Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

39th Edition – January 19th, 2005

You know, I like Doug Christie. He’s a solid player, a really good defender, and a team-oriented guy. But would I trade for him and ONLY him at this stage of his career? Absolutely not! Seriously, what were the Magic thinking when they agreed to this deal? I know Cuttino Mobley was planning to opt out of his contract at season’s end, but why not wait to see how it plays out? It’s not like Mobley is going to have every team on his doorstep during the signing period throwing money at him. And besides, if you’re going to trade him, how about getting equal value in return?

39th Edition - January 19th, 2005They didn’t have any better offers than Doug Christie, a 35-year-old guard suffering from plantar fasciitis, whose offensive repertoire is limited and is still owed $15 million over the next two years. They got hosed.

Sacramento on the other hand got a lot better. Sure they lost a great chemistry guy, but that never did much to help them win a championship. However they did gain a quality young player who’s a capable defender, and with Bobby Jackson out for the remainder of the regular season, a guy who can step into that void and put the ball in the basket on a consistent basis. From a short-term perspective, this won’t catapult the Kings into contention for a title, but it’s a step in the right direction where the future is concerned.

–I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there’s a revolution going on in Chicago. The Bulls are dare I say, serious. Although, they have played A LOT of home games lately.

–Did Vince Carter actually admit on national television (TNT) that he didn’t always give his best effort when he played for the Raptors?

–Did Tracy McGrady actually admit in a national publication (Sports Illustrated) that he didn’t always give his best effort when he played for the Magic?

–Were these admissions of unprofessionalism by these two players a surprise to anyone?

–Remember this name ladies and gentlemen: Josh Smith.

–What’s going on in the Atlantic Division is a disgrace to the game of basketball.

–Without Steve Nash, the Suns are 0-2.5.

–I think the Pistons FINALLY realized that the season has started.

–Can I digress for a second? Doesn’t Peyton Manning and the Colts futility against Tom Brady and the Patriots remind you of the Packers inability to beat the Cowboys in the 90’s? Every time Brett Favre and the Pack went down to Texas Stadium to play Troy Aikman and the Cowboys, they got served.

–Watching the T-Wolves fall apart the way they have has been an amazing experience.

–Larry Hughes is out 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb, and just when things were going so well for the Wizards.

–What happened to Carmelo’s game?

–Kenny Smith’s breakdown of the differences between a superstar and an All-Star were right on point. It drives me CRAZY when announcers label certain players with adjectives they don’t deserve.

–Yao Ming is quickly becoming the Shawn Bradley of his generation… dunk bait. Did y’all see what Stromile Swift did to him? Disgusting.

— The Spurs are the best team in the league, and I think they’re going to win the Glory, but something’s telling me not to bet the house on them.

Until next time.