Friday Tidbits 2/22/08
House Hunters NBA Edition
Sacramento traded Mike Bibby to Atlanta for Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright, and Shelden Williams. The Jason Kidd deal got done finally after they drug Keith Van Horn off his couch. Roy Tarpley, Rolando Blackman, and Popeye Jonesmust not have been available. Dallas lost their first game with Kidd. The sophomores beat the rookies for the sixth straight time. Daniel Gibson drained 11 three-pointers en route to 33 points and the game’s MVP. Houston will honor Hakeem Olajuwon with a monument later this year. He’s also been nominated as a finalist in the Hall of Fame voting. That should be a no-brainer. Jason Kapono defended his title in the three-point shootout. He tied the record (25) in the Finals. Dwight Howard took the Slam Dunk Contest. His first and third dunks were amazing. His Superman dunk was completely overrated in my opinion since he didn’t actualy dunk it. The East beat the West in the All-Star Game. LeBron James won his second All-Star MVP award. He messed around and nearly got back-to-back triple-doubles (27 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists & 31, 14, 12) . He got one against Houston, but his team lost. KG returned. He scored 4. The Celtics lost. They also lost his second game. Chris Bosh poured in 40. Luol Deng played. Seattle traded Kurt Thomas to the Spurs for Brent Barry, Francisco Elson, and a draft pick. I guess they’re gearing up for Shaq and Gasol. Seattle tried to throw in Xavier McDaniel…just kidding. Kobe dropped 41 in a win over Shaq’s Suns. Mo Cheeks got a contract extension from the Sixers. Cleveland, Seattle, and Chicago made a huge trade. Cleveland get Ben Wallace Delonte West, Kevin McHale’s favorite player Joe Smith, and Wally Szczerbiak. Chicago will get Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Cedric Simmons, and Shannon Brown. Seattle gets Ira Newball, Adrian Griffin, and Donyell Marshall. No word on whether Bill Cartwright, Craig Ehlo, or Jack Sikma were considered in this deal. Houston traded Mike James and Bonzi Wells to New Orleans for Bobby Jackson, Adam Haluska, and a draft pick. Minnesota traded slam dunk gury Gerald Green to Houston for Kirk Snyder and a 2nd round pick McHale will waste. Tony Parker is back. Daniel Gibson (ankle) will miss a month. Manu scored 44 against the Wolves. The Rockets have won ten straight. The West has nine teams over .600. Talk about loaded. The East has three.
Peter Forsberg will not return this year. Not so fast. Perhaps he will. This week’s shutouts: Montreal’s Carey Price vs. Philly. Marty Turco vs. Detroit. He also won his 200th game this week. Detroit’s Chris Osgood vs. Colorado. Phoenix’s Mikael Tellqvist vs. Los Angeles. Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin vs. Minnesota. NY Islanders’ Rick DiPietro vs. Tampa Bay. Rod Brind’Amour tore his ACL, which will likely knock him out of action for the rest of the season. The Rangers signed defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Dan Girardi. Philly Forwards Joffrey Lupul (ankle) and Steve Downie (concussion) will miss some time. Calgary draft pick Mickey Renaud collapsed and died in his home. He was 19. Sad. Chicago signed D Brent Seabrook to a three-year deal. Wayne Gretzky picked up his 100th win. New York Islander D Andy Sutton will be out a while with a torn hamstring. The Kings traded D Jaroslav Modry to Philly for a third round draft pick. Nicklas Lindstrom will miss a few weeks with a knee injury. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek had a hat trick vs. Tampa Bay. So did Los Angeles’ Alexander Frolov vs. St. Louis.
