D-Miles the Untouchable, Yi the All-Star and Parker the Pregnant
Also, news of Larry Hughes and Smush Parker. No, he isn’t the pregnant one. He did let someone draw boobies on his arms though.
Portland Trail Blazers v. The Rest of the NBA
Who knew that Darius Miles and his career were still relevant? Following a report that pointed out that Miles actually needed to play only two more games this season instead of the originally reported eight to wreck the Blazers’ financial situation, the Blazers have threatened to take legal action against anyone who signs him. Blazers President Larry Miller sent this e-mail to all of the NBA’s team presidents and general managers:
The Portland Trail Blazers are aware that certain teams may be contemplating signing Darius Miles to a contract for the purpose of adversely impacting the Portland Trail Blazers Salary Cap and tax positions. Such conduct from a team would violate its fiduciary duty as an NBA joint venturer. In addition, persons or entities involved in such conduct may be individually liable to the Portland Trail Blazers for tortuously interfering with the Portland Trail Blazers’ contract rights and perspective economic opportunities.
Please be aware that if a team engages in such conduct, the Portland Trail Blazers will take all necessary steps to safeguard its rights, including, without limitation, litigation.
on the situation:
The point that everybody is missing is that this isn’t about Portland’s salary cap. It’s about whether this guy [Miles] is healthy enough to play or not. … He obviously is healthy enough to play. It doesn’t matter how good he plays. He can still play, and they said he couldn’t.
Portland received benefits when [Miles’] injury was ruled career-ending. If he can play, they don’t deserve to have those benefits.
That’s a very good point made about the Portland Trail Blazers. If Miles can play well enough for teams to give him a shot, and two teams already have this year, then the Portland Trail Blazers should be responsible for paying what the Portland Trail Blazers owe and not making threats to teams, saying that any team signing him would, in so many words, be hating on the Portland Trail Blazers. It’ll be interesting to see if any teams are affected by the Portland Trail Blazers’ scare tactics going forward or if someone does now sign him just to see if the Portland Trail Blazers will try to sue him or just to make the Portland Trail Blazers take that cap hit and have to rethink the Portland Trail Blazers’ master plan. Portland Trail Blazers.
No More Bull
Larry Hughes and the Chicago Bulls have decided they’ve had enough of each other. Both the player and the team are looking to part ways via trade before the February 19 deadline. The Bulls are reportedly unwilling to take in extra salary or extra years to get Hughes off of their roster. If that’s the case, I don’t know how they plan on trading him. You usually have to give another team some incentive to take an aging, overpaid, somewhat injury-prone guard off of your hands. I’m not saying that Hughes doesn’t have value, but with a price tag somewhere near $20 million, you really have to think twice about picking him up. Good luck guys.
The latest totals are out for All-Star fan voting are out, and it doesn’t look like Stephon Marbury will get to play in the ASG after all. But that’s OK, because a new, more attainable goal is in reach. Yi Jianlian is within 200 thousand votes of Kevin Garnett in the Eastern Conference’s forward voting. So let’s make that happen. Maybe if the marquee player on the league’s defending champion is relegated to the bench in favor of a mere role player on a subpar team, the league will revisit the way that players are chosen for the game. They probably won’t, but it’s always fun to see players who don’t belong in the game take a spot from some other desrving guy, isn’t it? Oh, i guess not.
For more discussion on the ASG and to talk about who you feel should be a reserve, check on John Nguyen’s article on the front page or just click here.
WNBA MVP and probably the most talented women’s player on the planet Candace Parker and Sacramento Kings forward Shelden Williams are expecting their first child in May. Much of the talk surrounding the pregnancy involves how much of the season Parker will miss after the childbirth. Rather than focus on the negative, I’ll focus on the positive. Specifically the immense skill that the baby should inherit from his or her parents. But the basketball in the crib now, you’re probably raising a child that is a guaranteed college All-American if they choose to play basketball.
It seems that people are finally acknowledging what we all knew some time ago: Shawn Marion’s game is built for uptempo basketball. In this article, he talks about the lack of touches he gets in the halfcourt offense and about his admiration for the way Western Conference teams play. Marion will be a free agent this summer and you can bet that he’ll be looking to get on with a team that gets up and down the court a little more than Miami. Might I suggest a team with a legit point guard so that your life is also easier, Mr. Marion?
In case you were wondering what Smush Parker was up to these days (I know I wasn’t!), he’s toiling in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Try saying that three times fast. You can read a pretty extensive Q&A with Parker here, where he talks, most notably, about his latest tattoos (Two naked women on the insides of his forearms; Imagine the lengths that will be gone to during broadcasts to not show a closeup of him if he ever gets back to the L), the quality of the Vipers’ dancers and his refusal to talk about what it’s like to play with Kobe.