Thursday, July 5, 2012
4th of July Roundup
OK so Steve Nash is headed to the Lakers via a Sign and Trade, with the lakers giving up not a single current rostered basketball player, instead sending 4 future draft choices and a suitcase full of cash to Phoenix.
Couple quick hit thoughts:
1) The Lakers got relevant again in a hurry. It kind of reminds me of when Pau Gasol came to town. There was no indication that was going to happen and then like a lightning bolt, it did.
2) Nash addresses a HUGE weakness on the Lakers roster, one that has been a problem pretty much since Gary Payton spent a year in LA. Payton, who was no longer the glove at that point, closer to the mitten, was still a true facilitator point guard, something that by and large Kobe has never had.
3) The Lakers might deal for Dwight Howard (I hate Andrew Bynum) but they don't need to. Dwight's options are looking less glamourous by the moment.
In other news...
Kevin Youkilis, Asshole has returned to being Kevin Youkilis, Very Good Baseball player since being shipped to the Windy City. Youk provided a walk off hit last night in extras to lift the ChiSox over the Rangers.
Serena Williams is headed back to the Wimbledon final. Does anyone really care about Tennis?
The Minnesota Wild (really? That's the best name you could come up with?) became relevant for the first time in their history, signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to free agent deals. Hockey is one of those sports that having one fantastic line is not really going to win you a Stanley Cup, as the role guys do a lot of heavy lifting, but their first line should be something to watch.
New Arkansas head football coach John L Smith (Who?), who replaced Bobby "I like to bang interns" Petrino a couple months ago, is having to declare bankruptcy. Smith has not yet coached a single game for the Razorbacks and will likely enter the season with this distraction lingering over his head, as if the other distractions the program had weren't already enough. They sure can pick 'em down in Fayetteville.