Kevin McHale is out as the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Someone in the Minneapolis press corps found this out because Kevin Love “tweeted it”; and when the press contacted the team, the team had no comment at that moment. How low rent is that? The Wolves demoted McHale from the GM position and put him on the bench after the team fired Randy Wittman as coach in December. McHale went 20-43 with the team that he had assembled as the GM. Normally, I would say that an interim coach who had inherited such a flawed squad should not be accountable for a bad record like that; but in this case, it was coach McHale who lost with GM McHale’s players…
Kevin McHale was the person responsible for drafting Kevin Garnett in Minnesota. That should put a big “plus” on his ledger. However, he is also the exec in Minnesota who traded Ray Allen for Stephon Marbury (oops) and who traded Brandon Roy for Randy Foye (oops again). Then he traded Kevin Garnett to Boston…
I expect that we might hear from the conspiracy theorists out there rather quickly in the event that Kevin McHale immediately gets a job with the NBA office. Clearly and unequivocally, that would “prove” that David Stern was behind the deal to send KG to Boston to revive that franchise and put it at the top of the NBA again. Ergo, now that McHale is out of a job, the league is taking care of him. I do not believe that for a moment but I would not be surprised to hear it.
By the way, out in Las Vegas some sports books have future bets available on which team will win the NBA Championship in 2010. The Timberwolves are listed at 100-1. Excuse me, but is someone in Las Vegas allergic to four digit numbers? That is probably one of the worst sucker bets of the year.
The question of the week seems to be whether or not Phil Jackson will return to coach the Lakers next year.
Memo to Phil Jackson:
Please do not make yourself into a taller version of Brett Favre. Take your time; make your decision; announce it; do whatever you need to do in light of what your decision is.
Thank you in advance.
Maurice Clarett has petitioned the Ohio Parole Board seeking an early release from prison. In case you forgot, Clarett is serving 42 months in jail for a holdup in Columbus, Ohio and a subsequent car chase resulting in police finding loaded guns in his vehicle. His attorney in this matter submitted to the Parole Board that Clarett has an opportunity to play football in the NFL, the Arena League or the Canadian Football League if he is released now such that he can be in shape to join a team.
Obviously, the attorney here is hoping that there are no football aficionados on the Ohio Parole Board because Maurice Clarett has no more chance of playing in the NFL this year than my father does – - and my father has been dead for ten years. In addition, the Arena League has suspended operations for this season hoping that it might reincarnate itself next year. In addition, the CFL might be problematic given the Canadian government tends not to like to admit known felons to their country merely for the purpose of playing sports. Other than that…
Brandon Jennings chose not to go to a year of college while waiting to become eligible for the NBA Draft; instead, he went to Italy and played for a professional team in Rome. As more players choose to skip that “one-and-done year” of college, some folks try to justify that the young man will learn more by living in a foreign country than he would by living in a dorm at a college where he is not going to attend many classes. That may be true, but the increment may be only marginally greater. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post interviewed Jennings and here are two insights he gathered from that interview:
Jennings said it was tough to live abroad and one reason was that they did not have a dryer and had to hang out their wet clothes to dry.
Jennings said another obstacle he had to overcome was the lack of availability of fast food in Rome. Specifically, he said that he missed Panda Express the most.
I have no comment on the incredible hardship that hanging out clothes to dry might impose on a person; that thought is too much to bear. However, this kid spent a year in Italy and said that he missed the food at Panda Express? I do not care how great a basketball player he might ever be, this guy is not going to cross over and become the next Food Network celebrity chef!
Let me pose a rhetorical question here:
How many folks who wrote columns averring that last year was Donovan McNabb’s final season with the Eagles will write another column now and fess up that they were merely wildly speculating back then in order to fill up space?
My guess is that very, very few of those folks will do that. My guess here is based on the low percentage of folks who reamed out everyone associated with the Houston Texans organization for taking Mario Williams with the overall #1 pick a couple of years ago and passing on that “sure-fire Hall of Fame running back”, Reggie Bush. Not a lot of “My Bad columns” have followed.
Let me pose another rhetorical question here in the form of a Quick Quiz. Which of these three things brings with it the greatest measure of tedium?
A. The two-week ramp up to the Super Bowl
B. NCAA “bracketology” nonsense that starts before Christmas.
C. NFL Mock Drafts that start a year in advance of the real draft.
Finally, with the US Open happening this weekend, let me close with two quotes from the late John Updike who was enamored with golf:
“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”
“All it takes for a golfer to attain his happiness is a fence rail to throw his coat on, and a target somewhere over the rise.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…