Cincinnati locked up Brandon Phillips with a four-year, $27 million deal. He had a 30-30 season last year. Erik Bedard signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Mariners. They’ll sign him long-term. Chien-Ming Wang lost his arbitration case. Felipe Lopez, Brian Fuentes, and Jose Valverde also lost. Milwauke P Yovani Gallardo had knee surgery. Trot Nixon is trying to catch on with Arizona. Bret Boone took his steroid bat to Washington. Speaking of cheaters, Andy Pettitte spoke. Blah, blah, blah. Sorry you used or sorry you got caught? Curt Schilling will rehab his shoulder as Boston requested. Hank Steinbrenner used the “well, he’s doing it too defense” as he suggests that the NFL’s steroid issue is worse than baseball’s. It is probably true, but that defense is weak, especially for a team that has had Giambi, Sheffield, Clemens, Pettitte, and Knoblach, to name a few, be named in recent years. Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons apologized for their PED use. Miguel Tejada didn’t want to talk about it. Texas signed 2B Ian Kinsler to a five-year $22 million deal. Houston P Shawn Chacon signed a one-year deal. Ryan Howard won his arbitration. He’ll get $10 million next year. By baseball terms that’s a bargain (Carlos Silva will average $12 million a season over the next four). Josh Fogg signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati. Arizona signed GM Josh Byrnes to an eight-year deal .
Keyshawn Johnson may make a comeback. At least our ears will get a rest. Atlana cut Byron Leftwich and Alge Crumpler. Washington hired Sherman Smith as its Offensive Coordinator since they promoted their to head coach after two weeks on the job. The Chiefs cut John Welbourn. Start the offseason police blotter. Buffalo WR Roscoe Parrish got nabbed driving drunk. Cincy franchised G Stacy Andrews. The Bears cut Moose loose and extended Alex Brown two years. Billy Cundiff signed a two-year deal with Kansas City. They’ll also franchise Jared Allen. Baltimore will franchise Terrell Suggs. There is a question as to whether it should be at LB or DE. The Colts franchised Dallas Clark, but he turned around and signed a six-year deal with them. As I suggested last week, New England offered Zach Thomas a contract. The 49ers cut LB Derek Smith. Pittsburgh signed DE Travis Kirschke to a two-year deal. Tennessee franchised Albert Haynesworth. Seattle franchised CB Marcus Trufant. The Vikings cut Dwight Smith. Jamal Lewis signed an extension with Cleveland. Randy Moss didn’t get franchised.
Michael Beasley had 40 points and 17 rebounds as #22 Kansas State smoked Missouri 100-63. Cincinnati suspended F Alvin Mitchell for rule violations. #25 Marquette routed #24 Pitt 72-54. UAB pushed #1 Memphis to the limit, but lost 79-78. My beloved Syracuse beat their top rival #8 Georgetwon 77-70. Eric Gordon scored 28 as #12 Indiana beat #9 Michigan State 80-61. Oklahoma State upset #16 Texas A&M 59-54. Wake Forest beat #2 Duke (yeah) 86-73. Miami also beat Duke 96-95 (I’m giddy). #7 Texas blasted #22 Texas A&M 77-50. Arkansas State coach Dickey Nutt resigned. Coach K and Roy Williams have had a little war of words this week. #14 Indiana beat #15 Purdue 77-68. Bradley beat #18 Drake 72-71. John Calipari won his 400th career game. Nebraska beat #25 Kansas State 71-64. It sounds like Kelvin Sampson will get canned from Indiana.
USC WR Vidal Hazelton had surgery on his stomach muscles. Ouch. He played like that last year. That’s pretty tough. UCLA QB Patrick Cowan had cartilage removed from his knee. South Carolina WR Dion Lecorn was charged with drug possession. Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt lost his scholarship and was suspended for the first five games next year. LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux was suspended for violating team rules.
Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500.
Phil Mickelson won the Northern Trust Open. Tiger Woods rallied from a three hole deficit with five to play in the Accenture Match Play Championship agasint J.B. Holmes. He’s pretty good. He continued with a win over Arron Oberholser. Phil was sent packing by Stuart Appleby.
That concludes the Tidbits. As always feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.
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