Saturday , Dec , 20 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

10th Edition – 12/22/2003

It’s gotta be hard getting traded especially if you’ve been on a team for an extended period of time. A guy has to get acclimated with his new teammates, system, role, and surroundings. And then there’s the off court issues. You have to find a place to live, get the new household in order, and ship your possessions from your old residence to your new home. I can only imagine how difficult that would be in the off-season, but having to deal with that during the season… And if a player has a wife and kids…God bless them all!

10th Edition - 12/22/2003

Anyway the reason I bring this up is because of the recent trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I’m not going to waste your time discussing the affect some of those off court issues will have on the principles (like I know in the first place), but those are some of the things I wondered about when the trade was announced. It’s just the way my mind works. Now I’ll attempt to explain how the minds of both general managers were working when they decided to make this deal happen.


For Cleveland, it was simply a move of addition by subtraction. Head Coach Paul Silas and Ricky Davis clashed on SEVERAL occasions and the organization did not want Ricky to be a constant distraction. Rumor is they feared Ricky’s negative influence would damage their other young players, especially a certain 18-year-old prodigy. So as a result of this exchange, the Cavs get Eric Williams, Tony Battie, and Kedrick Brown. None of these cats are as talented as Ricky, but they bring stability, professionalism, and experience.


As for the Celtics, the acquisition of Ricky Davis gives them another scorer to compliment Paul Pierce. And since center/forward Raef LaFrentz is out for the year following knee surgery, Chris Mihm and Michael Stewart will address the team’s lack of size. But what Boston’s really hoping for is that Ricky understands that the title of “The Man” has already been assigned (Paul Pierce), he falls into the team concept, and maximizes his great potential.


We’ll see. I hope for Danny Ainge’s sake it works out.


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Rasheed Wallace…speaker of the oppressed NBA player. It’s kinda ironic isn’t it? I mean Rasheed hardly EVER speaks to the media. But man did he cause an uproar when he decided to voice his opinions. It’s very difficult for the common individual to view multimillionaire NBA players as victims of exploitation and oppression; it’s just about impossible. And although Rasheed may have an argument, he devalued it with his terrible choice of words (not to mention his $17 million annual salary). Nevertheless, if he feels that strongly against the establishment, he could always just quit and go home.


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After finding out the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Jersey Nets by 47 points (you read that right the first time), I’m convinced that they ARE trying to get Byron Scott fired.


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Speaking of the Grizzlies, Jerry West and Hubie Brown have got themselves a nice squad down in Tennessee. A few weeks ago I told a good friend of mine that they would make the playoffs and the Blazers wouldn’t. I’m feeling more and more comfortable with my prediction. But if they don’t, I doubt anyone will hold it against me. I mean we are talking about the Grizzlies.


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Does anyone else think it’s eerie that Kobe was in Colorado for his court hearing while the Denver Nuggets were in L.A. to play the Lakers? Anyway, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how well the Nuggets are playing this season. Unfortunately for the Eastern Conference, the west is getting even stronger. With the emergence of the aforementioned Grizzlies and Nuggets along with the relocation of the New Orleans Hornets next season, teams from the east may file a grievance against the league whenever they go on western road trips.


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If ALLEN IVERSON is requesting that he be put on the injured list, then he must be enduring some MAJOR pain!


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What’s wrong with the Phoenix Suns? I know Amare Stoudemire is out with a severe ankle sprain, but they’ve been underachieving ALL SEASON. They pink slipped head coach Frank Johnson and nothing has changed. If the problem isn’t the coach, then it’s the players. I sense more changes in the Valley of the Sun, mark my words.


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I’ll admit that Brad Miller is playing A LOT better than I anticipated. I still can’t believe his contract! Anyway, we’ll see how he meshes with Chris Webber when he comes back. In the mean time, I still firmly believe that Brad Miller is an AVERAGE player.


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I LOVE Nike… But I’m not feelin’ LeBron’s new shoe. However I sincerely doubt that my opinion will affect sales in any manner.


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Here’s wishing Alonzo Mourning a speedy recovery from kidney transplant surgery and a long healthy life.


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Eddie Griffin…What a shame.


Merry Christmas.