is one of the best players in the world at the moment and arguably one of the best of all time. Many say Cristiano Ronaldo is up there with him, and they wouldn't be far wrong.
Ronaldo however, has one major difference; he has played in arguably the best league in the world, The English Premier League, whereas Lionel Messi has not. Experts say the EPL is a far tougher league to play in, more physical, and a faster pace than many perhaps.
With a player possessing the quality that Lionel Messi has, would he suit the Premier League and would he still put in the performances that has seen him score 169 goals in just 214 appearances for Barcelona? I believe so. He has immense strength and is constantly taking kicks and knocks, if you try and wind him up like they'd do in the EPL, it will backfire.