16.7.08

the clippers rollercoaster


the offseason have been occupied with talks about teams clearing cap space for 2010 when the class of lebron james, dwyane wade, and chris bosh become free agents. new jersey unloaded richard jefferson by trading him to the milwaukee bucks which made gilbert arenas say that he felt sorry for rj because, according to agent zero, nba players avoid playing for the bucks. the new york knicks are also said to be aiming to land the king when his contract with the cavs expires.

the offseason has also seen the draft decided between michael beasley and derrick rose with rose being picked first overall by the chicago bulls. but i think most of the stories in the offseason surrounded around the l.a. team almost everyone forgot to mention, the clippers.

before the start of last season, the clippers looked to make it to the playoffs but saw that hope crashing down when elton brand, the face of the franchise, suffered an injury in the offseason. without elton brand, the clippers might have expected their chances for success going down the drain.

while they have had a really bad season, there were alot to be happy about for the 2008-09 season. chris kaman had a breakout season and corey maggette also had a great season. rookie al thornton proved that he is ready to play in the nba. and during the last eight games of last season, elton brand played and showed that he can still be very productive.

then the offseason begun with both maggette and brand opting out of the last year of their contracts. both said that they are willing to sign with the clippers. that would have left clippers fan really nervous as we all know that alot of players sometimes don't mean what they say and don't really say what they mean. at this point, i was thinking that of the two, elton brand has the best chance of really coming back to the clippers.

with the news breaking out that barion davis has left the warriors to verbally agree to sign with the clippers, i sensed that there is a better chance that brand would come back while maggette might not as baron would be stealing his thunder. but lo and behold, elton brand bolted to the philadelphia 76ers. that would have broken the hearts of clippers fans.

but the offseason is not yet over and the clips know that. so what did they do? well, they got marcus camby, the three-time defensive player of the year for what could be nothing (see previous post). so, next season, they would have cuttino mobley, baron davis, al thornton (i'd take him any day over tim thomas), marcus camby, and chris kaman, and i'd say, that's a pretty good lineup. maybe they could shake things up in the western conference. clipper fans better pray that this rollercoaster ride end with the team this good.

marcus camby traded to the l.a. clippers


in a move done to clear cap space, marcus camby found himself dealt to the l.a. clippers for what could be nothing. you see, in the trade, the clippers got camby in exchange for a future conditional second-round draft pick. if next year, the denver nuggets get to pick ahead of the clippers in the second round, they would surely not avail of the compensation.

that would make dave winfield, the mlb outfielder traded for dinner, more valuable than camby. hehehe..

but seriously, i think that the addition of camby in the clippers' lineup makes the clip a stronger one although some might not categorize them as playoff contenders yet. with the starting lineup of cuttino mobley, baron davis, al thornton, camby, and chris kaman who came from a breakout season, i think the clippers would be even better than the nuggets.

sure, my predictions have been busted time and time again, but with the new look of the clippers for the next season, and being a big fan of camby since his new york days, i kinda have this feeling that they will be surprising a lot of people this upcoming season.

11.7.08

the melbourne cup awaits the next legend


in australia, even people who are not into horse racing know who phar lap is. for those who are not familiar with phar lap, here's a good article to read. among phar lap's accomplishments is winning "the race that stops a nation", the Melbourne Cup.

another horse that can be considered as a legend in the said race is makybe diva who won the prestigious Melbourne Cup three times. and the next legendary horse that will come out of Australia would definitely have to win the race even against long Melbourne Cup odds.

while the triple crown may be the most popular series of events in horse racing, one should not discount the Melbourne Cup as a lesser event. for more than one hundred years, the said event has squeezed great performances from horses. and this year i expect it to be better.

while most people will be attending the Melbourne Cup for the racing, some people would go there for the race and fashion. you see, at the Melbourne Cup, they have this award given to the best-dressed attendee.

but for most australians, the race is about the betting. most of the country's populace bet on Melbourne Cup. and of course, for more information about the odds at the said race, there is one place i would recommend and you can visit it here.

patrick ewing jr. a first pick?


you better believe that. yes, the son of hall of fame bound patrick ewing is the first pick this year in the draft... the harlem globetrotters' draft that is. while patrick ewing jr. has been drafted in the second round by the sacramento kings, the globetrotters may have seen something from him which no nba team has.

sure, you can say that the globetrotters play a different kind of game... and i will second that. hehehe. anyway, according to this report, the other picks were: "2008 State Farm College Slam Dunk Champion Sonny Weems of Arkansas, William Bullard of Texas A&MCorpus Christi, Siena long-distance marksman Tay Fisher, Sudanese big man Longar Longar of Oklahoma, and Auburn high-jumping sensation Donald Thomas, an Olympian hailing from the Bahamas and the reigning mens world indoor high jump champion."

where do you think ewing jr. would go? he might not be inked by the kings so i think he has a fallback now. he might not end up being a suprestar in the nba, but if he play with the globetrotters, he can escape his father's shadow and create a legacy of his own. what do you think?

barrera quits golden boy promotion


the babyface assassin, marco antonio barrera who played a major role in the rise of the newest pound-for-pound king manny pacquiao is looking to cut his ties with golden boy promotions. well, that might not be too much of a loss for golden boy, but considering barrera's popularity in mexico, they (golden boy promotions)would be hard-pressed to find someone who can fill the legend's shoe.

according to philboxing.com, barrera is not too keen on continuing his career with golden boy after it failed to give him a fight after he lost to pacquiao for the second time.

so what does the babyface assassin has in mind now? well, it looks like he will be contacting pacquiao to work on promoting boxing events between filipinos and mexican. as a filipino who has a lot of respect for mexican fighters, i would love to see this happen.

barrera has a stable of young fighters and so does pacquiao. they are both legends in their respective countries, and what more, their fighters fight in the same division. what would i like is for these boxers to setup some kind of a mexico versus the philippines tournament. fighters from both countries would benefit from this as they would be facing tough challengers which would give them a better feel for the championship fights in their future, sorta like the ultimate fighter.

back to rant

after seeing the hornets lose to the spurs in the western conference semis, i decided that the sports world truly hates me so i quit writing... not! but the hornets loosing that game 7 did took something out of the joy of sportswriting for me. so, i did not post anything about the west nor east finals and even the nba finals.

with the offseason offering a lot of things to write about, as well as the mlb in full swing, f1 championsip heating up, pacquiao rewriting asian boxing history, and lots more, i am officially back.

that's it for now, am gonna catch some Zs and be back to post some more.. like the babyface assassin cutting his ties with golden boy.