Dean Jones

Could The New York Knicks Move For Chris Paul? It's Audacious, But Unlikely.

on June 02 2013 12:09 PM
Could The New York Knicks Move For Chris Paul? It's Audacious, But Unlikely.

When Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in December 2011, the infamous toast Paul gave at Carmelo Anthony's wedding regarding them playing together looked as thought it was just a pipedream. The Knicks had missed their chance, opting to sign Tyson Chandler from the Dallas Mavericks when Paul became too expensive a commodity.

Now, the chance may have arisen again.

With the star Point Guard out of contract at the end of the season, reports coming out of Los Angeles suggest Paul could be ready to walk out on the Clippers. If the stories are to believed, Paul is furious that he is being made the scapegoat for Coach Vinny Del Negro's firing, with claims suggesting it was Paul who wanted Del Negro gone and used his contract situation as leverage in the Clippers' decision making process.

Back Against The Wall: Mark Hughes Must Get Back To Basics At Stoke City.

on June 01 2013 12:26 PM
Back Against The Wall: Mark Hughes Must Get Back To Basics At Stoke City.

If Mark Hughes wasn't aware of it already, he has quite a job on his hands at Stoke City.

Appointed somewhat controversially this week, Hughes has the mammoth task of changing the entire style of play at the club whilst gaining the same results. Add to that, he must win over a fan-base who are more than a little sceptical regarding the Welshman's appointment.

An unenviable task, I'm sure you'll agree.

Yet one Hughes could ill-afford to turn down.

Despite the huge financial backing offered him at his previous club, Queens Park Rangers, 'Sparky's' time there, was largely unsuccessful. He was removed as Manager in November 2012 with the club rooted to the foot of the table, where they would remain for the rest of the season. Media-darling Harry Redknapp, Hughes' successor, shared little of the blame. Instead it was Hughes who was the scapegoat, his style of play and dealings in the transfer market coming under intense scrutiny. It was expected to be a long time before Hughes was given the responsibility of Managing a club in the top-flight again.

In the World of Football, nothing is guaranteed.

So Far, So Good For Michael Vick In The Last Chance Saloon.

on May 29 2013 2:42 PM
So Far, So Good For Michael Vick In The Last Chance Saloon.

It seems as if it's so far, so good in the early relationship between Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick and his new Head Coach, Chip Kelly.

The former Oregon Coach is seen by many to be Vick's last chance to make a serious impact in the NFL, before the league cuts ties with him altogether. He appears to be tailor-made for the fast-paced Kelly offense as he looks to make the transition from the College ranks to the National Football League. It seems to be a favourable situation for both parties.

Providing Vick wins the job, of course.

Kelly has made no secret of the fact this off-season there is a serious Quarterback competition in Philly. As we enter the second week of Organised Team Activities, that was all too evident. It seems that last week's impressive display from Vick during OTA's was not enough for Kelly to announce him as the team's number one option going into the season. What's more, during Tuesday's practice, it was Nick Foles who took the majority of snaps on the first day this week, giving Vick a clear indication that it will take a lot of hard work if he is to win the job he has called his own for the best part of four seasons.

Old Dog, Same Tricks: The Spurs Are Once Again The Envy Of The Western Conference.

on May 28 2013 1:53 PM
Old Dog, Same Tricks: The Spurs Are Once Again The Envy Of The Western Conference.

It has taken six long years, but the San Antonio Spurs are Western Conference Champions once again.

What a statement they made too.

Their 93-86 victory in Memphis over the Grizzlies ensured a 4-0 series sweep, the first in a conference finals since 1993, when the Nets swept the Pistons to claim the Eastern Conference championship. The Spurs have swept two out of their three opponents in the Playoffs thus far, demonstrating the sort of class and team-unity that has become the benchmark of the Popovich era in San Antonio.

There's just no substitute for experience.

Despite their regular season record of 58-24, many believed the Playoffs would be too much strain on this ageing group, who have been wrapped in cotton wool for most of the season, guaranteeing their freshness for the postseason. It seemed to be a bridge too far last season, blowing a 2-0 lead against Oklahoma City and falling at the final hurdle. With another year on the clocks of their star players, it would take a great deal of effort and man-management to get there again.

Mission accomplished.

Finally Appointed, The Hard Work Starts Now For Gary Bowyer And Blackburn Rovers.

on May 24 2013 5:14 PM
Finally Appointed, The Hard Work Starts Now For Gary Bowyer And Blackburn Rovers.

It's taken them almost three years, but Venky's seem to have finally made a sensible decision.

The Indian owners have so far endured a number of catastrophes that have resulted in Blackburn Rovers currently languishing in the second-tier of English Football. It is not what was envisaged when they took over ownership of the club in November 2010. They have made a serious of bizarre decisions both on-and-off the pitch that have brought the club to it's knees and sent their beleaguered fans into despair.

So, with the announcement that Gary Bowyer has been given the Managers job on a permanent basis, does this signify a change in direction from the Poultry giants?

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